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Accountability Issues: Modernising PTA key – EU
Published Date: 06/11/2017 (Monday)
Acknowledging the difficulties involved in addressing accountability issues arising from the war, the European Union said on Thursday that as a first step, the Sri Lankan government could modernise its Prevention of Terrorism Act to meet international standards. Head of a delegation of the European Parliament Jean Lambert, addressing the media in Colombo, on the second day of their official visit said, "Modernising the PTA is the Key. We hope it would be done speedily, in keeping with the implementation of 27 International Conventions that the government agreed to, for GSP Plus to be restored last May."
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Forthcoming LG Polls MR forming broad anti-UNP alliance No discussions with the SLFP as long as it is protecting the UNP within the Govt – Mahinda
Published Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
Indicating that the forthcoming Local Government polls, to be fought among three formations, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said, that he had already begun forming a broader political alliance with anti-United National Party (UNP) forces. Even though at the much hyped meeting of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena, the Party decided to contest...the Local Government polls sans the UNP, Rajapaksa appeared to be not convinced. He was certain that there is no point in
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Premier FTZ union sets up Northern office
Published Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union earlier this week opened its first office in the North at No. 39, Vairava Kovil Road, Vairavapuliyamkulam, Vavuniya. More than 150 workers from newly established garment factories in the North took part in the event. The office was ceremonially declared open by Assistant Commissioner of Labour, Vavuniya Ms. Siva Ranjanee and union Joint Secretary Anton Marcus with other union officials.
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PTL’s Rs. 10.5 billion frozen in Central Bank SC rejects FR plea; restrictions proposed by Monetary Board continue
Published Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
Perpetual Treasuries Ltd (PTL)’s two bank accounts amounting to Rs. 10.5 billion — containing its profits from the questionable bond transactions — will remain frozen till January 2018 after the Supreme Court this week rejected PTL’s Fundamental Rights petition challenging the Monetary Board’s suspension of its primary dealer licence and the blocking of its accounts. An aggregate of Rs 10.5 billion in cash and bonds is contained in the two frozen accounts at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). The next logical step would be to launch civil action to recover the losses incurred by the Employees’ Provident Fund “due to collusive action
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FCID hunts for former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s chief of staff
Published Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) is on the lookout for Gamini Sedara Senarath, Chief of Staff of the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and three others over a string of alleged fraudulent acts. The three others are Piyadasa Kudabalage, Neil Bandara Hapuwinne and Mohan de Alwis. FCID detectives said yesterday that the four were evading arrest and hence, they had obtained a court order impounding the passport of the main suspect, Gamini Senarath, to prevent him from leaving Sri Lanka. The four persons now sought after — together with another two nominated by the Treasury — have been on the board of directors of Sino-Lanka Hotel and
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Sri Lanka’s post-war poverty trap
Published Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
The recently-released findings of Sri Lanka’s Household Income and Expenditure Survey has revealed that eight years after the civil war ended, people in the war-hit north and east are gripped by poverty. Kilinochchi, the former rebel stronghold, has the highest level of poverty headcount at 18.2%, over four times the national average. The coastal district of Mullaitivu, which witnessed the gore of the final offensive that claimed an estimated 40,000 lives as the armed forces defeated the LTTE, has the country’s lowest median household income per month, at LKR 25,526 (about Rs. 10,000), significantly lesser
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Lord Nasbey defends Lanka in wake of botched statistics by UN commission
Published Date: 05/11/2017 (Sunday)
Providing an exclusive interview to media mogul WION, British Parliamentarian Lord Michael Morris, Baron Naseby stated that upon the research of classified military documents of the British government, he discovered that the casualty figure of 40,000 civilians killed during the latter stage of the civil war in Sri Lanka was a guess made by the Darusman commission set up by the UN to probe the civil war. Lord Naseby, who identifies himself as an old friend of Sri Lanka, stated that the actual
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Renuka Hotel to be quoted on CSE very shortly Management baton passing on to Ravi Thambiayah’s daughters
Published Date: 04/11/2017 (Saturday)
One of the country’s best known and best-run family hotels, the 40-roomed Renuka Hotel well known for the Jaffna cuisine it offers at its Palmyrah Restaurant will be quoted on the Colombo Stock Exchange within the next couple of weeks. The CSE announced last week that it had approved in principle the application submitted by Renuka Hotels Ltd., the owning company of the hotel by that name at Galle Road, Kollupitiya to list nearly 40.3 million of its ordinary voting shares by way of an introduction.
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New Constitution was promised to the people
Published Date: 04/11/2017 (Saturday)
Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Gayantha Karunatilaka says the new Constitution was a promise given to the people, and said \"Even we, who brought in the existing Constitution have accepted that a change is necessary. The President is also of the same view. We will bring this in not in the same manner as the 18th Amendment. We will obtain everyone\'s ideas. It is the Interim Report that was prepared and is being subject to discussion. Is there a Constitution that was brought with so much
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‘Orumiththa Nadu’ and ‘Ayikkiya Nadu’ is mere word play TNA deceiving the people with word games
Published Date: 04/11/2017 (Saturday)
The Jaffna District MP, former Minister and the Leader of the Ealam People\\\'s Democratic Party (EPDP) Douglas Devananda said that Amendments are the Constitution needs to amended and interested parties should decide what Amendments are to be made. He added that the confusion between the Orumiththa Nadu and Ayikkiya Nadu is mere word play of the TNA to deceive the Tamil People. Devananda denied any alliance with or support to Joint Opposition\\\'s Podu Jana Peramuna and
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Path to democracy and governance
Published Date: 04/11/2017 (Saturday)
Coming from Ananda Collage, the epicentre of Sinhala Buddhism, when I entered Engineering Faculty what impressed me most at that stage was the fact the so many Tamils and others, mixed freely with the Sinhalese, both within the lecture rooms and outside. In those days, in spite of some racist elements here and there, all students and staff of the entire university worked together without squinter or suspicion. I do not think that any Sinhala student felt uneasy learning under Mailvaganam, Mahalingam, Sivaprakasapillai and Thurairaja.
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T&T signs MoU with Sri Lanka, Cuba
Published Date: 03/11/2017 (Friday)
The Financial Intelligence Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (FIUTT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Financial Intelligence Units of Sri Lanka and Cuba in Argentina. Friday’s signing was witnessed by Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Faris Al-Rawi. The FIU Act provides the FIUTT with the mandate to enter into MOUs with its foreign counterparts.
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Expect crossovers in droves when elections are announced We want to take an anti-UNP struggle forward
Published Date: 03/11/2017 (Friday)
Former Deputy Minister for Postal Services and Muslim Affairs Duleep Wijesekera noted that the concept unity government is foreign to the grassroots level politics as the animosity between the two major parties, United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is still rife. As a result the political foundation of the national government is unstable, although the senior politicians in the upper rung are complacent in their notion of a unity government.
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Centre will lose all power if proposals are implemented - MR
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that ‘manipulation’ by the government is glaringly obvious in the whole process of formulating a new Constitution and that the Joint Opposition is being provided with scarce opportunities to voice their opinions. Delivering a speech during the debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee at the Constitutional Assembly in Parliament today (2), he charged that the views expressed by their MPs in the various sub-committees were dropped when the reports were published.
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VP Leader pooh-poohs Wimal’s bomb threat, danger of secession
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa’s call to bomb Parliament, if it passes, the new constitution should not be taken seriously by others, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told the Constitutional Assembly yesterday. "Before responding to a threat by a person we should take look at who is making the threat. The person who threatens to bomb Parliament is not strong enough even to hurl a stone at a target with a catapult. He is not physically capable of anything. He has proved his strength by his conduct so far. He did not even have the courage to remain in remand prison. Before one
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Life sentence for killing intelligence officer LTTE ‘hit’ during CFA
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Colombo High Court, yesterday, convicted Selvathurai Kimbakaran alias Marthan of the murder of Sunil Thabrew, the Intelligence Officer-in-charge of the Dehiwala Police, on July 23,2003. A life sentence was imposed on the convict, as penalty for the murder conviction. A five-year rigorous imprisonment term was also imposed for possessing illegal weapons, and a fine of Rs. 25,000 for possessing illegal bullets.
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PM required to testify before Bond Commission
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating the controversial Issuance of Bonds today said it requires the testimony of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in order to "obtain a few clarifications and any other evidence which may be necessary". Issuing a statement at the commencement of the today's session, the Commission noted that it had perused the affidavit given to the Commission by the Prime Minister and that the Commission had certain clarifications to be made.
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Why a new constitution? - Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
Following are excerpts of a statement issued by former Justice and Buddha Sasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe PC regarding the much talked about Interim Report of the Steering Committee presented to parliament for debate. • Interim Report submitted by the purported steering committee dated 21st September 2017 has no validity and authority • Whose need is to have a new constitution devolving the powers enabling the conversion of this country to a federal state • The Tamil population, forming the majority, in north and east amounts to 1,597,000 • It was a sole victory gained by the UNP’ers through their blood, tears and sweat
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Constitutional Assembly unconstitutional, null and void ab initio
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
What could be comprehended by the Word Constitution? Constitution is recognised as a document made by law makers inserting a set of rules which are needed for the governance of the relevant territory, and it is considered supreme and unchallengeable. Inclusion of the following mandatory features could be seen in a constitution. 1. Provisions to guarantee/assure the rights of the citizens and the mechanisms to be operated for above purpose 2. Definition of the powers conferred on the Legislature, the Executive and the Judiciary and by whom such said powers are to be exercised
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In order to remain as one “We are seeking maximum possible devolution” - Sumanthiran
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
Following are excerpts of the speech made by TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran at the Parliament debate on the Interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly. This is indeed the first time that a party representing the Tamil people of this country is agreeing with some proposals, although incomplete and still at the proposal stage. I am saying this referring to the position paper that we have provided, which is part of the Interim Report that has been placed before this Assembly for Debate during these three days. We have stated our positions very clearly and I want to elaborate on some of them now.
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Sampanthan calls on all to decry separatism
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
Tamil National Alliance Leader R. Sampanthan said, that this country should never be divided and called on the people not to support anyone promoting separatism. Opening the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Steering Committee Interim Report for the third day yesterday (1), the Leader of the Opposition said, there is a clear need for a new Constitution to assure unity in diversity in the country.
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Sampanthan points out MR’s contradictory positions on devolution
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
There was a pressing need for a new Constitution to ensure unity in diversity in the country, Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan said yesterday. Opening the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Interim Report for the third day, the Opposition Leader called on people not to support anyone promoting separatism. "This country should never be divided," he said. The TNA Leader said the inability of leaders to stand by what they had accepted and keep their commitments after they ceased to hold power had been a major setback.
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Things worse for SL if Nat'l question ignored-Leader of the Opposition
Published Date: 02/11/2017 (Thursday)
Things will get worse for Sri Lanka especially in the international arena if the country fails to address the National question, Leader of Opposition R Sampnanthan told the Constitutional Assembly yesterday. "Sri Lanka knows very well that all the problems it has faced in the international arena, particularly since 2012, is because of its failure to manfully address the National question. Things can only get worse; they cannot get any better if the same attitude remains," Sampanthan said.
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NGOs and Federalism
Published Date: 01/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Prof. Yash Ghai, a Harvard Scholar and Prof. Emeritus of the Nairobi University, was a Kenyan who had over the years been regarded as an international expert in constitutional making. It was a great honour for the University of Nairobi to have educated and nurtured such a magnificent scholar. He has been invited by many developing countries to formulate and assist in the drafting of their own Constitutions. Most modern scholars feel that the Kenyan Constitution is one of the clearest examples of a near perfect Democratic Constitution. Prof. Ghai was responsible for almost its entire draft. He was
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Highlight people's fundamental and social rights in new constitution: JVP
Published Date: 01/11/2017 (Wednesday)
JVP MP Vijitha Herath said today clauses to uphold the fundamental and social rights of the people should be included in the new Constitution before talking about issues of power devolution, federalism and giving more powers to provincial councils. He said this during the Constitutional Assembly debate on the new Constitution and pointed out that the people's social rights including the right to education, health, drinking water and housing
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