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Power plants in North Sri Lanka Chinese company apprehensive on...

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By P.K Balachandran
      In a press release entitled “On the truth of the Mini-Grid Projects in Northern Sri Lanka” the Chinese company SINOSOAR-ETECHWIN JV on Tuesday said that a “third party” had spread concocted information damaging the reputation of the company and Sri Lanka as well. The “third party” referred to was India as the latter had strongly protested against the choice of the Chinese company to build renewable energy plants in three islands in North Sri Lanka not far from South India. India had ...Continued

Imran Khan invites Sri Lanka to reach out to Central...

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By P.K.Balachandran
The Pakistan Prime Minister said that both Belt and road initiative and China Pakistan Economic Corridor are connectivity projects and key to the enhancement of trade and investment.   Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, who is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka, invited Sri Lanka to participate in the (China-sponsored) Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) because these are connectivity projects which are necessary for the enhancement of trade and investment which, in turn, are needed for economic growth. ...Continued

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister regrets the OHCHR report which goes...

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Sri Lanka’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunewardene bemoaned the planned resolution on Sri Lanka which the core group, headed by the United Kingdom, is preparing to present during the current sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC). ‘Elements working against Sri Lanka intend to table another country-specific resolution based on the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’, he said. ‘It is regrettable because of the GoSL’s spirit of co-operation with the Council’. The Minister said this yesterday, when ...Continued

Dinesh Gunawardena tells UNHRC Sri Lanka acted in self-defense against...

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The extent to which the resources and time of the UNHRC has been spent on the unwarranted campaign against Sri Lanka indicates a threat to sovereign states from hegemonic forces, Gunawardena said.   Colombo, February 23: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunwardena told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday that his country, which is being pilloried by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for alleged war crimes had actually acted in self-defense against the depredations of a ruthless terrorist ...Continued

Sri Lanka considers Pakistan a “close and genuine friend”, Lankan...

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Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed the need to boost bilateral trade and investment through the FTA and SAARC Free Trade Agreement     Colombo, February 23: The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who had talks with the visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday, told his Pakistani counterpart that Sri Lanka considers Pakistan “a close and genuine friend”. “Our People hold Pakistan in very high esteem. Pakistan was a friend who stood by and helped Sri Lanka in times of great need. We are grateful for ...Continued

Dilrukshi moves Court of Appeal against PSC

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• Requests the Court to reinstate her as the Solicitor General Former Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe PC has filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an order directing the Public Service Commission (PSC) to re-instate her in the Attorney General’s Department as the Solicitor General. The PSC had interdicted then Solicitor General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe, from functioning in her post (Solicitor General), the second most senior post in the Attorney General’s Department following the controversial telephone conversation between Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe ...Continued

Justice Menaka Wijesundera recuses from hearing Shani’s bail application

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Court of Appeal Justice Menaka Wijesundera today recused herself from hearing a revision application filed on behalf of CID former Director ShaniAbaysekara and Sub Inspector Sugath Mendis, citing personal reasons. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal (President) Justice Arjuna Obeysekera has nominated another bench comprising Justice Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne and Justice R. Gurusinghe to hear this application on March 1. Shani Abaysekara and Sugath Mendis have been remanded for allegedly fabricating evidence in the murder of businessman Mohammed Shiyam have filed revision applications in the Court ...Continued

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By P.K.Balachandran
• Experience shows that the restoration of democracy has not brought relief to Myanmar’s minorities The on-going Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) in Myanmar against the imposition of military rule on February 1, has assumed unprecedented proportions. Into its 20 th.day on Friday, the CDM appears to be denting the determination of the junta, albeit only slightlythus far. The military rulers have promised elections in one year and the charges that they have slapped on the deposed ruler, Aung San Suu Kyi, personally, are minor. Possessing illegally ...Continued

UNHRC draft resolution on Sri Lanka

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The Core group of Countries prescribe remedial measures on a host of issues The draft resolution on Sri Lanka to be presented by the core group of countries at the February –March session of the UNHRC calls upon the country to initiate impartial investigations and prosecution of allegations of gross human right s and international humanitarian law violations. They have also requested the government of Sri Lanka to ensure the effective and independent functioning of the National Human Rights Commission the Office on Missing Persons ...Continued

SC orders compensation to journalist and viewer after long drawn...

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• Petitioners allege that the SLRC censored a live TV programme • Court holds that the nature of the expression being political is certainly not a criterion recognized in the Constitution to limit freedom of expression.   The Supreme Court has ordered the State and former Chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) Prof. Ariyaratne Athugala to pay compensation to media professional UvinduKurukulasuriya and a television viewer for censoring a live television program in 2008. The Supreme Court ordered the State to pay the two ...Continued

Sri Lankan navy takes part in Pakistan-led naval exercises

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  SLNS Gajabahu took part in the Aman-21 international exercise and also a bilateral Pak-Lanka exercise in the north Arabian Sea The Sri Lankan navy participated in the multi-national maritime exercise AMAN-2021 hosted by the Pakistan Navy under the theme ‘Together for Peace’. The exercise formally commenced at the Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi on February 12.     SLNS Gajabahu being welcomed at Karachi naval docks   Representing the Sri Lanka Navy at this multi-national maritime exercise, was Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Gajabahu, ...Continued

India denies scrapping of bilateral understanding

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  India today denied that the understanding between India and Sri Lanka to jointly develop and operate the Upper Tank Farm at Trincomalee has been scrapped. In a statement the Indian High Commission stated there is no truth in reports in some sections of media that the understanding between India and Sri Lanka on jointly developing and operating the Upper Tank Farm at Trincomalee has been ‘scrapped’. These reports the statement said did not correctly portray remarks made by the Minister of Energy of Sri ...Continued

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