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The Expatriation Of Culture
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
The rift between exoticising a culture – thereby turning it into an object of study and assessment – and expatriating it – thereby looting and destroying its artefacts, its cultural relevance – is actually a fiction. There’s no rift, in other words, and if there is, it’s largely fictional, and like all fictions is maintained to promote the kind of superficial gloss that Orientalism has thrived on: a separation of the material from the ideological in the West’s dealings with the East. What is there in the robbery of the Koh-i-Noor that bears any resemblance to the destruction of the temple and the kovil? The assumption, sustained
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Alleged Killing Of 18 Navy and 8 Army Prisoners by LTTE In Jan 2009
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo on Thursday (19) on the issue of Tamils detained in various prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) in general and the hunger strike undertaken by three such detainees at the Anuradhapura Prison in particular. The focus at both discussions was more on the situation regarding the three prisoners on hunger strike as much as concern expressed with regard to their physical condition.
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Sellers can't decide at what price to sell imported rice: Sathosa
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
The 200,000 metric tonnes of rice, which was scheduled to be imported from Burma, Thailand, India and Pakistan would not be allowed to be sold at prices higher than was stipulated by the government, Lanka Sathosa Chairman T.M.K.B Tennakoon said. Addressing the media he said the rice stocks would be imported by the end of the year. He said that the rice would be distributed using a Government distribution mechanism as well as through private importers.
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SL will continue to work with UN, other firms by aligning govt. policy with SDGs
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka will continue to work with the United Nations (UN) and other institutions by aligning the government’s policy strategy with the “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Targets” to be achieved by 2030, Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. Addressing the World Bank/International Monetary Funds annual meeting in Washington
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Poverty down to 4.1% But highest in the North
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then.
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Proposed constitution to be discussed with clergy – PM
Published Date: 21/10/2017 (Saturday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says views will be exchanged with the clergy following discussions on the proposed new Constitution in Parliament. Three special meetings of the Constitutional Assembly will be held on the 30th and 31st of October and on the 1st of November at the Parliament complex. The talks will take place from 10.30 in the morning to 6.30 in the evening.
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Family members of the LTTE detainees meet President
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
The family members of the LTTE detainees in Anuradhapura prison met President Maithreepala Sirisena today (19). The meeting was provided by The President on the request made by NPC member M. K. Shivajilingam. The family members of the LTTE detainees requested the President to release their family members.
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Premier lashes out at editors for highlighting prelates’s opposition to proposed new Constitution
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said that some newspapers had misled the public by publishing reports that the Mahanayakes had opposed the new constitution. Mahanayake of the Malwatte chapter was out of the country but the newspapers published his picture with a story stating that Mahanayakes were against the new constitution, the Prime Minister said, addressing a ceremony held at the Parliament committee room to accept three
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All must understand attempts by some to mislead society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted –President
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena says all the citizens of the country must be aware of the attempts by some section of the society to mislead the society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted. He said that we had to face a nearly three decade long, brutal war as a result of not providing
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S Chandrasekhar: the student who took on the world's top astrophysicist Arthur I Miller on the young Indian who eventually proved that a star really could collapse and fall into a black hole
Published Date: 20/10/2017 (Friday)
In the 1930s the rarefied world of science was ripped apart by a controversy that was to have devastating consequences for the development of astrophysics. It began when an Indian student called Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Chandra) decided to work out what would happen if Einstein's special theory of relativity was applied to the processes that went on inside stars. This step was important because particles inside stars travel at speeds close to
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India takes on China at another battlefront: A Sri Lankan airport
Published Date: 18/10/2017 (Wednesday)
India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate the airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its One Belt One Road (OBOR) project. The Doklam conflict between India and China amply highlighted the fight between the two countries for supremacy in South Asia. India is strongly asserting against China which is trying to build strategic assets in the garb of infrastructure projects all around India. It is the continuation of the old Chinese 'String of Pearls' policy that aims at ring-fencing India. But
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Basil’s predictions and his hallucinations…
Published Date: 18/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Pradesheeya Sabhas became a devolved subject under the Provincial Councils in the Local Government system of Sri Lanka. This mechanism of local government was introduced in 1987 through the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.The legislative bodies that preside over the third tier municipalities in the country, they total up to 271 and are collectively responsible for governance of approximately 16,726,000 people. Ranging from 5 to 23 per council, there are 3,624 Councillors in total.
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Sri Lanka Opposition Leader urges government to release all prisoners detained under PTA
Published Date: 18/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's Opposition Leader and the Leader of main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan Tuesday urged the Government to release all persons held in custody from the North and East under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) without further delay. Moving an adjournment motion in parliament yesterday, the Opposition Leader said these prisoners are held in custody under the PTA irrespective of whether they have been convicted, charged, or not yet been charged.
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The UN move of reconciliation
Published Date: 18/10/2017 (Wednesday)
In this Article, I attempt to discuss the significant role assumed by the United Nations in the post-war reconciliation process. Acting on the information obtained from various sources, that in the course of the war, specially during the last stage, serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law, both by the Security Forces of the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, had occurred in Sri Lanka, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon arrived in Sri Lanka just after the conclusion of the war.
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Government lethargy in protecting our forces
Published Date: 17/10/2017 (Tuesday)
I wrote a couple of weeks back about the splendid work of Lord Naseby on behalf of Sri Lanka, in getting into the open, the reports of the last British Defence Attaché in Sri Lanka. The Foreign Office initially suppressed these, and the appeal procedure there did not work, so Lord Naseby went to the Information Commissioner. Following that intervention he got 26 pages, with many deletions. He also noted that there was nothing from the last two months, so he appealed again, and got 12 more pages.
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US influences Lanka’s foreign policy, undermines China relations
Published Date: 17/10/2017 (Tuesday)
The US recently twice commented on Sri Lanka-China relations, in an extremely negative way. There hadn’t been such highly controversial and critical US statements regarding Sri Lanka-China relations during the war, or after the successful conclusion of the conflict, in May 2009. One statement was made in Washington and the other in Colombo, much to the
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Sirisena gets tough, pro-JO organisers fired, cases against Rajapaksa family expedited
Published Date: 17/10/2017 (Tuesday)
• As parties prepare for local polls, possibly on January 20, President rules out any rapprochement with rival faction • UNP also finalises list for 335 local councils while Basil claims new party confident of winning a majority • Cabinet dispute over expressway project, Ranawaka and other ministers critical of high cost, but Kiriella flares back
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Indian footwear giant gains foothold in SL Local entrepreneurs cry foul
Published Date: 16/10/2017 (Monday)
An Indian footwear company has set up a factory in Sri Lanka much to the consternation of its local counterparts, who feel threatened. Sri Lankan entrepreneurs say that other Indian manufactures may follow suit and fields such as local manufacturing and marketing of dairy products, confectioneries, ready-made garments and a range of consumer goods may be adversely affected.
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‘I didn’t intend to insult the judiciary’: Gnanasara Thera
Published Date: 16/10/2017 (Monday)
Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera said he didn’t intend to insult the judiciary with the remarks made inside the Homagama Magistrate’s Court in January 2016. Gnanasara Thera made this remarks as a defense witness regarding the contempt of court case filed against him. “I had no intention to insult the judiciary or any other person in court. The emotional feelings
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Proposed constitutional reforms could lead to Catalonia-style split: MR
Published Date: 16/10/2017 (Monday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today urged the government to abandon its ‘destructive’ proposal for a new constitution and to bring forward proposals to implement the original constitutional pledges they made. He said that the government has tabled in Parliament, proposals for a new constitution and that however the constitutional reform pledges made by the Yahapalana coalition at the last presidential election was restricted to changing the system of elections and abolishing the
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Sumanthiran files fresh FR against Swaminathan
Published Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has filed a fresh Fundamental Rights petition seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces. At a previous occasion, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran decided to withdraw his FR petition which had been filed over the same issue amidst respondents’ objections that the Cabinet of
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Old left wants 13th A implemented fully
Published Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
The old guard of the leftist parties of the country has called for the abolition of the Executive Presidency and the devolution of power via the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The United Leftist Front, a breakaway Party formed by former members of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party and the Communist Party of Sri Lanka, explained that the full implementation
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President jolts security detail Confronts Jaffna protesters
Published Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena took his security detail by surprise after he threw caution to the wind and abruptly alighted from his official vehicle to confront a group of protesters in Jaffna yesterday. The President was in Jaffna to inaugurate the National Tamil Language Day celebrations at the Jaffna Hindu College when the incident took place. According to eyewitnesses the President had calmly walked up to the black flag waving
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Better suspend ‘New Constitution’ and focus on economy
Published Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
The Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has produced an Interim Report on six key issues after 73 sessions between April 2016 and September 2017, without basic consensus among the key partners of political party representatives in the Committee. There were six sub-committee reports submitted before, in November and December 2016, and some of them were more controversial than the present report.
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Proceedings on Sri Lanka debate in the Lords Chamber held on 12 October 2017
Published Date: 15/10/2017 (Sunday)
Proceedings on Sri Lanka debate in the Lords Chamber held on 12 October 2017 Question for Short Debate Asked by • Lord Naseby To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the coalition government of Sri Lanka in meeting the requirements on reconciliation established by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
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