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Northern Myliddy, once second largest fish producer, slowly returns to normal
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Myliddy in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna region, which once had the country’s second largest habour until the raging ethnic conflict destroyed that, is slowly returning to normal. For 27 years, the area was controlled by the army until last July when the Myliddy jetty was released to the public bringing happiness to the people. But living conditions in the area had deteriorated because all the houses were damaged during the war. Kankesanturai buses have extended their services up to Myliddy, but the Myliddy-Point Pedro road is still closed. Myliddy villagers who suffered most have settled in Point Pedro.
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Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri Lankan government’s Cabinet, would give more powers to the Sri Lankan
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PAFFREL records 614 polls and general law violations
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Polls monitor, the People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) had, by yesterday (26) morning, recorded a total of 614 complaints during the pre Local Government Election period. Of the 531 complaints they have received of incidents, all relate to 614 election law and general law violations, 76 are of incidents relating to acts of violence. A total of 13 hospitalizations have been reported to date in relation to those incidents.
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One cannot eat Liberal Democracy
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Anti- corruption is only selectively campaigned in Colombo circles. The Rs.23.5 million a month rent paid for the DPJ Tower’ that still remains unoccupied for nearly two years and the alledged underhand Mega Spectrum deal that should be treated as a serious crime isn’t heard anywhere. The Bond Scam remains popular among Colombo middle-class circles as one that exposes the power struggle within the Yahapalana leadership. Now, the PRECIFAC Report gives some reason to yell against Rajapaksa corruption as well.
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President’s Catch-22 Can President send rogues to hell within two years?
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
In last November, he had indirectly warned State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe for accusing him of appointing the Presidential Commission on the Controversial Central Bank Bond Issuance. That was his first open salvo against the UNP. On January 3, he made a special statement to the country explaining the recommendations of the Bond Commission, one of which according to him, called for legal action by the Bribery Corruption Commission against UNP Deputy Leader and former Minister Ravi
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Avant Garde case: Commission recommends filing criminal cases against Gota, Senadhipathi and 11 others
Published Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has recommended filing criminal cases against 13 individuals including former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi over the Avant Garde case. The final report of Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The other individuals against whom the Commission recommends filing criminal cases over the Avant Garde case include former Additional Defence Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne, former Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) CEO Major General K.B. Egodawela
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Maithree defends govt’s Geneva efforts, silent on TNA deadline
Published Date: 26/01/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva (Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha) had made representations on behalf of Sri Lanka at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following revelations made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords. Recently, the Foreign Ministry announced plans to replace Aryasinha late next month in the run-up to the Geneva sessions.
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LG polls in Puttalam and N&E Muslim cleric targets female candidates CMEV writes to EC and IGP
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Polls monitor, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) writing to the Elections Commission (EC), urged the Commission to take appropriate steps against attempts to hinder the electoral process via hate speech, which was causing discomfort and humiliation to female Local Government candidates contesting from the Puttalam District as well as the North and East. In a letter, copies of which were also sent to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Senior Assistant Head of Police (Administration and Elections) and the Assistant Election
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Two arrested with 288 polling cards in Mullaitivu
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
By Yusuf Ariff Police today said that two suspects in possession of 288 polling cards, for the 2018 Local Authorities Election, have been arrested at a residence in Pudukuduirippu, Mullaitivu. The polling cards were discovered inside the house located at Theravil, based on information received by Pudukuduirippu Police. The homeowner and a postman have been arrested in connection with the discovery, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
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Tamil Nadu CM wants Modi to register protest against Sri Lankan move to impose huge fine on Indian fishermen
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the external affairs ministry and the Indian mission in Sri Lanka to immediately register India's strong protest against a Bill introduced in the Sri Lankan parliament which has provisions to impose huge penalties on Indian fishermen, who engage in legitimate fishing in their traditional fishing grounds in the Palk Bay.
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Muslim women in Colombo demand changes to Islamic marriage law
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
A group of Muslim women on Monday stood in silent protest against the country’s Islamic marriage law which discriminates against women. Organised by the Muslims Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRG), the rally was held in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, near the Ministry of Justice. Protesters urged Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale to recognise their right to "justice and equality". They want the Ministry to update the status of a report on Islamic marriage that has been nine years in the making.
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives in SL
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has arrived in the island on a two day official visit. NewsRadio Airport Correspondent said a 50 member delegation also arrived with the Indonesian President. President Widodo arrived in the island following an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. Several Memoranda of Understanding are to be inked between the two countries during the visit.
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Japan Claims a Stake in Sri Lanka’s Ports
Published Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is caught between the need for foreign investment and the risk of being the object of a great power tug-of-war. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in 15 years. Governmental confirmation of Sri Lanka’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) project came during Kono’s visit, when the prime minister’s office revealed that an MoU was to be signed with Japan to build a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU). The FSRU and LNG terminal project will be a joint venture by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority with both Japan and India. The LNG terminal is to be located within Colombo port – one of the busiest ports in South Asia and an important trans-shipment hub in the region.
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SL to remain engaged with disarmament goals
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka hoped to remain proactively engaged within the Conference on Disarmament (CD) to help achieve its objectives, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said on Tuesday on the occasion of Sri Lanka assuming the responsibility of the CD as its first President of the 2018 session. Sri Lanka assumed the Presidency of the CD after 11 years. In his speech, Ambassador Aryasinha said the CD held a significant responsibility with regard to a rule-based international order that Members of the UN family were seeking to uphold.
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TNA wants draft Constitution presented to parliament soon after LG polls
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Leader of Opposition and of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has demanded that the draft Constitution be submitted to Parliament soon after Feb. 10 local government polls. A statement issued by the TNA yesterday quoted Sampanthan as having told European Union Sri Lanka Political Desk Head Paul Godfrey: "Soon after the local government elections the process must be expedited and the draft Constitution must be submitted to Parliament and eventually it must be approved by the people at a referendum".
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Survey Department to standardize and romanize geographical names
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Survey Department is in the process of standardizing geographical names in Sinhala and Tamil and will romanize Sinhala geographical names. Senior Deputy Surveyor General, D. N. D. Hettiarachchi said during a recent interview with The Island. This is in addition to introducing the revised version of the 1:50,000 scale map. The Department is currently in the process of standardizing geographical names in both Tamil and Sinhala. Standardization of geographical names was encouraged in all countries by the UN in 1960. Under the standardization process place names as well as those of
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Police brutality unpardonable!
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Every year reports of serious Police related violence flood the mainstream media all around the globe. And every time it happens, it grabs the headlines and leads to various discussions and debates that question and critique Police brutality, provisions of using 'necessary power' and the overall enforcement powers held by the law enforcement officers. Even the most (supposedly) democratic country in the world experiences Police violence. The United States has recorded over 1,200 cases where individuals were gunned down by the Police during 2017 and 69 per cent of the time; the deceased were non-violent and unarmed.
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Northern Naval Command seize 110 kgs of Kerala cannabis
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A haul of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 10 million was recovered by the Northern Naval Command in Maradankeni, Thaleiadi last evening (23). The 110 Kgs of cannabis were seized following a tip-off received by the intelligence staff attached to the Northern Naval Command. The consignment has been hidden at nearby brushwood consisting with 50 parcels wrapped in polyethylene, according to Navy.
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Rajiv case: Serious issues raised, says SC, seeks CBI's reply
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Supreme Court today termed as "serious" and "debatable" the questions raised by a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and asked the CBI to respond to his plea seeking recall of the apex court's May 1999 order upholding his conviction. The apex court issued notice to the CBI and asked it to file its response within three weeks on the application filed by convict A G Perarivalan, who was initially awarded death sentence in the case which was later commuted to life term.
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Australia warns Sri Lankans attempting to travel illegally
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Australian High Commission today warned Sri Lankans to beware of the lies of people smugglers, following media coverage of three recent failed people smuggling attempts. In December 2017, Australian border protection authorities intercepted a people smuggling boat with 29 Sri Lankan nationals on board. All 29 people were returned to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities also recently disrupted two planned illegal boat ventures before they departed Sri Lanka.
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Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request
Published Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE.
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Priests, doctors and the State: The agony of the masses
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Media headlines in recent months in Sri Lanka have concentrated heavily on the political role of Buddhist monks, agitations of government medical officers against the establishment of a private medical college and the increasing failure of the State to address many pressing social issues. These three matters are by no means unconnected. In fact, all three are the products of a process of social and political change that unfolded over the last several decades.
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Thailand to assist Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
The Thai Government says that it is expecting to assist for the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes. This was revealed to the President by Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms Chulamanee Chartsuwan when she met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (21).
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Parents protest against Uva Chief Minister
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
A group of parents staged a protest march today (22) against the incident in which the Principal of the Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya,Badulla was allegedly made to kneel down by the Uva Chief Minister. The march began in front of the school and proceeded towards Badulla town, Ada Derana correspondent reported.
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Government power not necessary to develop local councils
Published Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
This local government has become one that changes the direction of politics in the country and the party that rules the country need not be brought to power in the local government council to develop it says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this at a rally held at Koggala to affirm the victory of the JVP candidates contesting the Ambalangoda Pradeshiya Sabha.
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