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Monthly Archives: June, 2013

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India to convey its view on S Lanka’s 13th Amendment after consideration

PTI  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India would convey its views on alleged attempts by political parties in Sri Lanka to repeal the...

‘Coerce’ Sri Lanka to politically empower the Sri Lankan Tamils ‘ BJP

BJP bats for Lankan TamilsChennai:The state unit of the BJP has asked the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre to ‘coerce’ Sri Lanka to...

Why Christian persecution is worrisome in Sri Lanka

Francis Xavier’s Catholic Churchat Angulana attacked on 6th June 2013World Evangelical AllianceFour years after its military victory over Tamil Tigers, Sri Lanka appears to...

30 temples, 25 churches remain damaged in Ki’linochchi

Even after four years have passed, More than 30 Saiva temples are found either destroyed or damaged in the three divisions of Ki'linochchi district,...

Abductions of Ramasamay Prabhakaran and Poddala Jayantha – Was DIG Vass G. Involved?

 Disgraced DIG Vass is only the tip of the icebergThe downfall of DIG Vass Gunawardena, once a star crime buster, known for his special...

The judiciary must be totally free from executive pressure or influence and must be fiercely independent: BASL President

Mr. JayasuriyaSome weeks ago, when a ceremonial sitting was held to welcome the new Supreme Court judge Rohini Perera-Marasinghe, the BASL President was not...

Opposition UNP warns that they will complain to UN HRC if investigation failed

Funeral of two fishermen killed Attempted assault on Ranil, attack on UNP councillors under investigation Two separate investigations are under way over the attempted...

Ruling party politico orders lady teacher to kneel in class

NWP Provincial Councillor remanded; more cases of lawlessness by ruling party membersA UPFA Provincial Councillor who allegedly ordered a teacher to kneel because she...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa : Present National Security Concerns of Sri Lanka

Gotabaya Chithanaya for national security  There are several potential threats in today's context that Sri Lanka needs to be concerned about. These include: The...

Former War Zone Craves Democracy

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A DIG’s undoing : Large number of other crimes had been committed by the same group

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), while conducting investigations into the abduction and murder of businessman, Mohamed Shiyam, has found two pieces of synthetic coir...

Dilution of the 13A will increase the danger of separatism The socialist alliance

DEW, Vasu, Tissa oppose Govt. proposals to dilute 13A in writingThe socialist alliance within the ruling UPFA coalition yesterday submitted a cabinet memorandum laying...

SRI LANKA: The arrest of Vaas Gunawardena and the descent into rulelessness

A Statement from the Asian Human Rights CommissionThe Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Vass Gunawardena is now in remand custody while an inquiry...

13 A: Right to merge provinces to be repealed; SLMC to handover objections

The Cabinet today approved to do away with the powers enabling provincial councils to merge. Minister of Mass Media and Information, Keheliya Rambukwella stated...

Soldier who raped 6-year-old in Nedunkerni, Vanni identified

The soldier, who had allegedly raped a girl, just 6 years and 8 months old, at Nedunkerni, Jaffna, was identified by witnesses and the...

Committee appointed to probe NGOs

The government has appointed a special Board of Intellectuals to probe charges and allegations being made against NGOs and their operations. Subsequent to this...

13th Amendment dilution bid by Lanka worries India

ENS - NEW DELHI India is deeply worried about the seemingly determined efforts being made by the Sri Lankan government to dilute provisions of the...

Rising Muslim-Buddhist tensions in Sri Lanka

Photo: Contributor/IRINMuslims make up 9 percent of the population(IRIN) - An increasing number of Muslim Sri Lankans, who make up around 9 percent of...

Top Sri Lanka police officer held over ‘contract killing’

Vaas Gunawardena is already a controversial figure in Sri LankaOne of Sri Lanka's most senior police officers has been arrested under terrorism laws over...

Muslim Congress Parliamentary Group Unanimously Resolves to Oppose Govt Moves to Amend 13th Constitutional Amendment

Hakeem cornered D.B.S.JEYARAJPresident Rajapaksa’s proposed move to bring about urgent legislation to amend the Thirteenth Constitutional Amendment and circumscribe devolution suffered a major setback...

India seeks urgent meeting with TNA

The Indian government has sought an urgent meeting with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the 13th Amendment to the constitution, the Uthayan newspaper...

Shower of stones at Opposition Leader’s convoy during Balapitiya visit .

 Police today prevented a pro-government mob setting upon Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as he toured the Balapitiya area visiting families whose members had been...

Catholic bishops ask Sri Lankan government not to change 13th Amendment to Constitution

June 10, Colombo: The Catholic bishops of Sri Lanka have requested the government not to proceed with amending the 13th Amendment to the Constitution...

13A was forced on country : Causing disruption to admin process and stumbling block to progress – Secretary to the President

The then government was so much under pressure that it accepted the 13th Amendment to the Constitution without calling for a referendum in the...

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history...

Saiva temple sculptures smashed in Trincomalee

An unknown squad has vandalized 13 Hindu Terracotta sculptures on the entrance tower (Koapuram) being constructed at the Katpaka Vinyaakar temple in Trincomalee on...

Vote as you wish on 13A JHU resolution says MR

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today told the coalition partners of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that they can vote as they wish in parliament...

Catholic Bishops against changes to 13th Amendment

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka requested the government not to proceed with amending the 13th Amendment, but to discuss with all relevant...

Sri Lanka Monthly Briefing Note | Issue No 02 – June 2013 Period covered: 1 May 2013 – 31 May 2013

Implementation Progress of the UN Resolution On Sri Lanka, A/HRC/22/L.1/Rev.13SUMMARY:UN Human Rights High Commissioner Navanethem Pillay has accepted the invitation by the Government of...
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