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Sri Lanka to probe biggest Rajapaksa pyramid scam: PM
Published Date: 30/11/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka will investigate the sale of over five thousand billion rupees in treasury bonds by the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said describing it as the "biggest pyramid scam" in the country. Making a special statement to parliament on Thursday, the Prime Minister said over 90 percent of the 5,147 billion rupees worth of bonds had been sold privately without going through a transparent tender or auction system.
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UK tells Sri Lanka to fully implement UNHRC resolution
Published Date: 30/11/2017 (Thursday)
The British Government has told Sri Lanka to fully implement the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution which was passed in March. British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said that he had raised the issue during his visit to Sri Lanka in October. “During my visit in early October 2017 to Colombo and Jaffna, I raised with Foreign
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Dialog Axiata PLC and Australian Govt. pilot digital payment platform in Northern Sri Lanka
Published Date: 30/11/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) collaborate to pilot a digital payment platform roll-out across 200 ATM (Automated Teller Machine) locations in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. The announcement was made recently at the launch ceremony held in Jaffna. With Rs. 60 million from DFAT’s Business Partnerships Platform and Rs. 91 million of its own funding, Dialog intends to reach and support underbanked communities with its state-of-the-art digital payment retail system.
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Army to expedite process of releasing land in the North
Published Date: 30/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Army is to expedite the process of releasing land in the North, the Army media unit said today. As part of this process 29 acres of land including the buildings which belong to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (St. Mary’s Church) and Roman Catholic Tamil Mix School (RCTMS) located inside the Palaly Army Cantonment, was handed over to the Jaffna District Secretary, N. Vethanayahan by Major General Dharshana Hettiarachchi, Commander Security Forces (Jaffna) today.
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In Sri Lanka, Development Begins with Reconciliation
Published Date: 30/11/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is known, perhaps mostly, as the place where Ceylon Tea originates from, or as the land which was torn by conflict for several years, or the country where the famous science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke lived. But, we are also so much more, and our history also has a bearing on current peacebuilding in our country. Located, right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, we are approximately 65,610
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New Police Database Documents Violence Against Women and Children in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 29/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence,” a global campaign that runs through December 10, occurs this year against the backdrop of an unprecedented global uproar against sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women face. Across Asia, as in many countries, violence against women continues to be one of the most widespread human rights violations. In places like Sri Lanka, which is emerging from decades of civil conflict, a lack of systematic reporting on the issue has made it extremely difficult to determine the magnitude of the problem.
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Referendum on new Constitution: Split vote advantageous to TNA strategy
Published Date: 29/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Former Batticaloa District SLFP organiser Arun Tambimuttu has warned that the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would certainly exploit a sharply split vote, in the event of a referendum being held on the proposed new Constitution, to advance its ultimate political objective of establishing an exclusive Tamil homeland in the Northern and the Eastern Provinces. The TNA’s claim would reflect an LTTE map encompassing eight administrative districts in
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Fact-checking critics of Chinese aid
Published Date: 29/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Pundits and journalists have often argued that Chinese loans are expensive and harmful to recipient countries. But they fundamentally misunderstand how Chinese aid and investment works across different countries. Criticisms of Chinese aid suffer from four crucial problems. First, Chinese interest rates have been higher than comparable loans from other OECD
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Defying Govt Ban, Tamil Leaders In Sri Lanka Celebrate Prabhakaran's Birthday In His Home Town
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Defying the government ban, leaders of a pro-Tamil party celebrated the 63rd birth anniversary of the slain LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran in his home town in northern Sri Lanka. Member of Northern Provincial Council M K Shivajilingam of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) led the commemoration event held at Velvettiturai, where the LTTE leader's house was originally located prior to the end of the civil war in 2009, Tamil sources said.
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What made Prabakaran change his mind
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
J.N. Dixit in his book, Assignment Colombo, had recalled the lengthy exchange he had with Prabakaran on all the details of the agreement in the presence of MGR and Panruti S. Ramachandran. “But Prabakaran remained indecisive and demanded that he be sent back to Jaffna. “MGR told him to be patient and stay back in Delhi for further discussions,” he had said.
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‘Making Haste Slowly’ is a Tired Refrain in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka’s previous foreign minister liked to tell the United Nations Human Rights Council that his government was, “making haste slowly,” in acting on the council’s October 2015 resolution calling for reforms, justice, and accountability, particularly for the victims of the country’s decades-long civil war. The phrase was meant to capture the sincerity of intent and political will, but that politics got in the way of making good on the promises. That refrain has become a staple. The Sri Lankan delegation to the UN’s Universal Periodic
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Extraordinary gesture of friendship from President Moon
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena received an unexpected warm welcome from Korean President Moon Jae-In today (Nov 28), a day ahead of the scheduled official meeting. President Sirisena, who arrived in Seoul this morning visited the famous Buddhist place of worship, Jogyesa Temple and was surprised to find President Moon waiting to receive him together with the Most Venerable Seol Jeong, head of the Jogye Order, the most prominent Buddhist sect in Korea.
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Interview: Sri Lanka has potential to be regional hub with more FDIs, says ADB VP
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka has the potential to grow into a regional hub with more Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) from other countries including China, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Zhang Wencai told Xinhua in a recent interview. Zhang said Sri Lanka\'s present economic growth was between 4.5 to 5 percent, but the island country had the potential to grow faster with more private sector investments.
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Indo-Lanka FTA is Sri Lanka's most significant bond with India.
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed in 1998 paving way for the two countries to strengthen their trade relations is Sri Lanka's most significant bond with India, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said. Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement was the most significant Indo-Sri Lanka partnership we have realized on the commercial front Minister Bathiudeen said addressing the inaugural
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Local government polls in January as agreed - PM
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the government expects to hold the Local government polls in January as agreed before and after that the postponed Provincial Council elections in March next year. The Prime Minister has made these comments when he attended the Committee meeting on Parliamentary Business (Party Leaders' meeting) chaired by the Speaker of Parliament. The meeting was held as a special emergency meeting to pay attention to the injunction order issued against holding the next local government elections.
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Reconciliation results framework to track reconciliation efforts
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation in collaboration with Sri Lanka Evaluation Association (SLEvA) has organized a national workshop to develop a reconciliation results framework and scorecard which was a felt requirement for national integration and reconciliation. The purpose of the national workshop is to develop a reconciliation results framework with key performance indicators to track the progress on reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka.
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Gota files writ petition in court against moves to arrest him
Published Date: 28/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa today filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal against moves to arrest him. Rajapaksa was expected to be arrested earlier over the alleged misappropriation of over Rs. 90 million of Government funds for the construction of a memorial for his parents when he was the Defence Secretary.
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Resistance and resilience
Published Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Today on Maaveerar Naal Tamils around the world gather in memory of those who died fighting Sri Lankan state oppression. Emboldened by the thousands that gathered at destroyed LTTE resting homes (Thuyilum Illams) last year, preparations this year have been on the largest scale since the end of the armed conflict. Tamils across the North-East have braved intimidation from the military and intelligence personnel to clear and decorate Thuyilum Illams. This November has like those past seen a deliberate campaign of fear-mongering by
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Tamils mark Maaveerar Naal 2017 worldwide
Published Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Hundreds of thousands of Tamils across the world on November 27 and preceding days held events to mark Tamil National Remembrance Day or Maaveerar Naal. Maaveerar Naal, which remembers those who sacrificed their lives in the Tamil struggle for freedom, is marked on November 27 yearly, in memory of the first death of a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadre in fighting - Lt. Shankar died in combat on November 27, 1982.
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Sri Lanka arrests 22 trying to go to Australia by boat
Published Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lankan police said Monday that they have arrested 22 people who were attempting to migrate illegally to Australia by boat. The suspects were arrested on a tip Sunday in the coastal town of Puttalam, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the capital, Colombo, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara's office said. They were to appear in court on Monday. Sri Lankan and Australian authorities are cooperating to combat human smuggling. No Sri Lankan asylum seekers have reached Australia by boat since 2013.
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British MPs bat for those remembering dead Tigers
Published Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
The British All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils called on Sri Lanka’s government to allow Tamils to freely remember their war-dead in the North-East. During the war, the LTTE held week-long celebrations in the last week of November with Prabhakaran making his policy statement. Condemning the destruction of cemeteries in the North-East, the cross-party group of British
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When the State Fails...
Published Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
When the State fails, everything else tends to fail as well. This is what we observe around us today. Parliament does not enact urgent legislation in a timely fashion. The Government does not come up with comprehensive public policies in critically important areas. State institutions do not function effectively due to a whole host of reasons. The result is public disillusionment leading to many adverse consequences.
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Polls and arrests
Published Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
An electoral contest is the last thing the present government wants. If the National Election Commission (NEC) makes good on its promise to hold elections at least to some of the local councils which have been in the bardo for more than two years, the government will go to any extent to weaken the Joint Opposition (JO); it may even resort to mass arrests in a bid to cover up its failure to substantiate damning allegations they have been levelling against their opponents.
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PM warns UNP Parliamentarians Refrain from indulging in political expediencies
Published Date: 27/11/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned the UNP Parliamentary Group to refrain from criticizing President Maithripala Sirisena. The UNP Parliamentarians were specifically informed not make any statement in public which would harm the consensus of the unity government. Addressing the UNP Parliamentary Group at the Parliamentary complex, the Premier made a
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Government notes China is a dependable friend
Published Date: 26/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Government has noted that China is a dependable friend and has been there during good times and bad. State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake noted that Sri Lanka’s relations with China grew stronger during former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s tenure and when former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in office. He said China helped defeat terrorism in Sri Lanka both economically and in the form of military assistance and by crucial support at international fora.
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