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Gintota Galle incident – What happened?
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
On 12th Nov. a mother and 1 and 1/2 year old infant (Muslims) were knocked down by a Sinhala motorcyclist who was drunk. The infant got injured when the mother had fallen by the roadside. Since the motorcyclist did not stop and tried to run away, a group of Muslim men blocked him. After assaulting the Sinhala man these Muslim men took away his motorcycle. Thereafter the person who knocked down the mother and the infant went and mobilsed men from his village. Then there was confrontation between them and Muslim men who took
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Time to turn a new page
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The latest budget is out, and the electronic media is going full-throttle interviewing the ‘man and woman on the street’ to get his and her opinion. He or she is indeed a valid voice in the situation, they are the ones who are directly affected by the ‘mangala mohotha’ of Minister Samaraweera. He sure is on a high and the budget has triggered a tendril of hope among the masses, maybe it could be termed as a beginning of a ‘new page,’ which is so badly needed in
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The Significance of Article 9 of the Constitution Should or could it be removed
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Buddhist thinking superimposed upon all Eastern thought the notion of the equality of all human beings - C.G. Weeramanthry • Social contract theory requires the Govt to use such power for peace, safety and public good of the people • Giving foremost place to Buddhism proved to be a sound constitutional machinery • “Sovereignty is in the people” was a fundamental feature of the Buddhist system of Government - Dr. Wijeyethunga
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Only 10 detained under PTA Govt Suspects held on serious terror charges
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Government yesterday (20) maintained that there are only 10 individuals currently detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) adding that all of them are suspects in serious cases of terrorism. The cases include the murder of Major General Janaka Perera, the suicide bomb attacks on former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the killing of seven persons in the Wilpattu Forest and the attack on the......Anuradhapura Air Force Base, Deputy Minister of Justice Sarathi Dushmantha told Parliament.
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Northern Edu Minister’s negative feelings understandable - Wigneswaran
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran responded to a question raised by a journalist on his view on the controversial actions of the Northern Province Education Minister who refused to raise the national flag at an event earlier this month. The Northern Province Chief Minister stated that even though the National flag of a country cannot be disrespected, every citizen is entitled to their own individual opinion.
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Sujeewa says he is disappointed with President
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe today while calling to appoint Presidential Commissions to inquire into ship deals, Mig deals, spectrum deals and advertising firms, said that he is badly disappointed about the President. He further said that he called Arjun Aloysius only to write the book about the Bond issue and challenged the CID to prove that he called to commit a fraud.
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Sri Lankan Navy chases 1,700 Indian fishermen away
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association president P. Sesuraja also alleged that the Sri Lankan Navy personnel snapped nets of 75 boats. November 21 is World Fisheries Day. More than 1,700 Indian fishermen were allegedly chased away on November 21 by the Sri Lankan Navy which also “snapped” fishing nets of 75 boats off Katchatheevu islet.
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Marginalised And Unprotected: Sri Lanka’s Unequal Citizens
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Last September, a young man was brutally murdered in Dambulla. He was found dead near the city’s central bus stand, with the weapons used for the act found in the vicinity. Mainstream media headlines screamed—not against the act itself, but about his identity. From transgender, to transvestite and cross-dresser, the headlines focused more on his gender, with the rest of the text highlighting how he would ‘loiter’ around town late at night. The victim was a 34 year old who used to work on educating his community about STDs. This incident, however, highlights more than the insensitivity and sensationalist-discriminatory tactics adopted by the media; it also brings to focus the community
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Constitutional Politics
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Why is there so little interest about a political solution among the people throughout the country? How is it that the reactionary forces in the South and the North have taken the upper hand in the public domain and gaining ground in rejecting the constitutional reform process? The problem I would argue is the lack of political vision of both the Government leadership and the TNA leadership. Three valuable years after regime change have been wasted without engaging and mobilising the people towards a political solution. Furthermore, the constitutional reform process was delinked from the everyday concerns of the people and their social and economic aspirations.
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We have nothing to hide - PM
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today stated that mistakes can happen, but the government will continue forward with good governance as it has nothing to hide. The Premier was speaking to reporters outside the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing the Central Bank treasury bond scam, after appearing before the commission this morning following a request made to testify. Wickremesinghe stated that for the first time a Prime Minister appeared before a commission to make a statement.
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Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Exchange Act comes into effect
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Exchange Act No 12 of 2017 has come into effect from today. New Act covers matters including classes of capital transactions, opening and maintenance of accounts, permitted investments and granting of loans and advances. It also has provisions about capital transactions undertaken outside Sri Lanka by persons resident in Sri Lanka and capital transactions undertaken in Sri Lanka by persons resident outside Sri Lanka.
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Indian Prime Minister and Ranil to have talks in New Delhi
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is due to leave on an official visit to India tomorrow, the Prime Minister’s office said. He will have a bilateral meeting with the Indian Premier Narendra Modi in New Delhi and will also call on the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind during his stay in New Delhi. Wickremesinghe will be taking part at the opening ceremony of the 5th Global Conference on
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Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Hilton’s Remarks at the Opening of U.S.-funded Refurbished School in Batticaloa
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Governor Bogollagama, Member of Parliament Moulana, teachers, staff and students, good afternoon and as-salamu alaykum. I’m delighted to be here today to formally open this beautiful addition to the Bathuriya Vidyalaya school, and most importantly, to meet with some of the engaging young people who are studying here. And let me thank the students who performed for us for their songs about unity and coexistence. The future of Sri Lanka is its youth, and that future depends on access to a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment. Originally built in 1976, this all-girls school was selected by the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) for upgrades based on recommendations
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Prelate says people feels need for Rajapaksa now more than ever before
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Most Venerable Anunayake of the Asgiriya Chapter Wendaruwe Sri Upali Thera said, at a religious event, at the Sri Dalada Maligawa, attended by the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not been defeated. Instead, he had been allowed to relax and take over the reins of government in the future, the prelate said. The Thera said the people now felt the need for Rajapaksa as the leader more than ever before.
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State Minister pledges to make the fisheries industry third biggest foreign exchange earner
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Dilip Wedaarachchi says making the blue economy a reality, the fisheries industry would be made the third largest foreign exchange earner in the country by the year 2020. The Minister pledged to make the aquaculture industry in the fisheries sector to earn the third largest foreign exchange while creating 100,000 employment opportunities by 2020. He said that the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development has a clear vision and a program.
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HNB joins USAID-funded ‘YouLead’ project
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Hatton National Bank Plc entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with International Executive Service Corps (IESC), which will implement the US Agency for International Development’s (US AID) funded youth entrepreneurship and advancement programme called ‘YouLead’. The four-year project aims to transform youth employability in Sri Lanka and work closely with private sector partners to vastly improve technical and vocational education and training.
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UNHRC adopts the 3rd UPR outcome on Sri Lanka
Published Date: 19/11/2017 (Sunday)
The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted the outcome of the third Universal Periodic Review on Sri Lanka at the 28th session of the Universal Periodic Review. At the session the President of the Human Rights Council Joaquín Alexander Martelli proposed to the working group to adopt the recommendation section of the draft report and the UPR of Sri Lanka was adopted.
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MR should have opposed resolution when it was brought to Parliament - Sampanthan
Published Date: 19/11/2017 (Sunday)
If Mahinda Rajapaksa was opposed to the creation of a new Constitution, he should have expressed his opposition at the time it was suggested without trying to stir communal tensions now by interpreting it as an effort to divide the country, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday. Joining the debate on the Second Reading on the budget proposals for the fiscal year 2018, Sampanthan appealed to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to cooperate in ensuring reconciliation in the country.
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Lankan refugees in Australia to be brought back
Published Date: 19/11/2017 (Sunday)
The government says steps will be taken to bring back Sri Lankans being held in refugee camps in Australia after attempting to illegally enter Australia by boat. Speaking in Parliament Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana said the process has been delayed due to issues surrounding establishing citizenship. The Minister was responding to a question raised by United National Party Parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana.
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SL Won’t condone any form of torture: Foreign Affairs Secy.
Published Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
The Sri Lankan government does not condone any form of torture, Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam told the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka in Geneva on Wednesday. Responding to questions and concerns raised by other nations, Mr. Kariyawasam said Sri Lanka seeks to work with all including bilateral partners as well as international organisations, to seek assistance in terms of sharing experience and expertise as well as technical support to ensure the elimination of torture and to prosecute anyone responsible.
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Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured
Published Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites.
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Mullaitivu land issue: Problem already addressed, Minister tells TNA chief
Published Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan has, in a letter to TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, said Mullaitivu land issues raised by the former have already been addressed. A spokesperson for the ministry yesterday told The Island that Minister Swaminathan was in touch with relevant administrative, military and civilian representatives. The ministry made available a copy of Minister Swaminathan’s letter to Opposition Leader Sampanthan. It read:
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CONTRADICTIONS AND CONTROVERSIES IN MANGALA’S MAIDEN BUDGET
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
First programme called the ‘Small Scale Industries (SSI) Credit Scheme’ was implemented almost 40 years ago In the absence of a “National Education Policy”, these ‘on the run changes’ allow discrimination of rural youth Proposal to establish three new medical faculties in three State universities is another big fake Much has been said and more talked about Mangala’s maiden budget, the 72nd budget in Independent Ceylon and now Sri Lanka. Yet there’s enough left that can be said and should be said about his budget for year 2018.
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Sri Lanka: Norway extends Rs.150m further support for resettlement and reconciliation in the North
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther and Country Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, Jørn Sørensen signed an Agreement to extend Government of Norway’s support to the resettlement of the communities in the newly released Myliddy harbour area in Jaffna District. UNDP will work with the Government authorities to gradually Restore Myliddy Pier as a strategic Fishing Hub with immediate intervention to clear the Boat Access Ways. The support is amounting to Rs. 150 million.
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Corruption case against Gota fixed for trial
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
A corruption case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the government by giving permission to Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd to operate a floating armoury was fixed for trial by the Colombo Chief Magistrate's court, today. Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara fixed the case for trial on February 26 and March 26.
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