Monthly Archives: October 2013

Debating whether Cameron should or should not have boycotted the meeting is now counter-productive

Debating whether Cameron should or should not have boycotted the meeting is now counter-productive

   The British parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee  in its Fourth Report  on The  FCO’s human rights work in 2012 said the government had opposed Sri Lankan attempts to host the meeting in 2011 on human rights grounds, only to support its 2013 bid without seeing evidence of …

New Zealand: Green Party writes to Minister McCully to challenge Sri Lanka

New Zealand: Green Party writes to Minister McCully to challenge Sri Lanka

    The Green Party has written to Minister McCully urging him to publicly challenge Sri Lanka and oppose the appointment of President Rajapaksa when it comes time to appoint the Commonwealth Chairperson-In-Office, the Green Party said today Unless opposed, Sri Lanka’s President, as the …

Britain demands ‘concrete progress’ on Sri Lanka rights

Britain demands ‘concrete progress’ on Sri Lanka rights

    Britain will use next month’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka to pressure Colombo to make “concrete progress” on human rights and to probe war crimes, the British high commissioner said Wednesday. Prime Minister David Cameron will send a strong message to Colombo to improve …

NPC dispute storm in a tea cup: Sampanthan

NPC dispute storm in a tea cup: Sampanthan

  Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) leader Rajavarothian Sampanthan, MP, yesterday alleged that a recent dispute involving some constituents of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) over ministerial appointments, in the first Northern Provincial Council (NPC), had been exaggerated. The veteran politician, representing the Trincomalee District, …

Parties urge TN govt to pass resolution against India’s participation at CHOGM in Sri Lanka

Parties urge TN govt to pass resolution against India’s participation at CHOGM in Sri Lanka

  Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader S Ramadoss and Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi(VCK) president and MP Thol Thirumavalavan on Tuesday urged the Tamil Nadu state government to pass a resolution in the state assembly against the India’s participation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) …

More powers to Human Rights Commission

More powers to Human Rights Commission

   Sri Lanka’s Human Rights Commission (HRCSL) will be given more powers to take stern actions against the human rights violators, the Chairman of the Commission, Justice Priyantha R. P. Perera said. According to Justice Perera, under the new laws anyone failing to implement the Commission’s …

Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam praises the people of the North

Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam praises the people of the North

    Speaking at a  press conference in Jaffna on Monday(14), Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam praised the people of the North for the clear message expressed by their votes at the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections last month. Despite standing by the TNPF’s …

New regulations for International schools

New regulations for International schools

    The government has decided to include subjects of Ceylon History, mother-tongue and Religion as compulsory subjects in International schools. Minister of Education, Mr. Bandula Gunawardhana mentioned that a cabinet proposal has been prepared and that it would be  put into effect from January …

Sri Lanka’s opposition rethinks support for key summit

Sri Lanka’s opposition rethinks support for key summit

    Sri Lanka’s main opposition Tuesday (14) said it has been forced to rethink its support for a key summit to be held in the country after the police arrested one of its legislators. United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremasinghe said the arrest …

Sri Lanka cuts lending rates hoping for growth

Sri Lanka cuts lending rates hoping for growth

     The Sri Lanka Central bank on Tuesday (15) cut benchmark lending rates by 50 basis points, saying the move was aimed at encouraging growth despite IMF warnings against monetary easing. The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka reduced its key …