Protests In Jaffna Banned

The Jaffna Magistrate issued a stay order banning all types of protests in the Jaffna town, the police media unit said yesterday. The stay order was issued as a result of the violence which erupted in Jaffna last week during a protest against the alleged rape and murder of a girl in Jaffna. The police [...]

Polls Likely In August

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya There is strong speculation that Parliament elections will be held on August 27 and not before that. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) sources said that President Maithripala Sirisena will dissolve Parliament in time to hold the election in August. Last week President Sirisena had said that a new Parliament will be in place [...]

HR Adviser To Support UNCT

There is an increased interest on the redeployment of a Human Rights Adviser to support the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Sri Lanka through 2015, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said. An OHCHR report said that the work to promote the increased engagement of NGOs with the UN human rights [...]

Vasu’s Foul Language Condemned

By Waruni Karunarathne The use of foul language in Parliament by Vasudeva Nanayakkara last week has drawn condemnation, especially since school children were present in the gallery at the time. Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody said that if there had been any unparliamentary use of language in parliament, it can be expunged from the Hansard. He [...]

India’s Iron Lady Back As Chief Minister

AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa was yesterday sworn in for the fifth time as Tamil Nadu chief minister, nearly eight months after she was forced to quit over corruption charges, DNA India reported. Governor K. Rosaiah gave oath to Jayalalithaa at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Actor Rajinikanth, ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan and Union Minister Pon [...]

Demo In Colombo Over Jaffna Rape

By Waruni Karunarathne A protest has been organized by women’s rights groups in the South to condemn the rape and murder of the 18-year-old girl in Kyats in Jaffna Peninsula. The women’s groups said that the protest will be staged near the Borella Cemetery roundabout at 4.30 pm on Tuesday. The women’s groups noted that there [...]

Electoral Reforms Proposals Almost Ready

By Camelia Nathaniel The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Electoral Reforms is expected to finalize the reforms proposals and issue a report within the next few days. Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told The Sunday Leader that there is no issue with regard to the principles of the proposed electoral reforms but there was an issue with the allocation of [...]

Health Unions To Continue Strike

By waruni Karunarathne   All Ceylon Health Services Union (ACHSU) said it will continue to strike if the Minister of Health fails to give them a meeting to discuss their demands by tomorrow. President of All Ceylon Health Services Union Samantha Koralearachchi told The Sunday Leader that the union will take firm action on Tuesday [...]

Govt Denies Foreign Hand In polls

By Waruni Karunarathne The Government says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to be blind to the reasons as to why he lost the last Presidential election. In response to a statement made by former President Rajapaksa, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera told The Sunday Leader that it is absolutely wrong for the former President [...]

Meeting Sought With President

By Waruni Karunarathne The Secretary of the Coordinating Committee for Enforced Disappearances Rev. V. Yogeswaran had written to President Maithripala Sirisena last week requesting for a meeting to discuss matters related to enforced disappearances.  Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Rev. Yogeswaran said that they previously submitted a memorandum with their concerns and recommendations to the [...]

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