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Sri Lanka gifts a plot of land for a new Chancery Building for the State of Palestine
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana, this morning, 8 December, handed over the deed for a plot of land – No. 4, Hewa Avenue, Colombo 7 – to the Ambassador for the State of Palestine to Sri Lanka, Zuhair M.H. Zaid. The plot of land is a gift from Sri Lanka to the State of Palestine to build its new Chancery in Colombo. The Minister of Foreign Affairs was joined on this occasion by the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine and President of the Sri Lanka-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association Rajitha
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China leads in Sri Lanka’s FDI in 2017
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
China accounted for 35% of foreign direct investments into Sri Lanka up to September this year with FDI for the full year expected to total US$ 1.36 billion, the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade said. It said in a statement that there was a “strong uptick” in exports and FDI this year, according to the latest 2017 data from the Export Development Board and Board of Investment. “Data from the Board of Investment indicates a substantial uptick in FDI inflows to the country of US$ 795.5 million during January to September this year, 80% higher than the same period last year and already exceeding the full year 2016.
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20-30 Children become orphans daily – WP Probation Dept
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The Department of Probation and Child Care Services of the Western Province, claims that daily between 20 and 30 children become orphans and arrive at the Department and are in turn sent to voluntarily-run children's homes. Commissioner of the Department, Chandima Dissanayake said that currently, there were 14,000 children who were registered as orphans in the country, with 5,000 in the Western Province alone.She added that there were 120 orphanages and childcare centres, which were voluntarily-run homes, the administration and
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ITAK expresses confidence in TNA unity Reaches consensus with TELO on LG polls seats
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Leader and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah is confident that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will continue to remain strong and that the ITAK has reached a compromise with the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) over the allocation of seats for the Local Government polls (LG), for the constituent Parties in the TNA. Senathirajah told Ceylon Today, that there had been some misunderstandings, before, over the allocation of seats for the forthcoming LG polls
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Army chief seeks support for reconciliation process
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
Army commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has sought support for the Government’s reconciliation initiatives. The commander said that the Army can assist the reconciliation process by building civil-military partnerships, which he says is essential and important to counter violent extremism and sustain the hard-earned peace.
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Abduction of youths Ex-Navy spokesman’s Bail application postponed
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The hearing of the bail applications, made by the seven accused, including the former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake, who are currently in remand custody in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 children from Kotahena, was postponed until 19 December by Colombo High Court Judge A.A.R. Heintuduwa yesterday (07).
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How the UK’s aid budget is funding security forces and working against human rights
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
A new report from Global Justice Now reveals how the British government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund is providing financial support to police, military and security forces implicated in human rights abuses. AISHA DODWELL from the charity gives the inside story. The problem here is that the money being used is meant to reduce poverty, not prop up armies around the world.
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India: ’Dancing Girl’ as Parvati is just one of many bizarre claims in ICHR paper on Harappan civilisation A reading of the essay shows that almost the entire piece is filled with wild conjectures to show that the Indus and Vedic civilisations were linked.
Published Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
A paper published in the latest issue of Itihaas, the Hindi journal of the Indian Council for Historical Research, created a minor controversy last week. In the paper, according to media reports, retired Banaras Hindu University Professor Thakur Prasad Verma had claimed that the famous “Dancing Girl” bronze figurine found at Mohenjo-daro is actually an image of Hindu Goddess Parvati. Verma offers this interpretation in a piece titled “Vaidik Sabhyata ka Puratattva, or Archaeology of the Vedic Civilisation. Upon reading the 36-page essay, I’m surprised that only his comments on the “Dancing Girl” were
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Successive Sinhalese Govts Attempted to change demography - Chief Minister Wigneswaran
Published Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Justice C.V. Wigneswaran says, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara's recent interview with Ceylon Today titled 'Wigneswaran should resign', needs to be replied. In his email response, to Admiral Weerasekera's answers to Ceylon Today The Interview of 23 November 2017, the Chief Minister has expressed his opinion, by taking each point he contradicts and has formulated his responses. CM: Federalism will retain the togetherness of the Country while the disparate groups whether in the North and East or each of the other seven Provinces would be able to govern
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• Dissenting Tamil lawmakers in Sri Lanka form new coalition
Published Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
A group of dissenting Sri Lankan Tamil lawmakers has formed a new coalition to challenge the TNA which has come under severe criticism for going soft on the government's delay in delivering justice to the minority community, a parliamentarian said on Thursday Tamil parliamentarian Sivashakthi Anandan said the Tamil Liberation Alliance (TLA) has been formed to challenge the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which is the main political front for the Tamil minorities in Sri Lanka
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Infrastructure boom seen opening Indian market for Sri Lanka
Published Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka will have more opportunities in the Indian with the ongoing rapid development of infrastructure in both countries, central bank governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. “India is our third largest market but our proximity to India in the past was worthless for transport infrastructure was bad,” he told the Financial Sector Investment Conference organised by Asia Securities. But now infrastructure was booming in both countries with development of ports and airports, making this proximity more useful.
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Children raped, burnt into submission in Indian brothels - report
Published Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
The brutal "breaking in" of trafficked girls in Indian brothels, from rape to beatings to starvation, leaves girls unable to say "no to anyone" or escape, a new study has found. The testimonies of child sex trafficking survivors in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata offer a glimpse into the violence young girls endure before they are pushed into the sex trade. "Traffickers are using the tactic of a 'conditioning period' to break the resilience of children,"
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Sri Lanka President inaugurates construction of largest kidney hospital in Asia with Chinese aid
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the National Nephrology Specialized Hospital in Polonnaruwa. The largest kidney hospital in Asia to be constructed at a cost of Rs.12 billion is a gift from the People's Republic of China. The hospital which fulfills the President's long term dream to serve the people who suffer from kidney diseases will be built at 28th Post, closed to Polonnaruwa General Hospital. It is significant this hospital is fully sponsored by the Chinese government.
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THE POSSIBLE DEATH OF THE POLITICAL CENTRE
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
If the talks between the official SLFP and the JO-SLPP conclusively fail, it will be because the SLFP (MS) is unwilling either to leverage the bond scam report and de-couple the PM from the governing coalition, or to vote against the “fast track liberalization and globalization” (i.e. free-market fundamentalist, neoliberal) Budget and rupture from/assert Presidential hegemony over the Government’s UNP driven policy agenda at this point in time.
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Federalism and re-merger impossibilities
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People\'s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast for the most militant elements.
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Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand - HC
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text of the BHC statement: "Lord Naseby was not speaking for the British Government when speaking
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India's human trafficking data masks reality of the crime - campaigners
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
New data released by the Indian government shows reports of human trafficking rose by almost 20 percent in 2016 against the previous year, but campaigners said on Monday the figures failed to reflect the true magnitude of the crime. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said there were 8,132 human trafficking cases last year against 6,877 in 2015, with the highest number of cases reported in the eastern state of West Bengal, followed by Rajasthan in the west
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Rather than cowering down, the President should face off the Joint Opposition
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a gifted deal maker. His two- term presidency was a classic case of successful deal making: He got Velupillai Prabhakaran to prevent Northern Tamils from voting in 2005 and by virtue of that won his first term as the President; he cajoled the JVP to support him, and then split it; he engineered two large scale cross-overs of opposition MPs to the government, first for understandable reasons of the political stability of his government during the height of war, second for the selfish reason of securing a two- thirds majority of Parliament to abolish term limits of the executive presidency.
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Sagala condemns IGP’s statement on Gintota
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Leader of the JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake has questioned Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake over the statement made by Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara pertaining to the unrest reported in Gintota recently. Speaking in Parliament today, MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake questioned the Minister on who should be held responsible if the IGP himself claims that the Police failed in controlling an incident where a possible racial unrest could have broken out.
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Sharjah Charity International implements 'Treating of Eye Diseases' campaign in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Sharjah Charity International has carried out "Treating of Eye Diseases" campaign in Sri Lanka, as part of its health drive in developing countries. The campaign aims to conduct medical tests for people with eye diseases and identify the critical cases that suffer from the accumulation of blue water and inflammation of the cornea, leading to blindness, and require urgent surgical intervention.
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Resettle Sinhalese and Muslims in North before polls - Sarath Weerasekara
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says that the Sinhalese and Muslim people who lived in the North need to be resettled in those areas before any elections are held. He also claimed that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is the only opposition party in the world that supports the budget of the government. If they somehow move for a separate state, then the incumbent government will also approve it, he charged, speaking during a press conference of the ‘Eliya Organisation’ in Colombo today (5).
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Mahinda Rajapaksa blames Sri Lanka president for breakdown of party unity talks
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor President Maithripala Sirisena for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides.... Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor President Maithripala Sirisena for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides.
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Don’t enter politics after retirement Army Chief’s plea to top officers
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Army Chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake has strongly advised officers against entering politics after their retirement. Lt. Gen. Senanayake said so at Security Forces headquarters, Kilinochchi last Thursday (Nov 30) in his first field visit to former LTTE stronghold since assuming the command of the war winning army in July this year. Security Forces Commander, Kilinochchi, Maj. Gen. Ajith Kariyakarawana was among over 150 officers and 1,200 other ranks present on the occasion.
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Memorialization might facilitate reconciliation
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Great Heroes Day (MaaverarNaal) observances this year in the Northern Province was notable, and perhaps path breaking too, in two ways: Firstly, a record number of people participated in the various events in public places including Hindu temples and churches. Secondly, the Government allowed the observances to take place, though the State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene subsequently stated that participants would be arrested and prosecuted because they had memorialized ‘terrorists’ belonging to the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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PM: Some media groups working overtime
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday alleged that an influential section of the media was working overtime to bring back the Rajapaksas to power regardless of the irreparable losses caused by the previous administration to the media. Delivering the keynote address at a UNESCO Conference on Regional Cooperation to Promote Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law in Asia through Ending Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists at the Taj Samudra, PM Wickremesinghe, referring to a spate of
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