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UNP calls on President to act on Justice Minister
Published Date: 16/08/2017 (Wednesday)
UNP yesterday called on President Maithripala Sirisena to take action on Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe who has compromised “collective responsibility” of the Cabinet. Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe has been under fire for a number of controversial statements he made on Government’s move to lease Hambantota Port, leading to a number of
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Army Chief dismisses allegations No ex-LTTE men involved in crimes in North
Published Date: 16/08/2017 (Wednesday)
Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake dismissed the direct involvement of ex-members of the now vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in the number of recent violent incidents reported from the Northern Province. Speaking at the media briefing, to announce the seventh annual Colombo Defence Seminar
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Recent increase in security has caused fear among Northerners – Ramanathan
Published Date: 15/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Jaffna District Organizer, Parliamentarian Angajan Ramanathan said the recent increase in security of the North has caused fear among the people of the region. "People of the North have also gone through lots of problems. Police raids and increase in the
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Maha Sangha has said new Constitution not required'
Published Date: 15/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake Most Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera stressed that a new constitution was not required and that the Maha Sangha had already informed it to President Mathripala Sirisena . During a meeting with former Minister and National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa
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Imperatives under Article 83 for a new constitution
Published Date: 14/08/2017 (Monday)
MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne P.C. during the course of an interview had stated: "We must go for a referendum if we are to introduce a new Constitution. For example, if we want to change even a comma in Article 83 of the Constitution, we must go for a referendum"(Ceylon Today, August 11, 2017). Article 83 requires 2/3 approval of Parliament
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“Advocating Federal Form of Govt within Existing State Is Not Advocating Separatism” Rules Sri Lankan Supreme Court in Landmark Judgement
Published Date: 12/08/2017 (Saturday)
The Supreme Court (SC) declared this week that advocating for a federal form of government within the existing state could not be considered as advocating separatism and that the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi
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Interview - Keppapulavu Protest Leader - ‘Bullying Cannot Intimidate Me’
Published Date: 10/08/2017 (Thursday)
The leader of protests in Keppapulavu which saw land returned to its rightful owners, tells The Catamaran why they were so successful. The story of Keppapulavu village is a long and complex one. It has gone from being a strategic area during the Sri Lankan civil war to a model village – at least, partially – then to a military camp. And most recently it has been the scene of impassioned protests by local
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Observers: China's New Base in Djibouti to Aid Economic Expansion in Africa
Published Date: 10/08/2017 (Thursday)
China's new military and logistical base in Djibouti has put other foreign powers on edge, but observers believe China's strategy in the region is more about economic growth than military might. After months of anticipation since announcing plans for its first foreign base, China opened
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House lauds RW, deplores JO, JVP boycott as unbecoming
Published Date: 09/08/2017 (Wednesday)
The Vote of Felicitation in Parliament Friday for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in recognition of 40 years of continuous service as a legislator, was overshadowed by the boycott of the special sitting by MPs of the Joint Opposition (JO) group and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).
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Referendum needed to implement final outcome of constitutional reforms’
Published Date: 09/08/2017 (Wednesday)
Whether what is being envisaged is a new Constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of a mega kind, the people’s approval for such changes would be required at a referendum. Besides, the President has the popular mandate to hold such a referendum, particularly if the constitutional changes included the abolition of the executive presidency,
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Security In The North TNA to meet President, PM
Published Date: 09/08/2017 (Wednesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) hierarchy will meet President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tomorrow (9) to discuss the security situation in the North. Jaffna District Parliamentarian......and Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader Mavai Senathirajah said the Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan had written to both the
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Sri Lanka's war widows trafficked as slaves to Gulf
Published Date: 09/08/2017 (Wednesday)
When Nathkulasinham Nesemalhar took a flight from Colombo to Muscat in March she believed the boarding pass she clutched in her hand was her golden ticket to a better life after decades of war where she lost everything, including her husband. The 54-year-old widow from Sri Lanka's former war zone had been promised work as a maid
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High level consensus neededto make the third transition
Published Date: 07/08/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lanka is at the threshold of its third transition within the space of a decade. The first took place in 2009 on the battlefields of the north when the LTTE was militarily defeated and the government regained control over the entirety of the country. The second transition took place in 2015 with the political defeat of the former government that won the war at the
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Ancient statue unearthed at Cambodia's Angkor complex
Published Date: 07/08/2017 (Monday)
A statue thought to be from the late 12th to the early 13th century has been found at Cambodia's famed Angkor temple complex Archaeologists have unearthed a large, centuries-old statue that is believed to have once stood guard over an ancient hospital at Cambodia's world-famous Angkor temple complex.
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His future linked to solving national question: Sampanthan
Published Date: 06/08/2017 (Sunday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political future and the future of the country largely depend on resolving the national question and bringing about economic development, Opposition Leader R Sampanthan said. He said this during the ceremony in Parliament to felicitate Prime Minister Ranil Wickrmesinghe's 40 years as a parliamentarian.
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EU court removes Tamil Tigers from ‘terrorist’ list
Published Date: 05/08/2017 (Saturday)
The Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling on July 26 that confirmed an earlier General Court decision removing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) from the EU's list of "terrorist organisations". The LTTE was an armed organisation fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the
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Ban TNA to realize reconciliation – Sarath Weerasekera
Published Date: 03/08/2017 (Thursday)
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered a judgment recently annulling measures against the LTTE, namely the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organization. In spite of the ECJ's ruling, the European Union (EU) stated in a press release on 27 July that LTTE remains listed as a terror organization by the EU. Commenting on this latest state of affairs
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China makes headway as Lanka walks tightrope
Published Date: 03/08/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) on July 22, 2017, took delivery of an Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) built by the Government of India owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). On the invitation of Navy Chief Vice Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne, President Maithripala Sirisena will commission the vessel as SLNS Sayurala (P 623) today (August 2) at the Eastern Container Terminal, Colombo harbour. It’ll be the first occasion a President
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Published Date: 03/08/2017 (Thursday)
The signing up of the Concessionary Agreement between Sri Lanka and China for the development of the Hambantota Port last Saturday was a epoch making moment for Sri Lanka. New trade and maritime links would be opening up which includes China's meat and other exports to Africa and also imports.
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Hambantota Port agreement has provisions disadvantageous to sl –Trade Union leader
Published Date: 02/08/2017 (Wednesday)
Hot on the heels of the government inking the Hambantota Port deal, D.J. Rajakaruna, Convener of the Joint Trade Union Alliance in the petroleum sector, speaks about its implications to the country and its economy at large. Excerpts:
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A Special Rapporteur’s visit
Published Date: 02/08/2017 (Wednesday)
The visit of Ben Emmerson Q.C., aUN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, to Sri Lanka from July 10 to 14 was concluded with a statement to the media in which he warned Sri Lanka of "dire consequences" unless the Government fully implemented the Geneva Resolution 30/1. An Associated Press report in The Washington Post of July 15 states: "…that even those as recently as late last year have been subjected to torture…".
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Gethsie Shanmugam among Magsaysay Awards winners
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan teacher-turned counsellor Gethsie Shanmugam, who counselled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares, are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, agency reports said.
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Celebrating the world’s indigenous peoples
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
Every year on 9 August, the international community comes together to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, paying tribute to indigenous communities around the globe. Living across 90 countries, indigenous peoples make up less than five per cent of the world’s population, represent some 5,000 different cultures and speak a majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages
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President should form a new Govt. - Dayasiri
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have said that he would consider a new govt sans corrupt members. What do you think is the way forward? Actually, President Sirisena quit the previous rule as he could not stand corruption as uttered by him. There were issues involving the Rajapaksas. He said he protested all that. People rallied behind him. They sought a govt which is not riddled with corruption, but offers
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Mangala responds to GL: The ICC doesn’t have jurisdiction over SL
Published Date: 01/08/2017 (Tuesday)
The following is a response sent to us by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera. International legal practitioners both here in Sri Lanka and overseas have expressed their utter shock at the purported opinion expressed by Professor G.L. Peiris in the Daily Mirror of 21st July, 2017, which isn’t only legally fundamentally flawed, but is also factually false. The question is if Professor Peiris has
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