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Government insists Sri Lanka has not agreed to hybrid court

“Our Government never submitted a proposal to create a hybrid court in Sri Lanka,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said. He said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had also made this clear to Parliament in 2017. Sri Lanka has not agreed to establish a hybrid court to investigate human rights abuses related to the war, the Government insisted today.Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament today that Sri Lanka has made it clear that only local judges will be involved in the domestic accountability process. Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the Resolutions cosponsored by Sri Lanka in 2017 and this year did not propose a hybrid court.The Minister also said that Sri Lanka has not agreed to prosecute anyone before the International Criminal Court. Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the joint opposition is making false claims as this year is election year.He said that politicians must understand that this country belongs to all Sri Lankans and the rights of all Sri Lankans must be protected. (Colombo Gazette) read more

NUI Maynooth team chosen to compete in major student tech competition

first_imgTHREE STUDENTS FROM NUI Maynooth will be competing in one of the world’s largest student technology competitions.The team behind Access Earth, an app which provides information on buildings’ accessibility for those with mobility impairments, will be competing in the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2014 World Finals later at the end of July.The team, which consists of three computer science students from the university, is one of 35 teams to be selected from a total of 170 finalists from 72 different countries to compete in the finals.The team has been nominated for the ‘global citizenship’ category, which focuses on applications that benefit as many people as possible.The app allows people to find out whether a building is wheelchair accessible or not. It provides information on its facilities such as ramps, and wheelchair accessible toilets alongside an overall building accessibility rating.It relies on the public to provide information on buildings and shows where each relevant access point is.This is the team’s second time competing in the competition, having finished runners-up in Ireland in 2013. This is the fourth time in eight years students from NUI Maynooth have been selected to compete in the event.The World Finals will take place in Seattle from 28 July to 1 August.Read: Your next smartphone could have security features built into the glass >Read: Amazon enters the mobile market by launching head-tracking smartphone >last_img read more