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Two-day Sri Lankan food festival on Feb 3
Published Date: 01/02/2018 (Thursday)
To celebrate the rich diversity of the culture of Sri Lanka, the Islamabad Marriott Hotel (IMH) is hosting a two-day Sri Lankan Food Festival in collaboration with the Sri Lankan High Commission. The festival, that will kick off at the hotel on Saturday, February 3, will attract food enthusiasts from the twin cities. Reflective of the vibrant Sri Lankan culture, the food festival will offer a slice of Sri Lankan cuisine that combines traditional flavours with a unique flair.
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Navy Sampath’ on the run Police seek public assistance
Published Date: 01/02/2018 (Thursday)
The Police have sought the assistance of the public to locate a suspect involved in the alleged abduction and murder of 11 youth carried out by Navy personnel between 2008 and 2009. The Police Media Spokesman said that public assistance has been requested to track down one suspect. The Police require the assistance of the general public to locate Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi aka Navy Sampath, who has evaded arrest. The inquiry carried out by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) since last year saw the arrest of seven suspects, all attached to the Navy, including its former Spokesman,
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TNA wants solution on par with Oslo Declaration
Published Date: 01/02/2018 (Thursday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in its manifesto for the forthcoming local government election said that that the solution it seeks with regard to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka was similar to what was in the Oslo Declaration. This was the joint declaration by the representatives of the then UNF government and the LTTE at the third round of peace talks between the two parties in 2002. The UNF delegation headed by Professor G. L. Peiris and the LTTE delegation led by its political wing head S. P. Thamilchelvan agreed in the Norwegian Capital Oslo in
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Compromise and consensus good for Democracy
Published Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Through consultation, compromise and consensus – key factors for democracy and public accountability – Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced yesterday that a special session of Parliament would be held on February 6 to hold the widely-awaited debate on two bombshell reports. These reports had been handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena by the Commission which probed the Central Bank’s alleged bond scams from February 2015 to March 2016 and the Commission which probed allegations of serious frauds and corruption during the former Rajapaksa regime.
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Regional Consular Office in Jaffna marks first anniversary
Published Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Jaffna Regional Consular Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs marked its first anniversary last week, Foreign Ministry said. "In keeping with the aim to improve and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of consular related service delivery to the general public, particularly those in the Northern Province, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna on Thursday 26 January 2017. The regional consular office is located at the District Secretariat in Jaffna.
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Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive in SL
Published Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex arrived in Sri Lanka today on a five-day official visit. The royal couple will attend the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence representing Queen Elizabeth II. Issuing a statement, the British High Commission said their five day visit will focus on the long-standing UK and Sri Lanka relationship, the Commonwealth, education and young people.
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At long last, children of Sri Lankan refugees get birth certificates
Published Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Rokshini, a 30-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil refugee residing in the Thoppukollai camp in Pudukottai district with her two children, finds it difficult to describe her feeling. Her nearly year-long struggle came to fruition on Tuesday morning, when she received consular birth certificates for her two children, both of whom are less than 10 years of age. “It was quite hard for me and my husband to gather all the documents required by the authorities. Yet, in the end, I feel satisfied that our hard work has not gone waste,” says Rokshini, a native of Neduntivu in the northern province of Sri Lanka, who has been living
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Sri Lankan govt urged to present simpler ‘citizen’s budget’
Published Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka has improved in a global ranking of budget openness, albeit still among the lowest ranked in South Asia, with the government being advised to present a more understandable, non-technical budget document also known as a citizen’s budget. The government should also provide budget related reports in a consistent format and publish adequate information, in line with international standards, Verité Research, a think-tank, said.
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Selfishness and narrow mindedness has fostered racism within SL – CBK
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stated that the narrow minded, selfish intentions of certain politicians have created racial turmoil within the country. She further stated that the time has now dawned for the people to voice their opinion against such racially prejudiced individuals. Speaking to the media at a political gathering in Gampaha the former President stated that the
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NCPA action on corporal punishment in all schools
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
In response to a complaint made by a student an investigation is being carried out by National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) in relation to an incident in an International School where Nine (09) children had been made to kneel down and their ears were pulled by a teacher as punishment for forgetting to bring their Reading book. Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority Attorney at Law Marini de Livera
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President Sirisena protects bond scam offenders - JO
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has been attempting to protect the major bond scam offenders since the beginning of the first bond scam on February 2015, Joint Opposition MP Prasanna Ranatunga said today. Addressing a news conference, he said the bond scam should have been nipped in the bud if President Sirisena had not dissolved the parliament when the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) report in connection with the Central Bank bond issue was presented to parliament by its chairman D.E.W. Gunasekera, after the first bond fraud on February 2015
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Australia to assist strengthening governance in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Australia and Sri Lanka signed a Subsidiary Arrangement for grant assistance to work together on strengthening governance in Sri Lanka, through a four-year program valued at up to AUD31 million (LKR3,850 million), the Finance Ministry said. The Governance for Growth Program aims to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to increase economic growth and spread the benefits of that growth to reduce poverty and inequality in the country. The program will support activities that improve the policy formation and
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India, Lanka need to discuss fisheries issue: Envoy
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
New Delhi [India], Jan 30 (ANI): Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara on Tuesday advised the governments of India and Sri Lanka discuss the fisheries issues. Wagiswara’s statement comes days after Colombo said the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. “Fisheries issue is something for which we need to talk to each other. We have to speak to each other and have fisheries talks. Our fisheries ministers visit each other and a joint
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Futile to continue ban on LTTE: NPC Chairman
Published Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told a news conference, that it was meaningless to continue with the ban imposed on LTTE within Sri Lanka. \"Eight years has lapsed since the war ended with even former LTTE members joining mainstream politics after surrendering their weapons and in such a scenario continuing with the ban on the LTTE is meaningless,\" he said.
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Sri Lanka still using draconian anti-terror laws: HRW
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's government is still using draconian anti-terror laws that give police sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects despite promising to abolish them, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) allows the detention of suspects for long periods without trial and was widely used during the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. The government of President Maithripala Sirisena promised to abolish the act after it was elected in 2015, but has so far failed to do so.
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SLPP challenges Govt. to strip MR of his civic rights
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today challenged the government to strip former president Mahinda Rajapaksa of his civic rights if possible. SLPP chairman G.L. Peiris said former president J.R. Jayawardane had stripped the civic rights of former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike fearing an election defeat. “Mr. Jaywwardene knew there was a person who was more popular than him in politics. Therefore, he cut down his opponent politically. The entire country is waiting for Mr. Rajapaksa’s leadership. If he was intimidated politically, we will see how the people will
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KKS Presidential Palace to be high-end hotel International investors keen to take over
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena revealed that the vacant 'Presidential Palace' built in Kankesanthurai (KKS) in the Northern Province on a hundred acre land costing Rs 3.5 billion will be turned into a high end tourist hotel to generate profit for Sri Lanka. Construction on the presidential palace commenced in 2012......and was completed with 20 specially designed rooms and luxury suites with expensive chandeliers, two swimming pools, and rest rooms with residential facilities and several auditoriums as well as a golf course.
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Literary works in all three languages foster greater understanding and reconciliation: Mangala
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on Friday said literary works in Sinhala, Tamil and English fostered greater understanding and reconciliation between Sri Lankans. Addressing the 2017 Fairway National Literary Award in Galle at the Fairway Literary Festival, the Minister said this was the only National Literary Awards competition which accommodated all three of the main languages used in Sri Lanka.
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Hate speech precedes violence: CaFFE
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Highlighting that hate speech is only a prelude to physical attacks/violence, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) urged the authorities to take immediate action to end the systematic hate speech campaign against female Muslim candidates of the forthcoming local government elections. The organisation has consulted with the Commission of Elections and will take action against certain Muslim clerics who have been carrying out the systematic campaign.
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Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA positive, expropriation protections may bring FDI: Moody's
Published Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
A Singapore Sri Lanka free trade agreement (SLSFTA) will be positive for both countries and protections against expropriation will increase foreign direct investments, which can also increase exports, Moody's a credit rating agency ha said. "The agreement also will promote direct investment in Sri Lanka by Singaporean companies," Christian de Guzman, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer said in Moody's credit outlook update. "By easing regulation in the services sector, the SLSFTA will broaden the scope of investment to other areas such as infrastructure, logistics, education and healthcare.
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Sri Lanka all set for more borrowings
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka plans to launch her maiden Sovereign Bond (up to US$ 2 billion) for 2018 around mid-February, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) officials told Ceylon FT. "We will soon appoint the Lead Managers/Book Runners to the proposed issue. As soon as it is finalized, we are ready to tap into international capital markets, most probably somewhere around mid-February," he said. The proposed transaction is to be Sri Lanka's 12th US dollar ($) benchmark offering in the international Bond markets since 2007.
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Kannan – Focal Point in reuniting the Ex-LTTE Cadre
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
A former active member of the LTTE and many of his colleagues in the erstwhile outfit, have come forward to reunite the divided, scattered and splintered former LTTE members into one strong organization and bring them into the main stream politics to serve the Tamils of Sri Lanka.Sebamalai Kannan Sebamalai Kannan, a veteran former LTTEr, who joined the outfit as a child soldier and subsequently undergone the governments rehabilitation program, presently involved in uniting the former rehabilitated LTTE cadres, into one group in a mainstream political
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Suspicions raised over Lasantha probe following President’s revelation
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Suspicions have been raised over the ongoing investigations into the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge following a revelation by President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday. The President said that when he had made inquiries from the relevant officials with regards to the progress of the investigations in 2016, he was told the investigations are expected to be completed in just over a week. He said that the relevant officials had informed him that further legal will be filed in relation to the murder of Wickrematunge as well as the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen and the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.
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Poaching in Sri Lankan waters to attract stiffer fines
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
LKR 6-175 mn penalty could be imposed on foreign vessels Sri Lanka has increased the fine on foreign vessels fishing in its territorial waters by amending its existing Fisheries Act of 1979. By implication, Indian vessels found fishing in Sri Lankan waters will henceforth be liable to pay anything between LKR 6 million (approximately Rs. 25 lakh) to LKR 175 million.
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Local Council Polls : ‘Do or die’ battle for Sirisena
Published Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
• President uses Bond Commission findings as an artillery barrage against Rajapaksa’s SLPP and UNP; wins public support but will it translate into votes ? • Sirisena declines to answer questions as to whether he will contest again and says he is unsure where the current situation will end • Mahendran was the source from which Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. obtained “inside informantion”says Bond Commission
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