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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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Tokyo’s Rakhine aid emphasises "humanitarian-development nexus
Published Date: 26/02/2018 (Monday)
"As a rights-respecting member of the UN, and as a regional power, it's time for Japan to step up and urge Myanmar to respect human rights in Rakhine State,” the ICJ legal adviser said. TOKYO is funding two projects involving about US$20.6 million (2.2 billion Yen) in humanitarian assistance to address the crisis in Rakhine. Japan is urged to appeal to Myanmar to respect human rights in the restive Rakhine State.
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Learning to Live in the Colonies and Camps Repatriates and Refugees in Tamil Nadu
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Involuntary migration of Tamil repatriates and refugees from Sri Lanka to Tamil Nadu began in the late 1960s and continued for several decades. The relief and rehabilitation offered to them by the Government of India was far from adequate, and life in the camps and colonies was hard and often unbearable. The unsuitable living conditions forced the migrants to learn how to deal with adversity and to assert agency in the midst of despair and hopelessness. Although life in the camps and colonies was difficult, migrants managed to carve out a space for themselves.
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Dogs Bark but the Caravan Moves...
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
In response to the clarion call by the late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera, the nation safeguarded Democracy, in Sri Lanka in January in 2015. Remarkably UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, pledged his support to the common presidential candidate. Thus, on January 8, 2015, Maithripala Sirisena was elected as President. He polled 62 million votes as against 58 million polled by opposing candidate Mahinda Rajapakse.The people also gave a mandate to the President to appoint Ranil Wickremesinghe, as the Prime Minister.
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Tamil Nadu-Sri Lanka drug nexus: Something fishy about these fishermen
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The legendary movie Scarface opens with a scene where 1,000s of refugees from Cuba land into the United States. Antonio Montana played by the greatest actor of our times, Al Pacino is one among them. What follows is chaos and dark, dirty world of drugs. Tamil Nadu-Sri Lanka drug nexus: Something fishy about these fishermen Flashback, 2006. There were 18,600 Tamil refugees who arrived at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. All were sent to special camps on the suspicion that they had links with the LTTE. Further, the probe revealed that many were drug co, Many refugees had become couriers and in the name of medicines and aid came the drugs.
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Sri Lanka to tighten controls over NGOs
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is to tighten controls over charities and civil society organizations, through changes to a 1980 law requiring the registration of voluntary organizations, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said. The changes is partly driven by the requirement of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank which is in charge of Anti-Money laundering/Combatting Terrorism Finance (AML/CFT), activities. Sri Lanka has fallen behind requirement of the global AML/CFT framework and is now in the so-called 'grey list'.
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Sri Lanka police cover up in Lasantha murder emerge after key arrest
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The arrest of a retired senior Deputy Inspector-General has revealed how the police scuttled its own investigations to protect military intelligence men who carried out the assassination of editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara who is currently in remand custody has allegedly instructed his juniors to not only botch the investigation, but also destroy evidence gathered from the crime scene, according to a confession by Senior Superintendent Hemantha Adhikari. It was Adhikari who led the investigation into Wickrematunge's assassination in January 2009 under the immediate supervision of DIG Nanayakkara who at the time was in charge of Western Province (south).
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Kuwait amnesty period for Lankans ends today
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The general amnesty period announced by the Kuwait government for Sri Lankans residing without a valid travel document ends today. The Kuwait government in January announced that Sri Lankans had the opportunity to leave Kuwait without having to pay a fine during the amnesty period. The Interior Ministry of Kuwait announced an amnesty period for all expatriates who do not have residence permits or whose residence permits have expired.
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Thera gets patent for solar-powered vehicle
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The chief incumbent of the International Meditation Centre at Rathmalkanda Aranyaya (hermitage) in Kitthalella, Bandarawela Ven. Madawala Upali Thera has received the patent license for his invention of solar-power operated motor vehicle. A unique feature of this vehicle is that there is no emission of carbon dioxide and sulpher dioxide to the environment, thereby helping to minimise air pollution and reduce global warming, according to the thera.
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Govt. bound to implement UNHRC resolution: TNA
Published Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Opposition Leader and TNA MP R. Sampanthan today said that the government was bound to implement the UNHRC resolution both in spirit and letter and called on the international community to ensure it was fully implemented. Highlighting the delays that have occurred in implementing the resolution he said that the International community must take necessary steps to ensure that the government is held accountable for the commitments made to the international community and to the people in Sri Lanka on implementing Cosponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.
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