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Sri Lankan south’s lost ties with south India
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
The time has come to renew cultural bonds between the Sinhalese people and the art of south India What connects music composer M.S. Viswanathan to a group of Sinhalese people shaking a leg at a weekend party? An all-time hit Sinhala song that was inspired by his rustic 1970s composition ‘Ennadi rakkamma pallakku nelippu’. No celebration or gathering is complete without the Sinhala super-hit ‘Mama gannami karakara bandala’, set to the same tune. Similarly, Ilaiyaraaja’s ‘Machanai paartheengala’ has a popular Sinhala counterpart ‘Sudu asu pita nagala’, widely performed in stage shows and heard in parties.
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Sri Lanka has never had traitors as committed and enthusiastic as current govt - MR
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the amendments proposed to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act of 2002 are clearly aimed at assisting foreign courts in the trial of Sri Lankans for offences allegedly committed in Sri Lanka. “This is the latest betrayal by the yahapalana government,” he said, adding that the manner in which the government has been implementing the demands of their foreign patrons should also be taken note of by the public. He claimed that the proposed amendment will widen the applicability of the Act to every country that is a party to any international Convention that involves criminal matters.
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Five arrested over sword attack in Jaffna, one shot dead
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
Five suspects were arrested by the police in connection with a sword attack incident at Mallakam Junction in Tellippalai, Jaffna last night. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said a 33-year-old man was killed after police opened fire at a group who attempted to assault two policemen with swords. He said the two policemen of the Chunnakam Police Station who were on their way to attend a police duty at Telippalai area had noticed a clash between two groups who were attacking each other with swords and clubs.
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Seven suspects scanning for hidden LTTE gold nabbed
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
allegedly hidden by the LTTE in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu during the last stages of the war were arrested by Vavuniya Police STF Officers at Nochchimotai. Vavuniya on June 15 morning. The officers seized the scanner and the vehicle. The detection was made during a search operation at a checkpoint. Police said investigations revealed that the scanner valued at nearly Rs. 5 million could detect any underground metal.
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Set up separate court to hear cases involving Buddhist Monks: Champika
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
be set up to hear court cases involving Buddhist monks, Jathika Hela Urumaya General Secretary Champika Ranawaka said. He said this in response to a journalist at a news conference held today. Mr. Ranawaka said the opinion of the Mahanayaka Theras should be sought with regard to cases involving Bhikkhus and that the Constitution had provisions to establish a separate court and as such it would be best to set up separate courts to hear court cases involving Buddhist monks.
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Govt. spends Rs.8.3 bn on embassies in 2017: AG
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe said today the government had spent Rs.8.3 billion to maintain embassies last year but that there was no mechanism to assess the benefits gained for the country. He said with the assistance of all Sri Lankan embassies the Auditor General's Department was preparing a report on the diplomatic service. “We spend billions of rupees to maintain embassies. But there is no mechanism to assess the benefits or the services rendered to the country by way of improving its image or the promotion
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UK look to invest in bridges & hospitals in SL
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
UK State Minister of Trade Policies Greg Hands says the UK is expected to look into trade and investment opportunities in order to construct rural bridges and hospitals in Sri Lanka. The statement was made during a discussion held with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is on a tour of London, England. The UK State Minister had directed Premier Wickremesinghe's attention over providing British expertise on building public and private partnerships in the development of the Colombo Port City. The discussion also focused on the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka's mineral resources and the UK's ability to provide financial technology.
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If Modi Assassination Plot Letter Is Fake, Indian Democracy Is in for Dangerous Times
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
A two decade-long history of using false allegations, faked evidence, videos and news to manipulate public sentiment proves that the BJP will stop at nothing to ensure its return to power. If Modi remains true to form, then this is only the start of a witch hunt designed to remove rivals from the field. The letter allegedly recovered from the house of Rona Wilson, the Delhi-based public relations secretary of the Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP), which details a meeting in which Maoist leaders ‘decided to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’, needs to be treated with the utmost of scepticism.
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Let’s stop spies and subcontractors from hiding behind the law
Published Date: 16/06/2018 (Saturday)
‘Many British Sikhs are calling for a public inquiry into British involvement in the Golden Temple massacre in 1984.’ Photograph: The India Today Group/India Today Group/Getty Images As an investigative journalist who has used the Freedom of Information Act to expose the questionable conduct of numerous government departments, I welcome the news that parliament will today consider extending the law. The proposed changes would mean that private companies such as Serco and G4S, as well as housing associations, would have to disclose documents about their vast and lucrative public service contracts. After countless outsourcing scandals, from the collapse of Carillion to the preventable tragedy at Grenfell Tower
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Former member of World Tamil Movement, Canada Questions President Maithiripala Sirisena: What Happened To The LTTE Cadres Who Surrendered To The Army At Vadduvakal On May 18, 2009?
Published Date: 15/06/2018 (Friday)
The UN Human Rights Council had adopted Resolution No.30/1 of October 01, 2015 and co-sponsored by Sri Lanka that called for an international investigation into war crimes with foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators. Clause 6 of Resolution 30/1, inter-alia, states as follows: ‘Welcomes the recognition by the Government of Sri Lanka that accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and to build confidence in the people of all communities of Sri Lanka in the justice system, notes with appreciation the proposal of the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a judicial mechanism with a special counsel to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as applicable; affirms that a credible justice process should include independent judicial and prosecutorial institutions led by individuals known for their integrity and impartiality; and
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ONUR’s ‘Heal the Past Build the Future’ project expanded to 14 districts
Published Date: 15/06/2018 (Friday)
The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) has taken steps to expand ‘Heal the Past Build the Future’ project in 14 districts more to create a discourse on reconciliation at grass root level. The pilot project of this program was conducted in Jaffna, Anuradhapura and Ratnapura earlier. The chosen new districts are Ampara, Mannar, Galle, Kalutara, Kilinochchi, Kurunegala, Matara, Moneragala, Nuwara-Eliya, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya. The overall objective of this unique initiative is that physical and human infrastructure at the
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Eid Moon Sighted in Maldives, Brunei & Fiji; Crescent Unseen in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/06/2018 (Friday)
(News June 14) Muslims in the South Asian nations of Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brunei and Fiji await the sighting of Eid moon today. If the Hilal crescent will be sighted today, Eid-al-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow. If the moon remains unsighted, the festival will be celebrated on Saturday. Stay tuned here for the live news updates of Eid moon sighting from Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brunei and Fiji. For live updates on Eid moon sighting in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, read here. Meanwhile, attempts are also underway to sight the crescent moon in the neighbouring Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. According to the fatwa issued by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Eid will be celebrated in Australia on Saturday. However, other Muftis may differ.
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Disinheriting Adivasis – The Gadchiroli Game Plan: Vidhya A
Published Date: 15/06/2018 (Friday)
In a statement issued on April 16th 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) claimed that the ‘National Policy and Action Plan’ to combat Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is ‘a multi-pronged strategy involving security and development related measures’[1]. This new policy, apparently in place since the NDA government came to power at the centre, claims to have ‘zero tolerance towards violence coupled with a big push to developmental activities so that benefits of development reached the poor and vulnerable in the affected areas’[2]. The statement talks of substantial improvement in the LWE scenario by indicating reduced incidents of violence over the last four years. Within a week of this statement to the press, several Maoists are killed in an alleged encounter in Gadchiroli district of Maharastra and, then, in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh[3]. The Maharashtra state police immediately issued press notes and organised a press conference on April 24th declaring the operation an unmitigated success. A week later, Chhattisgarh
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Let us keep an eye on Uncle Sam
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
Anyone who has read Noam Chomsky’s ‘What Uncle Sam really wants’ would not get too excited when a US President, Secretary of State or Ambassador talks about democracy. Neither would they lose any sleep over such worthies speaking in somber tones about individuals, parties or governments they dislike. Chomsky’s book, published in 1993, traces four decades of US intervention in all parts of the world. It is all about the use of subversion and force for economic and political hegemony. To achieve various ends the USA often supported violent regimes and dictatorships, Chomsky shows. For all the bleeding-heart talk about democracy, good governance and peace, the USA has had no qualms over propping up or placing in power, tyrants, autocrats, military juntas and brutal monarchies.
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Crime of the century; 152 million child labourers
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
World spiritual leaders have warned us that those who abuse children or indulge in child labour would and should be thrown into the deepest ocean with a millstone tied rounds their necks. Children are devastatingly honest and innocent that is why the heavenly realms comprise people who have the honesty and innocence of children. Seen in this light many of our leaders -- political, social, business and even religious leaders -- appear to be sadly lacking in honesty, innocence and a spirit of sincere, sacrificial and selfless service to the people, especially those caught in the poverty trap of a wicked world. Therefore such leaders face a fate that is too horrible to be imagined.
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PARADISE IN CHAOS!!!
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
Writing an article about the happenings in this country is becoming next to impossible!!! Those who lack the courage to do what is right; and there are SO MANY OF THEM, will always find a philosophy to justify it!!! We simply cannot count the number of wrongdoers who are continually being brought to Court and sent away!!! Recording of evidence never ends; we have lost count of the number!!! We continually read Mahanama and Dissanayake re-remanded, Rangajeewa and Lamahewa re-remanded, on an almost daily basis people are being produced in Court but NOTHING FINALISED???
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Sinharaja could lose World Heritage status if elephants are relocated?
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
UNESCO has notified Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation that the Sinharaja Forest Reserve will be at risk of losing its status as a World Heritage Site if the two wild elephants roaming the reserve are translocated, according to the ‘Protect Sri Lanka’ national movement. Chairman of the movement, Pahiyangala Ananda Sagara Thero, speaking at a press conference held in Colombo on Wednesday (13), claimed that the UN’s cultural agency has informed the Director General of Wildlife Conservation Department of this via email. The Thero said that Sinharaja is the only place remaining for the government, where the attention of the international community is being focused on, but the authorities are showing no interest towards safeguarding it.
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Gnanasara thera given 6 months rigorous sentence
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organisation Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera has been sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment for threatening the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda, Sandhya. The sentencing was issued by Homagama Chief Magistrate Udesh Ranatunga. The thera was found guilty on two counts of harassing and intimidating Sandhya Eknaligoda. Gnanasara thera was issued six month rigorous prison sentences for each charge to be served concurrently.
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AG consents not to arrest Gotabhaya under Public Property Act
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The Court of Appeal ordered to continue an order preventing Gotabhaya Rajapaksa being arrested under the Public Property Act over a complaint that the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana were built using public funds amounting to Rs.90 million. The order was made in view of submissions and consent of both lawyers of former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Attorney General. Court of Appeal (President) Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara made this order pursuant to a writ petition filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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Sri Lanka developing seafront infrastructure, rules for boat building, nautical tourism
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is developing seafront infrastructure and regulations to promote boat building and nautical tourism, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama said. “The boat building industry is a billion-dollar industry and Sri Lanka should take full advantage of this emerging trend,” he told a news conference to announce the launch of the island’s annual boat show. Boat Show Sri Lanka 2018, which this year will also include a boating festival, will be held during 26-28 October, 2018 at the yacht marina in Galle port, for long a popular stop over for yachts and recreational sailors on the south coast.
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No jail for Swiss Tamil Tiger financiers
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The Swiss Federal Criminal Court has given no prison terms to alleged financiers of the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). The 13 accused were either given suspended custodial sentences or acquitted. The court on Thursday said accusations of participation in and support of a criminal organisation did not stand and released all of the accused. It noted that the hierarchical link between the LTTE and WTCC was not sufficiently established. The judges also felt there was not enough concrete proof to consider the LTTE as a criminal organisation.
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Sri Lanka to obtain US$ 48.67 million to purchase railway engines for upcountry line
Published Date: 14/06/2018 (Thursday)
The Sri Lankan government is planning to obtain US$ 48.67 million from Standard Chartered Band upon the aid of Canada Exports Development Institute to purchase 12 railway engines to service the upcountry railway line. The Cabinet has granted approval earlier to purchase 12 locomotives for the Sri Lanka Railway Department in order to improve the operational capacity of the upcountry railway line. The train engines will be procured from the General Electric Company in the United States at
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Sovereignty: Sold Out !
Published Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
If anybody still needed proof that the representatives who claimed to be holding the legislative, executive and judicial powers of the people have turned their backs on them and have pursued a path of individual well-being, the developments during the past two weeks would have furnished enough evidence. All three wings of governance are packed with people who are corrupt, incapable and self-centred. The legislature has been sold to multi billion scammers while the executive remains so engrossed in a battle for survival and future preservation. The Judiciary, well, they need a lot of mettle to win the confidence that has been lost with regard to public perspective.
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SL- Finland sign 5 MoUs
Published Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Five Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on education, digitisation, health and energy were signed yesterday between the Sri Lankan Government and its Finnish counterpart as well as the private sectors of the two countries. Economic Affairs and Development Finnish Deputy Minister Petri Peltonen is in Sri Lanka this week with a Finnish business delegation made up of 17 prominent companies seeking collaboration and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka. The visit sees the second delegation from Finland to Sri Lanka in the last six months and was prompted by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to Finland last year.
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MR-Keshap meeting: US Embassy non-committal
Published Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
In response to the news report published on a Tamil daily newspaper in Jaffna regarding a content of a meeting held between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap, the US Embassy today remained non-committal. When the Daily Mirror inquired about the meeting, the Embassy said that the Ambassador met political leaders as a routine. “The Ambassador meets routinely with political leaders, civil society and community leaders. The Ambassador honours the confidence of private meetings and does not discuss the contents of such meetings publicly.”
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