Monthly Archives: December 2015

Missing persons commission to hold sittings in Jaffna

Missing persons commission to hold sittings in Jaffna

 The Presidential Commission on Missing Persons will hold sittings in the Jaffna District from 11 to 16 December 2015. The sittings will commence at 8.30 a.m. and be held in the DS Divisions of Nallur, Jaffna, Vadamarachci South West (Karaveddy), Vadamarachchi East (Maruthankerny), Vadamarachchi North …

Building a sustainable future

Building a sustainable future

With a financial envelope of €14 million, more than 300, 000 people are expected to benefit from the support provided by the European Union to build houses and improve community infrastructure for internally displaced people and returnees. The activities will be implemented from 2016-2018 in …

Shares end at more than 8-month low

Shares end at more than 8-month low

Sri Lankan shares closed at their lowest in more than eight months on Monday on worries that the new budget proposals would hit earnings of financial firms. Sri Lankan police detained a former chairman of the country’s stock market regulator on Monday amid an investigation …

India, Pakistan may play a series in Sri Lanka

India, Pakistan may play a series in Sri Lanka

Even as time runs out, the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Pakistan Cricket Board have emergency plans in place for a short series in Sri Lanka. The delay in official sanction for the cricket exchange on neutral soil has not discouraged …

If anyone in the North or the East thinks that by adopting extremist positions they can enhance their status politically, they are making a very sad mistake

If anyone in the North or the East thinks that by adopting extremist positions they can enhance their status politically, they are making a very sad mistake

The leader of the opposition TNA leader Hon. R. Sampanthan addressing Parliament on 3rd Dec 2015 said I want to say it very clearly that this is not a legal issue. This is a political issue.The decision that has to be taken, has to be …

No merger of Northern and Eastern Provinces

No merger of Northern and Eastern Provinces

Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has rejected the idea of merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces for economic reasons. To a question why the merger should not be allowed to achieve cost reduction — considering the fact that the Northern Province accounted for …

There are no secret detention centres in existence

There are no secret detention centres in existence

Responding to a question raised by Member of Parliament Douglas Devananda in parliament on the 3rd of December, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera said “this Government carried out a decision taken by the former Government in January 2013 to invite the UN Working …

Foreign investor may get 5,000 acres on lease

Foreign investor may get 5,000 acres on lease

The Government may allow foreign investors to lease up to a maximum of 5,000 acres of land and relax the criteria in respect of projects which are “labour intensive with the focus on job creation,” Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake, told The Hindu. “Earlier, the lease tax …

Police Violated International Law: HRCSL

Police Violated International Law: HRCSL

In a landmark decision, Sri Lankan police have been ordered to pay compensation for assaulting a group of students at a demonstration here, the first time they have been censured for violating international humanitarian law. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has ordered …

Sri Lanka’s New Court

Sri Lanka’s New Court

Sri Lanka has recently announced that it will create a new court to examine abuses which allegedly transpired during the country’s civil war. The government has noted that this is going to be a domestic mechanism, but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of some international …