21 September 2018
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‘There Is Definitely Hope For Tamils’ – Maxwell Paranagama


maxwel paranagamaAccording to the Chairman of the Missing Persons Commission Maxwell Paranagama, the Commission, under its new mandate, despite the doubts of some Tamil political parties, is quite confident of handling investigations effectively on both missing persons and allegations of civilians killed during the war. Maxwell Paranagama told The Sunday Leader that the Commission is answerable only to the President but to no one else, and it is beyond their mandate to share any information or work with the UN led commission.


“Present Economic Conditions Are Sustainable” – Ajith Nivaard Cabraal


ajith cabralGovernor of the Central Bank, Ajith Nivaard Cabraal maintains that the high level of investment has supported higher growth activities, and led to the realization of benign macro-fundamentals. ‘Those outcomes, in turn, have enabled our inflation levels to remain low and the low interest rate environment to continue. In that background, it is our view that we could now consider the current conditions as being sustainable,’ he stressed.

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TNA Willing To Cooperate With South Africa – Suresh Premachandran

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The TNA claimed that foreign delegates including the South African special envoy Cyril Ramaphosa who visited Sri Lanka recently have met the TNA to discuss the Tamil national issue which shows that internationally the TNA is recognised as the representative of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.


‘Let’s Resolve Our Problems Internally’

eran-wickramaratneMany have observed that the domestic process of investigating alleged human rights violation of the country is rather sporadic; it lacks accountability and has made no progress. Meantime, some have been blaming the United National Party (UNP) for not managing the situation in 1983 during the UNP regime paving way for big scale human rights violations – therefore the UN investigation should be called from the time of the UNP regime. When contacted UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne, he made his comments on the ongoing UN investigation, domestic processes as well as on the required investigations into the recent incident at Aluthgama. Read more...

I can do much better than current politicians - Gotabaya


gotabaya-11Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday denied any involvement with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or any fringe organisations as alleged.


‘The AG Failed To Take Action Against The BBS’ - Upul Jayasuriya


upul jaya 20President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Attorney at Law Upul Jayasuriya told The Sunday Leader that although the BASL on two occasions requested the AG to instruct the police to take action against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the AG did not act swiftly on the requests.


“Victims Must Be Compensated”- Minister

rishard badurdeenWith the mayhem that was caused by mobs in the Aluthgama and Beruwela areas last week, various parties have expressed their displeasure regarding the indifference shown by the law enforcement authorities. Even politicians within the government have voiced their displeasure at the incident and have called for action to be taken against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Read more...

TGTE happy with new HR Chief – Rudrakumar

rudrakumarWhile the investigation by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) begins the U.S. based Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) says it is preparing to file legal action on some of the incident which allegedly took place in Mulalivaikkal. Read more...

GTF ready to assist OHCHR probe

suren sumandiranWith the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay confirming that her office has put together a team to investigate allegations over the war in Sri Lanka, the role of the Tamil Diaspora will be also in the spotlight. Read more...

Experts Provide Verification On Integrity Of Probe – OHCHR

RupertThe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has set in motion the launch of the investigation on the war in Sri Lanka despite the government raising strong objections. The investigations will be conducted for a period of 10 months, mostly from outside Sri Lanka. OHCHR spokesman Rupert Colville says once the investigations are over the UN Human Rights Council will decide on the next step based on the findings. Read more...

Token strike decision is to awaken the ministry - Dr. Thenuwara

chrandraguptha thenuwaraThe Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) recently announced a token strike alleging that the Higher Education Ministry was still silent on several demands put forward by the union. President, FUTA, Dr. Chandraguptha Thenuwara in an interview to The Nation explained the reason behind the token strike and the situation prevalent within the Higher Education system. Read more...

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