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JO seeks debate on Lord Naseby’s statement
Published Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Joint Opposition is scheduled to move a motion for a debate on a recent debate on Sri Lanka's conflict at the House of Lords in Britain, at the time of the adjournment of the House this evening (14). The motion to be moved by Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunwardena has already been handed over to the Speaker's office with copies sent to the office of the Secretary General of Parliament as well.
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TNA: Disgruntled Wijeyadasa trying to scuttle efforts to introduce new Constitution
Published Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran yesterday told The Island that former Justice Minister Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, was making a despicable bid to sabotage the ongoing constitution making process. MP Sumanthiran said so in response to MP Rajapakse’s controversial request to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to rescind a motion passed in Parliament to set up the constitutional assembly to prepare a new Constitution.
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India and Sri Lanka should take up repatriation of Tamil refugees at the earliest
Published Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
In recent months, the focus of the media has been on the Rohingya refugees in India. But the plight of Sri Lankan refugees, who have been here for nearly 35 years, appears to have gone out of the public consciousness. The pathetic condition of shelters, restrictions on movement, and limited scope of livelihood opportunities affect the community of one lakh-odd Sri Lankan refugees, who have been living in Tamil Nadu ever since the anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka in July 1983. Besides, statelessness is a major problem for a section of refugees whose roots are from central parts of Sri Lanka, generally called hill country.
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EPRLF rejects tna Will not accept its leadership Announces new coalition backed by TPC
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK), the main constituent in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has called for extensive discussions at regional level, in the North and East, on the Interim Report of the Constitutional Assembly. However, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), one of the four constituent parties in the TNA, has announced that it cannot function in coordination with the TNA anymore and would also not accept the ITAK's party symbol, the house, as the common symbol of the TNA.
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SC asks Centre to clarify its stand on the Ram Setu within six weeks
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka has been embroiled in controversy since 2005 after the government’s Sethusamudram shipping canal project was planned. The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to clarify if it wants to remove the Ram Setu – the chain of limestone shoals connecting Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka – or protect it. The court gave the government six weeks’ time to file an affidavit on their stance, reported ANI. The Ram Setu bridge – also known as the Adam’s Bridge – is a 50-km stretch from Rameswaram Island in Tamil Nadu to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. According to Indian
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WAR CRIMES AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
On November 15, 2017 the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review will once again be reviewing Sri Lanka’s human rights record. The major issue it will focus on will be the war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka’s armed forces and the LTTE. Other than some extreme nationalists, Sri Lankans in general are not averse to trying those who had committed war crimes. Even the present government is not against charging and trying those accused of war crimes. The problem lies in the composition of the trial judges. A
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UNCTAD to support Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review in Sri Lanka By The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
Secretary General of the United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Dr. Mikhisa Kituyi has assured the Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha that the UNCTAD stands ready to assist with Sri Lanka’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review (STIP) and to explore modalities of technical assistance and a strategy for mobilizing the funding required. This assurance was given by the UNCTAD SG, following consultations Minister Premajayantha had in Geneva last week with Senior Officials of the UNCTAD.
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MR whacks government, budget-2018
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa today said only 358 out of 493 budget proposals made in 2016 had been fulfilled and that the Government should fulfill its promises given to the people. In a series of tweets, Mr. Rajapaksa said, in 2016, Rs. 65 billion (35%) was spent from Rs. 203 billion allocated for the Education Sector, Rs. 13 billion (44%) was spent from Rs. 30
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China still dominates Sri Lanka foreign loan disbursements
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
China continued to dominate total foreign loan disbursements made to Sri Lanka this year, lending almost 35% of the total US$901.6 million through development projects and programmes during the eight months 31st August, 2017, according to the finance ministry. Out of the total, $19.6 million (or Rs. 2,980.3 million) was made as grants and $882.1 million (or Rs. 133,999.3 million) was made as loans, according to the ministry’s Fiscal Management Report – 2018.
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Norway to support resettled communities in Myliddy
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director, Jorn Sorensen and the Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther signed a partnership agreement to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna District, with an emphasis on the Myliddy Harbour areas. Under this partnership, UNDP Sri Lanka, through the support of the Government of Norway, will promote local economic development through enhanced market-based livelihood
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Floods in Jaffna force out over 1,700
Published Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says over 1,700 residents of the Jaffna District have been evacuated to safe locations following the floods experienced in the area due to the incessant rains. Deputy Director and Media Spokesman of DMC Pradeep Koddippili said all units have been informed to remain on the alert for possible disaster situations which may arise. He noted that
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More than 2,000 women to be elected to local councils
Published Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
More than 2,000 women representatives will be elected to local government bodies under the newly introduced mixed electoral system that calls for at least 25 percent women representation in local councils. Elections conducted under the previous Proportional Representative system returned only 82 women members to all the local councils which now stand dissolved. The Gazette notification giving the number of members to each council was issued yesterday.
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Dissenting voices rock TNA
Published Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), currently the biggest coalition of Tamil political parties mainly representing the Tamil people of the North and East, is yet again facing a tug-of-war, as the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) has waged a war of words with the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK). It is not the first time that the coalition had had misunderstandings among constituent parties. Since its initiation in 2001, there had been splits within the ranks of TNA. The Alliance was
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Sri Lanka President shifts gear on war crimes
Published Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, who had previously maintained that Sri Lankan troops never committed excesses, acknowledged at the weekend that some troops were responsible for crimes at the behest of politicians. Addressing military officers at the army hospital auditorium, the President said no one will be punished for prosecuting the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but those who carried out excesses will be punished.
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Indecent police officers must resign: IGP
Published Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
“Officers who don’t speak decently, understand people’s problems humanely and act maliciously should resign from their posts as they have no place in the Police Service,” IGP Pujith Jayasundera said. He was addressing the gathering at a social service programme held at the Mallawapitiya Elders’ Home where the Police, Buddhist and religious officers donated a set of equipment for the use of its inmates on November 11.
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Wigneswaran urges aging Tamil leaders to step aside
Published Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
With the EPRLF led by former MP Suresh Premachandran deciding to contest future elections on its own, NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today urged Tamil leaders, who were over 60 years, to move aside and allow the younger generation to take up politics. Incidentally, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) is one of the original constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
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Sobitha Thera’s just society; where are we?
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
In this new millennium, the Buddhist prelate who made the most significant contribution towards the rebuilding of a just and fair society was Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Nayaka Thera whose second death anniversary was commemorated on Wednesday, at Ape Gama in Battaramulla, with President Maithripala Sirisena presiding. After the end of the war in 2009, when the Ven. Sobitha saw that politicians were abusing and misusing public funds on a large scale and good governance was deteriorating, the prelate began the National Movement for a Just Society. He stepped forward at that time with courage and conviction. His brave mission led to the dramatic events of November 2014 when the then Minister Maithripala Sirisena
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UN’s Sooka attacks Shavendra, GR and 58 Division
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
The military yesterday expressed shock and dismay at South African member of UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE) Yasmin Sooka calling the wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the celebrated 58 Division Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva a notorious war criminal. The PoE comprised former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner of the US and Sooka.
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Former Justice Minister counters allegations, seeks joint Lanka-UK probe
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
Former Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, MP, yesterday alleged that a fresh high profile attempt was being made to secure asylum for bogus refugees at the expense of Sri Lankan government. President’s Counsel Rajapakse pointed out that the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government was being targeted by those who had been engaged in the lucrative project to secure political asylum status for economic refugees.
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Sri Lanka says it will investigate alleged torture of Tamils
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka says it will investigate allegations by more than 50 ethnic Tamils that they were abducted and tortured by police or army soldiers long after the end of the island nation's civil war. An Associated Press investigation published Wednesday offered detailed testimony from 20 of the men, along with photographs of injuries they said were sustained when they were raped, branded or beaten repeatedly in custody. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear
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President asserts troops will not be taken before war tribunals
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
On Thursday, 9th November, president Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that Army soldiers will not be taken before war tribunals. The President gave the assurance when he addressed a gathering of more than 350 Commanding Officers (COs), Adjutants and Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSMs) of the Army this evening at the Colombo Army Hospital auditorium. Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary Defence and Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army extended a warm welcome to the President on his arrival at the premises and ushered him to the main auditorium.
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மனுசங்கடா (Manusangada) is going to Egypt!
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
மனுசங்கடா (Manusangada), Amshan Kumar has been selected in the 39th Cairo International Film Festival. The film, a true story, is about Kolappan, a low caste dalit, is forced by upper caste people to carry his father's corpse through a thorny and unformed route to an uncertain graveyard. When he finds the official powers aligning with casteist forces, Kolappan begins a protest to enforce social liberty equal to all. Will he succeed in bringing a change in the situation? The film 'Manusangada' a true story that took place as lately as 2016, depicts the signaling of the rise of Dalit struggles in contemporary India against long standing human rights violations.
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TNA Leader and leader of the Opposition Sri Lankan Parliament R Sampanthan MP writes to President Sirisena to release the land at Keppapulavu
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
In a letter to Sri Lankan President Maithiripala Sirisena dated 9 November 2017, R Sampanthan TNA Leader and leader of the Opposition has urged the President to release the 73 acres of private land occupied by the military to the civilians. The letter released to the public states as follow:
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United march towards democracy
Published Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
President is serious about the Steering Committee on constitution making, no doubt. However he has seen that discussions in public forums are not enough. TV and radio discussions are limited and selective. Hence various misunderstandings have crept in to the minds of various social and cultural sections; especially among Buddhist Sangha. That is why he has decided to call for meetings with all Chapters of Buddhist clergy; in addition an All Party Conference and special discussions among various sections led and influenced by Sangha. It’s feared
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After the Assembly debate - what now? ‘Clean, lean and green budget’ Budget 2018
Published Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
*A special tax on super luxury vehicles *Rs. 10 excise duty per kilo on plastic resins *An ‘open cage’ concept at the Dehiweala Zoo *A cellular tower levy of Rs 200,000 per month *Rs. 300 mn to promote IT and IT related sectors *Alcohol volume based excise duty *Issuance of new liquor license to be simplified *NBT to be imposed on liquor, toddy not spared *Sugar tax on sweetened beverages *Rs. 1,400 million for Office of the Missing Persons Rs. 1,250 mn for establishing medical faculties at Wayamba, Sabaragamu and Moratuwa Universities The total government expenditure: Rs. 3, 001bn Budget deficit: Rs. 675 bn Expected govt revenue: Rs. 2,326 bn Expected expenditure: Rs. 3,982 bn
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