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NPC Minister refuses to hoist national flag: Reginald Coorey seeks AG’s advice
NPC Minister refuses to hoist national flag: Reginald Coorey seeks AG’s advice

Northern Province Governor Reginald Coorey is to seek Attorney General's advice on how to proceed on, over the incident where the Education Minister of the Northern Province S. Sarweshwaren refused to hoist the national flag. The Northern Education Minister attended a function held at a school in Vavuniya as the Chief Guest last Thursday and had refused to hoist…

CDN - Nov 20 18:06 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Colombo, Jaffna, History ]

Sri Lanka deploys troops to prevent communal riots
Sri Lanka deploys troops to prevent communal riots
Sri Lanka deploys troops to prevent communal riots

Sri Lanka deployed troops and ordered a night-time curfew in a southern town to end violent clashes between two ethnic communities, the government said Saturday. Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said the situation in Gintota in Galle province was under control, two days after a brawl degenerated into street violence between two groups -- one Sinhalese, the…

AFP - Nov 18 14:47 GMT - more ... [ Tags: HumanRights, History, Muslims ]

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  • Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Exchange Act comes into effect

    Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Exchange Act No 12 of 2017 has come into effect from today. New Act covers matters including classes of capital transactions, opening and maintenance of accounts, permitted investments and granting of loans and advances. It also has provisions about capital transactions undertaken outside Sri Lanka by persons resident in Sri Lanka and…

    LBO - Nov 20 18:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: World, SriLanka ]

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      - New Sri Lankan foreign exchange laws effective today - Sunday Times
  • Are Sri Lankan officers ordering soldiers to sexually assault Tamil detainees?

    Are Sri Lankan officers ordering soldiers to sexually assault Tamil detainees?

    While the Sri Lankan civil war is often cited as having had a relatively low incidence of sexual violence, that’s because, unusually, such violence was committed primarily by one side only. The LTTE vigorously enforced a strict policy against sexual abuse of civilians and controlled territory for long periods of time, limiting the military’s access to Tamil…

    Washington Post - Nov 16 17:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman wins compensation

    Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman wins compensation

    A woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm has won compensation. Naomi Coleman, from Coventry, was detained for four days in April 2014. Granting her compensation of 800,000 Sri Lankan rupees - about £4,000 - the country's Supreme Court said her treatment was "scandalous and horrifying" and ruled her rights had been…

    BBC - Nov 16 11:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, SriLanka, UK ]

  • UN must investigate reports of ongoing torture

    UN must investigate reports of ongoing torture

    For a number of years, Freedom from Torture has been highlighting the problem of ongoing torture in Sri Lanka and welcomed the press coverage of terrible abuses earlier this week. This week, ahead of a UN review of Sri Lanka’s human rights performance, we have also written to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to call for the UN…

    FFT - Nov 15 11:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

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      - Sri Lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape allegations - AP
  • The 13th Amendment on watch

    The 13th Amendment on watch

    The Thirteenth Amendment has introduced a new conception of a unitary – decentralized State based on a system of Provincial Government at a sub-national level. This description is of extreme importance, since the Constitution specifically provides that the Republic of Sri Lanka is a Unitary State and the majority of the people attach much sentiment to the…

    CDN - Nov 14 19:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sumanthiran responds to Rajapakshe accusation that Constitutional Assembly is illegal

    Sumanthiran responds to Rajapakshe accusation that Constitutional Assembly is illegal

    “Former Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has taken up the position that the Constitutional Assembly process is illegal – I’d like to point out that he is one of the original proposers of the resolution that was placed before the Parliament on January 9, 2016, which proposed the setting up of this Constitutional Assembly,” the TNA parliamentarian said. “He…

    CDN - Nov 14 18:30 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • More worries for the TNA

    More worries for the TNA

    A new political front is likely to be mooted against the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Northern Province ahead of the elections to the local authorities, EPRLF leader Suresh Premachandran said yesterday. The TNA, made up of four political parties is facing an internal struggle after the Eelam People’s Evolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by Mr.…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 14 18:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Jaffna, History, TNA ]

  • Immigration officials’ nexus aid human smuggling: Sagala

    Immigration officials’ nexus aid human smuggling: Sagala

    Human smugglers were able to send their clients abroad without any restrain because of the nexus between corrupt migration officials in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said today. Addressing the commencement of the the second phase of the Project RELAY facilitated by Interpol, Minister said the need for strengthening the…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 14 16:27 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, SriLanka ]

  • Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka government

    Dozens of men describe rape, torture by Sri Lanka government

    One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture room” equipped with ropes, iron rods, a bench and buckets of water. There…

    AP - Nov 08 14:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: HumanRights, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka's Proposed Constitution Comes Under Attack

    Sri Lanka\'s Proposed Constitution Comes Under Attack

    The interim report on Sri Lanka’s proposed constitution released on September 21 has come under a spate of attacks. On October 24, a retired Sri Lankan army officer, Major General Kamal Gunaratne, insisted that those seeking to introduce the new constitution are traitors who must be killed. Four days earlier, Dayan Jayatilleka, a former diplomat, had called for…

    The Diplomat - Nov 07 14:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • Sri Lanka fuel shortage to end on Nov. 9 - oil minister

    Sri Lanka fuel shortage to end on Nov. 9 - oil minister

    Sri Lanka’s fuel shortage will end on Nov. 9, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said on Monday, as state-run oil retailer Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Lanka IOC traded blame charges over the shortage. Thousands of Sri Lankan motorists formed long queues for fuel for a fourth straight day on Monday after CPC limited the supply last week following a…

    Reuters - Nov 07 14:12 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Economy ]

  • Beyond Box-Ticking: Unpacking Pablo de Greiff’s Statement on Sri Lanka

    Beyond Box-Ticking: Unpacking Pablo de Greiff’s Statement on Sri Lanka

    Echoing these sentiments, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein on September 11 urged Sri Lanka not to view its obligations under the Resolution as a mere ‘box-ticking exercise’ in his opening statement to the UN Human Rights Council. It was in the aftermath of this that the UN Special Rapporteur for the promotion of truth, justice,…

    GV - Nov 06 15:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: SriLanka, UN, WarCrimes ]

  • China, ISIS threats get India, US together in Sri Lanka and Maldives

    China, ISIS threats get India, US together in Sri Lanka and Maldives

    China's aggressive play in the Indian Ocean region has prompted US and India to coordinate closely in Sri Lanka and Maldives — two countries strategically vital for India. This is a far cry from the years when India worked hard to keep the US out of South Asia, now US and India are working together to counter expanding Chinese influence. In Sri Lanka, Hambantota and…

    ToI - Nov 06 14:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, SriLanka, China ]

  • Things worse for SL if Nat'l question ignored-Leader of the Opposition

    Things worse for SL if Nat\'l question ignored-Leader of the Opposition

    "Sri Lanka knows very well that all the problems it has faced in the international arena, particularly since 2012, is because of its failure to manfully address the National question. Things can only get worse; they cannot get any better if the same attitude remains," Sampanthan said. "Sri Lanka was able to garner the support of all the important players including…

    Daily Mirror - Nov 03 15:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: History, World, WarCrimes ]

  • Indian naval ships pay goodwill visit to Sri Lanka

    Indian naval ships pay goodwill visit to Sri Lanka

    Two Indian naval ships are on a five-day goodwill visit to Sri Lanka to participate in a number of training exercises in a bid to share professional expertise and strengthen friendship. The ships' crews will also take part in a series of friendly sports events and community service activities organised by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay in the country, Daily…

    PTI - Nov 03 15:37 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, World, SriLanka ]

  • Spicy, salty, sweet: Lamprais is the best of Sri Lankan cuisine in a delightful package

    Spicy, salty, sweet: Lamprais is the best of Sri Lankan cuisine in a delightful package

    While there is an abundance of takeout spots in the city that specialize in curries, very few Sri Lankan spots offer another quintessentially Sri Lankan dish: the lamprais (or lump rice.) Lamprais was introduced to Sri Lanka under the Dutch rule, sometime in the mid 1600s. It is an interpretation of rice and curry accompanied by sides, inspired by the Indonesian…

    CBC - Nov 02 20:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Canada, Arts&Culture ]

  • Right-Wing Cannot Deny Hindu Terror Groups, Says Kamal Haasan

    Right-Wing Cannot Deny Hindu Terror Groups, Says Kamal Haasan

    Tamil mega-star Kamal Haasan, revving up for a political career, has said today that terrorism has infected right-wing groups, provoking a likely confrontation with the BJP. "In the past, Hindu, right-wing groups would not indulge in violence. They would hold a dialogue with opponents. But now they resort to violence," Mr Haasan said. In his regular column in a…

    NDTV - Nov 02 19:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: India, Tamil Nadu, World ]

  • Malwatte, Asgiriya Chapters to announce common stand

    Malwatte, Asgiriya Chapters to announce common stand

    The common stand of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters on the new Constitution will be announced after the members of the Karaka Sangha Sabhas of the two Chapters have discussions with the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chief Prelates on their return from abroad, said Ven. Anamaduwe Dhammadassi Anunayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter.The Anunayake Thera said the country today…

    CDN - Nov 02 19:33 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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