Monday 21st April 2014

Lankan envoy in Aussie denies claims

Published : 1:03 am  February 7, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  188 views  |  

The Sri Lankan Government has denied claims it committed genocide during the war against the LTTE. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia, Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, said that while there may have been civilian casualties they were never a target of the military. “The Sri Lankan Government did not, I repeat, did not (and) I speak with authority because I was a military commander at that time commanding the Navy, did not resort to genocide, did not resort to crimes against humanity. Yes we fought a brutal conflict; because civilians were involved there could have been unfortunate, some victims but never, ever they were targeted as a system, so these are absolutely false allegations,”... 

Chamal at 22nd Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth in New Zealand

Published : 12:05 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  384 views  |  
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The 22nd Conference of the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth was held in Wellington New Zealand from 21 to 25 January 2014. Chamal Rajapaksa Speaker of the Sri Lanka Parliament accompanied by Dhammika Dasanayake Secretary General of Parliament attended the conference representing the Parliament of Sri Lanka at the invitation of Speaker of the Parliament of New Zealand David Carter. At the conference in recognition of the lead role played by Rajapaksa in Commonwealth forums and promoting Commonwealth ideals, the Speakers and Presiding Officers Conference unanimously elected Speaker Rajapaksa to the Standing Committee of the conference to represent the Asia Region. The conference... 

UPFA says professionals and youth figure in nominations

Published : 12:03 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  484 views  |  
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The ruling UPFA said yesterday that it was nominating a large number of professionals and youth as candidates for the Western and Southern Provincial Councils. The Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Minister Dallas Alahapperuma Minister said that the UPFA is nominating 18 lawyers, four engineers, two doctors, seven artistes and nine from the teaching service including Principals and Educational Directors and one journalist and several youths as UPFA candidates. Former Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila has been appointed to lead the UPFA group in the Colombo District. Former Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga will lead Gampaha District and the leadership of the Kalutara Distirct... 

Aussie FM refuses to back investigation into Sri Lanka war crimes

Published : 12:01 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  487 views  |  
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SMH: The Australian Government is refusing to back an independent international investigation into alleged war crimes during the Sri Lankan civil war as the Government of the island nation rejected a new report detailing “credible” claims of civilian bombings, extrajudicial killings and other abuses. The United Nations Human Rights Council is due to consider a new resolution on the allegations next month. Britain and Canada have already called for an international inquiry, saying Sri Lanka has failed to heed two previous UN resolutions for it to launch its own judicial inquiry and prosecutions. There are reports the US will sponsor the resolution for an international inquiry. Asked if Australia... 

Biswal meets envoys in Geneva to discuss Sri Lanka resolution

Published : 12:00 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  345 views  |  

The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal, who concluded a three-day visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday, met with the Geneva-based envoys of the UN member countries to discuss the US resolution on Sri Lanka’s human right issue. In a Twitter message Biswal said that she finished a very good day of consultations in Geneva about Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Before coming to Geneva, the US official met with the British officials in London to discuss the resolution on Sri Lanka. In London, she met with the British Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Hugo Swire and the officials at the Prime Minister David Cameron’s office. Swire said he had... 

Govt. won’t sue Channel 4: GL

Published : 12:00 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  355 views  |  

 Ravi K raises query in Parliament over Channel 4 blitz and Lalith Weeratunga’s remarks in US By Ashwin Hemmathagama Our Lobby orrespondent Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday accepted in Parliament that the Government would not take legal action against UK’s Channel 4 network, which has aired several documentaries alleging war crimes were committed in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the war. The Minister said that negative international media campaigns pursued against Sri Lanka were on for years despite some counter action taken by government using facts and figures through multifaceted means. “It was not possible to halt them completely,” the Minister said. The... 

Sri Lanka should petition ICJ for an advisory opinion on legality of UN action: Report

Published : 12:00 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  205 views  |  

A report published in an international journal argues that the United Nation’s Sri Lanka strategy is flawed and Sri Lanka should petition the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an Advisory Opinion on the legality of the UN’s report on Sri Lanka which was the basis for the two resolutions against the country. In a research paper published in the Foreign Policy Journal, author Dharshan Weerasekera says that one of the principal remedies now open to Sri Lanka was to petition the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for an Advisory Opinion on the legality of the UN Secretary General’s Panel of Expert’s report. According to the author, If the ICJ deemed the report illegal, all subsequent... 

Failure to attorn to Sai Baba Trust, SC orders ejection of Cine Printers

Published : 12:00 am  February 6, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  91 views  |  

The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment in the tenancy litigation directed the Appellant occupier, Cine Printers Ltd. of New Chetty Street, Colombo 13, be ejected forthwith from the premises of the Respondent, the Sathya Sai Baba Trust of Sri Lanka. Justice Eva Wanasundera with Justices Shiranee Tilakawardane and Rohini Marasinghe agreeing in her judgment also ordered the Respondent Cine Printers to pay the costs in the Supreme Court as well as in the High Court and the District Court to the Respondent Sathya Sai Baba Trust. The Court held that the Appellant’s conduct as the occupier of the said premises had created this situation and the transferee Sathya Sai Baba Trust had taken the correct... 

JVP insists it is still strong

Published : 12:01 am  February 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  551 views  |  

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) insists no political party has replaced it in local politics and that it still remains a strong, alternative force in the political arena. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that the JVP had never seen itself as a “third force” but an alternative force and that position still remains. He said this after the JVP yesterday signed its nomination papers for the candidates contesting the Western and Southern Provincial council elections. Following the last provincial council elections, the Democratic Party led by former army commander Sarath Fonseka had established itself as the third force in local politics while the JVP lost ground. Silva said his party... 

UPFA Gampaha District nominations on 5 February

Published : 12:01 am  February 5, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  454 views  |  
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All religious communities and ethnic groups will be represented in the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) group contesting from the Gampaha District in the Western Provincial Council election. They will hand over their nominations on Wednesday (5). The 43 candidates representing eight political parties include media personnel, lawyers, educationists, and intellectuals. The parties are the Jathika Hela Urumaya, National Freedom Front, Deshavimutki Janatha Party, Ceylon Workers Congress, Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, Lanka Sama Samaja Party, Communist Party of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Economic Development Minister and SLFP National Organiser Basil Rajapaksa is the Gampaha... 

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