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Sri Lankan govt urged to present simpler ‘citizen’s budget’
Published Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka has improved in a global ranking of budget openness, albeit still among the lowest ranked in South Asia, with the government being advised to present a more understandable, non-technical budget document also known as a citizen’s budget. The government should also provide budget related reports in a consistent format and publish adequate information, in line with international standards, Verité Research, a think-tank, said.
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Selfishness and narrow mindedness has fostered racism within SL – CBK
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stated that the narrow minded, selfish intentions of certain politicians have created racial turmoil within the country. She further stated that the time has now dawned for the people to voice their opinion against such racially prejudiced individuals. Speaking to the media at a political gathering in Gampaha the former President stated that the
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NCPA action on corporal punishment in all schools
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
In response to a complaint made by a student an investigation is being carried out by National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) in relation to an incident in an International School where Nine (09) children had been made to kneel down and their ears were pulled by a teacher as punishment for forgetting to bring their Reading book. Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority Attorney at Law Marini de Livera
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President Sirisena protects bond scam offenders - JO
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has been attempting to protect the major bond scam offenders since the beginning of the first bond scam on February 2015, Joint Opposition MP Prasanna Ranatunga said today. Addressing a news conference, he said the bond scam should have been nipped in the bud if President Sirisena had not dissolved the parliament when the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) report in connection with the Central Bank bond issue was presented to parliament by its chairman D.E.W. Gunasekera, after the first bond fraud on February 2015
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Australia to assist strengthening governance in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Australia and Sri Lanka signed a Subsidiary Arrangement for grant assistance to work together on strengthening governance in Sri Lanka, through a four-year program valued at up to AUD31 million (LKR3,850 million), the Finance Ministry said. The Governance for Growth Program aims to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to increase economic growth and spread the benefits of that growth to reduce poverty and inequality in the country. The program will support activities that improve the policy formation and
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India, Lanka need to discuss fisheries issue: Envoy
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
New Delhi [India], Jan 30 (ANI): Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara on Tuesday advised the governments of India and Sri Lanka discuss the fisheries issues. Wagiswara’s statement comes days after Colombo said the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. “Fisheries issue is something for which we need to talk to each other. We have to speak to each other and have fisheries talks. Our fisheries ministers visit each other and a joint
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Futile to continue ban on LTTE: NPC Chairman
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told a news conference, that it was meaningless to continue with the ban imposed on LTTE within Sri Lanka. \"Eight years has lapsed since the war ended with even former LTTE members joining mainstream politics after surrendering their weapons and in such a scenario continuing with the ban on the LTTE is meaningless,\" he said.
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Sri Lanka still using draconian anti-terror laws: HRW
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's government is still using draconian anti-terror laws that give police sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects despite promising to abolish them, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) allows the detention of suspects for long periods without trial and was widely used during the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. The government of President Maithripala Sirisena promised to abolish the act after it was elected in 2015, but has so far failed to do so.
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SLPP challenges Govt. to strip MR of his civic rights
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today challenged the government to strip former president Mahinda Rajapaksa of his civic rights if possible. SLPP chairman G.L. Peiris said former president J.R. Jayawardane had stripped the civic rights of former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike fearing an election defeat. “Mr. Jaywwardene knew there was a person who was more popular than him in politics. Therefore, he cut down his opponent politically. The entire country is waiting for Mr. Rajapaksa’s leadership. If he was intimidated politically, we will see how the people will
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KKS Presidential Palace to be high-end hotel International investors keen to take over
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena revealed that the vacant 'Presidential Palace' built in Kankesanthurai (KKS) in the Northern Province on a hundred acre land costing Rs 3.5 billion will be turned into a high end tourist hotel to generate profit for Sri Lanka. Construction on the presidential palace commenced in 2012......and was completed with 20 specially designed rooms and luxury suites with expensive chandeliers, two swimming pools, and rest rooms with residential facilities and several auditoriums as well as a golf course.
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Literary works in all three languages foster greater understanding and reconciliation: Mangala
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on Friday said literary works in Sinhala, Tamil and English fostered greater understanding and reconciliation between Sri Lankans. Addressing the 2017 Fairway National Literary Award in Galle at the Fairway Literary Festival, the Minister said this was the only National Literary Awards competition which accommodated all three of the main languages used in Sri Lanka.
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Hate speech precedes violence: CaFFE
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Highlighting that hate speech is only a prelude to physical attacks/violence, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) urged the authorities to take immediate action to end the systematic hate speech campaign against female Muslim candidates of the forthcoming local government elections. The organisation has consulted with the Commission of Elections and will take action against certain Muslim clerics who have been carrying out the systematic campaign.
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Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA positive, expropriation protections may bring FDI: Moody's
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
A Singapore Sri Lanka free trade agreement (SLSFTA) will be positive for both countries and protections against expropriation will increase foreign direct investments, which can also increase exports, Moody's a credit rating agency ha said. "The agreement also will promote direct investment in Sri Lanka by Singaporean companies," Christian de Guzman, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer said in Moody's credit outlook update. "By easing regulation in the services sector, the SLSFTA will broaden the scope of investment to other areas such as infrastructure, logistics, education and healthcare.
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Sri Lanka all set for more borrowings
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka plans to launch her maiden Sovereign Bond (up to US$ 2 billion) for 2018 around mid-February, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) officials told Ceylon FT. "We will soon appoint the Lead Managers/Book Runners to the proposed issue. As soon as it is finalized, we are ready to tap into international capital markets, most probably somewhere around mid-February," he said. The proposed transaction is to be Sri Lanka's 12th US dollar ($) benchmark offering in the international Bond markets since 2007.
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Kannan – Focal Point in reuniting the Ex-LTTE Cadre
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
A former active member of the LTTE and many of his colleagues in the erstwhile outfit, have come forward to reunite the divided, scattered and splintered former LTTE members into one strong organization and bring them into the main stream politics to serve the Tamils of Sri Lanka.Sebamalai Kannan Sebamalai Kannan, a veteran former LTTEr, who joined the outfit as a child soldier and subsequently undergone the governments rehabilitation program, presently involved in uniting the former rehabilitated LTTE cadres, into one group in a mainstream political
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Suspicions raised over Lasantha probe following President’s revelation
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Suspicions have been raised over the ongoing investigations into the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge following a revelation by President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday. The President said that when he had made inquiries from the relevant officials with regards to the progress of the investigations in 2016, he was told the investigations are expected to be completed in just over a week. He said that the relevant officials had informed him that further legal will be filed in relation to the murder of Wickrematunge as well as the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen and the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.
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Poaching in Sri Lankan waters to attract stiffer fines
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
LKR 6-175 mn penalty could be imposed on foreign vessels Sri Lanka has increased the fine on foreign vessels fishing in its territorial waters by amending its existing Fisheries Act of 1979. By implication, Indian vessels found fishing in Sri Lankan waters will henceforth be liable to pay anything between LKR 6 million (approximately Rs. 25 lakh) to LKR 175 million.
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Local Council Polls : ‘Do or die’ battle for Sirisena
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
• President uses Bond Commission findings as an artillery barrage against Rajapaksa’s SLPP and UNP; wins public support but will it translate into votes ? • Sirisena declines to answer questions as to whether he will contest again and says he is unsure where the current situation will end • Mahendran was the source from which Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. obtained “inside informantion”says Bond Commission
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Northern Myliddy, once second largest fish producer, slowly returns to normal
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Myliddy in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna region, which once had the country’s second largest habour until the raging ethnic conflict destroyed that, is slowly returning to normal. For 27 years, the area was controlled by the army until last July when the Myliddy jetty was released to the public bringing happiness to the people. But living conditions in the area had deteriorated because all the houses were damaged during the war. Kankesanturai buses have extended their services up to Myliddy, but the Myliddy-Point Pedro road is still closed. Myliddy villagers who suffered most have settled in Point Pedro.
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Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri Lankan government’s Cabinet, would give more powers to the Sri Lankan
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PAFFREL records 614 polls and general law violations
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Polls monitor, the People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) had, by yesterday (26) morning, recorded a total of 614 complaints during the pre Local Government Election period. Of the 531 complaints they have received of incidents, all relate to 614 election law and general law violations, 76 are of incidents relating to acts of violence. A total of 13 hospitalizations have been reported to date in relation to those incidents.
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One cannot eat Liberal Democracy
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Anti- corruption is only selectively campaigned in Colombo circles. The Rs.23.5 million a month rent paid for the DPJ Tower’ that still remains unoccupied for nearly two years and the alledged underhand Mega Spectrum deal that should be treated as a serious crime isn’t heard anywhere. The Bond Scam remains popular among Colombo middle-class circles as one that exposes the power struggle within the Yahapalana leadership. Now, the PRECIFAC Report gives some reason to yell against Rajapaksa corruption as well.
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President’s Catch-22 Can President send rogues to hell within two years?
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
In last November, he had indirectly warned State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe for accusing him of appointing the Presidential Commission on the Controversial Central Bank Bond Issuance. That was his first open salvo against the UNP. On January 3, he made a special statement to the country explaining the recommendations of the Bond Commission, one of which according to him, called for legal action by the Bribery Corruption Commission against UNP Deputy Leader and former Minister Ravi
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Avant Garde case: Commission recommends filing criminal cases against Gota, Senadhipathi and 11 others
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has recommended filing criminal cases against 13 individuals including former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi over the Avant Garde case. The final report of Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The other individuals against whom the Commission recommends filing criminal cases over the Avant Garde case include former Additional Defence Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne, former Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) CEO Major General K.B. Egodawela
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Maithree defends govt’s Geneva efforts, silent on TNA deadline
Published Date: 26/01/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva (Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha) had made representations on behalf of Sri Lanka at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following revelations made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords. Recently, the Foreign Ministry announced plans to replace Aryasinha late next month in the run-up to the Geneva sessions.
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