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  • Video: Commission to Prepare Electoral Reforms: JVP Read more >

    Video: Commission to Prepare Electoral Reforms: JVP

    The Executive Council has decided to set up a commission to prepare a new electoral process to be implemented soon, a JVP council member revealed yesterday. JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said this decision was made after his strict warning that his party would withdraw from the Executive Council. He also said the Executive Council […]

  • Sri Lanka: Jaffna Bishop Regrets Ranil-Wiggy ‘Cold War’ Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Jaffna Bishop Regrets Ranil-Wiggy ‘Cold War’

    [Rev. Thomas Savuntharanayagam] The now much hyped ‘cold war’ between NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe does not vibe well with Jaffna’s Catholic Bishop Rt. Rev. Thomas Savuntharanayagam. At a meeting with German Ambassador Dr. Jürgen Morhard over the ‘cold war’ between the Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, which […]

  • 19 A: Counsel Oppose Rigid Control of Private Media During Polls Read more >

    19 A: Counsel Oppose Rigid Control of Private Media During Polls

    The state should not rigidly control private media institutions, especially during the time of a poll. All the broadcasting and telecasting stations will deliver the same message favourable to the regime of the time, Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena President’s Counsel told the Supreme Court yesterday. Counsel was referring to the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution. […]

  • Maithree Revolution is Not a Social Revolution but only a Democratic One

    by Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathna. The Maithree revolution has affected all sections of the society. It is not a social revolution but only a democratic one; demanding just a limited political democracy. However it affected women and children, in addition to other sections such as Tamils and Muslims, who participated in the Maithree mass uprising with […]

  • SC Examines Provisions of 19A: Lawyers Battle Out On Pros And Cons Read more >

    SC Examines Provisions of 19A: Lawyers Battle Out On Pros And Cons

    [Dr Jayampathi Wickramarathne , architect  of the 19th A] AG says “contentious” clauses amended’ The provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution are not inconsistent with the Constitution or the legal framework, TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran,said yesterday. Making submissions before the Supreme Court, he said that the proposed Amendment need not be subjected […]

  • Sri Lanka: U’grads Protest Attacked; JVP Condemns the Attack Read more >

    Sri Lanka: U’grads Protest Attacked; JVP Condemns the Attack

    Protesting undergraduates charged that it was President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who had ordered the brutal teargas and water cannon attack on them yesterday (31), which left many hospitalized with injuries and several taken into police custody. Journalists from Mawbima, Rivira and TNL along with undergraduates including bhikkhus were viciously assaulted by […]

  • UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff to visit Sri Lanka Read more >

    UN Special Rapporteur Pablo de Greiff to visit Sri Lanka

    UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Guarantees of Non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, will arrive in Sri Lanka for a six-day visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Sunday (29). “Greiff will arrive in Sri Lanka today. He plans to meet with senior officials of the Government and political parties. He looks forward to […]

  • Chief Minister Wigneshwaran snubs PM Ranil Read more >

    Chief Minister Wigneshwaran snubs PM Ranil

    Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran and the Northern Provincial Councillors boycotted a visit by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Jaffna yesterday, following an exchange of views over the military presence in the North and the views expressed by the PM in an interview with an Indian TV station. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, State […]

  • Two Deaths in Custody This Month: Three Cops on the Mat Read more >

    Two Deaths in Custody This Month: Three Cops on the Mat

    At least three policemen including two sergeants have been interdicted in connection with two separate cell deaths that took place at the start of this month, pending further investigations but a rights group while condemning the incidents has called for tougher action and transparency in the probe. During the initial investigations the police claimed that […]

  • Sri Lanka: Vibushika Released From Probation Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Vibushika Released From Probation

    Kilinochchi Magistrate Court on Thursday (26) ordered the release Balendran Vibushika from probation with immediate effect. Vibushika, the daughter of Balendran Jeyakumari, was transferred to probationary custody in a children’s home in Kilinochchi after her mother’s arrest in March 2014. Jeyakumari was detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with no chargers filed. Sri […]

  • Sri Lanka Begins Process to Get GSP Read more >

    Sri Lanka Begins Process to Get GSP

    [Apparel workers in Sri Lanka] The EU and Sri Lanka have begun the formal process that may lead to the re-admission of Sri Lanka to the status of GSP+ under the European Union’s new GSP regulation. A joint statement by Sri Lanka and the EU said that the EU-Sri Lanka Working Group on Trade and […]

  • National Anthem Sung in Tamil – President and PM in Jaffna Read more >

    National Anthem Sung in Tamil – President and PM in Jaffna

    The national anthem was sung in Tamil in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at an event, where the lands taken over by the military to establish a High Security Zone were handed back to the legitimate owners at Valalaai, Valikamam East on Monday (23). […]

  • Let Us Get Together! – Call From Artists in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Let Us Get Together! – Call From Artists in Sri Lanka

    Let’s solve our longstanding problems in the field of theatre art. Let us enter to an order which guarantees the freedom of theatre artists, freedom and right for creative works, and safeguard the rights of theatre artists and sustenance and promotion of the theatre without aligning to any political party or power. Let us nurture […]

  • Follow UN Conventions on Restitution of Refugee Properties: Wigneswran to Sirisena Read more >

    Follow UN Conventions on Restitution of Refugee Properties: Wigneswran to Sirisena

    [Chief Minister, C.V.Wigneswaran. (File)] COLOMBO: The Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V.Wigneswaran, has asked the Sri Lankan government to follow the Pinheiro Principles and other UN conventions on the restitution of properties of displaced Tamils. He was speaking at a function in Jaffna in which President Maithripala Sirisena gave back to civilians, 425 acres in Jaffna […]

  • One Year Since Ruki Fernando Gagged Without Any Charges Read more >

    One Year Since Ruki Fernando Gagged Without Any Charges

    21st March 2015. Statement to mark one year since the issuing of the gag order, travel restrictions and TID investigation against Sri Lankan human rights defender Ruki Fernando. The 21st March 2015 will mark one year since a court order restricting the freedom of expression on leading Sri Lankan human rights defender and writer, Ruki […]

  • PM Appoints Exploratory Committee – Jaffna HSZ Land Release Read more >

    PM Appoints Exploratory Committee – Jaffna HSZ Land Release

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a three-member committee to examine the fullest extent of land, currently under the custody of Security Forces in the High Security Zone (HSZ) in the Northern Province, that could be released to the legitimate owners, Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan revealed. Swaminathan said the committee comprises Resettlement Ministry Secretary, Ranjini […]

  • Constitutional Reform Must Take Interests of Small Parties into Account

    (Media Release/NPC) One of the main promises in the government’s election manifesto was to effect far reaching constitutional change to ensure good governance. The government pledged to bring in constitutional amendments within 100 days to make the presidency more accountable to parliament and to the judiciary, and also to change the electoral system. The major […]

  • Delimitation and Its Effects on Minorities Read more >

    Delimitation and Its Effects on Minorities

    BY Shaahidah Riza. With talks of electoral reforms taking centre stage in the political arena and civil society platforms, Ceylon Today spoke to an expert on demarcating electoral boundaries, delimitation and its effect on minority communities. A professional Land and Building Surveyor and the former Joint Secretary of the All Ceylon Muslim League, M.I.M Mohideen, […]

  • Sri Lanka Tracking US$2bn Hidden During Last Regime in Dubai: Minister

    COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has found three bank accounts in a Dubai bank belonging to a ‘leading family’ connected to the former regime which had two billion US dollars in hidden assets, cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said. “We have learned that some of the money has been withdrawn after the election was lost,” […]

  • Govt Probes Disappearance  of Ekneligoda Read more >

    Govt Probes Disappearance of Ekneligoda

    The government announced in Parliament yesterday that it had commenced an investigation into the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. Responding to a question raised by Kurunegala District UPFA MP Shantha Bandara, Chief Government Whip and Minister of Mass Media and Parliamentary Affairs, Gayantha Karunatilake said that the government had taken steps to provide aid and […]

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