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NPC passes resolution calling for International Tribunal Top News
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) today passed a resolution unanimously calling upon the international community to set up an international tribunal to investigate alleged human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed in the country citing that past domestic mechanisms failed to deliver justice. When the council convened today Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran submitted an a resolution titled “ Resolution on the need for an international mechanism” to the council and it was seconded by the councilor M.K.Shivajilingam.

TNA reiterates demand for opposition leader post
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday reiterated its stand for the opposition leader post as the new Parliament met for the first time. The TNA Parliamentary Group convened yesterday and TNA leader R. Sampanthan was elected as the TNA’s Parliamentary Group Leader at this meeting.It was also decided that Sampanthan should be appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. On this basis, TNA MP Selvam Adaikalanathan accepted appointment to the post of Deputy Chairman of Committees.

MR becomes an MP Top News
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn-in as a parliamentarian of the new parliament today. He was seated in the second seat of the front row next to UPFA stalwart Nimal Siripala de Silva. Mr. Rajapaksa was welcomed by other parliamentarians and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe commended Mr. Rajapaksa’s assistance extended in parliamentary affairs.

TNA MP Selvam Adikkalanathan appointed Deputy Chairman of Committees
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

Parliament today unanimously elected Karu Jayasuriya to the post of Speaker as well as Thilanga Sumathipala as Deputy Speaker and TNA MP Selvam Adikkalanathan as Deputy Chairman of Committees. The appointments were made as the 8th parliament formally inaugurated its five year term this morning. The proceedings for the day began at 9.30 am with Serjeant-at-Arms Anil Parakrama entering the Chamber with the Mace which was laid on the lower rest till the Speaker was elected.

India sees ties with Sri Lanka growing further
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

India today said that it sees ties with Sri Lanka growing further following the January Presidential election and visits by leaders to both countries. This view was expressed by Dr. Arvind Gupta, Deputy National Security Adviser of India at the Defence Seminar which began in Colombo today.

Fonseka Refutes Karuna's Contention That Prabhakaran Shot Himself
[Tuesday 2015-09-01 17:00]

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, who commanded the Sri Lanka Army during the 2006-2009 Eelam War IV, has refuted the contention of former Tamil Tiger commander “Col” Karuna Amman, that Tiger Supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran had shot himself dead and was not killed by Lankan troops as claimed. “He had a head injury in which a part of the skull had come off. If he had shot himself, the bullet would have come out from the other side of the head. But this had not happened. He might have been hit by shrapnel from a mortar bomb or a shell,” Fonseka told Express here on Monday.

Parties reach consensus that only an international investigation mechanism can deliver justice.
[Monday 2015-08-31 20:00]

Leaders representing three constituents of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday rejected the stand of the U.S., which favoured a domestic investigation mechanism on alleged crimes during the final stages of the Eelam War. The leaders of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), who met for four hours in Colombo, felt that justice would be possible only through an international probe.

Sri Lanka Tamil party waits for UNHRC report before taking stand on a war crime probe
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Leader of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), MP R. Sampanthan has said that the party can take an official stand on the latest US policy of supporting Sri Lanka to institute a domestic mechanism to investigate the alleged war crimes, only after reading the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Indicating a major shift in policy towards Sri Lanka, the U.S. last week expressed support to the new government of Sri Lanka to conduct its own domestic probe into the alleged war crimes.

Speaker will decide on Opp. Leader: UNP
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

It is the speaker who has the power to decide who would be the Leader of the Opposition in the new Parliament, a United National Party (UNP) MP said today. UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella, who is tipped to be the Leader of the House, told Daily Mirror that the Speaker has the power to decide who the Leader of the Opposition would be as per the Parliamentary procedure.Mr. Kiriella was referring to the report which said President Maithipala Sirisena had agreed to allow the opposition members of Parliament to decide on the Leader of the Opposition.

Tamil parties turn down U.S. call for internal ‘war crimes’ probe
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Leaders representing three constituents of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Sunday rejected the stand of the U.S., which favoured a domestic investigation mechanism on alleged crimes during the final stages of the Eelam War. The leaders of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO), Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) and the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), who met for four hours in Colombo, felt that justice would be possible only through an international probe.

President will not pick opposition leader
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has said he will not interfere in the process to pick an opposition leader in Parliament.The President had given this assurance when he met the party leaders of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at his official residence today. National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa said that at the meeting he had raised some concerns over the alliance the UPFA and Sri Lanka Freedom Party was having with the United National Party.

UPFA faces split, members discuss new alliance
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Several members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) are having discussions on forming a new political alliance, UPFA member Udaya Gammanpila said. He said that so far at least six political parties have agreed to be part of the new alliance.

Three ex-PSD officers traced
[Monday 2015-08-31 19:00]

Three ex-PSD officers - who have been identified by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as possible suspects of former rugby player Wasim Thajudeen’s killing - will be arrested within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, a civilian, who is presently in London, has also been identified as a person who was aware of the conspiracy to kill Thajudeen, Police sources added.

First informal meeting on Sri Lanka at UNHRC 30th session on September 17
[Sunday 2015-08-30 19:00]

The United States has informed the Unite Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva that an informal meeting has been scheduled on the sidelines of the 30th session which begins on September 14, to discuss a resolution the U.S. plans to present on Sri Lanka. The U.S, Ambassador to the UN in Geneva Keith harper at the Organizational Meeting for 30th Session of UNHRC said the first informal has been scheduled for September 17 at the Palais des Nations.

Gajendrakumar’s TNPF for ‘Two-Nations in One Country’
[Sunday 2015-08-30 19:00]

The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) led by Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam says it stands for a solution based on ‘Two-Nations in One Country’ in order to resolve the issues faced by the Tamils. In a statement with regards to the position of the TNPF on the political solution and on accountability, Ponnambalam said the TNPF stands for a solution where Sri Lanka is recognized as a country which comprises of the numerically larger Sinhala nation and the numerically smaller Tamil nation and other Peoples – a model quite well known to scholars and practitioners of pluri-national/ multi-national constitutional ordering across the world.

SLFP rejects TNA’s claim for opposition leader post
[Sunday 2015-08-30 19:00]

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) last night rejected a call by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for recognition as the main opposition party in Parliament. The move was aimed at making Rajavarothiam Sampanthan as Leader of the Opposition. “The Opposition Leader’s post should be given to the party which has the highest number of members and are not supporting the National Government,” Acting General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake told the Sunday Times.

Only CP MP to go it alone
[Sunday 2015-08-30 19:00]

The sole Communist Party member elected to parliament will remain as an independent member, party leader D.E.W. Gunasekara said yesterday. The CP contesting under the UPFA returned only one member — Chandrasiri Gajadeera from the Matara district. Mr. Gunasekara said his party saw the UPFA as being non-functional now and therefore the CP member would function independently. “We will support some of the government proposals wherever it is necessary and at the same time oppose whenever it is required,” he said.

President invites UPFA party leaders for meeting
[Sunday 2015-08-30 19:00]

President Maithripala Sirisena has invited United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) party leaders for a meeting tomorrow. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the President’s official residence tomorrow morning, National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and UPFA member Wimal Weerawansa said. The President, as chairman of the UPFA, has called for the meeting ahead of the new Parliament meeting tomorrow.

Key Reports Ready Before UNHRC Sessions
[Sunday 2015-08-30 19:00]

Reports pertaining to the investigations on at least three major incidents are expected to be ready before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) begins meeting in Geneva next month. Well informed sources said that investigations into the murder of The Sunday Leader founding editor Lasantha Wickremetunge, the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda and the murder of former national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen have gathered pace.

Sirisena Takes Over SLFP, Rajapaksa Group Reduced to A Rump
[Saturday 2015-08-29 19:00]

Seven months after he was made de jure Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent of the opposition United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena became its de facto head on Friday. The group headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was reduced to a rump when the SLFP Central Committee unanimously decided to give Sirisena full authority to decide on the nature of the party’s participation in the National Government; who all will take ministerial portfolios and who will be the Leader of the Opposition.

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