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These Are The Myths That Are Used To Justify UK Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia The arms industry is not a major part of the economy. But it has always enjoyed a totally disproportionate voice in the corridors of power
Published Date: 09/11/2018 (Friday)
Recent weeks have seen a renewed and long overdue focus on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Jeremy Hunt has joined his American counterparts in calling for a much-needed ceasefire. One thing he hasn’t questioned is the arms sales that have enabled the war, and the myths that are used to justify them. For the last three and a half years Saudi-led forces have inflicted a terrible bombardment on Yemen. UK weapons have played a central role. Right now, UK-made fighter jets are being flown by UK-trained personnel who are firing UK-made missiles and dropping UK-made bombs.
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Sovereignty is in the people
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
In the Republic of Sri Lanka, Sovereignty is in the people and it is inalienable. Sovereignty includes the powers of government, fundamental rights and the franchise. Vide. Article 3 of the Constitution. The manner in which these powers are to be exercised and enjoyed is given in Article 4 of the Constitution.
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Exclusive: India will always be Colombo's 1st choice, says Sri Lankan foreign minister No Chinese submarines can dock at Sri Lanka's Hambantota port, said Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama in an exclusive interview with India Today.
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama dispelled concerns of China "taking over" a strategic port located on the southern part of the island nation and of Colombo drifting into Beijing's sphere of influence. India will "always" be Sri Lanka's first choice, Amunugama said while speaking to India Today in Colombo. Amunugama underlined that Sri Lanka does not want to be "dragged into
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‘Willing to work with Sirisena’, says Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he is willing to work with President Maithripala Sirisena, who abruptly sacked him on October 26, if given a chance to prove his majority in Parliament. Caught in an unprecedented power struggle, Mr. Wickremesinghe is trying to claim legitimacy as the country’s premier, after Mr. Sirisena appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place and subsequently prorogued Parliament until November 16.
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Twelve Muslim MPs From SLMC, ACMC Leave For Mecca Having Pledged Support To Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Twelve Muslim MPs representing the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) have let for Mecca on a pilgrimage. Sources said the MPs would return to the country on November 12 or 13, just before the floor vote in Parliament which will determine the government's strength in the House.
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Fear, love and loathing for Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan 'father of the nation'
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
Having crushed the Tamil Tigers' rebellion, former president and skilled political operator Mahinda Rajapaksa is nothing short of a messiah for many Sri Lankans. But ahead of his possible second coming, others are full of dread. The moustachioed and charismatic Mr Rajapaksa came roaring back into national life last month when he was appointed Prime Minister, triggering a constitutional crisis as the sacked incumbent refused to budge.
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JHU claims the people are awaiting a floor test
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
The Jathika Hela Urumaya says the general public are eagerly awaiting a floor test when Parliament reconvenes on the 14th of November. Vice Chairman of the JHU, Karunarathna Paranawithana speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today said, several UPFA factions are attempting to derail the Parliamentary democracy.
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Speaker has no power to go against President- Nalin de Silva
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister under Sections 42(4) and 43(3) of the Constitution and published it in the Gazette, and therefore Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has to go by the gazette notification, Dr. Nalin de Silva said today.
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The 'CRISIS' In Sri Lanka – Invented by the Western Media
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
The change of Government in Sri Lanka, following the unceremonious sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasingha by President Maithripala Sirisena, has given rise to a crescendo of alarmist commentary in the Western media, which is slowly seeping in to the non-Western media as well. One after the other, the Western media outlets have taken a critical approach to the change and have begun to characterize the replacement of the Prime Minister as a "Crisis".
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Dr. D. Nesiah returns Deshamanya title and medal
Published Date: 08/11/2018 (Thursday)
In a show of defiance, former civil servant and former Jaffna Government Agent Dr. Devanesan Nesiah has returned the country’s second highest National Award, the `Deshamanya’ Award along with the medal and the citation certificate to President Maithripala Sirisena saying that he was disappointed over the latter’s blatant flouting of the country’s 70-year-old democracy in the recent weeks.
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The Future of Sri Lanka as I see it
Published Date: 07/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Every one of the 6.2 mil who voted Yahapalanaya, is in a quandary why PM Ranil Wikremesinghe nor President Maithripala Sirisena, did not take to task the Rajapaksas for Murder and Fraud with an abundance of evidence displayed in the Media, for the last three and a half years. Majority is dismayed and is despondent, why the Rule of Law was not applied to any one of them, thus allowing them to go
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Recruiters order Sri Lankan women to take birth control before working in Gulf
Published Date: 07/11/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East to support families devastated by conflict are being targeted by recruitment agents who order them to take contraceptives before leaving. Six recruiters licensed by the Sri Lankan government said they could provide an employer with a “three-month guarantee” that a maid would not become pregnant.
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STF protection to AG’s Dept to prevent case files ‘evaporating’
Published Date: 07/11/2018 (Wednesday)
According to news appearing in Sri Lanka Truth on November 3rd, the Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has asked security for him and the Attorney General’s Department due to pressure from Mahinda Rajapaksa faction say reports. The AG has said he and his department are unprotected as a result of the chaotic political situation in the country. Meanwhile, it is
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The big fallout
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
The sprawling official residence of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka despite the incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe getting sacked continues to be occupied by him. However the Navy guards, the maintenance staff, the drivers, the cooks and gardeners and cleaners have all been removed on a directive of the President.
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Crooks must be chased away
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
It was very clear what we wanted in 2015. We wanted to get rid of a corrupt, lawless and an indecent culture and bring about the opposite: a clean, decent, civilized and a law-abiding governance and culture. But what went wrong in the whole magnificent political exercise was that we trusted the wrong people. A small part of the dream came true, but it was just not enough. We realized that the responsible people were as crooked as the previous ones. They are neither qualified nor capable of bringing about the clean, decent, civilized and law-abiding country.
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IORA Ministers welcome Sri Lanka’s lead in Maritime Safety and Security
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
The Indian Ocean Rim Association held its 20th Committee of Senior Officials and 18th Council of Ministers sessions from 31 October to 2 November in Durban, South Africa on the theme: Uniting the people of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East through enhanced cooperation for peace, stability and sustainable development.
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Adjournment of Parliament is a serious democratic violation: Rauff Hakeem
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
Following is an extract of the interview Rauff Hakeem had with BBC Tamil and Sinhala Services at the Parliament. Q: Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has seven members in the Parliament.What is your position on the current political situation? We have called for an immediate convention of the Parliament. Upon our individual and collective requests, the Speaker had arranged today’s discussion. Meanwhile, we have pointed out to him that we have more majority than the requirement.
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Sirisena stands strong
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
• Says will not back down from stance, denies appointment of new PM illegal • Justifies appointment of MR, says it was only option after Karu and Sajith turned him down • Believes he has 113 MPs to hold Parliament • Slams UNP governance, insists Ranil made unpopular and individual decisions
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FR case against prorogation of Parliament: AG says SC cannot go into the matter
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
The Rights Petition against the prorogation of Parliament cannot be taken up in Court because the prorogation is a decision taken by the President, the Attorney General stated yesterday (5), raising preliminary objections on the matter. Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni de Silva with Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appearing for the Attorney General raised the preliminary objection on the basis that the Court could not go into the matter because it was a decision taken by the President.
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TNA’s Anandan to remain independent
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
He added that he cannot agree with the statement made by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan that the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post of Prime Minister, replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe, is unconstitutional. MP Anandan, expressing his views to Mawbima, said TNA leader Sampanthan’s claim that replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Prime Minister, is unconstitutional, is unacceptable.
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Tourists giving Sri Lanka a miss amid its crisis
Published Date: 06/11/2018 (Tuesday)
A political crisis in Sri Lanka, where two prime ministers are fighting for power, is scaring away tourists and raising questions over foreign aid, ringing alarm bells for the economy as the currency slumps to record lows. The turmoil in the Indian Ocean nation that has seen one premier refuse to be sacked, and another battle to prove a majority in a Parliament that is banned from meeting, has caused major upheaval that Sri Lanka cannot afford.
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The Political is Personal: An Essay in Despair from Sri Lanka President Sirisena has betrayed not just the faith we placed in him but the democratic futures of the younger generation.
Published Date: 05/11/2018 (Monday)
In his explanation of why he removed Ranil Wickremasinghe from the office of prime minister, President Maithripala Sirisena cited policy and personal differences between the two. An analysis of his speech shows that personal reasons are stronger than policy reasons and the personal is very much political. The text of President Sirisena’s address to the nation reminds Sri Lanka’s citizens of the explanation he offered in the latter part of 2014 as to why
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Ratarakina Janawegaya 113+ will see mammoth crowds
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Friday)
Downplaying the summoning of Parliament, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday (1) said, Parliament will not convene on 5 November as envisaged by some and a massive protest to support the President and newly-appointed Premier, titled Ratarakina Janawegaya 113+, will commence at the Parliament Circle at 12 noon on 5 November.
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Sri Lanka legislator says offered Rs500mn to crossover
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Friday)
A Sri Lanka legislator from the United National Party had told Speaker Karu Jayasuriya during a meeting at Parliament that he was offered 2.9 million US dollars (500 million rupees) to crossover, colleague Harsha de Silva said amid an ongoing political crisis. De Silva tweeted that Range Bandara, who was a State Minister, was offered 2.8 million US dollars to crossover.
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By the people, for the people
Published Date: 02/11/2018 (Friday)
In lieu of the sudden turn of events, valid questions have been raised about the current turbulent political clime from among the citizenry. Many international media outlets on Monday penned articles concerning the situation with hawkish headlines saying the country is expecting “bloodshed” which sadly shows that the world (The West in particular) is anticipating chaos in our small island nation, tell tale signs of shaken confidence in Asia’s oldest democracy, but should we give the world the benefit of the doubt?
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