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Sunday Observer
Fonseka�s return to ParliamentSpeculation rife about the legality of his appointment to the UNP�s National Li
Fonseka�s return to Parliament
Sunday Observer / Posted 18 hours ago
Speculation rife about the legality of his appointment to the UNP�s National List: Although certain legal experts had deemed the nomination of Democratic Party (DP) Leader, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, to Parliament from the UNP National List to... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Worrying signs of accountability - HRWThe Sri Lankan Government's appointment to Parliament of the former Army Chief
Worrying signs of accountability - HRW
Sunday Observer / Posted 18 hours ago
The Sri Lankan Government's appointment to Parliament of the former Army Chief whose forces were implicated in widespread abuses contradicts pledges to investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on February 10. Pix: ANCL Media... Read more
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Sunday Observer
SLFP cracks down on dissidents as pro-MR party suffers birth-pangsWith Yoshitha Rajapaksa being arrested in connection with the CSN TV station co
SLFP cracks down on dissidents as pro-MR party suffers birth-pangs
Sunday Observer / Posted 18 hours ago
With Yoshitha Rajapaksa being arrested in connection with the CSN TV station controversy, close allies of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa are now convinced that the wheels of law enforcement are moving. As an immediate result, they realised the... Read more
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Sunday Observer
Storm over FCID tea cupThe Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), subject to much criticism d
Storm over FCID tea cup
Sunday Observer / Posted 18 hours ago
The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID), subject to much criticism due to the nature of the investigations it carries out against those responsible for financial irregularities during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, completes its first... Read more
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Sunday Observer
DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST MR?30 SLFP MPs found guilty of violating Party discipline: Disciplinary Committee
DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST MR?
Sunday Observer / Posted 18 hours ago
30 SLFP MPs found guilty of violating Party discipline: Disciplinary Committee given full authority to take action: MPs making statements on dividing SLFP to be investigated: The Disciplinary Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will... Read more
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Sunday Observer
SF enjoying dual privilegesJVP concerned, calls for new regulations: JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath r
SF enjoying dual privileges
Sunday Observer / Posted 18 hours ago
JVP concerned, calls for new regulations: JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath raised an issue of concern over the dual privileges enjoyed by the newly appointed MP and leader of Democratic Party, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka. Fonseka already enjoys... Read more
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Sunday Observer
FeaturesSunday Politics SLFP cracks down on dissidents as pro-MR party suffers birth-pa
Features
Sunday Observer / Posted 18 hours ago
Sunday Politics SLFP cracks down on dissidents as pro-MR party suffers birth-pangs MR�s new political office: SLFP Central Committee takes swift action: Support for new rebel party weakens: With Yoshitha Rajapaksa being arrested in connection... Read more
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dna
Saved Rajapaksa from international war crimes court: Lankan President SirisenaSri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday claimed that his victory
Saved Rajapaksa from international war crimes court: Lankan President Sirisena
dna / Posted 21 hours ago
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday claimed that his victory in the elections saved his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa from being hauled before an international war crimes court. "He (Rajapaksa) was publicly lamenting that he was to... Read more
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Daily News
MR and Weerawansa fanning the flames of communalism - JVPParliamentarians Mahinda Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa are fanning the flames
MR and Weerawansa fanning the flames of communalism - JVP
Daily News / Posted yesterday
Parliamentarians Mahinda Rajapaksa and Wimal Weerawansa are fanning the flames of communalism and religious extremism to drag the country down the precipice, in an attempt to save their political careers, charges the JVP. According to JVP General... Read more
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Daily News
I have to wash away the sins of my predecessorPresident Maithripala Sirisena said he had to wash away the sins of some leader
I have to wash away the sins of my predecessor
Daily News / Posted yesterday
President Maithripala Sirisena said he had to wash away the sins of some leaders who ruled the country in the past. While asserting that Sri Lanka had not come under any pressure from the international community, President Sirisena directed his... Read more
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Daily News
'Eleven Joint Opposition MPs not for new party'Special Projects Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama yesterday revealed that 11 MPs o
'Eleven Joint Opposition MPs not for new party'
Daily News / Posted yesterday
Special Projects Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama yesterday revealed that 11 MPs of the Joint Opposition have clearly said that they won't join the new party while four to 5 MPs are begging Malik Samarawickrama for UNP membership. He said that the... Read more
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Daily News
MR laments over statements on CSN issueFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa sees the making of statements over the Carlt
MR laments over statements on CSN issue
Daily News / Posted yesterday
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa sees the making of statements over the Carlton Sports Network (CSN) issue from Temple Trees, when the matter is before a court of law as an attempt to poke fun at the law. Former President Rajapaksa said that he... Read more
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Daily News
Joint Opposition in uproar of self crisis: Victims' relief gets focus in Hussein visitThe visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad
Joint Opposition in uproar of self crisis: Victims' relief gets focus in Hussein visit
Daily News / Posted yesterday
The visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, certainly did not cause the political storm the forces of Mahinda Rajapaksa and the so-called Joint Opposition (JO) had expected from the event. The issue of... Read more
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New Kerala
Mahinda Rajapaksa opens new political office in ColomboColombo, Feb.12 : A coordinating office of former Sri Lankan president and Kuru
Mahinda Rajapaksa opens new political office in Colombo
New Kerala / Posted yesterday
Colombo, Feb.12 : A coordinating office of former Sri Lankan president and Kurunegala district parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa was opened at Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla, this morning. The media unit of the former president said the office will... Read more
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Daily News
Tough decisions against SLFP dissidentsThe Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is to take tough decisions against party dis
Tough decisions against SLFP dissidents
Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is to take tough decisions against party dissidents at a crucial Central Committee meeting to be held today at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Tough decisions are... Read more
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Daily News
MR likens Joint Resolution to the 1815 betrayalFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement yesterday said the UNHRC reso
MR likens Joint Resolution to the 1815 betrayal
Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement yesterday said the UNHRC resolution co-sponsored by the Sri Lankan government is a great betrayal comparable to the Kandyan Convention of 1815. "There is now an attempt to portray this UNHRC... Read more
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Daily News
Yoshitha further remanded till February 25Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa produced before t
Yoshitha further remanded till February 25
Daily News / Posted 2 days ago
Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate's Court yesterday was further remanded till February 25. Rajapaksa was among five others arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division... Read more
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The Hindu
Fonseka’s nomination draws flak from HRWSays "the government may protect senior military leaders suspected of widesprea
Fonseka’s nomination draws flak from HRW
The Hindu / Posted 2 days ago
Says "the government may protect senior military leaders suspected of widespread abuses." The nomination by the ruling United National Party (UNP) of former Commander of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and founder of the Democratic Party Sarath Fonseka to... Read more
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Daily News
Government betraying the country: Mahinda RajapaksaFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa today issuing a media release stated that Pr
Government betraying the country: Mahinda Rajapaksa
Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today issuing a media release stated that President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have given the UN Human Rights Commissioner an assurance that last year’s UN Human Rights Council... Read more
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New Kerala
Don't promote ex-army chief, Sri Lanka toldNew York, Feb 11 : The Sri Lankan government's appointment to parliament of for
Don't promote ex-army chief, Sri Lanka told
New Kerala / Posted 3 days ago
New York, Feb 11 : The Sri Lankan government's appointment to parliament of former army chief Sarath Fonseka contradicts pledges to probe alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. On February 9, the United National Party of Prime... Read more
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asianage
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to China's embraceIndia is nervous about losing influence over the island nation off its southern
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to China's embrace
asianage / Posted 3 days ago
India is nervous about losing influence over the island nation off its southern tip. (Photo: AFP) Most of the focus has been on the $1.4 billion port city China wants to build in the commercial capital, Colombo. Colombo: Just over a year after a... Read more
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Daily News
Fonseka’s appointment a “Breach of Trust” : HRWThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday called the appointment of Field Marshal
Fonseka’s appointment a “Breach of Trust” : HRW
Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) yesterday called the appointment of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to the parliament through the UNP national list a “Breach of Trust “. Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division since 2002,... Read more
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The Economic Times
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing's embraceCOLOMBO: Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka's busine
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing's embrace
The Economic Times / Posted 3 days ago
COLOMBO: Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka's business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new special... Read more
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Daily News
CID probes handing over of elephants to GotaThe Attorney General yesterday informed Court that the CID has commenced an inv
CID probes handing over of elephants to Gota
Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
The Attorney General yesterday informed Court that the CID has commenced an investigation into incidents where former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had handed over four elephant calves to former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and two other... Read more
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Daily News
MR's PSD officers probed for money launderingColombo Chief Magistrate yesterday ordered the General Managers of 79 commercia
MR's PSD officers probed for money laundering
Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday ordered the General Managers of 79 commercial banks and financial companies to submit reports to the CID regarding financial and property transactions of three security officers of former President Mahinda... Read more
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Channel NewsAsia
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing's embraceCOLOMBO: Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka's busine
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing's embrace
Channel NewsAsia / Posted 3 days ago
COLOMBO: Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka's business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new special... Read more
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The Star
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing's embraceCOLOMBO (Reuters) - Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lan
Short of options, Sri Lanka turns back to Beijing's embrace
The Star / Posted 3 days ago
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Just over a year after a new leader was elected and Sri Lanka's business ties with China came under close scrutiny, Colombo is reversing course by resuming a stalled port project and naming Beijing as the front runner for a new... Read more
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Daily News
A new battle of witsThe ever changing Sri Lankan domestic political landscape shifted significantly
A new battle of wits
Daily News / Posted 3 days ago
The ever changing Sri Lankan domestic political landscape shifted significantly this week even as two key international visitors: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra'ad... Read more
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Business Standard India
US govt proposes $31 million financial aid to Sri LankaThe aid is aimed at encouraging reconciliation efforts and to support anti-corr
US govt proposes $31 million financial aid to Sri Lanka
Business Standard India / Posted 4 days ago
The aid is aimed at encouraging reconciliation efforts and to support anti-corruption activities in the nationThe aid is aimed at encouraging reconciliation efforts and to support anti-corruption... Read more
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Daily News
God only knows!Although Gamini Dissanayake was a close associate of former President J.R. Jaye
God only knows!
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
Although Gamini Dissanayake was a close associate of former President J.R. Jayewardene, the former was livid when the Jayewardene administration decided to strip civic rights of former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike. Despite his close... Read more
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Daily News
Inquiry mechanism should be primarily acceptable to victims - ZeidAny mechanism that investigates allegations of rights abuses, referred to in th
Inquiry mechanism should be primarily acceptable to victims - Zeid
Daily News / Posted 4 days ago
Any mechanism that investigates allegations of rights abuses, referred to in the UNHRC resolutions on Sri Lanka, should be primarily acceptable to the victims, or will be doomed to fail, visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al... Read more
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Canberra Times
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri LankaUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo:
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka
Canberra Times / Posted 4 days ago
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena Colombo: The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year... Read more
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WA Today
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri LankaUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo:
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka
WA Today / Posted 4 days ago
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena Colombo: The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year... Read more
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Channel NewsAsia
Sri Lanka war crimes investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges - UN officialCOLOMBO: The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for inter
Sri Lanka war crimes investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges - UN official
Channel NewsAsia / Posted 4 days ago
COLOMBO: The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency but any process must be impartial and independent, the U.N. human rights chief... Read more
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The Star
Sri Lanka war crimes investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges - U.N. officialCOLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a rol
Sri Lanka war crimes investigation must be impartial with or without foreign judges - U.N. official
The Star / Posted 4 days ago
COLOMBO (Reuters) - The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year Tamil insurgency but any process must be impartial and independent, the U.N. human... Read more
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The Age
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri LankaUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo:
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka
The Age / Posted 4 days ago
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena Colombo: The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year... Read more
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Sydney Morning Herald
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri LankaUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo:
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka
Sydney Morning Herald / Posted 4 days ago
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena Colombo: The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year... Read more
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Brisbane Times
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri LankaUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo:
United Nations renews call for impartial war crimes investigations in Sri Lanka
Brisbane Times / Posted 4 days ago
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. Photo: Eranga Jayawardena Colombo: The United Nations will not force Sri Lanka to accept a role for international judges in investigating possible war crimes during the 26-year... Read more
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Daily News
Ramesh at variance with MR over singing of National Anthem in TamilThe singing of the National Anthem in Tamil at the Independence Day celebration
Ramesh at variance with MR over singing of National Anthem in Tamil
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
The singing of the National Anthem in Tamil at the Independence Day celebrations was a step in the right direction to foster national reconciliation, Galle district UPFA Parliamentarian Ramesh Pathirana said. "This is my personal view. The proposal... Read more
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Daily News
'UNP, SLFP supporters should get together to build country'Leader of the House, Higher Education and Highways Minister, Lakshman Kiriella
'UNP, SLFP supporters should get together to build country'
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
Leader of the House, Higher Education and Highways Minister, Lakshman Kiriella queried as to why cannot the supporters of the two main political parties get together when the leaders of the two main political parties can get-together? The minister... Read more
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Daily News
REVISITING THE FEARLESS COMRADEDon Philip Rupasinghe Gunawardena who established the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (
REVISITING THE FEARLESS COMRADE
Daily News / Posted 5 days ago
Don Philip Rupasinghe Gunawardena who established the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) in 1935 was a principled politician who was committed to his political vision to the very end of his life. From the start of his political career, Gunawardena had... Read more
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San Antonio Express-News
Editor selections from AsiaIn this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 photo, supporters of the Sri Lankan opposition p
Editor selections from Asia
San Antonio Express-News / Posted 6 days ago
In this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 photo, supporters of the Sri Lankan opposition political parties backing former president Mahinda Rajapaksa protest out side the U.N. office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hundreds of protesters marched to the U.N office... Read more
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Houston Chronicle
Editor selections from AsiaIn this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 photo, supporters of the Sri Lankan opposition p
Editor selections from Asia
Houston Chronicle / Posted 6 days ago
In this Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 photo, supporters of the Sri Lankan opposition political parties backing former president Mahinda Rajapaksa protest out side the U.N. office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Hundreds of protesters marched to the U.N office... Read more
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News 24 South Africa
Sri Lanka's Tamil leaders call for UN helpSupporters of Sri Lankan opposition political parties backing former president
Sri Lanka's Tamil leaders call for UN help
News 24 South Africa / Posted 6 days ago
Supporters of Sri Lankan opposition political parties backing former president Mahinda Rajapaksa protest outside the UN office in Colombo over alleged atrocities committed during the civil war. (Eranga Jayawardena, AP) Jaffna - Sri Lanka's ethnic... Read more
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Daily News
Joint Opposition seeks divine help against government FCIDThe joint opposition and their political activists on Saturday dashed coconuts
Joint Opposition seeks divine help against government FCID
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
The joint opposition and their political activists on Saturday dashed coconuts at Seenigama Devalaya against the government and the Financial Crimes Investigation Division of the police. Parliamentarians of the Joint Opposition supported by a number... Read more
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Daily News
National Anthem sung in Tamil: MR expresses surpriseFormer President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed surprise about the National Anthem
National Anthem sung in Tamil: MR expresses surprise
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed surprise about the National Anthem being sung in Tamil during the Independence Day celebrations on February 4. He said this was something no one had expected. Rajapaksa said that by doing so, those who... Read more
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Daily News
A wider view of ColomboIndian foreign policy on a political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lan
A wider view of Colombo
Daily News / Posted 6 days ago
Indian foreign policy on a political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka has been consistent for close to three decades. The Indo-Lankan accord of 1987 led to the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, recognising Tamil as an... Read more
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The Star
U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka's war victimsJAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief on Sunday t
U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka's war victims
The Star / Posted 6 days ago
JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief on Sunday travelled to the north and east of Sri Lanka to assess the country's progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is the first senior U.N. official in... Read more
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Reuters
U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka's war victimsUnited Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka's war victims
Reuters / Posted 6 days ago
United Nations (U.N.) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein speaks to the media before he leaves his hotel to meet Sri Lankan politicians and diplomats in Colombo February 6, 2016. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka The United Nations human rights... Read more
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Swissinfo
U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka's war victimsBy N. Parameswaran JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The United Nations human righ
U.N. rights chief meets families of Sri Lanka's war victims
Swissinfo / Posted 6 days ago
By N. Parameswaran JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief on Sunday travelled to the north and east of Sri Lanka to assess the country's progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein is the first... Read more
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