Medha Patkar ends hunger strike as M.P. agrees to review stand

first_imgNarmada Bachao Andolan’s (NBA) Medha Patkar ended her hunger strike on the ninth day on Monday, after the Madhya Pradesh government agreed to reconsider its response to 30 demands that the NBA had made earlier relating to rehabilitation of those affected by the Sardar Sarovar project. As regards closing the dam sluices leading to the submersion of villages in the backwaters of the Narmada river, Chief Minister Kamal Nath reassured her in a letter that “Madhya Pradesh will make efforts to ensure the dam gates are opened and the filling up of the reservoir is postponed.”As per the schedule of the Narmada Control Authority, the reservoir is to be filled for the first time to its full level of 138.68 metres by October 15. The Gujarat government has contended that since the construction of the dam — the world’s second-largest concrete dam — was not monolithic and included both horizontal and vertical joints, it was necessary to test the structure’s integrity by filling it up to the brim. On Monday evening, the M.P. government’s representative, former Chief Secretary S.C. Behar, met Ms. Patkar in Chota Barda village of Barwani district, where six other activists have accompanied her on an indefinite fast along the river, and handed her the letter. “There is a need to rethink on several issues,” Mr. Behar said. “The previous government had adopted a certain attitude, which needs to be changed, along with some policy measures.”Mr. Behar said the State government had admitted that the number of villages facing submersion was more than estimated earlier. “We have an experience of managing dams, and we can tell what often appears to be the case is actually something else,” he said. The NBA has been demanding that by opening the dam sluices, the water level should be reduced and rehabilitation of 32,000 project-affected families should be completed first. Only then should the dam be filled up to its full level.Breaking her fast by having lemon juice, Ms. Patkar said, “The letter has a lot of trustworthy points. If rehabilitation of the affected is completed according to the law, only then they could be saved. We have asked Mr. Nath to write to the Centre and the NCA, representing the situation in Madhya Pradesh. They should present correct figures and make an appeal to them to not fill water in the reservoir to the full level.”On September 9, government officials will meet representatives of the NBA in Bhopal and go over the demands again. “Madhya Pradesh government should raise its voice at every level,” Ms. Patkar said. “If the discussions fail, we’ll continue our satyagraha there,” she added. Even the government had admitted that a greater number of villages than surveyed were in the submergence area, she said. “They said ‘not 174 but 178 villages’ would be affected.” In his letter to the activist, Mr. Nath asserted that “Sardar Sarovar is an inter-State project and no one State can take a unilateral decision in this case.”The government had instructed Collectors to give rehabilitation-related benefits to those who were previously declared ineligible for rehabilitation, he wrote. “The present government has considered 115 new families eligible for ₹60 lakh compensation and the amount has been sought from the Gujarat government. However, it has not given it so far.”Moreover, Mr. Nath alleged that the NCA was not functioning in an independent manner. “The government is opposing the filling up of the dam this year for which the Chief Secretary had written to the authority requesting a meeting over the reconsideration of the water filling schedule. However, the NCA didn’t take it seriously. It scheduled a meeting but later cancelled it,” he wrote. Assuring Ms. Patkar that the Madhya Pradesh government was committed to the rehabilitation of the affected persons, he said, “Their claims and issues will be dealt with at camps that will be organised in every village.”last_img read more

SOUTH AFRICA ARE BUILDING

first_imgSouth Africa Touch are here with four teams and they’re improving continually and dramatically. It was a privilege to be at the Opening Ceremony where the South Africans march and singing was not only emotional but the highlight of the ceremony for me. So I sat down yesterday and chatted with Richard Mullins (Under 20 Mens Coach) and Labeeb Levy (Under 18 Mens Coach) about the state of Touch in their Nation and where it’s heading. Back in 1995 Touch was virtually non-existent in South Africa, and what little interest there was focused on the one-touch game. (Similar to the traditional six touch game but with one Touch before a turnover rather than six.) Arriving at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii was a shock introduction for the South African Touchies, confronted with a completely different set of rules and style of play. It is estimated that in 1996 South Africa had about 600-700 players and just three leagues, one each in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. By 1999 South Africa had developed to a level where they brought together three National sides; Mens, Womens and Mixed for the 1999 World Cup and results began to pick up. In 2001 they sent a Womens 20’s side to the first Youth World Cup and in 2003 they sent, Mens, Womens, Mixed and Mens 35’s to the World Cup in Japan. Today there are about 60 teams in 12 leagues, with between 6000-7000 players. There are many social and economic factors that are helping and hindering the sport of Touch in South Africa. The growth of Touch in schools has been vital to the development of the young Touchies we’re seeing this week on the Sunshine Coast. In the last 2 years they have helped three school leagues develop, bringing many talented kids through their Touch programmes. Visits and tours from groups such as the Australian Masters sides is also helping to develop Touch, as they make South Africans more aware of the sport and it’s positive aspects. “One opportunity for us is that it’s a new sport that doesn’t require anything more than an open field and a football, we can play it on the street and it’s not as rough as Rugby,” said Richard. “But on the other side it does cost a lot of money to attend tournaments like this and we have a number of players that can afford it and a number that simply can’t.” “Many of our kids spent much time selling raffles and fundraising in order to make this trip,” said Labeeb. “Also if this trip had been just three days later than we would have saved $600 per person in travel and visa costs because of the change of travel season,” he added. As they grow in depth they are discovering an increasing number of incredibly talented players in some of the small towns scattered around their Nation. “Unfortunately no money goes into developing sport in our country,” said Labeeb. “We need so much development and money for our housing and other social areas, so unfortunately sport suffers a little, there is so much talent in these areas and we need to tap into that and develop it,” he said. Both Richard and Labeeb have no doubt that there kids have the talent and the potential to be world leaders in Touch Football. “We love it just as much as you guys,” said Richard. “We just have to continue to work with the social and economic problems confronting our nation and then keep developing our coaches, referees and administrators so we can develop our players and competitions,” he said. The experience of International competition such as this is no doubt invaluable for the South African sides. “We want to not only become more competitive every time we play, but to create our own brand and style of Touch Football,” said Labeeb. “You have the Australian style and the New Zealand style, we want to create the South African style.” And if anyone wants any more evidence pf the South African commitment to being here and playing Touch, then look no further than the South African Mens 18’s player who addressed his team mates at half time in a match against New Zealand: “We could be walking down the streets of Johannesburg and get shot and die, but here let us die for our country.” By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au LINKS: Stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

a month agoNew Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League club

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New Nice owner Ratcliffe remains interested buying Premier League clubby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Nice owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe remains interested in buying a Premier League club.It’s understood he looked at Newcastle and Chelsea this year – and he may return to buy a top flight club at a later date, says the Mirror.Those close to the man, who started life in a council house in Greater Manchester, insist they haven’t ruled out Ratcliffe ­making a Premier League impact one day.A business confidante said: “Jim was genuinely interested in buying a leading Premier League club. At the same time he wants value for money and after ­considering the cost involved and the ­necessary investment he chose Nice ahead of Premier League clubs he was in negotiations with.” last_img read more

5 days agoMourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target man

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Mourinho adamant about Man Utd striker Rashford: He’s not a target manby Freddie Taylor5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is adamant Marcus Rashford is not a target man.Mourinho was speaking after Rashford scored in United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.”When we beat Liverpool a couple of years ago, we played with Rashford and Romelu Lukaku up front. He is not a target man, he is a man of movement,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.”I do not think he is a pure nine. If Ole is going to play him as he did today then I think he is the perfect player for him.”He’s young but he is experienced. With 21 years he probably has more matches than some players who are 24, 25. For me he is potentially a very good player, in some models and in some positions.”As a number nine I don’t think he has the 30 goals a season in him. I don’t think he can get better as a target man. To be better as a target man is difficult for him.” last_img read more

‘Jamaica Moves’ to be Introduced in High Schools

The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles. This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5). The ‘Jamaica Moves’ programme will be introduced in high schools this fiscal year as the Government ramps up its initiative to encourage Jamaicans to lead healthier lifestyles.This was announced by Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5).Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach.This introduction is to be guided by a nutrition policy, a physical activity regime, as well as public education on health and wellness programmes.In addition, the Government also intends to develop a health and wellness programme for the workplace.“This will involve going into the workplaces, speaking to employers and helping them to develop health and wellness programmes within their entities,” he said.In the meantime, the Health Minister said other initiatives that were started under the programme over the last year will be continued.This includes parish and community tours around health centres, in conjunction with community-based organisations.Dr. Tufton informed that under the Jamaica Moves programme last year, more than 5,000 Jamaicans got health checks through parish tours, more than 4,000 persons participated in workout sessions, and 800,000 were reached through mainstream and social media with health and wellness messages.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.The campaign also focuses on community-level interventions to facilitate increased physical activity among the population. Dr. Tufton noted that the programme will be introduced in the high-school system, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to expand its reach. Story Highlights read more

Winnipeg schools get into orange Tshirt day

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeptember 30th may be the last day of the month, but it’s also the day that dictates what colour of clothing you wear.At least if you’re at any number of Winnipeg schools.The day has been chosen as orange T-shirt day.It’s when students remember residential school survivors.APTN’s Matt Thordarson reports.last_img

Aimia rejects US180 million Grupo Aeromexico offer for PLM stake

first_imgAimia Inc. has rejected an unsolicited US$180-million offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy the Montreal-based company’s stake in their joint loyalty program PLM.The proposed transaction to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), a joint venture which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program, would have given Grupo Aeromexico full control.“The Company has promptly rejected the offer as it believes that its stake in PLM is worth significantly more than the offer price, which reflected no improvement whatsoever to the terms previously proposed by Aeromexico to Aimia in prior discussions between the parties,” Aimia said in a statement Thursday.Aimia noted that PLM generated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of US$77.4-million in 2017, and the contract between the two parties runs until 2030.The offer came one day after a group led by Air Canada offered to buy Aimia’s loyalty business Aeroplan in a deal valued at $2.25 billion, including points liabilities they would assume.Grupo Aeromexico is “playing hardball” said Adam Shine, an analyst with National Bank in a note to clients.“If it wasn’t obvious yesterday, it’s increasingly clear today that Aimia is being pushed into selling off its pieces by larger partners who always had a stronger bargaining position in these assorted relationships.”Grupo Aeromexico, which currently owns 51.1 per cent of PLM, had said the offer for Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake would expire at midnight on Aug. 3, but such deadlines are often amended.Club Premier has more than 3.7 million members and more than 100 partners, according to Aimia’s website.Grupo Aeromexico, which also operates its namesake airline, said it has informed Aimia that its current contract will not be extended beyond its current expiration date in 2030.“If completed, the Proposed Transaction would result in a positive outcome for Aimia’s shareholders as it provides an opportunity to realize an immediate return on the disposal of an asset, the divestiture of which would have otherwise been challenging,” the group said in a statement. “The Proposed Transaction would also provide benefits to Aimia’s stakeholders as it would provide material financial resources which Aimia can use to strengthen its core business.”Air Canada told its clients that the proposed transaction, which expires Aug. 2, would allow customers to transfer their points to the airline’s own loyalty program when it launches in 2020.Grupo Aeromexico said Thursday that the US$180 million price tag, including dividends and marketing fees paid to Aimia since its investment, represents an annualized rate of return for the Montreal-based company of approximately 18 per cent. The group also said launching an initial public offering of PLM is not an option.“For this reason it is Aeromexico’s view that the best long-term solution for all stakeholders is for Aeromexico to acquire the equity stake currently held by Aimia,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

First Annual Beatton River Round Up Music Festival

first_imgSaturday, July 20th, 2019Saturday boasts wagon rides to three different music pit stops, a full day of family entertainment that includes a gold panning demo, artisan market, kids zone and more shares the organizer. Friday, July 19th, 2019 6:30 pm – Fort Motors Kick-Off Party 7:00 pm – Dinner 8:00 pm – Music & Dance Floor with Travis Fowler Band & Party To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERECamping availableTickets available online and at 8 Seconds Western Wear in Fort St. John. center_img BALDONNEL, B.C. – The Horse Ranch will be hosting the Beatton River Roundup Music Festival, two family-friendly days of entertainment, food and fun.Country music will be heard in this country settings with multiple music venues starting Friday, July 19th to Saturday, July 20th, 2019.  12:00 pm – Music Pit Stop Wagon Rides, Artisan Market Place and Kids & Adult Zones8:00 pm – Main Stage opening with Travis Fowler and headlining Trevor Panczaklast_img read more

Police nab man with heroin worth Rs 2L

first_imgKolkata: The narcotics cell under Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police has nabbed a person with heroin worth Rs 2 lakh from in front of the police morgue located behind the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH)The man has been identified as Arvind Singh. According to a source, police officers recently got a tip-off that the heroin smuggler was operating in and around Sealdah-College Street area. Based on the information, police officers came to know that Singh sold heroin to school and college students in the city through a few local drug peddlers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDetective Department personnel came to know that the area behind the medical college and hospital has turned into a hub of drug addicts since the past few days. During investigation, sleuths came to know that Singh operated from the area. Police officers immediately started search operations to nab Singh at his residential area in Girish Park but were not able to locate him. On Wednesday evening, a source of police informed that Singh has been seen around CMCH. Immediately, a team from DD raided the spot in front of the police morgue behind CMCH and arrested Singh. Sleuths have also seized 275 grams of heroin from him which he intended to hand over to some drug peddlers who allegedly did not come. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the police, the increase in drug addiction in students has become a major issue since the past few months. Recently several drug dealers and drug peddlers have been arrested, who sold ganja, heroin and other drugs to school and college students. To curb the menace, police are mulling to get in touch with school and college authorities and make an initiative to conduct counselling sessions for students to prevent them from getting addicted to drugs. On March 14, police officers had arrested two persons and seized 4kg ganja. Sleuths came to know that drug peddlers were trying to sell ganja to students of various schools and colleges. Three more were arrested with other drugs from multiple locations. They also sold drugs to students. Singh’s name cropped up during investigation in these cases.last_img read more

Guardiola Saints are difficult to beat

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has described Southampton as ‘so hard to beat’ ahead of their Premier League showdownThe South coast club put up two good showings against City last season but were denied on both occasions by late goals.Despite the club’s inconsistent display, this season Guardiola is clearly adamant they pose a threat ahead of a meeting of the team’s at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.He told the Daily Echo: “I’m impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical.“It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces as they are strong there too.“They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points.”last_img read more

Redmi K20 price controversy in India Everything you need to know

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:25Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?center_img The much-hyped Redmi K20 was launched a few days back on July 17, 2019. The much-awaited smartphone was thought to be a flagship killer with its design leaks on the internet and the peep-in specs declared by the Chinese manufacturer before its launch.The launch event on Wednesday gave a vivid picture of the phone with high-end specifications, creative design, firm build quality, flaming display and an amazing camera that fulfilled almost all the expectations of the fans. The shocker came at a time when the company declared the pricing for the phones. The price quotes for the phones have created widespread dismay and the fans have grouped to file a petition bidding to reduce the cost of the phone variants. Redmi K20 official lookTwitter/Manu Kumar JainHere are the reasons that have caused the controversy:Over-the-edge price for the base variant TwitterRedmi K20 was launched with a price tag of Rs 21,999 for its base variant with (6/64 GB) variant and 23,999 for the (6/128 GB) variant. The price quoted for the specs and the storage by the device was at an upper hand leading to the public’s disinterest.Comparison with the competitors Positive tweets by the people supporting the price of Redmi K20TwitterRealme, the competitor of Redmi in the economy price segment, famous for producing high-spec-low-cost devices launched its latest device on 15 July. The device named Realme X created a tough benchmark for its competitors which was mocked by the Redmi loyalists favouring the upcoming launch of K20. But all the Redmi fans have turned around to favour the Realme X as a better option after Redmi declared its price quotes.The petition to lessen the price TwitterThe Redmi loyalists have filed a petition under the link change.org (Link: chng.it/FSFJFLzm) bidding to cut down the price of the base model by Rs 2000. The Redmi fans plead the fans to add on signatures to the petitions so that the authorities can bend down to accept their demands.The open letter by Manu Jain TwitterManu Jain, CEO of Xiaomi replied to the revolting crowd on Twitter stating reasons for the escalated pricing of the K20. He said that the device comes with the latest snapdragon 730 processor and is the first phone released in India with the processor. He added that the research and development of the raw unprocessed software have led to the price hike.The Twitter catfight Twitter TwitterThere has been a feud over the petition and the price issue in Twitter where some of the supporters are actively abusing the reviewers and accepting the statements of Manu Kumar Jain’s open letter. On the other hand, there are people who stand onto their decisions for not accepting the quoted price and in turn, are verbally bashing each other in the tweeting platform.The backlash by famous reviewers TwitterMajor Indian tech reviewers have conveyed their disapproval of the price with the base variant, complaining about the low storage facility and the over-pricing of the device. Almost all the tech reviews who bashed Realme X after comparing it with the specs of Redmi K20 have changed their convictions accepting RealmeX as a better and affordable phone for the Indian market.What to believe: The hype or the controversy?With the entire confusion going on between the stiff minds understanding tech, the general public is in a confused state unable to figure if they should opt for the device or not.The hype about the high-end features are not denied by any fan or reviewer and at the same time there is a controversy about the price and the high tech-intellectuals are stepping back to accept a lower-performing device because of the high price quote in K20.Now it depends on the public to decide what their requirements are, high performing tech or are they okay with compromising a little with the performance for a to avail a lower-priced device.There goes the catch that the company will be focusing on.last_img read more

Horticulture dept to kick off Bengal Mango Utsav today

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to showcase and sell the wide varieties of mango and various products prepared from them, the state Food Processing & Horticulture department is organising the three-day Bengal Mango Utsav at New Town Mela Grounds from Friday to Sunday.”Bengal, which is known for its wide variety of fruits and vegetables, produces around 400 varieties of mango and is one of the leading states in the production of table variety mangoes in the country, amounting to seven lakh metric tonnes. The three-day fair will also explore the possibilities of export to Middle East, Europe and South Asian Countries,” a senior official of the state Horticulture department said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsImporters from Middle East countries like Dubai, Kuwait and Oman are scheduled to turn up at the three-day event, examine the quality of mangoes and hold discussions about export.Apart from Himsagar, Langra and Lakshmanbhog variety of Malda, the department’s major thrust will be Amrapali, Mallika and Alphonso variety of Bankura, which has been receiving positive response from buyers and exporters alike.”We are also gearing up for the Mango Festival at Janpath in Delhi, that will be held from June 14 to 30. Mangoes from Malda and Bankura have been selected for the festival there,” the official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn the last few years, Bankura has made it to the map of producing quality and exportable variety of mangoes, alongside Malda.”We will be carrying two varieties – Mallika and Amrapali, to Delhi. 17 tonnes of mangoes from Bankura will be taken in a special trans-cooling van, provided by the state Horticulture department. The Amrapali variety is purely organic and had won the first prize in Delhi last year,” said Subhasis Batabyal, vice-chairman of West Bengal Agro Industries Corporation (WBAIC).Last year, 5 tonnes of mango was carried to the capital but later, in response to the huge demand, another 4tonnes of mango had to be dispatched.This year, under the jurisdictional area of the state, mangoes have grown on 4,000 hectares of land in Bankura, with 10 tonnes on average in each hectare.”Orders for export have already come from Middle East countries like Qatar and Dubai,” an official of WBAIC said.last_img read more

Lanka promises to meet deadline for probe into war crimes

first_imgSri Lanka’s new government on Thursday said a domestic mechanism will be in place by September to probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE.Foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the domestic mechanism with foreign technical expertise to probe into the allegations of war crimes will be in place when next UN Human Rights Council session will meet in Geneva in September.“All I can say is that we will have a domestic mechanism in place in time when the 30th session of UNHRC commences in September,” Samaraweera told media here. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“We promised the people a domestic mechanism to look into human rights violations. There is a timeline for its setting up. We do have a timeline, we are working according to a timetable even now. I think we will be able to meet the timeline,” he said.The announcement comes days after US Secretary of State John Kerry during a visit to the island warned Sri Lanka that “true reconciliation” with Tamils will take time, even as he praised the “openness” of the new government in efforts to boost democracy, human rights and reaching out to the minority community. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanKerry had praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s new government for reaching out to the Tamil minority after the end of the nearly three-decade of ethnic conflict that claimed more than 100,000 lives.The Sirisena government, which unseated long-time strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January polls, pledged a credible domestic mechanism rather than the UN rights body dictated international mechanism to investigate alleged war crimes committed by both government troops and the LTTE during the military conflict in 2009. The new government is of the view that since Sri Lanka is not a signatory to the Rome statute on international jurisdiction to war crimes, the island would execute justice through its national independent judicial mechanism.The former Rajapaksa regime was subjected to three successive UNHRC resolutions which called for an international investigation.Rajapaksa drew international condemnation over his refusal to investigate alleged military abuses.last_img read more