Posts Tagged ‘ President Mahinda Rajapakse ’

Sri Lankan family finds mass grave in garden

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By

A Sri Lankan family has stumbled upon the remains of at least nine bodies buried in the garden of their home, police reported, the latest mass grave to be discovered in the country’s former war zone. The family made the grisly find on Friday while clearing out their garden in the town of Puthukkudiyiruppu in the

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This Week News Roundup 24.02.2014

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

“No Fire Zone” Released Online in India After Censorship AFP reported the controversial film “No Fire Zone” on Sri Lanka would be streamed s free online in India Sunday, after censors banned its theatrical release over fears it may strain friendly ties with Colombo. Callum Macrae, the British director said the film would also be

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Appeasement is no answer to war crimes

Feb 7th, 2014 | By

Australian newspaper The Age published an editorial on 6 Feb calling upon the Australian government to take meaningful action towards bringing about an international investigation on Sri Lanka, stating that the international community has a duty to act on the reports of war crimes. Editorial In 1946, the International Military Tribunal sitting in Nuremberg was

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Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka

Feb 6th, 2014 | By

One of the very first things passengers getting off planes at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport see is a huge portrait of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The view remains pretty much the same as one travels across the island. You cannot miss the billboards and posters in every nook and corner with the president staring

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Holding Sri Lanka to Account – Editorial NYT

Feb 5th, 2014 | By

Washington is once again trying to put pressure on the government of Sri Lanka to commission a credible independent investigation of crimes and human rights abuses committed during the end of that country’s bloody civil war in 2009. It was a good move to send a senior American diplomat to the island nation last weekend

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Mattala: Planes come, nobody gets in or gets out

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By

Questions are being asked why certain Sri Lankan Airlines flights continue to stop at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) when there are no passengers embarking or disembarking.  For instance, a Colombo-bound flight from Kuala Lumpur made a scheduled stop at MRIA on Thursday morning. Writing to the Sunday Times, a passenger on that aircraft said

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CPA/SI Survey on Democracy in Post-War Sri Lanka: Summary of Findings

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By

Given the opportunity to allocate money from the National Budget to sectors of their choice, people would choose Education, Health and Agriculture. Around 82% of Sri Lankans say that the general security situation in the country has changed for the better over the last two years, with 42.8% stating that it has got a lot

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Sri Lanka counting the civil-war dead amid pressure for inquiry into abuses

Dec 1st, 2013 | By

Shihar Aneez And Ranga Sirilal /Colombo — Reuters Sri Lanka began counting the dead from its 26-year civil war on Thursday, less than two weeks after the island nation came under intense international pressure to investigate allegations of war crimes during the climax of the conflict. About 16,000 officials will spread out across the country

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CHOGM 2013 –A summit amidst a breakdown of law and order

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

By S. Skanda (CHOGM) 2013 in Colombo was overshadowed by a row over alleged human rights abuses in the country The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013 in Colombo ended with a show of unity after the summit was overshadowed by a row over alleged human rights abuses in the country. CHOGM leaders issued a

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Govt’s CHOGM bill at Rs 15.8 B

Nov 25th, 2013 | By

 By Ravi Ladduwahetty  The government has spent a whopping Rs 15.8 billion on the recently concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), opposition charged in Parliament yesterday. Spending money of this magnitude for a meeting of this nature should have some sense of proportion where 54 Mercedes Benzes were imported for the 54 Heads of

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