Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • UK envoy summoned

    The External Affairs Ministry summoned British High Commissioner John Rankin today and expressed displeasure over comments he had made in a video recently.A spokesman at the External Affairs Ministry said that Minister G.L Peiris met the British envoy at the Ministry this afternoon. The Ministry was unhappy over Rankin’s comments posted on YouTube where he […]

  • Rankin’s outrageous rant Read more >

    Rankin’s outrageous rant

    John Rankin by  The Nation British High Commissioner, John Rankin, has openly challenged a statement made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa regarding scaling down of military presence in the North and East.  Rankin has stated that the LTTE is no longer engaging in military activities and as such questioned the logic of a military presence in […]

  • Cabinet-level mechanism to monitor progress Read more >

    Cabinet-level mechanism to monitor progress

    The government’s action plan on implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission’s (LLRC) recommendations, that was presented to the United States includes a Cabinet-level Committee to monitor its progress, sources said.  The Committee is expected to submit periodic short-term, medium and long-term reports, which will also be shared with the international community.  The action plan […]

  • Why military matters in the North? Read more >

    Why military matters in the North?

     by Col. R. Hariharan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Victory Day speech this year on May 19 was largely a defensive discourse justifying the continued presence large army formations in the North. The sense of triumphalism that had become hallmark of Victory Day speeches was missing this year. This is understandable as the President’s speeches from last […]

  • No More Diplomatic Appointments – Tamara Kunanayakam Read more >

    No More Diplomatic Appointments – Tamara Kunanayakam

    Ambassador Tamara Manimehalai Kunanayakam, presently the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka Mission in Geneva had categorically stated that she is no more interested in holding any diplomatic position.  She said that she is not going to accept the position of Ambassador either to Cuba or Brazil and also not interested in continuing as the Head […]

  • AG query exposes bad governance in Tourism Promotion MD appointment Read more >

    AG query exposes bad governance in Tourism Promotion MD appointment

     ■Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau MD post is a permanent position and comes under scheme of recruitment approved by Treasury ■Rumy Jauffer hired on one-year contract sans an application or a CV ■Not marking attendance, unlimited use of fuel among flags-off in Auditor General’s Department queryA host of queries by the Auditor General’s Department over the appointment […]

  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa -Three Years Later Read more >

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa -Three Years Later

    FJ: Three years after the end of the war, the country is still facing international criticism. Do you personally believe that the LLRC recommendations should have been implemented without waiting for the international community to force the government to do so? GR: Actually we have implemented many of those recommendations even before those recommendations came […]

  • LLRC implementation: Now the Government tells NGOs, COME WITH US! Read more >

    LLRC implementation: Now the Government tells NGOs, COME WITH US!

    By Namini WijedasaThe government will involve NGO critics in the drafting of its action plan on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, a key presidential adviser said last week.      Mohan Pieris, the former attorney general, revealed details of what he called the ‘preliminaries to the main action plan’ in an interview […]

  • Jaffna girl abducted in white van

    A 23-year-old girl was abducted by a group in a white van in Jaffna today (May 27).  According to eyewitnesses, there had been five occupants in the van.The girl, identified as Selvarasa Archana Ambiga, had been on her way to morning mass at a church at Nallayan when she was kidnappedSLM 23 year old woman […]

  • Lanka dismisses US human rights report Read more >

    Lanka dismisses US human rights report

    Sri Lanka on Sunday dismissed a US report that questioned the human rights record of its police and security forces, saying that the situation in the island nation is “better than most of the countries with five star democracies”.Colombo’s reaction came after the State Department report alleged that “a number of suspects detained by police […]

  • Public trustee paid Rs. 144,000 for PM’s suit Read more >

    Public trustee paid Rs. 144,000 for PM’s suit

    The Public Trustee’s Department has paid Rs. 144,000 to ‘Sitha Stores’ for a suit for prime minister D.M. Jayaratne to be worn during a visit to Vavuniya.  JVP’s Sunil Handunetti made the revelation during the parliamentary debate on COPE.The Department has also spent Rs. 269,000 on books and clothes distributed during the tour. The auditor […]

  • Venue set on fire – Sampanthan re-elected leader of ITAK

    The Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan was re-elected leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi at its 14th National Convention in the Eastern headquarter town of Batticaloa on Saturday.   Maavai Senathirajah was elected party general secretary.ITAK is the most important constituent of the TNA. The TNA is the lone credible voice of Tamils in […]

  • No Action Plan was taken to Clinton Read more >

    No Action Plan was taken to Clinton

    Weerathunga and Peiris Neither an Action Plan nor a formal document was handed over to US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton when a Sri Lanka delegation headed by External Affairs Minister, G.L. Peiris, held bi-lateral talks in Washington on May 18.The only exception, the Sunday Times learnt, was an aide memoire explaining some statistical information. […]

  • Reconciliation talks process at a dead end Read more >

    Reconciliation talks process at a dead end

    The move to kick start a “reconciliation process” is headed for failure after the government ignored pre-conditions set by the United National Party (UNP). As a result, there will neither be a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to formulate a political package to address Tamil grievances nor direct negotiations between the government and the Tamil National […]

  • Main Tamil party wants NE merger Read more >

    Main Tamil party wants NE merger

    The Illankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi, the major partner in the Tamil National Alliance yesterday resolved to call for the remerger of the Northern and Eastern provinces. The proposal was approved at the party’s General Council held in Batticaloa ahead of today’s annual convention. A senior member said that in future talks with the government, the […]

  • Govt. slams door on UNHRC team Read more >

    Govt. slams door on UNHRC team

    The Government is to reject a move by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to send a team to Colombo to discuss the offer of “advice and technical assistance” towards implementing the US-backed resolution on Sri Lanka. The visit of such a delegation is conveyed in a May 14 letter which the UN […]

  • New B’calo office of SLMC gutted in arson attack Read more >

    New B’calo office of SLMC gutted in arson attack

    A new office of the SLMC in Batticaloa has been destroyed in an arson attack.  The premises at Kathankudy were due to be opened by the Muslim party’s leader, minister Rauff Hakeem later today (May 26).According to police, unidentified persons had set fire to the building in the early hours of this morning. There have […]

  • Three Years on, Reconciliation is getting too late Read more >

    Three Years on, Reconciliation is getting too late

    by Dr Laksiri FernandoWhen the government moved the army decisively against the LTTE in July 2006, it did the right thing, and there was no other viable alternative left. The peace process since February 2002 was not working and the LTTE was making a mockery of the peace effort by amassing arms and ammunition and […]

  • Stopping The Rot Read more >

    Stopping The Rot

    ”This bigotry and intolerance is untenable. It is wholly detrimental to the free thought, free speech and the advancement of society. Why in this day and age is a government afraid of a diversity of views? Why do they feel so threatened by detractors and critics that they feel it necessary to classify them as […]

  • Guided democracy Read more >

    Guided democracy

    ”These far reaching reforms were not the result of any home-grown proposal. In fact, no group or political association in the country asked for it. Indeed, the largest of them, the Ceylon National Congress, opposed the extension of the franchise.”by Shanie “In the Renaissance of my life the cries of the damned crowded my ears. […]

  • Cabinet rejects women’s rights commission Read more >

    Cabinet rejects women’s rights commission

    The cabinet has rejected a proposal for the appointment of a fully-fledged commission for safeguarding women’s rights.  Minister Tissa Karaliyadde had proposed the setting up of the 10-member panel, a majority of whom should have been women.They were to represent environment, law, economy, science and technology, social services, labour, health and education fields.SLM

  • GMOA to sue fake heart patient over strike ban Read more >

    GMOA to sue fake heart patient over strike ban

    The Additional District Judge of Colombo yesterday (25) vacated the Enjoining Order issued on Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) preventing their strike demanding transport allowance. Court issued this Enjoining Order on 11 May after considering a plaint filed by a heart patient who claims to be taking treatment at the National Hospital in Colombo.  When […]

  • “The university academics do not want a militarized society Read more >

    “The university academics do not want a militarized society

    Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) has expressed opposition to the leadership training for the post graduates.  FUTA spokesperson Dr. Mahim Mendis told Ceylon Today that university academics were not supportive of leadership training as the youth have to undergo training in military camps.  The students are exposed to a regimental culture, and the highest […]

  • Protest  against a Madarasa in Dehiwala Read more >

    Protest against a Madarasa in Dehiwala

    Buddhist monks took to the streets yesterday again demanding the demolition of yet another Muslim community building in Colombo, claiming it was illegal. Over 250 protestors led by Buddhist monks staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Galvihara Road, Dehiwala, calling for the demolition of the Madarasa ‘Darul- Qur’an lil Baranil Iman.The protestors charged it […]

  • North: British HC disputes President’s claims Read more >

    North: British HC disputes President’s claims

    Many an eyebrow has been raised over contradiction by British High Commissioner John Rankin of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s claim of scaling down of the military presence and the non-involvment of the military in civil administration in the Northern Province since the conclusion of the conflict.In his video, ‘Ask the High Commissioner’, Rankin challenged a claim […]

  • What’s next for General Fonseka? Read more >

    What’s next for General Fonseka?

    Mohamed Hisham”Yet, he will have to manage the charisma, admiration and respect he commands across the country and importantly from every part of the society to maneuver through the rough political terrains in bringing together , the young and old, ambitious and reserved, Northern and Southern, rich and poor, friends and old-friends, young people and […]

  • No police involvement in murder of the Tamil Canadian Read more >

    No police involvement in murder of the Tamil Canadian

    By Gandhya Senanayake Police yesterday releasing a statement regarding the murder of the Canadian national which occurred on 23 May at 9:30 p.m. in Paranthan, Kilinochchi  stated that there was no basis for the alleging any involvement of the police or armed forces in his death.Earlier a special investigation was launched by the police with several […]

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