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Crucial reconciliation steps in North
Published Date: 09/05/2018 (Wednesday)
The Government which has expedited resettling Internally-Displaced People in Jaffna, will not compromise on national security by releasing the Army-held lands back to the rightful owners, the Security Forces Commander Jaffna, Maj. Gen. Dharshana Hettiarachchi said. He said that the Army was releasing lands not to meet demands of any political party but to reduce the number of IDPs languishing in centres for decades. “We can’t hold their lands forever. Eight years after ending the war, we want to handover some lands, which are not required for security purposes, back to the owners,” he said.
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TNA May Launch Non-Violent Protest Campaign Against Govt Soon
Published Date: 09/05/2018 (Wednesday)
D.B.S.Jeyaraj The Coalition Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe may soon be facing a political challenge from an unexpected quarter namely the Tamil National Alliance(TNA). The TNA regarded as the premier political configuration of the Sri Lankan Tamil people is becoming increasingly frustrated at what it perceives as the slow pace and tardy progress of the Constitution making process. Therefore the TNA is planning to launch a non – violent protest campaign against the UNP- SLFP coalition Govt if it continues to procrastinate and dilly-dally on this issue. If and when matters do reach a point where a political confrontation becomes inevitable, the TNA proposes to embark upon a huge non – violent protest campaign to pressurise the Govt to expedite the making of a new Constitution.
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USNS MERCY DEPARTS SRI LANKA
Published Date: 09/05/2018 (Wednesday)
Sailors participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18) departed Trincomalee aboard Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) May 9, bound for the mission’s fourth port visit in Nha Trang, Vietnam. “We've continued to build upon the partnerships we forged during prior Pacific Partnerships,” said Capt. David Bretz, PP18 mission commander. “The teamwork I saw between the Sri Lankans and all of our partner nations gives me great confidence that as we leave here we are all better prepared to respond to potential disasters.”
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SL’s external sector is under severe stress, contrary to Central Bank’s favourable comments
Published Date: 09/05/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka is facing harsh external financing vulnerabilities, in contrast to the Central Bank’s recent claims that the country’s gross official foreign reserves have risen to the historically highest level of $ 9.9 billion reflecting improved economic prospects. According to a press release issued by the Central Bank last week, oversubscription of the International Sovereign Bond (ISB) amounting to $ 2.5 billion (largest ever), which was offered in April, signals foreign investors’ confidence in Sri Lanka’s economic performance and potential. The Central Bank goes on to say that it has received favourable response from the international community for a proposed term loan of $ 1 billion which is to be utilised by the Government to repay more expensive existing debt.
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Will President Sirisena heed Naseby’s advise?
Published Date: 05/05/2018 (Saturday)
In October 2017, Naseby, after appealing to the British Information Commissioner, obtain 39 pages of highly redacted confidential dispatches from the British High Commission in Colombo during the last stages of the Vanni campaign. During a debate in the House of Lords, he urged the UK government to revisit the UNHRC Resolution 30/1. Despite redactions, dispatches estimated 7,000 to 8,000 civilian deaths during the closing phase of the conflict with around a quarter of them being LTTE cadre in civilian clothing. One such document contained, "certainly there was no policy to kill civilians by Sri Lankan army."
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Reflections on President Premadasa
Published Date: 03/05/2018 (Thursday)
Ranasinghe Premadasa was born on 23 June 1924 in Colombo. He completed his education at St. Joseph’s College, Colombo 10. He was interested in social service for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden. He was the architect of the Sri Sucharitha Movement, an organisation with the objectives of uplifting the economic, social and spiritual development of the low income people. These youth who enrolled in his development movement refrained from taking liquor and avoided smoking and gambling. R. Premadasa too was a teetotaller.
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Mullivaikkal memorial ban irks TNPF and EPRLF
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) condemned the ban imposed on the construction of the Mullivaikkal memorial within the Jaffna University premises. TNPF leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam said on Monday (30) that the banning of the Mullivaikkal memorial by the government cannot be accepted. “This action had angered us.”
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Defiant workers hold May Day rallies
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
The Christian Workers Fellowship held its annual workers’ mass at an Anglican church in Thousands of workers on Tuesday defied an order of the Sri Lankan government postponing May Day events, by rallying in Colombo’s Fort area to mark the International Workers’ Day. Earlier, the Cabinet decided to defer workers’ day events to May 7, citing an overlap with the Buddhist festival of Vesak or Buddha Poornima, that fell on April 29 and 30. The move, which followed a request from the influential Buddhist clergy, drew severe criticism from independent trade unions.
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THE BURNING QUESTION when
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
1 We have talked about so many burning issues including the ones of UDAYANGA, MAHENDRAN and JALIYA, but we haven’t seen a single brought to conclusion. Either we await action from INTERPOL or our own sleuths. Going back on the local scenario, what happened with the findings on THAJUDEEN, LASANTHA, AVANT GARDE, ALOYSIUS, PALIASENA et al? We continuously seem to be waiting and waiting, not concluding anything. WHY SUCH INORDINATE DELAYS IN IMPLEMENTING THE LAW?
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SL’s external debt rises $ 5.4 b in 2017: CB
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
• Total debt increased to $ 51.8 billion, rises to 59.5% as a percentage of GDP • Capital repayments hit to $ 3.1 billion, interest payments reach $ 1.4 billion from $ 1.2 billion in 2016 • Bunching of debt from 2019 remains a concern says Central Bank, warns rising global interest rates could raise debt servicing cost Sri Lanka’s total external debt increased by $ 5.4 billion last year, raising the country’s total debt to $ 51.8 billion by end-2017, the Central Bank said in its latest annual report.
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Tourism Minister says powerless to act on Mirissa
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
The issue of illegal structures in Mirissa is set to drag on with Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga yesterday admitting that he was powerless to take action as he could not override the President’s orders following political interference tying up the Coast Conservation Department (CCD). “What has happened is some politicians have gone and protested, so the President would have said to stop. We have done our part. I cannot go beyond that. I can’t override the President. The CCD is under the President. I don’t know. My duty was to bring it to the
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Sri Lanka's glyphosate ban cost Rs35bn in crop losses: farm managers
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's tea farm managers say a ban on the popular weedicide glyphosate without using scientific evidence, which ended after the intervention of plantation minister, has caused crop losses of 25 billion rupees over two years. The Planters' Association of Ceylon, which is made up of managers of large commercial tea, rubber and coconut farming companies said an estimated 15 billion rupees of crop was lost in 2015 due to the glyphosate ban, and 20 billion rupees in 2017.
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Heat warning for several provinces
Published Date: 02/05/2018 (Wednesday)
Department of Meteorology today advised the people to be watchful of the heat as the maximum heat indexes in some areas have increased currently. A spokesman for the Department of Meteorology said people in North, North Central, Uva and North Western province should be watchful as maximum heat index has increased. Maximum heat index is normally computed taking into consideration the temperature and humidity levels in the atmosphere according to the Department
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TNA leadership must look in the mirror - C.V. Wigneswaran
Published Date: 01/05/2018 (Tuesday)
Q : There is a sea-change in the Northern Province as far as infrastructure development is concerned. The Government has given due emphasis to the issues of the Northern people to a point that it has earned the wrath of nationalist elements in the South. There are allegations that despite these positive signs you have taken up a confrontational approach with the Government to appease the extremist elements. How would you respond? I am glad you asked this question. The crux of our different perceptions is reflected here.
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THE ARMED FORCES AFTER EELAM WAR IV
Published Date: 01/05/2018 (Tuesday)
During the Eelam war, the UNP government decided to weaken the army by sending troops abroad. UK’s General Rose was invited to study the armed forces and advise on sending Sri Lanka troops for UN assignments abroad (2002). The service commanders had no say in the matter. In 2004, Sri Lanka sent troops to the UN peace keeping forces in Haiti. These troops were not recalled when Eelam war IV started. They continued in Haiti till the UN project ended in 2015. Sri Lanka is one of the longest serving nations in the UN mission in Haiti. They helped in the Haiti earthquake of 2010. They have also provided humanitarian services such as blood
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Kathua rape case: UK reiterates Modi stand that justice will be done
Published Date: 29/04/2018 (Sunday)
The Theresa May government on Monday reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise that justice will be done in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, when the matter was raised by a Pakistani-origin member of the House of Lords. The issue was raised by Nazir Ahmed a day before Modi is due to arrive here for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. Ahmed, who was at the forefront of an anti-India demonstration on January 26 outside the Indian mission here, will reportedly lead another protest on April 18
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No Encounter Happened in Gadchiroli on April 22nd 2018
Published Date: 29/04/2018 (Sunday)
Gadchiroli: Security personnel show the guns recoverd from the Naxals killed in an encounter at Broriya forest area in Bhamragad taluka of Gadchiroli dustrict of Maharashtra on Sunday night. PTI Photo (PTI4_23_2018_000069B) The killings of at least 37 Maoists by the combined force of the CRPF and the C-60, the elite unit of the Gadchiroli Police, on 22nd and 23rd April 2018 raises some very disturbing questions about the state’s methods of conducting ‘encounters’. In the morning of 22nd April, 64 police and paramilitary personnel gunned down 16 Maoists in Karnasur jungle in Bhamragod area in eastern Maharashtra. The following evening, 23rd April, the police
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Despot Disrobed
Published Date: 29/04/2018 (Sunday)
“He who protests is an enemy; he who opposes is a corpse.” ~ Pol Pot In a rebuttal of a newspaper report on the investigation in to the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge the former Defense Secretary and 2020 Presidential hopeful, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is at pains to explain that then commander of the army- Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka was in charge of army intelligence and he was above the brawl and broil. That he was and is Lillywhite in his dealings in the shadowy world of intelligence.
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Comprehending Dhamma is Nibbana
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
The most salient feature of the Buddha’s teaching is awareness- awareness of the moment, the here and now; the ability to be alive and present. You yourself will have to achieve it. It is not Zero-state or nothingness On Vesāk Day, Buddhists of the world commemorate three events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions and sects. The Birth, Enlightenment and the Parinbbana of Gautama Buddha. The United Nations, in 1999, resolved to internationally observe the day at its headquarters.
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OMP to begin public meetings from May 12
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Beginning from May 12, 2018, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will meet the public including family members of the disappeared in Mannar, Chairman Saliya Peiris PC said yesterday. He said arrangements had been made to hold public meetings countrywide till early July. “In May, June and July, we will hold meetings in Kilinochchi, Matara, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kandy. In line with its outreach programme OMP, will hold a series of discussions with the families of missing persons, members of civil society organisations and the media, on how we hope to proceed,” he said.
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Sri Lanka’s MiG probe extends to Singapore, Australia
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s investigation into the controversial MiG aircraft purchase has extended to Singapore and Australia as police listed charges against four foreigners in addition to former president Mahinda Rajapaks’a cousin Udayanga Weeratunga. Two nationals each from Singapore and Ukraine were formally named as accused in defrauding the government of Sri Lanka of nearly seven million dollars in a deal where Weeratunga has emerged the main suspect. Police investigations have now expanded to Singapore and Australia where part of the MiG deal loot may have been invested, official sources said.
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Abolishing Exec Presidency not that simple
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday (27), the Sri Lanka Freedom Party cannot do whatever the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) wanted, especially with regard to abolishing the Executive Presidency. “We haven’t seen the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to support it. We can’t just do whatever the JVP wants. The powers of the Executive Presidency are vested in many areas of the Constitution, and therefore you cannot simply abolish it. If they do abolish it, they’ll have to bring in at least another 2,000 provisions in its place.”
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Round Table International World Meeting (RTIWM) 2018 to be held in Negombo
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has won the bid to host the Round Table International World Meeting (RTIWM) 2018 connecting four leading hotels in Negombo from 5th to 9th September, the organizers of the event announced at a recent press briefing. RTIWM is considered the most important event in the Round Table calendar, with many countries bidding to host the event. Round Table Sri Lanka (RTSL) was successful in its bid to host the 2018 World Meeting at Jetwing Blue, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Beach and Camelot hotels in Negombo.
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Money laundering probe: British Govt. rejects French request to raid Allirajah’s company
Published Date: 27/04/2018 (Friday)
The controversial telecom tycoon of Sri Lankan origin Subaskaran Allirajah, boss of Lycamobile, is again at the centre of a French police and media investigation that involves money laundering and tax frauds. A five-part investigation by BuzzFeed News that has been looking closely at the activities of the Allirajah telecom empire in Britain and elsewhere, including Sri Lanka, has revealed in the 5th part of investigation, of a conflict between French prosecutors and British authorities over a request from across the channel for a raid on the offices of Lycamobile in Britain.
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President Who Shot Down Right Of Women To Purchase Alcohol Is Ok With Daughter Getting Liquor-Selling License
Published Date: 27/04/2018 (Friday)
Chathurika Sirisena, daughter of President Maithripala Sirisena, has obtained a ‘liquor license’ for a restaurant she owns in Polonnaruwa, the ‘Anidda‘ has reported. ‘Anidda,’ a newspaper launched today, has highlighted the issuance of a liquor license to Sirisena’s daughter but has not revealed the names of all 38 persons who have been given such licenses by the Excise Department in 2016. This revelation comes in the wake of President Sirisena shooting down legislation that sought to overturn an age-old law prohibiting women from purchasing alcohol from taverns or working in restaurants selling liquor.
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