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India tells UNHRC devolution of power is critical for reconciliation...

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By P.K.Balachandran
• China and Pakistan support beleaguered Sri Lanka, even as the UNHRC resolves to implement the resolution critical of Sri Lanka’s rights record.   India has told the UNHRC’s on-going 46th. session in Geneva that the full implementation of the 13th. Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution, which provides for devolution of power to the provinces, is the way to bring about ethnic reconciliation in the country. The Indian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Indra Mani Pandey told the council that India’s policy towards ...Continued

UNHRC session insists Lanka to lift the ban on Muslims...

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By P.K.Balachandran
• A statement from the OIC and Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s intercession in the context of the UNHRC session triggered the policy change. • Gazette amending the earlier decision issued on Thursday night   Late on Thursday, February 25, the Sri Lankan Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi issued a gazette extraordinary lifting the year-old ban on burying COVID-19 dead. The Gazette amended the earlier ordinance by putting the words “cremation or burial” in place of the single word “cremation”. “In the case of burial, the corpse ...Continued

Wang Yi and Dinesh Gunawardena on the same wavelength on...

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By P.K.Balachandran
• China is willing to unswervingly support Sri Lanka to jointly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries, the basic norms governing international relations, and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter including non-interference in other countries’ internal affairs—Wang Yi       , The Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had a phone conversation with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at the latter’s request. According to a Chinese embassy press release, Gunawardena told Wang that some Western ...Continued

Sri Lanka rejects OHCHR report but remains open to conditional...

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  The Government of Sri Lanka yesterday accused the Human Rights Council that the conclusions and recommendations in the Human Rights High Commissioner’s report published in January this year reflects a preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda and appealed to members of the Council to reject any resolution based on it. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunewardene told the Council that Sri Lanka categorically rejects the Report because it is based on ill- founded allegations and matters beyond the jurisdiction of the High Commissioner’s office. ‘Sri Lanka has ...Continued

Pakistan to give Sri Lanka US$ 50 million as credit...

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By P.K.Balachandran
  Prime Ministers Imran Khan and Mahinda Rajapaksa agree to enhance bilateral trade to US$ 1 billion   : The Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged a US$ 50 million credit line for Sri Lankan defense projects, the Joint Communique issued on Wednesday at the end of his two-day visit to Sri Lanka said. The communique also said that efforts will be made to increase bilateral trade to US$ 1 billion. Presently it is about US$ 460 million while the potential is stated to ...Continued

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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