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LG polls in Puttalam and N&E Muslim cleric targets female candidates CMEV writes to EC and IGP
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Polls monitor, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) writing to the Elections Commission (EC), urged the Commission to take appropriate steps against attempts to hinder the electoral process via hate speech, which was causing discomfort and humiliation to female Local Government candidates contesting from the Puttalam District as well as the North and East. In a letter, copies of which were also sent to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Senior Assistant Head of Police (Administration and Elections) and the Assistant Election
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Two arrested with 288 polling cards in Mullaitivu
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
By Yusuf Ariff Police today said that two suspects in possession of 288 polling cards, for the 2018 Local Authorities Election, have been arrested at a residence in Pudukuduirippu, Mullaitivu. The polling cards were discovered inside the house located at Theravil, based on information received by Pudukuduirippu Police. The homeowner and a postman have been arrested in connection with the discovery, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
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Tamil Nadu CM wants Modi to register protest against Sri Lankan move to impose huge fine on Indian fishermen
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the external affairs ministry and the Indian mission in Sri Lanka to immediately register India's strong protest against a Bill introduced in the Sri Lankan parliament which has provisions to impose huge penalties on Indian fishermen, who engage in legitimate fishing in their traditional fishing grounds in the Palk Bay.
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Muslim women in Colombo demand changes to Islamic marriage law
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
A group of Muslim women on Monday stood in silent protest against the country’s Islamic marriage law which discriminates against women. Organised by the Muslims Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRG), the rally was held in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, near the Ministry of Justice. Protesters urged Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale to recognise their right to "justice and equality". They want the Ministry to update the status of a report on Islamic marriage that has been nine years in the making.
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives in SL
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has arrived in the island on a two day official visit. NewsRadio Airport Correspondent said a 50 member delegation also arrived with the Indonesian President. President Widodo arrived in the island following an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. Several Memoranda of Understanding are to be inked between the two countries during the visit.
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Japan Claims a Stake in Sri Lanka’s Ports
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is caught between the need for foreign investment and the risk of being the object of a great power tug-of-war. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in 15 years. Governmental confirmation of Sri Lanka’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) project came during Kono’s visit, when the prime minister’s office revealed that an MoU was to be signed with Japan to build a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU). The FSRU and LNG terminal project will be a joint venture by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority with both Japan and India. The LNG terminal is to be located within Colombo port – one of the busiest ports in South Asia and an important trans-shipment hub in the region.
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SL to remain engaged with disarmament goals
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka hoped to remain proactively engaged within the Conference on Disarmament (CD) to help achieve its objectives, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said on Tuesday on the occasion of Sri Lanka assuming the responsibility of the CD as its first President of the 2018 session. Sri Lanka assumed the Presidency of the CD after 11 years. In his speech, Ambassador Aryasinha said the CD held a significant responsibility with regard to a rule-based international order that Members of the UN family were seeking to uphold.
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TNA wants draft Constitution presented to parliament soon after LG polls
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Leader of Opposition and of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has demanded that the draft Constitution be submitted to Parliament soon after Feb. 10 local government polls. A statement issued by the TNA yesterday quoted Sampanthan as having told European Union Sri Lanka Political Desk Head Paul Godfrey: "Soon after the local government elections the process must be expedited and the draft Constitution must be submitted to Parliament and eventually it must be approved by the people at a referendum".
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Survey Department to standardize and romanize geographical names
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Survey Department is in the process of standardizing geographical names in Sinhala and Tamil and will romanize Sinhala geographical names. Senior Deputy Surveyor General, D. N. D. Hettiarachchi said during a recent interview with The Island. This is in addition to introducing the revised version of the 1:50,000 scale map. The Department is currently in the process of standardizing geographical names in both Tamil and Sinhala. Standardization of geographical names was encouraged in all countries by the UN in 1960. Under the standardization process place names as well as those of
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Police brutality unpardonable!
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Every year reports of serious Police related violence flood the mainstream media all around the globe. And every time it happens, it grabs the headlines and leads to various discussions and debates that question and critique Police brutality, provisions of using 'necessary power' and the overall enforcement powers held by the law enforcement officers. Even the most (supposedly) democratic country in the world experiences Police violence. The United States has recorded over 1,200 cases where individuals were gunned down by the Police during 2017 and 69 per cent of the time; the deceased were non-violent and unarmed.
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Northern Naval Command seize 110 kgs of Kerala cannabis
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A haul of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 10 million was recovered by the Northern Naval Command in Maradankeni, Thaleiadi last evening (23). The 110 Kgs of cannabis were seized following a tip-off received by the intelligence staff attached to the Northern Naval Command. The consignment has been hidden at nearby brushwood consisting with 50 parcels wrapped in polyethylene, according to Navy.
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Rajiv case: Serious issues raised, says SC, seeks CBI's reply
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Supreme Court today termed as "serious" and "debatable" the questions raised by a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and asked the CBI to respond to his plea seeking recall of the apex court's May 1999 order upholding his conviction. The apex court issued notice to the CBI and asked it to file its response within three weeks on the application filed by convict A G Perarivalan, who was initially awarded death sentence in the case which was later commuted to life term.
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Australia warns Sri Lankans attempting to travel illegally
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Australian High Commission today warned Sri Lankans to beware of the lies of people smugglers, following media coverage of three recent failed people smuggling attempts. In December 2017, Australian border protection authorities intercepted a people smuggling boat with 29 Sri Lankan nationals on board. All 29 people were returned to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities also recently disrupted two planned illegal boat ventures before they departed Sri Lanka.
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Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE.
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Priests, doctors and the State: The agony of the masses
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Media headlines in recent months in Sri Lanka have concentrated heavily on the political role of Buddhist monks, agitations of government medical officers against the establishment of a private medical college and the increasing failure of the State to address many pressing social issues. These three matters are by no means unconnected. In fact, all three are the products of a process of social and political change that unfolded over the last several decades.
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Thailand to assist Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
The Thai Government says that it is expecting to assist for the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes. This was revealed to the President by Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms Chulamanee Chartsuwan when she met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (21).
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Parents protest against Uva Chief Minister
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
A group of parents staged a protest march today (22) against the incident in which the Principal of the Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya,Badulla was allegedly made to kneel down by the Uva Chief Minister. The march began in front of the school and proceeded towards Badulla town, Ada Derana correspondent reported.
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Government power not necessary to develop local councils
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
This local government has become one that changes the direction of politics in the country and the party that rules the country need not be brought to power in the local government council to develop it says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this at a rally held at Koggala to affirm the victory of the JVP candidates contesting the Ambalangoda Pradeshiya Sabha.
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FTA with Singapore Professionals claim Govt misleading public
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lankan professionals claim that they are yet to see a Draft of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to be signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore, although the Government claims that it had received their approval. They warned that the basic legal framework has to be prepared prior to signing such an agreement. If not, Sri Lanka will have to face a number of serious problems. Chartered Architect Nalaka Jayaweera, speaking on behalf of the professionals, told Ceylon Today that the Government was spreading false rumours and misleading the public.
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Announcement A. Sivanandan (1923-2018) – Tamils have lost a “visionary”
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Tamil Information Centre has learned with great sadness and regret of the recent passing of Ambalavaner Sivanandan (20 December 1923 – 3 January 2018). Sivanandan was known in his adopted country of Britain as the long-time Director of the Institute of Relations, an anti-racist educational charity based in London, as well as the founding editor of its world famous journal Race & Class. He was widely regarded as one of the most original and important thinkers on racism and immigration in this country. He was a powerful writer and speaker who fought for the human rights of oppressed peoples – particularly the ethnic minorities of the UK and the peoples of the Third World.
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Country has gained international recognition -MS
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena says the country has gained international recognition by changing a leadership which was detrimental to the country. Speaking at a United People’s Freedom Alliance rally in Wellawaya the President said the international community has acknowledged the country’s progress following the leadership of the previous regime. President Sirisena questioned if people were murdered or harassed, Newspaper Editors were killed or media organisations were burned down on the directives of the present government.
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Public help sought to identify kidnappers
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Police seek public assistance in identifying a group of suspects who had abducted a person, for a ransom of Rs 2.5 million, in Trincomalee. Police said that the victim was kidnapped on Friday, 5 January from Trincomalee, by three unidentified people. It was also reported that the suspects had released the abducted person, two days after, as the relatives of the victim had paid the ransom of Rs 2.5 million. Police had located closed circuit camera television footage of the three persons including that of a woman. Police request public assistance in identifying the persons and request the public to contact Trincomalee Police or the Police Hotline 0112421111.
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Mangala flays media
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Information Department chief Sudarshana Gunawardena and Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera at Matara workshop (Pic courtesy Finance and Media ministry) Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera says all those having smart phones could function as journalists today as the public has lost faith in the mainstream media. Samaraweera alleges that the mainstream media has lost credibility due to biased reporting and ‘manufactured’ news.
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Singapore PM to sign FTA with SL during visit
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong would visit Sri Lanka on January 22 on a three-day official visit, at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said yesterday. The Singaporean Premier will be received at the Presidential Secretariat on Tuesday morning with an official guard of honour and gun salute that will be followed by official bilateral discussions with President Sirisena. A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Singapore will be signed following bilateral talks
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Does Debt Pay? China and the Politics of Investment in Sri Lanka What are the sources and impact of China’s economic leverage over Sri Lanka?
Published Date: 20/01/2018 (Saturday)
Last month, the Sri Lankan government formally handed over control of the port of Hambantota to Chinese interests on a 99-year lease. The price was over one billion dollars, but this came mostly in the form of a reduction in the enormous debt burden to Beijing that is crippling the island nation’s economy. Strategists warn that by giving up control of the port, a strategic asset straddling Indian Ocean shipping lanes, Sri Lanka is sacrificing its sovereignty and succumbing to what one Indian analyst has labelled “creditor imperialism” by China. If China’s motives are indeed imperialist, is this form of economic diplomacy effective? In a
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