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Mangala briefs UK on progress made on human rights
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera called on the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, at his office in Westminster, London. They discussed progress made in the areas of human rights and reconciliation and other matters of mutual interest.
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Former TID Director Nalaka de Silva, Thomas further remanded
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday, further remanded former Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) Director DIG Nalaka de Silva and Indian National Mersily Thomas till January 30. Nalaka de Silva has been allegedly accused of plotting to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and SSP Prasanna Alwis. The Magistrate announced that prison authority has informed the court that they have sufficient
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Brig. Priyanka Fernando not informed on UK court’s summons - Army Spokesperson
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Brigadier Priyanka Fernando has not yet been informed on the summons issued by the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in the United Kingdom (UK), says Sri Lanka Army. He was charged for making a threatening gesture towards a group of L.T.T.E. supporters protesting in front of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London on the 4th of February 2018 by running his forefinger across his throat.
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US says no plan for military base in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
The United States embassy said yesterday there was no truth in reports that the United States intends to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. An embassy spokesman told the Daily Mirror that these reports are categorically false.
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India grants Rs. 275 mn to develop Eastern University
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)to provide modern infrastructural facilities to the Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Eastern University in the Batticaloa District, yesterday.The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary to the Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, in the presence of City Planning,
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Two Americans and Afghan among 5 arrested with 90kg heroin
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Five suspects including three foreigners have been arrested with 90 kilograms of heroin at a luxury apartment building in the Kollupitiya area. Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said the arrested suspects include two American nationals, one Afghan national and two Sri Lankans, residents of Hikkaduwa.
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Brig. Priyanka Fernando Found Guilty On Three Offences Under Public Order Act: Arrest Warrant Issued
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, a senior officer of Sri Lanka Army, has been found guilty of two of three offences under Public Order Act by signalling a death threat to Tamil protestors on February 04, last year. The Westminster Magistrate Court issued an arrest warrant on Fernando ruling that his
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New trade union movement takes up estate workers cry for Rs. 1000 daily wage
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
The Thousand Movement, a collective of unions and grassroots activists who want to increase the daily basic salary of an estate worker to Rs. 1000, will hold demonstrations in 30 locations country-wide calling on Plantation Companies to grant the just demand, Chinthaka Rajapakshe, Moderator of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) told The Island yesterday.
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Left leaders responsible for the constitution making in Sri Lanka exposes rumour mongers
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
The Left leaders responsible for the constitution making process exposed those who were spreading rumours about the ‘Constitution’, were functioning as members in the subcommittees on constitution-making. Left leaders were canvassing for a new constitution which included provisions to protect the rights and identities of all communities, and also to abolish the extreme powers of the presidency and to change
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Foreign Office admits to destroying hundreds of files from the start of Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka Activists warn the true nature of the Thatcher government's collusion with Sri Lanka may never be known
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
BRITAIN’S Foreign Office is being accused of “shredding history” after it admitted to destroying nearly 400 diplomatic files from the start of a Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka. Margaret Thatcher’s government armed Sri Lankan forces against left-wing Tamil independence fighters, but activists including superstar M.I.A. are now warning the full extent of this deadly collusion may never come to light.
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Rohingya – The Forgotten Genocide of Our Time
Published Date: 19/01/2019 (Saturday)
The Rohingya are a minority community living in Rakhine State in Myanmar. The Muslim Rohingya are considered intruders into Buddhist Myanmar – illegal immigrants from bordering Bangladesh. They have been always discriminated against, looked down upon, ostracized, and denied any civil and judicial rights.
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In Sri Lanka, many leaders eyeing top office
Published Date: 19/01/2019 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo, following the former’s election in January 2015. | Photo Credit: AFP It’s a poll year in Sri Lanka — except that few know whether it is the provincial, presidential or general election that will be held first.
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Sri Lanka: Political Crisis Threatens Justice Efforts
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. The crisis subsided after the Supreme Court ruled on December 13 that the president’s dissolving of parliament was unconstitutional, and Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down as proclaimed prime minister.
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Over 260,000 Chinese tourists visit Sri Lanka in 2018
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
Over 260,000 Chinese tourists travelled in Sri Lanka in 2018, and the government hopes to attract a higher number this year, Sri Lanka's Tourism Ministry said here on Thursday. According to official statistics, 18,283 Chinese tourists visited the island country in December alone, with the entire year recording 265,965 Chinese arrivals.
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Germany arrests suspect in 2005 killing of Sri Lankan FM
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
German authorities say they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of Sri Lanka’s foreign minister. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that police arrested 39-year-old Navanithan G. in southwestern Germany Wednesday and searched his home.
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650 acres of land reclaimed for China-backed port city in Colombo The project is likely to draw about $15 billion in investment
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
Over 650 acres of land off Colombo’s seafront, where a China-backed $1.4 billion port city is currently being built, has been reclaimed, Sri Lankan authorities said on Wednesday. Beijing attaches great importance to the port city, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan said at a ceremony held to mark what the Sri Lankan government termed “another milestone” in the mega project.
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President emphasizes that he will not allow anyone to do any harm to Jagath Jayasuriya or any war hero
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that he will not allow anyone in the world to do anything for Retd Major Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya or any of Sri Lanka’s military commanders or war heroes. He made these remarks addressing the 66th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) held at the Campbell Park in Borella, today (03).
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Constitution and Buddhism
Published Date: 16/01/2019 (Wednesday)
The Mahanayaka Theras, Sangha, lay Buddhist Organisation and the Opposition have expressed fears that the proposed new constitution will not give the rightful place to Buddhism. The government, on the other hand, says that there will not be any change to the existing provision in the constitution. Who is telling us the truth and who is not has made the public confused? The irony is that the very vociferous monks who speaks of giving foremost place and foster Buddhism are blatantly
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“Pongal Lights for World Peace” First Street Party in Newham 2019”
Published Date: 15/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Newham is the first borough in Europe, which recognised and celebrates the Pongal as “International Tamil Day” by switching on the Lights. On Tuesday 15th January at 5.30PM at High Street North, Manor Park London E12 6SA. (Corner of Wordsworth Avenue and High Street North). By the Mayor of Newham Ms.Rokhsana Fiaz.
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Politicised Buddhisisation should be stopped – NP Governor
Published Date: 15/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Newly appointed Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan said Buddhisisation in the North and East with political motives should be stopped and that he would be meeting the Mahanayaka Theras to discuss the issue soon. In an interview with Ceylon Today, he said the practice was ‘un-Buddhistic and undemocratic’ He also noted he would engage in serious dialogue with those promoting these activities.
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Birth, Death and Rebirth of Jaffna’s Moolai Cooperative Hospital
Published Date: 13/01/2019 (Sunday)
In the North-West corner of the Jaffna Peninsula close to the causeway to Karainagar Island is the small village of Moolai. It is a patch of land connecting the causeway to Karainagar with its famous Casuarina Beach, and Vaddukoddai with its famous school Jaffna College. Moolai would have been quite unknown but for its own famous Moolai Cooperative Hospital. A hospital founded in 1935 by returning Tamil Diaspora funded by their savings and pensions earned administering British Malaya.
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Let’s have school children who know the law - EDITORIAL
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
The approval given by the Cabinet to include law as a subject in the school curriculum must be commended. This is because Sri Lanka is not regarded as a nation that abides by the law. Taking into consideration the many instances where top level officials have been involved in bribe taking, this attempt to educate the young generation about the law should serve this nation well. This news was broken by Justice and Prisons Reforms Minister Thalatha Athukorala the
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The federal bogey again
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
Politicians seem to deem that they have solved all economic issues faced by the people or addressing economic issues is not any of their responsibilities. Their main focus is centered on how to capture power or remain in or retain power. They all are agog with political issues such as elections and Constitutional changes.
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prov. governors as political agents and “Rajapaksa phobia”
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
President Sirisena had requested UPFA parliamentarians to pressure the government to hold Provincial Council elections, reported DM online last Wednesday. The report also said, the President had told them, the government should be asked to even amend the law to have elections under the previous law.
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ITJP slams Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva’s new appointment
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) headed by Yasmin Sooka, who was a one time Member of the United Nations Report of the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes in the final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War, condemned the appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva as Chief of Staff of the Army by President Maithripala Sirisena.
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