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  • Meet with Blake positive – Gota

    5, 2011, 9:51 pmBy Shamindra Ferdinando Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said, in an exclusive interview with The Island on Thursday (5), that Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake hadn’t come across any Tamil speaking civilians wanting to have Sri Lanka investigated for war crimes during his visit to former LTTE strongholds at Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi […]

  • Report biased says Army

    by Easwaran Rutnam   Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya has rejected the ‘Darusman report’ compiled by the panel of experts appointed by UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon. He also said that a committee appointed by the Army is now working on a response to the report which was made public recently by the UN Chief. […]

  • UN Report: Way Forward

    International pressure should be brought on the Government of Sri Lanka to withdraw the entire Army from the North and the East. The people are so scared of the guns that women hysterically run away merely sighting a gun. There is absolutely no threat of the LTTE reviving. by V. Anandasangaree (May 06, Colombo, Sri […]

  • Bungalow Type Mansion in Jaffna to Accommodate VIPs

    06 May 2011A bungalow type mansion to accommodate the President and other V.I.Ps has come up in Jaffna at the cost of 100 million rupees. A bungalow type mansion to accommodate the President and other V.I.Ps has come up in Jaffna at the cost of 100 million rupees. This mansion is to be opened by […]

  • Suresh Premachandran Requests Speaker to Take Action Against Hathurusinghe

    The commander of the field forces in Jaffna Major general Mahinda Hathurusinghe has recently said that Suresh Premachchandran and Mavai Senathirajah were behaving in such a manner as to start a war once again 06 May 2011 TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachchandran yesterday requested the speaker to take action against the Jaffna commander, Major General Hathurusinghe […]

  • Union says 90 per cent of academics have handed in their resignations

    By Lakna Paranamanna More than 90 per cent of those in university administration countrywide have tendered their resignation letters to the authorities resulting in administrative functions of universities on the verge of a breaking down, Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) said yesterday. The FUTA said heads of departments, coordinators of units as well as […]

  • UNP accuses Computer crime unit of hacking

    May 5, 2011, 10:11 pmBy Saman Indrajith The special computer crime unit, housed at the BMICH, is engaged in hacking electronic mail including the email accounts of some ministers, UNP Kurunegala district MP Dayasiri Jayasekera charged in Parliament yesterday. He levelled the charges while speaking during the debate on the extension of emergency. He said […]

  • Panel report will hamper the progress of UN – Champika Ranawaka

    As a result they may try to revitalize the LTTE and other disgruntled military and political elements in South in the form of a common front. It has been reported the possibilities of using one or two African countries as training grounds and the possibility of the Naxalite movement and other terrorist groups in Indian […]

  • Blake should not mislead Tamils again: Mano Ganesan

    “Those who supported the war efforts unconditionally do have the moral responsibility towards the Tamil community. US and UN failed to act decisively to prevent civilian causalities.” 05 May 2011,Mano Ganesan, the leader of the Democratic Peoples Front (DPF), who was once named by then US State Secretary Condoleezza Rice, in a statement issued on […]

  • US wants dialogue between SL and UN

    05 May 2011 01:42By Shakuntala Perera Robert O. Blake, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, said yesterday that the UN report on Sri Lanka ‘underscored the importance of a durable political solution’ and the necessity for a dialogue between the UN and the government of Sri Lanka. Addressing the media during his […]

  • Signature campaign seeks prosecution of Rajapaksa

    Staff Reporter Communist Party of India leader R. Nallakannu here on Wednesday inaugurated a signature campaign demanding the prosecution of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the international court, “for his role in the genocide in the island nation during its war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.” The campaign, an initiative of the […]

  • ‘Maximum support needed to defeat panel report’

    UNP Provincial Council member, Shrilal Lakthilaka said the UN does not have legal right to interfere in the matters of a sovereign nation.   05 May 2011 By Olindhi Jayasundere The Government and Opposition of the Western Provincial Council yesterday unanimously resolved that the External Affairs Ministry should get the support of other countries to oppose […]

  • US urges Sri Lanka to address abuse allegations

    APBy KRISHAN FRANCIS,  A U.S. diplomat Wednesday asked Sri Lanka to address allegations of possible war crimes toward the end of the country’s civil war and to share political power with an estranged Tamil minority for a lasting peace. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake told reporters that Sri Lanka has promised to […]

  • President extends mandate of LLRC – Many more await to give evidence

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa has extended the mandate of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) by a period of six months in view of the large number of persons from Sri Lanka and abroad still to give evidence before it. In May 2010, President Rajapaksa appointed the eight-member Commission to report on the lessons to […]

  • President’s fund spends Rs.1.52 bn without Board consent

    May 3, 2011,By Ajith Alahakoon The President’s Fund has spent a sum of Rs. 1,520 million, during the years 2008 and 2009, without obtaining the consent of its controlling board, the Auditor General says. The AG’s report on the President’s Fund for 2009 points out that a sum of Rs 843,846,792 was spent in 2008. […]

  • SL GOVT WILL NOT RESPOND TO THE UN EXPERTS’ REPORT: G.L

    04 May 2011 Q: Will the Government respond to the UN Panel report? If so, what will be contained in this response? No, the government has no intention of responding to the report. Because the report has been prepared and submitted to the Secretary General by three persons he has nominated on his own personal […]

  • Govt. to write to Ban- GL to visit India, China

     04 May 2011By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera The government has decided to write to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon notifying him of the accomplishments made locally and internationally up to date in the post war period, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris told Parliament yesterday. Making his remarks in the House for the first time […]

  • Abduction of Two School Boys in Mannar (Sri Lanka)

    On 17th January 2011, at around 2 pm, two students of St. Xavier’s College, Mannar were abducted by a group of unidentified persons in a white van as they were returning from school.  (AJR aged 19 and AR aged 18) Both boys were in school uniform when they were abducted. There were no witnesses to […]

  • A multicultural national vision for peace in Sri Lanka

    A Citizens’ initiative based on consultations in the various regions of the country by Dr. Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake, Dr. Fara Haniffa, Dr. Devenesan Nesiah Preamble Publish Post Sri Lanka was long famous for its rich social diversity and the harmonious co-existence of various communities. Since independence, however, there has been a failure to define and realize […]

  • Govt ordered to amend Pension Bill

    The Court has ordered the AG to amend the Bill as per the union requests The Supreme Courts in Sri Lanka has ordered the Attorney General (AG) to amend the Pensions Bill for private sector workers. AG has agreed in courts to amend the Bill to include provisions for spouses to be paid following the […]

  • More child abuse complaints

     By Olindhi Jayasundere The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) hotline 1929 for public complaints on child abuse has received 21,507 complaints up until April 30 this year, the Ministry of Child Development and Women’s Empowerment said.. The hotline which was introduced in June 2010 was set up for the public to report incidents of any […]

  • ITAK urges internationally supervised negotiations with GoSL

    02 May 2011, Two veteran Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) politicians, C.V.K Sivagnanam and Mavai Senthirajah, on Sunday urged international supervision of a process that guarantees both a proper negation process and the implementation of results in the talks between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL). The two officials […]

  • External forces trying to destabilize SL, says MR

    02 May 2011 By Sandun A. Jayaekera President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday charged that external forces were trying to destabilize Sri Lanka by throwing allegations of Human Rights violations and war crimes. Addressing the UPFA May Day rally at the Colombo Town Hall Grounds, President Rajapaksa alleged that those who wrote reports against Sri Lanka had […]

  • Tamil Nadu pressure over UN report

    BY TN Gopalan India is urged to mobilise international support for a war crimes tribunal Political parties in Tamil Nadu are seeking to mount pressure on the federal government on the issue of the alleged war crimes committed by Sri Lanka in the closing stages of the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. The parties […]

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