Politics

11
April

India said that what the UN Human Rights Council was trying to do on the Sri Lankan issue through the resolution adopted recently was beyond its mandate. The Indian Government says it is not for the UN to investigate Sri Lanka and that India’s position has always been it is a national prerogative to investigate human rights issues.

 

The recent decision taken by India to abstain from voting for the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council has given India an opening to work with Sri Lanka more closely on certain issues, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said in an interview with CNN IBN.

 

Ms Singh said that the Sri Lankan Government knows very well what India expects particularly on the Tamil issue. “They know very well what we expect in protecting the interests of the Tamils and what we would like to do working with them,” she said.

 

The Indian Foreign Secretary said that India has a very close relationship with Sri Lanka and that India works closely consistently with the Sri Lankan Government in protecting mutual interests.

 

At the UNHRC debate on Sri Lanka last month, Indian Permenent Reprsentative in Geneva, Dilip Sinha also expressed opposition to the clause 10 of the resolution calling for an international probe and voted in favour of removal of the operative clause, though US and EU members easily bulldozed the move.

 

“This year the resolution had a certain provision that can't go along with that policy of ours which was introducing the concept of international investigation which was there in the operative paragraph ten,” the Indian envoy clarified. “This was a matter of concern for us which made us decide to abstain on the resolution”.

 

In 2013 too, the US attempted to bring in a clause similar to para 10, but India said it could not vote in favour of such a resolution, and the clause was subsequently removed.

01
April

A special meeting of the Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party will be held this evening under the leadership of the party leader President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

31
March

Former Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijayalal De Silva tops the preferential votes list in the Galle District, Former Chief Minister who contested under the UPFA banner has obtained 95,860 preferential votes in the Galle District.

31
March

D.V.Upul of the UNFPA tops the preferential votes in the Hambantota District securing 66,995 preferential votes.

31
March

Preferential votes of several districts in which the provincial council polls were held, have been released.

31
March

Preferential votes of several districts in which the provincial council polls were held are already out.

31
March

The UPFA led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa has secured a resounding victory at the Western and Southern Provincial Council elections held on March 29 with a majority of 388,977 votes in the Southern Provincial Council (SPC) and 683,993 votes in the Western Provincial Council (WPC).

31
March

Considering the resounding victory gained by the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the Western and Southern Provincial Council Elections, it is obvious that the people have given an overwhelming mandate to the government’s people-friendly policies. The victory is a clear message to the evil forces trying to harm the country, states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message.

30
March

The final results of the six districts in the Western and the Southern Provincial Council election have already been released.

30
March

The UPFA has won the Colombo District with a majority of 443,083 votes securing 18 seats.

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