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Will present new UNHRC resolution: SLPP • G.L. says if party is elected will push back on 2015 resolution
Published Date: 20/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said that if the party manages to form a government in the future, they would present a resolution to the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) to counter the resolution that Sri Lanka co-sponsored in 2015.
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Private education may wipe out State education
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
Joint Opposition front-liner Dr Bandula Gunawardena has protested against the purported decision by the Government to permit private schools to open five branches, each claiming that the decision would be detrimental to the free education.' MP Gunawardena who is also a former Education Minister under President Mahinda Rajapaksa is of the opinion that Government’s move would encourage the private education in the country and that would ultimately lead to the death of the free education in Sri Lanka.
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TNA & Geneva
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka’s human rights issue vis-à-vis its war against LTTE separatism will once more crop up at Geneva on 20 March. Sri Lanka at Geneva on 1 October, 2015 gave a commitment to the international community that it will pave the way for a probe into alleged human rights (HR) abuse in the prosecution of this war with the aid of international jurists.
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Palali picked over Mattala: SLPP
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
• Questions Govt. plans to upgrade Palali into an international airport • Says Govt. earlier dismissed the need for a second international airport • Suggests it would be cheaper to make Mattala viable than developing Palali • Asks what policy basis is being used to establish international airports
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Top cop faces arrest over Sri Lanka double murder
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
The senior-most police officer in the southern province is likely to be questioned and arrested over the killing of two people by a special unit directly under his command, official sources said Tuesday. Senior Deputy Inspector-General Ravi Wijegunawardena has already been transferred to police Head Quarters pending an investigation into last month’s abduction and murder of two businessmen from Ratgama
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Ranjan reveals names to Karu
Published Date: 18/02/2019 (Monday)
State Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday (18), said that he had revealed the names of politicians, including Members of Parliament, who allegedly consume cocaine and other illegal narcotics to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on 17 February.
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UN expert frowns on fuel price formula
Published Date: 18/02/2019 (Monday)
A United ations expert, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsk, who visited Sri Lanka last year, criticized the automatic market-based mechanism (pricing formula) introduced to fix fuel prices, which might also be introduced for electricity pricing, stating that such measures could have serious negative impacts on the livelihood of fishing, farming and rural communities.
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LNG power project: German Envoy concerned about contract to China
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
German Ambassador Jorn Rohde expressed concerns about the award of the contract for the execution of the LNG power project in Kerawalapitiya to a higher bidder. The Cabinet decided on Tuesday to award the contract to a Chinese-led consortium to implement the project. However, the local company ‘Lakdhanavi’ was denied the contract despite it being the lowest bidder.
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ICJ deeply concerned by President Sirisena’s resolve to resume executions in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
The ICJ has called on Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in the country notwithstanding a moratorium on capital punishment that has lasted 43 years. The last execution was carried out in Sri Lanka in 1976.
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Reunion Island deports illegal SL immigrants
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
More than 50 Sri Lankans who had illegally migrated to Reunion Island were deported by French authorities today. The illegal Sri Lankan immigrants had reached the island on a fishing trawler.
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Long Read: Why has Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have lost hope. South African transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka and former BBC Correspondent Frances Harrison of the International Truth and Justice Project explore what went wrong:
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Grandmother whose entire family is settled in UK told to leave country Exclusive: Sixty-three-year-old ordered to return to Sri Lanka and leave behind her partner, children and grandchildren because her recently retired husband ‘doesn’t earn enough’
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
A grandmother whose entire family is settled in the UK has been told she must leave the country. Susita Balasubranamiamm, 63, has been ordered to return to Sri Lanka, leaving behind all her children and grandchildren because the Home Office says her 71-year-old husband, who recently retired, no longer meets the required income threshold.
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CaFFE flays prez but its former boss among beneficiaries Six PCs under Governors:
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Manas Makeen, Acting Executive Director of Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE), yesterday, said that his predecessor Keerthi Tennakoon had received the appointment as the Governor of the Southern Province where the Provincial Council continues to function. Makeen said that last week he had expressed concern about President Maithripala Sirisena
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PM moots Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Ahead of the UNHRC session in March, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday presented a Cabinet memorandum seeking approval to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, similar to what was established in post-apartheid South Africa.
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Two individuals behind incidents involving Lasantha, Keith & Prageeth: Gota
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said two individuals were behind the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.
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PTA to be repealed: Counter Terrorism Bill soon MOVES TO MAKE THE LAW MORE HUMANE
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
The Parliament Oversight Committee on International Relations will approve the Counter Terrorism Bill next week with more amendments, Committee Chairman Mayantha Dissanayake said.
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Estate workers to get Rs. 50 more from Govt. for one year: Navin
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Tea estate workers would get an additional Rs. 50 to the current daily wage of Rs. 750 as a budgetary allocation from the government for one year, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said today.
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ADB gives Sri Lanka US$145mn to help breed tech-oriented graduates
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will give Sri Lanka 145 million US dollars for science and technology in higher education, developing curricula with industry inputs to nurture a new breed of technology-oriented graduates.
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Dearth of teachers in rural schools
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
A top official of the Education Ministry yesterday claimed that the Ministry was finding it difficult to fill teacher vacancies in rural schools, with every applicant demanding only popular schools in Colombo.
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How can there be freedom without discipline ? - Gotabaya
Published Date: 12/02/2019 (Tuesday)
• I did not bring about the concept of white van abductions • Lasantha, Keith, Prageeth were done by two individuals for purely personal reasons • I have not done anything against the minorities • I have had discussions with various sections of the Muslim community • Lasantha and wife were once attacked much before we came to power
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Lankan delegation holds talks in TN on refugee issue
Published Date: 12/02/2019 (Tuesday)
A Sri Lankan delegation had talks with officials in Tamil Nadu on the refugee issue. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando was on a working visit to Southern India to participate in the Special Consular service program at the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai from 07-10 February 2019, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
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UK demands full implementation of Geneva Resolutions on Lanka Says US pullout from Geneva body irrelevant
Published Date: 09/02/2019 (Saturday)
The UK government has again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government didn’t perpetrate war crimes as alleged by the UN. Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con) on
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Inheritance of a longstanding friendship Work together for a bright future of China-Sri Lanka relations:
Published Date: 08/02/2019 (Friday)
As the tide of history surges with vigour, our world today is experiencing profound changes unseen in a century. In the second decade of the 21st century, China has crossed the threshold into a new era. At this important historical juncture, China and Sri Lanka, the good neighbours, good partners and good friends featuring sincere mutual assistance and everlasting friendship, are going to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of
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What Sri Lanka Failed To Achieve In Last 71 Years?
Published Date: 07/02/2019 (Thursday)
Post-independence Sri Lanka is preparing to celebrate the 71st Independence Day on 4th February 2019. The same year post-war Sri Lanka will celebrate the 10th anniversary of ending the 3 decade-long internal conflict in the country in 2009. Since 1948 independence and after the 3 decade-long internal war in Sri Lanka it needs to be analyzed whether the
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Tamil Lawyers Forum Urges UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court. Extention of Time will Deny Justice
Published Date: 07/02/2019 (Thursday)
Despite facing serious challenges, Tamil Lawyers Forum have been defending Tamil political victims for over twenty years. In an appeal to UN High-commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Jeria and to UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Tamil Lawyers Forum urged Sri Lanka be referred to International Criminal Court (ICC) and not to give any additional time to Sri Lanka, when Sri Lanka come up for review at the upcoming UNHRC Session in March 2019.
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