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Deepavali again but promised devolution still eludes all Lankans…
Published Date: 23/10/2017 (Monday)
After the Unity Government was formed in 2015, the President and Prime Minister on realizing that the Tamil issue needs to be resolved first for the country is to go forward, had turned the parliament into a Constitutional Assembly. Together the legislators have produced an interim report to rewrite the constitution, in spite of the divisive mindset of the representatives of all communities painfully slowing down the progress with many issues such as the unitary state, giving prominence to Buddhism, demand for
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Federalism made a dirty word by politicians - Wigneswaran
Published Date: 23/10/2017 (Monday)
Descending from the family that produced Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, C. V. Wigneswaran is also a celebrated Sri Lankan. Lawyer, Supreme Court Judge and now Chief Minister of the Northern Province, he is also a man unafraid to voice his opinion.
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Agencies hunt for doctor seen asking physicians to join ISIS in propaganda video Indian security agencies are hunting for a jihadi physician who featured in a propaganda video calling upon medical professionals to join the terrorist group
Published Date: 23/10/2017 (Monday)
In a new video clip, al-Hindi explains how ISIS healthcare service has grown because of funds and volunteers from across the world. Indian security agencies are vigorously looking for information about a doctor, believed to be from the southern state of Kerala, who recently featured into a propaganda video of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
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Elephantine fraud: Rs. 250 million racket in importing elephant for Dalada Maligawa
Published Date: 23/10/2017 (Monday)
More than Rs 261 million was sent overseas fraudulently in the guise of paying for the import of an elephant from Myanmar in 2007, whereas the market value of the animal was around Rs. 10 to 15 million, a probe committee has revealed. The one-man committee, which probed corruption in the registration and issuing of licences of elephants, found that the elephant had been imported for the Dalada Maligawa and the person who was involved in the transaction had claimed the value was Rs 261,592,500, made
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President and Prime Minister in Vavuniya
Published Date: 23/10/2017 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had appealed jointly not to give room to scuttle the efforts taken to strengthen peace and reconciliation by devolving powers to the Northern and Eastern Provinces when they were addressing the people in the once war-torn Vavuniya in the North on Saturday. The President and the Prime Minister were attending a Government Mobile Service known as 'Nila Mehewara' in Vavuniya where they addressed the gathering on the significance of
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One killed, seven arrested in a shootout with STF
Published Date: 23/10/2017 (Monday)
One individual was shot dead and another seven suspects arrested during a shootout with a team of the Special Task Force this afternoon at Henegedara in Divulapitiya, Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekera said. “The STF received information that an armed gang was roaming in the area. An STF team was
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MR invited me to join, I refused: Daya Gamage
Published Date: 23/10/2017 (Monday)
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa invited me to join hands with him or to give up politics and join his business but I refused, Primary Industries Minister Daya Gamage said. Addressing a group of fresh water prawn farmers in Chilaw, the Minister said the former president offered him a Cabinet post but he refused as he had no intention to rob public money.
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‘Govt.’s aim full implementation of 13 A; talk of new constitution a ruse’
Published Date: 22/10/2017 (Sunday)
By Shamindra Ferdinando General Secretary of the Patriotic National Movement (PNM) Dr. Wasantha Bandara has warned of dire consequences unless those who campaigned against moves to introduce constitutional reforms inimical to the country’s interests defeat the government strategy. The civil society activist alleged that controversial constitutional proposals to deprive Buddhism of state patronage and do away with the unitary status of the country could be a
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Forceful reconciliation is an issue: ex-President
Published Date: 22/10/2017 (Sunday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa questions as to how to build a reconciliation process through the forcible elaboration of an amendment to the country. The Former President made this statement after attending the funeral of Dr. Nagoda Amarawansa today (23).
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Jayampathy Wickramaratne Caught With Pants Down For Selling Duty Free Land Cruiser
Published Date: 22/10/2017 (Sunday)
UNP National List MP Kodagoda Hitige Jayampathi Rohanakumara Wickramarathna alias Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne PC who was a vociferous campaigner against the corruption of the Mahinda Rajapaksa led former regime has been accused of selling his duty free car permit. Jayanpathy is also a politbureau member of Lanka Samasamaja Party (majority group) and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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Despite denial, Gota implicated by ex-STF Chief Report on Welikada Prison Massacre in November 2012
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
The deployment of a staggering number of 798 armed STF personnel to conduct a search of two wards of the Welikada Prisons in November 2012, in violation of all laid down procedure to be followed when Prison premises are searched, led to the riot there which resulted in the death of 27 inmates and caused injuries to many more, the report of a fact-finding committee states. The 3-member committee, to look into facts pertaining to the incident that occurred at the
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Indian company claims it secured railway tender, but SLR is yet to call for bids
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
An Indian State-owned manufacturing company has announced on its website that it has secured an order from Sri Lanka to supply 160 railway coaches even before the bid has been called by the Railway Department. Integral Coach Factory in Chennai says on its website that “ICF has bagged an export order for supply of 78 DEMUs [diesel electric multiple units] and 160 coaches”. But expressions of interest (EOI) for the coach tender only closed last month.
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The Expatriation Of Culture
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
The rift between exoticising a culture – thereby turning it into an object of study and assessment – and expatriating it – thereby looting and destroying its artefacts, its cultural relevance – is actually a fiction. There’s no rift, in other words, and if there is, it’s largely fictional, and like all fictions is maintained to promote the kind of superficial gloss that Orientalism has thrived on: a separation of the material from the ideological in the West’s dealings with the East. What is there in the robbery of the Koh-i-Noor that bears any resemblance to the destruction of the temple and the kovil? The assumption, sustained
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Alleged Killing Of 18 Navy and 8 Army Prisoners by LTTE In Jan 2009
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo on Thursday (19) on the issue of Tamils detained in various prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) in general and the hunger strike undertaken by three such detainees at the Anuradhapura Prison in particular. The focus at both discussions was more on the situation regarding the three prisoners on hunger strike as much as concern expressed with regard to their physical condition.
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Sellers can't decide at what price to sell imported rice: Sathosa
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
The 200,000 metric tonnes of rice, which was scheduled to be imported from Burma, Thailand, India and Pakistan would not be allowed to be sold at prices higher than was stipulated by the government, Lanka Sathosa Chairman T.M.K.B Tennakoon said. Addressing the media he said the rice stocks would be imported by the end of the year. He said that the rice would be distributed using a Government distribution mechanism as well as through private importers.
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SL will continue to work with UN, other firms by aligning govt. policy with SDGs
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka will continue to work with the United Nations (UN) and other institutions by aligning the government’s policy strategy with the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Targets” to be achieved by 2030, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Addressing the World Bank/International Monetary Funds annual meeting in Washington
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Poverty down to 4.1% But highest in the North
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then.
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Proposed constitution to be discussed with clergy – PM
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says views will be exchanged with the clergy following discussions on the proposed new Constitution in Parliament. Three special meetings of the Constitutional Assembly will be held on the 30th and 31st of October and on the 1st of November at the Parliament complex. The talks will take place from 10.30 in the morning to 6.30 in the evening.
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Family members of the LTTE detainees meet President
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
The family members of the LTTE detainees in Anuradhapura prison met President Maithreepala Sirisena today (19). The meeting was provided by The President on the request made by NPC member M. K. Shivajilingam. The family members of the LTTE detainees requested the President to release their family members.
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Premier lashes out at editors for highlighting prelates’s opposition to proposed new Constitution
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that some newspapers had misled the public by publishing reports that the Mahanayakes had opposed the new constitution. Mahanayake of the Malwatte chapter was out of the country but the newspapers published his picture with a story stating that Mahanayakes were against the new constitution, the Prime Minister said, addressing a ceremony held at the Parliament committee room to accept three
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All must understand attempts by some to mislead society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted –President
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena says all the citizens of the country must be aware of the attempts by some section of the society to mislead the society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted. He said that we had to face a nearly three decade long, brutal war as a result of not providing
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S Chandrasekhar: the student who took on the world's top astrophysicist Arthur I Miller on the young Indian who eventually proved that a star really could collapse and fall into a black hole
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
In the 1930s the rarefied world of science was ripped apart by a controversy that was to have devastating consequences for the development of astrophysics. It began when an Indian student called Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Chandra) decided to work out what would happen if Einstein's special theory of relativity was applied to the processes that went on inside stars. This step was important because particles inside stars travel at speeds close to
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India takes on China at another battlefront: A Sri Lankan airport
Published Date: 18/10/2017 (Wednesday)
India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate the airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) project. The Doklam conflict between India and China amply highlighted the fight between the two countries for supremacy in South Asia. India is strongly asserting against China which is trying to build strategic assets in the garb of infrastructure projects all around India. It is the continuation of the old Chinese 'String of Pearls' policy that aims at ring-fencing India. But
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Basil’s predictions and his hallucinations…
Published Date: 18/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Pradesheeya Sabhas became a devolved subject under the Provincial Councils in the Local Government system of Sri Lanka. This mechanism of local government was introduced in 1987 through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.The legislative bodies that preside over the third tier municipalities in the country, they total up to 271 and are collectively responsible for governance of approximately 16,726,000 people. Ranging from 5 to 23 per council, there are 3,624 Councillors in total.
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Sri Lanka Opposition Leader urges government to release all prisoners detained under PTA
Published Date: 18/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the Leader of main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan Tuesday urged the Government to release all persons held in custody from the North and East under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay. Moving an adjournment motion in parliament yesterday, the Opposition Leader said these prisoners are held in custody under the PTA irrespective of whether they have been convicted, charged, or not yet been charged.
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