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UK All- Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka met with President
Published Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
The UK All- Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (04). Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group including its Chair Mr Ranil Jayawardena of Sri Lankan origin, MP, House of Commons, who represent the Conservative Party of the UK, participated in this meeting. The delegation arrived in the country with the aim of strengthening the relations with Sri Lanka as a Commonwealth country as well as to promote trade and investment relations between the two countries.
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Pak Envoy called on Sri Lankan President
Published Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat called on the Sri Lankan President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Secretariat on 4th January 2018. The President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena expressed his gratitude towards the Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Government of Pakistan for timely provision of fertilizer to Sri Lanka to curb the shortage, as had been requested by the President.
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Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court
Published Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) will stand trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some are former members of the World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), which represented the LTTE in Switzerland until 2009, and include its founder, his deputy and the person in charge of finances, Swiss Info reported. Between 1999 and 2009, they allegedly created a complex fundraising structure which
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‘People of Sri Lanka’- Heritage of all Sri Lankans on an equal footing: PM Book launch by Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue & Official Languages
Published Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue & Official Languages will launch a book titled ‘People of Sri Lanka’, on Tuesday, July 18, that explores the diversity of all the people of this country, which would be of special benefit to schoolchildren as well as those in Higher Education (HE) institutes. “All Sri Lankans, from schoolchildren to HE students, would benefit from a documentation such as this, which outlines the heritage of all Sri Lankans on an equal footing,” said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his message for the forthcoming launch of the book.
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India caught napping in South Asia by China, needs new strategy to slay the dragon
Published Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Beijing has invested in people, projects and more and it’s paying big dividends. New Delhi has to work doubly hard to reclaim its clout. The worth of India’s clout in its neighbourhood, especially after the Nepal election results, has come under sharp focus. Although domestic political considerations guide the onslaught against the government on this count, it’s important to face the hard truth – ground realities in the region have changed. This, in fact, has been clear for a while now. Which is why India has no choice but to fashion a different approach, anchored around a new understanding of regionalism.
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British tourist found dead with wound to his face in \'suspicious circumstances\' in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A British man has been found dead under \"suspicious circumstances\" in a suburb of Sri Lanka\'s capital. The 37-year-old, whose name has not been released, was discovered with a wound to his face this morning. His body was found at a ground in the Araliya Uyana area of Colombo. Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara told local media that the British national arrived in Sri Lanka on November 25 and was due to leave the country on New Year\'s Day.
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2010 Panama village evictions ITE finds clear case of HR violation Sets 2 deadlines for return of lands
Published Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
The International Tribunal on Evictions (ITE) has ruled that the Panama village eviction constituted a clear lack of free, prior and informed consent of the local communities and that it was a human rights violation. The ITE has also issued a deadline to the Government for the implementation of its recommendations. Issuing its verdict and recommendations, the Jury of the 6th Session of the ITE urged the authorities to stop the evictions in the Panama village and to return the land to the displaced people immediately. They also called on the military to vacate the occupied areas and cease
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Parliament will have more ageing MPs in 2018
Published Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka will see more ageing MPs in Parliament in 2018 as most of them will be 70 years during this year while only a few others will be nearing that age, parliamentary sources said. As per the data of the official website of Sri Lankan Parliament, three Members of Parliament will reach the age of 70 years in 2018. As a result the total number of MPs who had reached the age of 70 years in Sri Lankan Parliament will exceed 20 in number this year.
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No objection to use of my image on posters:MR
Published Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a letter to the Elections Commission (EC) has said, he has no objection to political parties and independent groups contesting the local government polls using his image on posters and cutouts. Mr. Rajapaksa informed EC Chairman Mahinda Desapriya that he was well aware that posters and cutouts with his image were being used by these political parties.
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Action to be taken against candidates bribing people
Published Date: 02/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Chairman of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya says strict legal action will be taken against Local Government Elections candidates who distribute monetary or material subsidies funded personally or from public money as part of their election campaign. Issuing a statement, Chairman Deshapriya pointed out according to the Elections Ordinance distributing subsidies during election campaigning is entirely illegal and is considered a bribe.
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Positives and Negatives of 2017
Published Date: 01/01/2018 (Monday)
In our last editorial for 2017, the Daily Mirror analyses the positives and the negatives of what happened this year in the socio-political, economic and other areas. It is good to begin with ourselves and speak about media freedom. With the election of President Maithripala Sirisena on January 8, 2015 and the formation of the National Unity Government in August that year, media freedom was restored.
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Politics in the New Year
Published Date: 01/01/2018 (Monday)
Three years ago in January 2015, democratic change with the overthrow of the authoritarian Rajapaksa regime was a great moment of hope. For social institutions and movements – the effective guardians of democracy – that moment provided the space to again organise without fear. In some regions such as the post-war North and East, the democratic opening was a change like night and day. People who were afraid to speak during the decades of war and the post-war years, began protesting out on the streets to regain their lands, to remember the disappeared and to demand sustainable livelihoods.
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China boosts investment in Sri Lankan mega-project
Published Date: 01/01/2018 (Monday)
China will invest $1 billion in the construction of three 60-storey buildings at a mega-project near Sri Lanka’s main port, Colombo said Tuesday, as Beijing aims to boost its influence in the Indian Ocean. The deal follows an earlier Chinese investment of $1.4 billion to carry out reclamation work for the wider Colombo International Financial City development, strategically located next to Sri Lanka’s harbour, the only deep sea container port in the region.
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Archaeology Dept. to take over Sampur Chetiya area for preservation
Published Date: 31/12/2017 (Sunday)
The entire land area, where the Sudaikuda Chetiya at Sampur in Trincomalee was located would be taken over by the Archaeology Department shortly for preservation, Director General of Archeology Prof. P.B. Mandawela said yesterday. Prof. Mandawela said it was a lapse on the part of the Government as there was no plan to conserve, historical, religious and archaeology sites in the North East until 2015, though the civil war ended in 2015.
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High Commission of India offers fully funded training programmes in India
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
More than 40 training courses, spread over a multitude of sectors, in various institutions in India are available for Government of Sri Lanka officials (45 years of age and below) under the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India from 15 January to 31 March 2018. The courses are fully funded by Government of India and cover airfare, accommodation, study tours, course fee, living allowance, book allowance etc.
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Mano Ganesan provided with STF security
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Minister Mano Ganesan had been provided with Special Task Force (STF) security with a backup vehicle with five STF personnel, STF sources today said. Meanwhile, the Minister said in a statement that he faced serious security issues and sought the intervention of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and had also written to the IGP in September.
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Release of Keppapilavu lands Protests to continue
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
Although 133 acres of private lands were released in Keppapilavu by the Security Forces officially yesterday, villagers say that they will continue to protest until all the lands are returned to the owners. "We will not stop our struggle until we regain all our lands," they added. Villagers of Keppapilavu have been protesting for the past 302 days urging the release of their lands.
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Next party leader will be an educated, intelligent youth: President
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday he would hand over the leadership of the SLFP not to a member of his family but to an educated and intelligent youth who engaged in clean, decent and corruption-free politics. He said nepotism, corruption, thuggery and misrule had harmed the country and the party and therefore he was determined to build a new political culture and nurture a new breed of politicians untainted by corruption and wrongdoings.
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Eastern Governor’s wife interferes in temple issue
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
A Hindu temple, located in Muttur, Trincomalee is at the centre of a controversy and Police have ordered devotees living in the villages of the area to refrain from carrying out any reconstruction work until the Department of Archaeology investigates to see whether an ancient Buddhist temple had existed on the site. This follows rival claims were made by Buddhists as well as Hindus to this site in Sampur,......which in turn led to a shouting match between local worshippers and outsiders, including Deepti Bogollagama, wife of the Eastern Province Governor.
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32 candidates with criminal links Name list handed over to Police Chief
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
The names of 32 candidates contesting the forthcoming Local Government polls, who have been involved in sleaze and are allegedly packing...... criminal records, was handed over to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundera by an independent elections monitoring group yesterday (29). The group of candidates is alleged to have been involved in rape, murder, theft, financial fraud and other forms of corruption, a spokesman for the People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAAFREL) said.
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US wraps up GSP
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
• US congress declines to reauthorise preferential tariff system, ends on 31 Dec. for 120 countries including SL • US GSP does not cover major exports such as apparel and tea but $173m worth of manufacturing could be hit by tougher competition • SL could negotiate for renewed access under TIFA, says Ceylon Chamber economist • Govt. assures impact would be minimal; SL exports to US topped $2.8 b in 2016
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Culture of corruption in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 30/12/2017 (Saturday)
Corruption has been rampant in Sri Lanka since the 1970s' owing to the political system. People elected the Yahapalanaya Government to eradicate corruption and establish good governance. They, too, have gone back on their promises. The Bond Commission has revealed startling evidence about involvement of key politicians. The Bond Scam is considered to be the biggest fraud since independence. It is a very serious 'white collar' crime committed by greedy politicians. Due to this reason, it is time that we named the corrupt politicians 'thieves of the State." They rob public money 24/7, take commissions, bribes, and resort to various corrupt practices in order to earn billions for their election campaigns and their kith and kin.
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On a forgotten Memorandum
Published Date: 29/12/2017 (Friday)
There is a popular belief that Sri Lankans have short memories. We were reminded of it when in perusing some past documentation our attention was drawn by chance to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which rightfully claimed to be of historic significance. Judging by the contents of the MoU we observed that some of those who were bound by it have forgotten what it prescribed. Let us take some examples. According to the MoU signed on August 21, 2015 the two parties agreed to form a
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Sri Lanka President asserts authority after warning Ranil
Published Date: 29/12/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena appointed newly sworn-in legislator Piyasena Gamage as state minister for law and order in a move that sought to reduce the authority of a very close ally of the prime minister. Sirisena, who is at loggerheads with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) gave the influential portfolio to Gamage, a member of the Sirisena-faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
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UPFA launch ‘Pledge for Freedom’ with 31 political parties
Published Date: 29/12/2017 (Friday)
The launching ceremony of the ‘Nidahase Sammuthiya’ (Pledge for Freedom) with the participation of leaders and representatives of 31 political parties affiliated to the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) for the upcoming elections was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the BMICH today (28). The ‘Pledge for Freedom’ for good governance free of fraud and corruption was presented to the Maha Sangha including others religious leaders by the President.
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