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Sri Lanka PM ouster move fizzles out as debate begins
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
A faction within President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party announced it will abstain from the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the opposition failed to muster the numbers required to topple him. After failing in their attempts to pressure Wickremesinghe to step down, the Sirisena-faction was in two pieces – one supporting the no-confidence resolution and the other opposing it. SLFP state minister A. H. M. Fowzie who is in the “no-camp” opposing any moves to topple the government, told reporters that “they”, meaning the rebels within Sirisena faction, will abstain from voting allowing the premier to win by a big margin.
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Democracy, Development
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
‘…Thanks to a very successful propaganda campaign focused on the poor and the suffering, the Nazi Party rose from only 12 seats in Reichstag in 1928 to becoming the largest Party at the 1932 Parliamentary Poll with 230 seats….’(https://www.historyonthenet.com) The leader of the Nazi Party was Adolph Hitler, dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945, responsible for World War II. Hitler not only believed that Germany was a superpower, he also believed that the Germans were a superior race, even to the extent of near annihilating races whom he felt were inferior, targeting in particular the Jews whom he described as exploiters of the German race, the result of which was sending six million Jews, including women and children, to the gas chambers.
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Shared Customs Between The Sinhalese And Tamil Communities At New Year
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Sinhala and Tamil New Year is almost upon us, and as preparations begin for the festivities that mark the end of the harvest season, we thought we’d take a look at some of the traditions and customs that have come to characterize the holiday. In Sinhalese, the new year is known as Aluth Avurudda, while in Tamil the new year is known as Puthandu or Puthuvarusham. For the Tamils, the holiday marks the first day of the Tamil month Chithirai, while for the Sinhalese it marks the movement of the sun from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries).
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Army Chief offers help to Northern Chief Minister to put things right
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The JVP says the No-Confidence Motion tabled against the Prime Minister also applies to the President. Speaking during the debate on the No-Confidence Motion this afternoon, MP Bimal Ratnayake said the Head of State was also involved in the preparation of the No-Confidence Motion. The MP said President Maithripala Sirisena received the people’s mandate against corruption.
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End is nigh for National Govt? Opposition Leader to change?
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Members of Parliament from the government and the opposition are presently expressing various views during the ongoing debate on the motion of the no confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, political analysts point out that regardless of the final outcome of the vote, either the defeat or victory of the motion would signal the end of the National Government, formed by the country’s two main political parties. Accordingly, before the commencement of the debate various opinions regarding the final stance of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) were expressed on multiple occasions.
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From Palmyrah To Paper – The Art Of The Ola Leaf Book
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Written records were always considered a good method of preserving knowledge for the benefit of future generations. The earliest historical records could be found inscribed on material such as clay, metal tablets, and stone. With languages becoming more developed and complex as time went on, our ancestors realised that a more convenient medium was needed for written records. As a result, many South and East Asian countries such as India, Myanmar, Thailand, and, of course, Sri Lanka, began to use dried, old palmyrah leaves to make palm leaf manuscripts for the purpose of writing.
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Sri Lanka Relations in Perspective History alive in both countries
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Dr. Mohsen Eslami is Assistant Professor of the Department of International Relations, at the Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran. Recently he was invited for a round-table conference which was held by Pathfinder Foundation, in association with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and in collaboration with the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations, on the theme ‘Iran and the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century’. In a brief interview with the Daily Mirror Dr. Eslami spoke about diplomatic relations between Iran and Sri Lanka. Excerpts:
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China's 'cash and carry' diplomacy in Balochistan: The good, bad and the uncertain If Pakistan is willingly degrading itself as a client state of China, there are positive takeaways for India.
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Supporters of Baluchistan National Party (BNP) protest during a rally in Karachi April 12, 2009. The protesters demonstrated against what they said was the killing of political activists in Balochistan.Reuters It's all but official that China is hobnobbing with the Balochistan separatists in Pakistan. The aim is to preserve its multi-billion dollar economic corridor project in Pakistan and keep the crude supply lines intact. Beyond this, the revelation by the Financial Times shows that China's 'commercial diplomacy' has moved to another level and form.
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Sri Lanka Continues to Deceive UN Human Rights Council : TGTE’s Response to the Statement by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The Elephant in the Room in Foreign Minister’s speech was the Complete Omission of Accountability. We call upon the TaDiasporapora to provide the necessary evidence to the Attorneys General Departments in their respective host countries to bring prosecutions under Universal Jurisdiction.”— Visuvanathan RudrakumaranGENEVA, SWITZERLAND, April 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ --
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State Minister Senanayake visits Australia
Published Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake recently visited Australia and met Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The two Ministers discussed bilateral issues ranging from the strong people to people links and growing economic relations, to cooperation in countering transnational crimes. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop conveyed Australia’s appreciation to Sri Lanka for its cooperation in combatting people smuggling. State Minister Senanayake thanked the Foreign Minister for Australia’s long-term development assistance to Sri Lanka and support to eradicate dengue, which was announced during Minister Bishop’s visit to Sri Lanka in July 2017. The two Ministers also discussed political and maritime issues of relevance in the region that are of
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Gotabhaya, Karannagoda complain to NPC
Published Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Navy Commander, Wasantha Karannagoda lodged two complaints with the National Police Commission (NPC) yesterday against a senior officer of the CID for referring their names to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The two men lodged the complaints saying that a young woman, Jeyathi Thyagarajah had stated that a senior CID officer, who visited her house, informed her that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Navy Commander, Wasantha Karannagoda operated a gang that kidnapped people and that her brother was abducted by the aforementioned group.
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ADB approves $100 million additional funding to enhance skills for jobs in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $100 million results-based loan as additional financing for the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to develop skills to meet labor demands, support economic diversification, and enhance productivity in the country. “Sri Lanka has achieved universal primary and high secondary enrollment rates, a high adult literacy rate, and gender parity in access to all levels of education. However, there remains a clear mismatch between skills among youth and labor market demand,” said Gi Soon Song, an ADB Principal Social Sector Specialist. “The ongoing skills enhancement program, spearheaded by the government and supported by ADB, will address this issue through a focus on technical and vocational education and policy support.”
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Army Chief offers help to Northern Chief Minister to put things right
Published Date: 01/04/2018 (Sunday)
Army Commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has offered to provide assistance for Northern schools with their cadetting programmes and to resolve issues pertaining to fishing community during a meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran This offer was made during a meeting between the two men at the Chief Minister’s Office in Nallur, Jaffna on Thursday (29). The Commander pointed out that Army was capable of providing leadership for school
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Sri Lanka arrests top prison official over jail massacre
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s police Thursday announced arresting a senior prison official in connection with the 2012 massacre of 27 inmates at the high security Welikada jail. Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewage was taken into custody from his official residence near the prison on Wednesday night, a day after a police inspector was also taken into custody, police said in a statement. Lamahewage was in charge of the maximum security prison as its superintendent when the military and special task force commandoes were called in to quell a riot in November 2012.
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Time to unite to act wisely rather than keeping silent lips and murmuring hearts
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
No matter what we believe, no matter whom we follow, no matter where we come from, no matter for how long we have inhabited this land, no matter what we do, no matter how rich our history is, we must live in harmony and ensure the safety of every living being on this land. We must practice zero tolerance for extremism and violence. The most important issue is how strong we are in living together while respecting each other’s diversity. Rhetoric will not play any substantive role in nation-building if we do not do the groundwork to enhance harmony among all communities and ensure the safety of every citizen living on this land.
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Arrest warrant re-issued on Arjuna Mahendran as CID seeks ‘red notice’
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today re-issued an arrest warrant on former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Arjuna Mahendran. The court re-issued the warrant as the prosecution is currently working on getting a ‘Red Notice’ from Interpol for his arrest. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed the court today that it has filed an application seeking a red notice from Interpol.
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Govt: MP being questioned on Ampara-Digana riots belongs to Mahinda led Opposition
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
The government yesterday identified a member of Parliament, being questioned by the Police in connection with the recent mob attacks on Muslims in Ampara and Digana, as a member of the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Opposition. Asked at the weekly Cabinet press briefing in Colombo, why the MP said to be involved in the riots had not been identified as yet, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne replied, "A member of the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa."
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With President Sirisena entering the fray no-faith motion will succeed – Mahinda
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
The no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would succeed as President Maithripala Sirisena was backing it, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. He said the SLFP would support the motion and that the President was supportive of it. "Some UNP MPs will also support the motion. Several of them have already told me that they will vote against the Prime Minister." Rajapaksa said that the focus on the no-confidence motion should not divert the attention from the bond scams. The former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, who was wanted by the Sri Lankan court, was still at large.
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UNP decides to unanimously support PM
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
The Working Committee of the United National Party has decided to support party leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and defeat the No Confidence Motion tabled against him by the Joint Opposition. Decisions were also reached at the Working Committee meeting held this morning to initiate party reforms before the New Year. Speaking to media following the meeting UNP Deputy General Secretary and Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said the Working Committee unanimously decided to support the Prime Minister.
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Real culprit well organised group with political links Social media falsely blamed for violence
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
The economic cost of the partial shutdown of social media platforms in Sri Lanka from 7-15 March 2018 is around USD $30 million, the American non-profit organization The Internet Society has estimated. The government tried to cut off communications among organizers of violent mobs, but the shutdown had a huge impact on a wide swath of internet users, they claim. "Businesses and other organizations use WhatsApp and Viber as productivity tools, and their customer communications were disrupted. Small businesses and home-based workers who were totally depended on social media marketing to sell their products lost contact with the
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Army defends delay in deployment of UN peacekeepers
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
In a statement, the Sri Lanka Army said it considers it important that the personnel deployed for UN missions at all levels should be individuals of the highest integrity and maintain the highest standards of conduct at all times. “As you would be aware, there have been certain instances in the past where personnel from Sri Lanka deployed in UN missions have not maintained the standards expected of them and disciplinary action has had to be taken in accordance with the relevant and applicable legal provisions. There have also been instances when personnel nominated for deployment have been found to have allegations of misconduct against them,” the Army headquarters said.
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What legacy do Muslims, all of us want to leave for future generations? We must choose peace | Opinion
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
“Our faith demands us to try and urge people, in all parts of the world, whether rich or poor, whether powerful or oppressed, whether religious or irreligious, towards peace and justice. “In recent times, one of the issues that many politicians and intellectuals have debated and campaigned about is climate change and specifically a reduction in carbon emissions. “Certainly, striving to protect the environment and to look after our planet is an extremely precious and noble cause. Yet, at the same time, the developed world, and especially the world’s leaders, should also realize that there are other issues that must be tackled with the same urgency.
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Sections of int’l media helping govt’s propaganda effort - JO
Published Date: 28/03/2018 (Wednesday)
The Joint Opposition today claimed that a section of the international media has been helping the government in its propaganda effort to pin the blame for the recent incident of violence in Kandy on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP). “Sections of the international media have continued to amplify and broadcast the Sri Lanka government’s propaganda that the Joint Opposition or the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna was responsible for the recent Sinhala-Muslim disturbances in Kandy,” SLPP Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris said. Referring to a Reuters article alleging that “police and politicians backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots” that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this
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Sri Lanka president cuts PM's duties in power struggle
Published Date: 28/03/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday reduced the responsibilities of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as a power struggle worsened within their uneasy coalition. Sirisena took away the central bank, the policy-making National Operations Room and several other institutions from the control of Wickremesinghe, who had held them since coming to power in January 2015. The changes were published in a government gazette notice issued Wednesday which transferred the responsibilities to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera.
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Kandy violence underscores need to expedite reconciliation: EU
Published Date: 28/03/2018 (Wednesday)
The recent violent incidents in Kandy district underscore the need to expedite efforts to support national reconciliation, a group of EU Ambassadors who visited the city said today. The Ambassador of the European Union, Tung-Laï Margue, Romanian Ambassador Dr. Victor Chiujdea and Ambassador of Switzerland Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn visited Kandy from 27-28 March. Addressing the media in Kandy, they said that Sri Lankans know all too well the consequences of not addressing religious and ethnic hatred.
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