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Speaker ‘Missing In RTI Action’

A full five days after the Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya had returned to Sri Lanka after a brief trip overseas during the weekend, his Office is yet to respond to references made to a ‘ruling’ by the Speaker by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the President in denying requests […]

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Ex-Attorney General In Hot Water For Favouring Ravi Karunanayake In Money Laundering Case

Former Attorney General Yuvanjana Wijayatilake has been accused of abusing his office and for unethically granting favours to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. In a letter addressed to the Chairman of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption (CIABOC) yesterday, Nagananda Kodituwakku, an Attorney-at-Law and Public Interest Litigation Activist claimed that Wijayatilake had abused his office […]

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Credibility Of The UNHRC Has Been Put At Stake By Sri Lanka: Tamil Civil Society, Trade Unions And Political Parties

The credibility of the UNHRC has been put at stake by Sri Lanka and the UNHRC must respond strongly, Tamil Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties and Trade Unions have said today. We publish below the Joint Appeal by Tamil Civil Society Organisations, Political Parties and Trade Unions – 09 March 2017: When Resolution 30/1 was passed by […]

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FUTA Temporarily And Conditionally Suspends Trade Union Action

The two-day token strike launched by the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) has been temporarily and conditionally suspended at the end of the first day (March 8, 2017) due to the positive written response received by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on behalf of the Government, says the Secretary of the FUTA, Prof. Arjuna Parakrama. […]

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Duminda Dissanayake Admits To Wasting 21 Million Rupees A Month

Senior minister of the Yahapalanaya Government, Duminda Dissanayake has admitted that he is wasting a colossal sum of public money on a luxury building in Rajagiriya, for which he has signed an agreement to pay Rs. 21 million a month, even though he is yet to occupy it despite it being nearly a year since […]

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Info DG Claims RTI Commission’s Funds Released, But Status Still Unclear 

The Director General of the Information Department, Ranga Kalansooriya announced yesterday that the Treasury had released the Rs 76 million requested by the Right to Information (RTI) Commission but the source to which it had been released remained unclear. Posting a message on his twitter account, he congratulated the media for taking up the matter […]

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Letter To UNHRC: Sumanthiran Says Some TNA MPs’ Signatures Were Forged

“It has been brought to our attention that at least 3 Members of Parliament belonging to the Tamil National Alliance have not signed the purported letter alleged to have been signed by 8 or 11 Members of Parliament stating that no further time should be granted to the Government of Sri Lanka to implement Resolution […]

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Supremacy Of The Law Still To Be Established 24 Months Into Yahapālanaya: Friday Forum

We fail to understand why, where there is ample evidence that politicians had committed offences for which other citizens are routinely prosecuted, remanded, denied bail and/or permission to leave the country, are treated by the law entirely differently, the Friday Forum has said. Issuing a statement the Friday Forum said: “the President’s recent public statements […]

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Jaffna College Trustees Firm In Their Demands As Alumni Seek Stronger Intervention

Rt. Rev. Daniel Thiagarajah, the Chair of the Boards of Directors of Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls’ College and the Bishop of the Jaffna Diocese of the Church of South India has sent a letter to the Trustees of Jaffna College Funds in Boston, USA as his response to the letter sent by the latter […]

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“Do Not Give Sri Lanka More Time” – TNA MPs Tell UN

Some 11 MPs representing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has appealed to the United Nations against granting an extension of time to the Sri Lankan government to implement the 2015 resolutions. The MPs have signed the appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), requesting the UNHRC to not give the Sri Lankan government […]

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