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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.

Pickering-Scarborough East,Member of Parliament Corneliu Chisu reiterating the need for accountability in Sri Lanka and its failures in its responsibility. Top News
[Wednesday 2012-11-21 12:00]

Pickering-Scarborough East,MP Corneliu Chisu raised his concern in the Canadian parliament with regard to the failures of UN personal for not reporting the human rights violations in Sri Lanka and Government of Sri Lanka continue to fail in its responsibility to make progress on reconciliation, accountability and respect for human rights in post-conflict Sri Lanka. He was speaking in the wake of recent release of the report of the United Nations Secretary General's Internal Review Panel on Sri Lanka released last week.

100 Sri Lankans sent back from Australia
[Wednesday 2012-11-21 01:00]

A group of 100 Sri Lankan men has been sent home to Sri Lanka today from Australia - the ninth involuntary removal this month and the largest return to Colombo to date according to a press release. The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, said the Sri Lankan men were all recent arrivals from a number of different boats. "This latest removal was achieved with the cooperation of the Royal Australian Air Force who made a KC-30 aircraft available to enable a larger number of people to be removed at one time than was previously possible," Mr Bowen said. "This group of 100 people takes to 426 the number of Sri Lankans returned involuntarily since 13 August, as we continue to return people where they do not engage Australia's international obligations.

India should change its foreign policy towards Sri Lanka - CPI
[Sunday 2012-11-18 20:00]

"An independent international mechanism should be in place to probe war crimes and gross human rights violation against Sri Lankan Tamils. India should also raise the voice to bring about a political change to the Lankan Tamils," said D Raja, national secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI). Raja addressed the media prior to a party meeting in Trichy on Saturday. He was accompanied by CPI state secretary D Pandian and senior CPI leader R Nallakannu. He spoke about their participation and the resolutions passed in the 'Global Tamil Conference' held in London on November 7, 2012. Raja took strong exception to the Sri Lankan government for not obeying any resolution passed by the international community against the alleged "genocide of the Sri Lankan Tamils".

Mano to complain to UNHRC on prison riot
[Sunday 2012-11-18 16:00]

Former Member of Parliament Mano Ganeshan says he is gathering data to file a complaint with the UN Human Rights Council regarding the recent riot at the Welikada prison.Mano Ganeshan told to the Colombo media that during the riot serious human rights violations had reportedly taken place. He said the Prisons Department had violated the guidelines given by the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission when the riot broke out. Ganeshan said that an investigation must be carried out on the actions of the police Special Task Force and the Army during the riot.

President's 67th birthday is today
[Sunday 2012-11-18 15:00]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa marks his 67th birthday today (Nov. 18).Percy Mahendra Rajapaksa was born at Palatuwa in Matara in 1945.His father was late deputy speaker D.A. Rajapaksa.A student of Richmond College, Galle and Nalanda and Thurston Colleges in Colombo, he was first elected to parliament in 1970.In the 1994 PA regime, he served as a cabinet minister.The opposition leader during 2002-2004, he was elected prime minister in 2004, and went on to become the sixth executive president at the presidential polls the following year. After defeating the LTTE militarily, he received a people's mandate for a second term in 2010.


Sri Lanka gets 'yellow card' from EU for illegal fishing
[Sunday 2012-11-18 15:00]

The European Commission warned eight developing countries including Sri Lanka of sanctions if they did not do more to stop "criminal" illegal fishing, saying it was taking the first step of its kind. The Commission said it did not plan to impose penalties as yet on Sri Lanka, Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, but stressed they could face a ban on the sale of fishing equipment, for example, failing action. "This is not a black list but a yellow card," European maritime affairs commissioner Maria Damanaki said in a statement. "We want these countries as partners..but we also want to signal to the world that the EU will not tolerate (illegal) fishing — a criminal activity which undermines the livelihood of fishing communities and depletes fish stocks.

Police training centre OIC shot dead
[Sunday 2012-11-18 15:00]

The OIC of Police training centre in Sabaragamuwa, chief inspector Indrasoma Ratnayake, has been shot dead. He had been on his way to a land owned by him at Elapatha, when the shooting occurred around 9.35 this morning (Nov. 18). His body has been taken to Ratnapura Hospital.


Australia has rules that encourage refugees - Liberal MP
[Saturday 2012-11-17 16:00]

Illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka, who are caught on their way to Australia, have become fairly common. Australian MP Donald James Randall believes that these illegal immigrants are in truth, coming in search of better jobs and not to escape persecution.In an exclusive interview with a media, the Liberal MP for Canning describes his views on the matter, and what needs to be done. The MP explains how his interests towards Sri Lanka as a parliamentarian improved, his visits there (both official and private) and about Sri Lanka - Australia relations. He talks of his experiences with the people who were displaced in the north of Sri Lanka and their intentions in a post-war Sri Lanka.

'UN internal report, a warning signal'
[Saturday 2012-11-17 12:00]

The internal report recently released by the UN is yet another warning signal for Sri Lanka, said commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa. It is also an indication the world body was regularly monitoring how Sri Lanka was going about ensuring human rights and promoting communal harmony, he said.

SF says conditions of his release not met
[Saturday 2012-11-17 12:00]

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka told Daily Mirror the conditions he stipulated to Tiran Alles for his release from prison had not been met."Tiran Alles told me there were avenues open to negotiate my release with Mahinda Rajapaksa and he asked me if he should go ahead. I laid down some conditions. I said you can talk to him provided the following conditions are met," Mr. Fonseka said adding that the conditions included the restoration of all his civic rights and the military honours bestowed on him.

Commonwealth expresses concern over Sri Lanka's move to impeach Chief Justice:
[Saturday 2012-11-17 12:00]

The Commonwealth has expressed concern over Sri Lanka's move to impeach the country's first female top judge, Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake. In a statement issued Thursday Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma expressed his concern about the recent impeachment motion in the Sri Lankan parliament against the Chief Justice.

CJ seeks 6 weeks to respond to allegations
[Saturday 2012-11-17 11:00]

Chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake has sought, from the parliamentary select committee probing the impeachment motion against her, a six month period for her to respond to the allegations contained therein. According to political sources, the PSC that met yesterday (Nov. 16) had discussed the request.The CJ has been summoned to appear before the committee on November 23.She has again been informed to appear before the PSC on that day and to seek more time to respond to the allegations.


Croatian hero Ante Gotovina acquitted of war crimes:
[Saturday 2012-11-17 10:00]

The unexpected result has sparked jubilant scenes in Croatia as people cheered and wept with joy as they watched a live broadcast of the UN court in Zagreb's central square. "A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," said Zoran Milanovic, the Croatian Prime Minister in Zagreb. "I say thank you to them for surviving so long for the sake of Croatia."

Another 8 Lankan asylum seekers return home:
[Saturday 2012-11-17 10:00]

Another eight Sri Lankan asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat have agreed to return home. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship says the eight men - including five who were in detention on Nauru - left Australia late on Friday.

London - Lewisham High Street murder victim, 22, identified Top News
[Friday 2012-11-16 22:00]

A 22-year-old man who was murdered in Lewisham, south-east London, has been formally identified. Thierry Christian-Gnanakumar, of Catford, was attacked outside a library in Lewisham High Street at about 21:20 GMT on Saturday.

Canada Welcomes UN Report on Sri Lanka: Top News
[Friday 2012-11-16 22:00]

November 15, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird speaks to the release of the UN Secretary General’s Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka: "This report details a litany of human rights violations endured by the Sri Lankan people.

Jim Karygiannis M.P, welcomes public release of UN Report on Sri Lanka:
[Friday 2012-11-16 11:00]

TORONTO - The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism is pleased that the Secretary-General of the United Nations has decided to release The Internal Review Panel Report on Sri Lanka. "The United Nations has taken responsibility for its failure to protect thousands of civilians who were killed by government troops in the final phase of the civil war in 2009." said Mr. Karygiannis. "This admission of responsibility is important for members of the Sri Lankan Diaspora.

How UN failed during Sri Lanka's armed conflict
[Friday 2012-11-16 11:00]

The UN failed to protect civilians during Sri Lanka's armed conflict according its own report, released today, prompting Amnesty International to renew its call for an independent investigation into alleged war crimes by the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). The Report of the UN Secretary-General's Internal Review Panel on United Nations Action in Sri Lanka, submitted to Ban Ki-moon and made public today, offers a strong indictment of the UN's response to Sri Lanka's armed conflict.It deals with a period of conflict in Sri Lanka when very grave violations of international law are alleged and where effective UN action might have averted some of the worst of the violations.

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