Archive for January 14th, 2013

Commonwealth and Canada – Why are they barking at Sri Lanka?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Asada M Erpini The Commonwealth is a group of 54 nations that were under British rule when Britain held sway over the waters of the open seas and vast swathes of land in Asia and Africa. The current Secretary General of the Commonwealth continues to issue statements against the sovereign independent nation of Sri Lanka: […]

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Bob Rae: Canada Must Hold Sri Lankan Government Accountable

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada 13 January 2013 Hon. Bob Rae, PC., OC.,OOnt, QC., MP  Interim Leader of the Liberal Party  House of Commons, Ottawa Dear Bob: This is in reference to your comment “”…” Canada Must Hold Sri Lankan Government Accountable – let’s see whether we […]

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Former Attorney General Mohan Peiris is the President’s nominee for Chief Justice

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The Parliamentary Council (set up under provisions of the 18th amendment to the constitution) is to meet today to appoint a nominee for the post of the Chief Justice — which fell vacant with the removal of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake following her impeachment. The Council will recommend the nominee of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for […]

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Sri Lanka removed from UN “child and armed conflict” list – LTTE must stand trial for forced conscription

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Shenali Waduge    Unless it’s a mistake or purposely done the UN removal of Sri Lanka from its List of Shame for child conscription does not clearly distinguish the fact that it was the LTTE that conscripted children to its terror outfit and not Sri Lanka’s army. Therefore, Sri Lankan authorities need to ask UN […]

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Impeachment proceedings: Sole responsibility entrusted to Legislature

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Speech delivered by External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris, in Parliament on Thursday, January 10, 2013 : Mr. Speaker, I think it is very important for us to be clear in our minds about some basic principles. Who has the responsibility in respect of impeachment proceedings of judges of the superior courts? Is it the […]

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The unholy beginnings of SEPARATION OF POWERS

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe-Courtesy The Daily News  Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe The embarrassingly bad Appellate Court decision on CJ’s writ application gave all the appearances of a hastily made, legally and intellectually unsound decision. Even though the learned judges may have wished that it be seen as a strenuous defence of the abstract concept of the “independence […]

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Judges are public servants, not bosses

Monday, January 14th, 2013

V.R. Krishna Iyer Courtesy Hindu Contrary to what the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court recently said, the Right to Information Act does cover ‘constitutional authorities.’ Absolute power and egregious error will be totally incompatible, even when the matter involves the judiciary. Justices of the court are no higher than great Homer who, as Lord Byron […]

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The Halaal Issue : A Way Forward ?

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Bisthan Batcha In a bid to penetrate the International Market for Halal Foods, estimated at US$ 2 trillion per annum, the Government of Thailand is promoting their Country (where approximately 90% of the population are Theravada Buddhists and the largest minority are Muslims) as the “ƒ”¹…”Kitchen of the World’ and has to this end provided […]

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Abhises Abhiman: 50,800 trainee graduates recruit to government sector

Monday, January 14th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma The national function “ƒ”¹…”Abhises Abhiman’ to present letters of appointment to trainee graduates who were recruited to government service in 2012 was held under the patronage of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Sugathadasa Stadium this morning on 12 January. Under this programme all graduates who have completed one year’s training are being […]

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Indian scholarships to Sri Lankan students for higher education

Monday, January 14th, 2013

By Janaka Alahapperuma from London Indian government has offered a large number of scholarships for Sri Lankan students to follow undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD degrees in some of the leading universities in India, a Press Release issued by the Indian High Commission in Colombo stated. All government funded ICCR scholarships cover full tuition fees for […]

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