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JO wants for SF a fate similar to Wijeyadasa
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The joint opposition (JO) today urged the government to take a similar decision on Field Marshal and Minister, Sarath Fonseka as that taken when it removed Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe from his portfolio. MP Prasanna Ranatunga said the Minister Fonseka's statement on (retired) General Jagath
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Welikada Prison massacre probe Shots fired at chief witness’ house
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Gunshots have been fired by unidentified persons at the house of Sudesh Chandimal – the Chief Witness in the Welikada Prison massacre on Monday night. In that mass killing, 27 prisoners were alleged to have been murdered by security personnel of the Rajapaksa Government...... who responded to a protest launched by prisoners of the Welikada Prison on 9 November 2012. According to a complaint lodged at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) by Chandimal in connection with the murder incident at
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‘It is important to keep Indian Ocean open and free’
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma, who completes two years in office, outlined details about bilateral relations, Japan funded development initiatives and future areas of cooperation and other relevant issues in an interview with a select group of journalists from mainstream newspapers at his office last Monday (September 4). Here are edited excerpts.
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When a politico-god’s existence is in question Why wallowing in the depths of despair is childish and would be counterproductive for the Government
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Human misery is an unequalled equaliser. Its presence, almost in every corner in this vast and speckled globe, is reminding each of us that human life could be incredibly unfair. The unending drama mostly ends in unspeakable tragedy. Many sagas remain untold and concealed behind a mist of unevenness. Since the dawn of time,
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We fear whether judicial independence will be at stake - Udaya Gammanpila
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila in an interview with the Daily Mirror, spoke about the current political situation in the country and his plans for future activities. Udaya Gammanpila is also the leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), says his party has fears whether independence of the judiciary will be at stake.
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SF should tell the truth – Wiggy
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister and Tamil People's Council (TPC) President C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday said, that President Maithripala Siriena's statement, that he will not let anyone to conduct a probe against Government Forces on war crimes allegations, indirectly says that Forces have committed war crimes. A declaration was also released at the Veerasingam Hall in Jaffna yesterday, after the conclusion of the political discussion involving the public, political leaders and experts.
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Sharjah family suicide leaves 3 dead
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Sharjah Police confirmed to Gulf News that the deaths of three people in a hotel apartment in Sharjah on August 29 was the result of suicide. The incident, described by the police as a group suicide attempt, involved a man, a woman and a youth along with two female relatives, in which the latter two survived.
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Sri Lankan Navy Attacks Tamil Nadu Fishermen, 20 Boats Damaged
Published Date: 05/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Over 2,500 fishermen from Rameswaram, who had put out to sea last night were forced to return to the shore this morning. The Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked a group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu today and damaged their boats and fishing equipment, while they were fishing off the Katchatheevu island.
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SF’s attack on JJ: Dinesh to seek clarification from Marapana
Published Date: 05/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena will raise the LTTE backed Tamil Diaspora move against General Jagath Jayasuriya following Regional Development Minister Field Sarath Fonseka alleging that the wartime Security Forces Commander, Vanni had committed crimes and he continued violations of human rights after becoming the Commander of the Army in July 2009.
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Sri Lanka announces plan to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions
Published Date: 05/09/2017 (Tuesday)
On 4 September 2017, HE. Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinha, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva announced Sri Lanka’s intention to accede to the Convention on Cluster Munitions in the near future. The announcement was made during the Seventh Meeting of States Parties to the Convention, in Geneva.
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TNA to stand by Sarath Fonseka if he reveals the truth in an international tribunal
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
The Tamil National Alliance is ready to stand by with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, if in case he comes forward to be a witness in an international tribunal, against former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya, against whom case has been filed in an international tribunal, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, said to have been committed by him.R.SAmpanthan
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Ex-teacher helps rebuild scarred lives in Sri Lanka : 2017 Ramon Magsaysay Awards
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
For someone who has experienced first-hand war, violence and disaster in her home country, not to mention caring for and supporting practically all types of victims and leading survivors through the healing process, it must be easy to get disillusioned, lose hope and just give up on life. But 82-year-old Gethsie Shanmugam of Sri Lanka rose to the occasion — and was
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160 new Indian trains: Ministry calls for fresh EOI
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
For the second time in a year, expressions of interest were called by the Ministry of Transport to buy 160 passenger coaches for Sri Lanka Railways under an Indian line of credit. The deadline ended on Friday, with one condition of the loan being that only manufacturers and suppliers certified by the Indian Government may apply. Two companies submitted to India’s Exim Bank expressions of interest for pre-qualification. One is the private sector Titagrah
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Sarath Fonseka’s war crime rhetoric is self-harming
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
When Yasmin Zooka’s International Truth and Justice Project (ITJC), known for its dalliance with LTTE loving fringe Tamil groups, selectively raises the human rights card on Sri Lanka, it can be dismissed as sour grapes. But, when the former war-winning army commander and now a Field Marshal and Cabinet
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Tender for steel houses : Sumanthiran to file fresh application
Published Date: 04/09/2017 (Monday)
Tamil National Alliance, parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran says he will file a fresh application, regarding the granting of a tender to supply steel prefabricated houses for the Northern Province, following his withdrawal of the previous Fundamental Rights case on Thursday owing to a fault - the failure to name Cabinet members as the respondents.
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Whole country totally corrupt How the open market economy corrupted everything-including political parties, the State and all professions
Published Date: 03/09/2017 (Sunday)
Within open market economy, Governments keep relaxing labour laws as incentives for investor promotion, who in turn take care of political parties and professionals The State controlled economy was not for regeneration of private capital thus denying the development of “class conscious” capitalists Recently in a live TV panel discussion, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva said this country as a whole is totally corrupt
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Won’t allow anyone to touch Jagath Jayasuriya: President
Published Date: 03/09/2017 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena said today he would never allow former Army Commander (Rtd) General Jagath Jayasuriya or any other war hero to be hauled before an international criminal court or war tribunal as long as he remained the President of Sri Lanka. He said the threat of war crimes charges, economic sanctions and the hostile attitude of the
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Rs.1 bln facelift for Palaly airport
Published Date: 03/09/2017 (Sunday)
Sri Lankan authorities are currently looking at the possibility of developing the Palaly airport with state assistance amounting to about Rs.1 billion. The airport had been under the scanner by the Indian government which had expressed interest in developing, viewing it as a regional airport as well.
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Eliya’ comes to light on 6 Sept
Published Date: 03/09/2017 (Sunday)
A civil society group named 'Eliya' (Light) headed by former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is to be formed on 6 September at 5 p.m. at Golden Rose Hotel in Boralesgamuwa. Sources said this group is to be formed with the sole intention of preventing the breaking up of the country into nine parts through the enactment of a so-called new Constitution by the current regime.
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Trustees of Lankan school in Doha make defamation claim against Ambassador
Published Date: 03/09/2017 (Sunday)
The Trustees of the Stafford Sri Lanka School, Doha, Qatar have instructed a legal firm in Colombo to send a Letter of Demand against Mr. A S P Liyanage who is the current Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Doha, Qatar. The Letter of Demand was a consequence to media statements made by Mr. Liyanage to
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To combat extremists and foreign terrorists Govt to strengthen STF
Published Date: 03/09/2017 (Sunday)
With intelligence reports indicating an increased presence of extremist and terrorist groups in the South Asian region and Sri Lanka, by geographic positioning, is vulnerable to becoming a smuggling hub, the Government is planning to strengthen the Special Task Force, (STF) with modern technology, to combat any future international terrorist threat.
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721 BOI companies closed down from 2010 to 2016
Published Date: 03/09/2017 (Sunday)
A total of 721 Board of Investment-approved companies, including more than 100 that were granted BOI lands on lease, closed down in the seven years between 2010 and 2016. This is an average of 103 companies a year. The number of approvals granted for new BOI companies during the same period was 1,246, data obtained from the Board through a Right
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SF released me from military ops: Jayasuriya
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Brazil, General (Retd.) Jagath Jayasuriya yesterday rejected the war crimes allegations levelled against him and said the then Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka in a written document had exempted him from responsibilities of all military operations.
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Constitutional making process: TNA receives assurance from India
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has received an assurance from India that it will support the ongoing constitutional making process until it could be brought to a successful conclusion. The following is the full text of the statement issued following talks between top Indian delegation led by its FM Dr Sushma Swaraj and the TNA in Colombo on Friday: "Tamil
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Liquor addiction and malnutrition growing in N’Eliya district
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
The marked increase quoted for tenders to operate toddy taverns in the Nuwara Eliya district mirrors the growing liquor addiction of the population in the area. In the Kotmale Divisional Secretariat area, prices offered for licensing of toddy taverns have increased between Rs. 5 – 10 million over the past year. The highest bid being for the tavern
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