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In a recently released report, the United Nations Committee Against Torture expressed deep concern over evidence it has found for ongoing instances of torture in Sri Lanka.

 

MPs are usually invited to weddings in their constituencies. They attend funerals as well. The proposed allowance is to be used for giving wedding gifts and making donations for funerals, Prime Minister told Parliament on Monday 28 November proposing an allowance of Rs.100,000 per month for Parliamentarians. He stressed that this allowance was not an increase on their take home pay. 

 

Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, was ruled by Britain from 1815 to 1948, when it regained independence. Although the rebellion – which broke out in 1817 and continued through guerrilla warfare into 1818 – was quashed after the British brought in extra troops from India, at various points the men succeeded in taking temporary control of important strategic sites, including Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings.

 

Sri Lanka’s east coast, running from Trincomalee in the north to the grasslands of Yala in the south, has good reason to feel optimistic about the future. Twelve years ago, when my partner Lucy visited the region on a teaching exchange, her minibus had to pass through dozens of army checkpoints to get anywhere near this region. The Tamil insurgency, which blighted Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years, made travel hazardous. A few months later, the east was devastated along with much of the south coast by the Boxing Day tsunami. The natural disaster claimed 40,000 lives on the island alone.

 
A recent delegation to China led by Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa warned that there may be public unrest if China carries out a new plan to create a 15,000 acre special economic zone in Sri Lanka’s remote Hambantota district. Together with the former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, the delegation personally delivered their doomsday message in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.  

 

 

China’s newly developed Xian Y-20 would be in contention if Sri Lanka is looking to buy more Chinese military transport craft, making it one of the first countries outside China to get the new plane. That would mark a new high for Sino-Sri Lankan relations that have been on the mend since Wickremesinghe’s government put the brakes on big-ticket Chinese projects soon after it came to power ousting pro-China president Mahinda Rajapaksa in January last year.

 

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), apparently proud that it is being described as one of the most powerful trade unions in Asia, suddenly staged a countrywide token strike from 8 a.m. on Wednesday to 8 a.m. on Thursday with the media showing thousands of poor people who travelled to public hospitals from long distances, going away without relief and in more agony.

 

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It appears that Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s president, has reached out to America’s president-elect Donald Trump. It’s not clear precisely what language was used, though it looks like Sirisena wants Trump to help him sweep allegations of abuses that occurred during the nation’s civil war under the carpet. Alleged violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, which could include war crimes, have plagued the Sri Lankan armed forces since the war ended in May 2009.

 

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has asked Donald Trump to pressure the UN Human Rights Council to drop war crimes allegations against the country's troops.

 


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