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Mangala promises: Progress in constitutional reforms and transitional justice
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera promised in Parliament yesterday to show clear progress in constitutional reforms and transitional justice process within this year. Taking part in the debate on the No-Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister Samaraweera said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had personally given leadership to Constitutional reforms and transitional justice process. "The initial drafts of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are now with the Prime Minister. We will present them to the Cabinet and Parliament this year. The legislation pertaining to the Reparation Unit is also being finalised now. The Office of Missing Persons
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No-faith motion: PM accedes to 10 demands to secure TNA’s support
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District MP Selvam Addaikalanathan yesterday said that UNP leader and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had accepted ten of its proposals in return for the group's backing for him to defeat the No Confidence Motion (NCM) moved by the Joint Opposition. The TELO MP, representing the TNA, said that there had been a heated argument and tension when PM Wickremesinghe at the onset of the meeting between the UNP and the TNA turned down those proposals.
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Ranil Wins The Day, JO Consolidates, Maithri Slips Even Further, Govt Loses 2/3rds Majority
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe comfortably survived the vote of no-confidence brought against him by the Joint Opposition (JO) a short while ago. A total of 78 MPs supported the motion while 122 voted against it. Twenty six MPs were not present at the time the vote was taken. Although both the JO and the UNP had claimed that victory was assured for the respective positions they took, uncertainty prevailed throughout the day after the debate on the motion commenced at 10 this morning.
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Britisher, another injured in shooting in Kosgoda
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
A 68-year-old British man and another person were injured when two men who arrived by a motorcycle opened fire at them at Induruwa, Athuruwella in Kosgoda last evening, police said. Police said the gunmen had fired at the victims while they were travelling in a car. They were admitted to the Nagoda Hospital. The victims were identified as Mohamed Ismail a Britisher and Saman Perera a resident of Athuruwella.
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Ven. Rathana fails to broker deal among SLFP, SLPP and UNP
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
MP Ven. Athureliye Rathana Thera addressing a press briefing in Parliament said that his attempt to broker a deal with the SLFP, SLPP and UNP in a bid to come up with a national plan to develop the country within the next year failed. ‘On Tuesday morning everyone was unsure about the outcome of the NCM vote and I tried to use the opportunity to present a plan that all three parties can agree on. But by yesterday one party was certain that it could win so my proposal didn’t work. But I will keep trying."
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UNF to bring no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
The United National Front (UNF) led by the United National Party (UNP) is considering submitting a no-confidence motion against Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala. UNP member and Minister Navin Dissanayake said that Sumathipala acted in an unfair manner on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, “UNF will move a No faith motion against deputy speaker Thilanga Sumathipala who has
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Tuition during school hours to be banned
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam says he will present a Cabinet paper preventing the conduct of private tuition classes during school hours between 7.30am and 1.30pm on weekdays. In response to a question raised in Parliament, Minister Kariyawasam said the government has promptly addressed the necessary concerns surrounding the education sector. The Minister stated the Ministry of education has recruited teachers and 4,000 Principals have also been recruited claiming that the Ministry has addressed several issues.
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Envoy says Indian ‘aid is not to raid or invade’
Published Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
India is always available to collaborate with Sri Lanka, according to the pace Sri Lanka is comfortable with, said India’s top diplomat in Sri Lanka this week, in a diplomatic speech which nevertheless alluded to regional geopolitics. “We want to work with you at a pace you are comfortable with. India will be there whenever you need us,” Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu said at the Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration, which was organised by the University of Colombo Alumni Association, this week.
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Foreign remittances, pensioners exempted from tax MANGALA NAILS DISTORTED VIEWS ON REVENUE ACT
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Foreign remittances of persons working abroad are not taxable. Only those who earn above a certain amount will be taxed, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday. “Upto Rs 15 million from services rendered to persons outside Sri Lanka is tax exempted. Further, pensioners have been totally exempted from taxes, but if their interest is over Rs. 1.5 million per year (over Rs. 125,000 per month) it will be subject to a withholding tax.
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No-confidence motion lacks credibility – Sampanthan
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R Sampanthan says that the wording and timing of the no-confidence motion, which seeks to implicate the Prime Minister with the bond scam, are indicative of the pursuit of a political agenda through the motion rather than fixing responsibility in regard to the bond scam. “The question must be raised as to why the wording is so vague and lacking in any specific charge against the Prime Minister in regard to the fraud pertaining to the bond scam per say,”
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Sri Lanka PM ouster move fizzles out as debate begins
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
A faction within President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party announced it will abstain from the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the opposition failed to muster the numbers required to topple him. After failing in their attempts to pressure Wickremesinghe to step down, the Sirisena-faction was in two pieces – one supporting the no-confidence resolution and the other opposing it. SLFP state minister A. H. M. Fowzie who is in the “no-camp” opposing any moves to topple the government, told reporters that “they”, meaning the rebels within Sirisena faction, will abstain from voting allowing the premier to win by a big margin.
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Democracy, Development
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
‘…Thanks to a very successful propaganda campaign focused on the poor and the suffering, the Nazi Party rose from only 12 seats in Reichstag in 1928 to becoming the largest Party at the 1932 Parliamentary Poll with 230 seats….’(https://www.historyonthenet.com) The leader of the Nazi Party was Adolph Hitler, dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945, responsible for World War II. Hitler not only believed that Germany was a superpower, he also believed that the Germans were a superior race, even to the extent of near annihilating races whom he felt were inferior, targeting in particular the Jews whom he described as exploiters of the German race, the result of which was sending six million Jews, including women and children, to the gas chambers.
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Shared Customs Between The Sinhalese And Tamil Communities At New Year
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Sinhala and Tamil New Year is almost upon us, and as preparations begin for the festivities that mark the end of the harvest season, we thought we’d take a look at some of the traditions and customs that have come to characterize the holiday. In Sinhalese, the new year is known as Aluth Avurudda, while in Tamil the new year is known as Puthandu or Puthuvarusham. For the Tamils, the holiday marks the first day of the Tamil month Chithirai, while for the Sinhalese it marks the movement of the sun from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries).
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Army Chief offers help to Northern Chief Minister to put things right
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The JVP says the No-Confidence Motion tabled against the Prime Minister also applies to the President. Speaking during the debate on the No-Confidence Motion this afternoon, MP Bimal Ratnayake said the Head of State was also involved in the preparation of the No-Confidence Motion. The MP said President Maithripala Sirisena received the people’s mandate against corruption.
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End is nigh for National Govt? Opposition Leader to change?
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Members of Parliament from the government and the opposition are presently expressing various views during the ongoing debate on the motion of the no confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, political analysts point out that regardless of the final outcome of the vote, either the defeat or victory of the motion would signal the end of the National Government, formed by the country’s two main political parties. Accordingly, before the commencement of the debate various opinions regarding the final stance of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) were expressed on multiple occasions.
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From Palmyrah To Paper – The Art Of The Ola Leaf Book
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Written records were always considered a good method of preserving knowledge for the benefit of future generations. The earliest historical records could be found inscribed on material such as clay, metal tablets, and stone. With languages becoming more developed and complex as time went on, our ancestors realised that a more convenient medium was needed for written records. As a result, many South and East Asian countries such as India, Myanmar, Thailand, and, of course, Sri Lanka, began to use dried, old palmyrah leaves to make palm leaf manuscripts for the purpose of writing.
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Sri Lanka Relations in Perspective History alive in both countries
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Dr. Mohsen Eslami is Assistant Professor of the Department of International Relations, at the Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran. Recently he was invited for a round-table conference which was held by Pathfinder Foundation, in association with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and in collaboration with the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations, on the theme ‘Iran and the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century’. In a brief interview with the Daily Mirror Dr. Eslami spoke about diplomatic relations between Iran and Sri Lanka. Excerpts:
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China's 'cash and carry' diplomacy in Balochistan: The good, bad and the uncertain If Pakistan is willingly degrading itself as a client state of China, there are positive takeaways for India.
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Supporters of Baluchistan National Party (BNP) protest during a rally in Karachi April 12, 2009. The protesters demonstrated against what they said was the killing of political activists in Balochistan.Reuters It's all but official that China is hobnobbing with the Balochistan separatists in Pakistan. The aim is to preserve its multi-billion dollar economic corridor project in Pakistan and keep the crude supply lines intact. Beyond this, the revelation by the Financial Times shows that China's 'commercial diplomacy' has moved to another level and form.
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Sri Lanka Continues to Deceive UN Human Rights Council : TGTE’s Response to the Statement by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
Published Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The Elephant in the Room in Foreign Minister’s speech was the Complete Omission of Accountability. We call upon the TaDiasporapora to provide the necessary evidence to the Attorneys General Departments in their respective host countries to bring prosecutions under Universal Jurisdiction.”— Visuvanathan RudrakumaranGENEVA, SWITZERLAND, April 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ --
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State Minister Senanayake visits Australia
Published Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake recently visited Australia and met Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The two Ministers discussed bilateral issues ranging from the strong people to people links and growing economic relations, to cooperation in countering transnational crimes. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop conveyed Australia’s appreciation to Sri Lanka for its cooperation in combatting people smuggling. State Minister Senanayake thanked the Foreign Minister for Australia’s long-term development assistance to Sri Lanka and support to eradicate dengue, which was announced during Minister Bishop’s visit to Sri Lanka in July 2017. The two Ministers also discussed political and maritime issues of relevance in the region that are of
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Gotabhaya, Karannagoda complain to NPC
Published Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Navy Commander, Wasantha Karannagoda lodged two complaints with the National Police Commission (NPC) yesterday against a senior officer of the CID for referring their names to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The two men lodged the complaints saying that a young woman, Jeyathi Thyagarajah had stated that a senior CID officer, who visited her house, informed her that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Navy Commander, Wasantha Karannagoda operated a gang that kidnapped people and that her brother was abducted by the aforementioned group.
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ADB approves $100 million additional funding to enhance skills for jobs in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $100 million results-based loan as additional financing for the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to develop skills to meet labor demands, support economic diversification, and enhance productivity in the country. “Sri Lanka has achieved universal primary and high secondary enrollment rates, a high adult literacy rate, and gender parity in access to all levels of education. However, there remains a clear mismatch between skills among youth and labor market demand,” said Gi Soon Song, an ADB Principal Social Sector Specialist. “The ongoing skills enhancement program, spearheaded by the government and supported by ADB, will address this issue through a focus on technical and vocational education and policy support.”
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Army Chief offers help to Northern Chief Minister to put things right
Published Date: 01/04/2018 (Sunday)
Army Commander, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has offered to provide assistance for Northern schools with their cadetting programmes and to resolve issues pertaining to fishing community during a meeting with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran This offer was made during a meeting between the two men at the Chief Minister’s Office in Nallur, Jaffna on Thursday (29). The Commander pointed out that Army was capable of providing leadership for school
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Sri Lanka arrests top prison official over jail massacre
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s police Thursday announced arresting a senior prison official in connection with the 2012 massacre of 27 inmates at the high security Welikada jail. Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewage was taken into custody from his official residence near the prison on Wednesday night, a day after a police inspector was also taken into custody, police said in a statement. Lamahewage was in charge of the maximum security prison as its superintendent when the military and special task force commandoes were called in to quell a riot in November 2012.
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Time to unite to act wisely rather than keeping silent lips and murmuring hearts
Published Date: 29/03/2018 (Thursday)
No matter what we believe, no matter whom we follow, no matter where we come from, no matter for how long we have inhabited this land, no matter what we do, no matter how rich our history is, we must live in harmony and ensure the safety of every living being on this land. We must practice zero tolerance for extremism and violence. The most important issue is how strong we are in living together while respecting each other’s diversity. Rhetoric will not play any substantive role in nation-building if we do not do the groundwork to enhance harmony among all communities and ensure the safety of every citizen living on this land.
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