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Probe launched into human bones found during construction in Jaffna
Published Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Jaffna Police said that investigations at the location where human skeletal remains were found while establishing a water supply network near Kalviyankadu area in Jaffna, commenced today (24) under the orders of Jaffna Magistrate’s Court. Jaffna Magistrate Sinnathuray Sathiskaranan inspected the scene, and ordered to carry out investigations at the site under the guidance of Judicial Medical Officer S. Mayuran.
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Most people think world is more dangerous than two years ago - survey
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
From major disaster, conflicts and under-reported stories, we shine a light on the world’s humanitarian hotspots Concerns have risen over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction Most people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a survey released on Tuesday 10 July.
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Eyebrows raised over playing Chinese national anthem before SL’s
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Many an eyebrow has been raised over a government decision to play the Sri Lankan national anthem after that of China, at a state festival, attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday. The ceremony to mark the commencement of the construction of a special 200-bed hospital with Chinese financial assistance to treat kidney patients was held in Polonnaruwa on Saturday with the participation of President Sirisena and Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan.
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Vijayakala’s outburst and Elephant in the room
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The speech by the former State Minister of Children’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran has been magnified in the media as a call by her for the return of an LTTE administration to maintain law and order and secure the safety of women in the North. I have used the term outburst because the content of the speech is not in the form of a considered statement and is more in the nature of an emotional outburst. The sexual abuse
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“SL has become an international Drug trafficking Hub” - Ranjith Madduma Bandara
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
• There is a nexus between drug trafficking and underworld operations • Four underworld kingpins operate from outside the country • Underworld operations during MR rule as well • Crime rate dropped since 2015 • UNP will nominate its own presidential candidate for sure Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, in an interview with Daily Mirror, shares his views on the current crime wave and plans for the elections pending at the moment. The Minister shared the following:-
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Why Beggars cannot be Choosers
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Hobson’s choice is a free choice, in which only one thing is offered. Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing. In other words, one may "take it or leave it". So say most popular dictionary. Prominent female writer, in a very interesting article about the situation in the country, said in the heading that our future political choice is a Hobson’s choice between clowns and murderers. Even if we accept her categorization, how this can be a Hobson’s choice? Clowns means
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Sri Lanka is India’s special, trusted partner in South Asia, says PM Modi
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi make the remark during a video address while flagging off an emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka set up with Indian aid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation.
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HRC Chair hits out at dangerous moves to undermine independent body
Published Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The Human Rights Commission’s (HRC) Chair Deepika Udagama this week denounced what she said were sinister efforts to interfere with the work of her institution and to bully it into adopting specific positions. In recent weeks, the HRC–and, in particular, its Chair–was targeted by nationalist politicians. The attacks were so inflammatory that the Prime Minister’s office issued a statement on Thursday underlining that the HRC was appointed under the country’s constitution to function as an independent entity. It is a serious issue, it held, to publicly threaten the HRC’s Chairperson.
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1990- A NUMBER THAT COULD SAVE A LIFE!
Published Date: 22/07/2018 (Sunday)
The 1990 Sugapaduthum Sevai (Suwaseriya) emergency ambulance service for the Northern Province was launched on Saturday 21st July in Jaffna by P.M. Wickremasinghe and Indian P.M.Modi (via tele link). The Suwaseriya service is a national emergency ambulance service made possible with the help of the Indian people. After the southern and western provinces where the service started in 2016, the Northern Province is the first as part of the national launch. Other provinces will get the service over the next few months with Batti and Trinco due to get it by
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‘Confusion worse confounded!’
Published Date: 22/07/2018 (Sunday)
One of the biggest issues across all communities in Sri Lanka is related to land which is creating rifts between the State operators and the public. A proper mapping of forest land and wildlife is not physically handled but following the Google map is the main hindrance to the demarcation of land, several officials in the North and East claimed.
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Sri Lankan Tamil parties pull in different directions Posted on July 19th, 2018
Published Date: 21/07/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s Tamil leaders are pulling in different directions on crucial issues of common concern to the Tamils of the island. The Chief Minister of the Tamil majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, is stubbornly adhering to his position that a political solution of the Tamil question should precede economic development.
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Number of modern slaves estimated 'hidden' in UK rises tenfold to 136,000
Published Date: 20/07/2018 (Friday)
Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey found on Thursday - a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said. About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the crime affects 40 million globally.
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Push No One Behind
Published Date: 20/07/2018 (Friday)
Development is a disruptive process. It changes people’s lives, often for the better, though it sometimes bypasses them, leaving them behind. But for too many, the kind of development that prevails today pushes them behind, making them worse off in absolute terms, reducing their standard of living, depriving them of their livelihoods, and in the worst cases, depriving them of their lives. Schumpeter recognised the ‘creative destruction’ of innovation, driving some businesses out of the market and ushering in new, more productive, ones. In Silicon Valley they say, ‘Move fast and break things’. But all too often, if development is driven by the interests of powerful and wealthy owners of economic, social and political resources, what gets destroyed and broken is not just businesses and things, but people.
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MR to miss Parliament debate on New York Times allegations today
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s Parliament is scheduled to debate the allegations made in a New York Times investigation detailing how China seized ownership of the Hambantota Port and accusing the former government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa of corruption. The United National Party (UNP) is expected to table the relevant Adjournment Motion for the debate.
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Kleptocracy of Sri Lanka
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The recent news of a Government member directly engaged in interactions with underworld figures who have been recruited as the said Minister’s security detail has become the latest report to trend. Yet, it does not come as a surprise to many. By now, our society has become riddled with corrupt politicians, politician puppets strung up by malicious figures, criminals turned politicians and vice versa, political leaders who cover up and defend high profile criminals and such.
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Ukrainian border guards detain illegal migrants from Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
Border guards of the Lviv and Lutsk detachments and the operative and search unit of the Eastern Regional Directorate have detained 13 illegal migrants - from Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh, the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service has reported. "Border guards spotted six foreigners who did not have any documents with them and watched two people cross the Western Bug River along the border line. Border guards
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Disabled Soldiers’ Association seeks Supreme Court intervention
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The Sri Lanka Disabled Soldiers’ Association has complained to the Supreme Court that when its members had gathered peacefully to protest against the non-payment of their pensions and the other due compensation the police arrested the petitioners. The petitioners have said they served in the North, during the country’s war against terrorism and suffered disabilities. They served in the army for over ten years and were eligible for pension.
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New Constitution: TNA seeks int’l backing for its cause
Published Date: 19/07/2018 (Thursday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday reiterated its call for the enactment of a new Constitution before the end of this year. TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan told the visiting Belgium-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group it was important to enact the new Constitution this year.
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Sri Lanka charges man deported from family by Australia
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan deported by Australia even though his partner had refugee status there was charged upon his return with illegally leaving his home country. Thileepan Gnaneswaran, who was separated from his wife and 11-month-old daughter, arrived in Colombo Tuesday along with another 17 who had also their asylum applications rejected by Australia.
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Ian Paisley could face byelection after breaking Commons rules
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Ian Paisley was found to have engaged in ‘paid advocacy’ after his trips to Sri Lanka. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA The Democratic Unionist party MP Ian Paisley could be forced to stand down and face a byelection after a serious breach of parliamentary rules.
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Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Journalists and media activists have cautioned against Sri Lanka’s newfound press freedom as the country heads to the polls in 2020. Separate incidents of hate-speech against a Muslim minority—and the subsequent shutdown of social media platforms—and the harassment of reporters critical of the country’s opposition have led some to believe that the changes in media independence could reverse.
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A/Level tuition classes banned from 31st July
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
The Department of Examinations says the conduct of tuition classes for the 2018 Advanced Level Examination that commences on the 6th of August will be prohibited by the 31st of July. Accordingly the order will be in effect from the midnight on the 31st of July to the 1st of September
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Sri Lanka has taken important steps to break the link between power and corruption – President tells OGP Global Summit
Published Date: 18/07/2018 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena said that unlimited power creates corruption and during the last three years, Sri Lanka has taken several important steps to break the link between power and corruption in the country. He made this statement at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Tbillisi in
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Memo to Sri Lanka Office of Missing Persons (OMP) By Tamil Mothers of Disappeared About Why They Lack Confidence In OMP
Published Date: 17/07/2018 (Tuesday)
We search our loved ones- including several babies, girls and children - whom we personally handed over to Sri Lankan forces at the end of war in May 2019 Memorandum to the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) by Tamil Mothers of the Disappeared about why we lack confidence in OMP
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New Constitution : ‘Zero draft’ ready to go
Published Date: 16/07/2018 (Monday)
The much awaited report of the constitutional Expert Panel, also known as the ‘Zero draft’, which is expected to form the basis for the final draft of Constitution, will be presented to the Steering Committee when they meet on Wednesday, July 18, authoritative sources told the Sunday Observer.
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