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Govt. provides every possible facility to war heroes
Published Date: 09/04/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena says the government will take every possible action to provide facilities for the brave war heroes who fulfill their duties towards Motherland. He made these remarks participating as the Commander in Chief at the passing out parade of Maduraoya Special Forces Training School (SFTS), today (09). Seven officers and 189 other rankers who had successfully completed the Special Forces (SF) Basic Training Course at SFTS passed out today.
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TNA won’t field Wiggy again
Published Date: 09/04/2018 (Monday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna District MP and party spokesman M. A. Sumanthiran yesterday announced in Jaffna that current Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswarn wouldn't be fielded again on the TNA ticket at the next provincial council polls scheduled for the latter part of this year. The announcement was made amidst continuing differences between the top TNA leadership and Wigneswaran.
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NPC member to protest illegal settlements
Published Date: 09/04/2018 (Monday)
Provincial Councillors in the North are set to stage a mass protest, outside the Mullaitivu District Secretariat tomorrow (10), against creating new settlements by bringing outsiders in the Mahaweli development area of the Mullaitivu District. The protest, to create awareness on illegal settlements in the district will commence at 3p.m. tomorrow according to Northern Provincial Councillor T. Raviharan. The Provincial Councillor also said that memorandums urging to stop the illegal settlements in the district would also be handed over to the Mullaitivu District Secretary to be sent to the President and the Prime Minister.
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Rs 16M to restore 72 Hindu temples
Published Date: 09/04/2018 (Monday)
Hindu places of worship, in the Eastern Province, that were damaged during the separatist war are to be restored. Funds for the renovation of damaged Hindu temples, in the Batticaloa and Ampara Districts, were distributed to the trustees of the temples at the Navatkuda Cultural Hall in Batticaloa on Saturday (07). Rupees 12 million has been set apart for the renovation of 55 temples in the Batticaloa District, while Rs 2 million has been earmarked for the reconstruction of 16 temples in the Ampara District. At the same time, the Swami Vipulananda Memorial Hall at Karaitivu
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PM made deal with TNA to defeat no-faith motion: SLPP
Published Date: 09/04/2018 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today claimed that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had made a deal with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to get its support to defeat the no-confidence motion against him. It said TNA MP Selvam Adaikalanathan has revealed that the two factions had agreed to 10 conditions if the TNA was to vote against the no-confidence motion. SLPP Chairman G.L. Peiris said according to the agreement 650 acres of land occupied by the armed forces in the North was to be released to their owners.
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Risotto From Sri Lanka Is Just as Good
Published Date: 08/04/2018 (Sunday)
If you’re tired of reading terrible things about immigrants — how they never integrate, how they rape and steal, how they deal drugs, how they create “no-go zones” in European cities — here’s a success story to ponder. I’d say there are millions of such stories across Europe. It concerns Ramesh Kumar Balakrishnan, whose first job in Italy was as a babysitter. His language tutor was 5 years old. The little boy would correct him when he made a mistake — “Non dire cosí,” or “Don’t say it like that.” That was back in 1997. Balakrishnan, still a teenager, had just arrived from Sri Lanka — where a longstanding civil war was raging — with a high school degree and little else. His
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New Year gift to North: Army to free 650
Published Date: 08/04/2018 (Sunday)
As a “New Year Gift” to the people in the North, the Army is releasing 650 acres of privately owned lands in the High Security Zone (HSZ), including lands in Palali in the Valikamam North Divisional Secretariat Division in Jaffna. The lands had been occupied by the security forces since 1990. The 20 km road leading from Point Pedro to Kankesanthurai (KKS), along the coastal area will also be opened to the public from April 16 from 6 am to 6 pm.
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No strings attached to no-faith vote - TNA
Published Date: 08/04/2018 (Sunday)
Debunking the conspiracy theory that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) support for the Prime Minister at last week’s No Confidence vote had hinged on 10 tough conditions, the country’s main Tamil party said their primary objective in voting against the Joint Opposition motion was to ensure the continuity of the Government of National Unity, so that it can meet its 2015 pledges of reform and democratisation. Speaking to the Sunday Observer, TNA Spokesman and Jaffna District Lawmaker, M.A. Sumanthiran said the TNA had merely pointed out three areas where the Government’s attention needed to be focused immediately. These included the return of lands, answers for families of the disappeared, the release of political prisoners and employment issues in the North and the East.
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President, PM in late night talks on coalition future
Published Date: 08/04/2018 (Sunday)
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe led a UNP delegation for late night talks with President Sirisena at the latter’s Paget Road residence yesterday, to reach a consensus on how to work together in the aftermath of the divisive no-faith vote last week. Accompanying the Premier to the meeting were UNP Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Malik Samarawickrema, Vajira Abeywardane and Kabir Hashim. The two leaders decided that a cabinet reshuffle would take place next week. The talks ended positively with both leaders keen to find a way to work together again to fulfill outstanding promises of their 2015 mandate, highly placed sources told Sunday Observer. It was the second meeting between President Sirisena and the Prime Minister on the future of the coalition since last week’s no-confidence vote.
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Sri Lanka: base for the Asian great game?
Published Date: 07/04/2018 (Saturday)
A recent talk by the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, received wide media coverage in Colombo, with almost all newspapers picking up one point. “Our aid is not to raid or invade,” he had said. The Indian envoy made the reference to India’s development assistance while delivering a talk on India-Sri Lanka relations in the light of New Delhi’s “neighbourhood-first” policy. In an address that elaborately traced the close historic and cultural ties between the people of the two countries, there was a clear articulation of how India sees itself and its foreign policy, particularly in the neighbourhood, where New Delhi’s preoccupation with China’s growing presence is no secret.
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Plastic crisis: divert foreign aid to dumpsites in developing countries
Published Date: 07/04/2018 (Saturday)
Plastic pollution in the oceans is a major problem that is finally getting the attention it deserves, thanks to Blue Planet II. It makes headline news almost every week – and famous figures such as the Pope, Prince Charles, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir David Attenborough have all joined the debate. Regular people without such platforms can at least urge governments across the globe to take action. And one idea would be to use the budget for foreign aid.
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Alibaba May Acquire Pakistani Rocket Internet Ecommerce Startup Daraz Is it coincidence that Alibaba’s interest in Pakistan comes when Beijing has financed Pakistani infrastructure projects worth about $60 billion as part of Chinese Belt and Road trade initiative?
Published Date: 06/04/2018 (Friday)
Alibaba Group may just end up acquiring Rocket Internet’s online retail company in Pakistan. Analysts keeping an eye on the development opine that the move were it to come to fruition, would aid China’s and one of the world’s largest companies, to increase its influence in Pakistan. Daraz.pk is an ecommerce platform launched in 2012 by Farees Shah and Muneeb Maayr that provides branded products for men and women across clothing, footwear, apparel, jewelry and accessories. PakWired says the value of the deal were it to take place could be $100 to $150 million.
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Let the youth not be provoked again
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Tomorrow April 5 is the 47th anniversary of the 1971 youth insurrection by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and it came in the aftermath or afterglow of the tumultuous parliamentary debate yesterday on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Many analysts believe the JVP insurrection was crushed and the youth prophets crucified possibly because it came too early. In 1970 the socialist Sirimavo Bandaranaike government along with the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), the Communist Party (CP) and other socialist groups swept to power defeating even the United National Party leader, Dudley Senanayake who had been the Prime Minister for three terms. Analysts believe
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Social Media is only a Tool
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
In an interview with the Daily Mirror Ambika Satkunanathan, one of the Commissioners at the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka said that social media is only a tool that is used to incite hatred or violence and that it isn’t the cause of hatred or violence. She said that when impunity isn’t addressed perpetrators are emboldened as a result of which they continue to commit such offences. Therefore, she stressed that in order to prevent the recurrence of such acts perpetrators should be held accountable.
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JO mentioned Kandy clashes - Hakeem
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem yesterday (4) said, the Joint Opposition (JO) has added a clause about the recent communal clashes in Kandy and Ampara to the No-Confidence Motion, against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in an ad hoc manner,in a bid to garner the votes of Muslim Parliamentarians in favour of the motion. “Just after the communal riots erupted in those areas, some SLMC MPs made emotional speeches over the incident. One of the MPs said that if the Government cannot ensure the safety of the minorities, then the Muslim MPs would support the No-Faith Motion. The JO using such emotional speeches shamelessly tried to manipulate the SLMC and the Tamil National Alliance,” he added.
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Mangala promises: Progress in constitutional reforms and transitional justice
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera promised in Parliament yesterday to show clear progress in constitutional reforms and transitional justice process within this year. Taking part in the debate on the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Samaraweera said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had personally given leadership to Constitutional reforms and transitional justice process. "The initial drafts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are now with the Prime Minister. We will present them to the Cabinet and Parliament this year. The legislation pertaining to the Reparation Unit is also being finalised now. The Office of Missing Persons
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No-faith motion: PM accedes to 10 demands to secure TNA’s support
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District MP Selvam Addaikalanathan yesterday said that UNP leader and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had accepted ten of its proposals in return for the group's backing for him to defeat the No Confidence Motion (NCM) moved by the Joint Opposition. The TELO MP, representing the TNA, said that there had been a heated argument and tension when PM Wickremesinghe at the onset of the meeting between the UNP and the TNA turned down those proposals.
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Ranil Wins The Day, JO Consolidates, Maithri Slips Even Further, Govt Loses 2/3rds Majority
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe comfortably survived the vote of no-confidence brought against him by the Joint Opposition (JO) a short while ago. A total of 78 MPs supported the motion while 122 voted against it. Twenty six MPs were not present at the time the vote was taken. Although both the JO and the UNP had claimed that victory was assured for the respective positions they took, uncertainty prevailed throughout the day after the debate on the motion commenced at 10 this morning.
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Britisher, another injured in shooting in Kosgoda
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
A 68-year-old British man and another person were injured when two men who arrived by a motorcycle opened fire at them at Induruwa, Athuruwella in Kosgoda last evening, police said. Police said the gunmen had fired at the victims while they were travelling in a car. They were admitted to the Nagoda Hospital. The victims were identified as Mohamed Ismail a Britisher and Saman Perera a resident of Athuruwella.
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Ven. Rathana fails to broker deal among SLFP, SLPP and UNP
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
MP Ven. Athureliye Rathana Thera addressing a press briefing in Parliament said that his attempt to broker a deal with the SLFP, SLPP and UNP in a bid to come up with a national plan to develop the country within the next year failed. ‘On Tuesday morning everyone was unsure about the outcome of the NCM vote and I tried to use the opportunity to present a plan that all three parties can agree on. But by yesterday one party was certain that it could win so my proposal didn’t work. But I will keep trying."
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UNF to bring no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
The United National Front (UNF) led by the United National Party (UNP) is considering submitting a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala. UNP member and Minister Navin Dissanayake said that Sumathipala acted in an unfair manner on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, “UNF will move a No faith motion against deputy speaker Thilanga Sumathipala who has
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Tuition during school hours to be banned
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says he will present a Cabinet paper preventing the conduct of private tuition classes during school hours between 7.30am and 1.30pm on weekdays. In response to a question raised in Parliament, Minister Kariyawasam said the government has promptly addressed the necessary concerns surrounding the education sector. The Minister stated the Ministry of education has recruited teachers and 4,000 Principals have also been recruited claiming that the Ministry has addressed several issues.
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Envoy says Indian ‘aid is not to raid or invade’
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
India is always available to collaborate with Sri Lanka, according to the pace Sri Lanka is comfortable with, said India’s top diplomat in Sri Lanka this week, in a diplomatic speech which nevertheless alluded to regional geopolitics. “We want to work with you at a pace you are comfortable with. India will be there whenever you need us,” Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu said at the Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration, which was organised by the University of Colombo Alumni Association, this week.
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Foreign remittances, pensioners exempted from tax MANGALA NAILS DISTORTED VIEWS ON REVENUE ACT
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Foreign remittances of persons working abroad are not taxable. Only those who earn above a certain amount will be taxed, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday. “Upto Rs 15 million from services rendered to persons outside Sri Lanka is tax exempted. Further, pensioners have been totally exempted from taxes, but if their interest is over Rs. 1.5 million per year (over Rs. 125,000 per month) it will be subject to a withholding tax.
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No-confidence motion lacks credibility – Sampanthan
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R Sampanthan says that the wording and timing of the no-confidence motion, which seeks to implicate the Prime Minister with the bond scam, are indicative of the pursuit of a political agenda through the motion rather than fixing responsibility in regard to the bond scam. “The question must be raised as to why the wording is so vague and lacking in any specific charge against the Prime Minister in regard to the fraud pertaining to the bond scam per say,”
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