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UN chief expresses concern over Sri Lankan President’s decision to dissolve Parliament
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the nation’s Parliament, underlining the “utmost importance” of respecting democratic processes and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law. Sri Lanka’s political crisis deepened on Friday as President Sirisena dissolved the Parliament
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Report: 13 Sri Lankan asylum seekers imprisoned in Israel Lawyers say their lives were at risk; PIBA says they came for work.
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Thirteen Sri Lankan regime opponents have been imprisoned in Israel for two weeks and deprived of rights, according to a report by KAN Bet. The 13 reportedly fled to Israel on tourist visas after having received death threats following the October revolution in their country, and planned to apply for asylum in Israel.
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Largest but voiceless minority plead at ‘Court of last resort’ Says new CJ fresh hope for speedy redress
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Fervent accessibility rights activist Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera, Hony. Chief Executive of IDIRIYA, has moved the Court to re-activate invocation of a Fundamental Rights Public Interest Litigation of utmost importance to Sri Lanka, nationally and internationally. Its main purpose is to seek redress for a most vulnerable and fast increasing, voiceless and underprivileged marginalised group of persons with limited mobility, estimated at 20% of Sri Lanka’s population.
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President's Fund from 2015: Rs. 26.6 mn paid to 16 MPs
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Sixteen parliamentarians have been paid a total of Rs. 26,617,357 as benefits by the president fund from 2015 to up to now. The highest payment has been paid to 3 Members of Parliament in the year 2016 amount to Rs. 11,700,000.
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Sri Lanka President’s Undemocratic And Unconstitutional Moves – OpEd
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Believing that he could win a third term as president, Mahinda Rajapaksa scheduled the presidential election for January 2015. After some time, it became clear that Ranil Wickremesinghe will not be contesting the election as he was perceived as a week candidate. Several alternative names were suggested. One of my friends who had a deep connection to the United National Party (UNP) told me that Maithripala Sirisena would be the common opposition candidate. I laughed because I did not believe the theory. One, I did not believe
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Hearing of 11 petitions adjourned for the day
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
The hearing of the 11 petitions filed before the Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of Parliament adjourned for the day with the Supreme Court due to convene once again tomorrow. NewsRadio Court correspondent said the hearing was suspended for 10am tomorrow.
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Legal action against all involved – Dinesh
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Steps will be taken to institute legal action against all persons who were involved in selling the valuable lands in Colombo at low prices under the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, during the time of the previous government, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Dinesh Gunawardena told Mawbima.
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Western diplomats shun meeting with Sri Lanka minister on political crisis
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Eight Western countries stayed away from a meeting with Sri Lanka’s government on Monday to register their protest against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, diplomatic and government sources said.
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We will form a broader and fresh alliance to save Sri Lanka: Ranil
Published Date: 12/11/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s ousted Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the political parties of United National Front are expecting to form a new political alliance. Releasing a special statement Wickremesinghe said they are currently discussing about building a broader people’s organization to save the country from the current situation.
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“We are Going to the Supreme Court First Thing in the Morning on Monday November 12” Says TNA Lawyer -Politico MA Sumanthiran as Sri Lanka’s Opposition Parties Resolve to Challenge Dissolution of Parliament.
Published Date: 11/11/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka’s opposition parties are to challenge in the Supreme Court on Monday, the dissolution of the country’s parliament, which was announced late on Friday by President Maithripala Sirisena. “We are going to the Supreme Court first thing in the morning on Monday, November 12,” said M.A.Sumanthiran, opposition Member of Parliament, who is also a top Supreme Court lawyer.
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How the 26-year-old Tamil Tiger Insurgency was Defeated
Published Date: 11/11/2018 (Sunday)
The article deliberates how Sri Lanka militarily bested the Tamil Tigers with what is known as the Rajapaksa or Sri Lankan Counterinsurgency (COIN) Model. The Model is brilliant yet polemic due to its brutality; the main point of contention being the indiscriminate use of violence that the Sri Lankan forces engaged in – killing thousands of non-combatants. The Sri Lankan’s, it seemed, read the Western take on the COIN, which focuses on winning
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Sri Lanka foreign minister talks on managing ties with West, India and China
Published Date: 11/11/2018 (Sunday)
Western democracies have been expressing serious concern over the sacking of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the prorogation of parliament, and now the dissolution of parliament, saying that these measures are patently unconstitutional. The US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs had said in a tweet that the United States is “deeply concerned by news the Sri Lanka Parliament will be dissolved, further deepening the political crisis.”
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Strategising Sri Lanka’s foreign policy: The scope of air diplomacy
Published Date: 10/11/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has remained one of the most globally connected countries. Whilst expeditions were dispatched to the Roman Empire in some of the first international interactions, special envoys continued to traverse the world over the centuries. Likewise, Sri Lanka attracted many traders and conquerors owing to resources and location. Numerous calls have been made to make Sri Lanka a hub in the Indian Ocean, but often islanders fail to realise that Sri Lanka was a hub of strategic importance. Traders from China, the Arab world, as well as the Portuguese, Dutch and British all found the island to be of
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Behind Lanka's Turmoil, An India-China Struggle For Investment, Influence India, the traditional power in the region, is muscling into port and other projects in Sri Lanka, pushing back hard against China.
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Gleaming cranes stretch out on the waterfront in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo as Chinese companies construct a $1.5 billion new commercial district, including hotels, marinas and a motor racing track. They have already built a giant container terminal nearby and a huge port in the south.
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MPs’ defections a sheer betrayal of the voters The seat does not belong to the MP; it belongs to the party and voters
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
An elderly gentleman, a United National Party supporter, cast his preference vote for a teledrama actress who contested the 2010 parliamentary elections from the UNP, for he felt she was being unfairly vilified by the then government leaders who suddenly projected her character as a ‘a bad woman’ after she played the lead role as a do-gooder for more than a hundred episodes. She was, however, elected to parliament, largely on the sympathy of
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Ranil urges public to continue 13-day protest against corrupt dictatorship
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Thanking all those who had resisted attempts by President Maithripala Sirisena to subvert the democratic process over the last 13-days , Wickremesinghe who insists that he is still the legitimate Prime Minister , yesterday called on the people to join hands to prevent a corrupt dictatorship taking root in the country.
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UNP Supporters Clad In Camouflage T Shirts Protecting Their Leader At Temple Trees: "We Came Here To Die For Him"
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The UNP supporters clad in camouflage T-Shirts are currently guarding Temple Trees, the official residence of the Prime Minister, expecting a showdown with the country's law enforcement bodies "at any time". The new government continues to claim that Wickremesinghe, the "ousted" Prime Minister,
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17 government bodies assigned to the President
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka Police which was controlled by the Ministry of Law and Order has been moved under the purview of the Minister of Defense.A gazette notification announcing the distribution of subjects for respective ministers notes that 17 government bodies including the 03 armed forces, Civil Security Department, National Cadet Corps, Department of Coast Conservation & National Media Center have been assigned to the Ministry of Defense under President Maithripala Sirisena.
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Gotabaya’s overseas travel ban lifted
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The Permanent High Court-at-Bar has lifted the overseas travel ban imposed on former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the period of one month from December 14. The case was taken up before the Permanent High Court judge bench consisting of Justices Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne this morning (09).
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Japan to support humanitarian demining in Northern Province
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The Government of Japan has extended a total sum of $ 625,000 (Approximately Rs. 97 million) in grant aid for humanitarian demining in northern Sri Lanka, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP). ‘The Project for Humanitarian Mine Clearance for Resettlement and Livelihood in Northern
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New Govt attempting to conceal corruption’
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
United National Party Parliamentarian Harshana Rajakaruna has charged a new government has been formed together with the President with the intention of concealing cases filed against theft and corruption during the previous tenure by abolishing the special High Court. Speaking to NewsRadio MP Rajakaruna said the such intent was confirmed through a
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We're opposed to elections under this illegal Govt: JVP
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said today it was dangerous to go for an election under a government which obtained power through unconstitutional means and stressed the need to rectify the present political crisis before going for a national election. JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a news conference that the approval of a two-thirds
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President says no to Ranil'
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena reportedly told the TNA parliamentary group yesterday that he would not reappoint UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Minister even if his party secured a majority in Parliament. He met with the TNA delegation on Wednesday and discussed the current political situation. He reportedly asked the TNA to abstain from the vote of no confidence if it were moved.
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Sri Lanka President Dissolves Parliament Amid Power Struggle: Reports
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Maithripala Sirisena signed an official notification dismissing the 225-member assembly with effect from midnight, clearing the way for a snap election nearly two years ahead of schedule
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These Are The Myths That Are Used To Justify UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia The arms industry is not a major part of the economy. But it has always enjoyed a totally disproportionate voice in the corridors of power
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Recent weeks have seen a renewed and long overdue focus on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Jeremy Hunt has joined his American counterparts in calling for a much-needed ceasefire. One thing he hasn’t questioned is the arms sales that have enabled the war, and the myths that are used to justify them. For the last three and a half years Saudi-led forces have inflicted a terrible bombardment on Yemen. UK weapons have played a central role. Right now, UK-made fighter jets are being flown by UK-trained personnel who are firing UK-made missiles and dropping UK-made bombs.
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