UN human rights chief calls for an international mechanism to monitor Sri Lanka’s compliance with Expert Panel recommendations

May 30, Geneva: Addressing the 17th Session of the United Nations Human Right Council in Geneva today, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for an international mechanism to monitor Sri Lanka’s own investigations into the accountability during the war against Tamil Tiger terrorists. Referring to the report of the UN Secretary-General’s Panel […]
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Sri Lanka asks HRC for time, space, and opportunity to conclude domestic process

May 31, Geneva: Sri Lanka told the critiques of its domestic accountability process to desist from arriving at hasty conclusions and afford time, space and opportunity to complete its own process of reconciliation. Addressing the 17th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, Plantation Minister and Special Human Rights Envoy […]
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Russia, China supports Sri Lanka at HR Council, US deeply concerned

May 30, Geneva: During the general debate of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, the two global powerhouses China and Russia expressed their support to Sri Lanka while the United States expressed deep concern on the findings in the Expert Panel report. During the opening of its seventeenth regular session the HRC […]
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Sri Lanka’s trade deficit widens in March due to high domestic demand

May 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s expenditure on imports surpassed the earnings from exports widening the trade deficit by 101.5 percent to $632.4 million IN March, figures released Monday by Economic Research Department of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank showed. Both earnings from exports and expenditure on imports have grown significantly on a year-on-year basis in March […]
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And Civil Society (real) floors Civil Society (imagined)

NGOs are made of workshops, seminars, project proposals, reports, double-billing and overheads that make up more than two thirds of annual budgets.  They are also made of claims, chief among which is that of representational lie.  ‘We are civil society,’ NGO personnel like to think and state.  They are an incestuous bunch, these NGOs.  They […]
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Sri Lankan government to complete Northern railway line within two years

May 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is aiming at completing the Northern railway line to Kankasanthurai within two years. Transport Minister Kumara Welgama has said the government was working with the goal of extending the Yal Devi railway service to reach Kankasanthurai from Colombo in two years. The rail track from Omanthai to Kankasanthurai […]
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President opens a facility for totally disabled Sri Lankan war veterans

May 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today declared open a facility, “Mihindu Seth Madura” constructed by the Ministry of Defense for the care of totally disabled Sri Lankan war veterans. The facility located in a 46-acre land in Aththidiya in Colombo district was built at a cost of 140 million rupees. It provides […]
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* Sri Lanka government introduces new measures to promote agriculture

May 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka government says that new concessions and incentives aiming at promoting cultivations and farming have been introduced throughout the country. Central Bank of Sri Lanka Assistant Governor W.M. Karunarathne says that loan schemes have been introduced for 35 crops through state banks at a concessionary interest rate of six percent. Farmers […]
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