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Faction against efficient judiciary to be revealed
Published Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana says the faction represented by those objecting the measures to make the legal system efficient will be revealed promptly. Speaking in Parliament, the Deputy Minister said there is a faction that is attempting to disrupt the initiatives of the government of increasing the efficiency of the judiciary and speed up the process of bringing the guilty to book. Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranavithana said they are filing cases in court in opposition of punishing the guilty and increasing the efficiency of the judiciary.
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Sri Lanka must enhance fiscal income to offset narrowing external drains: Fin Min
Published Date: 19/03/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s Finance minister says the island must optimize utilizing local resources with a well-managed and efficient tax system as a pro-growth catalyst. My contention is that the new Inland Revenue Act will bring a paradigm shift to taxation in this country that is in line with our policy of updating complex legislations to achieve our development goals in this 21st century, Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister said. The minister was addressing a seminar organized by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) to educate the public on the new Inland Revenue Act that will come into effect from April 01st 2018.
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301 suspects detained over Kandy violence
Published Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
Police have so far arrested 301 suspects connection with the recent bout of violence in Kandy. Of the suspects now being held, 196 are from the Kandy District. Out of the total, 168 suspects have been arrested under emergency regulations imposed on March 6. Meanwhile, the Government announced that from Monday, it will begin paying compensation to people affected by the violence, while a cleanup of the area is now being undertaken by the army. Several ministers will work together to provide compensation payments.
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Silent heroes give glimmer of hope How Muruthalawa withstood recent violence
Published Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
The recent tension between two communities paved the way for anti-Muslim violence which first arose in the Ampara District and then took an unexpected turn spreading to the areas of the sacred city of Kandy where more than 500 shops, residences, vehicles and mosques belonging to Muslims were damaged. While hatred and violence set the area ablaze, there were acts by silent heroes which gave glimmer of hope and showed that there was still some humanity left. Ven. Waturakumbure Dhammaratana Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Nelligala International Buddhist Centre speaking to Ceylon Today shared the story behind how Muruthalawa town with both its Buddhist and Muslim communities remained safe despite the turmoil in other areas of the Central Province.
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Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow
Published Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
A high-level Sri Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow, where it will attempt to show progress on its human rights commitments, amid mounting calls for more political will to implement reconciliation and accountability measures set out in UNHRC Resolution 30/1 that the country co-sponsored in September 2015. In Geneva, Sri Lanka will unveil a host of measures taken over the past year to reckon with a violent past in line with its UN Human Rights Council commitments, including the operationalisation of the Office off Missing Persons, the enactment of the Enforced
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JVP to launch anti-racism movement
Published Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is set to launch a political movement against racism and communalism, its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. The party has taken this decision following the recent troubling events which unfolded in Kandy leading to loss of life, injuries and extensive property damage. According to Dissanayake, the national movement will commence with a series of rallies aimed at eradicating racism and communalism. “We have prepared several rallies to launch
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Perhaps We Can Eat Soup with a Knife: Prospect Theory and the Use of Conventional Military Strategies in Counterinsurgency Operations
Published Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
Combating insurgencies with conventional forces has long been regarded as being, to paraphrase T.E Lawrence’s colorful formulation, comparable to eating soup with a knife (Lawrence, 1922, 53). Indeed, the inutility of force with regards to combating a phenomenon that primarily exists in the minds of a target population has been noted by figures from General Rupert Smith to General David Petraeus, the latter articulating this principle as a central premise upon which he built his population centric theory of counterinsurgency in FM-3-24 (Petraeus, 2006, 60-100) (Smith, 2005, 40). Within the context of this argument, any effort to destroy an insurgent militarily by a policy of attrition or annihilation ignores the insurgents innate capacity to trade space for time, avoiding the strengths of a conventional
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‘Can’t compare Sri Lankan refugees and Rohingya’
Published Date: 17/03/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who fled the war in the island nation in the 1980s, stood on a “different footing” from the Rohingyas who seek shelter from persecution in native Myanmar. Any comparison between the two is misconceived, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. The Centre was responding to comparisons made by the Rohingya in the Supreme Court between their plight and the “relief facilities” given to the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. The Rohingya have sought the same aid and the benevolence India had shown the Sri Lankan Tamils.
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War against LTTE was won because of Muslims, says Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne
Published Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka's Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne this week condemned Sinhala people responsible for attacking Muslims in Kandy, saying they were traitors for attacking the Muslim community who helped the military in the fight against the LTTE. He said, "we are living today thanks to them, because as you all know our intelligence during our conflict time was entirely run by our Muslim community."
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New agency puts spotlight on China's foreign aid
Published Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
The formation of a new high-level Chinese government agency to oversee foreign aid programs highlights Beijing's interest in increasing the use of assistance as a key instrument of diplomacy in support of its global political and economic agenda. Under an administrative reorganization that is to be voted on by the National People's Congress, the nation's rubber-stamp parliament, on Saturday, the Office for International Development Cooperation will be formed under the State Council, China's cabinet. It will bring together functions now split between the foreign affairs and commerce ministries and other departments.
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Japan provides aid to Sri Lankan health services
Published Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
The project is being financed to improve the medical facilities and equipment in tertiary healthcare institutions and training centers for medical staff in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has signed a Rs. 15 billion loan agreement with Japan to improve Sri Lanka's health and medical services. This development took place following the Japan-Sri Lanka summit meeting in Tokyo recently
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Sri Lanka Prime Minister assures to enhance economic and trade cooperation with China
Published Date: 15/03/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday has assured China of greater economic and trade cooperation and affirmed to tackle the practical difficulties of China-Sri Lanka mega-projects cooperation. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said in a statement that on March 14th, Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan held a working consultation with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Temple Trees.
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Young “Saffron Buddhists” and their “anti Muslim patriotism”
Published Date: 11/03/2018 (Sunday)
Most now talk about anti Muslim violence being transported from Ampara to Digana. It wasn’t really from Ampara to Digana, but from Aluthgama-Beruwala to Mahiyangane, to Gintota and then to Ampara and for now to Digana. Five very open anti Muslim conflicts within less than 05 years that begins with MR rule, extending into this unique ‘Yahapalana’ (good governance) rule. Next can be anywhere a new “excuse” could be found and used for another round of violence. And in all instances, there is a Temple and a few Buddhist monks involved and taking the lead.
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China aid comes with no strings attached—envoy
Published Date: 11/03/2018 (Sunday)
CHINA has never asked to use natural resources as collateral in loan agreements with other countries, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said. Geng Shuang was responding to a question regarding an article from a Chinese newspaper Global Times which cited a Chinese scholar’s view on China’s official preferential loan to the Philippines. The article mentioned the Chinese scholar’s view that China was willing to provide assistance as the Philippine government proposed a large-scale investment plan to develop its economy.
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Small town rallies after asylum seeker family carried off in dawn raid
Published Date: 11/03/2018 (Sunday)
Tamil asylum seekers Nadesalingam and Priya and their Australian-born daughters, Dharuniga and Kopig, who were taken into immigration detention after a dawn raid on 5 March The close-knit community of Biloela in central Queensland has been shocked by an early morning Australian Border Force raid on a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family – including two Australian-born children – over a visa expired by a single day.
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Problematising Hindi as the ‘Self’ and English as the ‘Other’
Published Date: 10/03/2018 (Saturday)
In the light of the ongoing prioritisation of Hindi by the central government, the projection of Hindi as the “self” is problematic for several reasons. Three “self–other” binaries are discussed in this regard: Hindi–Hindu as “self,” Urdu–Muslim as “other”; Sanskrit-laden Hindi favouring upper caste Hindus as “self,” vernacular Hindi dialects often represented by the lower castes and classes as “other”; and fi nally Hindi as the epitome of “desi self,” English as “foreign other.” The controversy surrounding Hindi signs in the Bengaluru Metro has brought the issue of Hindi chauvinism in India to the forefront. On being asked to comment on the matter, the current government’s then Urban Development Minister, Venkaiah Naidu, referred to Hindi as the “national language,” adding,
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U.S. institutionalized racial discrimination: Yet, lectures Sri Lanka
Published Date: 09/03/2018 (Friday)
“Rule of law, human rights, and equality are essential for peaceful coexistence. It is important that the Government of Sri Lanka act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, protect religious minorities and their places of worship, and conclude the State of Emergency swiftly, while protecting human rights and basic freedoms for all” was the advise, or the lecture, the United States gave Sri Lanka – in an official statement from the American diplomatic mission in Colombo – this week addressing the civil disturbance which took place early this week in the central hills in Kandy. Protecting human rights and basic freedoms for all is the message Washington and its mission in Colombo delivered this Thursday.
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TNA meets with Mr Jeffrey Feltman
Published Date: 09/03/2018 (Friday)
The Tamil National Alliance led by Hon. R Sampanthan along with Hon Mavai Senathirajah, Hon. Selvam Adaikkalanathan Hon Sitharthan and Hon Sumanthiran met with the visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr Jeffrey Feltman, today (09th March 2018) at the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Mr Sampanthan apprised the Under-Secretary-General of the current political situation in Sri Lanka especially the situation after the recently concluded Local Government elections. Mr Sampanthan stressed that the present Government must continue to implement the mandate received by it, and that cannot deviate from that mandate for any reason. Expressing his views Mr Sampanthan said, that this Government cannot fail to proceed with the Constitution making process. If it abandons the process it would only means that the
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Political leaders and media have a pivotal role to play to counter racism and communal violence in Sri Lanka.
Published Date: 08/03/2018 (Thursday)
Traumatic experiences of the past should be lessons to overcome the adversities in the future. Sadly, roots of xenophobic intolerance of powerful few within all communities in Sri Lanka are endangering the fragile stability of our country further. The NRTSL condemn the latest round of politically motivated communal violence against the Muslim community that has triggered by a law and order issue between individuals of the two communities. The ongoing tragic incidents illustrate the deep down racial tensions and hatred nurtured by extremist political elements. The failure of the law enforcement agencies
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Justice collapsed. Anti-Muslim racists take law into their own hands Government wakes up after the carnage.
Published Date: 07/03/2018 (Wednesday)
What had happened in Digana on Sunday 4 March 2018 was a crime committed on an innocent Sinhalese lorry driver by three drunken Muslim three wheeler thugs. It is a matter for law enforcement authority to deal with culprits in keeping with the law of the land. Instead Muslim owned business in and around the area were burnt and caused havoc in the area. The government should have known that emotions were running high during funeral and it was duty bound to prevent the racist from implementing their evil agenda on Muslims in the area.
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Anti-Muslim violence rears its ugly head again in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Inciting violence, hatred and threats against other citizens because of their diverse backgrounds is harmful for sustained peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Ridiculing their religious beliefs and destroying their properties is terrifying for the targeted groups and distressing for the law abiding community members. A free nation shows its maturity by allowing minorities to enjoy the same rights and privileges the rest of the community is entitled to. In June 1980, Sri Lanka acceded to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and it came into force in September 1980. Article 17 of the ICCPR provides that “No person shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family,
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Violence in Sri Lanka - Key Developments 1000 – 1600hrs, Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Further to the Key Update on the previous situation report at 10.00am today, the Sri Lankan President promulgated a State Emergency a short while ago to redress the security situation prevailing in certain parts of the country. “The Police & Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in the society & urgently restore normalcy,” according to a tweet by the President’s media division. It has also been confirmed that 27-year old Abdul Baasith from Theldeniya area has died after mobs set fire to the building he was in. Cause of death is to be officially announced once the magisterial inquiry is complete.
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Digana clash: Man found dead at a shop
Published Date: 06/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The body of a 27-year-old man was found inside a shop at Kengalle in Digana, the Police said today. They said the Magisterial Inquiry into the death was being conducted. Meanwhile, 24 people, who were arrested for unruly behaviour in Digana and Teldeniya, had been remanded till March 19 by the Teldeniya Magistrate’s Court today.
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CAFOD echoes calls for an end to violence in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/03/2018 (Tuesday)
As the Sri Lankan government declares a State of Emergency following outbreaks of anti-Muslim attacks, the Catholic aid agency CAFOD echoes the calls of its local Sri Lankan partners for an end to the violence. Jehan Perera, Executive Director of CAFOD’s partner, the National Peace Council of Sri Lanka, said: “The sudden eruption of anti-Muslim violence in Ampara and its spread to Kandy is a big blow to reconciliation in our country. The sudden deterioration of law and order threatens to
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Office of Missing Persons Provides ‘Audacity Of Hope’ to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 03/03/2018 (Saturday)
Let me begin on a very personal note. The first major emotional upheaval I underwent as a result of losing a very loved one, was when I lost my maternal grandfather in December 1968. I was 14 years old at that time. I was inordinately fond of him and he of me, his eldest grandchild. My grandfather had been ailing for some time and his impending demise was expected. Both his children, their spouses and all his grandchildren were around his bed when my grandfather breathed his last.
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