Archive for December 3rd, 2019

Swiss Embassy Colombo: Release Sri Lankan Hostage held in Swiss Embassy compound

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

A Sri Lankan Citizen Its 3rd December 2019 exactly 8 days since a Sri Lankan National is being kept inside your embassy compound and we want to know why. We do not buy your stories that she is refusing to make a statement which later was turned into she is too ill to make a […]

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THE STATEMENT OF THE NATIONAL JOINT COMMITTEE ON ALLEGATIONS MADE BY THE SWISS EMBASSY

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Lt Col. A.S. Amarasekera (Rtd,) H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya (Senior D.I.G. Rtd,)Co-President Co-President  The National Joint Committee The National Joint Committee condemn the action taken by the Embassy of Switzerland and their Government to facilitate the travel of a public official attached to the CID by the name of Nishantha out of Sri Lanka and the subsequent […]

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Dr. Udagama says effective probe requires cooperation of all, including victim Alleged abduction of embassy employee:

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) Chief Dr. Deepika Udagama yesterday (03) said investigators should be given to access to the local employee of Switzerland Embassy allegedly abducted close to the diplomatic mission situated on the R.G. Senanayake Mawatha (formerly Gregory’s Road), molested and threatened by a group […]

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Swiss envoy has no right to detain SL worker: PHU

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka has no right to keep a Sri Lankan employee inside the Embassy on the basis that local employees do not enjoy diplomatic privileges, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today. It leader MP Udaya Gammanpila said under the Clause 38 (2) of the […]

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ALLEGEDLY ABDUCTED SWISS EMBASSY OFFICER ORDERED TO GIVE A STATEMENT TO CID, FOREIGN TRAVELS BANNED UNTIL DECEMBER 9

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Courtesy Hiru News The Colombo Chief Magistrate Court, today, ordered Gallia Barrister Francis, the Swiss embassy local official, who was allegedly abducted, to give a statement to the CID before December 9. Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayarathna also banned overseas travel on the Swiss Embassy female officer Gallia Barrister Francis until she gives a statement. […]

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Tamil Tigers acquitted in Switzerland-Swiss Federal Court ruled that the Tamil Tigers are not a criminal organisation

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Courtesy Swissinfo Lawyer Marcel Bosonet (in tie) surrounded by supporters of the accused at the Federal Criminal Court in June 2018 The Swiss Federal Court has ruled that the Tamil Tigers are not a criminal organisation and has acquitted 12 people of charges filed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). In its indictment, the […]

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Is Sri Lanka’s Government ready to face international challenges?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Sri Lanka has elected a new President. The victory is nothing that the international community are too gaga over as seen by the manner they have chosen not to even extend congratulations as common courtesy & diplomacy dictates. The surge in popularity of the new leader increasing among those who did not vote for him […]

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Is the Labor & Conservative Parties contesting elections in the UK or Sri Lanka?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

We are somewhat puzzled. Do those that drafted the Labor & Conservative manifestos know where they are contesting elections and to whom their manifestos should addressed? Can both Labour & Conservative Parties explain why both wish to include in their manifestos assurance to divide Sri Lanka a sovereign & independent country into two if less […]

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The Biggest Election Win in History by GR

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Dilrook Kannangara This is not supporting a politician but purely a prescriptive academic exercise in analysing election results which I do after every national election no matter who wins. Surprisingly this time there seems to be a dearth of post election analysts. Gotabaya’s election victory (52.25%) is the highest in Lankan history.  To be rephrased, […]

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Scientific Expertise will be made use of in transforming Sri Lanka into a Technology based developed nation. – Minister Thilanga Sumathipala.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Media Unit  State Ministry of Technology and Innovation. State Minister of Technology and Innovation, Thilanga Sumathipala sated that Scientific expertise would be made use of, in Steering his Ministry towards transforming  Sri Lanka in to a technology based developed nation.  He expressed these ideas on the occasion of assumption of office at his Ministry yesterday […]

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Human Rights puzzles on London terrorist killing

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

BODHI DHANAPALA (This article was also submitted to the Island and published there as well on 2-12-2019) I wish to congratulate the Editor of the Island for his editorial of 2nd December, which articulated exactly what many of us were thinking of, but didn’t quite know how to put in words.When I read those reports […]

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Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election 2019: A New President and the Politics of Balances

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera Courtesy ISAS,National University of Singapore Summary The recent Sri Lankan election witnessed the Rajapaksa brothers – Gotabaya and Mahinda – coming to power. Gotabaya, former secretary of defence and a technocrat with little political experience, was elected president while Mahinda, former two-time president who ended the protracted civil war during his term 10 years […]

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Repeal of Sections 13 and 19 should be top priority

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

By Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Island Judging by the post-November 17 political discourse, Sri Lanka seems to be experiencing an ‘outbreak of common sense’. Many worthy proposals, emanating from the grassroots, appear to supplement the new President’s task of repairing the economic, national security and social damage caused by yahapalana incompetence and neglect. The shift […]

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China, Sri Lanka to accelerate implementation of cooperation on big economic projects

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Courtesy China.org China and Sri Lanka have agreed to speed up the implementation of cooperation on major economic projects, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said in a statement on Monday. During a visit by former Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao, who visited the island nation as the representative of Chinese State Councilor […]

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