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HR should be part of daily life – HRCSL Chair
Published Date: 12/12/2018 (Wednesday)
People should learn to think of human rights as a part of their daily life, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), Dr. Deepika Udagama said yesterday (10). Marking the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as a
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The new arms race: American businesses vs. China’s government money How we outsourced foreign aid to private companies
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
In early October, the Trump administration formally rebooted development aid to compete with China’s expansive aid program that seeks to create a new world order for trade. The maneuver was part of the administration’s response to China’s state-driven Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a program that will spend an estimated $1 trillion on development
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PM, ministers not removed; only functions suspended: GL
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The Court of Appeal's restraining order had only stopped the prime minister and the ministers from functioning in their offices and had not declared them unlawful, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) chairman G. L. Peiris said today. He said there was a misconception that the posts of prime minister and those of the ministers had fallen vacant.
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President to appoint new govt. if P’ment undissolved: SLFP
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party yesterday made an “appeal” to the Judiciary to deliver the decision on the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament soon to “save the country from anarchy.”
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Sri Lanka needs its own leaders
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
We are in the era of chaos. Breaking news has now become very common because of some sections of media. People talk about corruption, discipline, and all the weaknesses of politicians. But how many among the general public in Sri Lanka would like to reflect on their own behaviour? A country should be governed by people, not by politicians, but do we have people like that? Many of the so-called ‘general public’ do not have any plan to
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Former DIG Nalaka de Silva further remanded
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
Former DIG Nalaka de Silva, who was arrested by the CID in connection with an alleged assassination plot targeting the President and former Defence Secretary, has been further remanded until December 19. The former Director of the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) was arrested by the CID
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Investigate President’s claims on bribing MPs-TISL
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
Transparency International Sri Lanka has called on the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption to consider the statement by President Maithripala Sirisena in the on-going investigation into allegations of attempts to bribe Parliamentarians.
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Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has given the interim statement on the human rights situation in 2018 in the FCO’s 30 human rights priority countries.
Published Date: 11/12/2018 (Tuesday)
In July, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) published its annual Human Rights and Democracy Report. As ever, the report offered a snapshot of the global human rights situation over the previous year, and gave details of the UK Government’s work to advance universal human rights around the world.
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Sri Lanka President faces fresh challenge over his mental health
Published Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena Monday faced a new challenge from an unexpected source questioning his mental condition to govern the country as a political crisis triggered by him dragged without any sign of resolution. A public interest case was filed by a woman activist identified as Thakshila Jayawardena who argued that “irrational” behavior of the president was due to severe stress of adjusting to an urban life style, depression caused by the recent arrest of his chief of staff while taking a bribe and genetics.
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Ranil adept at playing games only in the party: Navin calls for changing UNP’s structure
Published Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
UNP National Organiser and MP Navin Dissanayake has demanded that changes be effected to the UNP’s structure and the party make the best use of its Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa. Dissanayake said, at a meeting of the UNP’s Hatton-Muskeliya organisation over the weekend, that UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was adept at what he called playing games inside the party, but could not do so
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Ranil won’t be PM even confidence motion passed: PHU
Published Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would not be appointed as the Prime Minster even if the confidence motion would be passed in Parliament, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) said today. The UNP is to move a Confidence Motion on Wednesday in Parliament pledging solidarity with its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister.
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Two pieces of bones in Mannar mass grave bear signs of torture
Published Date: 10/12/2018 (Monday)
The discovery of two pieces of human bones, bound by a cable, has caused serious concern to the experts engaged in excavating the Mannar mass grave; they wonder whether some of the people buried there had been tortured. The two pieces of bone were recovered on Friday (7).
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Nostalgic memories of home of Lankan doctor living in the UK
Published Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
My head gets clouded with images of the past as I write this in the fading twilight of a winter’s day in England. I left the comfort and sanctuary of my home in Sri Lanka for the bright lights of London exactly 44 years ago. Bringing up children and building up a career has taken much time and effort. Now that too seems a distant memory.
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EP Para-military groups still possess weapons - TNPF organizer
Published Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
Tamil National People’s Front Batticaloa District Organizer Suresh Tharmalingam hinted that there are several para military groups which murdered and terrified the people of the Eastern Province in the ‘90s, that have not officially handed over their weapons and it is high time the Government confiscates those weapons.
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Prez making bogus claims about 19A : JVP
Published Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today the President’s claim that 19th Amendment to the Constitution was brought in haste was baseless and said it was discussed for months prior to its approval in Parliament. JVP MP Vijitha Herath told a news conference that the President was trying to take the credit for positives in 19A while passing the buck on the negatives to others.
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Sri Lanka: Tamil Rights Are Human Rights
Published Date: 09/12/2018 (Sunday)
As the Sinhalese in the South rise up in protest against a threat to their democracy and constitution in the wake of a political crisis brought about by a power struggle between two feuding Sinhala parties in Sri Lanka, for Tamils, the subjugated race in the island, there is an urgency which necessitates the reiteration of some historical truths – that needs to be heard by the world, as it celebrates two landmark enactments that restated human rights principles like never before – that Tamil rights and freedoms are not to be trampled upon – that those
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How does the situation in Sri Lanka affect the Diaspora in UK?
Published Date: 30/11/2018 (Friday)
It is now commonplace for the diaspora to talk privately among themselves about the importance of innovation for a new strategy to achieve the goal of visibly helping their kith and kin back home. This soul search has been accelerated recently, after the disruption of life for all citizens of Sri Lanka after two episodes on 26 October and 14 November 2018 respectively, when Parliamentarians “ran wantonly angry at each other,” seemingly at the behest of power hungry men of two political parties, for personal gain.
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Crisis at Sri Lanka’s Core
Published Date: 26/11/2018 (Monday)
Almost four years into the ‘good governance’ government, Sri Lanka’s image of stability and progress unravelled last month in a day. President Sirisena’s sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa followed by the dissolving of parliament and call for fresh elections, ended any semblance of stability. Revealed instead was disregard for the country’s constitution and rule of law, bribery, violence and an entrenched racism which habitually blames Tamils for the state’s woes. Sri Lanka’s latest descent into turmoil highlights once again the simmering crisis of unresolved ethnic conflict that remains at the island’s core.
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Sri Lankan lawmakers punch-up in parliament An MP injured himself trying to rip out the speaker's microphone and had to be taken to hospital.
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka's parliament descended into chaos on Thursday with MPs swinging punches and throwing projectiles a day after legislators voted the "purported" prime minister out of office. "It was difficult to make out immediately who was hitting whom, but several were hurt, but not seriously," an official in parliament told AFP. "The speaker adjourned the House."
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Turn the page: on Sri Lanka crisis Sri Lankan President Sirisena must find a way to work with Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
After three weeks of political turmoil, Sri Lanka’s controversially dismissed Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, appears to have gained the upper hand. A majority of lawmakers backed a no-confidence motion in Parliament against Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former President who was sworn in Prime Minister on October 26. The Speaker declared the motion to have
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CBK accuses SLFPers of betraying peoples’ demands
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that she is watching with concern and regret the efforts by some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members to betray the peoples’ demands for a better Sri Lanka which gained victory on January 8th, 2015. Kumaratunga said that the SLFP, together with most other parties and civil society, built a
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‘GAJA’ moves closer to northern coast of Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Severe Cyclonic storm ‘GAJA’ is expected to cross South Tamil Nadu coast and the center of the system is very likely to move approximately 120km away from the northern coast of Sri Lanka during this evening, said the Department of Meteorology. The severe Cyclonic storm over the Central Bay of Bengal is now located approximately
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President meets Speaker, UNF, TNA & JVP leaders
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
A special meeting is currently underway between President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and the leaders of the parties that supported the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister and the government in Parliament. Leaders of the United National Front (UNF), Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Janatha VImukthi Peramuna (JVP) are participating in the meeting with the President, which is taking place at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo.
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Excavations at Mannar mass grave halted
Published Date: 15/11/2018 (Thursday)
Excavations of the Mannar mass graves have been suspended since Monday. Those in charge of the site said that they had suspended excavations following an order from their superiors in Colombo. The said that they believed the process would resume in two weeks’ time.
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President Sirisena Currently Chairing Meeting With UPFA Parliamentary Group: Cabinet Now Stands Dissolved According To Constitution
Published Date: 14/11/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena is currently chairing a meeting with the UPFA Parliamentary group at the Presidential Secretariat, informed sources told Asian Mirror. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the current political situation with the outcome of the heated parliamentary session this morning.
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