Archive for March 17th, 2021

Did Sri Lanka commit ‘war crimes’? International Legal luminary Sir Desmond de Silva says NO

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

The legal opinion of Sir Desmond de Silva covers all areas of allegation against the Sri Lankan Army and takes every leaf of relevant international law relevant to war crimes and clearly establishes why Sri Lanka cannot be accused of committing war crimes. Even individual soldier misbehaviour he says can be dealt with within existing […]

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Did Sri Lanka commit ‘war crimes’? International Legal luminary Prof. Michael Newton says NO

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Luckily the Mahinda Rajapakse government had sought the legal opinion of international legal experts whose opinions should now be used to compare the OISL and UNHRC Heads reports and demands that contravene Article 2.7 of the UN Charter by interfering in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation. Reading Prof. Newton’s legal opinion alongside that […]

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Did Sri Lanka commit ‘war crimes’? International Legal luminaries Prof. Crane and Sir Desmond de Silva say NO

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

The Mshinda Rajapakse government sought the legal opinion of Prof D M Crane and Sir Desmond de Silva on the legal issues pertaining to the use of human shields and hostage taking by the LTTE. Their legal opinion sheds to pieces the findings of the PoE and the OISL as well as the OHCHR Heads […]

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Is Nandasena Doing a Sirisena at the UNHRC Sessions in 2021?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

By Citizen Perera  Sirisena’s betrayal  ‘Nandasena started where Sirisena ended.’ That is the perception in the minds of many people in the country, today.  Sirisena betrayed the country and her soldiers in 2015 when he co-sponsored an anti-Sri Lankan Resolution containing the usual invective and unsubstantiated accusations, disgorged regularly from the poop-houses in Washington.     Sirisena […]

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Did Sri Lanka commit ‘war crimes’? International Legal luminaries Sir Geoffrey Nice and Rodney Dixon say NO

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

The Mahinda Rajapakse government sought the legal opinion of a group of distinguished international legal luminaries who have been involved in war tribunals and who knew the laws related to conflicts. Reading these expert opinions against the PoE and the OISL reports as well as the biased and interfering statements of the OHCHR head, many […]

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Were the UN officials / Diplomatic Envoys SLEEPING during Sri Lanka’s Conflict?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Isn’t it a surprise that the diplomats and UN officials have woken up only after the conflict ENDED and chose not to ask any questions while the conflict was raging. Where were the UN and diplomats when the conflict was taking place? A Consultative Committee was set up in 2006 and this Committee met 28 times […]

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UNHRC must judge Sri Lanka on violations of IHL not Human Rights

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Does the UNHRC have a mandate to judge international humanitarian law in an armed conflict?Sri Lanka’s conflict is defined as a non-international armed conflict where governing rules are IHL. Why is the UNHRC taking Sri Lanka to task based on human rights alone and that too human rights that are outside of the conflict. When […]

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Ending Sri Lanka’s Conflict: 7721 Collateral Damage is worth the eventual peace

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Pro-LTTE and people living off LTTE kitty will not like to hear this but, whatever the collateral damage that took place during the final phase of the conflict is unfortunate, but it brought to an end 30 years of terror & deaths, it prevented LTTE terror taking place since May 2009 and that to all […]

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Barbados removes Queen as Head of State, what is the fate of Great Britain if remaining 14 countries do same & also exit Commonwealth?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

In possibly a rising trend, Barbados has declared it doesn’t want the Queen to be its head of state. That leaves 14 more countries that continue to keep the Queen as head of their state. Let’s not forget, Great Britain had military presence in 171 countries except 22 countries of the world. Out of this 171 […]

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British Parliament must also discuss payment of reparations to Sri Lanka for colonial crimes committed in Ceylon (1796 – 1948)

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Senaka Weeraratna On March 18, 2021 the British Parliament will be having a full-scale discussion on the Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights with a view to holding the Govt. of Sri Lanka, its machinery, and senior officials accountable for alleged war crimes in the last days of the war against terrorism […]

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අමාත්‍යංශයේ නව ලේකම්තුමිය වැඩභාරගැනීම

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

ග‍්‍රාමීය කලා ශිල්පි ප‍්‍රවර්ධන කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය කේ. ඒ. ඞී. නිශාන්ති ජයසිදහ මහත්මිය අද දින ජාතික උරුම ප‍්‍රාසංග කලා හා ග‍්‍රාමීය කලා ශිල්පී ප‍්‍රවර්ධන කටයුතු රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශයේ ගරු. ලේකම්තුමිය ලෙස අමාත්‍යංශයේ දී 2021-03-16 දින ධූරයෙහි වැඩ භාරගනු ලැබුවා. මෙම අවස්ථාව සඳහා වැඩම කොට වදාළ ජාතික පිරිවෙන් උපදේශක දර්ශනපති දොඩම්පහල රාහුල නාහිමි, සහකාර අධ්‍යාපන අධ්‍යක්ෂ රඹාවැවේ පණ්ඩිත […]

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අතීතයේ තිබූ සාමූහික හැඟීම වර්තමානයට ගෙන ආවොත් අපට නැවත ලෝක කුසලාන ජයක් ලබන්න පුළුවන් – ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මාධ්‍ය අංශය අතීතයේ තිබූ සාමූහික හැඟීම වර්තමානයට ගෙන ආවොත් අපට නැවත වතාවක් ලෝක කුසලාන ජයග්‍රහණයක් ලබන්න පුළුවන් යැයි ගරු අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අද 2021.03.17 පෙරවරුවේ ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ක්‍රිකට් ලෝක කුසලානය දිනා වසර 25ක් සපිරීම නිමිත්තෙන් ක්‍රිකට් විරුවන් ඇගයීම සඳහා අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ දී පැවති ලෝක කුසලාන විජයග්‍රහණයේ 25 වැනි ජාතික සැමරුමට එක්වෙමින් […]

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Undertake State Visit to Bangladesh

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Prime Minister’s Media Unit March 17, 2021 Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will make a state visit to Bangladesh from March 19-20, 2021, on an invitation extended by the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. The visit will coincide with the celebration of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation […]

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Lanka to sign MoUs with Bangladesh on agriculture, health and education during Rajapaksa visit

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, March 17: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has expressed optimism about his upcoming Dhaka visit which will enable him to join celebration of birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. During the visit, which begins on March 19, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will sign MoUs on education, health and agriculture. Sri […]

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Indian High Commissioner speaks in Sinhala at a public function

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, March 17: Reflecting the deep and enduring links between India and Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay on Wednesday delivered a speech in Sinhala at the launch of the Kapilawasupura Sri Sarvagna Dhathu Puranaya ha Rajaguru Waskaduwe Sri Subhuti Thero” in the august presence of the Sri […]

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පාස්කු කොමිසම පරීක්ෂණයක් පැවැත්වීමට නිර්දේශ කල මරාගෙන මැරුණු ජමීල්ගේ මාමාව ඇමති කෙහෙළිය ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාට පත්කරලා.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

උපුටා ගැන්ම Colombotoday දෙහිවල ට්‍රොපිකල් ඉන් හෝටලයේ මරාගෙන මැරෙන ප්‍රහාරය එල්ල කල ජමීල් නැමැත්තාගේ සහෝදරියට තම පුත්‍රයා විවාහකර දුන් අහමඩ් මුනව්වර් නැමැත්තා ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාවේ මුස්ලිම් සේවයේ උපදේශක සභාවට අමාත්‍ය කෙහෙළිය රඹුක්වැල්ල විසින් මීට මාස කිහිපයකට පෙර පත්කර ඇත. පස් දෙනෙකුගෙන් යුත් උපදේශක මණ්ඩලයට මුස්ලිම් සලාහුදීන්, අහමඩ් මුනව්වර්, ෆස්ලුල් රහ්මාන්, ෆසාල් මරික්කාර් සහ […]

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Pakistan’s hypocrisy on Sri Lanka’s burqa ban

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Michael Rubin courtesy AEI Just weeks after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Sri Lanka to advocate on behalf of the island nation’s Muslim community, the Sri Lankan government has signaled its plans to ban the burqa, the all-encompassing covering that conservative Muslim women increasingly wear. Sarath Weerasekara, Sri Lankan minister of public security, explained the government’s logic: The burqa has […]

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Salley arrested under PTA

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

By Norman Palihawadane Courtesy The Island Over alleged intervention to secure release of terror suspects A team consisting of an ASP of the CID yesterday evening arrested National Unity Front leader and former Western Province Governor, Azath Salley. Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said Salley had been taken into custody near his residence in […]

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Russian top billionaire Andrey Melnichenko visits Port City Colombo

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Prominent Russian business tycoon Andrey Melnichenko visited Port City Colombo today.  He was accompanied by Sri Lankan-born British Politician and former EU Parliamentarian Niranjan Deva Aditya, a statement said. The statement said  Melnichenko is a self-made billionaire with major investments in Switzerland based fertilizer giant EuroChem Group and Russia based coal […]

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Azath Salley arrested for alleged links to Easter Sunday attack: Minister

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera said, former Western Province Governor Azath Salley was arrested by CID as is alleged to have had links to the Easter Sunday suicide attack. Speaking to media after the Kolonnawa Regional Development meeting, he alleged that according to initial investigation it was revealed that Salley had […]

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Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 caseload up by 322 more infections

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has registered 140 more positive cases of Covid-19 today (March 17), the Ministry of Health confirmed. Thereby, Sri Lanka has detected 322 new positive cases of COVID-19 within the day. As per statistics, the total number of Covid-19 infections confirmed so far in the country now stands at 88,862. Recoveries from […]

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Three more COVID-19 deaths push tally to 537

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has reported 03 more coronavirus-related deaths, the Director-General of Health Services confirmed today (March 17). As per the Department of Government Information, one female patient and two male patients are among the victims. The new deaths bring the number of COVID-19 related deaths witnessed in Sri Lanka to 537 in total. […]

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Ravi Karunanayake remanded over Bond Scam.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana UPDATE (07.47 pm): Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake and 07 others who were ordered to be remanded over the 2016 Bond Scam have been brought to the Welikada Prison a short while ago. The eight suspects have been directed to the quarantine center of the prison. Former Minister Ravi Karunanayake has been remanded over […]

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Former directors of Swarnamahal Jewellers remanded

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Arrested former directors of Swarnamahal Jewellers Pvt Ltd have been remanded until March 30. Earlier this evening (March 17), they were produced before the Fort Magistrate. The arrest was made on Tuesday (March 16) upon the directions of Attorney General Dappula de Livera. Jeewaka Edirisinghe, Anjalee Edirisinghe Asanka Edirisinghe, and Nalaka Edirisinghe were […]

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Ex-Swarnamahal Jewellers directors produced before court

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Arrested former directors of Swarnamahal Jewellers Pvt Ltd have been produced before Fort Magistrate this evening (March 17), says the Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana. The arrest was made on Tuesday (March 16) upon the directions of Attorney General Dappula de Livera. Jeewaka Edirisinghe, Anjalee Edirisinghe Asanka Edirisinghe & Nalaka Edirisinghe were accordingly […]

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AG files indictments before Trial-at-Bars hearing bond scam cases

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General has filed indictments against the suspects of the Central Bank bond scam, says the AG’s Coordinating Officer State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne. The indictments were lodged before the two Trial-at-Bars hearing the legal matters on Central Bank Treasury Bond auctions held between March 29 and March 31, 2016. The Chief Justice […]

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