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“Green Trincomalee” is planning legal action against Indo-Sri Lankan Power Project in Eastern Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/04/2016 (Monday)
The environmental NGO “Green Trincomalee” is planning legal action against the proposed Indo-Sri Lankan project to build a 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Sampur in the predominantly Tamil speaking Trincomallee District According to Green Trincomalee leader Thirunavukkarasu Gopahan the environmental impact study done by the Central Environment Authority was conducted when there were no people in the area.
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Sri Lanka Army To Respond To US Human Rights Report
Published Date: 18/04/2016 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Army will respond to a US State Department report on human rights, based on the decisions taken by the government in this regard. Military Spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera told The Sunday Leader that the military will act upon the instructions given to them by the government, and that the government will take a decision on the matter shortly.
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Mittal’s 65,000 steel houses under fire from Lankan experts
Published Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
The proposed steel houses for the war-affected have inadequate foundations, insufficient roof support, are at risk of corrosion, are poorly ventilated and have no hearth and chimney, Moratuwa Universtiy experts have found after a detailed technical study. The controversial dwellings — erected by the Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal — also have poor or non-existent capacity for extension or repair, a much shorter life span than block wall houses, are unlikely to create a sense of ownership, unlikely to foster the local economy and generate employment and are at least double the cost of a block wall house, the experts have warned.
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Special round-table discussions over national security are to begin soon.
Published Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
Arrangements are underway to hold special round-table discussions on national security headed by the President and Prime Minister soon. The discussion will be based on a report that the national intelligence Unit has prepared on the national Security in response to comments by the Joint Opposition and some other parties over national security.
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Sri Lanka – India Naval cooperation strengthened.
Published Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
Navy Media Spokesperson, Captain Akram Alavi announced that three Indian naval vessels have arrived in Sri Lanka for a joint Naval exercise. The three ships are currently docked at the Colombo harbor. The Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron comprising the INS Tir , INS Sujatha and Coast Guard Ship Varuna, arrived at the Port of Colombo on a training visit on Friday, 15 April. They are expected to leave on 19 April.
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Sri Lanka to elect New IGP soon
Published Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
The Parliamentary constitutional council has called in Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Neil Iddawela said DIGs C.D. Wickramaratne, Pujith Jayasundara and S.M. Wickremasinghe to attend a meeting on April 18 to choose the new Inspector General of Police (IGP). IGP is the most senior police officer in Sri Lanka who will oversee all police personnel (around 85,000) throughout the country.
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Increase in Dengue patients reported in 2016
Published Date: 16/04/2016 (Saturday)
The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health reported that they have registered 14204 Dengu patients this year, which is an increase from previous years. The Ministry of Health said the highest number of patients reported were from the Colombo district, numbering 4919; one thousand seven hundred and twelve (1712) patients from the Gampaha district, 1111 from the Jaffna district and 848 from the Kalutara district were among the reported.
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Rona Ambrose, the Leader of the Official Opposition, concludes successful meeting with members of the Tamil community of Canada
Published Date: 16/04/2016 (Saturday)
Members of the Tamil community of Canada met with Rona Ambrose, the Leader of the Official Opposition and interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, to express their concerns and opinions on issues that affect Tamils at home and abroad. A number of Tamil organizations were in attendance, including the National Council of Canadian Tamils, Mississauga Tamil Association, Durham Tamil Association, and Markham Tamil Organization.
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Bhadanta Pragyanand - The last surviving Sri Lankan monk who converted 'Baba Saheb' to Buddhism
Published Date: 15/04/2016 (Friday)
On 14th April, when the nation is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar – the chief architect of Indian Constitution, the spotlight is back on a 90-year-old monk who converted him to Buddhism. Bhadanta Pragyanand, the 90-year-old Buddhist monk who is bed-ridden, is the only surviving monk among the seven priests who witnessed the spiritual makeover of Dr Ambedkar on October 14, 1956.
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Dr BR Ambedkar was `Vishwa Manav`, says PM Narendra Modi
Published Date: 15/04/2016 (Friday)
Paying homage to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhimrao Ambedkaron his 125th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the architect of the Indian Constitution was a 'Vishwa Manav', who devoted his life in service of the poor and the marginalised. "On his Jayanti, I bow to the venerable Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Jai Bhim.," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.
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British Prime Minister sends New Year message to all Sri Lankans
Published Date: 15/04/2016 (Friday)
British Prime Minister David Cameron sending his best wishes to everyone in Britain and Sri Lanka celebrating “Aluth Avurudda” and to all Tamil communities celebrating “Puthandu” today, said he hopes the Sri Lankan New Year will bring the communities closer together in helping to heal the wounds of the past. The British Premier in a message wishing the Sri Lankans celebrating the Sinhala and Tamil New Year today “a very happy and prosperous new year” said he looks forward to working with the Sri Lankan government.
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Religion and politics block development of new deep water route between India and Sri Lanka Ruling party blocks Sethusamudram project despite Modi’s maritime vision
Published Date: 14/04/2016 (Thursday)
WHILE Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged a port-led economy for India, an audacious campaign by New Delhi to create a deepwater shipping lane between the southern tip of India and Sri Lanka is turning out be self-defeating. The Sethusamudram project, for which the previous Indian government, led by the National Congress party, sanctioned $124m on June 30, 2012, has stalled due to opposition from environmentalists, political parties and religious groups.
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UK Labour Party backs self-determination for Tamils
Published Date: 14/04/2016 (Thursday)
The Labour Party has reaffirmed its strongest possible support for the Tamil people, both in the UK and in Sri Lanka, at the Tamils for Labour event in the Houses of Parliament. Almost 200 members of the Tamil community attended a meeting hosted by the Vice Chair of the Tamil All Party Parliamentary Group (APPGt), Joan Ryan MP, which was addressed by leading figures within the Labour Party, including the Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP and the Senior Vice Chair of the APPGt Siobhain McDonagh.
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“Torture, sexual violence, corruption, and human rights abuses continue in Sri Lanka: US Sri Lanka 2015 Human Rights Report
Published Date: 14/04/2016 (Thursday)
US Secretary of State John Kerry released the US Department of State of Country Report on Human Rights Practices on Wednesday 13, April 2016. The report note that human rights violations by Sri Lankan security forces in 2015 include harassment, arbitrary detention, torture and rape. Several violations from the North-East Tamil homeland was cited in the report, and said widespread impunity for the crimes committed during the armed conflict and other crimes committed following the end of the conflict, particularly for cases of torture, sexual violence, corruption, and human rights abuses, continued.
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“Past year’s accomplishments in Sri Lanka historic”: US Secretary of State John Kerry
Published Date: 13/04/2016 (Wednesday)
US Secretary of State John Kerry says the past year’s accomplishments in Sri Lanka have been historic. In a message to mark the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Kerry said that Sri Lanka has demonstrated deep commitment for reconciliation, tolerance and peace.
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Defense Secretary denies TNA allegations on land acquisitions by security forces.
Published Date: 12/04/2016 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi today stressed that the security forces will not take back the lands in the North as some groups have alleged. The security forces have been accused of attempting to re-acquire the land in Kayts area of Jaffna at a time while the government is gradually returning the land in the North and East taken by the security forces during the war to the rightful owners.
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Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 12/04/2016 (Tuesday)
146,679 Tamils are still unaccounted for following the 26 years old civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government. Tamils had great trust in the international justice mechanisms and lobbied the U.S., UK, India, France, Canada and Australia in an effort to seek justice. They argued their case with international human rights groups when the UN failed to acknowledge the genocide that had taken place.
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Sri Lanka: Does Rajapakse smell an Opportunity?
Published Date: 11/04/2016 (Monday)
Yahapalana’ is a term that has been much in use in Sri Lanka’s political discourse ever since the present government came to power early last year. ‘Yahapalana’ is a Sinhala word, and means ‘good governance’. The Sirisena Government was voted into office in the January 2015 election on a promise of ‘good governance’. But one year down the road, the term has acquired other shades of meaning that are not always complimentary, and sometimes sarcastic. Like recently, when Sri Lanka had an island-wide power breakdown lasting over six hours, it was described as ‘Yahapalana shining’.
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Refugee-returnees ask for land and housing
Published Date: 11/04/2016 (Monday)
Land and housing are the two major issues that need to be addressed satisfactorily, say refugees who have returned to Sri Lanka’s North from their camps in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India. Only then, the say, can there be a large scale voluntary repatriation of refugees. Anjana Devi and Indira Gandhi, who returned to Sri Lanka 12 years ago, say those who own land in the North should be given a financial package for constructing new houses or rebuilding their old ones.
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US - Sri Lanka military ties
Published Date: 11/04/2016 (Monday)
The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet Flagship, USS Blue Ridge, arrived in Colombo on March 26 for a five-day visit, with 900 sailors on board. This is the first time in five years that a US navy vessel has docked in Colombo. Marking the event, the Seventh Fleet command said the visit aimed to “build new ties and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.” Part of the US Pacific command, the Seventh Fleet is the largest of the US Navy and conducts “forward deployed naval operations in support of US national interests in the Indo-Asia Pacific area.”
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Mixed feeling among refugee returnees
Published Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
Nirmala Devi, a mother of two growing children, is happy that she is back in Vavuniya, her husband’s place, after having lived in Tamil Nadu as a refugee for 23 years. She returned to Sri Lanka in 2013 along with her husband and the children. “We wanted to raise our children in the right way” is her answer why she and her husband decided to come back. “And, that’s not possible in a camp for refugees,” she says nonchalantly. Her parents and younger sister are still in camps of Karur and Coimbatore. “I won’t compel them to return. The decision should be theirs,” she points out.
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Code of Ethics for Sri Lankan MPs
Published Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka\'s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that he has proposed a code of ethics for the members of parliament for the purpose of building a disciplined and exemplary legislature. Jayasuriya told BBC Sandeshaya the proposed code of ethics was prepared by taking advice from many other countries and using those already established by other countries as the base
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China, Sri Lanka issue joint statement on cooperation
Published Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
China and Sri Lanka yesterday issued a joint statement to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields. The statement was issued before Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe concluded his four-day official visit to China.
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President Sirisena disclose former president’s security detail
Published Date: 09/04/2016 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a meeting in Bibila yesterday, responded to the allegations raised recently about curtailing the security personnel of the former president Mahinda Rajapakse by saying, The former President Rajapkasa had a security of 226 personnel from different ranks from the Army and the Police.
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Sri Lanka is neither pro-India nor pro-China: Ranil
Published Date: 08/04/2016 (Friday)
A year ago, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had just then returned to power after a gap of over 10 years, chose Guruvayur, a temple town in India’s southern State of Kerala, to make a pertinent observation on his country’s ties with two big neighbours, India and China. “Sri Lanka is neither pro-India nor pro-China” was his crisp comment. Mr. Wickremesinghe, now on his maiden tour to China, is acutely conscious of the need for reliance on big powers in the world for economic development of his country, which is making efforts to achieve reconciliation among various ethnic communities after the 26-year-long civil war.
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