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‘Hitler’ comparison hurts Sri Lanka presidential hopeful
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
A senior Buddhist monk counselling former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to emulate Hitler and establish a military dictatorship may have seriously hurt his bid for the presidency, according to close associates. A chief priest of the Asgiriya chapter, Vendaruwe Upali, blessed Rajapaksa on his 69th birthday Wednesday by urging him to follow the German dictator Hitler and take over the country even if it means establishing military rule. The monk, delivering a sermon at the private home of Rajapaksa, prayed that the youngest among the Rajapaksa siblings should be the next leader of Sri Lanka as the country needed a “Sinhala Buddhist leader.”
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Golden opportunity to find new co-sponsor: HR activist
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has the golden opportunity of finding a new co-sponsor and going in for an alternative and interim UN resolution as the US has pulled out from the UNHRC, said Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, former Commissioner of Human Rights Commission. Commenting on the latest development, Dr. Mahanamahewa said the US-Sri Lanka sponsored 2015 resolution in a nutshell says that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes and therefore, a hybrid court should be established to investigate charges. “However, the US says the UNHRC is of no use and like a cesspool. The US also accused the council of being biased and not protecting human rights of a country. We can embark on this
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Towards the 2020 Presidential Elections
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
Many names are surfacing in discussion forums about who should be the next president of Sri Lanka. Once the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka declares the date for the Presidential Elections by the end of 2019 we’ll see all political parties making public their nominees for the post of president. President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he wishes to continue in politics. This would make him a likely candidate for this coveted post along with others including UNP Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the much talked about former Defence Secretary Gotabya Rajapaksa. Most people have a love-hate relationship with former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, now pursuing a political career in an island nation that’s choking with debts, lawlessness and rising cost of living.
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If Gota is going to be President, God help this country!
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
• Judges of this country should be bold and be able to do justice • Wickremesinghe is grooming Sajith, Ravi, Akila, Harin, Sagala and me for the UNP Leadership • If he doesn’t allow young leaders to come up, things won’t be favourable for him • UNP isn’t all about Wickremesinghe and Premadasa • The hub of extreme Sinhala Buddhist groups is Gota • UNP and the Government aren’t given a fair hearing by media • We’re working on obtaining at least 40% of the Sinhala votes • Arjuna Mahendran isn’t a good friend of RW anymore. Arjuna’s appointment was very controversial Plantation Industries Minister and UNP’s National Organizer Navin Dissanayake in an interview with the Dailymirror shared his views about the UNP’s political future and the ongoing matters related to politics in the country. Excerpts:
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14 individuals linked to LTTE designated by Sri Lankan govt
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The Government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE and banning them from entering Sri Lanka, by placing them in the list of designated persons. The amendment to the List of Designated persons under the United Nations Regulations No. 01 of 2012 has been made through a gazette issued by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Kapila Waidyaratne. Among the individuals included to the list are LTTE intelligence leaders ‘Seel Maran’, ‘Parathan’ and ‘Siranjeew Master’ as well as the terrorist organization’s international financial leader Sivasubramaniyam Jeyaganesh a.k.a Ganesh.
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Gnanasara Thero granted bail
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has been granted bail by the Homagama Magistrate’s Court. He was ordered released on two personal bonds of Rs 500,000 each by the Homagama Magistrate Sudesh Ranatunga, who also barred Ven. Gnanasara Thero from leaving the country. The magistrate ordered to notify the Immigration and Emigration Controller regarding the decision. Ven. Gnanasara Thero was sentenced to 6 months of rigorous imprisonment on June 14, for
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Govt. to probe Kilinochchi leopard killing
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The government today said a special investigation will be conducted into the killing of a leopard in Ambalakulam, Kilinochchi. The matter was taken up for debate in Parliament by JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake. MP Ratnayake said the assault and killing of the leopard by several youth has led to much controversy today and questioned what measures the Ministry of Wildlife is preparing to take regarding the matter including to call for an investigation promptly.
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Regaining GSP+ Seafood exports increased by 125%
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The fisheries industry comprises close to two per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), contributes value addition of more than US$ 1,300 million, creates 222,000 direct jobs and supports more than 191,000 households, a statement, quoting a speech made by Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera at a symposium on Sustainable Development Goals held in Colombo yesterday (21), said. He also said that with the reinstatement of the Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+) last May (2017), there has been a 125 per cent increase in seafood exports to the European Union (EU) in that year alone. Sustainable resource management is essential in order to successfully export to markets such as the EU, said Samaraweera. Being an island, Sri Lanka owes much to the Indian Ocean, as it has become indispensable
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Wartime FM urges govt to renounce Geneva Resolution
Published Date: 21/06/2018 (Thursday)
Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday said that Sri Lanka should ‘totally and unilaterally renounce’ the controversial Geneva Resolution 30/1 on accountability issues. Bogollagama said the government should review its stand on the non-binding resolution in the wake of the US quitting the 47-member Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The EP Governor, who was wartime Foreign Minister (January 2007 to April 2010) emphasised that there couldn’t be any justification for expecting Sri Lanka to continue with the Geneva process after the very country that spearheaded a high profile project leading to the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government co-sponsoring the resolution against our country had quit the Geneva body.
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Visiting US defence scholar pays courtesy call on CDS
Published Date: 21/06/2018 (Thursday)
Dr. Geoffrey F. Gresh, Department Head of International Security Studies - National Defense University in Washington, D.C and Associate Professor at the College of International Security Affairs (CISA), paid a courtesy call on Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne on Wednesday (20th June, 2018) at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS) at BMICH. He was accompanied by LTC Douglas Hess, Defence attache, US Embassy. A cordial discussion was held between the delegates on matters of mutual interest and cooperation. The two officials also discussed matters related to Indian Ocean Security dynamics and maritime security cooperation in the region. Mementos were also exchanged subsequent to the discussion.
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US Congress Considers Human Rights in Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel Submitted a Statement
Published Date: 21/06/2018 (Thursday)
Today, 20 June 2018, the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the US Committee on Foreign Affairs heard evidence on “Human Rights Concerns in Sri Lanka.” The Sri Lanka Monitoring and Accountability Panel (MAP) submitted a written statement to the Subcommittee to provide information useful to its task. The MAP pointed out to the Subcommittee that:
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US quits UN human rights council – 'a cesspool of political bias' Nikki Haley says council is ‘protector of human rights abusers’ that targets Israel in particular and ignores atrocities elsewhere
Published Date: 20/06/2018 (Wednesday)
The US is withdrawing from the United Nations human rights council, the Trump administration announced on Tuesday, calling it a “cesspool of political bias” that targets Israel in particular while ignoring atrocities in other countries. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said she had traveled to the council’s headquarters in Geneva a year ago to call for reforms, to no avail. “Regrettably it is now clear that our call for reform was not heeded,” Haley told reporters at the state department. “Human rights abusers continue to serve on, and be elected to, the council.”
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Army warns legal action against harbouring absentees, deserters
Published Date: 20/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka Army yesterday said that they are continuing countrywide operations to arrest its absentees or deserters and warned legal action against those who would be harbouring them. Issuing a statement Sri Lanka Army Headquarters appealed all concerned in earnest to desist from aiding or abetting the army deserters or absentees, harbouring or using them for any anti-social acts since such misdeeds as the Army could not hold any responsibility for such involvements. “It has been noted that sections of Army deserters or those absent without leave (AWOL), some of them still in hiding, are reportedly involved in committing criminal acts, robberies and various anti-social acts in different parts of the island.
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Paul Sathiyanesan appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Refugee Week 2018
Published Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) welcomes the appointment of Paul Sathiyanesan as a goodwill ambassador for the 20th anniversary of the refugee week. Paul who himself is a refugee from Sri Lanka has become a powerful voice for the forcibly displaced across the world and a powerful example of their resilience and determination to rebuild lives and positively contribute to host communities. He is a deeply inspiring person. Through his powerful personal story, Paul represents the
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Lost in time Second mass grave discovered in Mannar
Published Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
They found the bones in the sand. The discovery of human skeletal remains were first made in March, when a private soil inspector observed bone-like material found in a sample of soil sent to him for analysis. The soil samples were sent to the inspectors, by the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau which was charged with conducting field inspections of land plot 35, Medawachchiya-Talaimannar Road, Mannar in the latter part of 2017. By this time, the previous building, a one storey Sathosa supermarket that stood on this large plot of land, in the heart of Mannar’s Grand Bazaar – an ancient gateway to the island district and its famous port, had been demolished. The demolition was to pave the way for a new three storey construction for a new Sathosa supermarket. However, with the suspicion of the bone fragments found in the soil,
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SLHRC to probe Jaffna shooting
Published Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the incident where one person died in a shooting carried out by Police in Mallakam, Jaffna. The Commission has launched the investigation following a complaint lodged at the Jaffna District office. Accordingly members of the Commission have visited the crime scene and have obtained witnesses accounts.
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Oman Post has halted mail service to this South Asian country
Published Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
Oman Post has announced that it will temporarily stop receiving any mail to be sent to Sri Lanka, “due to unforeseen circumstances”. In a statement online, the postal agency said, “We would like to inform you that Oman Post will stop accepting P.O. mail to Colombo, Sri Lanka, due to unforeseen circumstances until further notice.” An official from Oman Post told Times of Oman that the decision came from the Sri Lankan authorities: “We received an email that Sri Lanka Post will not be accepting any international mail until further notice.”
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'Clergy in prison must be treated equally'
Published Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Centre for Human Rights in Sri Lanka says the 18 Buddhist, Hindu, Catholic and Islamic priests who are serving prison sentences should be treated equally under the provisions of the Prisons Ordinance. Issuing a statement, the centre said the country's applicable law on prisoners is the Prison Ordinance. The centre said if there is a need to provide exceptions for the clergy or other groups,
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Rs.120 Mn spent on 60-member delegation to UN
Published Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
It was revealed in Parliament today that more than Rs.120 million had been spent for the 60-member delegation which accompanied the President for the United Nations General Assembly sessions in 2016. This was revealed in response to a question asked by MP Udaya Gammanpila on the cost incurred by the government. State Minister Niroshan Perera said the 60-member delegation included several ministers, media personnel and president's staff. The MP asked whether it was a part of good governance to take a large delegation and at such a high cost.
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Polonnaruwa Inferno ’58 ; 60 Years on...
Published Date: 19/06/2018 (Tuesday)
By K K S Perera When a government, however popular, begins to help racial or religious emotionalism merely because it is a harsh and loud-noised demand made on it, and then interferes in the management and enforcement of law and order for the advantage of its favourites or to win the applause of a crowd, however out of control it may be, disaster is certain. As rumors spread the town was buzzing with people. They collected in groups in streets, exchanging news about an invasion of Polonnaruwa by Tamils from Trincomalee and from Batticaloa. Land development, Irrigation department and Government farms labour gangs made up a regiment of Sinhalese battalion, and were on the rampage beating up Tamil labourers and officials, looting and raping. Polonnaruwa had just a small police station.
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Sri Lankan south’s lost ties with south India
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
The time has come to renew cultural bonds between the Sinhalese people and the art of south India What connects music composer M.S. Viswanathan to a group of Sinhalese people shaking a leg at a weekend party? An all-time hit Sinhala song that was inspired by his rustic 1970s composition ‘Ennadi rakkamma pallakku nelippu’. No celebration or gathering is complete without the Sinhala super-hit ‘Mama gannami karakara bandala’, set to the same tune. Similarly, Ilaiyaraaja’s ‘Machanai paartheengala’ has a popular Sinhala counterpart ‘Sudu asu pita nagala’, widely performed in stage shows and heard in parties.
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Sri Lanka has never had traitors as committed and enthusiastic as current govt - MR
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the amendments proposed to the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act of 2002 are clearly aimed at assisting foreign courts in the trial of Sri Lankans for offences allegedly committed in Sri Lanka. “This is the latest betrayal by the yahapalana government,” he said, adding that the manner in which the government has been implementing the demands of their foreign patrons should also be taken note of by the public. He claimed that the proposed amendment will widen the applicability of the Act to every country that is a party to any international Convention that involves criminal matters.
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Five arrested over sword attack in Jaffna, one shot dead
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
Five suspects were arrested by the police in connection with a sword attack incident at Mallakam Junction in Tellippalai, Jaffna last night. Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said a 33-year-old man was killed after police opened fire at a group who attempted to assault two policemen with swords. He said the two policemen of the Chunnakam Police Station who were on their way to attend a police duty at Telippalai area had noticed a clash between two groups who were attacking each other with swords and clubs.
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Seven suspects scanning for hidden LTTE gold nabbed
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
allegedly hidden by the LTTE in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu during the last stages of the war were arrested by Vavuniya Police STF Officers at Nochchimotai. Vavuniya on June 15 morning. The officers seized the scanner and the vehicle. The detection was made during a search operation at a checkpoint. Police said investigations revealed that the scanner valued at nearly Rs. 5 million could detect any underground metal.
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Set up separate court to hear cases involving Buddhist Monks: Champika
Published Date: 18/06/2018 (Monday)
be set up to hear court cases involving Buddhist monks, Jathika Hela Urumaya General Secretary Champika Ranawaka said. He said this in response to a journalist at a news conference held today. Mr. Ranawaka said the opinion of the Mahanayaka Theras should be sought with regard to cases involving Bhikkhus and that the Constitution had provisions to establish a separate court and as such it would be best to set up separate courts to hear court cases involving Buddhist monks.
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