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By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera


The government has relaxed provisions of some Emergency Regulations with effect from today including those involving holding meetings and gatherings, curfew, printing literature and providing householder’s names to the police.


However, according to External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, the government has relaxed these emergency regulations without causing any detriment to the national security.


The government told Parliament that the military would continue to enjoy police powers to deal with ongoing investigations into terrorist activities.


Accordingly, he said the government had done away with the provision with regard to the imposition of curfews in the country.


Curfew, Prof. Peiris said, restricted the liberty of people. However, it was essential for the security forces at that time to conduct military operations successfully.


Prof. Peiris said that such stringent laws were needed at that time to curb hostile and dangerous propaganda activities of the LTTE.


The government has also dispensed with the ‘cluster of emergency regulations’ that
restricts processions and meetings if they are considered detrimental to national security.


The Minister said that any residual problems in this regards could be dealt with under the police ordinance.


He pointed out that the government had done away with the emergency regulation that put imperative obligations on the house owners to give information about their inmates.


Among other emergency regulations that were relaxed, is the provision that conferred powers on the security forces to enter into private properties used in connection wit offences.


Also, the government has dispensed with the provisions that exempted the security forces from certain laws such as motor traffic regulations.


He said tourist arrivals were increasing today with the travel advisories issued against Sri Lanka being revised now.


The Minister pointed out that the relaxation of emergency regulations would further boost the economy as under these circumstances.
 

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  • Tuesday, 04 May 2010 08:12 AM

    sri lankans have a very short memory as LTTE leader prabhakaran said one time!! This is a serious situ.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:04 AM

    Annul the EMERGENCY ALTOGETHER

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 09:20 AM

    good move by government Must be due to pressure from European Union to do it in exchange for restoration of GSP.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 10:36 AM

    Emergency and the related laws are redundant since last year- fifteenth in the month of May; only a formal extension to give vent to some paranoia. 'The 'tigers' are regrouping! may regroup or for fear of relaxing to the benefit of some fringe groups supportive of the dead cause like one that of Sivajilingam'. I don't think the break away group of TNA have any say with the people except the Tamil self-rule party officially or the TNA name sake as most of partners in the alliance left and contested on their own.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:09 AM

    Good move from the government, forget the pass and we must live with the present and future

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 06:39 AM

    How about holding political opponents in isolation without formal charges?

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 06:53 AM

    SF is a traitor man

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 06:58 AM

    what's the relationship with SF here? B'cos of his valuable contribution to eliminate terrorism, the people will enjoy some of this kind of freedom though he is suffering today.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:01 AM

    SF is treated too kindly. MR is too kind. SF should be given the treatment of a traitor

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:07 AM

    Fully agreed.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:22 AM

    No topic without SF.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:23 AM

    An excellent move.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:25 AM

    Now that the conflict is well and truly over, the whole of the Emergency Regulations should be withdrawn and not tinker about with bits here and there.

    Tuesday, 04 May 2010 07:46 AM

    No emergency is needed now. it should be totaly withdrawn. and Please treat S.F. with respect. do not be one sided by listening to one sided stories


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