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Judge plays havoc at airport

Judge plays havoc at airport

   A Sri Lankan Appeal Court Judge allegedly caused havoc in an Indian airport when he verbally abused his colleagues and even attacked one with a bottle of water, while returning home after a judges’ conference. The incident was reported to the President, the Daily …

Govt Drafting New Constitutional Amendment

Govt Drafting New Constitutional Amendment

   The United Peoples Freedom Alliance(UPFA) Government is planning to reduce the terms of office of the Executive President and Chief Justice as well as restricting the powers of Provincial Councils and that the Govt is currently engaged in drafting the required amendments to the present …

Frederica Jansz ordered to pay Rs 1 million

Frederica Jansz ordered to pay Rs 1 million

   Colombo District Judge, Amal Ranaraja, ordered former Editor of the Sunday Leader, Frederica Jansz to pay Rs 1 million to President’s Counsel, Nalin Ladduwahetty, for defaming him in four articles published by the Sunday Leader.      The Court observed that Ladduwahetty is a …

Azath Salley’s “Arrest” Exposes Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamaleshwar Sharma

Azath Salley’s “Arrest” Exposes Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamaleshwar Sharma

    The arrest of former Deputy mayor of Colombo and Muslim Tamil National Alliance leader Azath Salley by the CID on May 2nd 2013, under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, a piece of legislation whose provisions to detain suspects without trial for 180 days,  has …

TNPF prepared to join TNA: Gajendrakumar

TNPF prepared to join TNA: Gajendrakumar

   Amidst news reports on split within the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and disunity in the Tamil political camp, the leader of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) Mr Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam on Wednesday came forward to tell that his party is prepared to join with …

Violence unleashed again on the media in the Northern part of Sri Lanka- Jaffna Press Club

Violence unleashed again on the media in the Northern part of Sri Lanka- Jaffna Press Club

The violence unleashed again on the media in the Northern part of Sri Lanka has questioned the level of press freedom in the island. During the first quarter of this year alone, murder attempts have taken place against two journalists, five media personnel were violently …

Israel has conducted airstrike in Syria: U.S. official

Israel has conducted airstrike in Syria: U.S. official

   Israel has conducted an airstrike in Syria, apparently targeting a building, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to elaborate. CNN quoted two unnamed U.S. officials as saying Israel most likely conducted the strike “in the Thursday-Friday time …

13th Amendment is not a football

13th Amendment is not a football

    There are two things fundamentally wrong with the 13th Amendment.  The first is its illegality, as has been cogently pointed out by the late Justice Raja Wanasundera.  Notwithstanding its illegality and the highly objectionable circumstances in which it was birthed, ‘legality’ was conferred …

David Cameron will defy boycott calls to attend Sri Lanka Commonwealth Summit

David Cameron will defy boycott calls to attend Sri Lanka Commonwealth Summit

    David Cameron will attend the Commonwealth Summit in November despite serious divisions within the organisation over the human rights record of Sri Lanka, the host government.  Calls on Mr Cameron to boycott the event risked an embarrassing split with Buckingham Palace, had the Queen …

Canada Urges Immediate Release of Azad Sally

Canada Urges Immediate Release of Azad Sally

   Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement: “Canada condemns the arrest of Azad Sally, leader of Sri Lanka’s newly formed Muslim Tamil National Alliance. Mr. Sally was reportedly taken into custody by Sri Lankan authorities on May 2. “We call …