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    Proposal for foreign pre-polls monitors

    The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has urged Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to have foreign election monitors in place from the day Presidential Elections are announced. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that there is strong speculation that a Presidential election will be held early next year. He said that, keeping this in mind, the UNP met the Elections Commissioner today and discussed the preparations which should be in place once a Presidential Election is announced. Attanayake recalled that during past elections there were several incidents of Government resources being used for election related work, in violation of election laws, ahead of the election. He said that the proposal of having foreign election monitors…

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    Ranjan Wants Inquiry On “Jayalalith”s In Sri Lanka

    UNP Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has said that the present administration in Sri Lanka is similar to that of Tamil Nadu when Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister. “Although Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu was imprisoned for bribery and corruption, ‘Jayalalith’s in Sri Lanka are walking about freely in public, avoiding the arms of law enforcement system,” Ramanayake said adding that a group of “criminals” are ruling the roost in the country. He made these remarks while speaking at a political talk show on Derana last night, which was attended by representatives all major political parties. While referring to Jayalalihaa’s assets and extravagant lifestyle, Ramanayake said the behaviour of politicians in Sri Lanka was no different. “They wear…

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    Ratnapura girl files case against police

    The girl seen on a video being assaulted by a policeman, today filed a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka against the police and is to also file a case in court. A police officer attached to the Ratnapura police station has already been interdicted for assaulting the girl on the street. The policeman was identified after the video of the assault incident went viral on social media. In the video, the girl in seen being assaulted by the cop in the presence of onlookers, including one person who videoed the whole incident secretl

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    US stance on SL softens

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka. According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful. Describing the meetings as highly successful, he said India would not act in a manner that was unfavorable to Sri Lanka. The President said Mr. Modi’s only request was that the Sri Lankan Government should talk to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and explained why…

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    Report to UN raises concerns on Lanka

    A 40-page briefing submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee has raised concerns on Sri Lanka, including the alleged persistent climate of impunity. Amnesty International has submitted a 40-page briefing on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Committee in connection with the Committee’s review next week of Sri Lanka’s fifth periodic report on its implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The submission looks at selected human rights concerns raised in the Committee’s List of Issues from March 2014 and documented extensively over the reporting period. In particular the submission features information gathered between 2012 and 2014 drawn from interviews with survivors of human rights violations and their families who have…

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Proposal for foreign pre-polls monitors

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has urged Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to have foreign election monitors in place from the day Presidential Elections are announced. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that there is strong speculation that a Presidential election will be held early next year. He said that, keeping this in mind, the UNP met the Elections Commissioner today and discussed the preparations which should be in place once a Presidential Election is announced. Attanayake recalled that during past elections there were several incidents of Government resources being used for election related work, in violation of election laws, ahead of the election. He said that the proposal of having foreign election monitors…

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Ranjan Wants Inquiry On “Jayalalith”s In Sri Lanka

UNP Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake has said that the present administration in Sri Lanka is similar to that of Tamil Nadu when Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister. “Although Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu was imprisoned for bribery and corruption, ‘Jayalalith’s in Sri Lanka are walking about freely in public, avoiding the arms of law enforcement system,” Ramanayake said adding that a group of “criminals” are ruling the roost in the country. He made these remarks while speaking at a political talk show on Derana last night, which was attended by representatives all major political parties. While referring to Jayalalihaa’s assets and extravagant lifestyle, Ramanayake said the behaviour of politicians in Sri Lanka was no different. “They wear…

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Ratnapura girl files case against police

The girl seen on a video being assaulted by a policeman, today filed a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka against the police and is to also file a case in court. A police officer attached to the Ratnapura police station has already been interdicted for assaulting the girl on the street. The policeman was identified after the video of the assault incident went viral on social media. In the video, the girl in seen being assaulted by the cop in the presence of onlookers, including one person who videoed the whole incident secretl

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US stance on SL softens

President Mahinda Rajapaksa is reported to have told the Cabinet meeting that his discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry had made him realize that the US had softened its stance on Sri Lanka. According to Government sources the President had said the meetings he had with Mr. Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session in New York were fruitful. Describing the meetings as highly successful, he said India would not act in a manner that was unfavorable to Sri Lanka. The President said Mr. Modi’s only request was that the Sri Lankan Government should talk to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and explained why…

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UNHRC

Report to UN raises concerns on Lanka

A 40-page briefing submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee has raised concerns on Sri Lanka, including the alleged persistent climate of impunity. Amnesty International has submitted a 40-page briefing on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Committee in connection with the Committee’s review next week of Sri Lanka’s fifth periodic report on its implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The submission looks at selected human rights concerns raised in the Committee’s List of Issues from March 2014 and documented extensively over the reporting period. In particular the submission features information gathered between 2012 and 2014 drawn from interviews with survivors of human rights violations and their families who have…

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SL investigators harass senior journalist in Jaffna

Senior Journalist and media activist Thayaraparan Ratnam in Jaffna has been subjected to interrogation style investigations by a ‘Special Criminal Investigation Division’ in Kaangkeasanthu’rai (KKS) on Wednesday, media circles in Jaffna said. Mr Thayaparan has been subjected to continous harassment by Sri Lankan Defence Ministry operated ‘investigation’ units, Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) and the CID, the sources said adding that the harassments started after the journalists and media activists started to attend media workshops held in Colombo and other places. However, the timing of the harassment against Tamil journalists has a different motive, civil activists in Jaffna told TamilNet. Violent attacks against Tamil journalists have also been stepped up in Jaffna and Vanni in recent…

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UNP urges action on Nonis’ assault

UNP parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella said today that a Sri Lankan High Commissioner had been assaulted for the first time in the history of this country and urged that the law should be enforced against those involved in this shameful incident. “The High Commissioner to Britain has been assaulted by a minister in the presence of the President and officials of the External Affairs Ministry. I have never in my whole life seen or heard of such an incident. The law should be enforced against the minister who is reported to have been involved in the incident. The law should also be enforced against those who were present at the time of the incident,” he said….

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Nonis tight-lipped on ‘slap on face’

Social media reported a powerful government MP had slapped Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in UK, Dr. Nonis across the face at a function in New York recently. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Chris Nonis yesterday declined to comment on strong speculation that he had resigned from his post after being assaulted by a powerful government MP while in the US recently. Contacted over the telephone for comment on the incident which had allegedly taken place during a function in New York, Dr. Nonis replied: ‘No Comment.’ Asked if he was back in the UK, Dr. Nonis replied in the affirmative, but he said he did not wish to talk about the incident. Meanwhile,…

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Secure release of Indian fishermen in Lanka: TN CM to Centre

Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam has urged the central government to take concrete steps to secure the release of 20 fishermen and 75 fishing boats from Sri Lanka’s custody. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday, text of which was released to the media here Wednesday, Panneerselvam cited the arrest of 20 Indian fishermen and the their boats by Sri Lankan Navy Sep 27 and 29. The chief minister said: “I request the government of India to take positive and concrete steps to secure the immediate release of 20 fishermen and 75 boats still in custody of the Sri Lankan authorities.” According to Panneerselvam, the fishing boats under the Sri Lankan custody…

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Pakistan Naval Ships Arrives In Sri Lanka On A Goodwill Visit

Pakistan Naval Ships PNS NASR and SAIF will be arriving today at Colombo Port for a four-day goodwill visit. This port call is part of the strong multifaceted relationship and engagement between the defence establishments of both countries. Commodore Zahid Ilyas, is the Mission Commander of the visiting Pakistan Naval Ships. Pakistan Navy Ship SAIF is a SWORD class F22P Frigates of Chinese origin. It is equipped with state of the art weapons, sensors and machinery, making it capable of undertaking a variety of maritime operations. The PNS SAIF, commanded by Captain Jawad Ahmed has the honor of participating in a large number of multinational exercises. The PNS NASR is a leading unit of Pakistani…

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Lanka rejects allegations on returnees

The Sri Lankan Government has dismissed as ‘baseless’ the findings of an investigation by the Australian media into the alleged mistreatment of failed asylum seekers sent back to the country by Australia. In a report by Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) some people claimed they were abducted, tortured, raped and abused by the Sri Lankan security forces on their return. However Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe described the report as doctored, orchestrated and biased. The Australian Department for Immigration and Border Protection also responded to the claims in the special Dateline investigation by Go Back To Where You Came From presenter Dr David Corlett. The Australian Department for Immigration and Border…

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Asylum seekers say they were raped and tortured after Australia sent them back to Sri Lanka

Asylum seekers returned from Australia to Sri Lanka say they have since been raped and tortured in their homeland. A number of asylum seekers spoke to SBS reporter Dr David Corlett about their experiences since the Australian government rejected their refugee claims and sent them back to Sri Lanka. They said they were asked whether they were members of the Tamil Tigers, which lost a civil war with the Sri Lankan government that ended in 2009. Sri Lankan security forces allegedly kidnapped one man, torturing him in a secret location for more than two months. Advertisement The man, who like all Mr Corlett’s interviewees remained anonymous, said he had his fingernails torn out and was…

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Chargesheet against six TNLA men for plot to kill Chidambaram, Narayanasamy

Six Tamil Nadu Liberation Army (TNLA) members who tried to assassinate former Union minister P Chidambaram and Congress leader V Narayanasamy earlier this year by placing bombs near their residences were on Tuesday chargesheeted by National Investigation Agency (NIA) under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. The involvement of the outfit, called Tamilar Viduthai Padai in Tamil and having its roots in the Naxalite movement, was traced through pamphlets it had thrown claiming responsibility for placing the bombs. The pamphlets denounced the central government and “MNC-oriented economic policies”. NIA sources said the group targeted Narayanasamy and Chidambaram for being symbols of central government power and such policies and was also opposed to the former’s…

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Sison seeks support for reconciliation

The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J Sison says while Sri Lanka suffered from three decades of terrorism, the country now has a chance to reconcile, five years after the end of the war. Sison, who visited Kandy and met Buddhist religious leaders in the area, including the Chief Prelates, said that religious leaders of all faiths, and friends of Sri Lanka, have a role to play in supporting reconciliation. “We know that all over the island, North, East, Center and the South, so many people suffered,” she said. The Ambassador also said that she feels diplomats should not just remain in Colombo but must also visit other parts of the country. She noted…

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‘BBS Assembly Insulted Islam And Al-Quran’

Central Provincial Council member Azad Sally has said that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) insulted Islamic faith and Quran at the BBS general assembly which was held on September 28. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya the Sally said that the BBS general assembly was not a Buddhist gathering for peace. “The Bodu Bala Sena general assembly was held with the blessing of the government and the while Sri Lanka denied entry to the world renowned preacher of peace Dalai Lama, they granted access to the Virathu monk who is responsible for the deaths of Muslims in Burma”, he said. During the BBS general assembly the organization demanded the government to change the name of the country…

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‘Commission for Missing Persons is more interested in livestock than people’

The Commission for Missing Persons is more interested in livestock than people, Northern Provincial Councillor, Thurairasa Ravikaran told Ceylon Today.He elaborated stating, “When the people come to complain about who they have lost, they ask them, ‘do you have chickens? Do you want goats? The Commission has become a joke”. The Councillor was referring to the standard question asked by the Commissioner: “What is your livelihood? Have you been given any goats or chicken?” at the end of every hearing. He added, the Commission was not investigating missing persons but ‘forced disappearances’. “Most people disappeared on their way from Mullivaikal to Army controlled areas and many disappeared, while crossing from Nandikadal to Vattuvahal.They all surrendered…

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Government plays down views of BBS

The Government today played down the views expressed by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and insisted that it stands for coexistence among all communities. Cabinet spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the Government did not endorse the views of the BBS expressed at a conference in Colombo recently. He also said that if anyone felt threatened by the views expressed by any group or individual then there is a legal system in place where the concerns on such issues can be addressed. The Cabinet had also today approved the appointment of a Cabinet Sub-Committee on Social Reconciliation and Coexistence among Communities. The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Social Reconciliation and Coexistence among Communities will be presided over…

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MR wants 76 Indian fishermen released

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today ordered the release of 76 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody, The Hindu newspaper reported. The order, which officials at the Indian High Commission in Colombo confirmed, comes a couple of days after Rajapaksa met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York, when Modi is said to have raised the issue of their release. The group of fishermen to be released includes different batches arrested in early September on charges of engaging in illegal fishing. However, there was no announcement with regard to the release of trawlers that were seized by the Sri Lankan navy. Over the last two days, the Sri Lankan Navy arrested 20 fishermen and seized five trawlers…

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Keheliya says yes and then no on Nonis

Cabinet spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, was put in the spotlight at he weekly post cabinet press briefing today after he said that Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Britain Dr. Chris Nonis had resigned from his post over a “personal dispute” with a Government Parliamentarian, but later withdrew that statement. The Minister was asked by reporters to comment on reports that Dr. Chris Nonis had resigned after he was allegedly assaulted by External Affairs Monitoring MP Sajin de Vass Gunawardena at a function in the US recently. Rambukwella, who initially said that Dr. Nonis had tendered his resignation, later asked one of his officials to telephone External Affairs Minister, Professor G.L Peiris to clarify if the…

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2016 Diversity Visa Program Registration

Registration 2016 Diversity Visa Program Registration Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 29, 2014 The 2016 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2016) will open at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and will close at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST), Monday, November 3, 2014. Applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at dvlottery.state.gov. Paper entries will not be accepted. All entrants must print and retain their online confirmation page after completing their DV entries so that they will be able to check their entry status. We strongly encourage applicants not to wait until the last week of the registration period to…

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