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Hambantota as forward Chinese military base: Distraction from real problem
Published Date: 17/10/2018 (Wednesday)
America’s Vice-President Mike Pence has warned that Hambantota ‘may soon become a forward military base’ for the PLA Navy. In a speech at Hudson institute, Pence launched a broadside against China’s ‘predatory’ trade, ‘debt diplomacy’, ‘coercion’ and military ‘aggression’; he referenced to the Chinese-funded Hambantota port, of which the majority stake is owned by China’s state owned port operator, China Merchants. Though these concerns are usual American refrain, the latest might have much do with buttressing President Trump’s plan to levy taxes on an additional US $
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Sri Lanka President drops assassination bombshell, accuses India
Published Date: 17/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena shocked his cabinet Tuesday by accusing neighbouring India of plotting to assassinate him on the eve of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to New Delhi, a ministerial source said. A visibly upset Sirisena accused his senior coalition partner, the United National Party (UNP), of not taking an alleged conspiracy to kill him as well as former secretary to the ministry of defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, seriously.
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War Crimes in Sri Lanka: Stain or slander
Published Date: 16/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Editor’s Note: This piece responds to ‘In Defence of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka’, a report published by the the Global Sri Lanka Forum that appraises a report released by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Investigation on Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lanka Supreme Court affirms death penalty of Duminda Silva
Published Date: 13/10/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Thursday confirmed the death sentence handed down the former defence ministry monitoring MP Duminda Silva for the murder of a fellow legislator and three others. The five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep affirmed the conviction and punishment given by the High Court in September 2016 for the murder that took place during an election campaign in 2011.
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Govt. presents Chemical Weapons Convention Amendment Bill
Published Date: 12/10/2018 (Friday)
The government yesterday presented the Chemical Weapons Convention Amendment Bill in Parliament. The Ministry of Defence which is under the purview of President Maithripala Sirisena shall be in charge of implementing the said legislation.
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The Failed Promise of Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 12/10/2018 (Friday)
In the run-up to his recent address at the UN General Assembly, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena struck a defiant note, blatantly rejecting commitments made to the UN Human Rights Council in 2015. Sirisena promised to push for the acquittal of Sri Lanka from charges of war crimes committed against Tamils in the last phase of the war and vowed to protect the “hard-earned dignity” of Sri Lankan soldiers – widely thought to have engaged in
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LTTE sympathizers arrested in Oxford
Published Date: 11/10/2018 (Thursday)
Three Tamil diaspora demonstrators were arrested by the Thames Valley Police outside the Oxford Union Building. The incident took place on October 08, after Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressed members of the Oxford Students Union on ‘Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean.’
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Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Tourism Research Conference – 2018
Published Date: 11/10/2018 (Thursday)
Sustainable tourism is the concept of visiting a place as a tourist and trying to make a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. Tourism can involve primary transportation to the general location, local transportation, accommodations, entertainment, recreation, nourishment and shopping. It can be related to travel for leisure, business and visiting friends and relatives. Given its natural advantages, the tourism sector is viewed as
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There is more of China in Lanka!
Published Date: 10/10/2018 (Wednesday)
This Government does not need foes when friends are doing the job for them. Months after the controversy attending on the ‘Hambantota Port equity-swap deal’ had died down, comes veteran Shipping and Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe’s admission that Sri Lanka had sought the ‘facility’ from China, and not the other way round, as his colleagues would have wanted the nation to believe.
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PM rules out foreign role ‘It’s better for us to do it. Anyone is free to come and observe’
Published Date: 10/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the Oxford University, on Monday, that there was no need for foreign intervention in Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of war crimes against the security forces and the LTTE. Responding to questions after addressing students of Oxford University at the Oxford Union Chamber, the Prime Minister said that the current Sri Lankan government had, since assuming office on January 15, 2009, restored democracy, the independence of public institutions including the judiciary and police, addressed to a large extent reconciliation
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British Tamil activist arrested and detained by UK police
Published Date: 09/10/2018 (Tuesday)
A British Tamil activist has been arrested and detained by UK police after protesting the visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister in Oxford on Monday night. Mr Sockalingam Yogalingam also known as Yogi, a member of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) was arrested last night by Thames Valley police, along with at least three other protesters.
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Nine years after war's end, Sri Lankans wait for government to return property
Published Date: 09/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka has failed to fulfill pledges to return properties to thousands of people forced from their homes during decades of war, many of whom now live in desperate poverty, researchers said on Tuesday. Thousands of acres of land taken over during the war are still held by government forces who set up security posts and buffer zones, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
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PM-headed committee to devise procedures for NE housing project
Published Date: 09/10/2018 (Tuesday)
The Cabinet has mandated the setting up of a committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to submit procedures for financing and implementing an initiative to build 25,000 brick-and-mortar houses for the war-displaced through a consortium of humanitarian agencies.
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Legal action against parents who do not send children to school: Minister
Published Date: 09/10/2018 (Tuesday)
The Government would institute legal action against parents who did not send their children to school, Justice Minister Thalatha Atukorale said yesterday. The Minister said school education was compulsory to students from Grade 1 to Grade 13.
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Sri Lanka’s Ex-Navy chief Karannagoda emerges as key suspect in killing of children
Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
The investigation into the abduction and the murder of 11 children has taken a new turn with fresh evidence showing the involvement of former navy chief Wasantha Karannagoda, a magistrate has been told. Criminal investigators told the Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne last week that Karannagoda intimately knew about the abductions and is continuing to suppress evidence and was keeping a tab on key navy witnesses.
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‘Demons in Paradise’ Is Jaffna ready for full scope of freedom ?
Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
Jaffna International Film Festival that began last week has removed Jude Ratnam’s internationally acclaimed ‘Demons in Paradise’ from screening. The decision to remove the film - that depicts the gradual but predictable degeneration of Tamil militancy into one of cannibalizing its own- was treated with a muted reaction in the South. In the North, save a few genuine, and time tested activists of the calibre of Rajan Hoole, the majority tended to justify the censorship of the movie.
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Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
Every citizen has a role to play in supporting and promoting social justice. In Sigalowada Sutta the Buddha enlightens us very clearly on the roles as reciprocal obligations existing between Monarch [ruler] and Subjects, husband and wife; parents and children; teachers and pupils; employer and employee; friends, relatives and neighbours; clergy and laity, without leaving out anybody. The writer is no authority on Buddhism, but the greatness in these values here is, they are considered as sacred duties and are reciprocal. If observed - they cover the entire UN Declaration of Human Rights 1948, pronounced in the charter [Fundamental contributory events in history were condensed into a single cause in drafting the Human Rights Charter].
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Vijayakala released on bail
Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
UNP MP and former state minister Vijayakala Maheswaran was released on a surety bail of Rs. 500,000 by Colombo Chief Magistarte Ranga Dissanayake today. She was arrested today by the Police Organised Crimes Preventive Division in connection with a controversial statement she made recently on the resurgence of the LTTE.
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President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa met last Wednesday to discuss a potential caretaker grand coalition which the two leaders agreed was necessary to pull the country out of the “economic mess” and address other critical issues badly affecting the people.
Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
Maithri–Mahinda talk of forming caretaker grand coalition
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Protest at Oxford Union Against Sri Lankan Prime Minister's Speech: TGTE
Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
"He is accused of protecting war criminals, putting roadblocks on UN Human Rights Council efforts to get justice for Tamils and other anti-Tamil activities" A Protest Rally will be held at the Oxford Union when Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wiramasinghe delivers his speech on October 8th (Monday) at 8:00 pm.
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Published Date: 06/10/2018 (Saturday)
This is the final essay in this series. It describes recent developments relating to Yahapalana and China. Pathfinder Foundation set up a China-Sri Lanka Cooperation Studies Centre’ CSLCSC in October 2015. This Centre is the only Sri Lankan institution which exclusively focuses on the China-Sri Lanka relationship. The CSLCSC has a counterpart centre located at the Shanghai Institutes of International Relations in China.
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Joint Statement - Norway and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/10/2018 (Saturday)
Joint Statement by H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway andHon. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on the Occasion of the Official Visit fromSri Lanka to Oslo, 5 October 2018.
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Sri Lanka’s ex-minister Basil gets bro’s nod for presidential nomination
Published Date: 05/10/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka’s former secretary to the defence ministry, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Tuesday suggested his former Economic Development minister Basil as the presidential candidate at next year’s elections. Emerging from the new Permanent High Court at Bar in Colombo where his trail was put off for December 4, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa accused the government of trying to create a rift among his politically ambitious siblings.
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Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?
Published Date: 05/10/2018 (Friday)
Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. I know how deep the scars from decades of conflict run. When I visited last year I heard first-hand from the families of disappeared persons. It was a stark reminder of how much all communities in Sri Lanka have suffered
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Sri Lanka doesn’t deserve more time at the UN Human Rights Council
Published Date: 04/10/2018 (Thursday)
A recent Daily FT op-ed (‘Transitional justice efforts in Sri Lanka fall short’) correctly explains that the implementation of the Coalition Government’s transitional justice agenda has gone terribly. The author then suggests that further (and similar) UN Human Rights Council involvement might encourage meaningful reform. “To give the Sri Lankan Government a further chance to make real progress, the council should insist upon clear, time-bound benchmarks and a monitoring framework.”
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