Daily Archives: September 8, 2015

Pradeep Nilanga Dela re-elected Diyawadana Nilame

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Pradeep Nilanga Dela has been appointed as the Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa.

The election to elect the next Diyawadana Nilame was held today (8). Pradeep Nilanga Dela has been appointed with 205 votes in favour.

Earlier, the Commissioner General of Buddhist Affairs Chandraprema Gamage appointed Pradeep Nilanga Dela as the temporary custodian of the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy until the next Diyawadana Nilame is chosen or until another temporary custodian is appointed.

Dela Bandara was elected as the 19th Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa on July 1st 2005 as well.

He acted as the Basnayake Nilame of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya and Sabaragamu Maha Saman devalaya before being elected to the post.

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UNHRC sitting on Sri Lanka on Sept. 30

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A report on alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka during the Eelam War is likely to be presented on September 30 during the 30th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

According to the current time table, it will be taken up during the third and final week of the Council’s session, which starts on September 14 and concludes on October 2. The sitting on Sri Lanka is expected to go on for three hours on September 30.

Prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka, the report is a result of a resolution adopted by the UNHRC in March 2014, requesting the Commissioner to “undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) [February 21, 2002 to May 19, 2009]”.

The period signifies two events — the commencement of a ceasefire agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the conclusion of the Eelam War.

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