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India pledges US$ 1.3 bn for development of SL railway
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
Credit worth around US$ 1.3 billion for development of railway sector in Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission said yesterday. The restoration of arterial railway lines, connecting the North and the South after decades of conflict, was undertaken under Indian concessional financing.
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Mullaitivu LG politicos consider quitting - CMEV
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
At a time when power is proposed to be devolved further as part of the Constitutional reforms process, elected Members of the Local Government (LG) authorities in the Mullaitivu District want to quit politics over the lack of by-laws and income for development work, and staff cadre issues.
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Edu and English increase computer literacy
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
Computer literacy rises with higher education and the knowledge of English. Latest official data showed that those with a knowledge of English had a computer literacy rate of 67.6 per cent, Sinhala (34.4%) and Tamil (28.3%) as at the first half of last year.
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Ready to provide leadership for the war to save the nation from drug smugglers – President
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena says to save the nation from brutal drug smugglers a war must be conducted in a similar manner as the war against the ruthless terrorism that lasted 30 years. President Sirisena requested members of Tri-forces, police and Civil Defence Department to come forward with their talents, bravery and as the leading personality as shown earlier, to
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Formal appeal to reverse case against Brig Fernando
Published Date: 28/01/2019 (Monday)
The Army will make a formal appeal to the Manchester Magistrate’s Court to reverse the case against former Sri Lanka’s Minister Counsellor (Defence), Brigadier Priyanka Fernando for making an offensive gesture at a group of protestors in London. Military Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said the appeal will be made through the Sri
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Worm hits Sri Lanka’s maize farmers
Published Date: 25/01/2019 (Friday)
The fall armyworm, first detected in October, has affected 50% of the maize crop After coping with successive droughts in the past few years, Sri Lanka’s maize farmers are now battling a tiny but powerful enemy – the fall armyworm.
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US Navy has bases in Lanka for non-lethal supplies and cargo transfers
Published Date: 25/01/2019 (Friday)
Colombo, January 24 (newsin.asia): In July 2017 the Sri Lankan government renewed, for another ten years, the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) with the United States Department of Defense. ACSA allows the exchange of supply and services, training of staff and humanitarian aid in disaster situations between the two countries.
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There’re still over 16 refugee camps in Jaffna: Anthony Jesudasan
Published Date: 24/01/2019 (Thursday)
Even though the war ended almost ten years ago, there are still over 16 refugee camps in Jaffna, said National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) Coordinator Anthony Jesudasan. Around 200 families have been sheltered in some camps, but they only have two lavatories, he added.
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Estate workers on strike again
Published Date: 23/01/2019 (Wednesday)
Estate workers have today (23) launched a strike action demanding the promised increase in their daily basic wage up to Rs 1000. Accordingly, the estate workers of Hatton, Bogawantalawa police divisions had protested on the main roads while carrying black flags.
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I will use my gun – Punchinilame
Published Date: 23/01/2019 (Wednesday)
UPFA Parliamentarian Susantha Punchinilame yesterday (22) said in Parliament that he would not hesitate to use his hand gun issued for MPs if he or his family members’ safety comes into question. Punchinilame made this remark while referring to the recent incident where a herdsman had allegedly attacked him with a sickle when his vehicle had attempted to
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Separatists and federalists have no interest in names or words - MR
Published Date: 23/01/2019 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa says that opposing the draft constitution put forward by the present government does not mean that they as the opposition are “slamming the door shut” on constitutional reform. He said that they acknowledge that extensive reform of the present constitution is necessary and that the 19th Amendment alone has created a great deal of confusion that needs to be put right.
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Name of Sri Lanka should be changed – Sumanthiran
Published Date: 23/01/2019 (Wednesday)
The name of the country should be changed from ‘Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka’ to either the ‘Republic of Sri Lanka’ or just ‘Sri Lanka’ says Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A. Sumanthiran. He mentioned this joining the TV Derana ‘Wada Pitiya’ political program, last night (22).
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Grave secrets from Sri Lanka's troubled past
Published Date: 23/01/2019 (Wednesday)
The recent discovery of a mass grave in Mannar town in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province has raised fresh questions about the island nation’s history of violence. It has also reopened old wounds and triggered traumatic memories among the survivors of the deadly conflict that ended barely 10 years ago. Meera Srinivasan reports.
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Objections in the case filed against Brigadier Priyanka Fernando
Published Date: 23/01/2019 (Wednesday)
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has informed the Westminster Magistrates Courts of the Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry’s objections in the case filed against Brigadier Priyanka Fernando in the UK court. The Foreign Ministry has pointed out that Brigadier Fernando is no longer a resident of the UK and that during his tour of “duty in the UK, a diplomatic agent, and thus entitled to the immunities and the privileges extended to a diplomat under the Vienna Convention”.
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Hundreds of suspected slavery victims left 'in limbo' by UK failings
Published Date: 23/01/2019 (Wednesday)
Hundreds of suspected victims of slavery in Britain are living "in limbo" and risk being retrafficked due to long delays in the system that identifies modern slaves, activists said on Tuesday. More than 2,200 people have been waiting for at least a year to find out whether they will be recognised as victims of slavery - which can help many stay in Britain or return home - according to government documents obtained by the BBC.
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Tilak Marapana’s post
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
I was intrigued to read the news item Marapana instructs Lankan diplomats to boost image of Sri Lanka overseas” on Monday 14 January, 2019.” In the body of the news item, it said: Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana has called on Sri Lankan diplomats to boost the image of Sri Lanka overseas through efficient and effective execution of public diplomacy utilising its intrinsic brands such as Buddhism, gems, tea, spices, high-end export products and the warmth of traditional Sri Lankan Hospitality.”
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Mangala briefs UK on progress made on human rights
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera called on the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations, Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, at his office in Westminster, London. They discussed progress made in the areas of human rights and reconciliation and other matters of mutual interest.
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Former TID Director Nalaka de Silva, Thomas further remanded
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Colombo Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage yesterday, further remanded former Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) Director DIG Nalaka de Silva and Indian National Mersily Thomas till January 30. Nalaka de Silva has been allegedly accused of plotting to assassinate President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and SSP Prasanna Alwis. The Magistrate announced that prison authority has informed the court that they have sufficient
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Brig. Priyanka Fernando not informed on UK court’s summons - Army Spokesperson
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Brigadier Priyanka Fernando has not yet been informed on the summons issued by the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in the United Kingdom (UK), says Sri Lanka Army. He was charged for making a threatening gesture towards a group of L.T.T.E. supporters protesting in front of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London on the 4th of February 2018 by running his forefinger across his throat.
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US says no plan for military base in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
The United States embassy said yesterday there was no truth in reports that the United States intends to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. An embassy spokesman told the Daily Mirror that these reports are categorically false.
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India grants Rs. 275 mn to develop Eastern University
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)to provide modern infrastructural facilities to the Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Eastern University in the Batticaloa District, yesterday.The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Secretary to the Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, in the presence of City Planning,
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Two Americans and Afghan among 5 arrested with 90kg heroin
Published Date: 22/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Five suspects including three foreigners have been arrested with 90 kilograms of heroin at a luxury apartment building in the Kollupitiya area. Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said the arrested suspects include two American nationals, one Afghan national and two Sri Lankans, residents of Hikkaduwa.
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Brig. Priyanka Fernando Found Guilty On Three Offences Under Public Order Act: Arrest Warrant Issued
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, a senior officer of Sri Lanka Army, has been found guilty of two of three offences under Public Order Act by signalling a death threat to Tamil protestors on February 04, last year. The Westminster Magistrate Court issued an arrest warrant on Fernando ruling that his
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New trade union movement takes up estate workers cry for Rs. 1000 daily wage
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
The Thousand Movement, a collective of unions and grassroots activists who want to increase the daily basic salary of an estate worker to Rs. 1000, will hold demonstrations in 30 locations country-wide calling on Plantation Companies to grant the just demand, Chinthaka Rajapakshe, Moderator of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) told The Island yesterday.
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Left leaders responsible for the constitution making in Sri Lanka exposes rumour mongers
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
The Left leaders responsible for the constitution making process exposed those who were spreading rumours about the ‘Constitution’, were functioning as members in the subcommittees on constitution-making. Left leaders were canvassing for a new constitution which included provisions to protect the rights and identities of all communities, and also to abolish the extreme powers of the presidency and to change
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