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Sri Lankan apparel stands to gain from US-China trade spat
Published Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The apparel industry, which is Sri Lanka’s leading export revenue earner, is set to gain fresh impetus from the U.S. market in the coming months, as American garment importers look for producers outside China due to the increasing threat of a trade war between the two economic giants. “Because of the U.S.-China trade war, some of the U.S. apparel importers who were sourcing their products from China are coming to Sri Lanka,” Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association President Felix Fernando told Mirror Business.
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Lord Buddha’s relics from MSU won’t go to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Vadodara: The relics of Lord Buddha will not be transported to Sri Lanka. The National Museum, part of the Ministry of Culture of Government of India, had last month approached M S University, seeking the relics as a temporary loan from the university. The museum had in turn received a request from the Government of Sri Lanka which had sought the relics that were to be kept in display for people to pay veneration on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on April 30 and a few days later in Sri Lanka. But sources suggest that the idea of transporting the priceless antiquity has now been dropped
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Inequality and the Political Crisis
Published Date: 17/04/2018 (Tuesday)
The fallout of the local government elections continues as a political crisis. The anti-Muslim violence, the no-confidence motion and its defeat are the latest manifestations of a government that is finding it hard to govern. Amid the manoeuvring of political forces and the blame game within the Government, there is also a slow recognition of the economic problems that led to the anti-government vote in February. In the North, a similar anti-incumbent vote against the TNA, has fractured the Tamil electorate, and is also slowly
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“India Will Be There Whenever You Need Us” (If You Do Things Our Way)
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu recently delivered the 14th Annual Sujatha Jayawardena Memorial Oration at the invitation of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo. His oration stressed on the current status of Indo-Sri Lankan relations based on India’s regional policy of ‘Sabika Sath Sabka Vikas’ or ‘Progressing and ‘Neighborhood First.’ Three areas as in relations between the two countries (3 Bs); the Buddhist connection (a pet theory of most visiting Indian dignitaries), Broad friendship between the two nations and Blend of Indian assistance in sync with Sri Lanka’s needs.
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The struggle goes on...
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
The only certainty in their lives was uncertainty – not knowing how long they will live – as they fought someone else’s war for almost 30 years willingly or otherwise. Nine years after the end of the so-called Eelam war between the LTTE and Sri Lankan armed forces, while many things in the country have changed, from infarastructure to a comparatively peaceful environment sans bomb attacks, one thing remains unchanged for them. Once again they live in uncertainty – uncertainty for how long they will survive. It is this insecurity and fear of survival that may have led Emmanuel (44) to do something which he would have never imagined of doing even in his worst nightmare some 30 years
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Lack of professional diversity in politics
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Today’s politics is more about selling your ideas than arguing them. A profession that was once aspired and reserved by lawyers and attorneys have now switched sides into business. An informal study done by a group of journalists into the professions of Sri Lankan Members of Parliament (MP) revealed that the majority of parliamentarians have identified themselves as businessmen. This study however, had its limitations as not all MPs have revealed their professions in their applications.
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What Is China Doing To Pakistan? The Same Thing It Did To Sri Lanka
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
One day, China will turn Pakistan into its own “semi-colony,” as it did recently with Sri Lanka. China has been nice to Pakistan, on the surface that is. It has been building the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will connect Western China with the Indian Ocean, provided of course that India will allow it. That could certainly benefit Pakistan, helping the country make a big step forward, from an emerging to a mature economy, creating a lot of jobs in the process.
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Larijani leaves for Vietnam, Sri Lanka to discuss Syria
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Iran’s Parl. Speaker Ali Larijani heading a delegation has left Tehran for Vietnamese capital Hanoi to discuss bilateral and international issues, particularly the Syrian situation after the recent US-led strikes. Heading a parliamentary delegation, Ali Larijani will also make a visit to Sri Lanka following his stop in Vientnam. Speaking to reporters before departure, Larijani said the aim of his visits is to expand bilateral relations in various fields, and to promote parliamentary cooperation with the two countries.
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Many disappeared Tamil youths still alive in detention camps – detainee
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Many Sri Lankan Tamil youths who were made to disappear by force by the government Security Forces are still alive in detention camps without consciousness due to prolonged torture in the past, a released Tamil political prisoner revealed on Thursday. Navaratnam Nishanthan, who was released from the notorious Boosa detention camp after being acquitted from all charges by a court December last year after nine long years, told
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We have the answer to Geneva
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Over 3,500 reformed LTTE cadres, who are now being employed in the Civil Security Department (CSD) in the Vanni District, pleaded with President Maithripala Sirisena to visit them. The employed cadres who expressed their gratitude to President Sirisena for the decision he took in making them permanent in their employment, after being on probation for almost four years, believe the answer to Geneva Human Rights Council is with them. A group of reformed LTTE cadres, in conversation with Ceylon Today said, their life was in
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Why South Asia’s majorities act like persecuted minorities No conspiracy theory about minorities is too implausible to cause outrage
Published Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
IT IS an unlikely weapon: a scuffed but sturdy Samsonite briefcase, sitting on a desk in a big house in a spacious garden in a prosperous suburb of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Its owner, shaven-headed, bare-shouldered, in bright orange robes and closely resembling Shrek, an adorably grumpy cartoon ogre, looks an equally unlikely warrior. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara says he never travels without the case. Smiling, he pats the black plastic lid and opens it to reveal a heap of well-fingered papers. “This”, he says, “is my evidence.” Mr Gnanasara is a founder of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Power Force, one of
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Welikada Prison incident 2012 CoI recommends prosecution of 6 high-ranking officials
Published Date: 15/04/2018 (Sunday)
The 2015 Committee of Inquiry which probed into the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012 has recommended that six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army be prosecuted under the Penal Code. The Committee of Inquiry into the Welikada Prison Incident – 2012 (C.I.P.I.) has recommended charging six leading figures of the previous regime, under Section 162 of the Penal Code,......which deals with public officers who disobey the directions of the law with the intent of causing injury to persons or the Government. The group includes one official who is currently under remand custody over the matter and another who is currently being
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Iranian parl. ratifies extradition treaty with Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/04/2018 (Sunday)
Iranian MPs approved an extradition treaty between Iran and Sri Lanka on Sunday. A total of 203 lawmakers were present in today’s parliament session, and the bill was ratified by 153 Yes votes, 11 No votes, and 7 abstentions. The treaty which includes an introduction and 21 articles will allow the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to exchange convicts and the related documents.
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Army violates agreement on UN Peacekeeping missions: HRCSL
Published Date: 15/04/2018 (Sunday)
The Sri Lanka Army has sent its troops for UN Peacekeeping missions in Lebanon without obtaining clearance from the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) violating the agreement with the United Nations, HRCSL said in response to several media reports. In a letter sent to President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday, HRCSL Chairperson Dr. Deepika Udagama had explained that the HRCSL was the only body in the country which was permitted to handle the clearance protocol for UN Peacekeeping troops. Dr. Udagama said that HRCSL received applications of 204 soldiers with a letter dated December 21, 2017 by the SL Army however before it concluded the clearance proceedings the HRCSL learned through reports that some 49 soldiers were sent to Lebanon.
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Expose` -Gota and Henda after forming armed intelligence unit killed 130 in 9 years and over 13 of its members ! Cogent evidence -Keerthi Ratnayake a former Intelligence unit officer !
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Ronen Bergman is an Israel investigative journalist who launched a book on 23 rd January 2018. The title of that book was ‘ Rise and kill first : The secret history of Israel’s targeted assassinations’ . The content of the book related to the murders committed by Mossad Organization , and reasons for those crimes. It is common knowledge that Israel was possessed of the most feared ‘hit squad’ alias murder outfit in the world. It is the personal view of the writer that such a squad is necessary for a country for its national security, though an armed intelligence division of a country should
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Why Lanka’s Parliament has declined and decayed
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Let me start with a confession. The last two weeks have been consumed rereading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire parts of which deal with the decline and decay of that most august of bodies, the Roman Senate. Those familiar with the first three volumes cannot miss their influence throughout this essay, but in a pint-sized column such as this it is infeasible to always insert quotation marks or add dutiful ibids. I have also taken tiny liberties with a few quotations. By ‘decline’, in my title, I mean institutional changes, such as anointing Octavian as Augustus, or in our case the executive presidency, which undermined parliament. The
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Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
This is so apparent in a village setting. Kumari remembers distinctly seeing the yellow stalks of paddy harvested and piled in the kamatha; the paddy threshed by a team of buffaloes and the seed measured for division between landlord and cultivator. The measured paddy grain was stored in gunny sacks to be carried to Kumari’s maternal grandparents’ home and to the cultivator’s home. The andé type of paddy cultivation was followed: our fields cultivated by village farmers and the harvest shared between owner and cultivator; equally at the beginning, until in the mid 1950s the Paddy Lands Act was passed decreeing that the farmer gets 2/3rd of the harvested paddy.
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Religionisation Of Politics: Amour Of The Authoritarian Personality
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
We live in dark times, times of lost hope, times of wrecked promises. The common candidate has turned in to a protean political swindler. The autocrat knocks on the door. As the blunt and bright political satirist Art Buchwald put it these are not the best of times or the worst of times. These are the only times we’ve got. New Year festivals are measures of time. From our tribal days, we have relied on festivals and rituals usually linked to harvesting times as a device that offers a renewal of life. On this new year, our nation is focused not so much in a renewal in life but to make sense out of chaos that surrounds us in life.
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SL earns over USD 161mn from UN peacekeeping
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
The Sri Lanka Army has earned more than USD 161 million from UN peacekeeping missions since 2004, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said on Thursday. He said this at the opening ceremony of the Directorate for Overseas Operations (DOO) at the Old Dutch Building in Colombo 3. “Since 2004, Sri Lanka has been earning a minimum of USD 2.5 million per annum from peacekeeping missions overseas. The troops deployed for such assignments benefit financially and through these undertakings, the country amasses foreign remittances that are utilised to train more and more soldiers. Since 1955, a number of 18,179 members attached to
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Parliament won't be dissolved- Austin
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Secretary to the President Austin Fernando says President Maithripala Sirisena has no intention of dissolving Parliament. Speaking to the BBC Sandeshaya the Secretary to the President said the Head of State prorogued Parliament according to provisions vested with the Constitution. Austin Fernando said the time that Parliament will convene on the 8th of May will be notified in due course.
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Reginald Cooray sworn in as Northern Province Governor
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
Reginald Cooray who was sworn in as Central Province Governor yesterday (12) again sworn in as Northern Province Governor in front of President Maithripala Sirisena today (13). The appointment has been made considering the strong demand from the Northern people, Reginald Cooray said while addressing a media briefing held today. “The President had a discussion with all newly appointed Governors today. During the discussion, President informed all Governors except Governor-Rohitha Bogollagama to exchange their governing provinces on a voluntary basis,” Cooray said.
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President clinches deal with UNP to continue coalition
Published Date: 14/04/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) took the unprecedented step of urging ministers of his own party to boycott last Tuesday’s weekly Cabinet meeting – perhaps a first such move in a practising democracy. In doing so, he was cushioning a feared fallout from a widespread call by members of the Central Committee, the party’s policy making body, to quit the coalition or “the national unity Government.” They were to take a final decision at a second CC meeting on Wednesday but Sirisena, though he promised, did not summon one. He may not have wanted to be thrust with a decision to quit the coalition. He told the UNP ministers that most wanted
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Two contentious human rights issues
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
There were two particularly contentious issues which the Commission of Inquiry was looking into. The first was the killing of five youngsters in Trincomalee, where it was clear that Security Forces had breached all norms. Though when I had first heard about the matter I had thought they had reasons to suspect the youngsters of working for the LTTE. about the matter. After I took over at the Secretariat and investigated further, it seemed to me that they had no excuse at all for the killings. I believe the Udalagama Commission, as it was called after its very honourable Chairman, has made this clear, though sadly the Rajapaksa Government failed to publish its findings. Even more culpably, the current Government has done nothing further
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Customs suspect ‘LTTE gold’ smuggled out of north
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
The navy has heightened surveillance and stepped up intelligence gathering as regards gold smuggling operations and its efforts have been crowned with results in the form of increasing detections, Navy Spokesperson, Commander Lankanatha Dissanayake says. Dissanayake said so in answer to a query posed by The Island following the detection by the navy, on Wednesday, of the largest haul of gold, which was being smuggled out of the country this year. The successful anti-smuggling operation was carried out by the North Central Command.
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UN missions: Army seeking way out of Geneva quagmire
Published Date: 13/04/2018 (Friday)
An ambitious Sri Lankan project to enhance its share in lucrative UN peace keeping operations is in jeopardy for want of a cohesive strategy to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the Sri Lankan military. Army Chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake yesterday explained measures that had been taken by military authorities, including a screening process of officers and men in accordance with UN standards. Senanayake said so in response to a query raised by The Island following the inauguration of the Directorate of Overseas Operations (DOO) in Colombo 3 by Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne, PC. However, Waidyaratne, a former senior Senior Additional Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department didn’t meet the press.
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