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US$ 480 mn grant from Millennium Corporation
Published Date: 27/09/2018 (Thursday)
The Millennium Challenges Corporation (MCC) of the US Government will provide US dollars 480 million in development aid to Sri Lanka. Millennium Challenges Corporation CEO Brock Bierman told President Maithripala Sirisena the draft relating to this grant was now ready to be submitted to the US Senate for approval shortly, when he met him on September 24 in New York. President Sirisena is in New York
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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 6
Published Date: 27/09/2018 (Thursday)
This essay records further US assistance to Yahapalana. Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash visited Sri Lanka in September 2018 to continue discussion on the proposed MCC Sri Lanka Compact, a large-scale five-year grant program, Lanka to promote economic growth in Sri Lanka . MCC is an innovative foreign assistance agency of the United States Government established in 2004. It has signed compacts with 29 countries around the world. In December 2016, MCC’s Board of Directors selected Sri Lanka for such a compact
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Jaffna court rejects ban on Thileepan commemoration
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
The Jaffna court has rejected an application by Sri Lankan police seeking to ban commemorations for Thileepan in Nallur. Jaffna police had applied last Friday for an injunction on memorial events and for decorations on the Thileepan monument in Nallur to be removed, based on Thileepan being a member of a nationally and internationally banned organisation.
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The military minds its business – At a cost
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
In 2013, Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya spoke on the new challenge of transforming the Army from a wartime force to a peacetime force. Profit-making ventures that harnessed the manpower and resource capacity of the Army would power this transition, as “We can perform on a competitive basis because we are effective and efficient, so we can provide a good service. The Army is involved in almost all the services and professions that one can offer.”
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Some Misplaced Criticisms Of The Tamil Political Trajectory
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
First of all, let me touch on the Northern Provincial Council. Elected on the TNA ticket by an overwhelming majority in 2013 and, having assumed office as Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran had occasion to remark sometime that he would concentrate on running the Provincial Administration, leaving political issues to be tackled by the Parliamentarians. However, with the passage of time, he stepped into the political arena as well, slowly but surely distancing himself from the TNA, while joining hands with forces
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Allow Sri Lankan people to solve their problems on their own, Prez Sirisena tells UN
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena called upon the international community to look at Sri Lanka with a fresh perspective and consider the tremendous progress made by the government towards reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and the rule of law and extend the fullest support to the build a progressive, democratic, free and equal society.
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Hundreds Protest Against Sri Lankan President at UN: Shouting Where are our Babies who surrendered? TGTE
Published Date: 26/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Hundreds demonstrated outside United Nations against Sri Lankan President speaking at the UN General Assembly. Shouting where are our Babies who Surrendered? These Babies Surrendered along with their families at the end of the war in May 2009, when Sri Lankan President was acting as Defense Minister. These babies must be ten years old by now.
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Youth2030: UN chief launches bold new strategy for young people ‘to lead’
Published Date: 25/09/2018 (Tuesday)
The United Nations Secretary-General launched a new partnership strategy with the world’s 1.8 billion young people on Monday, to help put “their ideas into action”. Noting that it was “a rare treat” to see so many young faces at the UN, to launch the new “Youth2030” strategy, UN chief António Guterres highlighted a list of challenges “the largest young generation in history” faces today.
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PRESS RELEASE: Is the Sri Lanka Government serious about its Office of Missing Persons?
Published Date: 25/09/2018 (Tuesday)
The Government of Sri Lanka is undermining the Office of Missing Persons by appointing a politician to implement its recommendations who has denied war crimes, including enforced disappearances, and who allegedly intimidated a victim. Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has reportedly been appointed to a 10-member cabinet sub-committee expected to implement the interim recommendations of Sri Lanka’s Office of Missing Persons (OMP)1. There are also
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TRIAL OF JOHN KOTELAWALA (Snr) AND TWO OTHERS
Published Date: 23/09/2018 (Sunday)
There were several families that made a fortune in the latter part of the 19th Century. Mudliar D. P. Attygalle of Madapath, Piliyandala was one such person who amassed enormous wealth. In addition to huge tracts of coconut land he also owned several plumbago mines, namely Kahatagaha Mines and Maduragoda Pits. Plumbago was in great demand at that time, and tons of it were shipped to England for the manufacture of pencils etc. There were no ball point pens then.
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Overzealous investigations into military affairs counter productive to transitional justice At the Cabinet meeting, the President raised concerns about the prolonged detention without trial of military officers. He was equally livid that he as the Commander-In-Chief of the tri-forces was not informed of the impending arrest of the Chief of Defence Staff
Published Date: 22/09/2018 (Saturday)
Last Thursday, barely 48 hours after the regular Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena convened an emergency Cabinet meeting. The reason for this hush-hush meeting (The President repeatedly urged his ministers not to divulge the substance to the media) was the impending arrest of the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne by the CID. Admiral Wijegunaratne was accused of aiding a former officer of the naval intelligence
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Soldiers and Tamil prisoners not equal: Sumanthiran
Published Date: 22/09/2018 (Saturday)
In reference to the request by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to grant a general amnesty to the LTTE cadres and military personnel involved in war-related crimes, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today that the two groups could not be equated at all. Making his remarks on this matter, TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran told the Daily Mirror that Tamil political prisoners had been arrested and held up for long years.
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Transitional justice Efforts in Sri Lanka Fall Short
Published Date: 22/09/2018 (Saturday)
Just before and during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan authorities made several announcements to signify their commitment to pledges made in an October 2015 resolution on justice and accountability for abuses during Sri Lanka’s civil war.
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The UN Is Under Siege, So Where Is the Secretary-General?
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
Was it only two years ago that so many people were elated by the appointment of António Guterres as secretary-general of the United Nations? After public debates organized by the president of the General Assembly and informal ones by the 1-for-7-Billion “Find the Best UN Leader” coalition, he emerged as the top candidate in the Security Council’s five straw polls. Civic and government groups alike emitted a huge
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Unsilenced: Male Rape by the Sri Lankan Security Forces
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
The latest report titled Unsilenced, released by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) on September 19, makes for grim reading. The report addresses a form of torture that is rarely spoken about despite being widely practiced – sexual violence against men caught up in conflicts. The report is by Dr. Heleen Touquet, a researcher and an assistant professor at the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium.
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Written statement* submitted by the Jeunesse Etudiante Tamoule, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
Northern Provincial Council Resolution Calling upon the UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to the ICC, and Calling for UN Monitored Referendum for the Political Preference of the Tamil Speaking People**
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Sri Lanka: Daunting Challenges Facing The New UN High Commissioner For Human Rights
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
The unanimous approval of 66 year old Michelle Bachelet by the United Nations to take charge of the Human Rights Council from September 2018 confirms her unquestionable eligibility and credentials to run this prestigious office which was set up in 1993 to uphold and protect human rights throughout the world.
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ADB technical aid to make Sri Lankan cities more liveable
Published Date: 21/09/2018 (Friday)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will give a 10 million dollar technical assistance loan for a facility to improve the design and implementation of urban projects in Sri Lanka to make cities more liveable, a statement said. “Urban projects are complex and require meticulous and significant preparation time to ensure they deliver their intended development impacts,” Senior Urban Development Specialist Ron Slangen said.
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Do we need a counter terrorism law that will target mainly Sri Lanka’s Sinhala extremists?
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
"We have grown accustomed to war that we do not see it as the barbarism, the absurdity, the bestiality, the outrage to all civilized values, the savagery, the human catastrophe that it really is." Professor C G Weeramantry- Judge of the International Court of Justice. Do we need a Counter Terrorism Law in Sri Lanka, is a question that I wish to raise. Do we in this
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UNHRC puts Sri Lanka’s rights record back in the spotlight
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has put Sri Lanka in the spotlight once again despite Sri Lanka not being on the agenda. The new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet raised concerns on Sri Lanka in her first speech to the council.
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No ethnic problem in Sri Lanka – Prof. Channa Jayasumana tells UNHRC
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
Professor Channa Jayasumana says that the mythical history created by racists in Sri Lanka has led to violation of human right in all Sri Lankans. “The Tamil Vellalar leaders aspired to be the leaders of the country under the auspices of the British. In 1931 the British introduced universal franchise and the Vellalar leaders found that they could not become the leaders of Sri Lanka.”
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The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos & gave the world Amazon
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s.
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Sri Lanka Rupee fell by over 2201% against US Dollar in a 41 year history from 1977-2018
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s Rupee has fallen by over 2201% against US Dollar in a 41 year history since the economy was opened to the globe in 1977, the analysts notes. Accordingly as at January 1st 1977 US Dollar exchange rate in terms of Sri Lankan Rupees stood at Rs. 7.27 levels whilst as at 19th September 2018 nearly 41 year history US Dollar had appreciated making Sri Lankans pay over Rs. 167.4125 (Central Bank announced Telegraphic Transfer Rate as 19 September 2018) for a US Dollar.
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Seychelles: A gateway to East Africa for security and economic interests of India and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 20/09/2018 (Thursday)
When Danny Faure took over as the President of Seychelles one of his first visits was to India. For India, Seychelles though a small island nation holds significant importance. The reasons for this are manifold, due to its geographical setting it serves as a crucial maritime gateway connecting the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka with East Africa through the Indian Ocean and thereby helps in expanding the diplomatic and security policy of these countries beyond their immediate neighborhood. During the June visit in 2018 between the
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Chagie: I’m designated as a ‘war criminal’
Published Date: 19/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Gajaba was engraved in golden letters of the annals of the history of the Sri Lanka Army, if not in the history of Sri Lanka … and I’m certain it will never to be reversed by any. "So, I’m happy to be retired being a tiny particle of that proud chapter of the history, though designated as a ‘War Criminal."
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