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Comprehending Dhamma is Nibbana
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
The most salient feature of the Buddha’s teaching is awareness- awareness of the moment, the here and now; the ability to be alive and present. You yourself will have to achieve it. It is not Zero-state or nothingness On Vesāk Day, Buddhists of the world commemorate three events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions and sects. The Birth, Enlightenment and the Parinbbana of Gautama Buddha. The United Nations, in 1999, resolved to internationally observe the day at its headquarters.
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OMP to begin public meetings from May 12
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Beginning from May 12, 2018, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) will meet the public including family members of the disappeared in Mannar, Chairman Saliya Peiris PC said yesterday. He said arrangements had been made to hold public meetings countrywide till early July. “In May, June and July, we will hold meetings in Kilinochchi, Matara, Mullaitivu, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Kandy. In line with its outreach programme OMP, will hold a series of discussions with the families of missing persons, members of civil society organisations and the media, on how we hope to proceed,” he said.
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Sri Lanka’s MiG probe extends to Singapore, Australia
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s investigation into the controversial MiG aircraft purchase has extended to Singapore and Australia as police listed charges against four foreigners in addition to former president Mahinda Rajapaks’a cousin Udayanga Weeratunga. Two nationals each from Singapore and Ukraine were formally named as accused in defrauding the government of Sri Lanka of nearly seven million dollars in a deal where Weeratunga has emerged the main suspect. Police investigations have now expanded to Singapore and Australia where part of the MiG deal loot may have been invested, official sources said.
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Abolishing Exec Presidency not that simple
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva said yesterday (27), the Sri Lanka Freedom Party cannot do whatever the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) wanted, especially with regard to abolishing the Executive Presidency. “We haven’t seen the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to support it. We can’t just do whatever the JVP wants. The powers of the Executive Presidency are vested in many areas of the Constitution, and therefore you cannot simply abolish it. If they do abolish it, they’ll have to bring in at least another 2,000 provisions in its place.”
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Round Table International World Meeting (RTIWM) 2018 to be held in Negombo
Published Date: 28/04/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has won the bid to host the Round Table International World Meeting (RTIWM) 2018 connecting four leading hotels in Negombo from 5th to 9th September, the organizers of the event announced at a recent press briefing. RTIWM is considered the most important event in the Round Table calendar, with many countries bidding to host the event. Round Table Sri Lanka (RTSL) was successful in its bid to host the 2018 World Meeting at Jetwing Blue, Jetwing Sea, Jetwing Beach and Camelot hotels in Negombo.
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Money laundering probe: British Govt. rejects French request to raid Allirajah’s company
Published Date: 27/04/2018 (Friday)
The controversial telecom tycoon of Sri Lankan origin Subaskaran Allirajah, boss of Lycamobile, is again at the centre of a French police and media investigation that involves money laundering and tax frauds. A five-part investigation by BuzzFeed News that has been looking closely at the activities of the Allirajah telecom empire in Britain and elsewhere, including Sri Lanka, has revealed in the 5th part of investigation, of a conflict between French prosecutors and British authorities over a request from across the channel for a raid on the offices of Lycamobile in Britain.
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President Who Shot Down Right Of Women To Purchase Alcohol Is Ok With Daughter Getting Liquor-Selling License
Published Date: 27/04/2018 (Friday)
Chathurika Sirisena, daughter of President Maithripala Sirisena, has obtained a ‘liquor license’ for a restaurant she owns in Polonnaruwa, the ‘Anidda‘ has reported. ‘Anidda,’ a newspaper launched today, has highlighted the issuance of a liquor license to Sirisena’s daughter but has not revealed the names of all 38 persons who have been given such licenses by the Excise Department in 2016. This revelation comes in the wake of President Sirisena shooting down legislation that sought to overturn an age-old law prohibiting women from purchasing alcohol from taverns or working in restaurants selling liquor.
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US Navy hospital ship arrives in Trincomalee for 2018 Pacific Partnership
Published Date: 26/04/2018 (Thursday)
The US Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy arrived in Trincomalee on Wednesday to conduct the 2018 Pacific Partnership mission. Pacific Partnership 2018 will continue through May 8 and will feature US and other military doctors and medical personnel working side-by-side with Sri Lankan medical professionals to provide treatment to local communities and exchange best practices. Additionally, US and partner nation service members will join their Sri Lankan counterparts in civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) readiness training, and public outreach throughout the local community.
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India and China: The Risks of a Reset
Published Date: 26/04/2018 (Thursday)
Modi’s visit to China this week could lead to an easing of their strained ties—but any reset will benefit Beijing far more than New Delhi. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to Wuhan, China on April 27, many will be waiting with bated breath to see whether there will be a reset in India-China relations. On the Chinese side, Foreign Minister Wang Yi is already setting the tone, promising “a new starting point in the relationship” after a particularly difficult year of high-profile disagreements. Whatever the outcome of the summit, however, Modi should be wary of such
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UNDP Workshop on South-South Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative: China's South-South Assistance to Disaster Recovery Efforts - Sharing China's Experience to Build Back Better
Published Date: 26/04/2018 (Thursday)
The Workshop on South-South Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative: China's South-South Assistance to Disaster Recovery Efforts kicked off today, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG). The three-day workshop aimed to share the results of China-supported disaster recovery efforts in cooperation with UNDP in five countries, and facilitate knowledge exchange providing developing countries a platform to draw expertise and technology from China's experience in disaster recovery. Participants included government officials and experts from 10 countries along the Belt and Road with specific experiences in disaster recovery such as
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SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN SEEKING PARDON FOR LIFER
Published Date: 26/04/2018 (Thursday)
I have been closely following the Anandan Sudhakaran episode, where his wife died recently and the little daughter making an appeal to get her father released from prison. I am a former Police and Para Military Officer who has been involved in counter terrorism operations from the inception of this conflict. I have served in the north and east and in 2009, I was in charge of the Northern Province as Senior DIG. During my long years, I have encountered many a battle and also had the opportunity to interrogate LTTE cadres and many suicide cadres during that period. When you question them, it is very clear how the leadership has brainwashed them to join the movement and
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Navy Commander backs Belt and Road Cooperation between China and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 26/04/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe has expressed his support for the Belt and Road Cooperation between China and Sri Lanka, the Chinese Embassy said in a statement. This support has been expressed when Ambassador of China Cheng Xueyuan on 20 April met Navy Commander at the Navy Headquarter. Both sides exchanged views in depth on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the construction of Hambantota Port.
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If due Solution is not delivered, Tamils will seek their own: Says Sampanthan
Published Date: 25/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The Leader of the TNA and the Leader of the opposition, Era Sampanthan had said that if due solution is not delivered within a united country, the Tamil people will seek their own solution. An event for introducing a book by an Indian Journalist, T.Ramakrishnan , titled ” An ethnic problem and an Agreement” was held at the Colombo Tamil Sangam yesterday, Tuesday and Era Sampanthan had said as above in this event where he had participated as the chief Guest.
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Sri Lankan officers involved in human rights abuses identified in new ITJP report
Published Date: 25/04/2018 (Wednesday)
A ground-breaking report from the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) has identified 56 individuals in Sri Lanka’s notorious Special Task Force (STF) who should not be deployed as UN peacekeepers, including an officer currently serving in Africa accused of involvement in extrajudicial killings. The report is “based primarily on the testimony of Sinhalese security force witnesses” many of whom were involved in abductions themselves. The witnesses have supplied ITJP with names of commanding officers, alongside photographs, map coordinates and “detailed
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Tourism takes a hit
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
* Sri Lanka faces new travel advise after assault on tourists * Dutch tourists yet to complain to the embassy * Nuwara Eliya sees drop in visitors The tourism sector has taken a hit in Sri Lanka following a combination of events, including the recent violence in Kandy and now attacks on foreign visitors. Sources at the Tourism Ministry said that urgent steps are being taken to mitigate the impact the recent incidents will have on the tourism sector.
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Sri Lanka trade mission visits UAE to promote domestic tourism
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has successfully concluded a three-day promotional mission to the United Arab Emirates as part of its on-going efforts to develop new markets and increase the number of visitors and spend from the region to Sri Lanka. Headed by Madubhani Perera, Director/Marketing, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, a delegation of thirty-three partners from Sri Lanka’s tourism and hospitality industries visited Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai and held the roadshow at Radisson Blu Sharjah, Le Royale Meridien Abu Dhabi and Crowne Plaza Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai last April 17, 18 and 19, 2018, holding one to one meetings and informational seminars with leading travel agency representatives and outbound operators in each city.
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May Day on three different days
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
May Day in Sri Lanka will be celebrated on three different days this year with trade unions and political parties planning to celebrate it on May 1, May 6 and May 7. The UNP has already announced that it would hold its May Day rally on May 6 at Sugathadasa Stadium while the joint opposition is to have its rally in Galle on May 7. Some trade unions including the Ceylon Mercantile Workers Union have said they would celebrate it on May 1. Meanwhile, trade unions are up in arms over yesterday's gazette notification issued by Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardene to cancel the May Day holiday on May 1.
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When home has not been welcoming enough
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
Repatriates from Sri Lanka live in near-squalor conditions in The Nilgiris and frustrated by lack of opportunities, many decades after they were settled in their land of origin Repatriates from Sri Lanka live in near-squalor conditions in The Nilgiris with the younger members of the community frustrated by lack of opportunities, many decades after they were settled in the district The road that leads to Amman Nagar in Coonoor, a small colony of repatriates from Sri Lanka with 81 houses, is a long, narrow stretch with a steep slope. For the children of the
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UAE refuses to deport Weeratunga; proposes extradition case in court
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has turned down Sri Lanka’s request to repatriate to Colombo Udayanga Weeratunga, a former ambassador to Russia, and advised the Government to initiate extradition proceedings in UAE courts. An extradition treaty exists between Sri Lanka and the UAE. However, though it was signed on April 29, 2002 it has not been placed for ratification in Sri Lanka’s Parliament. Officials had pinned their hopes on a deportation of Weeratunga after formal official requests were lodged with the Emirati government and its Embassy in Colombo. Now, officials are
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14 unions to defy ban on May 1 rallies
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
Some local trade unions, backed by a global trade union body, are bracing for a confrontation with the authorities after deciding to go ahead with May 1 rallies and celebrations despite the Government changing the date of May Day to May 7. Backing the local unions is the Geneva-based IndustriALL Global Union which on Friday fired letters to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, urging them to remove restrictions on holding May 1 rallies.
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PC elections to be postponed further
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
The failure of the Government to have a debate on holding of elections to the Provincial Councils (PC), based on the report of the delimitation committee and to have it passed with a 2/3rd majority in Parliament, has necessitated the further postponement of the elections, sources said. The delimitation committee report, which was prepared under the PC and Local Government Elections Act No. 16 of 2017, was scheduled to be debated in Parliament on 19 April. But, at the party leaders’ meeting in Parliament, it was decided not to hold the debate as scheduled.
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Young Sri Lankan voices at Solutions Summit in Stockholm
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
For the first time in their lives, Mannapperuma Mudiyanselage Tharushika Sewmini and Herathmudiyanselage Chamindu Rashmika Herath from Nawagaththegama, Puttalam saw snow in Stockholm, Sweden. Their eyes light up as they recount the fun they had in the snow. Sewmini and Chamindu were in Stockholm for the first ‘Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit’ which aims to advance the work of exceptional teams already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The summit on February 14 and 15, 2018 brought together different individuals and groups including governments, ambassadors from Pathfinder countries, UN officials, representatives of the private sector, civil society members such as academics, youth delegates, and members
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Tamil diaspora groups urge Commonwealth to exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka
Published Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
A collection of Tamil diaspora groups have called on Commonwealth countries to exercise universal jurisdiction “to provide accountability in cases where Sri Lanka itself fails to act”. In a statement released on Thursday, the organisations said that “Sri Lanka’s current President, Prime Minister and government ministers continue to renege on the promises they made to the international community”. “Sri Lanka’s President and Prime Minister have repeatedly made announcements to the effect that no ‘war heroes’ will be prosecuted, no movement on truth-telling, reparations or a special court with Commonwealth and other foreign judges has been taken and little effort has been
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Our care for others is the measure of our greatness - EDITORIAL
Published Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Religious leaders have told us that anyone who wishes to be a leader must be ready to be the servant of all and that our care for others is the measure of our greatness. Our political leaders especially need to reflect on this in their hearts and minds as Sri Lanka goes into a crucial period in our history. President Maithripala Sirisena, when he was elected to office in the historic presidential election of January 8, 2015 pledged he would be a servant leader. That means to serve the people selflessly, sincerely, sacrificially and with commitment to work towards a peaceful, just and all inclusive society through unity in diversity.
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House prorogued fearing impeachment motion by UNP: SLPP
Published Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued Parliament because he feared an impeachment motion to be brought against him by the United National Party (UNP) backbenchers, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today. MP Prasanna Ranatunga told a news conference that the UNP backbenchers were planning to submit a impeachment motion against the President. “They are reaching out to other political parties seeking help in this regard. UNP backbenchers approached JO as well. We informed them that if they brought the motion in a
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