Sri Lanka: CJC-type Tribunal To Probe Massive Corruption

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Parallel probe by all-party committees . By Chathuri Dissanayake. The tribunal set up to probe corruption will be an improved version of the Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) of 1972, justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said yesterday. “We will have to work

Sri Lanka: Shocking Revelations Of Deep Security State Within The State

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[The RALL-AGMSL vessel MV Mahanuwara, the floating armoury at the Galle Harbour during the police inspection. Pic by Sajeeva Wijeweera] By Sunday Times Political Editor- Defence Ministry-sponsored private army links up with private maritime company supplying arms Huge armouries of

Sri Lanka Terminates Military Leadership Training In Education Sector

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(Graphic by The Sunday Times) The new government of Sri Lanka has decided to terminate a mandatory military style leadership training program initiated by the previous government for school principals and university entrants. Sri Lanka’s new Education Minister Akila Viraj

Sri Lana:Use The Independence Day To Remember The Victims Of the Civil Conflicts

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[arrested Suspects of 1971 youth uprising] Friday Forum- The presidential election of 8 January saw a resurgence of the democratic process in Sri Lanka, driven by an electorate which, in unprecedented numbers, exercised its franchise to choose not merely a

Sri Lanka: Huge Challenge Ahead – PM

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Two weeks after an electoral upset that ousted Sri Lanka’s long-reigning strongman, the country’s new leaders are racing to investigate allegations of corruption under the previous regime and are rushing to enact legal and constitutional changes they say are aimed

JHU Tries To Retain Executive Presidency!

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JHUAthuraliye Rathana Thera and President Sirisena There is an attempt to water down the promise given to the public at the presidential election to abolish the executive presidency through the 19th amendment to the constitution, reports say. At the high

Sri Lanka To Appoint New Local Commission To Probe War

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[Sri Lanka war refugees; file photo] Sri Lanka’s new government will appoint an independent domestic commission to probe the last stages of the country’s civil war that ended in 2009, a minister said on Friday. Cabinet Spokesperson and Health Minister

Sri Lanka: IFJ Welcomes The Reopening Of Lasantha Wickrematunge Murder Investigation

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The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliates the Free Media Movement (FMM) and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA) in welcoming the Sri Lankan government’s decision to reopen investigations into the murder of editor Lasantha Wickrematunge in

SLMC Wants Fresh Investigation On Aluthgama Riots

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[A Sri Lankan Muslim man checks his charred house after it was set on fire by Buddhist hardliners: Times of India] The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) today called upon the newly elected president to re-investigate religious killings which had

Minister Orders Northern Power Company To Shut Down After Protest

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[Northern-Power-Company] Sri Lanka’s Minister of Power and Electricity, Patali Champika Ranawaka on Thursday has ordered for the immediate closure of a controversial private power company at Chunnakam in the northern Jaffna peninsula for causing serious environmental hazards, including fast contamination

Hunger Strike Continues Against Water Contamination In Jaffna

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by Tamil Guardian - Locals protesting against alleged crude oil leakage by Chunnakam power plant in the Jaffna peninsula, continued their hunger strike into the third day today, demanding immediate action against the contamination of local water supplies. The hunger

Sri Lanka: Will there be “Maithree” and “Yahapalanaya” for Navy occupied Mullikulam?

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[ A cajam shed of the original inhabitants; Image credit: Ruki] by Ruki Fernando - Last week, I went to Mullikulam, a beautiful and resourceful village in the Mannar district, which has been illegally occupied by the Navy for more

Sri Lanka: How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Chief Justice?

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[ 43rd CJ is  about to make a comeback but for a short time] by Dharisha Bastians – Two years ago on 15 January, the Rajapaksa Government had to deploy elite police guards, water cannons and barricades to install Mohan

Sri Lanka To Reinvestigate High-Profile Killings

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[ Killing of Nadaraja Raviraj too will be re-investigated] Colombo: Sri Lanka’s new government will reinvestigate high-profile assassinations including those of a newspaper editor and politicians that were alleged to have had state backing during the previous administration, a minister

Sri Lanka Probes Deals By Ex-president, Brothers Amid Graft Concerns

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By Shihar Aneez – (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s new government will investigate all financial deals sealed by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brothers during his term as head of state and will take legal action if they involved any

Will Implement 13th Amendment Within A Unitary State: Ranil

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[Sri Lankan Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremasinghe. (AP)] Meera Srinivasan – The Sri Lankan government will implement the 13th Amendment to its Constitution within a unitary state, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has said. Implementation of the 13th Amendment — born out

Up date: 44th CJ Mohan Peiris Marking Time Instead Of Resigning

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Mounting pressure on Lankan Chief Justice to resign – The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera are mounting pressure on the controversial Supreme Court Chief Justice, Mohan Peiris, to resign and make

The Putins Of The World Should Be Terrified By What Just Happened In Sri Lanka

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[Supporters of victorious opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena celebrate in Colombo ( Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images) ]  Updated by Amanda Taub - In retrospect, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa probably regrets his decision to campaign for reelection on the slogan that

Sri Lanka’s New Presidency : Political Parties Express Their Positions

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[Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at the parliament today] Ranil Wickremesinghe:Radical Changes to the Constitution “I specially mention that the solution would not be detrimental to the unitary status of the country. We will introduce the 19th Amendment to the constitution repealing

Sri Lanka: Mangala Promises Demilitarisation Of North, Domestic War Crimes Probe

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[Mangala Samaraweera] by S. Enkat Narayan- NEW DELHI, January 20: Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Mangala Samaraweera has outlined a series of steps President Maithripala Sirisena’s Government will undertake to achieve national reconciliation in the civil war-ravaged island-nation. Talking

Sri Lanka:The Rs. 4 Billion Computer Scam!

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Mahindodaya Technological Lab concept to provide technological labs for 1,000 secondary schools in the country has become yet another money spinning machine for those who are allegedly close to the former first family, The Sunday Leader

The SLTB Lost Rs. 140 Million ByTransporting People To Rajapaksa Rallies

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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), based on credible information, reports that Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) is facing an estimated loss of a staggering Rs. 140 million due to providing buses for the transportation of the general public to the

Why JVP Should Chair Parliamentary Over Site Committees?

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[JVP leader Anura Kumara has emerged as the most popular anti corruption agitator ] by Lacille de Silva, (Former director (administration) parliament of Sri Lanka. The Committee on Public Enterprises, popularly known as COPE, had been established on 21st July,

Post-Election Violence Continues – CaFFE Wants Stern Action

Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) strongly condemns the attack on Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) office in Agalawatte and the assault of a Pradesheeya Sabha member on Sunday by United National Party (UNP) MP Palitha Thewarapperuma. According to

Blow-By-Blow: How the AG Led The Prevention Of A Coup On Jan 8, 2015 in Sri Lanka

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By now the narrative of a peaceful transition of power between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the newly elected government has largely taken root. Newspapers, television airtime and the Internet are abuzz with photographs of President Rajapaksa humbly leaving Temple

Helping Sri Lanka’s New Democracy – NYT Opinion

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Photo Credit Jacob Stead By RYAN GOODMANJAN- Sri Lanka’s voters shocked themselves and the world this month by tossing out their president, who crushed the Tamil insurgency in 2009 and then led the country, along with his brother as defense

Ex-Sri Lanka Leader’s Brother Accused Of Killing Editor

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[ Funeral possession of Lasantha Wickrematunga ] Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lankan authorities are investigating a claim that the toppled president’s younger brother ran a “death squad” and ordered a high-profile newspaper editor’s assassination, a police spokesman said Sunday. Former

Indian Media: Resolve ‘Sticky’ Issues With Sri Lanka

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[ Fisherman’s issue one of the main issues] Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before a meeting in Delhi on January 18, 2015 Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera met his Indian counterpart Sushma

Open To new Approach In Geneva: Sri Lanka

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[ UNHRC in session] Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka, Mangala Samaraweera at a meeting in New Delhi on Monday by Suhasini Haidar- He pledged India’s continued support to the close neighbour and “friend.” The new

Sri Lanka Bans Top Judge From Conference Over Coup Claim

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COLOMBO–Sri Lanka’s attorney general barred the country’s chief justice from attending a regional conference on Monday after allegations he tried to help the former president retain power illegally. Chief Justice Mohan Peiris is under growing pressure to stand down after