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Joint Statement on Sri Lanka by UN Special Advisers

Joint Statement on Sri Lanka by UN Special Advisers

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Joint Statement by Adama Dieng, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Karen Smith, United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, on attacks against religious minorities in Sri Lanka  (New York, 13 May 2019) Recalling their recent statements against violent extremism and hate speech, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and the United Nations Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect, Karen Smith are alarmed about the growing acts of violence on the basis of religion, including attacks against homes, places of worship and businesses, in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. The Special Advisers noted a recent spate of attacks against Muslim and Christian communities in Sri Lanka, a maj...
army chief says threat of more Islamist militant attacks contained

army chief says threat of more Islamist militant attacks contained

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(Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s army commander Mahesh Senanayake said the threat of more Islamist militant attacks had been contained and the security services had dismantled most of the network linked to the Easter Sunday bombings. Senanayake told Reuters on Friday that investigators had established that the plotters had links to Islamic State, but said the authorities were still trying to establish how deep those contacts were. “Up to now the investigations do not go beyond many areas, so we don’t have to worry about the situation; it is controllable, it is contained,” he said. “We are quietly confident that normalcy is brought back without” any second round of militant attacks. The attacks in churches and hotels across the Indian Ocean island on April 21 killed more than 250 peo...
Sri Lanka suspends flight training near biggest air force base

Sri Lanka suspends flight training near biggest air force base

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(Reuters) - Sri Lanka has suspended flight training near its biggest air force base due to security concerns after suspected Islamist militants killed more than 250 people last month, according to a government directive seen by Reuters on Thursday. Sri Lanka has been on high alert since multiple suicide bombings on Easter Sunday targeted churches and hotels. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Flight training has been suspended at Ratmalana, a suburb in the capital Colombo, the country’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a letter to flying schools and aircraft operators. Training will only be allowed from the Katukurunda domestic airport, around 35 km (22 miles) south of Colombo, and flights can only fly to the south of that base, according to the letter. A copy of th...
honeymoon man banned from leaving after wife’s death

honeymoon man banned from leaving after wife’s death

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A man whose new wife died on their honeymoon has been banned from leaving Sri Lanka. Khilan Chandaria, 33, and Usheila Patel, 31, from Finchley, north London, fell ill on 25 April, two days into their trip. Both were taken to hospital but Mrs Patel then died. Mr Chandaria has not been arrested but cannot leave Sri Lanka until an investigation into the death has concluded. The Foreign Office confirmed it was working with Mr Chandaria. The couple married in Brent, north London, on 19 April - Good Friday - which was three years to the day after they met. Their visit to Sri Lanka was supposed to be the first part of a honeymoon that would eventually take them to the Maldives. They became ill while staying at a hotel in the coastal city of Galle. Mr Chandaira, who says...
president calls third vote on no-confidence motion against premier

president calls third vote on no-confidence motion against premier

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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday asked an all-party meeting to hold a third vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, deepening the country’s political crisis. Sirisena called the all party leaders’ meeting after Rajapaksa, his choice to lead the government, was voted out twice within days by a majority in a no-confidence motion. A lawmaker loyal to Sirisena told reporters that the president rejected the outcome of the second vote held on Friday, which potentially strengthened the hand of Ranil Wickremesinghe who is seeking to return as prime minister. “To decide on the no confidence motion presented against the government, president noted that he wanted a vote with a name call or electronically displayed,” Sirisena’s office...
Hope SL can maintain stability: China

Hope SL can maintain stability: China

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The Chinese Government has said it hoped that Sri Lanka can maintain stability and find ways to end the current political impasse. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said this in response to a question asked during the regular press conference held on Wednesday. “As a traditional friendly neighbour of Sri Lanka, China has been closely following the developments of the situation in Sri Lanka. We hope that Sri Lanka can maintain stability and that all relevant parties in Sri Lanka have the wits and ways needed to deal with the current situation,” she said.
Bad day for democracy in Sri Lanka: Germany

Bad day for democracy in Sri Lanka: Germany

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Commenting on the tense situation prevailed inside Parliament today, German Ambassador Jörn Rohde said that today was a bad day for democracy in Sri Lanka. “Sri Lanka has a long and proud democratic tradition. Throwing objects at the Speaker and preventing votes is unbecoming of a democracy,” he tweeted.
RS. 26,617,357 PAID TO 16 MPS

RS. 26,617,357 PAID TO 16 MPS

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Sixteen parliamentarians have been paid a total of Rs. 26,617,357 as benefits by the president fund from 2015 up to now. The highest payment has been paid to 3 Members of Parliament in the year 2016 amount to Rs. 11,700,000. Two MPS have been paid Rs. 3,917,406 in 2015 and four MPS have been paid Rs. 8,399,287 in 2017. In 2018, seven MPS have been paid Rs. 2,600,664 as benefits. These details were obtained under the Right to Information Act, from the President’s Fund. A normal citizen is paid aid less than Rs. 100,000. - Daily Mirror
The Sri Lanka crisis deepens – The Hindu

The Sri Lanka crisis deepens – The Hindu

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved Parliament after it became evident that Mahinda Rajapaksa, who he had appointed Prime Minister two weeks ago, did not enjoy a legislative majority. It is an act of desperation to prevent a likely loss of face for both leaders after Mr. Sirisena’s controversial dismissal of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister on October 26. Sri Lanka has been roiled by political uncertainty ever since lawmakers of Mr. Sirisena’s party withdrew support from the ‘national unity government’ to facilitate Mr. Wickremesinghe’s removal and the swearing-in of Mr. Rajapaksa in his place. With many parties questioning the legality of the dismissal, the President suspended Parliament. This was a move to buy Mr. Rajapaksa time to garner support ...
Tourists giving Sri Lanka a miss amid its crisis- Straits Times

Tourists giving Sri Lanka a miss amid its crisis- Straits Times

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A political crisis in Sri Lanka, where two prime ministers are fighting for power, is scaring away tourists and raising questions over foreign aid, ringing alarm bells for the economy as the currency slumps to record lows. The turmoil in the Indian Ocean nation that has seen one premier refuse to be sacked, and another battle to prove a majority in a Parliament that is banned from meeting, has caused major upheaval that Sri Lanka cannot afford. Amid warnings from politicians of a bloodbath if the dispute escalates, tourists are cancelling hotel bookings just as Sri Lankan beaches and major sites like the Temple of the Tooth prepare for peak season. While no official figures have been given, deluxe hotels have reported cancellations and a critical decline in new bookings in the pas...
Culture of democracy important in Sri Lanka

Culture of democracy important in Sri Lanka

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The Commonwealth Secretary-General’s spokesperson today issued the following Statement on the unfolding political situation in SriLanka. Read the full statement: Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland today noted the decision  by President Sirisena to reconvene Parliament on 14 November 2018.  Secretary-General Scotland emphasised the importance of the role of Parliament as provided for under the constitution and expressed hope that Parliament would meet as soon as possible to resolve the current crisis in the country. The Secretary-General referred to the Commonwealth Charter, adopted in 2012 by all the Commonwealth member states which specifically refers to the responsibility of governments, political parties and civil society to uphold and promote democratic culture and ...
Sri Lanka’s president summons parliament on Nov. 14

Sri Lanka’s president summons parliament on Nov. 14

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on Nov. 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa. irisena abruptly fired Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Oct.26 and appointed former president Rajapaksa to lead the ruling coalition instead, raising fears at home and abroad that this could derail Sri Lanka’s halting national reconciliation process. Wickremesinghe says his dismissal is unconstitutional. His United National Party submitted a motion to that effect to parliament but Sirisena suspended its session until Nov. 16, citing a need for Rajapaksa to make arrangements for the new government prevented the vote. Siri...
Ranil says U.S., Japan freeze aid over political crisis

Ranil says U.S., Japan freeze aid over political crisis

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COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United States and Japan had frozen more than a billion dollars of development aid after his abrupt dismissal raised doubts about the future of democracy in the island. The move to hold back project financing, along with the EU’s warning it could withdraw duty-free concessions for Sri Lankan exports if it didn’t stick to commitments on national reconciliation, will further strain the economy, Wickremesinghe told Reuters in an interview. President Maithripala Sirisena fired him last month after months of tensions within the government and appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as premier in a shock move that has plunged the nation into a political crisis. Wickremesinghe, who has challenged his dismissal and vo...
Man jumps to death from 9th floor after stabbing wife

Man jumps to death from 9th floor after stabbing wife

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Kuwait City – A Sri Lankan husband committed suicide after leaving his wife in a pool of blood in the neighbourhood of Hawali. The man stabbed his wife several times in various parts of her body before jumping to his death from the 9th floor of a residential building. He reportedly had a fierce argument with his wife before attacked her then putting an end to his life. Neighbours reported the violent fighting between the couple, before hearing the husband’s body hit the ground. The husband died instantly, but the wife was found alive and was rushed to Mubarak Hospital in a critical condition.
Sri Lanka’s strongman is back, and he’s brought his family too

Sri Lanka’s strongman is back, and he’s brought his family too

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Bloomberg: In a compound secured by the Sri Lankan elite special task force that protects the island nation’s top leaders, beneath framed photos of himself in Army uniform, the brother of the country’s newly-installed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is mulling a presidential run. “I’m not interested in actually becoming a minister,” Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was appointed by his brother to be Sri Lanka’s defence secretary in 2005 just before the climax of a brutal 26-year civil war, said in an interview. “But a lot of people want me to contest for the presidency.” In a country where it is common to appoint family members to run key ministries, the comments aren’t much of a surprise. But they suggest the Rajapaksa clan is preparing to once again dominate politics in a...