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MR in three weddings and three-hour CID interrogation
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
A team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers led by SDIG Ravi Senevirathne and CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekara arrived at the official residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Wijerama Mawatha last Friday (17) at around 11.30 a.m. to record a statement from him based on a previous statement given to the CID by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in connection with the abduction of senior journalist and then Associate Editor of
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Action against Vijayakala: AG advises Speaker
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
The Attorney General has advised Speaker Karu Jayasuirya to examine whether under the current Standing Orders action can be taken against former State Minister, Jaffna District Parliamentarian Vijayakala Maheshwaran over a controversial statement she made recently. If this was not possible, the AG has asked whether the Standing Orders could be amended or
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Open economy destroyed Lankan values: Cardinal
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
The open economy has destroyed the social norms and values practiced by the people of this country, Colombo's Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said. He said this at the festive mass of Our Lady of Madu earlier this week.
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Possibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting next presidential election
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
• SLPP chairman GL Peiris says 19th Amendment not retrospective, so former president could contest; Supreme Court interpretation to be sought • No special “monitoring” allowance for MPs • Coalition partners launch development programmes at lightning speed before polls, but will these win hearts and minds of voters?
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Water supply to Vavuniya District increased by 30%, says Minister Hakeem
Published Date: 18/08/2018 (Saturday)
Only 5% of the population of the Vavuniya District had access to pipe-borne drinking water when he assumed duties under the present government, Minister of Water supply and City Planning and Leader of the Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem said at a meeting held in Mankulam Primary school in Vavuniya on Thursday (16).
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Sri Lanka replaces 'Siva's footprint' board to 'Buddha's footprint'
Published Date: 18/08/2018 (Saturday)
The Sri Lankan state has replaced the name board at the mountain known in English as Adam's Peak, from 'Sivanadi Patham' (Siva's footprint) to 'The Sacred Footprint of Gauthama Buddha'. The move has been condemned by Tamils as further evidence of the Sinhala Buddhisation of Tamil or Hindu historic and cultural references.
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Sri Lanka Searching for Mum, Series 1 Episode 1 of 2
Published Date: 16/08/2018 (Thursday)
Over 11,000 people who were born in Sri Lanka have been adopted overseas. Many of them have grown with little knowledge of the people or culture they left behind. This film follows two women - both adopted as babies - as they return to Sri Lanka to try and find their birth families. They are searching not just for their relatives, but also for a lost identity.
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Japan shifts focus of its development assistance to Indo-Pacific
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Japan is making economic cooperation with the Indo-Pacific region a diplomatic priority, with more than 70% of its official development assistance going there. The move is rooted in Tokyo's unease with Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative -- a massive program of investment in ports and railways in Asia and Africa.
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No need for military aid from US when there is no war – Nalaka Thero
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero says that there Sri Lanka does not need any military aid from the United States as there is no longer a war in the country. The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security with the funds being provided as “foreign military financing”, pending congressional approval.
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Celebrated war hero now sells fish
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The untold suffering and dedication of the war heroes, who were engaged in a thirty-year-armed-conflict, are indescribable. They were once treated as the saviours of this nation. However, this is the tragic story of a war hero, who waged war on behalf of territorial integrity and peace.
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Keith Noyahr Incident: Mahinda summoned by the CID
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has been summoned by the CID to be present at their office on August 17th in order to record a statement relating to the abduction and assaults made on Keith Noyahr journalist of the Nation newspaper. The summons signed by the Senior DIG of the CID Ravi Senevirathne had been handed over at the official residence of the Former President Mahinda Rajapakse in Wijerama Mawatha
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HALO expects to free Jaffna from mines by late 2019
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
HALO Trust, the largest international mine action operator in Sri Lanka, said it’s current chief goal is to complete mine clearance of Jaffna by the end of 2019, as only 24 sq.km. of minefields are remaining there. Since 2002, manual and mechanical clearance teams of HALO Trust have cleared nearly 11.5 sq.km. of minefields and 16.5sq.km. of former battlefield areas in the country
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‘Navy Sampath’ remanded until August 29
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiarachchi also known as ‘Navy Sampath’, arrested for the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths from Colombo, has been remanded until August 29th. He was arrested at Lotus Road by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), yesterday (14).
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Sri Lanka navy chief funded mass-murder suspect: CID
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's chief of defence staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave half a million rupees in cash to help the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest, the Colombo magistrate was told Wednesday. Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the bank of Ceylon to provide details of a navy account from which 500,000 rupees had been given to Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath last year to escape the police net.
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Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
UK funding will help nearly 600 families in the Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu and Batticaloa districts of Sri Lanka. Nearly 600 families resettled on newly released land in the North and East of Sri Lanka will benefit from £1 million from the UK Government to support the provision of basic infrastructure and services.
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JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid Shot at in Delhi, Unhurt; Shooter Escapes
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was shot at outside the Constitution Club today, with eyewitnesses saying that one bullet was fired. Nobody was injured in the incident. Khalid was at Constitution Club to speak at an event called ‘Freedom From Fear’, which was also going to be addressed by Radhika Vemula, family members of lynching victims, The Wire journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Hapur lynching survivor Samaydin and others.
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Police arrest 17 members of sword gangs in North
Published Date: 14/08/2018 (Tuesday)
As a result of the ongoing special operations conducted in the North to apprehend and control the sword gangs, 17 persons have been arrested from the Manippai area, according to the Police Media Spokesman’s Office. In addition, the Police have also seized three motorbikes and two swords that belonged to these arrested gang members. The suspects were produced before the Mallakam courts and two of the suspects were
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US Foreign Military Financing for Lanka
Published Date: 14/08/2018 (Tuesday)
The U.S. Department of State yesterday announced it will provide about $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval. “We look forward to discussing with the Government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka’s humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities,” it said in a statement.
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Statement of the ASSOCIATION CULTURELLE DES TAMOULS EN FRANCE at the 38th regular session of the Human Rights Council ; General Debate under agenda item 8
Published Date: 13/08/2018 (Monday)
The war in the island of Sri lanka in 2009 was not the conflict in itself. The root conflict is the national question of Eelam Tamils rights, which is based on the Right of Self Determination with distinct sovereignty. The paradigm of looking at the conflict as an internal conflict, bound to the perimeters of an existing State, stems from the Pentagon approach, which defines all armed conflict
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MMDA: Who is blocking reform of this discriminatory law?
Published Date: 12/08/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka’s Muslim women are being denied family and other rights available to other women under this country’s Constitution. The government Committee set up nine years ago to reform the outdated and discriminatory Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has finally made its recommendations for change. But, six months later, the government has taken no action. Why this urgently needed reform is being blocked is a mystery. Or is it?
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Is Ethnic Cleansing Coming to India?
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Some four million people in Assam state, nearly all of them Bengali Muslims who have lived in India for more than four decades, are at risk of disenfranchisement after being excluded from the National Registry of Citizens. That will help the Hindu nationalist government in the next general election, but not the goal of peace in Assam. Seventy-one years after the partition of India, and 47 years after the former East Pakistan became Bangladesh, one of the legacies of the messy division of the subcontinent has
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Sri Lanka has positive attitude on conserving Dutch heritage sites
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Leading Dutch Archaeologist Oscar Hefting was in Sri Lanka recently to visit the Dutch heritage sites in the country and discuss measures for their proper conservation. The Dutch East India Company drove out the Portuguese from Sri Lanka in 1636 and established its rule over the maritime provinces. It ended after the British conquered Sri Lanka and ousted the Dutch. Mr. Hefting spoke of similarities between the Galle Fort and the fortified town of Naarden in the Netherlands. He is currently the Director of Dutch Fortress Museum. He shared his thoughts on the Dutch heritage in Sri Lanka in an interview with Daily Mirror.
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Army Embarks on Cultivation of More Than 135,000 Herbal Plants in All SFHQs
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka Army on Thursday (9) morning during an inaugural ceremony at Viharamahadevi Park, headed by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena embarked on another mega nation-building project to plant more than 135,000 herbal saplings inside all island-wide Army formations in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation (SLADC). The Army under the Presidential Secretariat’s ‘Punarudaya’ (Re-awakening) project undertook the responsibility for cultivation of sandalwood, red sandalwood, aloe vera
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Speaker says no provisions to change Opposition Leader
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today informed the House that according to existing Parliamentary norms and the Constitution, he has no provisions to affect any change in the Opposition Leader’s post. The Speaker said that he was declaring his final decision on the situation which has risen with regard to the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament after much deliberation and extensively studying the matter.
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NPC member Raviharan arrested
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Member T. Raviharan was arrested by the Mullaitivu Police this afternoon on charges of unlawful assembly and damaging public properties during a protest held on August 2. The 57-year-old councillor is a resident of Kallapadu, Mullaitivu-North.
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