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This Is The Most Spineless Cabinet I’ve Been Part Of: Mangala
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera in the course of a heated argument with Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said that the current cabinet is the weakest he has ever been a part of. The argument took place during the cabinet meeting this morning (July 31) when Senaratne sought Cabinet to approve a salary hike for railway workers.
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Proposal to have Police or STF or military search inmates Prisoners’ rights group condemns move
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners yesterday (30), vehemently condemned any proposed Government move to have prisoners searched by the Police, the Police Special Task Force (STF) or military personnel. The Committee emphasized that only Prisons Departmental staff, trained (and knowledgeable also in aspects pertaining to psychology {dealing with anxiety, pressure, stress, and tension} and hygiene, among other aspects concerning medical health including sanitation), for the purpose could be allowed to do so.
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Shadows of Black July and post-war reconciliation
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The July 1983 anti-Tamil riots is a watershed in the recent history of this country, and 35 years later, with a three-decade war over and thousands killed, we are still left asking ‘Quo Vadis Lanka?’ This writer was seven years old when Colombo went up in flames on a seemingly ordinary July day. As a child, I did not know that 13 members of the government military had been killed in an ambush by the then fledging rebel outfit, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Neither did I know then that, twenty years later, I will be covering Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict and the 2002 peace process as a journalist. All I knew was that I was travelling
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Alleged youth abduction case Two Navy Officers allowed bail
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Colombo High Court yesterday (30) granted bail, under strict conditions, to two Navy Intelligence officers, who were in remand on charges of abducting and causing the disappearance of 11 children from Colombo and its suburbs 10 years ago. The bail order was given by High Court Judge Champa Rajaratne, having considered a petition filed by K. Gamini and Thushara Mendis.
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Immediate developments of Northern and Eastern provinces under President’s supervision
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Presidential Task Force appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to monitor the development projects conducted in Northern and Eastern provinces where the development activities retarded due to the war held its first meeting, chaired by the President at the President’s office today(30).
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Representatives of SL President visit Karunanidhi
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Representatives of Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena on Monday visited the Kauvery hospital in Tamil Nadu to meet the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, ANI news agency reported. Wishing speedy recovery to ailing Karunanidhi, the delegation also handed over a letter from
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LTTE not a terrorist group, says MIC
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Cameron Highlands MP C Sivarraajh defended the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and said it comprised freedom fighters Under-fire, DAP’s P Ramasamy found an unlikely ally from across the divide today when MIC’s C Sivarraajh defended the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and said it was not a terrorist group.
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LTTE ideology still poses threat, says ex-IGP
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Musa Hassan says the threat posed by the LTTE should not be taken lightly as the US and the UN listed them as a terrorist group. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which was involved in decades of bloodshed in Sri Lanka may have been defeated but its ideology still prevails and its sympathisers are still around, said former Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan.
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Prez polls 2019: Gota in powwow with Tamil media, underpins his vision on accelerated development
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (July 26) told Colombo-based senior Tamil print and electronic journalists that countrywide economic empowerment was the key to post-war stability. Rajapaksa stressed the pivotal importance of economic empowerment of all communities, particularly those who had been denied of opportunities due to the conflict.
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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN CRISIS – DINESH ALLEGES FLAWED, SERVING PERSONAL AGENDAS
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Leader of the Joint Opposition Dinesh Gunawardena alleged yesterday (29) that there was a crisis in the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms, as some of the Clauses which were included in the Draft were never discussed at the Committee level. He said that the Clauses which were said to be included in the new Draft ,such as the possibilities of impeaching the President on grounds of unsound mind, recommended by the Prime Minister and the Speaker, were never discussed, he told Ceylon Today last night.
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Country run by the worst set of thieves
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
By Anuradha Herath Member of the Joint Opposition, Parliamen-tarian, Johnston Fernando says that people of this country believe it is only Mahinda Rajapaksa who can rebuild this country. Excerpts of the interview: You are not heard these days, are you maintaining a period of political silence? A: I am making a noise! It is not being published in the media. That is the truth. When I watched the speech I made, it is a clip of only 30 seconds. From among the MPs who spoke against the Government from 8 January, I believe I am one of those who spoke vehemently, especially, against the President and the Prime Minister.
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MMDA: 67 Years Old Law, 30 Years Of Muslim Women’s Struggle, 5 Reform Attempts – Will Justice Minister Give Into ACJU Bully?
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
67 years old law, 30 years of Muslim women’s struggle, 5 reform attempts and 9 years of deliberation of Justice Saleem Marsoof’s Committee on MMDA reform –What is next? “Fear Allah! Do not do injustice to your own community women and girls” was the slogan of many of the women who stood near the parliament opposing the elected Muslim men discussing the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) reform report with All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU – yet another males only body) on 24thJuly 2018. There would
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PM announces plans for massive development of East
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday announced that a mega development plan would be implemented with the objective of uplifting rural areas over the next two years. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe made these remarks while participating in the opening ceremony of the newly-built Manmunai Pattu Divisional Secretariat building in Batticaloa. Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that necessary steps had been taken to develop the tourism industry in the Eastern Province.
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Citizens’ views Return of the Hangman
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
The death penalty is the talk of the country since President Maithripala Sirisena stated that he would willingly sign the execution orders for those leading the drug trade from behind jail cells, earlier this month. The statement by the President was made as the country was rocked by a series of drug busts, amounting to several million in street value. It is not a mistake to say that the drug trade has gone unchecked in the recent years and
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LN to take delivery of Vietnam era US warship
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka Navy will take delivery of a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter Sherman from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in August this year. A section of the crew assigned to the vessel is receiving training on board the vessel at USCG base Honolulu. The USCG decommissioned the 50-year-old ship in March this year. A senior naval official told The Island that larger vessels were required for post-war responsibilities. "We need bigger platforms to patrol the 200 mile exclusive economic zone. The acquisition of USCG Cutter is in line with the overall strategy," the official said.In
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Drug lord kept in upper floor cell to help keep eye on prison security
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
It has been revealed that a drug baron, known as Susei, who was found to run his criminal operations by using mobile phones while in jail, had been kept on an upper floor of the Welikada Prison so that he could see the officers who came to check prison cells, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Thalatha Atukorale told The Island yesterday. Atukorale has instructed prison officers to transfer Susei to a prison cell on the ground floor. "Putting this man in an upper floor cell is a big problem. It is obvious that Susei was kept
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Military Propagandists Targeting The HRCSL And RTIC
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Well targeted attacks aimed at the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission Chairperson Dr Deepika Udagama by a group of ex-military men appear to be part of a larger strategy aimed at destabilizing Sri Lanka’s independent Commissions, particularly the HRCSL and the Right to Information Commission (RTIC), both of which have been praised locally and internationally for their progressive interventions. This week, the Divaina published a report by blatantly pro-military journalist Keerthi Warnakulasooriya known for his crude propaganda, saying that the RTIC’s recent direction to the Sri Lanka Army
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C’wealth Secretary-General to arrive in SL
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
The Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland would arrive in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a four-day official visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Monday. In a statement, the ministry said this would be Dame Scotland’s first visit to Sri Lanka since she assumed the Office of Secretary-General in April 2016. “On August 1, the Secretary-General will call on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and meet Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana. She will meet Ministers Malik
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Malaysia calls for Sri Lanka FTA
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Malaysia has expressed its strong interest on moving forward on the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka that was initially mulled in 2013. “I welcome your interest on an FTA with Sri Lanka about which we agreed in principle. Such an agreement will boost Lanka-Malaysia trade in a great way” said Sri Lankan Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathudeen on 25 July in Kuala Lumpur. Minister Bathiudeen was in discussions with the Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry YB
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Winning the war and losing the peace
Published Date: 29/07/2018 (Sunday)
This week, an anniversary passed almost unnoticed: it is thirty-five years since ‘Black July’, the anti-Tamil racial riots that became a turning point in the Eelam war. The anniversary hardly merited a mention in the mainstream media which is not shy to commemorate the births and deaths of all types of individuals, most of them politicians who have done more harm than good. Our leaders of today did not issue ‘messages’ to recall the event although Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did. “On this day, we remember the victims of the 1983 anti-Tamil
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Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections
Published Date: 26/07/2018 (Thursday)
Imran Khan declares victory for his Tehreek-e-Insaf party in the contested Pakistani election. The former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections, promising a “new” Pakistan following a vote that was marred by allegations of fraud and militant violence. Khan, who aspires to be the country’s next prime minister, said in a televised address to the nation that “thanks to God, we won and we were successful”.
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Impunity in Sri Lanka and the Commissions of Inquiry into Disappearances of Persons – M.C.M. Iqbal
Published Date: 26/07/2018 (Thursday)
The violation of the language rights following the enactment of Official Languages Act No. 33 of 1956, started the process of human rights violations of the Tamils of Sri Lanka which eventually led to the pogroms against them in 1958, 1977, 1983 and the massacres of 2008 -2009. 71 onwards To understand the upsurge of impunity and disappearances of persons in the country, there is a need to look at the insurgency of Sinhala youth in 1971 which was brutally suppressed by
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Sri Lanka remains a ‘Human Rights Priority Country’ for the UK
Published Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka remains a priority country in the United Kingdom’s Annual Human Rights Report 2017. Sri Lanka is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs); countries where the UK has serious human rights concerns and hopes to engage positively to develop human rights performance. The report acknowledges that there has been limited progress in the human rights situation in
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Mannar can be developed as Dubai City: Champika
Published Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Although there’s no sufficient water, Mannar District can be developed as Dubai City, if it’s natural resources are properly managed, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said today. He made this remark while, laying the foundation stone for the new Mannar Bus terminal which is to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 180 million under the Urban Development Authority’s (UDA) ‘Sukitha Purawara’ programme.
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Sri Lankan reform has 'ground to a halt' with torture used freely – UN Coalition government has failed on promise to repeal Prevention of Terrorism Act
Published Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s progress towards reform has “virtually ground to a halt” and brutal torture is used with impunity, the UN concludes in a scathing report on the country’s human rights record. The report, which comes three years after the country appeared to have turned a corner in its history by electing a new coalition government, is published on Monday following a UN visit to Sri Lanka at the request of the government. “None of the measures so far adopted to fulfil Sri Lanka’s transitional justice commitments are adequate to ensure real progress,” it says.
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