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LNG power project: German Envoy concerned about contract to China
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
German Ambassador Jorn Rohde expressed concerns about the award of the contract for the execution of the LNG power project in Kerawalapitiya to a higher bidder. The Cabinet decided on Tuesday to award the contract to a Chinese-led consortium to implement the project. However, the local company ‘Lakdhanavi’ was denied the contract despite it being the lowest bidder.
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ICJ deeply concerned by President Sirisena’s resolve to resume executions in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
The ICJ has called on Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena, to retract his recent pronouncement that executions would resume in the country notwithstanding a moratorium on capital punishment that has lasted 43 years. The last execution was carried out in Sri Lanka in 1976.
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Reunion Island deports illegal SL immigrants
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
More than 50 Sri Lankans who had illegally migrated to Reunion Island were deported by French authorities today. The illegal Sri Lankan immigrants had reached the island on a fishing trawler.
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Long Read: Why has Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice process failed to deliver?
Published Date: 14/02/2019 (Thursday)
After persistent allegations of mass atrocities committed during the long running civil war, a new Sri Lankan Government in 2015 pledged to the international community that it would establish an ambitious reform and transitional justice programme. Four years later, many victims in the country have lost hope. South African transitional justice expert Yasmin Sooka and former BBC Correspondent Frances Harrison of the International Truth and Justice Project explore what went wrong:
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Grandmother whose entire family is settled in UK told to leave country Exclusive: Sixty-three-year-old ordered to return to Sri Lanka and leave behind her partner, children and grandchildren because her recently retired husband ‘doesn’t earn enough’
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
A grandmother whose entire family is settled in the UK has been told she must leave the country. Susita Balasubranamiamm, 63, has been ordered to return to Sri Lanka, leaving behind all her children and grandchildren because the Home Office says her 71-year-old husband, who recently retired, no longer meets the required income threshold.
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CaFFE flays prez but its former boss among beneficiaries Six PCs under Governors:
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Manas Makeen, Acting Executive Director of Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE), yesterday, said that his predecessor Keerthi Tennakoon had received the appointment as the Governor of the Southern Province where the Provincial Council continues to function. Makeen said that last week he had expressed concern about President Maithripala Sirisena
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PM moots Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Ahead of the UNHRC session in March, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday presented a Cabinet memorandum seeking approval to establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, similar to what was established in post-apartheid South Africa.
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Two individuals behind incidents involving Lasantha, Keith & Prageeth: Gota
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said two individuals were behind the assassination of Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, the assault on journalist Keith Noyahr and the disappearance of Prageeth Ekneligoda.
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PTA to be repealed: Counter Terrorism Bill soon MOVES TO MAKE THE LAW MORE HUMANE
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
The Parliament Oversight Committee on International Relations will approve the Counter Terrorism Bill next week with more amendments, Committee Chairman Mayantha Dissanayake said.
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Estate workers to get Rs. 50 more from Govt. for one year: Navin
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Tea estate workers would get an additional Rs. 50 to the current daily wage of Rs. 750 as a budgetary allocation from the government for one year, Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said today.
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ADB gives Sri Lanka US$145mn to help breed tech-oriented graduates
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will give Sri Lanka 145 million US dollars for science and technology in higher education, developing curricula with industry inputs to nurture a new breed of technology-oriented graduates.
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Dearth of teachers in rural schools
Published Date: 13/02/2019 (Wednesday)
A top official of the Education Ministry yesterday claimed that the Ministry was finding it difficult to fill teacher vacancies in rural schools, with every applicant demanding only popular schools in Colombo.
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How can there be freedom without discipline ? - Gotabaya
Published Date: 12/02/2019 (Tuesday)
• I did not bring about the concept of white van abductions • Lasantha, Keith, Prageeth were done by two individuals for purely personal reasons • I have not done anything against the minorities • I have had discussions with various sections of the Muslim community • Lasantha and wife were once attacked much before we came to power
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Lankan delegation holds talks in TN on refugee issue
Published Date: 12/02/2019 (Tuesday)
A Sri Lankan delegation had talks with officials in Tamil Nadu on the refugee issue. Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando was on a working visit to Southern India to participate in the Special Consular service program at the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai from 07-10 February 2019, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.
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UK demands full implementation of Geneva Resolutions on Lanka Says US pullout from Geneva body irrelevant
Published Date: 09/02/2019 (Saturday)
The UK government has again dismissed Lord Naseby’s call to terminate Geneva Resolution 30/1 in 2015 and Resolution 34/1 in 2017 on the basis that the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government didn’t perpetrate war crimes as alleged by the UN. Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con) on
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Inheritance of a longstanding friendship Work together for a bright future of China-Sri Lanka relations:
Published Date: 08/02/2019 (Friday)
As the tide of history surges with vigour, our world today is experiencing profound changes unseen in a century. In the second decade of the 21st century, China has crossed the threshold into a new era. At this important historical juncture, China and Sri Lanka, the good neighbours, good partners and good friends featuring sincere mutual assistance and everlasting friendship, are going to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the establishment of
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What Sri Lanka Failed To Achieve In Last 71 Years?
Published Date: 07/02/2019 (Thursday)
Post-independence Sri Lanka is preparing to celebrate the 71st Independence Day on 4th February 2019. The same year post-war Sri Lanka will celebrate the 10th anniversary of ending the 3 decade-long internal conflict in the country in 2009. Since 1948 independence and after the 3 decade-long internal war in Sri Lanka it needs to be analyzed whether the
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Tamil Lawyers Forum Urges UNHRC to Refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court. Extention of Time will Deny Justice
Published Date: 07/02/2019 (Thursday)
Despite facing serious challenges, Tamil Lawyers Forum have been defending Tamil political victims for over twenty years. In an appeal to UN High-commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Jeria and to UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Tamil Lawyers Forum urged Sri Lanka be referred to International Criminal Court (ICC) and not to give any additional time to Sri Lanka, when Sri Lanka come up for review at the upcoming UNHRC Session in March 2019.
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Vavuniya families of disappeared condemn TNA leaders' inaction
Published Date: 06/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Families of the disappeared in Vavuniya protest today, marking their 715th day of continous demonstration demanding answers for their disappeared loved ones. Marching with banners called on the United States and the European Union to take action, mothers of the disappeared also condemned the TNA leadership.
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Inside Story Of The Election Night Coup Unfolds – A Detailed Version
Published Date: 06/02/2019 (Wednesday)
How the Attorney General Yuvanjan Wijayatilake and a handful of fellow public servants had prevented the Mahinda Rajapaksa led election night coup, the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today. A detailed version of the event took place is sent to Colombo Telegraph by the lawyers close to the AG.
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Conflicts’ resolution is indispensable for durable peace in South Asian region: Pak Envoy
Published Date: 06/02/2019 (Wednesday)
The High Commission of Pakistan organised a seminar titled ‘Prospects of Peace, Progress and Prosperity in South Asia’ at BMICH Colombo on 5 February. Various aspects of progress, development and resolution of conflicts in South Asian region were discussed during the Seminar.
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China-Sri Lanka cooperation under Belt and Road brings new opportunities for regional development:
Published Date: 06/02/2019 (Wednesday)
The cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative has not only brought tangible benefits to the two countries and two peoples, but also generated new opportunities for regional development, China's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan said here Wednesday.
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Tragic tale of the Independence Day farce
Published Date: 05/02/2019 (Tuesday)
So splendorous was the spectacle on that Friday 4th morn in the year 1948 when Lilliputia’s tribal chief rose from his makeshift bench to hoist the Flag of the Lilliputian Lion, that the attendant members of his clan could hardly contain their euphoria at the lowering of the alien standard and the raising of the old of their forefathers.
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Disclosing All Details Related To Mawanella Incident Will Help End Disastrous Speculations
Published Date: 05/02/2019 (Tuesday)
The unfortunate attacks on a Buddhist statue in Mawanella was not something unexpected. Such an incident, likely to trigger violence against Muslims, was expected in view of the presence of global anti-Muslim forces in the island.
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The real Kwai killed over 1.50 lakh Tamils Story of enslaved labour in Japanese railway project between 1940 & 1942
Published Date: 05/02/2019 (Tuesday)
It may not be The Bridge on the River Kwai, but this documentary on the tragic death of over 1.5 lakh Tamil workers is more real than the Oscar-winning David Lean film. What the 1957 film does not tell, this one does: the story of over two lakh Tamil emigrants from Malaysia and Burma, who were forced to labour between 1940 and 1942 on a 415 km.-railway track between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), including a bridge on the Kwai, as part of Japan’s Greater Asia plan.
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