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In dependence – Are we really free?
Published Date: 04/02/2019 (Monday)
Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) became free from British colonial rule on 4 February 1948. Many opine that ours was more of an after effect of independence granted to India rather than a consequence of a struggle for independence. Be that as it may, we celebrate our 71st year of independence on 4 February 2019.
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Fresh Cabinet nod for Rs. 1.95 b Palaly Airport revamp
Published Date: 04/02/2019 (Monday)
The Cabinet has approved a proposal costing Rs. 1.95 billion, to develop Palaly Airport to operate regional commercial flights, the second on the project after it was first approved in October last year. The airport, located in Kankesanthurai, is set to be developed by the Sri Lanka Air Force
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February 4: Independence Day To The Sinhalese & A Black Day To The Tamils
Published Date: 04/02/2019 (Monday)
The Postcolonial Sri Lanka has become worse than what it was during Colonial Period: The Sorrow History of How February 4th – the Day of Independence to the Sinhalese has Turned Out to be a Black Day to the Tamils Sri Lanka has completed a postcolonial era of 70 years, after being freed from the fetters of the colonial rule and she is currently entering the 71st year. We Sri Lankans, who incessantly boast about Sri Lanka’s achievement of independence are not in the least interested to recall
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China-Bangladesh Cooperation under BRI to Mitigate Seaborne Security Threats in the Bay of Bengal
Published Date: 04/02/2019 (Monday)
The ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative (BRI), commenced by the Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013, has been the most significant and far-reaching project that China has ever put forward. Bangladesh is an important strategic partner with China in this two-dimensional mega-project, comprising of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Twenty-first Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR). The maritime area of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal falls under the sea route of MSR, whereas both China and Bangladesh share common interest of ensuring the free flow of international trade.
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The Relevance of US -Sri Lanka Relations: Turning Over a New Leaf in Diplomacy
Published Date: 04/02/2019 (Monday)
Seventy-one years after independence, Sri Lanka is eventually on a new path in forging stronger diplomatic bonds with the United States of America. This bipartisan foreign relationship is perhaps one of the most important factors that could influence South Asian economies in the coming years. Going down the corridors of post-independence history, D.S Senanayake and S.W.R.D Bandaranaike the founding fathers of two major political parties in Sri Lanka helped shaping the US and Lanka foreign policy choices over the years.
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‘I hear the cries of Northern Tamils in their own language’
Published Date: 04/02/2019 (Monday)
In an interview with the Sunday Observer Dr.Suren Raghawan, the first ever Northern Province Tamil Governor, spells out his aims and objectives to serve the people in the region and build bridges not only to send the farming produce from the North over to the South, but bring together the youth of our divided nation.
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Forestry officials block landowners from entry in Kilinochchi
Published Date: 03/02/2019 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka's Forestry Department officials blocked Tamil landowners from entering their land in Jeyapuram, Kilinochchi this week. As landowners tried to visit their land, they were stopped by officials who claimed the 548 acres of land, which includes fertile, agricultural lands as well as residential areas, belonged to the department.
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Recorded Increase in Human Trafficking, Women and Girls Targeted
Published Date: 02/02/2019 (Saturday)
Human trafficking is on the rise and it is more “horrific” than ever, a United Nations agency found. In a new report examining patterns in human trafficking, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found that the global trend has increased steadily since 2010 around the world.
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UN Rights Chief Urged to Send Observers to the Mass Grave Found in Sri Lanka: TGTE
Published Date: 02/02/2019 (Saturday)
"We are worried that without your involvement these evidences & skeletons may be get tampered or get destroyed like what happened in previous mass graves". In a letter to UN High-Commissioner for Human Rights Honorable Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam's Prime Minister Mr. Visuvathan Rudrakumaran,
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China-built Sri Lanka ‘Port City’ aims to lure Indian investors
Published Date: 02/02/2019 (Saturday)
A ‘Port City’ reclamation project funded by China next to Sri Lanka’s Colombo port to build a financial centre aims to attract investors from the region, especially Indians and expatriates based in India, an official said. “The project is targeted towards the region,” said Liang Thow Ming, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd., a unit of China Habour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC).
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Tamil CSOs write to UNHRC Chief
Published Date: 01/02/2019 (Friday)
Several civil society groups, mainly from the North and East and members of war victims’ associations, have written to the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR) Michelle Bachelet Jeria that the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) 30/1 Resolution has been proactively and deliberately abandoned by the Sri Lankan State.
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‘Prisoners are human beings’
Published Date: 31/01/2019 (Thursday)
“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones,” - Nelson Mandela When a suspect is taken into custody by a law enforcement officer or a law enforcement agency, the suspect’s safety and security are guaranteed under the law of the country. But often, this is not the case. We have come across several reports of suspects in custody being
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Mannar mass grave; US lab to handover carbon dating results in Feb: OMP
Published Date: 31/01/2019 (Thursday)
The carbon dating results of bone samples obtained from the Mannar mass grave site would be handed over to Sri Lanka by the US laboratory in February 2019, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) said yesterday. The OMP said its officials observed the process of handing over six bone samples obtained
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Keppapulavu protestors to meet President
Published Date: 31/01/2019 (Thursday)
A team from the People’s Alliance for Right to Land (PARL) went to Keppapulavu on 26 January to support the reclaiming of lands occupied by the Military since 2008. The community has been engaged in a continuous protest for almost two years. Protestors this weekend faced intimidation and harassment by Police, and were under constant surveillance by the Military, a PARL in release issued yesterday (30) claimed.
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Rights group threatens legal action against IGP
Published Date: 31/01/2019 (Thursday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) in a letter of demand, sent to the Inspector General of Police yesterday (30), threatened to take legal action against the latter if no investigation is commenced into the assault of prisoners by Prison officers at the Angunakolapelessa Prison on 22 November 2018, within five days of the receipt of the letter.
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Reviewing Indian aid Economic assistance can be used to prevent migration by rebuilding rural economie
Published Date: 31/01/2019 (Thursday)
India has used economic assistance as a major instrument of its foreign policy, mainly in the larger pursuit of building and consolidating national power. Theoretically, aid is given under two circumstances, namely when there is a trade gap (export minus import) or a foreign exchange gap and when there is a resource gap (savings minus investment).
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UK Shredding Sri Lankan skeletons in the closet
Published Date: 31/01/2019 (Thursday)
Britain’s Foreign Office has destroyed hundreds of diplomatic files about its relationship with Sri Lanka from the 1970s and 80s, and plans to shred dozens more. As journalist investigating British complicity in Sri Lanka’s atrocities, I will explain how I uncovered this historical vandalism, the implications its has for researchers like me and ask what can be done about it.
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Two uniforms that shaped our independence
Published Date: 31/01/2019 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s history shows that two uniforms have helped shape the independence and identity of this nation. One is the saffron coloured robe worn by Buddhist priests while the other is the dark green attire worn by the ‘soldiers’ of the Sri Lanka Army. Individuals wearing these uniforms were much talked about during the war against terrorism.
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Investigating corruption of the Yahapalana Government
Published Date: 30/01/2019 (Wednesday)
Investigating into corruption alleged to have taken place during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime was considered the most important responsibility of the Yahapalana Government during its initial years.
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ITJP Reveals Fresh Info On Shavendra Silva’s Involvement In War Crimes And Gross Human Rights Violations
Published Date: 30/01/2019 (Wednesday)
International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) has revealed fresh information to prove Major General Shavendra Silva‘s involvement in war crimes and gross human rights violation during the final phase of war. Despite his track record in terms of war crimes, President Maithripala Sirisena recently appointed him the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, making him a strong contender for the position of Army Commander upon Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake’s retirement.
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DEMONS IN PARADISE A Film review
Published Date: 30/01/2019 (Wednesday)
It was a happy coincidence that I was able to see Jude Ratnam’s critically and internationally acclaimed film ‘Demons in Paradise’ on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. I must thank the Director, Cultural Centre, University of Ruhuna, Prof. Jayantha Amarasinghe for inviting me to the film festival organised by the Centre. The pride of place that day was awarded to Jude Ratnam and his film. The panel discussion that followed with Jude Ratnam also in attendance
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Gandhi’s Assassination Was Much More Than Just a Murder
Published Date: 29/01/2019 (Tuesday)
It is far too early to dismiss the possibility of a future Hindu State in India. However, the possibility does not appear a strong one. The secular state has far more than an even chance of survival in India” (India as Secular State, 1963).
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Delimitation Commission set up in 2015 Still awaiting mandate to start work
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
The National Delimitation Commission (NDC) which was set up in November 2015 under the 19th Amendment, says that no official mandate has yet been assigned to the Commission, sources said. Even though a national policy is required for all types of delimitation in the country, these sources alleged further, that as of now no national policy has been prepared.
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Extension Of UNHRC Resolution Necessary To Correct Violations Of Past: NPC
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
The National Peace Council in a statement stated that the extension of the UNHRC resolution by a further time period was necessary for good governance in the future which will necessarily include correcting the violations of the past. The NPC statement said, “We note that countries such as the UK have stated that they are committed to supporting the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to improve the human rights
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Proposed new Constitution ‘Certain factions spreading false statements’
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
Certain media personnel have no proper information of the new Constitution, but are questioning politicians like parrots, Kandyan Heritage, Public Enterprise Development and Kandy Development Minister Lakshman Kiriella said. He said they should at least have read the series of proposals that have been presented on the new Constitution before questioning politicians.
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