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Military Propagandists Targeting The HRCSL And RTIC
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Well targeted attacks aimed at the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Chairperson Dr Deepika Udagama by a group of ex-military men appear to be part of a larger strategy aimed at destabilizing Sri Lanka’s independent Commissions, particularly the HRCSL and the Right to Information Commission (RTIC), both of which have been praised locally and internationally for their progressive interventions. This week, the Divaina published a report by blatantly pro-military journalist Keerthi Warnakulasooriya known for his crude propaganda, saying that the RTIC’s recent direction to the Sri Lanka Army
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C’wealth Secretary-General to arrive in SL
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland would arrive in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a four-day official visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry said this would be Dame Scotland’s first visit to Sri Lanka since she assumed the Office of Secretary-General in April 2016. “On August 1, the Secretary-General will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and meet Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana. She will meet Ministers Malik
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Malaysia calls for Sri Lanka FTA
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Malaysia has expressed its strong interest on moving forward on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka that was initially mulled in 2013. “I welcome your interest on an FTA with Sri Lanka about which we agreed in principle. Such an agreement will boost Lanka-Malaysia trade in a great way” said Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathudeen on 25 July in Kuala Lumpur. Minister Bathiudeen was in discussions with the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry YB
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Winning the war and losing the peace
Published Date: 29/07/2018 (Sunday)
This week, an anniversary passed almost unnoticed: it is thirty-five years since ‘Black July’, the anti-Tamil racial riots that became a turning point in the Eelam war. The anniversary hardly merited a mention in the mainstream media which is not shy to commemorate the births and deaths of all types of individuals, most of them politicians who have done more harm than good. Our leaders of today did not issue ‘messages’ to recall the event although Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did. “On this day, we remember the victims of the 1983 anti-Tamil
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Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections
Published Date: 26/07/2018 (Thursday)
Imran Khan declares victory for his Tehreek-e-Insaf party in the contested Pakistani election. The former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections, promising a “new” Pakistan following a vote that was marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence. Khan, who aspires to be the country’s next prime minister, said in a televised address to the nation that “thanks to God, we won and we were successful”.
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Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons – M.C.M. Iqbal
Published Date: 26/07/2018 (Thursday)
The violation of the language rights following the enactment of Official Languages Act No. 33 of 1956, started the process of human rights violations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka which eventually led to the pogroms against them in 1958, 1977, 1983 and the massacres of 2008 -2009. 71 onwards To understand the upsurge of impunity and disappearances of persons in the country, there is a need to look at the insurgency of Sinhala youth in 1971 which was brutally suppressed by
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Sri Lanka remains a ‘Human Rights Priority Country’ for the UK
Published Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka remains a priority country in the United Kingdom’s Annual Human Rights Report 2017. Sri Lanka is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance. The report acknowledges that there has been limited progress in the human rights situation in
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Mannar can be developed as Dubai City: Champika
Published Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Although there’s no sufficient water, Mannar District can be developed as Dubai City, if it’s natural resources are properly managed, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said today. He made this remark while, laying the foundation stone for the new Mannar Bus terminal which is to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 180 million under the Urban Development Authority’s (UDA) ‘Sukitha Purawara’ programme.
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Sri Lankan reform has 'ground to a halt' with torture used freely – UN Coalition government has failed on promise to repeal Prevention of Terrorism Act
Published Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s progress towards reform has “virtually ground to a halt” and brutal torture is used with impunity, the UN concludes in a scathing report on the country’s human rights record. The report, which comes three years after the country appeared to have turned a corner in its history by electing a new coalition government, is published on Monday following a UN visit to Sri Lanka at the request of the government. “None of the measures so far adopted to fulfil Sri Lanka’s transitional justice commitments are adequate to ensure real progress,” it says.
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Why death sentence would be a disaster to the country and the economy
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to reintroduce the death sentence on drug offenders, ending 42 years of moratorium. His desperation at his government’s failure to decisively respond to the resurgence of the underworld is understandable. His desire to project himself as the strongman in the mold of his predecessor was also palpable. In a way, the president’s approach is not much different from that of UNP MP Vijayakala Maheswaran and the high priest of Kandy, both offered their own quick fixes to complex social problems. One wanted Prabhakaran, the other Hitler. The Head of the State ought to have done better.
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Human Trafficking: Skin removal and online porn the latest crimes
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Next Monday, the United Nations marks the World Day against Trafficking in Persons – a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. According to the UN, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that about 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these
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Unless Federal set up established, the majority community will gobble us up
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
• Economic benefits will not solve the ethnic problems • There is nothing for me to respond to TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran • In the absence of US, there are others like UK conscious of Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue • Public perception that there is nexus between Ava group and the security forces • I have no proof of that • South must grant our request • Difficult to gauge India’s role • Tamil Nadu is no longer a factor Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, in an interview with the ,Daily
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Govt. to insert federal constitution to 20A: Gammanpila
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The government was trying to incorporate constitutional changes on Federal lines as an amendment to the 20th Amendment during the committee stage of the debate, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila charged yesterday. Addressing a press conference, he said the Bill for the 20 Amendment was published in the Gazette on July 6,2018 and will be presented to Parliament during the first parliamentary week of August.
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China, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen defense ties
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka and China have vowed to strengthen defense ties at a reception held here at the Chinese embassy to celebrate the 91st founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary, Kapila Waidyaratne, who was the chief guest at the Monday evening event, said China had always been a valuable partner of Sri Lanka and the two nations had enjoyed diplomatic relations for 61 years, supporting each other in the regional and international sphere while making efforts to deepen pragmatic cooperation.
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UN finds a quarter of Sri Lankans aremalnourished
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Nearly one in four people in Sri Lanka live below the internationally recognized poverty level a United Nations report, that measured income levels in 2016, has said. The UN standard measures poverty as an income of less thanUS$2.50 a day about Rs 400, while Sri Lanka has a lower measure around Rs.139 per day. Under that measurement only 4.1 percent of the population is below the poverty line.
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‘Gac fruit’ now in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Department of Agriculture introduced ‘Gac fruit,’ scientifically identified as ‘Momordica cochinchinensis’ to Sri Lanka, that can be successfully cultivated during both dry and wet weather seasons. The fruit that is found throughout the Southeast Asian region from South China to Northeastern Australia contain high contents of carotenoids (more than ten times of carrots), particularly provitamin A beta-carotene and lycopene.
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Probe launched into human bones found during construction in Jaffna
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Jaffna Police said that investigations at the location where human skeletal remains were found while establishing a water supply network near Kalviyankadu area in Jaffna, commenced today (24) under the orders of Jaffna Magistrate’s Court. Jaffna Magistrate Sinnathuray Sathiskaranan inspected the scene, and ordered to carry out investigations at the site under the guidance of Judicial Medical Officer S. Mayuran.
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Most people think world is more dangerous than two years ago - survey
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
From major disaster, conflicts and under-reported stories, we shine a light on the world’s humanitarian hotspots Concerns have risen over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction Most people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a survey released on Tuesday 10 July.
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Eyebrows raised over playing Chinese national anthem before SL’s
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Many an eyebrow has been raised over a government decision to play the Sri Lankan national anthem after that of China, at a state festival, attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday. The ceremony to mark the commencement of the construction of a special 200-bed hospital with Chinese financial assistance to treat kidney patients was held in Polonnaruwa on Saturday with the participation of President Sirisena and Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan.
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Vijayakala’s outburst and Elephant in the room
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The speech by the former State Minister of Children’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran has been magnified in the media as a call by her for the return of an LTTE administration to maintain law and order and secure the safety of women in the North. I have used the term outburst because the content of the speech is not in the form of a considered statement and is more in the nature of an emotional outburst. The sexual abuse
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“SL has become an international Drug trafficking Hub” - Ranjith Madduma Bandara
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
• There is a nexus between drug trafficking and underworld operations • Four underworld kingpins operate from outside the country • Underworld operations during MR rule as well • Crime rate dropped since 2015 • UNP will nominate its own presidential candidate for sure Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, in an interview with Daily Mirror, shares his views on the current crime wave and plans for the elections pending at the moment. The Minister shared the following:-
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Why Beggars cannot be Choosers
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Hobson’s choice is a free choice, in which only one thing is offered. Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing. In other words, one may "take it or leave it". So say most popular dictionary. Prominent female writer, in a very interesting article about the situation in the country, said in the heading that our future political choice is a Hobson’s choice between clowns and murderers. Even if we accept her categorization, how this can be a Hobson’s choice? Clowns means
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Sri Lanka is India’s special, trusted partner in South Asia, says PM Modi
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi make the remark during a video address while flagging off an emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka set up with Indian aid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation.
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HRC Chair hits out at dangerous moves to undermine independent body
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The Human Rights Commission’s (HRC) Chair Deepika Udagama this week denounced what she said were sinister efforts to interfere with the work of her institution and to bully it into adopting specific positions. In recent weeks, the HRC–and, in particular, its Chair–was targeted by nationalist politicians. The attacks were so inflammatory that the Prime Minister’s office issued a statement on Thursday underlining that the HRC was appointed under the country’s constitution to function as an independent entity. It is a serious issue, it held, to publicly threaten the HRC’s Chairperson.
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1990- A NUMBER THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE!
Published Date: 22/07/2018 (Sunday)
The 1990 Sugapaduthum Sevai (Suwaseriya) emergency ambulance service for the Northern Province was launched on Saturday 21st July in Jaffna by P.M. Wickremasinghe and Indian P.M.Modi (via tele link). The Suwaseriya service is a national emergency ambulance service made possible with the help of the Indian people. After the southern and western provinces where the service started in 2016, the Northern Province is the first as part of the national launch. Other provinces will get the service over the next few months with Batti and Trinco due to get it by
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