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Appeal to President for early publication of reports on prison riots

October 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

October 13, 2013, 8:34 pm
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A riot at the Welikade Prison (File Photo)

This intervention is made in a spirit of democratic engagement  by the Friday Forum, a group of concerned citizens who have come together to  consider current issues of public interest with a view to making a contribution  to peace, democracy, good governance and social justice in Sri Lanka.

When persons in the custody of a state institution meets with  violent death it is a matter of great public concern, reinforcing and even going  beyond the immediate issue of justice for victims and their families.

Defence Ministry dismisses ‘execution’ video as propaganda lie

October 13, 2013 at 9:41 pm

October 13, 2013, 10:41 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The Defence Ministry alleges that those propagating  unsubstantiated allegations to justify war crimes investigations against Sri  Lanka wouldn’t dare question the circumstances under which al Qaeda leader Osama  bin Laden was killed in May two years ago.

A senior spokesperson told The Island that top US  officials had issued contradictory statements as regards the heli-borne  operation leading to the killing of the unarmed bin Laden.

CHOGM: Prince Charles to take up Tangalle murder

October 13, 2013 at 9:38 pm

October 13, 2013, 10:39 pm
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Khuram Shaikh was murdered on Christmas Day 2011 after  complaining about harassment of his girlfriend.

Prince Charles has offered to help in the effort to win justice  for a British man who was murdered in Sri Lanka on Christmas Eve 2011, according  to a report in The Guardian/The Observer yesterday.

CHOGM: Prince Charles to take up Tangalle murder

October 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

October 13, 2013, 10:39 pm
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Khuram Shaikh was murdered on Christmas Day 2011 after  complaining about harassment of his girlfriend.

Prince Charles has offered to help in the effort to win justice  for a British man who was murdered in Sri Lanka on Christmas Eve 2011, according  to a report in The Guardian/The Observer yesterday.

NPC crisis: Some rebels ready to take oaths – TNA

October 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

October 13, 2013, 10:37 pm
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By Shamindra Ferdinando

Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) yesterday said that some of  those newly elected members of the Northern Provincial Council who had boycotted  last Friday’s swearing in ceremony in Jaffna subsequent to a dispute over  allocation of ministries were now ready to take oaths.

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October 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

World Cup winning former Sri Lanka Cricket Captain Arjuna Ranatunga, MP met  British Prime Minister David Cameron at No 10, Downing Street recently.  Ranatunga was in England to attend the Legendary Test Captains’ Dinner hosted by  Lord’s. Former British Prime Minister John Major was also present on the  occasion.

Wigneswaran to grill TNA dissidents by Arthur Wamanan-the nation.lk

October 13, 2013 at 6:46 pm
                                                                                                             

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wignewaran will call for explanations from TNA Provincial Councilors who boycotted Friday’s swearing in ceremony, informed sources said.

New Delhi poses new challenge to Tamils

October 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 11 October 2013, 18:57 GMT] NPC Chief Minister Mr C.V. Wigneswaran has to be profusely thanked and appreciated by Tamils for his honesty in conceding that he is not a natural leader of Eezham Tamils representing their aspirations, but a planted one by New Delhi to implement the 13th Amendment. Wigneswaran’s revelation and his efforts to muffle voices in Tamil Nadu and in the diaspora have to be understood in the background of what M.K. Narayanan had told the TNA in May 2009 that, “we know better what is good for Tamils.” New Delhi simulating a leadership for the political surrender of the Tamil cause poses new challenge to Tamils all over the world, writes an activist for alternative politics in Jaffna.

Sinhala colonization to wedge North and East stepped up after NPC elections

October 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 13 October 2013, 20:53 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military is being hurriedly deployed in clearing 2,000 acres of agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Kokkuth-thoduvaay in Karaithu’raippattu division of Mullaiththeevu district, after the conclusion of the Northern Provincial Council elections. Even though the uprooted people were allowed to resettle in Kokkuth-thoduvaay in 2011, their paddy fields had not been returned to them and they continue to suffer for their survival without livelihood assistance. Now, the Tamil villagers are shocked to learn that their paddy fields are being taken away to carve out a Sinhala colony in the middle of their village where they have been struggling to start their livelihood after 30 years of displacement. 

SC Ruling Part 2: Battle Over Land Turns Into Battle Of The Chief Justices?

October 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

By Rajan Philips –

Rajan Philips

In what seems to be becoming the battle of the Chief Justices, former Chief Justice Sarath Silva has publicly disputed the factual foundation of the so called landmark Supreme Court ruling whose main consequence might be to prop up political claims denying provincial powers over land.  One is left to wonder if Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranaike will also enter the fray.  As the only academic who vaulted to the bench, she might be better placed in adding to the knowledge of the law than delivering judicial opinions in op-ed articles.


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