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Northern Naval Command seize 110 kgs of Kerala cannabis
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A haul of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 10 million was recovered by the Northern Naval Command in Maradankeni, Thaleiadi last evening (23). The 110 Kgs of cannabis were seized following a tip-off received by the intelligence staff attached to the Northern Naval Command. The consignment has been hidden at nearby brushwood consisting with 50 parcels wrapped in polyethylene, according to Navy.
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Rajiv case: Serious issues raised, says SC, seeks CBI's reply
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Supreme Court today termed as "serious" and "debatable" the questions raised by a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and asked the CBI to respond to his plea seeking recall of the apex court's May 1999 order upholding his conviction. The apex court issued notice to the CBI and asked it to file its response within three weeks on the application filed by convict A G Perarivalan, who was initially awarded death sentence in the case which was later commuted to life term.
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Australia warns Sri Lankans attempting to travel illegally
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Australian High Commission today warned Sri Lankans to beware of the lies of people smugglers, following media coverage of three recent failed people smuggling attempts. In December 2017, Australian border protection authorities intercepted a people smuggling boat with 29 Sri Lankan nationals on board. All 29 people were returned to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities also recently disrupted two planned illegal boat ventures before they departed Sri Lanka.
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Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE.
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Priests, doctors and the State: The agony of the masses
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Media headlines in recent months in Sri Lanka have concentrated heavily on the political role of Buddhist monks, agitations of government medical officers against the establishment of a private medical college and the increasing failure of the State to address many pressing social issues. These three matters are by no means unconnected. In fact, all three are the products of a process of social and political change that unfolded over the last several decades.
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Thailand to assist Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
The Thai Government says that it is expecting to assist for the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes. This was revealed to the President by Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms Chulamanee Chartsuwan when she met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (21).
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Parents protest against Uva Chief Minister
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
A group of parents staged a protest march today (22) against the incident in which the Principal of the Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya,Badulla was allegedly made to kneel down by the Uva Chief Minister. The march began in front of the school and proceeded towards Badulla town, Ada Derana correspondent reported.
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Government power not necessary to develop local councils
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
This local government has become one that changes the direction of politics in the country and the party that rules the country need not be brought to power in the local government council to develop it says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this at a rally held at Koggala to affirm the victory of the JVP candidates contesting the Ambalangoda Pradeshiya Sabha.
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FTA with Singapore Professionals claim Govt misleading public
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lankan professionals claim that they are yet to see a Draft of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to be signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore, although the Government claims that it had received their approval. They warned that the basic legal framework has to be prepared prior to signing such an agreement. If not, Sri Lanka will have to face a number of serious problems. Chartered Architect Nalaka Jayaweera, speaking on behalf of the professionals, told Ceylon Today that the Government was spreading false rumours and misleading the public.
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Announcement A. Sivanandan (1923-2018) – Tamils have lost a “visionary”
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Tamil Information Centre has learned with great sadness and regret of the recent passing of Ambalavaner Sivanandan (20 December 1923 – 3 January 2018). Sivanandan was known in his adopted country of Britain as the long-time Director of the Institute of Relations, an anti-racist educational charity based in London, as well as the founding editor of its world famous journal Race & Class. He was widely regarded as one of the most original and important thinkers on racism and immigration in this country. He was a powerful writer and speaker who fought for the human rights of oppressed peoples – particularly the ethnic minorities of the UK and the peoples of the Third World.
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Country has gained international recognition -MS
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena says the country has gained international recognition by changing a leadership which was detrimental to the country. Speaking at a United People’s Freedom Alliance rally in Wellawaya the President said the international community has acknowledged the country’s progress following the leadership of the previous regime. President Sirisena questioned if people were murdered or harassed, Newspaper Editors were killed or media organisations were burned down on the directives of the present government.
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Public help sought to identify kidnappers
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Police seek public assistance in identifying a group of suspects who had abducted a person, for a ransom of Rs 2.5 million, in Trincomalee. Police said that the victim was kidnapped on Friday, 5 January from Trincomalee, by three unidentified people. It was also reported that the suspects had released the abducted person, two days after, as the relatives of the victim had paid the ransom of Rs 2.5 million. Police had located closed circuit camera television footage of the three persons including that of a woman. Police request public assistance in identifying the persons and request the public to contact Trincomalee Police or the Police Hotline 0112421111.
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Mangala flays media
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Information Department chief Sudarshana Gunawardena and Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera at Matara workshop (Pic courtesy Finance and Media ministry) Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera says all those having smart phones could function as journalists today as the public has lost faith in the mainstream media. Samaraweera alleges that the mainstream media has lost credibility due to biased reporting and ‘manufactured’ news.
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Singapore PM to sign FTA with SL during visit
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong would visit Sri Lanka on January 22 on a three-day official visit, at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday. The Singaporean Premier will be received at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday morning with an official guard of honour and gun salute that will be followed by official bilateral discussions with President Sirisena. A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed following bilateral talks
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Does Debt Pay? China and the Politics of Investment in Sri Lanka What are the sources and impact of China’s economic leverage over Sri Lanka?
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Last month, the Sri Lankan government formally handed over control of the port of Hambantota to Chinese interests on a 99-year lease. The price was over one billion dollars, but this came mostly in the form of a reduction in the enormous debt burden to Beijing that is crippling the island nation’s economy. Strategists warn that by giving up control of the port, a strategic asset straddling Indian Ocean shipping lanes, Sri Lanka is sacrificing its sovereignty and succumbing to what one Indian analyst has labelled “creditor imperialism” by China. If China’s motives are indeed imperialist, is this form of economic diplomacy effective? In a
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“We are at the end of our tether!” What African Women are trying to tell the Microfinance Industry
Published Date: 19/01/2018 (Friday)
“[T]he promoters of micro-credits promise to deliver us from poverty and emancipate women. In fact, it is the opposite that happens: we find ourselves trapped in a spiral of over indebtedness, launching infeasible micro-projects that, instead of keeping our heads above water, push us deeper into poverty, stress, humiliation and violence. We are at the end of our tether! This is part of a declaration recently issued by women from fourteen countries, gathered in a meeting of African activists in Bamako, Mali, in November.
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Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture Power of India is the people of India
Published Date: 18/01/2018 (Thursday)
The Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture 2017 was held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo on January 15. The lecture was delivered by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Law and Justice and Electronics and IT, Government of India on the theme ‘The Evolution of India’s Constitutional and Democratic Polity’. Late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was remembered by Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute as a true gentleman whose intellect and qualities made him a respected and recognized individual across the
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Wiggy wants Intl legal framework
Published Date: 18/01/2018 (Thursday)
Northern Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran stressed on the need to find a political solution for the Tamils through an International legal framework. Wigneswaran was addressing a special meeting, convened by the Tamil People's Council (TPC) under the theme ''informing people'. Prof. S. Swarnaraj (Former professor, Law Faculty, University of Colombo) who participated in the peace talks during the Norwegian peace facilitation period was also present at this special meeting which was held at the Jaffna Veerasingam hall on Tuesday (16).
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An Interview with Sri Lanka’s C.V. Wigneswaran
Published Date: 18/01/2018 (Thursday)
C.V. Wigneswaran is the chief minister of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Maithripala Sirisena became president three years ago. What are the principal challenges for people living in the Northern Province?
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Abortion: The agony of a nation
Published Date: 18/01/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s 130-year old anti-abortion law is clear: aborting a pregnancy except to save the life of the mother is a crime. Section 303 of the Penal Code states: “Whoever voluntarily causes a woman with child to miscarry shall, if such miscarriage be not caused in good faith for the purpose of saving the life of the woman, be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both; and if the woman be quick with child, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.”
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Revoking of alcohol Gazette: 11 women file FR in SC
Published Date: 18/01/2018 (Thursday)
Eleven female citizens including popular actress Samanalee Fonseka yesterday filed a Fundamental Rights petition in Supreme Court seeking a declare that Ministry of Finance or the State are not entitled in Law to revoke the Excise Notification dated January 10, 2018 in a manner which directly or indirectly prevents a female from lawfully being employed at a place of production and sale of liquor. Petitioner Nishanthi Bandaranayake, M.D.J.B. Fernando, Samanalee Shanika Fonseka, M.D. Chandima Ravini Jinadasa, Deepanjalie Abeywardana, Attorney-at-law Sabrina Esufally, Sharanya Sekaram, Randhula de Silva, Meneka Galgamuwa, Sujatha Gamage and Visakha
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CaFFE asks if President still have faith in PM
Published Date: 18/01/2018 (Thursday)
If President Maithripala Sirisena still trusts Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, it means that he has not read the bond commission report, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said on Wednesday. In a statement, CaFFE Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said the Prime Minister has shown that he relies, not on impartial inquiry and independent investigations when making decisions on important matters but on verbal assurances given to him by his associates. He said that the report of the PCoI states that 'the question of whether or not the fact that, Mr. Mahendran was not a citizen of Sri Lanka precluded him from being appointed the governor of the CBSL was not a Question of Law. Instead, it was a value judgment, which had to be
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Sri Lanka has achieved a significant development in prevailing peaceful environment – Pakistan Army Chief
Published Date: 18/01/2018 (Thursday)
The Chief of Pakistan Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Sri Lanka has achieved a significant development due to the prevailing peaceful environment. He made these remarks when he met with President Maithripala Sirisena during his tour to Sri Lanka at the Presidential Secretariat, yesterday (17). The General Qamar Javed Bajwa recalled the historic tour made by the Sri Lankan cricket team to Pakistan in a background where other countries stayed away from Pakistan and further stated that Sri Lanka is a true friend of Pakistan.
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President, the sands of time are running out
Published Date: 17/01/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena by seeking a Supreme Court determination has confused the country as to what really his motive was. Firstly, he had made this request to the Supreme Court in the run-up to an election and therefore some leaders of the joint opposition on the premise that he had expected the Court to rule that his term of office would be six years had interpreted it as an attempt to demoralize the opposition voters at the forthcoming local government elections. Many others including some of those who supported the Maithripala Sirisena as the Opposition’s common candidate at the January 2015 presidential election claimed that he
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The art of sanctimonious humbugging
Published Date: 17/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Politicians of all hues have mastered the art of ‘humbugging’ and the people of this country are certainly not short of such personalities among the highest in the land right down to Pradeshiya Sabha members. Omissions or commissions are not their fault and always it is the previous regime or the ‘political opponents’ who should be held answerable. It has trickled down to the public service too and you will scarcely find a public officer responsible for any failure or dereliction of duty owed to the tax paying members of the public. The entire population of the country, for that matter, are taxpayers, either directly or indirectly. The politicians palm off the responsibility of omission and commission to the public servants as well.
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