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Mahinda cuts his losses, but…
Published Date: 18/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The irony is true and striking. In the normal course, political leaders enter office in public, celebrating it all, and quit, when it became unavoidable, quiet and withdrawn. Not Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa. So much so when he quit as President after the adversarial electoral verdict in the early hours of 9 January 2015, that was more in the news and in the people’s mind than the ‘advent of democracy’ and the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime
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The Great Game in the Indian Ocean: Modi govt announces massive assistance to the Maldives to counter China
Published Date: 18/12/2018 (Tuesday)
How India is trying to wean the Maldives away from Chinese sphere of influence. On Monday, PM Narendra Modi announced $1.4 billion in financial aid to the Maldives after talks with President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who is on his maiden state visit to India. In a significant move, Solih has chosen India for his first state visit. PM Modi has also attended President Solih’s swearing-in ceremony on November 17.
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China rejects India proposal for trade in local currencies
Published Date: 16/12/2018 (Sunday)
China has not accepted India's proposal to carry out bilateral trade in local currencies which was aimed at bridging the ballooning trade deficit with the neighbouring country, an official said.
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Skeletons of 21 children found in mass grave in Sri Lanka with 'signs of torture' So far 276 skeletons have been exhumed from ‘largest mass grave ever explored on island’
Published Date: 15/12/2018 (Saturday)
Staff dig up skeletons at a site of a former war zone in Mannar, Sri Lanka ( REUTERS ) Excavators in Sri Lanka have found the skeletal remains of 21 children as well as signs of possible torture of the dead in the biggest mass grave in the country’s former civil war zone, Mannar, putting a spotlight on the island’s recent record of human rights violations.
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K.S. Sivakumaran discusses Lankan Tamil culture
Published Date: 14/12/2018 (Friday)
Thamil culture” by K.S. Sivakumaran is to be reminded of the huge cultural gap that exists between the Sinhalese and Tamils, despite all attempts at cultural exchange.
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Sri Lanka\'s UNF expects Wickremesinghe re-appointment, JVP wants \'coup\' leaders punished
Published Date: 14/12/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka\'s United National Front expects appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe to be re-appointed Prime Minister while their opponents said a decision will be taken tonight after the Supreme Court reversed a sacking of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. \"Sri Lanka has a strong democratic traditions, illegitimate acts by the executive or or parliament cannot be sustained over a long period of time,\" Eran Wickremeratne, from the United National Party said.
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‘Citizens’ as suckers
Published Date: 13/12/2018 (Thursday)
So Sri Lanka! That’s a tourism promotional line. It’s more subtle and of course far less pretentious than ‘Aasiyaave Aascharya’ (Miracle of Asia). In a way it’s more ‘Sri Lankan’ come to think of it. In other words, we are a pretty laid back nation. Of course some may disagree. So let’s consider the current political situation.
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Wheelchair Expedition 'Perseverance' Finished in Point Pedro Challenging 'Challenges in Life'
Published Date: 13/12/2018 (Thursday)
The adventurous wheelchair War Hero, Corporal Gemunu Karunarathne of 6 Gajaba Regiment who challenged challenges in life covering his planned distance of 576 km from Point Dondra to Point Pedro within 8 days arrived at his final destination, Point Pedro on Tuesday (11) to be received in a rousing reception, graced by Major General Darshana
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UNP: Purported pact with TNA, forged by SLPP
Published Date: 13/12/2018 (Thursday)
The UNP said yesterday that it would institute legal action against the Podujana Peramuna for circulating a false agreement that the UNP had purportedly entered into with the TNA. UNP MPs Ashu Marasinghe and Mujibur Rahuman, addressing the media at Temple Trees, yesterday evening, challenged the authors of the false agreement to a television debate."They
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Diasporas as a force in foreign affairs: the case of Tamils in Britain and Canada
Published Date: 13/12/2018 (Thursday)
A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events.
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Life in 'slavery' or as a refugee? Cuban doctors' stark choice in Brazil
Published Date: 13/12/2018 (Thursday)
Isabela, one of more than 8,000 Cuban health workers in Brazil, saw two options when her country abruptly ended the agreement that brought her there: life as a 'slave' or a refugee. She chose to defect because of what she says is a "lack of freedom" to choose where to work, despite the fact her decision is likely to keep her away from her family for years.
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US lawmaker seeks an end to Chinese debt trap
Published Date: 13/12/2018 (Thursday)
Asserting that Sri Lanka was forced to surrender the sovereignty of its deep-water port, Hambantota, a powerful US lawmaker on Tuesday sought an end to the Chinese debt trap. China was defrauding small countries with nonviable infrastructure projects and was charging exorbitant rates that the poor countries could not afford, alleged Congressman Dana
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US envoy called upon to exercise diligence - Cabraal
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The comments made by new American Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz that Sri Lanka’s economy is in bad shape after October 26, is erroneous and damaging, said former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal. He hoped that the foreign mission will be magnanimous enough to correct their statements. “I don’t think it’s a fair comment to make.The new ambassador does not know much. They should have had the care and foresight to refer to previous reports that also emanated in the
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Lanka’s high ageing population, a cause for concern - WHO
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
WHO Representative Dr. Olivia Nieveras said the WHO selected Sri Lanka to hold the World Health Day this year in recognition of the significant health achievements in Sri Lanka. The social investments such as female education in Sri Lanka has helped the country to achieve good health outcome, she said.
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Estate workers protest against Thondaman
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
Estate workers in several areas have launched protests in opposition to the Chairman of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress and Nuwara Eliya District Parliamentarian Arumugan Thondaman. The protesters claimed that MP Thondaman had instructed estate workers to call off the strike and return to services, without providing a solution to the strike held over several days, demanding a daily wage of Rs.1,000.
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TNA says its support was conditional
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today that its support for the vote of confidence on United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was conditional to the granting of power devolution to the north and the east, the release of political prisoners and the land. TNA MP for Jaffna district Dharmalingam Sidaththan told Daily Mirror that his party extended conditional support for Mr. Wickremesinghe to get the required majority to become the Prime Minister.
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Teach everyone’s history for reconciliation
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
In Grade 3, my Social Studies textbook described Sri Lanka as being a multicultural country, where people of all ethnicities lived together in harmony. What is ironic, and what my eight-year-old self didn’t realise, is that this was what I was being taught while the country was in an ethnic civil war.
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First comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organized by a U.S. museum opens in Los Angeles
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is presenting The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka, the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organized by a U.S. museum. Drawn in part from LACMA’s collection of Sri Lankan art, and including numerous domestic and international loans, the exhibition presents some 240 works addressing nearly two millennia of Sri Lankan history. In 2009, Sri Lanka emerged from a nearly 30 yearlong civil war fought along ethnic and religious divides. The Jeweled Isle presents a timely exploration and celebration of a geographically complex, ethnically diverse, and multicultural South Asian hub.
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New study estimates 500 Tamils disappeared in Army custody in Sri Lanka after surrendering at the end of the war in 2009.
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan army must explain to the families of the disappeared and missing what happened to an estimated 500 Tamils who disappeared in their custody at the war end on/around 18 May 2009, said two international NGOs who have been collating and analysing lists of names
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Ancient grape seeds may link Sri Lankan trading port to Roman world
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
Visit Mantai, nestled into a bay in northwestern Sri Lanka, and today you’ll see nothing but a solitary Hindu temple overlooking the sea. But 1500 years ago, Mantai was a bustling port where merchants traded their era’s most valuable commodities. Now, a study of ancient plant remains reveals traders from all corners of the world—including the Roman Empire—may have visited or even lived there.
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Mannar mass grave: Skeletal remains of 21 children unearthed
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
Three skeletal remains uncovered at the mass grave found in Mannar appear to have been tied with some substance, according to the Judicial Medical Officer in charge of the inspection Dr S. Rajapaksa stated yesterday (11). These skeletal remains have been submitted to the Mannar Magistrate and future inspections
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HR should be part of daily life – HRCSL Chair
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
People should learn to think of human rights as a part of their daily life, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), Dr. Deepika Udagama said yesterday (10). Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as a
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The new arms race: American businesses vs. China’s government money How we outsourced foreign aid to private companies
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
In early October, the Trump administration formally rebooted development aid to compete with China’s expansive aid program that seeks to create a new world order for trade. The maneuver was part of the administration’s response to China’s state-driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a program that will spend an estimated $1 trillion on development
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PM, ministers not removed; only functions suspended: GL
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The Court of Appeal's restraining order had only stopped the prime minister and the ministers from functioning in their offices and had not declared them unlawful, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) chairman G. L. Peiris said today. He said there was a misconception that the posts of prime minister and those of the ministers had fallen vacant.
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President to appoint new govt. if P’ment undissolved: SLFP
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party yesterday made an “appeal” to the Judiciary to deliver the decision on the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament soon to “save the country from anarchy.”
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