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Unit of devolution: District or province?
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
It is old news that those who regard themselves as Sinhala nationalists always preferred the district to the province as the primary unit of the devolution of power. What is amazing though is that they do not recognize that this is no longer an issue in the real world of politics; only in their individual or collective imagination. Thus the debate on the district vs. province is a non-debate. It takes place only in a mono-ethnic echo chamber.
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Sri Lanka continues intimidation of human rights activists – UN report
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
A new report by the United Nations names Sri Lanka as a state that continues to intimidate and harass activists who co-operate with the global body on human rights issues. The report stated that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was “disturbed” to hear that civil society members had faced intimidation from Sri Lanka in the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva earlier this year.
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Red clay roof tiles in high demand as asbestos ban looms
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
Roof tiles made out of red clay is now in high demand due to the asbestos ban that is set to come into effect next year, according to the country’s Industry and Commerce Ministry. “Our clay is of high quality and is in demand for roof tile making due to the asbestos imports ban starting next year,” Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen told the 14th AGM of Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council held recently in Colombo.
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Lanka to act over adoption racket claims
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is to launch an investigation into adoption fraud following claims that thousands of babies were sold to foreign nationals in the 1980s. Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the government would set up a DNA databank to enable children adopted abroad to search for their biological parents and other relatives, and vice versa.
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‘Mass starvation’ should be considered a war crime argues new report
Published Date: 20/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The use of ‘mass starvation’ should be considered a war crime as many who are at the coalface of humanitarian crises have long argued. In their new report, the Humanitarian Learning Centre (HLC) calls for the global community to heed the lessons of the past and hold those who use famine as a weapon of war to account for their actions, by revising international law to reflect such atrocities.
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Sri Lanka Monitoring Accountability Panel (MAP): PRESS RELEASE
Published Date: 20/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The 30th of August marks the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. This day has a particular resonance for the Sri Lankan Tamil community whose members have been subjected to decades of abductions, secret prisons, and disappearances at the hands of the Sri Lankan Army and security services. As noted previously by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights the ‘scale of enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka has long been exceptional’. Historically, disappearances have been used ‘to target those
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Mahinda Rajapaksa:I did my best for the CountrySays Constitution allows him to become Prime Minister
Published Date: 20/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is said to be one of the colourful Presidents in the Asian region, amidst having to face political attacks from his opponents, said that he did his best for the country and he could defend himself on that. He also pointed out the presence of the Chinese was only to invest in projects and they had not influenced him otherwise. On becoming the next Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the ex-President said, "The Constitution
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Sri Lanka’s former army chief denied visa to attend UN due to allegations of war crimes during civil war
Published Date: 20/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The wartime general, who is now minister of regional development, said he was due to travel to New York this week, but he was the only one in the Sri Lankan delegation not issued a visa. Fonseka said he could not accompany President Maithripala Sirisena who left Colombo on Sunday to address the UN General Assembly.
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Steps to expedite suspects arrested under PTA
Published Date: 20/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The Attorney General’s Department will take steps to expedite the cases of those arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), said Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Rehabilitation D. M. Swaminathan today. The Minister addressing the National Prisoners Day celebrations held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute explained that the Attorney General had assured him that steps are being taken to deal with 73 cases filed under the PTA.
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Putting Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons in Perspective
Published Date: 20/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP) became operational on September 15. The OMP is one of Colombo’s four big transitional justice mechanisms – the others being an office to handle reparations, a truth commission and a judicial mechanism to address allegations of wartime abuses. Colombo announced an impressive transitional justice agenda two years ago, yet far too little has happened since then. The other three mechanisms have yet to be established.
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Backtracking on accountability measures will harm all Sri Lankans: Tamil leader
Published Date: 19/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Media reports state that, at the suggestion of President Maithripala Sirisena, the parliamentary debate on the Bill to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CPAPED) will not held as scheduled on September 21. The media also quoted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as saying that the “Disappearances Bill” pertains only to future cases and not those of the past (including disappearances which had occurred during the war).
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Sri Lanka drought worsens hunger, indebtedness: UN
Published Date: 19/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The prolonged drought that has gripped Sri Lanka has worsened food insecurity, with more people going hungry and indebtedness rising for lack of farm work, the United Nations office in Colombo said. Despite the Southwest monsoon in late May, which triggered flooding and landslides in the country’s southwest provinces, country-wide drought conditions are ongoing, it said in its latest drought update.
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Malaka Silva Back To Terrorizing Night Club Revellers
Published Date: 19/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Malaka Silva who was notorious for terrorizing guests at popular night clubs he patronized during the former Rajapaksa regime is once again back in business. Last Friday Malaka Silva accompanied by his friend Romesh Kulatunga and an alleged drug dealer named ‘Maama’ had badgered a reveler at the famous up market night spot the Park Street Mews. This incident incidentally was blacked out by all main stream media outlets and also social media websites.
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Another Eyewitness Speaks Out On The Welikada Prison Riot
Published Date: 18/09/2017 (Monday)
As the authorities continue investigations into the Welikada prison massacre, more eyewitnesses have come forward to reveal information about the incident. Hewadalugodage Sahan Sri, an eyewitness to the incident who has since fled the country, spoke to The Sunday Leader on what he saw. He had been arrested in 2007 under the terrorism prevention act and had served eight years behind bars and was eventually released being cleared of all charges.
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Govt attempting to delay provincial elections again - CaFFE
Published Date: 18/09/2017 (Monday)
The government is attempting to postpone the Provincial Council Elections through a proposal during the committee stage on September 20th, the Executive Director of the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon claims. Issuing a press release today, he said that the gazette of the draft bill allocating 30% of seats in provincial councils for female representatives has been issued and that this is to be
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For the first time, 3-pronged election battle for PCs and local councils
Published Date: 18/09/2017 (Monday)
Plans are on the drawing board for the two coalition partners – the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) – to contest each other at an upcoming Provincial Council or Local Government election. It is most likely the PC polls will come first followed by elections to local government institutions. Friday was World Democracy Day and Elections Commission officials are seen carrying placards calling for the protection of the rights of voters
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Govt. abandons effort to pass 20A
Published Date: 18/09/2017 (Monday)
The government has decided to give up on its efforts to pass the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which contains provisions to hold elections to all Provincial Councils on the same day, as well the decision to postpone elections for the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial Councils. The debate on the amendment was scheduled to be held on Wednesday (20).
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Debate on disappearances bill stopped by prez - JO
Published Date: 18/09/2017 (Monday)
The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said that it had received an assurance from President Maithripala Sirisena that the controversial International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill wouldn’t be taken up for debate on Thursday (21) The Bill is to give effect to the ‘International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance’, to which Sri Lanka became a signatory on Dec. 10, 2015.
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Reconstructing Agriculture
Published Date: 18/09/2017 (Monday)
The northern economy is mainly agricultural, and the challenges facing its revival after the war also relate to agriculture. If the war disrupted agricultural production in the north for decades, the post-war years have not provided much respite. The long drought over the last two years, has been devastating for the northern farmers. However, untimely rains, floods and crop diseases have also crippled the northern farmers in the preceding years. Significantly, these
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Govt. has accepted ICJ’s jurisdiction over Sri Lanka
Published Date: 17/09/2017 (Sunday)
At the on-going September 2017 sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, the UK has written to the President of the Council to assert that a long standing dispute it has with the Mauritius cannot be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) because "those States must have consented to the ICJ’s jurisdiction. Neither the UK nor Mauritius have consented to disputes between them going to the ICJ."
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TNA to lobby for national consensus
Published Date: 17/09/2017 (Sunday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has indicated a possibility of an islandwide campaign to garner wider consensus among the public for the new Constitution, once an agreement is reached on the final document among members of the steering committee. “Yes. We would go for a broader campaign among the people, including those in the South to garner their consensus on the new Constitution,” TNA MP, M.A. Sumanthiran PC told the Nation last
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"Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing of Myanmar Muslims" Says UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Al Hussein India, israel and China fully support Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s gnocide of Rohingya Muslims
Published Date: 17/09/2017 (Sunday)
Two weeks after Myanmar armed forces and their murderous thugs led by saffron butcher Ashin Wirathu began ethnic cleansing Rohingya Muslims, the United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on 11 September that “the situation in Myanmar is a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
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SLMC TO GET WOMEN INTO POLITICS
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
With the view of enhancing the participation of females in politics, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is currently engaged in conducting educational awareness campaigns for Muslim women, men and the clergy for the purpose of getting more females to contribute nationally. The SLMC is currently reorganizing the Party at the grass root level and the youth arm of the Congress and the ladies congress of the Congress are to be pivotal in this regard for them.
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Northern bogus employment racket Victims to go to Bribery Commission
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
Victims of bogus employment related defrauding residing in the Northern Province will be filing a petition including against a prominent politician of the area with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) within two weeks. The Association for Friendship and Love (AFRIEL), a Vavuniya based youth organization with a
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Several UNP stalwarts will desert govt – JO
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
The Joint Opposition yesterday announced that several United National Party stalwarts will desert the government, and join them in the opposition in the near future. Speaking to NewsRadio, Kalutara District United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardena stressed that he is confident that no one from the JO will crossover to the government.
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