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Complaints lodged against Johnston Fernando, Rishad Bathiudeen at Sri Lanka’s bribery commission

March 6, 2015 at 1:48 am

Fri, Mar 6, 2015, 12:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has summoned former Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade and UPFA parliamentarian Johnston Fernando for questioning.

The former minister has been summoned by the Commission to obtain a statement on Declaration of Assets.

UN Rights Chief urges Sri Lanka not to repeat failures of the past

March 6, 2015 at 1:46 am

Thu, Mar 5, 2015, 11:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 05, Geneva: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today urged the Sri Lankan government to design mechanisms that will work to address the human rights issues and not repeat the failures of the past.

Delivering the Opening Statement at the 28th Session of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today, the High Commissioner said the Member States were due to consider his report on the implementation of UNHRC resolution 25/1 on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, including the findings of the comprehensive investigation mandated by the Council at this session.

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March 6, 2015 at 1:10 am

Needed: Action not words

March 5, 2015, 7:59 pm

Various allegations are being hurled against the leaders of the  previous government. President Maithripala Sirisena has told Parliament that one  of them got a huge bribe to shelve the national drug policy. Yes, that vital  Bill went missing under mysterious circumstances from the Legal Draftsman’s  Department. Obviously, someone got his or her palm greased.

Changing nature of the party system in Sri Lanka

March 6, 2015 at 1:06 am

March 5, 2015, 12:00 pm
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BY Prof. Wiswa Warnapala

Continued from yesterday

The processes of both re-alignment and de-alignment takes place  at this level as the ordinary elector seeks to obtain usual political benefits  and gains. The so-called ‘Piya-Puthu’ syndrome is certain to accrue political  advantages in the short run but in the long term it is certain to have a major  impact on the process of party building at the local level. This concept of  party building has been developed in the context of the Congress Party of India  by both Myron Weiner and Stanley Kochanek. The familial dynastic project has  been allowed to creep into local level politics by this “Piya-Puthu” syndrome in  the parties,which,at one stage,was openly condemned as a political fact of  dysfunctional political consequences.

‘Pitfalls in ‘Hundred Days’

March 6, 2015 at 12:40 am

Pitfalls in ‘Hundred Days’March 5, 2015, 8:05 pm
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As a retired veteran of the Public Service, I should have warned  the Government on a negative aspect of the Hundred Day Programme (HDP). The HDP  ought to have been prefaced by limitations imposed on its functionaries. It was  a crash programme limited to the achievement of its specific objectives and  those put in place to implement it would be functus officio at the end of it, replaced by those who come to power at the ensuing  election. No such limits appear to have been imposed, understandably in the rush  of work.

Internal Political Power Bashing in the Name of Justice for War Victims

March 6, 2015 at 12:28 am

March 5, 2015, 8:04 pm
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by Rajan Hoole and N. Sivapalan, University of Jaffna,

Ahilan Kadirgamar,

an independent researcher in Jaffna, and K. Sritharan

Suspension of USD 1.4 bn Colombo Port City project: Chinese government reacts

March 5, 2015 at 11:06 pm

‘New Lankan govt. should honour country’s obligations’

March 5, 2015, 9:53 pm

By Ifham Nizam

Reacting to the Sri Lankan government’s decision to suspend the  Colombo Port City project entirely funded by China, a senior Chinese embassy  official said yesterday that continuity of policy of a country was necessary for  building the confidence of foreign investors and changing policy and suspending  an on-going Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) project because of a change of  government would send the wrong signal to foreign investors. 

Pavitra says she is ready to face impartial inquiry

March 5, 2015 at 11:05 pm

March 5, 2015, 9:34 pm

By Norman Palihawadana

Former Power and Energy Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi, MP,  yesterday said that she was ready to face an impartial inquiry into  unsubstantiated allegations regarding massive losses suffered by the previous  government due to coal imports for the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant.

Mahinda denies building presidential residences at KKS, Arugam Bay

March 5, 2015 at 11:02 pm

‘They are international convention centres’

Maithripala-Ranil administration is on a vilification campaign

March 5, 2015, 8:15 pm
article_image Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday issuing a statement  maintained that the buildings under construction at Arugam Bay and  Kankesanthurai by the Navy were international convention centres that came under  the presidential secretariat like the SLFI, Nelum Pokuna and BMICH. They  were not presidential residences built for his use, he has stressed..

Casual workers protest against removal by govt.

March 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm

March 5, 2015, 9:34 pm
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By Dasun Edirisinghe

Former Housing, Construction, Engineering Services and Common  Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa yesterday urged the government not deprive  workers of their livelihood.


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