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Tamils protest outside Swiss court against case on LTTE supporters
Published Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Over 150 Tamils protested outside a Swiss court on Monday against a trial involving thirteen LTTE financiers. The protesters held posters of the LTTE and its slain leader Vellupillai Prabakaran and made statements in support of a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka. Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the LTTE stood trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday.
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Sri Lanka President eyes another year in office, heads for show down
Published Date: 09/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the Supreme Court if he can remain in office for six years despite having reduced his tenure to five through a constitutional amendment, officials said Tuesday. The move to seek an interpretation to the 19th amendment to the constitution which among other things reduced the term of office to five years will put Sirisena on a collision course with his senior coalition partner.
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Kono seeks to boost Indian Ocean relations
Published Date: 08/01/2018 (Monday)
Foreign Minister Taro Kono toured Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, announcing during the trip offers of assistance with infrastructure development and other projects. Kono urged the three nations, which all face the Indian Ocean, to cooperate under the “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy” advocated by the Japanese government. Kono’s move was prompted by the government’s increasing vigilance against China, which has been strengthening its influence over these countries with huge amounts of aid money based on its “string of pearls” (see below) marine strategy.
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Choose democracy over dictatorship- EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya
Published Date: 07/01/2018 (Sunday)
Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya says a silver streak in the present electoral system is an imminent demand for democratizing our political parties in the immediate aftermath of the election. “There will be a compulsion for all political parties to maintain democracy over dictatorship, starting from the point of selecting candidates for elections. If the country did not move towards this, the new electoral system will never reap expected results” he said.
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Can President Maithri live up to expectations in 2018?
Published Date: 07/01/2018 (Sunday)
The dawn of January 2018 was extremely eventful, not because of usual New Year celebrations, but purely due to political developments, from former President Mahinda Rajapaksa kicking off the election campaign of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to President Maithripala Sirisena's much awaited statement on the Treasury Bonds scam. However, by yesterday, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came under the spotlight with a video of him doing a dance number with his aunt senior actress Iranganie Serasinghe to popular calypso number 'Kale Ukule Thiyala' at a wedding held in Mount Lavinia Friday (5)
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Sexual bribe sought from actress to contest from MR’s party
Published Date: 07/01/2018 (Sunday)
A sexual bribe had been demanded from an actress who had sought to contest the Local Government elections from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Madusha Ramasinghe told The Sunday Leader online that she had decided to give up acting and enter politics. She says that she sought nominations from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna to contest the Local Government elections.
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Three countries funded Kandy Expressway- PM
Published Date: 07/01/2018 (Sunday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says funds have been received from China, Japan and India for the construction of the Kandy Expressway. Speaking at a function in Kandy today the Minister said the Japanese government will provide funds to establish a special trade zone in Kandy adding that a Cultural and Tourist Centre will be constructed in Kandy to keep the tourists longer in the country.
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Navy recovers 98 Kgs of narcotics
Published Date: 07/01/2018 (Sunday)
Following intelligent information received, Naval personnel attached to Northern Naval Command recovered 90 Kgs of Cannabis (KG), 4 Kgs of Opium and 4 Kgs of Hashish which were hidden in Velvetithurai coastal line, during a raid carried out today\'s morning (6 January). The recovered lot of drugs were packed in containers and it is suspected that they have been hidden for sale. Approximately Rs 30 million worth drugs lot is due to be handed over to Police STF - Jaffna for further legal proceedings.
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The impact of war on women’s economic empowerment in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/01/2018 (Saturday)
In 2009, the 26 years of civil war in Sri Lanka, much of which was fought in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country, came to an end. Many women in the war-affected regions have dealt with multiple long-term impacts of the violent conflict such as injuries; loss of lives, property, income sources, and livelihood activities; multiple displacements; and trauma, amongst other impacts, which have placed many households in a precarious situation when trying to rebuild their lives. Various reports have estimated over 500,000 internal and
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Will one set of rogues punish another set of rogues?
Published Date: 06/01/2018 (Saturday)
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna Central Committee Member and Uva Provincial Councillor Samantha Vidyaratne says that if anyone thinks that this Government will punish the wrongdoers in the Treasury Bond scam, his head has to be examined. Excerpts: Is the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) trying to kill two birds with one stone by fielding two Independent Groups for the Local Government election?
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Some thoughts on the elections
Published Date: 06/01/2018 (Saturday)
It is true that relations of Lasantha, Rajudean, Raviraj and Eknaligoda, also Marshal be really disappointed that police still couldn’t find a valid reason to arrest former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa. Any HR conscious foreigner who reads the above opening statement of this article may wonder what is happening in this country. Why the government is incapable of keeping in line with the UN resolution.
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EC warns against female candidate intimidation
Published Date: 06/01/2018 (Saturday)
The Elections Commission (EC) yesterday warned candidates that attempting to intimidate female candidates would only be detrimental to their own political career, citing instances of female candidate intimidation in the Eastern and North-eastern regions of the country. “We received a complaint from the Eastern Province, where in Pudukuduirippu a female candidate stated that she had been prevented from coming into hand in her nomination. We are carrying out an investigation into it and a special police team has been sent there to
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Election monitor: 80% of voters ignorant of new electoral system
Published Date: 06/01/2018 (Saturday)
The People’s Action for Free and Fair Election says that more than 80 per cent of the country’s eligible voters lack proper understanding of the new electoral system. Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi told The Island that lacuna had been noticed during several workshops his outfit had conducted throughout the country in the recent past. \"Even some candidates were ignorant of the electoral system,\" he said.
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France seeks Sri Lanka's support for Expo 2025 bid
Published Date: 06/01/2018 (Saturday)
The head of France's bid to host the 2025 World Expo held talks with Sri Lankan leaders Friday in a bid to secure their support. Pascal Lamy told reporters in the capital Colombo that France expects to spend 3.5 billion euro ($4.22 billion) on hosting the Expo in Paris, and the money will be generated by the project itself without public funding. Paris is bidding to host the Expo a year after staging the 2024 Summer Olympics, and Lamy
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Japan will provide fullest support for development & reconciliation process of SL – Japan FM
Published Date: 06/01/2018 (Saturday)
The Foreign Minister of Japan Tharo Kono said that the Government of Japan is ready to provide its fullest support for the development and reconciliation process of Sri Lanka. He made these remarks when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (05), during his official tour of Sri Lanka. It is significant that a Foreign Minister of Japan visiting Sri Lanka after 15 years.
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SL education system:Violation of students’ rights on the rise – HRCSL
Published Date: 05/01/2018 (Friday)
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) yesterday (4), revealed that the number of complaints being received by them regarding the violation of the rights of students in the country's education system has gone up considerably and that the situation has become aggravated. In this circumstance, the HRCSL was contemplating the submission of an Education Policy Report during the first quarter of this year to the Government.
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Bond scam loss could be up to Rs 500-1,000 billion: Cabraal
Published Date: 05/01/2018 (Friday)
Former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, says that he believes the losses caused by the bond scam is a lot more than what has been stated in the commission report. “I see it as a loss of somewhere between Rs 500 billion and Rs 1,000 billion.” He also said that he is glad that the report of the Presidential Commission on the bond scam has recommended an investigation into the issuance of bonds during the period from 2008 to 2014.
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Collusion among elites must not happen again
Published Date: 05/01/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lankans are used to Governments appointing various Commissions, to investigate issues and crimes committed, throughout our existence as a nation ever since the British took over the country. Many of these Commissions have sought to contribute towards nation building, and some recommendations have been accepted by Governments, and others ignored. For instance, the Sansoni Commission heard the tales of the horrors of the 1983 anti-Tamil violence that were widely reported in the media.
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Remove propaganda material by 31st- Deshapriya
Published Date: 05/01/2018 (Friday)
Chairman of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya says all offices put up for the Local Government Election must be removed by the 31st of January 2018. Speaking at a media briefing this morning the Chairman of Elections said posters, cut-outs, flags and other material must also be taken down by 31st of January. Deshapriya noted that election offices of candidates who fail to declare assets by the 20th of January will be removed.
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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 3.2-pct in 2017, sharply short of target
Published Date: 05/01/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals grew 3.2 percent to 2,116,407 million in 2017, falling sharply short of a 2.5 million target announced by Tourism Minister John Amaratunga, for the second year in a row. Sri Lanka also failed to reach a 2.2 million target, which Minister Amaratunga said will be comfortably exceeded to 2.5 million in 2016. The tourism ministry blamed the closure of the main airport for repairs (which was known before the target was set), a countrywide dengue epidemic and floods in the South for the anaemic growth.
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UK All- Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka met with President
Published Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
The UK All- Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today (04). Members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group including its Chair Mr Ranil Jayawardena of Sri Lankan origin, MP, House of Commons, who represent the Conservative Party of the UK, participated in this meeting. The delegation arrived in the country with the aim of strengthening the relations with Sri Lanka as a Commonwealth country as well as to promote trade and investment relations between the two countries.
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Pak Envoy called on Sri Lankan President
Published Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat called on the Sri Lankan President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Secretariat on 4th January 2018. The President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena expressed his gratitude towards the Prime Minister of Pakistan H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and the Government of Pakistan for timely provision of fertilizer to Sri Lanka to curb the shortage, as had been requested by the President.
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Thirteen accused of funding the LTTE to stand trial in Swiss court
Published Date: 04/01/2018 (Thursday)
Thirteen financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) will stand trial before the Swiss Federal Criminal Court on Monday. The accused are from Switzerland, Germany and Sri Lanka. Some are former members of the World Tamil Coordinating Committee (WTCC), which represented the LTTE in Switzerland until 2009, and include its founder, his deputy and the person in charge of finances, Swiss Info reported. Between 1999 and 2009, they allegedly created a complex fundraising structure which
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‘People of Sri Lanka’- Heritage of all Sri Lankans on an equal footing: PM Book launch by Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue & Official Languages
Published Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue & Official Languages will launch a book titled ‘People of Sri Lanka’, on Tuesday, July 18, that explores the diversity of all the people of this country, which would be of special benefit to schoolchildren as well as those in Higher Education (HE) institutes. “All Sri Lankans, from schoolchildren to HE students, would benefit from a documentation such as this, which outlines the heritage of all Sri Lankans on an equal footing,” said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his message for the forthcoming launch of the book.
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India caught napping in South Asia by China, needs new strategy to slay the dragon
Published Date: 03/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Beijing has invested in people, projects and more and it’s paying big dividends. New Delhi has to work doubly hard to reclaim its clout. The worth of India’s clout in its neighbourhood, especially after the Nepal election results, has come under sharp focus. Although domestic political considerations guide the onslaught against the government on this count, it’s important to face the hard truth – ground realities in the region have changed. This, in fact, has been clear for a while now. Which is why India has no choice but to fashion a different approach, anchored around a new understanding of regionalism.
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