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Sri Lankan Parliament extends term of PSC for another six months: Sri Lankan Parliament on June 19 gave approval to extend the period granted to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) responsible for recommending and reporting on political and constitutional measures to empower the people of Sri Lanka to live as one nation till December 21, 2014. The Chairman of the PSC and the Leader of the House, Nimal Siripala de Silva told Parliament that the term of the PSC, which was earlier set to conclude on 22 June, will be extended by another six months. The PSC is expected to comprise 19 governing party members and 12 opposition members. Daily News, June 21, 2014.

TNA warns of serious consequences if Parliament bars UN investigation team: Member of Parliament (MP) of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M. A. Sumanthiran, on June 11 warned that the country will have to face serious problems if a decision is taken in Parliament to bar the team appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to investigate alleged human rights violations committed in Sri Lanka during the last seven years of civil war. Earlier, following the announcement by Pillay at the 26th session of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on June 10 that a team was put in place to conduct the international investigation, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to seek parliamentary approval to allow the United Nation (UN) team into the country. The Parliament will convene next on June 17. Colombo Page, June 12, 2014.

Colombo rejects devolving Police powers to Provincial Councils: External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris on June 4 said that it is not the policy of the Sri Lankan Government to provide Police powers to any provincial council in the country. He said in the Parliament that the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has clearly pointed out to India during his discussions with the Indian Government that adverse effects will result in the country by devolving such powers. "We made it crystal clear that devolution of police power is not acceptable," Peiris told the Parliament. Colombo Page, June 5, 2014.

Rehabilitation program of ex-LTTE cadres nearing completion, says BCGR: The Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR) said it has almost completed the rehabilitation of nearly 12,000 former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres who either surrendered or were taken into custody following the end of the civil war in 2009. According to the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Jagath Wijetilleke, there are 132 former LTTE cadres currently undergoing the one-year rehabilitation program that is jointly conducted by the Sri Lanka Army and BCGR at the Poonthottam Rehabilitation Center in Vavuniya District of Northern Province. Colombo Page, June 5, 2014.

 [Source: SATP]

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