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Senate Appropriators Reject Trump Administration’s ‘Apparent Doctrine of Retreat’ Unusually blunt committee report rebukes State Department, OMB
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
Senate appropriators are rejecting the Trump administration’s foreign policy, blasting what they call an “apparent doctrine of retreat.” Appropriations Committee reports are not usually must-reads, but the report to accompany the next fiscal year’s State-Foreign Operations spending package might be the exception. The bill and report go beyond just dismissing the budget request.
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US Concerned Over Debt Burdens On Sri Lanka From Chinese Loans
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The US has expressed concern over the "unsustainable debt-burden" on Sri Lanka due to non-concessional loans from China. China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is struggling to repay Chinese money, and recently signed an agreement to give a state-run Chinese firm a stake in the strategic Hambantota port as a way of paying down some of that
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Disaster Resilience, Environment Protection Are Critical to Sri Lanka’s Economy
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
In response to public interest, the World Bank in Sri Lanka chose to host a dialogue, offering an opportunity for anyone to meet the World Bank team and directly ask questions related to environment protection, disaster risk management and the economy. In fact, the engagement began with a Twitter chat earlier in the week that saw participation from across the region, before moving on to a public discussion. In attendance at the latter
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UNP must decide whether SF is fit to be a minister: Elle Gunawansa Thera
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, in response to a statement by Minister and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka describing the monk as a 'mad man in robes' said yesterday the United National Party (UNP) should decide whether it should have such a person as a Cabinet minister any longer. The monk said senior UNPers such as Gamini Dissanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali and R. Premadasa had visited his temple on several occasions.
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Obituary: The trailblazing advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka is no longer with us
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
At a significant juncture where an inclusive electoral process has been introduced with the interventions of the newly established Election Commission, Election Observing Organizations and various organizations and institutions advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, the demise of Uva Provincial Councilor Mr. Senarath Attanayake is indeed an incalculable loss in view of CMEV.
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Judicial Corruption: Chief Justice Priyasath Dep Also Charged For Corruption
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
As a public-spirited citizen, and with wide experience having served the public sector for nearly four decades, I am fully aware that corruption in all sectors in the country has pushed Sri Lanka backwards causing irreparable damage to the Nation. It is sad that in Sri Lanka, although it is a representative democracy, it does not have an independent judiciary. In this country it is observed that the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary do not respect the doctrine
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Examining Facets of Corruption in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Recent events have brought the issue of corruption into the spotlight. When you open a daily newspaper, chances are there will be four or five cases involving corruption within its pages, reported almost every day. Corruption derails development, distorts the democratic system and decays the moral fabric of society. The ultimate victims are ordinary people. Those who can make a major contribution against corruption are not limited to one or two organisations.
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‘I don’t rule out the possibility of MR and MS patching up differences’-Basil
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, in an interview with Daily Mirror, spoke about his plans in view of the next elections. Rajapaksa, who spearheads Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna under the Flower Bud symbol, said that his side will win at future elections under any circumstances. Following are excerpts of the interview.
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Eliya movement launched: New Constitution will lead to division – Gota ‘I won’t remain silent when country is threatened’
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Alleging that proposed new Constitution would give separatists what they had failed to achieve through terrorism, wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said, vowing to defeat the project. The proposed constitutional reforms were meant to appease the LTTE rump, pro-LTTE
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SF's statement personal: Govt.
Published Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said today that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka's statement on former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya was not the stance of the Government and that it was his personal opinion. He told Parliament that the "Good Governance" Government would never imprison Army Commanders like the previous Government.
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GSP+ to boost annual apparel exports by US$ 500 mn
Published Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
There will be an annual increase in apparel exports to the tune of US$ 500 million as a result of regaining the GSP+ benefit creating over 20,000 job opportunities as well, said Minister of Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama. Speaking at the SAARC Investment Summit held at Colombo Hilton he said that
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Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims : International Response
Published Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
Top UN human rights official Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein said “this was predicted and could have been prevented," Under a well planned and executed programe of ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslims Nobel Laureate turned monstrous defender Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s armed forces and saffron butcher Asin Wirathus’
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JO wants for SF a fate similar to Wijeyadasa
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The joint opposition (JO) today urged the government to take a similar decision on Field Marshal and Minister, Sarath Fonseka as that taken when it removed Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe from his portfolio. MP Prasanna Ranatunga said the Minister Fonseka's statement on (retired) General Jagath
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Welikada Prison massacre probe Shots fired at chief witness’ house
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Gunshots have been fired by unidentified persons at the house of Sudesh Chandimal – the Chief Witness in the Welikada Prison massacre on Monday night. In that mass killing, 27 prisoners were alleged to have been murdered by security personnel of the Rajapaksa Government...... who responded to a protest launched by prisoners of the Welikada Prison on 9 November 2012. According to a complaint lodged at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) by Chandimal in connection with the murder incident at
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‘It is important to keep Indian Ocean open and free’
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma, who completes two years in office, outlined details about bilateral relations, Japan funded development initiatives and future areas of cooperation and other relevant issues in an interview with a select group of journalists from mainstream newspapers at his office last Monday (September 4). Here are edited excerpts.
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When a politico-god’s existence is in question Why wallowing in the depths of despair is childish and would be counterproductive for the Government
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Human misery is an unequalled equaliser. Its presence, almost in every corner in this vast and speckled globe, is reminding each of us that human life could be incredibly unfair. The unending drama mostly ends in unspeakable tragedy. Many sagas remain untold and concealed behind a mist of unevenness. Since the dawn of time,
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We fear whether judicial independence will be at stake - Udaya Gammanpila
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila in an interview with the Daily Mirror, spoke about the current political situation in the country and his plans for future activities. Udaya Gammanpila is also the leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), says his party has fears whether independence of the judiciary will be at stake.
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SF should tell the truth – Wiggy
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister and Tamil People's Council (TPC) President C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday said, that President Maithripala Siriena's statement, that he will not let anyone to conduct a probe against Government Forces on war crimes allegations, indirectly says that Forces have committed war crimes. A declaration was also released at the Veerasingam Hall in Jaffna yesterday, after the conclusion of the political discussion involving the public, political leaders and experts.
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Sharjah family suicide leaves 3 dead
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Sharjah Police confirmed to Gulf News that the deaths of three people in a hotel apartment in Sharjah on August 29 was the result of suicide. The incident, described by the police as a group suicide attempt, involved a man, a woman and a youth along with two female relatives, in which the latter two survived.
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Sri Lankan Navy Attacks Tamil Nadu Fishermen, 20 Boats Damaged
Published Date: 05/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Over 2,500 fishermen from Rameswaram, who had put out to sea last night were forced to return to the shore this morning. The Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked a group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu today and damaged their boats and fishing equipment, while they were fishing off the Katchatheevu island.
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SF’s attack on JJ: Dinesh to seek clarification from Marapana
Published Date: 05/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena will raise the LTTE backed Tamil Diaspora move against General Jagath Jayasuriya following Regional Development Minister Field Sarath Fonseka alleging that the wartime Security Forces Commander, Vanni had committed crimes and he continued violations of human rights after becoming the Commander of the Army in July 2009.
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Sri Lanka announces plan to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions
Published Date: 05/09/2017 (Tuesday)
On 4 September 2017, HE. Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinha, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva announced Sri Lanka’s intention to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in the near future. The announcement was made during the Seventh Meeting of States Parties to the Convention, in Geneva.
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TNA to stand by Sarath Fonseka if he reveals the truth in an international tribunal
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
The Tamil National Alliance is ready to stand by with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, if in case he comes forward to be a witness in an international tribunal, against former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya, against whom case has been filed in an international tribunal, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, said to have been committed by him.R.SAmpanthan
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Ex-teacher helps rebuild scarred lives in Sri Lanka : 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
For someone who has experienced first-hand war, violence and disaster in her home country, not to mention caring for and supporting practically all types of victims and leading survivors through the healing process, it must be easy to get disillusioned, lose hope and just give up on life. But 82-year-old Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka rose to the occasion — and was
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160 new Indian trains: Ministry calls for fresh EOI
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
For the second time in a year, expressions of interest were called by the Ministry of Transport to buy 160 passenger coaches for Sri Lanka Railways under an Indian line of credit. The deadline ended on Friday, with one condition of the loan being that only manufacturers and suppliers certified by the Indian Government may apply. Two companies submitted to India’s Exim Bank expressions of interest for pre-qualification. One is the private sector Titagrah
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