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Foreign Office admits to destroying hundreds of files from the start of Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka Activists warn the true nature of the Thatcher government's collusion with Sri Lanka may never be known
Published Date: 21/01/2019 (Monday)
BRITAIN’S Foreign Office is being accused of “shredding history” after it admitted to destroying nearly 400 diplomatic files from the start of a Tamil uprising in Sri Lanka. Margaret Thatcher’s government armed Sri Lankan forces against left-wing Tamil independence fighters, but activists including superstar M.I.A. are now warning the full extent of this deadly collusion may never come to light.
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Rohingya – The Forgotten Genocide of Our Time
Published Date: 19/01/2019 (Saturday)
The Rohingya are a minority community living in Rakhine State in Myanmar. The Muslim Rohingya are considered intruders into Buddhist Myanmar – illegal immigrants from bordering Bangladesh. They have been always discriminated against, looked down upon, ostracized, and denied any civil and judicial rights.
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In Sri Lanka, many leaders eyeing top office
Published Date: 19/01/2019 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo, following the former’s election in January 2015. | Photo Credit: AFP It’s a poll year in Sri Lanka — except that few know whether it is the provincial, presidential or general election that will be held first.
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Sri Lanka: Political Crisis Threatens Justice Efforts
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country’s civil war, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. The crisis subsided after the Supreme Court ruled on December 13 that the president’s dissolving of parliament was unconstitutional, and Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down as proclaimed prime minister.
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Over 260,000 Chinese tourists visit Sri Lanka in 2018
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
Over 260,000 Chinese tourists travelled in Sri Lanka in 2018, and the government hopes to attract a higher number this year, Sri Lanka's Tourism Ministry said here on Thursday. According to official statistics, 18,283 Chinese tourists visited the island country in December alone, with the entire year recording 265,965 Chinese arrivals.
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Germany arrests suspect in 2005 killing of Sri Lankan FM
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
German authorities say they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of Sri Lanka’s foreign minister. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that police arrested 39-year-old Navanithan G. in southwestern Germany Wednesday and searched his home.
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650 acres of land reclaimed for China-backed port city in Colombo The project is likely to draw about $15 billion in investment
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
Over 650 acres of land off Colombo’s seafront, where a China-backed $1.4 billion port city is currently being built, has been reclaimed, Sri Lankan authorities said on Wednesday. Beijing attaches great importance to the port city, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan said at a ceremony held to mark what the Sri Lankan government termed “another milestone” in the mega project.
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President emphasizes that he will not allow anyone to do any harm to Jagath Jayasuriya or any war hero
Published Date: 17/01/2019 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that he will not allow anyone in the world to do anything for Retd Major Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya or any of Sri Lanka’s military commanders or war heroes. He made these remarks addressing the 66th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) held at the Campbell Park in Borella, today (03).
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Constitution and Buddhism
Published Date: 16/01/2019 (Wednesday)
The Mahanayaka Theras, Sangha, lay Buddhist Organisation and the Opposition have expressed fears that the proposed new constitution will not give the rightful place to Buddhism. The government, on the other hand, says that there will not be any change to the existing provision in the constitution. Who is telling us the truth and who is not has made the public confused? The irony is that the very vociferous monks who speaks of giving foremost place and foster Buddhism are blatantly
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“Pongal Lights for World Peace” First Street Party in Newham 2019”
Published Date: 15/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Newham is the first borough in Europe, which recognised and celebrates the Pongal as “International Tamil Day” by switching on the Lights. On Tuesday 15th January at 5.30PM at High Street North, Manor Park London E12 6SA. (Corner of Wordsworth Avenue and High Street North). By the Mayor of Newham Ms.Rokhsana Fiaz.
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Politicised Buddhisisation should be stopped – NP Governor
Published Date: 15/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Newly appointed Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan said Buddhisisation in the North and East with political motives should be stopped and that he would be meeting the Mahanayaka Theras to discuss the issue soon. In an interview with Ceylon Today, he said the practice was ‘un-Buddhistic and undemocratic’ He also noted he would engage in serious dialogue with those promoting these activities.
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Birth, Death and Rebirth of Jaffna’s Moolai Cooperative Hospital
Published Date: 13/01/2019 (Sunday)
In the North-West corner of the Jaffna Peninsula close to the causeway to Karainagar Island is the small village of Moolai. It is a patch of land connecting the causeway to Karainagar with its famous Casuarina Beach, and Vaddukoddai with its famous school Jaffna College. Moolai would have been quite unknown but for its own famous Moolai Cooperative Hospital. A hospital founded in 1935 by returning Tamil Diaspora funded by their savings and pensions earned administering British Malaya.
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Let’s have school children who know the law - EDITORIAL
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
The approval given by the Cabinet to include law as a subject in the school curriculum must be commended. This is because Sri Lanka is not regarded as a nation that abides by the law. Taking into consideration the many instances where top level officials have been involved in bribe taking, this attempt to educate the young generation about the law should serve this nation well. This news was broken by Justice and Prisons Reforms Minister Thalatha Athukorala the
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The federal bogey again
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
Politicians seem to deem that they have solved all economic issues faced by the people or addressing economic issues is not any of their responsibilities. Their main focus is centered on how to capture power or remain in or retain power. They all are agog with political issues such as elections and Constitutional changes.
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prov. governors as political agents and “Rajapaksa phobia”
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
President Sirisena had requested UPFA parliamentarians to pressure the government to hold Provincial Council elections, reported DM online last Wednesday. The report also said, the President had told them, the government should be asked to even amend the law to have elections under the previous law.
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ITJP slams Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva’s new appointment
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) headed by Yasmin Sooka, who was a one time Member of the United Nations Report of the Secretary-General's Panel of Experts on Accountability in Sri Lanka to investigate alleged war crimes in the final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War, condemned the appointment of Major General Shavendra Silva as Chief of Staff of the Army by President Maithripala Sirisena.
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SL classified as a ‘flawed democracy’
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
According to the latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index, which provides a overview of the state of democracy worldwide, Sri Lanka has fallen back in democracy in 2018 more than any other country in the region. The Democracy Index ranks 167 countries by 60 indicators based on five broad categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political
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2 Sri Lankan men jailed 8 months in Singapore over fake Canadian passport
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
Pararasasingam Puveenthan, 30, was found guilty of possessing a false Canadian passport while his accomplice Marimuththu Subramaniam, 48, was convicted of abetting the offence. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo) A 30-year-old Sri Lankan man who wanted to find work overseas tried to use a bogus Canadian passport to travel from Singapore to Melbourne.
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Ranil’s NGO crooks flee when cnp staff boo
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
A protest was organised by certain civil society organisations (CSOs), including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in front of Ceylon Newspapers (Private) Limited (CNP) and other Media institutions yesterday. Employees of Mawbima the Sinhala language publication of Ceylon Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd and Ceylon Today showed their displeasure at the protest, voicing that the protest aimed to
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First Ballistic Rubber Sample in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
The locally manufactured and newly-developed ballistic rubber sample for firing which saw the light, consequent upon a series of scientific researches, spearheaded by the Centre for Research and Development of the Ministry of Defence was formally presented and introduced to the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake on Wednesday at the Army Headquarters by the researcher, Major N. A. B. M. S. Nishshanka of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, attached to the CRD.
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Hartal against Eastern Governor Hizbullah
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
A hartal campaign has been launched in Battocaloa this morning (11) against the decision to appoint former minister M. L. A. M. Hizbullah as the new Governor of the Eastern Province. The campaign had been proposed by the Eastern People’s Society while posters regarding the hartal have reportedly been displayed in various parts of the town.
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Highest unemployment among most educated in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
Unemployment in Sri Lanka, which has suffered three insurgencies led by educated youth, is highest among the most educated, and especially females, the latest labour force survey shows. The highest unemployment rate – of 9.5 percent - is from the G.C.E. Advanced Level and above qualified group, according to the third quarter 2018 survey by the Census and Statistics Department, up from 8.5 percent in the same quarter of 2017.
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‘SLPP PC members will not support the President’
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Provincial Councillors Federation has decided to refrain from supporting President Maithripala Sirisena, if he contests at the next Presidential Election. Speaking to NewsRadio former Central Provincial Council member Pramitha Bandara Thennakoon said the Federation also decided to contest the upcoming Provincial Council Election only under the flower bud symbol of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
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Expert panel report tabled at the Constitutional Assembly
Published Date: 11/01/2019 (Friday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe tabled the report prepared by the Panel of Experts for the Steering Committee and representations made by political parties on drafting a new constitution, at the Constitutional Assembly today (11). Wickremesinghe, who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly, presenting the Expert Panel report assured that there is no plan to divide the country.
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Foreign Ministry Under Increasing Pressure To Initiate Inquiry Into Dayan’s Conduct After JVP’s Revelations In Parliament
Published Date: 09/01/2019 (Wednesday)
The Foreign Minister has come under increasing pressure to initiate an investigation into Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka following the JVP’s revelation in Parliament yesterday on his overt political campaigning. The Foreign Affairs Ministry has pussyfooted around Jayatilleka’sappointment thus far due to the latter’s connections with President Maithripala Sirisena. It was based on Sirisena
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