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Divi Neguma will be adopted 'despite any obstacles'
[Tuesday 2012-12-04 11:00]

Minister Basil Rajapaksa has said that the Divi Neguma draft bill would be adopted despite any obstacles.Speaking at a function in Yakkala, he said the groundwork would be laid for the country to enjoy the dividends of Divi Neguma by overcoming the intimidations and pressure by local and international elements, just like the three decade old terrorism was defeated.He claimed there has been a reduction in low-income population and that the income of the masses has seen an increase.Mr. Rajapaksa said the president's aim is to increase the per capita income, which was increased three fold from the 1,000 US dollars at the time he took over, to 4,000 dollars.


Speaker's ruling has no bearing upon the substantive issues in the impeachment
[Monday 2012-12-03 11:00]

The Speaker's ruling relating to the Supreme Court's notice to the Speaker and the members of the Parliamentary Select Committee does not in any way prohibits the constitutional right of the Court to entertain and to determine the Reference made by the Court of Appeal for a specific question relating to the scope of Article 107 (3) of the Constitution. Since the issue mooted is of utmost importance, various aspects relating to it should be reflected upon on the basis of constitutional principles and logic.


Arrested Jaffna undergrads in TID custody
[Sunday 2012-12-02 11:00]

The four Jaffna University Students arrested two days ago are in the custody of the TID in Vavuniya, according to DIG Wagista. The police official has made the revelation in response to an inquiry by MP Ajith Kumara. The parliamentarian has inquired as to why those undergraduates had not been produced before a magistrate even 24 hours had elapsed since their arrest.The DIG has said that they could be kept in detention for 72 hours, since they had been taken under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Relatives of the students had not been informed of their whereabouts until this revelation by DIG Wagista. Of them, Dharshananath and Solomon had led the protest at the university on November 28.

(SM)


Tenure of a C.J. to be limited to 06 yrs?
[Sunday 2012-12-02 11:00]

Discussions are underway regarding constitutional amendment to limited the he period of office of the post of Chief Justice is to be limited to a maximum of 05 years, according to government sources. Countries such as India and Ireland have a period of 5 yrs. tenure for the Chief Justice and Sri Lanka too should follow suit, according to a submission by Minister G.L. Peiris to the cabinet for approval on an earlier occasion.


Lecturers & workers at Jafna Uni stage protest
[Saturday 2012-12-01 13:00]

Teachers and workers of the University of Jaffna staged a peaceful protest against Sri Lankan police and Army today to strongly condemn the action against Tamils, when they attacked University students two days ago.The demonstration held from 11.00am saw teachers holding placards in front of the University gates.The teachers union of University said that the police and military had brutally handled the peaceful protest staged by students and accused forces of entering both men's and women's hostels without any authorised permission.


Lanka tops sexual harassment in public transport
[Saturday 2012-12-01 11:00]

The Legal Aid Commission say Sri Lanka has topped the list of sexual harassment in South Asia region especially relating to women being harassed in public transport. Its chairman S. S. Wijeratne said that owing to several public awareness campaigns, there was a gradual decrease in such incidents in the recent past. He was addressing the White Ribbon campaign in Colombo with the aim of stopping sexual harassment in public transport.Mr. Wijeratne said the victimized women in public transport were reluctant to make complaints about the matter to bus conductors, bus drivers or to the police.The LAC is ready to assist and appear on behalf of such victimized women in public transport, he said.

(SM)


Canadian organizations condemn attack on students in Jaffna
[Saturday 2012-12-01 00:00]

Condemning the brutal assaults on the students of University of Jaffna by the occupying Sri Lanka's police and military apparatus that has been happening with intensity since Tuesday, the Canadian Peace Alliance (CPA), the York Federation of Students (YFS), the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU), and the Tamil Youth Organization-Canada (TYO-Canada) have issued statements supporting both the civil and political liberties of the Eezham Tamil students in the homeland as well as the democratic right of the Tamil nation to self-determination.


SC again orders notice issued on respondents
[Friday 2012-11-30 14:00]

The Supreme Court today (Nov. 30) stressed that it was aware of the constitutional framework and the powers vested in it through the same and that it acts accordingly.A SC panel comprising Nimal Gamini Amaratunga, K. Sripavan and Priyasad Dep was taking up five petitions that challenge the parliamentary select committee's taking up of the impeachment motion against the chief justice.Three of these petitions were heard by the SC earlier and notice was issued on the respondents. The respondents nor their lawyers were present at today's hearing.


Chandrika warns inequality breeds 'terrorism'
[Friday 2012-11-30 14:00]

Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga has warned that inequality can fuel 'terrorism.' She was delivering a speech in Nigeria, a country grappling with a deadly Islamist insurgency, AFP reports.'Poverty, socio-political injustices cause frustration and anger among the marginalised groups,' said Mrs. Kumaratunga.'The continued existence of inequality gives rise to violence and even terrorism,' she added. Mrs.Kumaratunga was invited to speak by the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, an independent think-tank that hosts an annual lecture by a prominent world leader.


UN Urged to Send Officials to Protect Jaffna University Students: - TGTE
[Thursday 2012-11-29 20:00]

* Sri Lankan military stormed the Jaffna University and attacking students.

* There are also concerns about the safety of women students, as there are reports that the security forces have entered women's dormitories.

* The military is roaming in and around the Jaffna University hunting for students.

NEW YORK: November 28, 2012:


Petition against UNP leader dismissed
[Thursday 2012-11-29 13:00]

Courts have refused to grant an injunction to prevent the UNP from adopting a proposal at its general convention on December 01 to appoint the party leader for a six year period.Gangodawila district court judge Mevan Balalle today (Nov. 29) took up a petition in this regard filed by a UNP executive committee member, who is also the opposition leader of the Devinuwara Pradeshiya Sabha.In the petition, it was alleged the party’s working committee has adopted the proposal without prior consent from the national executive committee.he judge ruled the petitioner had failed to show adequate cause meriting an injunction.Participants at the UNP convention have been sent letters containing two proposals - one on the six year tenure of the party leader and the other on the party's radical programme.

(SM)


Judiciary cannot order parliament - speaker
[Thursday 2012-11-29 11:00]

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today (Nov. 29) rejected a court notice issued on him and members of the parliamentary select committee probing the impeachment motion against the chief justice.No external institution can issue notice, order or direct parliament, he said, adding the purported notices have no effect whatsoever and are not recognized in any manner.Noting that he took full responsibility for affairs of the House, the speaker said the PSC was accountable only to him.Leader of the House Nimal Siripala de Silva requested the speaker to make a decision with regard to parliamentary democracy.


Sri Lankan military fires on Jaffna university protest Top News
[Wednesday 2012-11-28 15:00]

On Wednesday, more than 200 university students were protested in front of the University and the protestors wanted that the international community or United nation to intervene to stop the military harassment of Tamils in the Jaffna area. When the peaceful protest was held in the Parameswara junction, about 200 metres from the university Sri Lankan troops opened fire then rushed the crowd, beating students with their rifle butts.More than 10 students were injured and many more arrested by Sri Lankan forces. Reporters for the Tamil newspapers were also assaulted, Jaffna sources said.


'SupremeSat 1' another con by Govt - UNP
[Wednesday 2012-11-28 14:00]

Yestertday's launching of the 'SupremeSat 1' satellite yesterday, a collaboration between a Sri Lankan and Chinese company, is merely a pawning of the country to satisfy the whimes of a single person, said the General Secretary of the UNP, Mr. Tissa Attanayake.He was speaking yesterday(27) at a media briefing in Colombo.The details of the Agreement between the Sri Lankan and Chinese companies, along with the financial implications should be reveled to the people by the government, he said.'The Sri Lankan Company has merely been allocated a Chinese satellite in this process. This is one which China had put aside after manufacture.This Gove, ia selling our sky too.This means that China can obtain all our information. It’s a great danger'


Fonseka's Media Secretary arrested
[Wednesday 2012-11-28 13:00]

Mr Sanjeewa Amarasinghe, the Media Secretary of the Leader of the National Alliance, Mr. Sarath Fonseka, was taken in to custody by the CID on Tuesday27). A person said to be Inspector of Police, Mr. E. Amarasinghe of the CID had gone to the Media Secretary's house in Ragama and had taken him into custody, his lawyer Shrilal Lankatilaka told the 'Mirror'.When Mr. Lankatilaka queried from the officer, he had replied that he was being taken to the CID to record a statement. Mr. Lankatilaka said that the CID has been interrogating Mr. Amarasinghe whether he had been supplying news to the e-news website as well as regarding the computers he was using to ascertain whether they had been utilized for writing articles that there had been war crimes committed in Sri Lanka.


Bad - breeding reigns today - Chandrika
[Tuesday 2012-11-27 13:00]

The concept of good breeding is fast disappearing from our society says former President Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunge. She was speaking at a ceremony at Horagolla yesterday where the Anura Bandaranayake Foundation was distributing scholarships for the fourth time to children who had passd the 'O' levels from lower -income families. The former President stated that crime was prevalent at unprecedented levels all over.. Bizarre occurrences are the order of the day in places such as Kahawatte. Minister are tying up govt. officials onto trees in the gaze of the public, and beaten up. And we see it on TV. After many days, the official who was beaten up says that it was all done in jest.


Today is the 58th birthday of Prabhakaran
[Monday 2012-11-26 14:00]

Today in Chennai, Tamileelam National Leader birthday was celebrated. Students celebrated LTTE supremo Veluppillai Prabhakaran's birthday with 58 firecrackers on today and Tamils are celebrating the event around the globe. Prabhakaran is a powerful symbol of Tamils and people who seek their freedom. Prabhakaran was born on November 26th 1954.Sweets were distributed to the people sharing the happiness on the occasion of birthday of National Leader.


TNA's Sridharan to be prosecuted?
[Monday 2012-11-26 12:00]

The government has reportedly decided to take legal action against TNA MP S. Sridharan for allegedly carrying out a slanderous campaign against the Army internationally.The reason for the decision is said to be his having told BBC and a pro-LTTE website that three of the 109 ex-LTTE girls who had joined the Army in Kilinochchi had fled following sexual abuse by the Army.He has also claimed three other Tamil girls had abandoned the Army due to the rigorous physical exercises involved, said a top military official.The aggrieved parties are also planning against the MP, said the official.


Court decision UNP leader's term on 29th
[Monday 2012-11-26 12:00]

The Court decision on the Petition made to the Nugegoda District Court against the proposal to appoint the party leader for a 06 year period at the forthcoming party Convention on December 01, will be given on the November 29th. This Petition was filed at the Nugegoda High Courts, by UNP Executive Committee member, leader of the opposition of the Devinura Pradeshiya Sabha. The proposal to extend the term of office of the party leader for 06 years wss passed by the Executive Committee without the consent of the National Executive council, according to the Petition.


Say 'NO' to Koodankulam and Kolar
[Sunday 2012-11-25 11:00]

The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) strikes again! With the same kind of callousness, carelessness and recklessness! When the Supreme Court judges asked the NPCIL officials where the Koodankulam spent fuels would be transported to, India's Solicitor General said that they would be sent to deep mining places in Kolar. Mr. Rohit Nariman admitted in open court that Kolar had been identified as the final long-term geological repository for long-life nuclear wastes. In its characteristic manner, the DAE has not shared any basic information on the Kolar plan with the local people, or people's representatives or the press. The ad-hoc nature of the DAE's decision-making and the short shrift given to science and public opinion are so glaring and, in fact, very disturbing.


Ranil asks BBC to investigate its journos
[Saturday 2012-11-24 13:00]

Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe has said that he is writing to Lord Christopher Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust regarding the misconduct of its journalists. He was talking exclusively to the web based Colombo Telegraph. Two of its journalists, BBC World Service producer Chandana Keerthi Bandara and the Colombo Reporter Elmo Fernando, applied Rs. 1,200,000/- each by way of interest free loans from the state banks to purchase cars or vans, where the interest will be paid by the Treasury using tax payer money. This is part of a Government scheme but the move has been criticised by media rights organisations and the opposition as an attempt to purchase loyalty, the Colombo Telegraph reports


The Supreme Court requests the PSC to withhold the impeachment inquiry -AHRC
[Saturday 2012-11-24 12:00]

The Supreme Court yesterday (November 22) decided to inform the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to inquire into the allegations made in the impeachment motion filed by a number of Members of Parliament against the Chief Justice. The court is inquiring into a reference made by the Court of Appeal acting in terms of Article 125 of the Constitution referring to the following question relating to the interpretation of the Constitution for the determination of the Supreme Court: "Is it mandatory under Article 107(3) of the Constitution for the Parliament to provide for the Parliament to provide for matters relating to the forum before which the allegations are to be proved, the mode of proof, the burden of proof, the standard of proof etc., of any alleged misbehaviour or incapacity in addition to the matters relating to the investigation of the alleged misbehaviour or incapacity?"


Reconciliation between C.J. and President urged
[Saturday 2012-11-24 12:00]

Many international organisastions have urged an amicable conciliation process between the C.J. and the President.Gabriela Knaul, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers has urged the government that the issues mentioned in the Impeachment motion be re- considered. The International layers association has stated that this conflict should be resolved in a manner which preserves the dignity of all parties concerned. The International Commission of Justice and the Asian Human Rights Commission too are focusing much attention on this issue.. Meanwhile many Civil Rights and other national organizations believe that there should be reconciliation on the outstanding issues.


Chennai court drops charge against Prabhakaran
[Saturday 2012-11-24 12:00]

A Chennai court yesterday (Nov. 23) closed a criminal charge filed against slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, pending before it for many years. The VII Additional Sessions Judge (In charge) Kaliamoorthy declared the charge as "abated," following the Crime Branch-CID request to close it on the ground that Prabhakaran's body was recovered from the Nandikadal area of Sri Lanka in 2009, PTI reports. According to police, Prabhakaran and his associate Sivakumar allegedly fired at their rivals Uma Maheswaran and Jotheeswaran of PLOTE in Pondy Bazaar on May 19, 1982.


Chandrika decries Impeachment Motion
[Saturday 2012-11-24 06:00]

'The move to impeach and remove the Chief Justice must be denounced by all who cherish democracy and stand for the independence of the judiciary. It is our duty to protect the judiciary for, by protecting the judiciary, we protect ourselves and our fundamental freedoms, states Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former President. In a feature published Colombo Telegraph website, Mr. Kumaratunga states that ' it is necessary that all parliamentarians, especially those of the government and of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in particular, do not view the issues that have arisen from the perspective of narrow personal political gain'.


SC Request to defer Parliamentary Select Committee mtg
[Thursday 2012-11-22 12:00]

The Supreme Court has recommended today (22) that it is appropriate that the meeting of the Parliamentary Select Committee, appointed to examine the Impeachment Motion against the C.J. Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, scheduled for tomorrow, be deferred until the interpretation of the points relating to the Constitution referred to by the Court of Appeal is given by the SC.The three-member SC panel which made this request comprised of Justices R. A. N. Gamini Amaratunga, K. Sripavan and Priyasath Dep. PC .According to the SC panel, the deferment of the sitting of the Parliamentary Select Committee was necessary for the Rule of Law, for the conduct mutually beneficial relationships between the Legislature and Judiciary, and protection of dignity.


National Action Plan given boost in budget-US
[Wednesday 2012-11-21 23:00]

While stating that Sri Lanka had made significant progress in implementing the LLRC report, through the National Action Plan (NAP), the US yesterday said the Budget 2013 that was presented recently was very encouraging as each government department was being given budget allocations to implement the NAP. The US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alyssa Ayres, who is currently on a visit to Sri Lanka made this comment.


Kfir uproar continues in Mullaitheevu
[Wednesday 2012-11-21 12:00]

Kfir fighter bombers was creating pandemonium in Mullaitheevu and Puthukudiyiurppu areas yesterday Monday morning by flying low and people of this locality were nervous and tensed for some time and students were hiding under tables for safety was according to information.The activities on Monday by the aircrafts flying low in the areas of Mullaitheevu were similar to the operations in the many areas of Mullaitheevu during Vanni war times was stated. Area people became nervous and apprehensive as the aircrafts were diving low like attempting to attacks.

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