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Wimal warns Ranil to leave by 8am tomorrow
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa has warned Ranil Wickremesinghe to leave Temple Trees by 8am tomorrow. Weerawansa told reporters today that if Wickremesinghe fails to leave then the public will be forced to put him out.
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Prez had issues on UNP’s reaction to assassination plot: Nimal Siripala
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena had issues with how Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the UNP reacted to the assassination plot on him, SLFP MP Nimal Siripala De Silva said.. He told a news conference that the President had received information and reports on the assassination plot and that he had discussed the matter with the UPFA members.
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PARADISE LOST? PRELIMINARY NOTES ON A CONSTITUTIONAL COUP
Published Date: 28/10/2018 (Sunday)
There were three dramatic announcements on the evening of Friday 26th October 2018 from the Presidential Secretariat, which occurred in the following order: (a) the announcement of the withdrawal of the UPFA from the government; (b) the swearing-in of Mahinda Rajapaksa before President Maithripala Sirisena as the Prime Minister; and (c) the announcement that the President has informed Ranil Wickremesinghe in writing that he has been removed from the office of Prime Minister under Article 42(4).
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Sri Lanka President sacks PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, appoints ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse as new premier
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
Maithripala Sirisena installed Sri Lanka’s controversial former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse as the country’s new prime minister Friday, in a shock move that plunged the island into an unprecedented constitutional crisis. Sirisena’s office announced the surprise decision after the president sacked incumbent premier Ranil Wickremesinghe -- who insisted that he was still the legitimate prime minister and would fight his dismissal in court.
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Peace education for prisoners
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
The Peace Education Programme is presently implementing a volunteer-run programme of healing in 24 locations in Sri Lanka including in prisons/correctional facilities, rehabilitation clinics, administrative centres, social services departments and with youth and war veterans for the purpose of reducing violence in society.
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The big media divide Sinhala (and English) and Tamil media continue to paint two opposite pictures
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
If a foreigner who can read both Sinhala and Tamil goes through the newspapers published in Sri Lanka in those two languages he might conclude that he was reading newspapers published in two countries. There is such a vast and strange gap between the priorities of Sinhala and Tamil newspapers.
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Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Prime Minister
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been sworn in as the Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena, a short while ago. Ada Derana has received video footage of the swearing in ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, recorded from mobile phones of the politicians present.
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Post GSP+ exports to EU up 18%
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
After receiving GSP plus in May 2017, Sri Lankan exports have increased by 18% to EU, said Ambassador of European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and Maldives Tung-Lai Margue was at the National Chamber (NCCSL) hosted event.
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Challenge for Tamil Polity – ITAK Chair
Published Date: 26/10/2018 (Friday)
Chairman of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK), the main constituent Party of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), C.V.K. Sivagnanam said that while former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran’s new political journey would be a challenge for the Tamil polity, it would however, not severely impact the political parties of the Northern and Eastern Province.
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Estate workers at Galle Face
Published Date: 25/10/2018 (Thursday)
Estate workers from the up country and other areas thronged the Galle Face promenade making a plea that their daily wage be made Rs.1,000 yesterday. They were allowed to gather at the Galle Face ground where they held a meeting airing their grievances for the attention of authorities and the government.
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Tamil reporter harassed by Sri Lanka’s anti-terrorism police
Published Date: 24/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to end the harassment to which the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) is subjecting an independent Tamil journalist, Uthayarasa Shalin, on entirely spurious grounds.
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UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali
Published Date: 24/10/2018 (Wednesday)
The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the U.N. peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced Friday that the request for Lt. Col. Kalana Amunupure to leave the troubled West African nation was made “based on recently received information.” He gave no details.
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Victim’s families ignore LTTE atrocities
Published Date: 23/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Rear Admiral Dr Sarath Weerasekera (SW) dropped a bombshell, recently, at an event organized by the Eliya at Homagama. Since 2017, the Eliya had been addressing the educated masses in various districts. These events mainly aim to highlight the dangers of the new Constitution that is in the pipeline, as well as the consequences of various Amendments made presently to the existing one.
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“Gota War” Intensifies: Kumara Welgama Says Gamini Lokuge Is The Man Who Burned Down Jaffna Library
Published Date: 23/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Intensifying the internal power struggle within the Joint Opposition, JO Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama hit out at his party colleague Gamini Lokuge saying the latter was responsible for burning down the Jaffna library.
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The terror of counter-terror laws
Published Date: 22/10/2018 (Monday)
With the second reading of the Counter Terrorism Bill scheduled for Tuesday (23), rights activists are still raising grave concerns about the proposed legislation. For about 40 years, the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) served as a license for torture, sexual violence, enforced disappearances, and prolonged detention. Three years have passed since the governmental commitment to repeal it, and it must be done now.
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CID Says It Has Sufficient Evidence To Arrest CDS: Beleaguered Admiral Makes Public Appearance With Sirisena
Published Date: 21/10/2018 (Sunday)
Sirisena and Wijegunaratne were seen sharing the stage together at the ‘Sathviru Abhiman’ military welfare event in Colombo, attended by soldiers and their family members. The event took place a day before the case relating to the killings of the 11 youth came before the Colombo Fort Magistrate. On behalf of the CID, IP Nishantha Silva informed Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that they had sufficient evidence to arrest Admiral Wijegunaratne
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Keeping ends warm with India
Published Date: 20/10/2018 (Saturday)
This is a country which is harping on solving its ‘national question’; how to find a viable solution to the grievances of the minority Tamils. But despite this question being spoken about in the open, there is a question that seems to be addressed behind closed doors. That question is; how to unite the president and the prime minister?
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Mollycoddling Sri Lanka doesn’t work
Published Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Mark Field, Britain’s Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, recently penned a terrible op-ed in The Daily Mirror. The piece coincided with a visit to the country. “First, it is important to recognise the positives,” Field writes. He cites the work of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), land returns and demining.
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Sri Lankan President calls Modi, rejects assassination attempt reports
Published Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday rejected media reports alleging an Indian hand in a plot to assassinate him and a former Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka during a telephone call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena called Prime Minister Modi today," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said in a statement.
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SL reverses $300mn China housing deal ahead of PM's India visit
Published Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to its South Asian neighbour. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet his counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday in New Delhi, the Indian capital, for talks. The two countries have long-standing ties, partly
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North, island’s highest job creator - WB ‘SL should be transshipment hub in Indian Ocean’
Published Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Uhana Rajagala archaeological site in Ampara on Tuesday. Picture courtesy Prime Minister’s Media Division We should learn from our history centred on Anuradhapura and transform the country into a transhipment hub in the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.
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North, island’s highest job creator - WB
Published Date: 19/10/2018 (Friday)
The Northern Province added around 78,000 jobs between 2011 and 2015, a 22 per cent increase in the labour force in the Province, which is also the largest percentage increase in the country, the World Bank (WB) in a report released on 9 October said. However, the jobs added to the labour force were predominantly concentrated in the Jaffna and Vavuniya Districts, two districts with relatively low poverty rates, it said.
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Hambantota as forward Chinese military base: Distraction from real problem
Published Date: 17/10/2018 (Wednesday)
America’s Vice-President Mike Pence has warned that Hambantota ‘may soon become a forward military base’ for the PLA Navy. In a speech at Hudson institute, Pence launched a broadside against China’s ‘predatory’ trade, ‘debt diplomacy’, ‘coercion’ and military ‘aggression’; he referenced to the Chinese-funded Hambantota port, of which the majority stake is owned by China’s state owned port operator, China Merchants. Though these concerns are usual American refrain, the latest might have much do with buttressing President Trump’s plan to levy taxes on an additional US $
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Sri Lanka President drops assassination bombshell, accuses India
Published Date: 17/10/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena shocked his cabinet Tuesday by accusing neighbouring India of plotting to assassinate him on the eve of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to New Delhi, a ministerial source said. A visibly upset Sirisena accused his senior coalition partner, the United National Party (UNP), of not taking an alleged conspiracy to kill him as well as former secretary to the ministry of defence, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, seriously.
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Sri Lanka PM emphasizes on protecting environment, managing natural resources with development
Published Date: 16/10/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that a special program will be prepared to protect the environment during the next 10 years. The Premier said the policy of the government is to protect the nature and Sri Lanka is striving to protect the environment together with
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