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Pakistani and Indian Intellectuals Call for Talks Between the Two Countries

Participants at an intellectual dialogue between India and Pakistan, organized by the South Asian Free Media Association, called on their countries to show restraint on the border, and to hold talks. Due to heightened tension between the two countries, only 12 Indian delegates were able to make the journey to Islamabad, out of the 45 plus invited. SAFMA Secretary General...

India – Pakistan: “And as things have been, things remain. If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars”

By B. Raman If the forward momentum imparted to the India-Pakistan re-engagement process by Prime Ministers Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Yousef Raza Gilani during their wide-ranging conversations at Mohali on March 30,2011, is not to be stalled once again, it is important for the intelligence agencies of the two countries responsible for counter-intelligence (CI)  to re-examine their ground rules...

Lanka Needs Independent Polls Commission

Int’l monitoring body says it should have powers to even ban parties or disqualify candidates By Kelum Bandara International election monitors stressed yesterday that Sri Lanka should have a proactive and strong Independent Election Commission even with powers to ban political parties and disqualify candidates unless they adhered to lawful election practices. Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) Executive Director...

Doubtful if General Election Could Be Considered Free and Fair : PPPR

The Program for Protection of Public Resources (PPPR) conducted by the Sri Lanka chapter of Transparency International said yesterday that it had received 200 complaints on the abuse of public resources during the General Election campaign. The complaints received related to the abuse of government funds, vehicles and buses, buildings and utilities, media institutions and public officials for electioneering. The...

Election Chief Directs IGP to Remove Posters

By Srinath Prasanna Jayasuriya Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has directed Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya to ensure that all the illegal election posters, banners and cutouts are removed latest by tomorrow. A spokesman from Police Head Quarters said that action had already been taken to remove such propaganda posters, banners and cutouts, as stipulated by the Commissioner of Elections. He, said...

FR Violation Petition Filed Seeking Voting Rights for IDPs

By S.S. Selvanayagam A Fundamental Rights violation petition was filed before the Supreme Court alleging authorities had failed to ensure the right of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to participate as citizens of Sri Lanka in the democratic process of exercising their votes. The Centre for Policy Alternatives and its Executive Director Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu...

AG’s Approval Needed to Charge Polls Violators: Police

By Sandun A. Jayasekera The Police Department yesterday said it was not in a position to frame charges against violators of the election law without the Attorney General’s advice and that was the reason cases have not been filed against most violators of the elections law. “We refer the files to the AG’s Department and are waiting for instructions,” Police...

No Election Posters, Cutouts in Govt Officers

Election Commissioner says By Ranjan Kasturi Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake has directed all District Secretaries to take immediate action to remove election posters, banners and cutouts in government office premises. The Elections Commissioner has made the directive through a circular issued to the District Secretaries. He had asked them to ensure that no government premises including schools, pradeshiya sabha office...

Polls Chief Issues Tough Guidelines

Special attention to Chairmen of SLBC and Rupavahini By Kelum Bandara Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake, while issuing guidelines for the media to be observed in regard to the upcoming general election, has drawn special attention of the Chairmen of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation to the Provisions in Article 104(B) of the Constitution. The...

Recruitment to State Sector Suspended

Until the completion of the General Elections The Elections Department has issued a circular suspending the recruitment of state sector employees until the completion of the General Elections in April, Department sources told Daily Mirror Online. The sources said that the circular informed the government sector not to conduct the recruitment examinations for the state sector. No new recruitments are...