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Solheim Ready To Testify

Former peace envoy willing to share information with Government Commission By Easwaran Rutnam Former Norwegian peace envoy, Erik Solheim, says he is ready to testify before the Government Commission of Inquiry tasked to investigate the war. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Solheim said that he has nothing to hide and is willing to share whatever [...]

Diaspora Can Make Submissions

By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lankan Diaspora will be able to make submissions to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Missing Persons which has now been asked to investigate the war. Chairman of the Presidential Commission, Maxwell Paranagama told The Sunday Leader that the Commission on Missing Persons will publish a notice inviting the public [...]

TNA Will Consider If Invited

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will consider meeting with the three international experts appointed to the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons during their expected visit to Sri Lanka, if the Government makes arrangements for such a meeting. General Secretary, TNA, Mavai Senathirajah told The Sunday Leader that the TNA has doubts about the [...]

Navy Confident Of Coastal Security

By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lanka Navy is confident about the naval security along the Northern maritime border to face the Tamil Nadu fishermen who had claimed they will invade Sri Lankan waters on 2nd August as a mark of protest against the arrest of Indian fishermen. Navy Media Spokesperson, Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya told The [...]

FMM Says Workshop Disrupted

The Free Media Movement (FMM) said that a workshop which was scheduled to be held at the Sri Lanka Press Institute in Colombo yesterday was disrupted by an organized group. The FMM said that the journalists travelling to Colombo from Jaffna for the workshop were deliberately targeted and detained at Omanthai while a protest was [...]

At Least Four Suicides In One Month

It was reported in the north that at least four suicides had been committed by hanging over the past one month. The latest was that of a young university student who had committed suicide after leaving a message on his Facebook page. The body of Nakarasa Suthakaran was found hanging at his house in Nelliady, [...]

Protest On Lanka Cleared By Glasgow

The organisers of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last week admitted that they had decided to allow a Tamil group to protest outside the venue against Sri Lanka. Glasgow 2014 chief executive, David Grevemberg, said there was a Tamil protest outside Celtic Park ahead of the opening ceremony against the inclusion of Sri Lanka in [...]

MOD Hits Out At US Embassy

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) accused the US Embassy in Colombo of departing from all accepted norms of respectful engagement and continuing to make allegations against the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) through the press and social media. Director at the Media Centre of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya, said [...]

Navy Denies TNA Allegations

By Fathima Razik Enormous swathes of land are being acquired by the security forces, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran alleged, and added that 153 acres of private land in the coastal areas in Keerimalai was being cleared by the Navy. “The owners of the land who were displaced and were allowed to return are now being [...]

EU Concerned Over NGO Restrictions

The EU Heads of Mission and the Ambassadors of Norway and Switzerland said they were “very concerned” about the recent efforts to restrict legitimate public activities of civil society and non-governmental organisations in Sri Lanka. In a joint statement issued by the EU office in Colombo, the Heads of Missions and Ambassadors urged the Sri [...]

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