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Committee for delimitation of new electorates
Published Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
In the aftermath of the enactment of legislation to change the electoral system for Provincial Council elections, the government will appoint a committee on Monday to work on the delimitation of new electorates for the purpose, a Minister said today. Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha held a top level meeting with the officials of the Elections Commission on Wednesday to work out modalities for this purpose.
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Govt. service under intense scrutiny after RTI - Mangala
Published Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
As the government celebrated its second Right to Information (RTI) day this year, Mass Media and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera believes that a more watchful public will lead the way to an efficient government service. “Experience around the world has shown that when the people have information and they are watching, the public service is forced to perform,”Minister Samaraweera said. Addressing a
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Discrimination in Sri Lanka – The reality
Published Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
Mr. President, a myth has been spread over the years, that there is discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Out of a population of 22 million people in Sri Lanka, 11.2% are Northern Tamils while the upcountry Tamils who came to Sri Lanka during British colonial times, are about 4.1%. But these are not the only minority communities in Sri Lanka; 9.3% of the Sri Lankan population are Muslim. Several other minority communities such as Burgers and Malays amount to 0.6% of the population. The majority community is obviously Sinhalese at 74.9%.
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Maha Nayaka, Buddhist organization express reservations
Published Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
The Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera and the Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaaka Mandalaya, a leading Buddhist organization, has opposed certain sections of the Interim Report on the new Constitution that was presented by the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly recently. A statement issued by the organization said the report has suggested the inclusion of "Sri Lanka
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Army prepared to address alleged war crimes charges
Published Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
The Sri Lanka Army says it is prepared to engage in open dialogue with the United Nations to address alleged war crimes. Addressing media after calling on the Chief Prelates of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters in Kandy today, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake dismissed allegations in this regard.
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Prof. Peiris accuses govt of turning its back on war heroes
Published Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday accused the government of having turned a blind eye to the plight of security forces officers and men facing war crimes allegations. Referring to statements UK MP Paul Scully as well as Northern Provincial Council member
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Kurdish Referendum inspires hope among Eelam Tamils: TGTE
Published Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) congratulates the people of Kurdistan on their recent success in conducting a referendum in their homeland and among the Kurdish diaspora. The Kurdistan people were subjected to genocide under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Notably, during Saddam’s genocidal Anfel campaign between 1986 and 1989, tens of
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UNHCR alarmed at violence against Rohingyas in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The United Nations on Wednesday raised concern for the safety of Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers in Sri Lanka after Buddhist monks and hardline nationalists forced them to flee a U.N. shelter in the capital Colombo. The refugees, who were detained in April along with two suspected Indian human traffickers in a boat off Sri Lanka’s coast, are now in a camp in southern Sri Lanka to ensure their security after the incident in the capital.
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Constitution making and ethnically sensitive issues
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
Interestingly the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee’s interim report, presented to Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on September 21, was largely a document containing ethnically sensitive issues. In the light of the report, one would wonder whether constitution-making is nothing other than handling ethnically sensitive matters. The report deals with devolving power to the provincial councils, merger of provinces, unitary
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Vidya murder case: Seven accused sentenced to death Three-judge bench finds them guilty on all 41 counts
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Trial-at bar, which heard the Vidya murder case in Jaffna sentenced seven of the accused to death yesterday. The bench comprised High Court Judges Shashi Mahendran (President), Anna Lingam Ravi Shankar and Manickawasagar Illancheliyan. The 332 page verdict was read out by the President of the Trial-at-bar and Vavuniya High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran.
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Present political culture can be changed – Rohana
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The March 12th Movement says a change in the country’s present political culture can be established within the next several years. Speaking to NewsRadio Executive Director of the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections Rohana Hettiarachchi said they are displeased with the country’s state of affairs in order to establish cultured politics in the country.
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President stresses need for protecting archaeological sites
Published Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that all parties should fulfill their responsibilities for the preservation and conservation of archaeological sites. He made these remarks addressing a ceremony held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo on September 27 to hand over the research book on Tampita Vihara in Sri Lanka to the President.
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Back To White-Vanning Days?
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Back in the day a new term entered the political lexicon of Sri Lanka: white-vanning. It was about the use of vehicles, typically white vans, to abduct certain characters that the then regime felt were unsavoury. At times it was used to obtain information on LTTE activists and activities that could have endangered hundreds of lives, as in the case of the brother-in-law of then Senior
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Is the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka legal?
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Is the resolution 30/1 legal? Certainly not. Let me briefly explain as to why the resolution is illegal. On 26 th March 2014, the UNHRC by resolution A/HRC/25/1 requested the High Commissioner to undertake a comprehensive investigation into “ serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes” allegedly committed during the period 2002 February to 2011November in Sri Lanka.
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Why Geneva wants new Constitution to address accountability issues?
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena’s meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid-Hussein, on Sept 22, 2017, on the sidelines of the 72 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), underscored Sri Lanka’s pathetic failure to counter a high profile propaganda project that brought about Geneva Resolution 30/1, on Oct 1, 2015.
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Prelate calls for referendum on new constitution
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
A referendum should be held on the new constitution proposed by the government, Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Anamaduwe Sri Dhammadassi thera told the Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella. Ven. Sri Dhammadassi Thera said so after receiving a copy of the interim report submitted by the Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly.
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Interim report on constitutional reforms Salient features
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The Constitutional Assembly (CA) was established on 9 March 2016 with the intention of forming a new Constitution to replace the present and operative 1978 Constitution. The Steering Committee identified 12 different areas, of which six areas were dealt with by sub-committees. The sub-committees focused on the topics of fundamental rights, the judiciary, law and order, public finance, public service and centre-periphery relations. The remaining
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GTF’s Fr. Emmanuel on low profile visit for reconciliation
Published Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, leader of the UK based Global Tamil Forum (GTF), arrived in Sri Lanka last week on what his organisation officials describe as a “low profile” visit. It coincided with the Constitutional Assembly releasing its Steering Committee’s Interim Report on constitutional amendments.
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Water for Jaffna: simple, brilliant plan from expat Lankan engineer
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
A new project for water supply to Jaffna utilizing rainfall into the Vadmarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq. km. was announced on Friday by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Policy Development Office. "The Project envisages making use of 20% of the annual rainfall in to the Vadamarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq km. This project approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the Chief Minister of Northern Province, is implemented under guidance of Vidya Jothi
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No cause to panic that LTTE will raise head again – DEFENCE SECRETARY KAPILA WAIDYARATNE PC
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The position of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has always been a coveted one in independent Sri Lanka. It was once held by eminent members of the now defunct Ceylon Civil Service (CCS) when the Ministry was known as Defence and External Affairs (DEA) until 1977. The first Secretary of the DEA in independent Sri Lanka, was Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan KBE CCS, a member of the Senate and Minister of Housing and Social Services.
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Sri Lanka’s Current Federalism Debate: Cause For Indian Concerns – Analysis
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
In a significant yet unexpected ‘arrival statement of sorts’ on the national scene without notice, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran called on the Sinhala-Buddhist majority’s high priests in Kandy, and followed it up with a visit to the local prison, where some ex-LTTE militants were being held. At the much-publicised meeting with the Mahanayaka Theros of the Asigiriya and Malwatte Chapters and the Buddhist-clergy
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The interim report on a new constitution should set off an informed debate in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
It is only with a great degree of caution and circumspection that the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka can be welcomed. The panel, chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has done creditably by producing a forward-looking proposal within 18 months of its first sitting. However, there have been several such reports in the past that envisioned far-reaching reforms in the country’s structure.
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Minority parties ready to accept unitary status – PM Depending on UNP-SLFP common stand on interim report
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that minority parties are ready to consider retention of the unitary status of the country in the proposed Constitution and privileged status to Buddhism in case the two major political parties, the UNP and the SLFP agree to grant maximum possible devolution, create a Senate, protect human rights protection of all
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Lankan lawmakers have a ‘unitary mindset’ -Jayampathy
Published Date: 25/09/2017 (Monday)
President's Counsel and member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), parliamentarian Jayampathy Wickramaratne spoke to Ceylon Today about the salient points pertaining to the Interim report, of the steering committee, which centred on the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka. Emphasizing on the need to include the word Aekiya Rajya in the English and Sinhalese
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Korea grants $ 2.5 m to develop Ocean University Master plan to be formulated
Published Date: 25/09/2017 (Monday)
The Ocean University of Sri Lanka, the first ever state university for maritime and ocean sciences is going to be upgraded under the financial and technical assistance by the Republic of Korea. A grant of USD 2.5 million is provided by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to formulate the master plan for the upgrading of the Ocean University and build the capacities of the academics of the university.
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