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Ranil urges public to continue 13-day protest against corrupt dictatorship
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Thanking all those who had resisted attempts by President Maithripala Sirisena to subvert the democratic process over the last 13-days , Wickremesinghe who insists that he is still the legitimate Prime Minister , yesterday called on the people to join hands to prevent a corrupt dictatorship taking root in the country.
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UNP Supporters Clad In Camouflage T Shirts Protecting Their Leader At Temple Trees: "We Came Here To Die For Him"
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The UNP supporters clad in camouflage T-Shirts are currently guarding Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister, expecting a showdown with the country's law enforcement bodies "at any time". The new government continues to claim that Wickremesinghe, the "ousted" Prime Minister,
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17 government bodies assigned to the President
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka Police which was controlled by the Ministry of Law and Order has been moved under the purview of the Minister of Defense.A gazette notification announcing the distribution of subjects for respective ministers notes that 17 government bodies including the 03 armed forces, Civil Security Department, National Cadet Corps, Department of Coast Conservation & National Media Center have been assigned to the Ministry of Defense under President Maithripala Sirisena.
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Gotabaya’s overseas travel ban lifted
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The Permanent High Court-at-Bar has lifted the overseas travel ban imposed on former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the period of one month from December 14. The case was taken up before the Permanent High Court judge bench consisting of Justices Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne this morning (09).
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Japan to support humanitarian demining in Northern Province
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The Government of Japan has extended a total sum of $ 625,000 (Approximately Rs. 97 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in northern Sri Lanka, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP). ‘The Project for Humanitarian Mine Clearance for Resettlement and Livelihood in Northern
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New Govt attempting to conceal corruption’
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
United National Party Parliamentarian Harshana Rajakaruna has charged a new government has been formed together with the President with the intention of concealing cases filed against theft and corruption during the previous tenure by abolishing the special High Court. Speaking to NewsRadio MP Rajakaruna said the such intent was confirmed through a
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We're opposed to elections under this illegal Govt: JVP
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today it was dangerous to go for an election under a government which obtained power through unconstitutional means and stressed the need to rectify the present political crisis before going for a national election. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news conference that the approval of a two-thirds
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President says no to Ranil'
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena reportedly told the TNA parliamentary group yesterday that he would not reappoint UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister even if his party secured a majority in Parliament. He met with the TNA delegation on Wednesday and discussed the current political situation. He reportedly asked the TNA to abstain from the vote of no confidence if it were moved.
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Sri Lanka President Dissolves Parliament Amid Power Struggle: Reports
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Maithripala Sirisena signed an official notification dismissing the 225-member assembly with effect from midnight, clearing the way for a snap election nearly two years ahead of schedule
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These Are The Myths That Are Used To Justify UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia The arms industry is not a major part of the economy. But it has always enjoyed a totally disproportionate voice in the corridors of power
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Recent weeks have seen a renewed and long overdue focus on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Jeremy Hunt has joined his American counterparts in calling for a much-needed ceasefire. One thing he hasn’t questioned is the arms sales that have enabled the war, and the myths that are used to justify them. For the last three and a half years Saudi-led forces have inflicted a terrible bombardment on Yemen. UK weapons have played a central role. Right now, UK-made fighter jets are being flown by UK-trained personnel who are firing UK-made missiles and dropping UK-made bombs.
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Sovereignty is in the people
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
In the Republic of Sri Lanka, Sovereignty is in the people and it is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise. Vide. Article 3 of the Constitution. The manner in which these powers are to be exercised and enjoyed is given in Article 4 of the Constitution.
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Exclusive: India will always be Colombo's 1st choice, says Sri Lankan foreign minister No Chinese submarines can dock at Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, said Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama in an exclusive interview with India Today.
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama dispelled concerns of China "taking over" a strategic port located on the southern part of the island nation and of Colombo drifting into Beijing's sphere of influence. India will "always" be Sri Lanka's first choice, Amunugama said while speaking to India Today in Colombo. Amunugama underlined that Sri Lanka does not want to be "dragged into
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‘Willing to work with Sirisena’, says Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is willing to work with President Maithripala Sirisena, who abruptly sacked him on October 26, if given a chance to prove his majority in Parliament. Caught in an unprecedented power struggle, Mr. Wickremesinghe is trying to claim legitimacy as the country’s premier, after Mr. Sirisena appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place and subsequently prorogued Parliament until November 16.
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Twelve Muslim MPs From SLMC, ACMC Leave For Mecca Having Pledged Support To Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Twelve Muslim MPs representing the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) have let for Mecca on a pilgrimage. Sources said the MPs would return to the country on November 12 or 13, just before the floor vote in Parliament which will determine the government's strength in the House.
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Fear, love and loathing for Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan 'father of the nation'
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Having crushed the Tamil Tigers' rebellion, former president and skilled political operator Mahinda Rajapaksa is nothing short of a messiah for many Sri Lankans. But ahead of his possible second coming, others are full of dread. The moustachioed and charismatic Mr Rajapaksa came roaring back into national life last month when he was appointed Prime Minister, triggering a constitutional crisis as the sacked incumbent refused to budge.
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JHU claims the people are awaiting a floor test
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
The Jathika Hela Urumaya says the general public are eagerly awaiting a floor test when Parliament reconvenes on the 14th of November. Vice Chairman of the JHU, Karunarathna Paranawithana speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today said, several UPFA factions are attempting to derail the Parliamentary democracy.
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Speaker has no power to go against President- Nalin de Silva
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister under Sections 42(4) and 43(3) of the Constitution and published it in the Gazette, and therefore Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has to go by the gazette notification, Dr. Nalin de Silva said today.
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The 'CRISIS' In Sri Lanka – Invented by the Western Media
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
The change of Government in Sri Lanka, following the unceremonious sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasingha by President Maithripala Sirisena, has given rise to a crescendo of alarmist commentary in the Western media, which is slowly seeping in to the non-Western media as well. One after the other, the Western media outlets have taken a critical approach to the change and have begun to characterize the replacement of the Prime Minister as a "Crisis".
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Dr. D. Nesiah returns Deshamanya title and medal
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
In a show of defiance, former civil servant and former Jaffna Government Agent Dr. Devanesan Nesiah has returned the country’s second highest National Award, the `Deshamanya’ Award along with the medal and the citation certificate to President Maithripala Sirisena saying that he was disappointed over the latter’s blatant flouting of the country’s 70-year-old democracy in the recent weeks.
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The Future of Sri Lanka as I see it
Published Date: 07/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Every one of the 6.2 mil who voted Yahapalanaya, is in a quandary why PM Ranil Wikremesinghe nor President Maithripala Sirisena, did not take to task the Rajapaksas for Murder and Fraud with an abundance of evidence displayed in the Media, for the last three and a half years. Majority is dismayed and is despondent, why the Rule of Law was not applied to any one of them, thus allowing them to go
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Recruiters order Sri Lankan women to take birth control before working in Gulf
Published Date: 07/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East to support families devastated by conflict are being targeted by recruitment agents who order them to take contraceptives before leaving. Six recruiters licensed by the Sri Lankan government said they could provide an employer with a “three-month guarantee” that a maid would not become pregnant.
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STF protection to AG’s Dept to prevent case files ‘evaporating’
Published Date: 07/11/2018 (Wednesday)
According to news appearing in Sri Lanka Truth on November 3rd, the Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has asked security for him and the Attorney General’s Department due to pressure from Mahinda Rajapaksa faction say reports. The AG has said he and his department are unprotected as a result of the chaotic political situation in the country. Meanwhile, it is
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The big fallout
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
The sprawling official residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka despite the incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe getting sacked continues to be occupied by him. However the Navy guards, the maintenance staff, the drivers, the cooks and gardeners and cleaners have all been removed on a directive of the President.
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Crooks must be chased away
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
It was very clear what we wanted in 2015. We wanted to get rid of a corrupt, lawless and an indecent culture and bring about the opposite: a clean, decent, civilized and a law-abiding governance and culture. But what went wrong in the whole magnificent political exercise was that we trusted the wrong people. A small part of the dream came true, but it was just not enough. We realized that the responsible people were as crooked as the previous ones. They are neither qualified nor capable of bringing about the clean, decent, civilized and law-abiding country.
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IORA Ministers welcome Sri Lanka’s lead in Maritime Safety and Security
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
The Indian Ocean Rim Association held its 20th Committee of Senior Officials and 18th Council of Ministers sessions from 31 October to 2 November in Durban, South Africa on the theme: Uniting the people of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for peace, stability and sustainable development.
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