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With the impeachment of former Chief Justice complete, Sri Lanka's ruling coalition party the National Freedom Front (NFF) has stated t hat it will resume a campaign calling for the abolition of the 13th Amend ment . NFF Politburo member Piyasiri Wijenayake stated th at the campaign was temporarily paused w hilst party leader Wimal Weerawansa joined the Parliamentary Selec t Committee probing the imp eachment of the Chief Justice. Wijena ya ke went on to say that t he NFF would resume organising public protests and leg al action against the 13th Amendment to the constitution , calling on the...

Two Jaffna students to be released on Tuesday

Two out of four of the Jaffna University students arrested by the Sri Lankan Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) in the Maveerar Naal protests are to be released on Tuesday, according to Vasanthy Arasaratnam, Vice-Chancellor of the University. Out of the four, Bavananthan and Solomon will be released, after almost two months of detention at the Velikanda Rehabilitation Centre. Uthayan reports that with academic activities resumed at the University of Jaffna, the institution is now facing fresh threats of examination boycott from peers of the detained students.

‘SL – US ties improving’ – Sri Lankan diplomat

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the US has said that ties between the two countries are improving. Speaking to Ceylon Today , Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya said that the embassy has an “excellent working relationship” with the US State Department and that US investors are very positive about the country. "I must emphasize the embassy has an excellent working relationship with the US State Department. "Effective representations were made to the State Department by the embassy; the US Authorities lifted the adverse travel advisory on Sri Lanka. I must also stress that if not for the assistance of the State Department, the Embassy would not have been able to successfully convince the US authorities to remove Sri Lankan ports from the list of High Risk Ports as declared by the US Coast Guard. "In today’s context, one of our major aims is to project Sri Lanka’s true picture in the sphere of economic development, reconciliation, rehabilitation and redevelopment.

4 years too late...

In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the DMK party president, M Karunanidhi, urged action against the Sri Lankan government's "intensive and systematic programme of erasing the Tamil language, culture, religion and diluting the concentration of Tamils in areas where they had historically been predominant." Describing the ongoing Sinhalisation of the Tamil North-East, the letter listed the names 89 Tamil villages that had been renamed with Sinhala names, the destruction of 367 Hindu temples and noted the alteration of village borders to change demographics. Karunanidhi went on...

SL writes a letter to Navi Pillay..

In an outlandish criticism of the UN High Commissioner, Navi Pillay, the Acting Secretary of the External Affairs Ministry, Kshenuka Senewiratne, said: "The Government of Sri Lanka notes, with deep regret and concern, your statement delivered at the OHCHR Press Briefing on 18th January 2013 where reference has been made to Sri Lanka. At the outset, I wish to reject categorically the contents of this statement, as it lacks any semblance of objectivity, steeped as it is in bias, marred by erroneous facts and further compounded by the inappropriate tenor of its language, all of which are indicative of unequal and invidious treatment of Sri Lanka. To me this is reminiscent of the action taken by MrHannyMegally following the visit of the OHCHR team to Sri Lanka in September 2012, when he deviated from the accepted practice, by de-briefing third parties, even before briefing you, in your capacity as High Commissioner, or the Permanent Representative of the country concerned.

‘We Don’t Need You, We Got China’

Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has snubbed the United States, stating that China would be there to help replace any losses, reported Colombo Telegraph . Speaking at a presentation ceremony by the National Chamber of Commerce, Rajapaksa stated that US Ambassador Sison questioned him “each time” he met her over the inaction in punishing Sri Lankan soldiers for alleged war crimes. Rajapaksa rebuffed her comments, stating “The biggest threat the US can pose to Sri Lanka’s military is to take away their defence scholarships… We can send our soldiers to China for training” He went...

Power must be in Tamil hands - Sampanthan

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R Sampanthan, spoke at his home on Saturday about the reassignment of local council borders and the 'current' political situation. Sampanthan claimed that resolving Tamil grievances was not a government priority and that he hoped for a meaningful action at the UN Human Rights Council in March. Uthayan reports that Sampanthan further stated: "No-one can deny the Tamils our birth rights. Authority must be handed back to us. In order for Tamils to live as equal citizens, it is essential that power is in our own hands."

Blind as a bat

The leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Rauff Hakeem, has claimed that an increase in anti-Muslim incidents could be due to an international conspiracy against Sri Lanka. The Justice Minister urged the government to put a stop to the “hate campaign”, which included protests against halal meat, organised by Buddhist monks. The Buddhist Power Force, better known as Bodu Bala Sena, claims that the island’s Muslims are a threat to Buddhism and their way of life and that they will “strengthen and defend the Buddhist religion and its heritage,” using all options. Hakeem said in a statement...

Body of woman found in Visuvamadu

The body of a young woman was found in Visuvamadu, Kilinochchi, reports Tamilwin. The body, found badly burnt, was discovered by a passerby in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police state that they have no further details on the identity or circumstances of the corpse.

Chinese sports equipment for distribution in north

The Chinese government has donated $50million worth of sports equipment to the government, for distribution amongst children in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi. An agreement was signed by China's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Wu Jianghao and External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris at an event in Temple Trees, reported ColomboPage. The Chinese Ambassador said at the function that he toured several areas in the North, including Jaffna, some time ago and observed the change that has taken place in the areas affected by the conflict. Mr Jianghao stressed his government's support to uplift civilian life...

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