Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Reconciliation results framework to track reconciliation efforts

Reconciliation results framework to track reconciliation efforts


The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) has organized a national workshop to develop a reconciliation results framework and scorecard which was a felt requirement for national integration and reconciliation.

The purpose of the national workshop is to develop a reconciliation results framework with key performance indicators to track the progress on reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka.

The workshop was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Asian Development Bank.

The three day workshop commenced on 26th November 2017 at Habarana Village and J. Charitha Ratwatte, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister participated as the Chief Guest and graced the event.

Ratwatte in his keynote address stated that the reconciliation results framework is intended not only to score and track performance but also as a direction setting exercise in the planning and management of reconciliation interventions.

The model results framework draws best practices from the Malaysian Government’s Performance Management Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) and a model set-up in UK by Tony Blair.

The Sri Lankan Model is a home grown model which takes account of best practices from South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Rwanda.

Ratwatte also stated that it is not easy to quantify results when it comes to peace and reconciliation and need to be complemented with perception survey – public opinion poll known as “Reconciliation Barometer”.

The workshop participants included Government Sector, Civil Society, NGOs and academia and was facilitated by Asian Development Bank Resource Person. The workshop also reviewed the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and recommended improvements.

The workshop came-up with recommendations to institutionalize results framework and scorecard as part of the Managing for Development Results (MfDR) Initiative.
Fundamental rights petition filed by Shanil Neththikumara dismissed

Fundamental rights petition filed by Shanil Neththikumara dismissed


A fundamental rights petition filed by Shanil Neththikumara seeking a court order against his arrest, was dismissed by the Supreme Court today.

Neththikumara is facing arrest for allegedly threatening a witness in the treasury bond scam investigations.

Shanil Neththikumara was accuse of threatening Anika Wijesuriya who had earlier testified before the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam that she had leased out a penthouse in which former Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s family resided.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Government to use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims

Government to use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims


The Government says it will use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims on war crimes allegations against the country.

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana told Parliament today, the Government was grateful to the statement made on Sri Lanka by Lord Naseby at the British Parliament recently.

Lord Naseby had in his statement rejected claims that the death toll during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka was over 40,000.

He had said that the civilian casualty toll was between 7,000 to 8,000 and not 40,000 as claimed by a UN panel.

Marapana said the Government will use the statement made by Lord Naseby at the appropriate forum to counter the war crimes allegations on Sri Lanka.

“The statement by Lord Naseby has been made with a lot of research. We should keep it as an ace,” he said.

The Minister, on a request made by some Government Ministers, said that Lord Naseby will be invited to Sri Lanka to make a statement in the Sri Lankan Parliament.

The Minister also asserted that the human rights issue in Sri Lanka will be resolved domestically.

“There are no human rights issues to be settled in an international arena anymore,” he said.

Marapana told Parliament that the United Nations and the international community have recognized the efforts taken by Sri Lanka to address the issue and so the matter has now been localised.

He said that the support received to the resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in March showed the trust and confidence Sri Lanka has obtained for the reconciliation process.

The Minister also said that Sri Lanka will continue to engage with the UN Human Rights Council and the international community.
India vs Sri Lanka second Test, Nagpur: Kohli completes century, Pujara falls for 143

India vs Sri Lanka second Test, Nagpur: Kohli completes century, Pujara falls for 143


India took a commanding lead and with eight wickets remaining, the hosts can now dictate terms for Sri Lanka on day 3 of the second Test in Nagpur on Sunday.

Having bundled out Sri Lanka for 205, India are now 107 runs ahead finishing day 2 on 312 for 2. Vijay (128) and Pujara (121 not out) stitched together a magnificent 209 run partnership. With Virat Kohli batting on 54, India can expect to build on the lead and put Sri Lanka under pressure.
First Ashes Test: England all out for 195; sets a target of 170

First Ashes Test: England all out for 195; sets a target of 170


Paceman Josh Hazlewood claimed the prize wicket of Joe Root to have England in trouble before lunch on the fourth day of the first Ashes Test against Australia at the Gabba on Sunday.

Hazlewood trapped Root leg before wicket for 51 to send the tourists tumbling to 119-5 at the interval, a lead of 93.

At lunch, Moeen Ali was on unbeaten on 26 with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow on 1.
Concerns raised over queues outside diplomatic missions

Concerns raised over queues outside diplomatic missions


Concerns were raised in Parliament today over queues of Sri Lankans standing outside some diplomatic missions in Sri Lanka. 

Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that Sri Lankans can be seen standing in queues on the pavement to apply for a visa outside most diplomatic missions in the country. 

The Deputy Minister said that making people stand on the pavement to collect a visa seems disrespectful. Alagiyawanna urged the Foreign Ministry to look into the matter and ensure Sri Lankans are treated with more respect by foreign missions. 

He said that while some embassies now have the online visa application service, most others still require applicants to visit the embassy and stand in a queue to obtain the visa.