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President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa met last Wednesday to discuss a potential caretaker grand coalition which the two leaders agreed was necessary to pull the country out of the “economic mess” and address other critical issues badly affecting the people.
Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
Maithri–Mahinda talk of forming caretaker grand coalition
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Protest at Oxford Union Against Sri Lankan Prime Minister's Speech: TGTE
Published Date: 08/10/2018 (Monday)
"He is accused of protecting war criminals, putting roadblocks on UN Human Rights Council efforts to get justice for Tamils and other anti-Tamil activities" A Protest Rally will be held at the Oxford Union when Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wiramasinghe delivers his speech on October 8th (Monday) at 8:00 pm.
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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 7
Published Date: 06/10/2018 (Saturday)
This is the final essay in this series. It describes recent developments relating to Yahapalana and China. Pathfinder Foundation set up a China-Sri Lanka Cooperation Studies Centre’ CSLCSC in October 2015. This Centre is the only Sri Lankan institution which exclusively focuses on the China-Sri Lanka relationship. The CSLCSC has a counterpart centre located at the Shanghai Institutes of International Relations in China.
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Joint Statement - Norway and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/10/2018 (Saturday)
Joint Statement by H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway andHon. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, on the Occasion of the Official Visit fromSri Lanka to Oslo, 5 October 2018.
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Sri Lanka’s ex-minister Basil gets bro’s nod for presidential nomination
Published Date: 05/10/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka’s former secretary to the defence ministry, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Tuesday suggested his former Economic Development minister Basil as the presidential candidate at next year’s elections. Emerging from the new Permanent High Court at Bar in Colombo where his trail was put off for December 4, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa accused the government of trying to create a rift among his politically ambitious siblings.
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Why does reconciliation in Sri Lanka matter to the UK?
Published Date: 05/10/2018 (Friday)
Next year Sri Lanka will have enjoyed 10 uninterrupted years free from the misery of armed conflict. Whatever your view on how Sri Lanka has progressed since, that very fact alone is one to cherish. I know how deep the scars from decades of conflict run. When I visited last year I heard first-hand from the families of disappeared persons. It was a stark reminder of how much all communities in Sri Lanka have suffered
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Sri Lanka doesn’t deserve more time at the UN Human Rights Council
Published Date: 04/10/2018 (Thursday)
A recent Daily FT op-ed (‘Transitional justice efforts in Sri Lanka fall short’) correctly explains that the implementation of the Coalition Government’s transitional justice agenda has gone terribly. The author then suggests that further (and similar) UN Human Rights Council involvement might encourage meaningful reform. “To give the Sri Lankan Government a further chance to make real progress, the council should insist upon clear, time-bound benchmarks and a monitoring framework.”
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Norway says Sri Lanka has taken noteworthy measures in media freedom
Published Date: 03/10/2018 (Wednesday)
The Royal Norwegian Embassy along with UNESCO supported the Sri Lanka Press Institute (SLPI) to organize an international conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Colombo Declaration on Media Freedom and Social Responsibility from September 27 to 30, in Colombo.
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Defiance, thy name is Maithri or what!
Published Date: 03/10/2018 (Wednesday)
By telling the UN General Assembly “to allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own” and adding that “as an independent country we do not want any foreign power to exert influence on us”, President Maithripala Sirisena may have let the cat among the global pigeons – or, is it a mixed metaphor, where the terms ‘cat’ and ‘pigeons’ are inter-changeable? If one were to recall the not-so-infrequent posting of the social media visual, the mouse may be chasing the cat all around the kitchen, for a change!
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Land fragmentation and its fallout Plantations on chopping block ?
Published Date: 02/10/2018 (Tuesday)
In a Cabinet decision mentioned at a weekly media briefing on December 12 last year, among 35 decisions announced was a proposal that was part of a process that would radically transform the land use patterns on Sri Lanka’s plantations. Under the innocuous-sounding heading ‘Improvement of performance of state plantation companies’ the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development, then under Minister Kabir Hashim, introduced proposals that would lead to the closure of 38 estates in the Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya districts.
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SL needs top political leadership committed to reconciliation: Ajit Kanagasundram
Published Date: 02/10/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan Government needs to be more serious on reconciliation like the Singaporean Government, which has a serious political commitment to recognise the rights of the minority – Malays and Tamils in Singapore, the former Head of the Automation and Technology Division of Citibank and DBS Bank in Singapore, Kanagasundram said.
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Rupee Haemorrhage
Published Date: 02/10/2018 (Tuesday)
The falling Sri Lankan Rupee is now at the centre of discussions about the economy. Is this problem due to the US Dollar strengthening along with increasing interest rates in the United States? Is it a consequence of flawed trade policies that have maintained much higher levels of imports relative to exports? Or is it an outcome of opening our economy to the inflow and flight of finance capital? These debates, politically charged and partisan as they are, provide
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As Chinese influence grows, Japanese warship visits Sri Lanka
Published Date: 02/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbor this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with China for influence along the region’s vital commercial sea lanes. Japan has long provided low-interest loans and aid to Sri Lanka, helping it transform Colombo into a major trans-shipment port tapping the artery of global trade just south of the island that links Europe and the Middle East with Asia.
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New Constitution, a fundamental necessity, Sinhala majority should accept it – Sumanthiran
Published Date: 02/10/2018 (Tuesday)
All the problems of the Tamil People would not be solved by a new Constitution, but a new Constitution was a fundamental necessity. Without that, no issue could be addressed, said TNA spokesman M. A. Sumanthiran speaking in Sinhala, recently, an an event in Galle on Constitutional Reform.
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In memory of Sarah O’Connor, a victim of the Windrush scandal. Sarah’s death should not pass without us condemning the horror of the ‘hostile environment’ policy set up by Theresa May
Published Date: 01/10/2018 (Monday)
Sarah O’Connor, one of the most prominent victims of the Windrush scandal, was found dead at her home on Sunday 16 Sept. She was just 57 year old- by all accounts this is a life cut short in this day and age when females from all ethnicities on the average live well into their seventies or eighties. With its pre-occupation with Brexit, her death has gone largely unnoticed by the main stream media except for the report in the Guardian whose
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SL’s reconciliation vastly improved: C’wealth Secretary
Published Date: 01/10/2018 (Monday)
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland has praised Sri Lanka’s progress in strengthening democracy and reconciliation, the government said today. She has said the country’s resilience was greatly evident from restoration of normalcy quickly after Tsunami disaster in 2004 and many countries could take lessons from Sri Lanka’s success story
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Fitting tributes to Thileepan in Jaffna
Published Date: 30/09/2018 (Sunday)
It was a week of remembrance for the people in the North- East as they gathered to mourn for former LTTE Political Commander for Jaffna , Thileepan. Students, Politcos, Civil Society Members and the public met at different places in the North and East to commemorate the 31st Death Anniversary of Thileepan who died during a fast-unto- death protest in Nallur, Jaffna.
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Sri Lanka’s police chief pulls out of controversial visit to Scotland
Published Date: 30/09/2018 (Sunday)
A controversial visit to Scotland this week by Sri Lanka’s police chief has been cancelled at the last minute after organisers appeared to bow to external pressure. Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority has long accused police there of using torture to crush its independence movement.
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Fonseka defends Mahinda and Gota as Maithri attempts to claim a share in war victory
Published Date: 30/09/2018 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, earlier last week, called on the international community to allow Sri Lanka to resolve its issues. It was an implicit call for the international community not to exert pressure on Sri Lanka to investigate and prosecute alleged war crimes.
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Shielding Wijegunaratne Amounts To Abuse Of Power & An Assault On Democracy!
Published Date: 30/09/2018 (Sunday)
A fuming President Sirisena summoned a special cabinet meeting just two days after the regular cabinet meeting held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. On that day the Cabinet adopted a 77-page draft Counter-Terrorism Law presented by Foreign Affairs and Development Assignments Minister Tilak Marapana. This Bill, when passed by parliament, will replace the current Prevention of Terrorism Act of 1978 which vests the
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Sirisena’s Foolish Bravado Implicates Him In War Crimes Controversy
Published Date: 29/09/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena’s cavalier statement that the top-brass of the previous government fled the country during the last days of war has unexpectedly implicated him in the war crimes issue. Sirisena, while speaking to the Sri Lankan community on Thursday, said he gave orders to military forces during the last two weeks of war as former President Mahinda Rajapaksa,
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Sri Lanka: Plight of civilians living under an army of occupation
Published Date: 28/09/2018 (Friday)
Contrary to promises made in Geneva that in the name of peace and reconciliation the Sri Lanka government would dismantle High Security Zones, close army cantonments and return lands seized from the people, the Northern and the Eastern Provinces, considered the Tamil homeland, continue to be occupied zones even nine plus years after the end of the war.
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Immigration delays making people ‘suicidal’ as Home Office holds passports for years
Published Date: 28/09/2018 (Friday)
'My wife’s father was on his death bed and we couldn't make plans to visit. He would always call and ask when we were coming... But he never got to meet his granddaughter' A man who has lived in the UK for more than a decade says he has been made to feel “suicidal” after waiting for more than two years for the Home Office to process his settlement application.
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Families demand new probe into missing 11 in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 28/09/2018 (Friday)
Relatives petition UN, key foreign embassies in Colombo and demand president resolve decade-old mystery The families of six men and five male schoolchildren who were kidnapped for ransom in Colombo in 2008, and who have not been seen since, handed a petition to the United Nations on Sept. 18 calling a proper investigation into their disappearances.
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Political prisoners and counter terror laws Long delays in legal processes
Published Date: 27/09/2018 (Thursday)
On 14th September, eight Tamil detainees in the Anuradhapura prison, detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) since around 2009 commenced a fast. Their cases are yet to be concluded, with a major reason for delays being the non-attendance of officials from the Attorney General’s department who are prosecuting the cases. One of the cases has not had a hearing for about 5 years. They are demanding to be released or be subjected to short term “rehabilitation” – a form of detention that doesn’t entail a judicial trial and sentence.
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