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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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SLPP rules out rapprochement
Published Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna/Joint Opposition yesterday ruled out the possibility of reunification of SLFP factions under any circumstances. SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris emphasized that the SLFP proposal to field President Maithripala Sirisena as its candidate was not acceptable to the dissident group and therefore that party shouldn’t expect their backing. The SLPP announced its position on the presidential poll, at Nelum Mawatha Office, Battaramulla. Former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris quoted former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as
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Federation of Saiva (Hindu) Temples – UK calls on President Maithiripala Sirisena to review appointment of a Muslim as a Minister for Hindu Affairs
Published Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
In an open letter to the Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Srisena, the Federation of Saiva (Hindu) Temples – UK writes, We, the representative body of 23 Saiva/Hindu temples in the UK, write with deep sorrow, concern and anguish on the subject of much­ publicised appointment of National List MP Kader Masthan as Deputy Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs. Both Hinduism and Buddhism have shared parallel beliefs that have existed side by side for centuries. Both our religions differ with Islam on apostasy, blasphemy, circumcision, consanguineous marriages, idol making, henotheism, social stratification, vegetarianism, and Ahimsa as a virtue
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USA and western nations wont allow Gotabhaya Rajapaksa become President of Sri Lanka
Published Date: 13/06/2018 (Wednesday)
USA and western nations wont allow Gotabhaya Rajapaksa become President of Sri USA and Western Nations Wont Allow Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Become President of Sri Lanka;Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap Bluntly Tells Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa. United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap has reportedly shattered the political ambition of former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to become the next President of Sri Lanka.
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Rehabilitated LTTE cadres give tearful farewell to departing officer
Published Date: 12/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Civil Security Department's (CSD) Commanding Officer in Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Jaffna, Colonel Rathnapriya Bandu was given an emotional send-off yesterday (11) by area residents and rehabilitated former LTTE cadres after he was transferred to Vishwamadu. Colonel Bandu had been the CSD's Commanding Officer in these areas for the past five and a half years and had initiated a programme which recruited rehabilitated former LTTE cadres into the CSD and integrated them back to society.
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Mahinda Rajapaksa always a friend of Muslims - Gotabaya
Published Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
“Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to attend another Ifthar ceremony in Beruwala, while Basil Rajapaksa attended one in Galle, and Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa hosted one at his official residence in Colombo,” he said adding that Mahinda Rajapaksa was a long-standing friend of the Muslim community, locally as well as internationally. “In 1970s, as a young MP, he was the first chairman of the Sri Lanka- Palestine Friendship Association.” “When he was elected President, he inherited a country that was devastated by a 30-year-long war on terror. All of you are aware of the immense hardships that the entire country suffered due to terrorism.
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MR says public calls for Gota to be candidate being considered
Published Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says public calls for his brother to be considered as the Presidential candidate of the joint opposition at the next Presidential elections, is being considered. Responding to a question posed by this journalist over the growing public support for former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be Presidential candidate, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he was aware of the support Gotabaya Rajapaksa has, to be President. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seen as the Presidential candidate of the joint opposition at the 2020 Presidential elections, said that the public opinion on Gotabaya Rajapaksa is being considered.
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Sri Lanka has lost economic sovereignty, target of neoliberal economic hitmen: Tamara Kunanayakam
Published Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Tamara Kunanayakam, formerly a UN official and Diplomat and presently, civil and human rights activist cum public voice maker, presented last week a well-researched paper on the theme ‘Dynamic Inter-relationships among Economic Policy, International Relations And National Sovereignty’ before a fully-packed audience in Colombo. The event had jointly been organised by the newly formed Sri Lanka Association for Political Economy, abbreviated as SLAPE, Colombo University’s Economics Department and its Economics Students Association. A summary of her presentation has been published in Sunday Times (available at: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1044003/lankan-think-tanks-controlled-by-us-alleges-former-lankan-ambassador).
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SLFP should leave the UNP govt. – Former President
Published Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) cannot be build by just changing the positions, says former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. It is not practical run an anti-government campaign while staying in a UNP government and firstly, they should leave the UNP government, stated the former President. Today, the President blames the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister blames the President in public, he said. The leaders of the country acting like this have become a pest to the country, he added.
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More than 700,000 court cases transferred to 2018 from 2017
Published Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
The annual performance report of the Justice Ministry for the year 2017 which was presented to Parliament last week said 705,075 cases have been pending in the year 2017. The report said 4,033 cases were pending in the Supreme Court, 4,932 in the Court of Appeal, 6,097 in Commercial High Courts, 5,833 in Civil Appellate Courts, 17,552 in the High Court, 190,803 in District Courts, 474,552 in Magistrate’s Courts and 1,282 in the Children’s Magistrate’s Courts were pending as of December 31, 2017
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Threatened Sri Lankan priest wins rights prize
Published Date: 11/06/2018 (Monday)
Father Nandana Manatunga champions families of political prisoners as well as victims of torture, rape and other abuses. He visits police stations and army camps seeking justice, including for the loved ones of ethnic Tamils who disappeared after being taken into military custody during the nation's 1983-2009 civil war. Women come to Father Manatunga's office, some in tears, telling of male relatives — mostly sons, husbands or brothers — abducted by military or paramilitary groups. "His office, work and programs are constantly observed by police and the Terrorism Investigation Division," said Lucille Abeykoon, from the Human Rights Office (HRO).
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That powerful reconciliation strategy which Sri Lanka missed
Published Date: 10/06/2018 (Sunday)
In retrospect, one of the greatest missed opportunities of the now doomed Sirisena-Wickremesinghe Unity Government was its failure to grab Sri Lanka’s legal system by its ears (metaphorically speaking), cleanse the Bench of corrupt and politically compromised judges against whom files were stacked up aplenty and demonstrate the power of criminal justice reforms for human rights abuses and corruption to all citizens alike through the length and breadth of the country.
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Northern education system gets bad report
Published Date: 10/06/2018 (Sunday)
Ceylon Teachers Union (CTU) led by Joseph Stalin early this week alleged that the Northern Education System is highly politicized and there is large-scale misuse of power. The Union has now taken up the issue with Northern Governor Reginold Cooray who had promised to call up Provincial Education Ministry officials on 26 June for an explanation regarding the allegations. Ministerial level representatives as well as CTU will be present at this meeting. In a statement released early this week, CTU’s General Secretary Stalin pointed out that education in the North has been highly politicized with politicians and those holding responsible positions in the Education sector ruining the system.
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