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Why death sentence would be a disaster to the country and the economy
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to reintroduce the death sentence on drug offenders, ending 42 years of moratorium. His desperation at his government’s failure to decisively respond to the resurgence of the underworld is understandable. His desire to project himself as the strongman in the mold of his predecessor was also palpable. In a way, the president’s approach is not much different from that of UNP MP Vijayakala Maheswaran and the high priest of Kandy, both offered their own quick fixes to complex social problems. One wanted Prabhakaran, the other Hitler. The Head of the State ought to have done better.
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Human Trafficking: Skin removal and online porn the latest crimes
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Next Monday, the United Nations marks the World Day against Trafficking in Persons – a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. According to the UN, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that about 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these
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Unless Federal set up established, the majority community will gobble us up
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
• Economic benefits will not solve the ethnic problems • There is nothing for me to respond to TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran • In the absence of US, there are others like UK conscious of Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue • Public perception that there is nexus between Ava group and the security forces • I have no proof of that • South must grant our request • Difficult to gauge India’s role • Tamil Nadu is no longer a factor Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, in an interview with the ,Daily
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Govt. to insert federal constitution to 20A: Gammanpila
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The government was trying to incorporate constitutional changes on Federal lines as an amendment to the 20th Amendment during the committee stage of the debate, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila charged yesterday. Addressing a press conference, he said the Bill for the 20 Amendment was published in the Gazette on July 6,2018 and will be presented to Parliament during the first parliamentary week of August.
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China, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen defense ties
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka and China have vowed to strengthen defense ties at a reception held here at the Chinese embassy to celebrate the 91st founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary, Kapila Waidyaratne, who was the chief guest at the Monday evening event, said China had always been a valuable partner of Sri Lanka and the two nations had enjoyed diplomatic relations for 61 years, supporting each other in the regional and international sphere while making efforts to deepen pragmatic cooperation.
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UN finds a quarter of Sri Lankans aremalnourished
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Nearly one in four people in Sri Lanka live below the internationally recognized poverty level a United Nations report, that measured income levels in 2016, has said. The UN standard measures poverty as an income of less thanUS$2.50 a day about Rs 400, while Sri Lanka has a lower measure around Rs.139 per day. Under that measurement only 4.1 percent of the population is below the poverty line.
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‘Gac fruit’ now in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Department of Agriculture introduced ‘Gac fruit,’ scientifically identified as ‘Momordica cochinchinensis’ to Sri Lanka, that can be successfully cultivated during both dry and wet weather seasons. The fruit that is found throughout the Southeast Asian region from South China to Northeastern Australia contain high contents of carotenoids (more than ten times of carrots), particularly provitamin A beta-carotene and lycopene.
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Probe launched into human bones found during construction in Jaffna
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Jaffna Police said that investigations at the location where human skeletal remains were found while establishing a water supply network near Kalviyankadu area in Jaffna, commenced today (24) under the orders of Jaffna Magistrate’s Court. Jaffna Magistrate Sinnathuray Sathiskaranan inspected the scene, and ordered to carry out investigations at the site under the guidance of Judicial Medical Officer S. Mayuran.
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Most people think world is more dangerous than two years ago - survey
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
From major disaster, conflicts and under-reported stories, we shine a light on the world’s humanitarian hotspots Concerns have risen over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction Most people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a survey released on Tuesday 10 July.
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Eyebrows raised over playing Chinese national anthem before SL’s
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Many an eyebrow has been raised over a government decision to play the Sri Lankan national anthem after that of China, at a state festival, attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday. The ceremony to mark the commencement of the construction of a special 200-bed hospital with Chinese financial assistance to treat kidney patients was held in Polonnaruwa on Saturday with the participation of President Sirisena and Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan.
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Vijayakala’s outburst and Elephant in the room
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The speech by the former State Minister of Children’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran has been magnified in the media as a call by her for the return of an LTTE administration to maintain law and order and secure the safety of women in the North. I have used the term outburst because the content of the speech is not in the form of a considered statement and is more in the nature of an emotional outburst. The sexual abuse
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“SL has become an international Drug trafficking Hub” - Ranjith Madduma Bandara
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
• There is a nexus between drug trafficking and underworld operations • Four underworld kingpins operate from outside the country • Underworld operations during MR rule as well • Crime rate dropped since 2015 • UNP will nominate its own presidential candidate for sure Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, in an interview with Daily Mirror, shares his views on the current crime wave and plans for the elections pending at the moment. The Minister shared the following:-
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Why Beggars cannot be Choosers
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Hobson’s choice is a free choice, in which only one thing is offered. Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing. In other words, one may "take it or leave it". So say most popular dictionary. Prominent female writer, in a very interesting article about the situation in the country, said in the heading that our future political choice is a Hobson’s choice between clowns and murderers. Even if we accept her categorization, how this can be a Hobson’s choice? Clowns means
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Sri Lanka is India’s special, trusted partner in South Asia, says PM Modi
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi make the remark during a video address while flagging off an emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka set up with Indian aid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation.
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HRC Chair hits out at dangerous moves to undermine independent body
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The Human Rights Commission’s (HRC) Chair Deepika Udagama this week denounced what she said were sinister efforts to interfere with the work of her institution and to bully it into adopting specific positions. In recent weeks, the HRC–and, in particular, its Chair–was targeted by nationalist politicians. The attacks were so inflammatory that the Prime Minister’s office issued a statement on Thursday underlining that the HRC was appointed under the country’s constitution to function as an independent entity. It is a serious issue, it held, to publicly threaten the HRC’s Chairperson.
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1990- A NUMBER THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE!
Published Date: 22/07/2018 (Sunday)
The 1990 Sugapaduthum Sevai (Suwaseriya) emergency ambulance service for the Northern Province was launched on Saturday 21st July in Jaffna by P.M. Wickremasinghe and Indian P.M.Modi (via tele link). The Suwaseriya service is a national emergency ambulance service made possible with the help of the Indian people. After the southern and western provinces where the service started in 2016, the Northern Province is the first as part of the national launch. Other provinces will get the service over the next few months with Batti and Trinco due to get it by
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‘Confusion worse confounded!’
Published Date: 22/07/2018 (Sunday)
One of the biggest issues across all communities in Sri Lanka is related to land which is creating rifts between the State operators and the public. A proper mapping of forest land and wildlife is not physically handled but following the Google map is the main hindrance to the demarcation of land, several officials in the North and East claimed.
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Sri Lankan Tamil parties pull in different directions Posted on July 19th, 2018
Published Date: 21/07/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s Tamil leaders are pulling in different directions on crucial issues of common concern to the Tamils of the island. The Chief Minister of the Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, is stubbornly adhering to his position that a political solution of the Tamil question should precede economic development.
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Number of modern slaves estimated 'hidden' in UK rises tenfold to 136,000
Published Date: 20/07/2018 (Friday)
Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday - a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said. About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the crime affects 40 million globally.
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Push No One Behind
Published Date: 20/07/2018 (Friday)
Development is a disruptive process. It changes people’s lives, often for the better, though it sometimes bypasses them, leaving them behind. But for too many, the kind of development that prevails today pushes them behind, making them worse off in absolute terms, reducing their standard of living, depriving them of their livelihoods, and in the worst cases, depriving them of their lives. Schumpeter recognised the ‘creative destruction’ of innovation, driving some businesses out of the market and ushering in new, more productive, ones. In Silicon Valley they say, ‘Move fast and break things’. But all too often, if development is driven by the interests of powerful and wealthy owners of economic, social and political resources, what gets destroyed and broken is not just businesses and things, but people.
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MR to miss Parliament debate on New York Times allegations today
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s Parliament is scheduled to debate the allegations made in a New York Times investigation detailing how China seized ownership of the Hambantota Port and accusing the former government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa of corruption. The United National Party (UNP) is expected to table the relevant Adjournment Motion for the debate.
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Kleptocracy of Sri Lanka
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The recent news of a Government member directly engaged in interactions with underworld figures who have been recruited as the said Minister’s security detail has become the latest report to trend. Yet, it does not come as a surprise to many. By now, our society has become riddled with corrupt politicians, politician puppets strung up by malicious figures, criminals turned politicians and vice versa, political leaders who cover up and defend high profile criminals and such.
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Ukrainian border guards detain illegal migrants from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
Border guards of the Lviv and Lutsk detachments and the operative and search unit of the Eastern Regional Directorate have detained 13 illegal migrants - from Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service has reported. "Border guards spotted six foreigners who did not have any documents with them and watched two people cross the Western Bug River along the border line. Border guards
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Disabled Soldiers’ Association seeks Supreme Court intervention
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The Sri Lanka Disabled Soldiers’ Association has complained to the Supreme Court that when its members had gathered peacefully to protest against the non-payment of their pensions and the other due compensation the police arrested the petitioners. The petitioners have said they served in the North, during the country’s war against terrorism and suffered disabilities. They served in the army for over ten years and were eligible for pension.
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New Constitution: TNA seeks int’l backing for its cause
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday reiterated its call for the enactment of a new Constitution before the end of this year. TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan told the visiting Belgium-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group it was important to enact the new Constitution this year.
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