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‘Confusion worse confounded!’
Published Date: 22/07/2018 (Sunday)
One of the biggest issues across all communities in Sri Lanka is related to land which is creating rifts between the State operators and the public. A proper mapping of forest land and wildlife is not physically handled but following the Google map is the main hindrance to the demarcation of land, several officials in the North and East claimed.
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Sri Lankan Tamil parties pull in different directions Posted on July 19th, 2018
Published Date: 21/07/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s Tamil leaders are pulling in different directions on crucial issues of common concern to the Tamils of the island. The Chief Minister of the Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, is stubbornly adhering to his position that a political solution of the Tamil question should precede economic development.
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Number of modern slaves estimated 'hidden' in UK rises tenfold to 136,000
Published Date: 20/07/2018 (Friday)
Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday - a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said. About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the crime affects 40 million globally.
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Push No One Behind
Published Date: 20/07/2018 (Friday)
Development is a disruptive process. It changes people’s lives, often for the better, though it sometimes bypasses them, leaving them behind. But for too many, the kind of development that prevails today pushes them behind, making them worse off in absolute terms, reducing their standard of living, depriving them of their livelihoods, and in the worst cases, depriving them of their lives. Schumpeter recognised the ‘creative destruction’ of innovation, driving some businesses out of the market and ushering in new, more productive, ones. In Silicon Valley they say, ‘Move fast and break things’. But all too often, if development is driven by the interests of powerful and wealthy owners of economic, social and political resources, what gets destroyed and broken is not just businesses and things, but people.
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MR to miss Parliament debate on New York Times allegations today
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s Parliament is scheduled to debate the allegations made in a New York Times investigation detailing how China seized ownership of the Hambantota Port and accusing the former government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa of corruption. The United National Party (UNP) is expected to table the relevant Adjournment Motion for the debate.
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Kleptocracy of Sri Lanka
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The recent news of a Government member directly engaged in interactions with underworld figures who have been recruited as the said Minister’s security detail has become the latest report to trend. Yet, it does not come as a surprise to many. By now, our society has become riddled with corrupt politicians, politician puppets strung up by malicious figures, criminals turned politicians and vice versa, political leaders who cover up and defend high profile criminals and such.
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Ukrainian border guards detain illegal migrants from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
Border guards of the Lviv and Lutsk detachments and the operative and search unit of the Eastern Regional Directorate have detained 13 illegal migrants - from Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service has reported. "Border guards spotted six foreigners who did not have any documents with them and watched two people cross the Western Bug River along the border line. Border guards
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Disabled Soldiers’ Association seeks Supreme Court intervention
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The Sri Lanka Disabled Soldiers’ Association has complained to the Supreme Court that when its members had gathered peacefully to protest against the non-payment of their pensions and the other due compensation the police arrested the petitioners. The petitioners have said they served in the North, during the country’s war against terrorism and suffered disabilities. They served in the army for over ten years and were eligible for pension.
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New Constitution: TNA seeks int’l backing for its cause
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday reiterated its call for the enactment of a new Constitution before the end of this year. TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan told the visiting Belgium-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group it was important to enact the new Constitution this year.
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Sri Lanka charges man deported from family by Australia
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan deported by Australia even though his partner had refugee status there was charged upon his return with illegally leaving his home country. Thileepan Gnaneswaran, who was separated from his wife and 11-month-old daughter, arrived in Colombo Tuesday along with another 17 who had also their asylum applications rejected by Australia.
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Ian Paisley could face byelection after breaking Commons rules
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Ian Paisley was found to have engaged in ‘paid advocacy’ after his trips to Sri Lanka. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA The Democratic Unionist party MP Ian Paisley could be forced to stand down and face a byelection after a serious breach of parliamentary rules.
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Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Journalists and media activists have cautioned against Sri Lanka’s newfound press freedom as the country heads to the polls in 2020. Separate incidents of hate-speech against a Muslim minority—and the subsequent shutdown of social media platforms—and the harassment of reporters critical of the country’s opposition have led some to believe that the changes in media independence could reverse.
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A/Level tuition classes banned from 31st July
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
The Department of Examinations says the conduct of tuition classes for the 2018 Advanced Level Examination that commences on the 6th of August will be prohibited by the 31st of July. Accordingly the order will be in effect from the midnight on the 31st of July to the 1st of September
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Sri Lanka has taken important steps to break the link between power and corruption – President tells OGP Global Summit
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country. He made this statement at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbillisi in
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Memo to Sri Lanka Office of Missing Persons (OMP) By Tamil Mothers of Disappeared About Why They Lack Confidence In OMP
Published Date: 17/07/2018 (Tuesday)
We search our loved ones- including several babies, girls and children - whom we personally handed over to Sri Lankan forces at the end of war in May 2019 Memorandum to the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) by Tamil Mothers of the Disappeared about why we lack confidence in OMP
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New Constitution : ‘Zero draft’ ready to go
Published Date: 16/07/2018 (Monday)
The much awaited report of the constitutional Expert Panel, also known as the ‘Zero draft’, which is expected to form the basis for the final draft of Constitution, will be presented to the Steering Committee when they meet on Wednesday, July 18, authoritative sources told the Sunday Observer.
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Hindu group protests against Muslim teachers wearing abaya
Published Date: 16/07/2018 (Monday)
Fathima Rameez had been teaching at Shanmuga Hindu Ladies College for five years and never feared for her safety in Trincomalee, a port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka. But that all changed on April 24. Early that morning, near the school, four men tried to attack another Muslim teacher with sticks. When Rameez arrived at work, 150 Hindu protesters were outside the school demanding five female Muslim teachers stop wearing their abaya robes.
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India wants Sri Lanka to expedite joint projects
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
India has sought Sri Lanka’s cooperation in swift completion of joint ventures, amidst anxiety in South Block over apparent delays in taking India-assisted projects in the island forward. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, here on a one-day visit, called on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday, and conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s keen interest in seeing the projects expedited, sources said. The talks, both with Mr. Sirisena and Mr. Wickremesinghe, were largely focussed on key Indian projects, such as the proposed joint venture to run the Mattala airport in the island’s Southern Province; an LNG terminal near Colombo, and the joint development of the oil storage facility in the eastern port town of Trincomalee, The Hindu reliably learns.
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Rights groups slam Cardinal
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners, whilst condemning Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith’s approval of the Government’s decision to enforce capital punishment on certain categories of drug-related convicts, called on the President to appoint two commissions to probe political involvement in the drug mafia and why the Department of Prisons cannot enforce the law applicable to Prisons. Addressing a press conference, organized by the Committee yesterday (13), Chairman of the Committee, Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera noted that while it was the High Court that was the Court of first jurisdiction to pronounce a death sentence, there were issues in relation to whether the Police, which, as the law enforcement authority investigating an alleged criminal
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Shocking, shameful; about 1,000 abortions daily in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
Last Wednesday July 11, was World Population Day and the United Nation’s Fund for Population Activities in a statement says, the international community should focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year’s theme is “Family Planning is a Human Right.” According to the UNFPA, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right. The Teheran Proclamation states, “Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” The UNFPA says that tragically reliable family planning methods are out of reach for hundreds of millions of people. Many resort to unsafe, unreliable methods, some of which
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TNA seeks more Thai investments
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
Tamil National alliance (TNA) Chief and the Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan yesterday urged the visiting Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-Cha to encourage more Thai private sector investments in the Northern and Eastern provinces. The call for further Thai investments was made after Sampanthan thanked the Thai leader for setting up a sugar factory in the North. Premier Prayut Chan-o-Cha met Sampanthan in Colombo yesterday. TNA Jaffna District MP M. A. Sumanthiran was also present.
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Army in UN missions: Lebanon deployment extended pending HRCSL vetting of fresh contingent
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) and Sri Lanka Army (SLA) are in the process of working out modalities in respect of overseas deployments under UN command. A senior military officer told The Island that the SLA was confident that a consensus on Standard Operational Procedures (SOP) could be finalised soon. "We are working closely with the HRCSL," the official said, asserting that the proposed guidelines could streamline the ongoing vetting process. The official emphasized that SLA had no issue with the vetting process undertaken by the HRCSL in accordance with agreement between the government and the UN finalised in June, 2016.
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Navy is warned to be alert on possible submarine attacks threats – PM
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe states that the Navy has been informed to alert on a possible submarine attack threat. He stated this at an event held in Colombo. Addressing the event, Prime Minister said: “Now we have a new concept, the ‘Indo-Pacific’, put forward by the USA. China views the Indo-Pacific as a mechanism for containing China in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and thereby increasing its strategic vulnerability. Now we have also seems to have got caught on it.”
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3rd International Housekeepers Summit 2018 records overwhelming response with over 300 hospitality delegates from 14 countries
Published Date: 14/07/2018 (Saturday)
The 3rd International Housekeepers Summit 2018 held at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 4 & 5 received over 300 delegates from 14 nationalities thereby making the event a remarkable one as Asia’s one of the largest gatherings of hospitality professionals. Delegates comprising of hospitality housekeepers, general managers, FM professionals, purchase managers, and others who gathered at the two-day summit represented various countries including India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, UAE, Vietnam, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Finland, and Philippines. The two-day summit addressed essential topics including, raising the revenue graph of a hotel through better housekeeping practices; understanding the Linen Logic and processing linen in hotel laundry; targeting training needs of housekeeping; knowing the intricacies of
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Fears that Sri Lanka death penalty moves will hit GSP+ access
Published Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
Fears are rising that Sri Lanka’s plans to execute drug dealers, ending a 42-year moratorium on carrying out the death penalty, may endanger the GSP+ free trade concessions with the European Union (EU), industry analysts say. The European Union frowns on the death penalty, which is no longer carried out in many countries, and calls itself 'the leading institutional actor and largest donor in the fight against death penalty worldwide'. "Capital punishment is inhumane, degrading and unnecessary," the European Commission says.
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