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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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US$ 480 mn grant from Millennium Corporation
Published Date: 27/09/2018 (Thursday)
The Millennium Challenges Corporation (MCC) of the US Government will provide US dollars 480 million in development aid to Sri Lanka. Millennium Challenges Corporation CEO Brock Bierman told President Maithripala Sirisena the draft relating to this grant was now ready to be submitted to the US Senate for approval shortly, when he met him on September 24 in New York. President Sirisena is in New York
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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 6
Published Date: 27/09/2018 (Thursday)
This essay records further US assistance to Yahapalana. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash visited Sri Lanka in September 2018 to continue discussion on the proposed MCC Sri Lanka Compact, a large-scale five-year grant program, Lanka to promote economic growth in Sri Lanka . MCC is an innovative foreign assistance agency of the United States Government established in 2004. It has signed compacts with 29 countries around the world. In December 2016, MCC’s Board of Directors selected Sri Lanka for such a compact
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Jaffna court rejects ban on Thileepan commemoration
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
The Jaffna court has rejected an application by Sri Lankan police seeking to ban commemorations for Thileepan in Nallur. Jaffna police had applied last Friday for an injunction on memorial events and for decorations on the Thileepan monument in Nallur to be removed, based on Thileepan being a member of a nationally and internationally banned organisation.
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The military minds its business – At a cost
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
In 2013, Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya spoke on the new challenge of transforming the Army from a wartime force to a peacetime force. Profit-making ventures that harnessed the manpower and resource capacity of the Army would power this transition, as “We can perform on a competitive basis because we are effective and efficient, so we can provide a good service. The Army is involved in almost all the services and professions that one can offer.”
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Some Misplaced Criticisms Of The Tamil Political Trajectory
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
First of all, let me touch on the Northern Provincial Council. Elected on the TNA ticket by an overwhelming majority in 2013 and, having assumed office as Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran had occasion to remark sometime that he would concentrate on running the Provincial Administration, leaving political issues to be tackled by the Parliamentarians. However, with the passage of time, he stepped into the political arena as well, slowly but surely distancing himself from the TNA, while joining hands with forces
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Allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own, Prez Sirisena tells UN
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective and consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law and extend the fullest support to the build a progressive, democratic, free and equal society.
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Hundreds Protest Against Sri Lankan President at UN: Shouting Where are our Babies who surrendered? TGTE
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Hundreds demonstrated outside United Nations against Sri Lankan President speaking at the UN General Assembly. Shouting where are our Babies who Surrendered? These Babies Surrendered along with their families at the end of the war in May 2009, when Sri Lankan President was acting as Defense Minister. These babies must be ten years old by now.
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