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    Continued Election Law Violations In Uva – Vehicles Without Number Plates Terrorize Moneragala

    The election monitoring body – Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to the Elections Commissioner expressing grave concern over the use of vehicles for election campaign purposes, that do not bear garage numbers or vehicle registration numbers, which has created a climate of terror within particularly the Moneragala town. Uva electionThe organisation had written three letters to the relevant authorities urging them to shed their immediate attention on these incidents of gross violations of election laws. Listing out the incidents, CaFFE has provided photographic evidence on the allegations noting that on August 28, 2014 they had observed a vehicle without a vehicle registration number at the Buttala town in the Moneragala district…

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    Modi, MR talks likely during UN meet

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are likely to hold talks in the US on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to address the General Debate on 25 September. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to address the General Debate and is likely to meet President Rajapaksa, the second time they will meet since Modi was appointed Prime Minister. The expected meeting between Modi and President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take place…

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    India for friendly relations with Lanka

    India needs to maintain a friendly relationship with Sri Lanka, Indian Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today. The Indian media quoted Naidu as saying India would establish a friendly relationship with all its neighbours including China. “Even as the government is sensitive to the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka, India needs to maintain friendly relationship with Sri Lanka as well as the island nation would incline towards other neighbours,” he said. Stating that good governance and development was the priority of the present government, he said linking of rivers and housing for all by 2022, will be some of the most ambitious projects. Under the new government, the…

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    Minister says must protect President

    Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake says the time has now come to protect President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the face of attempts to create another war in Sri Lanka. The Minister noted that there are groups within Sri Lanka who are supporting attempts to divide the country and destabilize the nation. He also said that some powerful countries are funding attempts to reverse the peace in Sri Lanka. Dissanayake said he feels the people of Sri Lanka should protect the President and the Government at this critical juncture.

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    NFF against following Arabian styles

    The National Freedom Front (NFF) today cautioned Muslims in Sri Lanka on following the Arabian culture in the attire they wear, saying that could lead to divisions among communities in Sri Lanka. Media Spokesman of the NFF, Mohammed Muzammil said that Islam did not come to Sri Lanka through the Middle East but through India and Asia. The NFF spokesman said that historically Muslim women in Sri Lanka covered their heads using the saree and not the ‘Abaya’, which is mostly worn in Middle Eastern countries. Muzammil said that the saree ensured there was no division between Muslims and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka but today there is an attempt to create that division. He claimed…

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Continued Election Law Violations In Uva – Vehicles Without Number Plates Terrorize Moneragala

The election monitoring body – Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to the Elections Commissioner expressing grave concern over the use of vehicles for election campaign purposes, that do not bear garage numbers or vehicle registration numbers, which has created a climate of terror within particularly the Moneragala town. Uva electionThe organisation had written three letters to the relevant authorities urging them to shed their immediate attention on these incidents of gross violations of election laws. Listing out the incidents, CaFFE has provided photographic evidence on the allegations noting that on August 28, 2014 they had observed a vehicle without a vehicle registration number at the Buttala town in the Moneragala district…

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Modi, MR talks likely during UN meet

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are likely to hold talks in the US on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting. The 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) will convene at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. The General Debate will open on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is scheduled to address the General Debate on 25 September. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to address the General Debate and is likely to meet President Rajapaksa, the second time they will meet since Modi was appointed Prime Minister. The expected meeting between Modi and President Mahinda Rajapaksa will take place…

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India for friendly relations with Lanka

India needs to maintain a friendly relationship with Sri Lanka, Indian Union Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said today. The Indian media quoted Naidu as saying India would establish a friendly relationship with all its neighbours including China. “Even as the government is sensitive to the issues of Tamils in Sri Lanka, India needs to maintain friendly relationship with Sri Lanka as well as the island nation would incline towards other neighbours,” he said. Stating that good governance and development was the priority of the present government, he said linking of rivers and housing for all by 2022, will be some of the most ambitious projects. Under the new government, the…

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Minister says must protect President

Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake says the time has now come to protect President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the face of attempts to create another war in Sri Lanka. The Minister noted that there are groups within Sri Lanka who are supporting attempts to divide the country and destabilize the nation. He also said that some powerful countries are funding attempts to reverse the peace in Sri Lanka. Dissanayake said he feels the people of Sri Lanka should protect the President and the Government at this critical juncture.

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NFF against following Arabian styles

The National Freedom Front (NFF) today cautioned Muslims in Sri Lanka on following the Arabian culture in the attire they wear, saying that could lead to divisions among communities in Sri Lanka. Media Spokesman of the NFF, Mohammed Muzammil said that Islam did not come to Sri Lanka through the Middle East but through India and Asia. The NFF spokesman said that historically Muslim women in Sri Lanka covered their heads using the saree and not the ‘Abaya’, which is mostly worn in Middle Eastern countries. Muzammil said that the saree ensured there was no division between Muslims and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka but today there is an attempt to create that division. He claimed…

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UNP is to announce several changes

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) says several changes will be made within the party soon with the aim of strengthening the UNP ahead of elections scheduled for next year. UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said that the party wants to prepare, not just for the upcoming Uva elections, but also General elections expected to be held in 2015. He said that among the key announcements expected within two weeks or three weeks will be the likely appointment of a deputy leader for the party. Attanayake said that the name of UNP MP Sajith Premadasa has been proposed to fill the vacant post of deputy leader and this is likely to be decided on…

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SL’s Deputy HC in London to be replaced?

Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner, Neville de Silva, a veteran journalist, who has completed two years in London, is expected to be replaced by Dr. Chanka Thalpahewa. However, the High Commission in London has not been officially informed of his proposed appointment.  When the Sunday Island asked about the two years he spent here, de Silva said that he came to London with “great expectations” from Bangkok, where he was deputy chief of mission. “I had lived here for 10 years working as a journalist. So it was not that I did not know the media or local politics. Initially, I did not want to accept a diplomatic posting, but when I eventually did, I…

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Chandrika meets Aung San Suu Kyi

Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga met Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a globally known activist for democracy and the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) during her visit to Myanmar. The meeting held at the Chatrium Hotel in Yangon, with senior leaders of the NLD focused on electoral systems and matters related to Peace. Chandrika Kumaratunga said it was ‘too early ‘for Myanmar to use the proportional representation system in elections. A joint statement issued by the NLD and allied ethnic parties said ‘the PR system would not benefit Myanmar’s political situation or the interests of the people in the country. It may be beneficial to some political parties’

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LTTE trying to regroup in Australia?-report

Is the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ran out of steam in 2009 following the killing of its founder Velupillai Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan armed forces, trying to regroup itself in Australia? The arrest of four human traffickers while trying to transport six Sri Lankans to the land of Kangaroos through the Prakasam coast earlier this week has led to a suspicion among sleuths that the LTTE may be trying to revive itself after lying low for five years. These sleuths, including Intelligence Bureau, CBI and Tamil Nadu police, came from Chennai in the wake of the busting of the human trafficking racket. According to police sources, the illegal emigrants to Australia from…

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Rajapaksa can fight his foes, God save him from his friends

Indian PM says he is 100% with TNA, but wants them to talk to Colombo Government – Swamy once said Lanka should be a federated state of India, now the Govt. gives the self-styled leader a red-carpet welcome – President’s foreign policy advisors misreading geopolitics; public attacks on US but costly PR stunts to repair ties A few hundred metres away from one of New Delhi’s best known addresses – No 7, Race Course Road – security men stopped a three-vehicle convoy. The occupants were told to alight and board three other vehicles for the rest of their journey. It was to the official residence of the Prime Minister of India. There, with clasped hands…

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After NGOs, Foundations to come under watch

Foundations incorporated through Private Members’ bills in Parliament will be monitored by the NGO Secretariat in new laws being drafted by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, officials said this week. The laws will also impose controls on non-profit organisations registered with the Registrar of Companies, trusts and some societies, they said. ]Amendments to the Voluntary Social Service Organisations (Registration and Supervision) Act are expected to be ready in six months. “Under the proposed amendments, they will have to register with the Secretariat or lose the right to receive foreign funds and conduct local monetary transactions,” said Saman Dissanayake, director of the National Secretariat for Non-Governmental Organisations. “They will have to submit reports to…

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Uni students protest over supression

University students staged a protest outside the Open University of Sri Lanka today against the suppression of student rights and other issues. Among the other issues raised by the students during the protest was the high admission fees and the right to education being obstructed.

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HRCSL for urgent action before polls

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has called for urgent action from the Commissioner of Elections, IGP and relevant authorities in respect of public officials who fail to implement the law ahead of the Uva provincial council elections. HRCSL has issued a set of recommendations in relation to the polls and brought it to the attention of the Commissioner of Elections. The General Election Recommendations have also been conveyed to the Assistant Election Commissioners of the Badulla and Moneragala Districts. Furthermore, these set of General Election Recommendations have also been forwarded to the IGP, Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of elections, Police Legal division, Police Environment Protection Division, Police Media Spokesmen…

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COI Probe On War To Begin Soon

The probe on the war by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (COI) is to begin soon and will be conducted parallel to the hearings being conducted on missing persons, the Chairman of the Commission said. Commission Chairman, Maxwell Paranagama said that, the Commission is making preparations to commence inquiries using the new mandate it had been given. He said the inquiries will not be conducted separately but will go hand in hand with the current investigations being conducted by the Commission on missing people. Meanwhile, Paranagama also said there has been a proposal to conduct its next public sitting in the Kilinochchi district next month. However, he said a final decision is yet to be…

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Polls Chief Issues Red Alert

Election Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya, has warned he will take whatever action that is deemed necessary if violence and violations of the election laws continue, ahead of the Uva Provincial Council polls. Deshapriya told The Sunday Leader that, if the polls are not seen as being conducted free and fair on Election Day, he will not hesitate to annul the results. The polls chief said he is also willing to respond to public opinion, and if the general public claims that the election was not held in a free and fair manner, he will take necessary measures to address the issue. “We are trying our level best to hold a free and fair election. There were…

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UN Working Group Seeks Cooperation

The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances has urged the government to cooperate with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and special procedures mandate holders, and offers any assistance necessary in that regard. The Working Group has also noted with concern that it has transmitted four prompt intervention letters during the reporting period concerning the alleged intimidation of, and reprisals against, human rights defenders who work on the issue of enforced disappearances. While thanking the government for its responses to two of those communications, the Working Group recalls Article 13 of the Declaration which provides that steps shall be taken to ensure that all involved in the investigation,…

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“Cut Yourself From Shackles Of Rajapaksa” Sarath Silva Tells SC Judges

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has remarked that he will make a personal appearance before the Supreme Court to request its judges to cut themselves off from the shackles of President Rajapaksa. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Silva has stated that he will be personally appearing before the SC to present his submission against the President’s right to contest for a third term where he would initially inform the Court that it is ‘not a creature of President Rajapaksa’. “We have to tell the judges please cut yourself off from the shackles of President Rajapaksa. If you give a ruling in that perspective, President Rajapaksa is out. If you believe that President…

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Press Barred Again From Covering Gotabaya’s Cross Examination In Court

Reinforcing that the font of all true power in the Rajapaksa regime lies with the powerful Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa police sealed off the Mount Lavinia District court to media personnel a short while ago when the senior official was due to take the stand for cross examination. Secretary Rajapaksa filed a defamation suit against The Sunday Leader newspaper which exposed details regarding the controversial purchase of MiG 29 by the ministry of defence in 2007. DIG Anura Senanayake who was present outside the court house prevented journalists from entering to cover the court proceedings, which are a matter of public record and refused to permit photojournalists and cameramen from filming…

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Crucial MOU To Be Signed By SL And China Over The Future Of Norochcholai Plant

A Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU) between the government of Sri Lanka and the People’s Republic of China over the maintenance and technical operations of the Norochcholai coal power plant will be signed in two weeks. A senior official of the Power and Energy Ministry told Asian Mirror that the signing of the MOU would coincide with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Sri Lanka. The Chinese President is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on September 16. During his visit, the Chinese President will also open the third phase of the Norochcholai coal power plant project and the event will also be attended by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The MOU, according to the…

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Anura Kumara Says Elections Commissioner Has Become A Jester

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said there was no election law in the district of Monawaragala and his party and its supporters are being targeted by goons on a regular basis. The JVP Leader also accused the Elections Commissioner of being complacent over the growing violence. He charged that that the Election Commissioner is making a joke out of himself through electronic and print media. “While claiming that the police force in the Monaragala district is inefficient, the Elections Commissioner has requested the civilians to complain to the court regarding the shortcomings of the law enforcement”, the parliamentarian said in an interview with a vernacular newspaper. Dissanayake added that the law enforcement…

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