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Month of Gloriosa Superba
Published Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
Gloriosa Superba a red and yellow coloured wild flower is found blooming in a big way in the jungles of Wanni in the Northern Province in the month of November and because the colour of the flower is that of the LTTE flag, it became significant even for the outfit. As November is known as Karthikai in Tamil, the wild flower with its botanical name Gloriosa Superba is known among the Northerners as Karthikaipookal (flowers of November).
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Strict implementation of laws to deal with filth being published - Govt
Published Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
by Zacki Jabbar The law would be applied strictly to deal with some of the "raw filth and distorted reports" that were being published and broadcast, says Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. The Minister said on Friday that some journalists were abusing their new found freedom to slander government leaders in "raw filth and in the most atrocious manner. I have never seen such low journalism, even in the most underdeveloped countries."
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Speaker says he’s happy people are now making use of RTI Act
Published Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya expressed happiness that there exists transparency and people are now making use of the Right to Information Act (RTI). "I am surprised by the interest generated by the RTI, though some think it is a nuisance. We have asked them to bear with us. We will see the fruits of what we are doing in about two or three years time. People are now alert to stamp out corruption and wastage", he noted.
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Sri Lanka PM's party fires first salvo against Maithripala
Published Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
Simmering tensions within Sri Lanka's governing coalition came to a head in parliament Thursday with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party firing what it called the first salvo against the President. Two backbenchers from the United National Party (UNP) blamed President Maithripala Sirisena's faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for delaying local council elections. UNP MP Kavinda Jayawardena, the son of UNP stalwart, the late Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, blamed Local Government minister Faiszer Musthapha for a fiasco in drawing electoral boundaries that has held up the vote.
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The New Left: A new hope?
Published Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
People are aware of the enormous and exorbitant expense in terms of human lives and resources that revolutions necessitate. The truth is that the New Left, be it the JVP or the Frontline Socialists, is the only proper movement in this country which defends the public sphere against the private Not too long ago before the American election unfolded and upset what was predicted to be a Hillary Clinton victory, I posted the following comment: “Clinton is a domestic dove and
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Nobel Laureate Dr. Cardozo to visit North
Published Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
Nobel Laureate, Dr. Barbara Lopes Cardozo will visit Sri Lanka to conduct research about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of war victims in the North. Dr. Cardozo is a founding member of Doctors Without Borders–Holland (MSF) and served in several countries. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. She has treated victims of natural disasters and man-made disasters.
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‘Govt committed to protecting peoples rights’
Published Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the current government is committed to protecting the rights of citizens of all communities. Raising a question Chief Opposition Whip JVP leader Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake charged the government of failing to compensate the public whose houses were damaged in the Gintota unrest recently. Minister Kiriella responding said regardless of race and religion the government is devoted to ensuring rights for all.
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TNA MP funds construction of LTTE Mausoleum
Published Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
TNA MP S. Sridharan had allocated Rs.4 million out of his decentralized budget to renovate the Mahaviru Mausoleum where the bodies of dead LTTE members are buried in Kanakapuram in Kilinochchi, it is reported. This sum is to be taken out of the decentralized allocations made to the MP for development work of the Kilinochchi District. Approval for this had been granted by both the Karachchi divisional secretariat and the Kilinochchi Divisional Secretariat, it was revealed.
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India, Sri Lanka discuss bilateral ties
Published Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
India and Sri Lanka discussed the entire gamut of their bilateral relationship during a luncheon meeting hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted for his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Thursday. "During the luncheon meeting with the Prime Minister, the two sides discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and ways to further deepen the historically close and friendly relations between the two countries," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly media briefing here.
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More than 11,200 Army absentees report during General Amnesty
Published Date: 23/11/2017 (Thursday)
The General Amnesty extended to Army absentees ended at midnight, Wednesday (22nd November 2017). A total of 11,232 Army deserters including 15 Officers, 09 Officer Cadets and 11,208 Other Rank personnel had reported to their respective Regimental Centers seeking legal discharge during the Amnesty period. The month long Amnesty period was offered to Sri Lanka Army personnel, who are considered as AWOL (Absent Without Leave) to obtain legal discharge, from 23rd October to 22nd November (2017).
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Suntharalingam from Vavuniya fought for Indian Tamils in Central Hills Brief tenure of a cultured statesman
Published Date: 23/11/2017 (Thursday)
Chellappah Suntharalingam was born on August 19, 1895. He was an academic, mathematician, politician, lawyer, Member of Parliament and government minister. Educated at St. John's College, Jaffna and St. Joseph's College, Colombo, he entered the London University from where he graduated in mathematics. He then went on to Oxford for a double first in mathematics. Suntharalingam had four eminent siblings: C. Nagalingam, a Supreme Court judge; C.
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Modi meets Ranil in New Delhi
Published Date: 23/11/2017 (Thursday)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met visiting Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi, Indian media reported. “Neighbourhood first,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. He added that Modi received Mr. Wickremesinghe at Hyderabad House and that both countries “share strong and close relations based on mutual trust and respect”.
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Columbian delegation visits Sri Lanka to study reconciliation initiatives
Published Date: 22/11/2017 (Wednesday)
As part of an initiative by USAID and Common Grounds, a delegation from Columbia comprising 11 members visited the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation on 21 November to draw knowledge, expertise and experiences on the reconciliation and integration efforts of the Sri Lankan Government. Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy spoke about national reconciliation and integration strategy of Sri Lanka, which included the integration friendly schools program, reconciliation friendly media, integration friendly university and
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JO urges Speaker to probe PM’s ‘secret loan claim’ ‘Foreigners will be reluctant to invest here’
Published Date: 22/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday said it had handed over a letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, asking him to launch an investigation into Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s claim that the former government had obtained ‘secret loans,’ and keep Parliament informed. Addressing a press conference at the parliament complex, JO MP Bandula Gunawardena said that 12 MPs had signed the letter."Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe on Nov 20 at the
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Gintota Galle incident – What happened?
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
On 12th Nov. a mother and 1 and 1/2 year old infant (Muslims) were knocked down by a Sinhala motorcyclist who was drunk. The infant got injured when the mother had fallen by the roadside. Since the motorcyclist did not stop and tried to run away, a group of Muslim men blocked him. After assaulting the Sinhala man these Muslim men took away his motorcycle. Thereafter the person who knocked down the mother and the infant went and mobilsed men from his village. Then there was confrontation between them and Muslim men who took
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Time to turn a new page
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The latest budget is out, and the electronic media is going full-throttle interviewing the ‘man and woman on the street’ to get his and her opinion. He or she is indeed a valid voice in the situation, they are the ones who are directly affected by the ‘mangala mohotha’ of Minister Samaraweera. He sure is on a high and the budget has triggered a tendril of hope among the masses, maybe it could be termed as a beginning of a ‘new page,’ which is so badly needed in
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The Significance of Article 9 of the Constitution Should or could it be removed
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Buddhist thinking superimposed upon all Eastern thought the notion of the equality of all human beings - C.G. Weeramanthry • Social contract theory requires the Govt to use such power for peace, safety and public good of the people • Giving foremost place to Buddhism proved to be a sound constitutional machinery • “Sovereignty is in the people” was a fundamental feature of the Buddhist system of Government - Dr. Wijeyethunga
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Only 10 detained under PTA Govt Suspects held on serious terror charges
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Government yesterday (20) maintained that there are only 10 individuals currently detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) adding that all of them are suspects in serious cases of terrorism. The cases include the murder of Major General Janaka Perera, the suicide bomb attacks on former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the killing of seven persons in the Wilpattu Forest and the attack on the......Anuradhapura Air Force Base, Deputy Minister of Justice Sarathi Dushmantha told Parliament.
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Northern Edu Minister’s negative feelings understandable - Wigneswaran
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V. Wigneswaran responded to a question raised by a journalist on his view on the controversial actions of the Northern Province Education Minister who refused to raise the national flag at an event earlier this month. The Northern Province Chief Minister stated that even though the National flag of a country cannot be disrespected, every citizen is entitled to their own individual opinion.
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Sujeewa says he is disappointed with President
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe today while calling to appoint Presidential Commissions to inquire into ship deals, Mig deals, spectrum deals and advertising firms, said that he is badly disappointed about the President. He further said that he called Arjun Aloysius only to write the book about the Bond issue and challenged the CID to prove that he called to commit a fraud.
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Sri Lankan Navy chases 1,700 Indian fishermen away
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association president P. Sesuraja also alleged that the Sri Lankan Navy personnel snapped nets of 75 boats. November 21 is World Fisheries Day. More than 1,700 Indian fishermen were allegedly chased away on November 21 by the Sri Lankan Navy which also “snapped” fishing nets of 75 boats off Katchatheevu islet.
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Marginalised And Unprotected: Sri Lanka’s Unequal Citizens
Published Date: 21/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Last September, a young man was brutally murdered in Dambulla. He was found dead near the city’s central bus stand, with the weapons used for the act found in the vicinity. Mainstream media headlines screamed—not against the act itself, but about his identity. From transgender, to transvestite and cross-dresser, the headlines focused more on his gender, with the rest of the text highlighting how he would ‘loiter’ around town late at night. The victim was a 34 year old who used to work on educating his community about STDs. This incident, however, highlights more than the insensitivity and sensationalist-discriminatory tactics adopted by the media; it also brings to focus the community
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Constitutional Politics
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Why is there so little interest about a political solution among the people throughout the country? How is it that the reactionary forces in the South and the North have taken the upper hand in the public domain and gaining ground in rejecting the constitutional reform process? The problem I would argue is the lack of political vision of both the Government leadership and the TNA leadership. Three valuable years after regime change have been wasted without engaging and mobilising the people towards a political solution. Furthermore, the constitutional reform process was delinked from the everyday concerns of the people and their social and economic aspirations.
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We have nothing to hide - PM
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today stated that mistakes can happen, but the government will continue forward with good governance as it has nothing to hide. The Premier was speaking to reporters outside the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing the Central Bank treasury bond scam, after appearing before the commission this morning following a request made to testify. Wickremesinghe stated that for the first time a Prime Minister appeared before a commission to make a statement.
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Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Exchange Act comes into effect
Published Date: 20/11/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Exchange Act No 12 of 2017 has come into effect from today. New Act covers matters including classes of capital transactions, opening and maintenance of accounts, permitted investments and granting of loans and advances. It also has provisions about capital transactions undertaken outside Sri Lanka by persons resident in Sri Lanka and capital transactions undertaken in Sri Lanka by persons resident outside Sri Lanka.
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