US draft resolution backs Govt mechanism
The draft of the resolution to be submitted by a group of member
states led by the United States to the UN Human Rights Council in
Geneva next week has endorsed the new mechanisms proposed by the
Government for a comprehensive review and investigation of human
rights violations and other injustices in the country in recent
years and asks the world community to provide all possible help to
CS nominees to Constitutional Council to be tabled
The names of three civil society representatives nominated to the
Constitutional Council (CC) Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, founder, Sarvodaya
Movement, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Under-Secretary-General
of the United Nations, Special Representative for Children and Armed
Conflict and Shibly Aziz.
Govt. rejects call to set up OHCHR Office
UN Office in Colombo to be strengthened instead:
Sri Lanka has agreed to strengthen the existing UN Office in Colombo
in place of setting up a full-fledged OHCHR office in Colombo to
monitor the human rights situation in the country. Foreign Minister
Mangala Samaraweera said that he did not agree to a proposal by the
High Commissioner but expressed no objection to spruce up the
existing UN Colombo Office.
Avant Garde owes Rakna Rs 900 m
Avant-Garde Security Services (Pvt) Limited, a commercial security
solution provider for commercial, industrial and residential
establishments owes a hefty Rs. 900 million to the state subsidiary,
Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited, according to the Chairman of the
latter organization, Victor Samaraweera.
Duty free vehicle bonanza:
63 new parliamentarians to get vehicle permits
Some 63 new parliamentarians elected to the 8th
Parliament on August 18 are eligible for duty free vehicle permits.
According to highly informed sources, a newly elected
parliamentarian is entitled to a duty free vehicle permit worth US$
50,000. A vehicle permit is issued to MPS who have not received a
vehicle permit for the last five years.