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China, Sri Lanka issue joint statement on cooperation
Published Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
China and Sri Lanka yesterday issued a joint statement to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields. The statement was issued before Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe concluded his four-day official visit to China.
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President Sirisena disclose former president’s security detail
Published Date: 09/04/2016 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a meeting in Bibila yesterday, responded to the allegations raised recently about curtailing the security personnel of the former president Mahinda Rajapakse by saying, The former President Rajapkasa had a security of 226 personnel from different ranks from the Army and the Police.
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Sri Lanka is neither pro-India nor pro-China: Ranil
Published Date: 08/04/2016 (Friday)
A year ago, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had just then returned to power after a gap of over 10 years, chose Guruvayur, a temple town in India’s southern State of Kerala, to make a pertinent observation on his country’s ties with two big neighbours, India and China. “Sri Lanka is neither pro-India nor pro-China” was his crisp comment. Mr. Wickremesinghe, now on his maiden tour to China, is acutely conscious of the need for reliance on big powers in the world for economic development of his country, which is making efforts to achieve reconciliation among various ethnic communities after the 26-year-long civil war.
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China had pledged 500 Yuan grant to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 08/04/2016 (Friday)
China made a 500 million Yuan outright grant to Sri Lanka and said they would expedite the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries to reduce the trade deficit. China also promised assistance for the second phase of the Hambantota port project and cooperation to set up new industries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqian at the Great Hall of the People’s Republic China in Beijing yesterday.
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I am experiencing a “politically motivated” hunt says Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapakse
Published Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa accused the government of carrying out a “politically motivated” hunt against “close” members of the previous government. The observation was made while responding to media personnel after attending the 8th commemoration ceremony of late Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in Weliweriya on the 6th April.
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Govt not to endorse demand of SLMC for province: Minister
Published Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
The demand for a separate Muslim province in the current majority eastern province, by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) chairman and Member of parliamentarian Basheer Segu Dawood won’t materialise, said Sri Lanka’s Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Mr. Faizer Mustapha. As long as there is no merger between the North and East, there is absolutely no necessity for a separate Muslim Province in Sri Lanka, said Mr Mustapha.
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The British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee publishes its Report on the FCO’s funding and administration of its human rights work overseas.
Published Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee published its Report on the FCO’s funding and administration of its human rights work overseas on 5th April. This report examines the FCO’s administration and funding of its human rights work overseas and explains how we intend to scrutinise the FCO for the remainder of this Parliament.
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Sri Lankan Companies mentioned in the "Panama Papers”
Published Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
A huge leak of documents has rocked the financial world revealing how some among the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. With data still being leaked, it is reported that three Sri Lankan companies are mentioned in the leaked documents based on an interactive map put out by the Irish Times, quoting the “International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
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JVP commemorates 1971 armed struggle
Published Date: 06/04/2016 (Wednesday)
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) [People’s Liberation Front, a party in the government had held several events in Sri Lanka. The main events took place at Anuradhapura, Panadura and Deniyaya areas to commemorate the JVP comrades strengthened their struggle in 1971. The JVP founded in 1965 was aimed at providing a leading force for a socialist revolution in Sri Lanka and it was involved in two armed uprisings against the ruling governments - SLFP in 1971 and UNP - 1987–89. After 1989, it entered democratic politics by participating in the 1994 parliamentary election.
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Rajapakse Loyalists joins the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee
Published Date: 05/04/2016 (Tuesday)
It was reported, there members of the Mahinda Rajapaska loyalist joint opposition group have been included in the Constitutional Assembly’s steering committee tasked with drafting of the new constitution. The Steering Committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe include, Dinesh Gunawardana, Prasanna Ranatunga and Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena serving as a Vice President.
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Address of Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Australian Institute for International Affairs Roundtable
Published Date: 04/04/2016 (Monday)
On January 8th last year, in a historic election, the people of Sri Lanka cast their votes for democracy, reconciliation and development. They chose free and fair elections, good governance and the rule of law over authoritarianism and impunity; they chose stability, reconciliation and peace over the politics of fear and hate. And they eschewed isolationist crony capitalism for openness to the world and a competitive, transparent rules-based economy. Basically, the people of Sri Lanka were weary of politics and governance that just wasn’t cricket. They wanted the new Sri Lanka with an undoctored pitch, an untampered ball and genuine umpires.
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Gotabaya Rajapakse urged to Enter Parliament
Published Date: 04/04/2016 (Monday)
It was reported that Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has been approached and asked to consider entering Parliament through the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), some senior SLFP members. The reports say that a group of SLFP seniors have had talks with Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena in this regard.
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Politics of Suicide jacket found in the north
Published Date: 04/04/2016 (Monday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa accused the government of hiding the “truth” about facts surrounding the reports on ammunition and explosives that found from a house in Chawakatchcheri. Speaking at a meeting in Bulnewa in Anuradhapura, the former President went on to say the silence of the Government would mislead the public and, therefore urged the authorities to disclose the true situation.
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Black history and black struggle: the past in the present
Published Date: 04/04/2016 (Monday)
A speech at the eleventh annual Huntley Conference on the IRR’s Black History Collection and the importance of archives in signposting the past and future. Today I want to talk to you about an item from the Black History Collection, which is held at the Institute of Race Relations. But before I get to that, I think I should tell you first how this collection came into existence. Now the Institute of Race Relations has been through two incarnations. It first existed in the 1950s as a colonial institution, its governing board was made up of colonial businessmen and ex-colonial administrators, as well as academics. It came out of a time when empire was vanishing, and its output was concerned with Britain’s imperial chickens coming home to roost, in other words with managing what it saw as the problem of ‘race’.
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Sri Lanka detains 14 foreigners over $7.5m drug bust
Published Date: 03/04/2016 (Sunday)
Ten Iranians, two Pakistanis, one Indian and one Singaporean were remanded in custody Sri Lanka has detained 14 foreigners after seizing 110 kilograms of heroin worth $7.5 million (Dh27.54 million) from an Iranian fishing trawler in the country’s biggest drug bust for nearly three years, police said Sunday.
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Protection Gap Campaign makes progress on childcare provision and counselling for women refugees
Published Date: 03/04/2016 (Sunday)
On International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March 2016, the European Parliament passed a resolution entitled “The situation of women refugees and asylum seekers in the EU”. The resolution calls for gender-sensitivity in asylum policy to ensure the safety of women seeking asylum. The author of the report, rapporteur Mary Honeyball MEP said,
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Sri Lanka: Maintain momentum, Deliver on human rights commitments
Published Date: 02/04/2016 (Saturday)
Amnesty International the London based human rights organisation in it’s written statement made to the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva states, “In October 2015, the Sri Lankan Government made historic commitments to the people of Sri Lanka and to the Human Rights Council (HRC) “to undertake a comprehensive approach to dealing with the past, incorporating the full range of judicial and non-judicial measures” aimed at delivering truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.1 These four pillars are essential to end impunity for violations and abuses.
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Indian fishermen released
Published Date: 02/04/2016 (Saturday)
Following intervention of U. Arulanandham, president of Indian Alliance for the Release of Innocent Fishermen (ARIF), the government of Sri Lanka has released 99 fishermen who were arrested on poaching charge and lodged in Lankan prisons were released on Saturday, 2 April 2016.
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Joint Opposition MPS accused government of foul play to Financial Crime Investigation Division in Geneva
Published Date: 31/03/2016 (Thursday)
The three joint opposition MPs, Dullas Alahapperuma and Bandula Gunawardane and Udaya Gammanpila reported to have visited Geneva and have handed over a letter to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Secretary Martin Chungong today and complained about the Financial Crime Investigation Division (FCID) among other allegations of injustice caused towards them by the Government. In their letter, they highlighted seven key factors including a complaint on the FCID.
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Returning refugees from India a win-win situation
Published Date: 30/03/2016 (Wednesday)
By Harim Peiris MBA Refugees returning to Sri Lanka would be an unparalleled statement of confidence by some of those most affected by the conflict, in the new direction and policy trajectory of the Sri Lankan State under the Yahapalanaya Government. In a World which is creating and spewing out ever more desperate people having to flee the wreckage of their homes and lives, Sri Lanka would be a shining example of a country in which people once left violent conflict now returning back home to rebuild their lives and start over a fresh. Such a statement of confidence in a new Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in India, would in fact be a serious dampener on the more extremist views and rhetoric of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in the West. People would be voting with their feet in returning to Sri Lanka and that would be an authentic message of hope which would be hard to counter from arm chairs in the West.
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Sri Lanka to strengthen defense ties with China
Published Date: 30/03/2016 (Wednesday)
Defense Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi has said that China supported Sri Lanka to end the war against Tamil Tigers in May 2009 after 30years and the government is in discussions to further strengthen the defense relations between the two countries this year. \\\"We are looking forward to a much stronger relationship with China. Already there are quite a few courses provided to Sri Lankan military personnel in China and we hope to expand our ties in this sector,\\\" the Defence official das said.
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Former Australian Prime Minister Abbott defends stance on Sri Lanka
Published Date: 30/03/2016 (Wednesday)
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his stance on Sri Lanka when he was Prime Minister. Abbott penned a 3,706-word essay for the rightwing magazine Quadrant defending his two-year period in office, Yahoo News reported. Abbott was accused of backing the Mahinda Rajapaksa led Government when it was accused of grave human rights abuses.
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Scientists discover terrestrial clone of Mars
Published Date: 28/03/2016 (Monday)
The temple of Goddess Ashapura Mata has traditionally been an attraction for religious tourists thronging Matanumadh in Kachchh district of Gujarat. Now, thanks to a new discovery, this sleepy village in Western India is set to draw tourists of a different kind – planetary geologists from around the world. Researchers report1 that Matanumadh (also spelt Matanamadh), situated around 86 km northwest of Bhuj, is actually a terrestrial clone of Mars. In other words, experiments to understand the geology of the Martian surface can be conducted in this "analog locality" in India instead of sending robots to the red planet
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Additional ministerial portfolios to Sarath Fonseka
Published Date: 26/03/2016 (Saturday)
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who was appointed the Minister of Provincial Development has got additional portfolios, National Agriculture and Diversification and Human Settlement Authority (Hadabima). His Ministry is also tasked with the implementation of development projects in Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Kandy, Matale, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Anuradhapura and Polnnaruwa Districts.
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Parliament to convene as Constitutional Assembly on April 5
Published Date: 26/03/2016 (Saturday)
Minister of Higher Education and Highways and Leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella, has said the Sri Lankan Parliament will for the first time convene a Constitutional Assembly on April 5. The Constitutional Assembly was appointed for the purpose of deliberating and seeking the views and advice of the people on a new Constitution for Sri Lanka and preparing a draft of a Constitution Bill for the consideration of Parliament.
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