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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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Trump considers Sri Lanka an important partner in South Asia
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
The UnitedStates considers SriLanka as an important partner in South Asia and would continue to extend whatever possible assistance towards the development of the island country, a visiting US official said here Thursday. UnitedStates Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Alice Wells who is on an official visit in the
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Militarized Capitalism? The Apparel Industry's Role in Scripting a Post-War National Identity in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
The end of the thirty-year conflict in May 2009 ushered in a new era of development in Sri Lanka, in which the state framed the path to peace in terms of an economic development imperative. As indicated by former President Rajapaksa's remarks, “massive development” was the state's primary strategy for saving the people in the North and East from their violent past and “awakening” the nation. In this formulation, capital was assigned not only an
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Hambantota Port Not Military Base For Other Nations: Sri Lankan Prime Minister
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka in July signed a $1.1 billion deal to sell 70-per cent stake in Hambantota port to China, amid concerns over the massive debt the island nation incurred in building the port
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Social Problems in Jaffna
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
Cases of domestic violence spiralled massively after the war. Many charities that work with women's issues or women have stated that such issues have largely happened after the war. The causes are drugs, alcohol, the husband being unemployed and not earning enough money, the husband believing the wife is having an affair (likely largely untrue) and family problems. In the cases of drugs and alcohol abuse, in some cases the husband forces the wife
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President’s dilemma
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has told media heads and editors at a recent meeting in Colombo that he will complete his full term come hell or high water. He may be able to retain the presidency, but what guarantee is there that there won’t be any change in the composition of Parliament. Nothing is so certain as the unexpected in politics. What befell the
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US to expand navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
The United States says it hopes to expand the navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka. US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells told delegates at the Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture Indian Ocean Conference 2017 in Colombo today that Sri Lanka and the US will hold the first-ever naval exercise in October.
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Sumanthiran withdraws FR petition challenging 65,000 house contract in North, East
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
A fundamental rights petition filed by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces was
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“Interpol should issue a red notice for Major General Jagath Jayasuriya” - APPGT Chair
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
A former Sri Lankan general who fled from his post as ambassador to Brazil this week should be referred to the International Criminal Court at The Hague said the chair of the UK based All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) Paul Scully. A statement issued by APPGT on the case of Major General Jagath Jaysuriya, Sri Lanka’s
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War crimes: Why not against Sarath Fonseka: SLPP
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
In the wake of lawsuits filed against ex-army commander and Sri Lanka's former ambassador to Brazil, Jagath Jayasuriya, the Ex-servicemen's Association affiliated to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna today asked why similar charges had not been filed against ex-army commander and MP, Sarath Fonseka.
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Why a Sri Lankan leader might be tried for war crimes in Brazil
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
One of the mothers of the disappeared stands beside photographs of the missing in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, in July. (Kate Cronin-Furman) Early Tuesday morning, news broke that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil had fled the country. Sri Lanka’s government later announced that his departure was planned, and it was simply the end of his ambassadorial term, but the timing raised eyebrows. The previous day, human rights groups had filed a criminal complaint accusing Ambassador Jagath Jayasuriya
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Soldiers will not be tried internationally- Thalatha
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala says soldiers will not be allowed to be tried before an international tribunal. The Minister speaking to media after officially assuming duties as Justice Minister this morning said the government will take measures to protect those who dedicated their loves for the country.
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Sri Lanka's inflation accelerates to 6.0-pct in August
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
Inflation in Sri Lanka's capital accelerated to 6.0 percent in the 12-months ending August 2017 from 4.8 percent in July, mostly on a base effect, while prices fell absolutely during the month, data from the state statistics office showed. During the month of July, the Colombo Consumer Price Index fell 0.5 percent to 118.8 points from
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I have not committed war crimes – Jagath Jayasuriya
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
Former Chief of Defence staff and Commander of the Sri Lankan Army Jagath Jayasuriya fervently denied the war crimes allegations that were levied against him by a South American Human Rights Organization. The former Army commander stated that the declaration stating that he gave the final orders
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US lauds Sri Lanka’s ambitious reforms agenda and reconciliation steps
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
United States Assistant Secretary of State, Alice J. Wells praised the progress made by Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena in the democratic reforms and reconciliation process. She said that the US highly appreciates the “ambitious reforms agenda and historic steps towards reconciliation boldly under taken by President Sirisena.”
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Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers: officials
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil. Sri Lankan customs have seized six shipments of high-purity South American cocaine in 14
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