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Spokesperson for the Secretary-General says

Spokesperson for the Secretary-General says

      The following is  Friday’s noon briefing by Martin Nesirky, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. Question.  On Sri Lanka, there is… there is… I guess the… the sort of pressing news is that there has been live fire by the army at a protest …

Economist says, holes in some of Sri Lanka’s Economic indicators

Economist says, holes in some of Sri Lanka’s Economic indicators

      An economist picked holes on some of Sri Lanka’s economic indicators, which on the surface showed that the economy was doing well. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, a former Director of Economic Affairs at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London speaking at a seminar in Colombo …

SF seek to meet Pillay

SF seek to meet Pillay

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     Former Army commander Mr. Sarath Fonseka says that he is requesting the United nations organization to give him an opportunity to meet the UN high commissioner for human rights Ms. Navi Pillay. Ms. Pillay is scheduled to tour in …

Asian Forum for Human Rights writes to Navi Pillay regarding her visit to Sri Lanka

Asian Forum for Human Rights writes to Navi Pillay regarding her visit to Sri Lanka

 Ms. Navanethem Pillay United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Pâquis CH-1201 Geneva, Switzerland Fax: +41 (0)22 917 9008 Email: npillay@ohchr.org CC: Mr. Hanny Megally, Chief of the APMENA Branch, OHCHR …

Vaiko arrested as Tamil Nadu protests against Indian PM

Vaiko arrested as Tamil Nadu protests against Indian PM

      Hundreds of activists who protested Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Trichy were detained by the Tamil Nadu police on Friday. The protest organised by the MDMK, saw over 500 peoplearrested at Trichy airport. The protesters, who gathered near the Trichy airport with …

Police / Army probe Weliveriya incident

Police / Army probe Weliveriya incident

      The police is to investigate the clashes which broke out in Weliveriya. Minister and Gampaha District parliamentarian Lasantha Alagiyawanna said the CID will investigate the incident while the police says the CCD will investigate. Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that the …

Jayalalithaa wants PM to summon Lankan envoy

Jayalalithaa wants PM to summon Lankan envoy

    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to summon the high commissioner of Sri Lanka in New Delhi to stop ‘unprovoked assaults’ on innocent Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. In her letter to Singh, a copy of …

President invites the Pope

President invites the Pope

       President Mahinda Rajapaksa has written to His Holiness Pope Francis extending an invitation to him to visit Sri Lanka. “On behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, I consider it a great privilege and an honour to extend to …

Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden

Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden

     The US has labelled Russia’s decision to grant asylum to fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden as “extremely disappointing”. The White House is reconsidering a meeting scheduled for next month between President Barack Obama and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Mr Obama had been scheduled to …

HRW: Sri Lanka government has made no real progress

HRW: Sri Lanka government has made no real progress

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     The  Sri Lanka government has made no real progress in holding accountable those responsible for the execution style slaying of 17 aid workers seven years ago despite renewed international calls for action. Human Rights Watch legal and policy director …