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A Constitutional Draft Of The Mahasangha?
Published Date: 30/10/2017 (Monday)
A common rule well observed in Sri Lanka’s political grammar is: Horrendous mistakes and lies made or uttered by opponents in the past is open licence for those in power to repeat them. That constant refrain we hear from politicians now in or out of power: ‘What did you say and do in your time?’ is a good example.
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Tamil Diaspora behind Constitutional reforms - Hemakumara Nanayakkara
Published Date: 30/10/2017 (Monday)
Governor of the Southern Province and Leader of the Mawbima Janatha Pakshaya, Hemakumara Nanayakkara, who severely criticizes the Interim Report of the Parliamentary Steering Committee for Constitutional Amendments, states that it may lead to separatism and may harm the sovereignty and the integrity of the country. He alleged that the true patriots of the Steering Committee are not properly consulted and given importance to, but those who are sponsored by the 'separatist Tamil Diaspora' and the International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) are attempting to manipulate the Constitution-making process to form
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Draft Constitution ready, debate on interim report irrelevant – Joint Opposition MPs struggle to explain MR’s absence
Published Date: 30/10/2017 (Monday)
The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday alleged that a draft Constitution with federal features severely inimical to Sri Lanka had been prepared though the government pretended it was still consulting other stakeholders. JO Gampaha District MP attorney-at-law Sirira Jayakody asserted that a three-day debate on the interim report of the Steering Committee tasked with formulating constitutional proposals, scheduled to begin on Monday (Oct. 30), was irrelevant as the draft Constitution was now ready.
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FROM NEW JERSEY TO PANDATHERIPPU-DR.JOHN SCUDDER AND THE FIRST WESTERN MEDICAL CENTRE IN SOUTH ASIA
Published Date: 30/10/2017 (Monday)
On October 18th a public function was held by the Church of the American Ceylon Mission in the village of Pandatherippu in Northern Sri Lanka. This was the final event of several held over the past year to celebrate and commemorate the arrival of the first American missionaries to Jaffna in October 1816. During this function which was attended by public officials, members of the medical profession and church members, a postage stamp and first day cover honoring Dr.John Scudder was officially released by the Sri Lankan Postal department.
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SLFP faces decisive moment, crucial make-or-break meeting on Friday
Published Date: 29/10/2017 (Sunday)
• Premajayantha makes last-bid effort for reconciliation; more dissidents may be fired, but Rajapaksas also remain tough • After all-party meeting, minister says pitch now ready for local polls in January; date by Elections Chief, not necessarily a Saturday One more desperate, last minute bid to re-unite the feuding factions of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) — those backing President Maithripala Sirisena and others, his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa — has got under way amidst serious doubts whether it would materialise.
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LTTE suspects ‘fast unto death’ to avoid courts: Prison report
Published Date: 29/10/2017 (Sunday)
A Superintendent of Anuradhapura Prison has submitted a report to the Anuradhapura High Court (HC) claiming, the fast unto death by three LTTE suspects accused of killing 26 Army and Navy personnel in their custody, was done to avoid courts. In his report, the Superintendent claims, “The three accused are in the habit of refusing food the day before they are due to be produced in court. The day after they are produced in court, the accused resume taking food as usual,” he has further alleged.
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DFAT demonstrates priorities with new 'Business Partnerships Platform' funding
Published Date: 29/10/2017 (Sunday)
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has awarded funding to the second round of projects under its Business Partnerships Platform, which aims to accelerate Australia’s collaboration with business. The greenlighted projects highlight the increasing importance of private sector engagement, innovation, and gender for the Australian aid program. One project in particular demonstrates these values — a partnership between Sri Lanka-based
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Prime Minister notes importance of having TNA backing
Published Date: 28/10/2017 (Saturday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today noted the importance of having the support of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to take the country forward. He said for the first time the TNA is considering proposals put forward by the two main political parties in the country. The Prime Minister also said that no one has submitted proposals which seek to divide the country.
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Mental health; the stigma that exists in the Tamil community
Published Date: 28/10/2017 (Saturday)
According to official reports, one in four people in the world have – or will, at some point in their lives – suffered from mental health problems. Yet, the same statistics tell us that only one-third of those affected ever seek medical treatment. While this is indeed sad news, it is, however, in no way surprising, considering the stigma attached to mental health issues. Especially in the South Asian room, mental health comes with its own cycle of shame. In
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The Fruits of Difficult InterFaith Conversations - The Fruit of Difficult InterFaith Conversations - 100 Exiled Sikhs can return to their homeland in Punjab.
Published Date: 28/10/2017 (Saturday)
"Genuine InterFaith Dialogue is not only vital to community cohesion but it may be THE critical area which will deliver or deny a peaceful 21st Century. It is the hardest space to work in but for those with motives based upon true seva and the courage to recognise that they may not have all the answers, the rewards can be pivotal as this news shows." Satish K Sharma, General Secretary, NCHT(UK)
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South Korean Navy training task group here
Published Date: 27/10/2017 (Friday)
South Korea had taken steps to develop naval cooperation with Sri Lanka, Commander, Cruise Training Task Group Rear Admiral LH Yang, Yong-mo of South Korean Naval Ship Kang Gam Chan (DDH-979) that has docked at Colombo Port on a friendly visit, said yesterday. The 2017 ROKN Cruise Training Task Group, includes two Korean Navy vessels -Kang
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Sri Lankan Women Say #MeToo
Published Date: 27/10/2017 (Friday)
The campaign was kicked off by actress Alyssa Milano following sexual abuse allegations raised against movie executive Harvey Weinstein. More than 40 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harrasment, abuse or rape. In Sri Lanka, actresses, journalists, mothers and young girls posted notes on their Facebook supporting the #MeToo campaign, with some saying they had also faced abuse.
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JO confirms participation but won’t endorse proposals Three-day debate on constitutional reforms
Published Date: 27/10/2017 (Friday)
The Joint Opposition (JO) yesterday reiterated its commitment to taking part in next week’s three-day parliamentary debate on the interim report of the Steering Committee spearheading the new constitution making process, in spite of its disagreement with major recommendations. JO constituent, the National Freedom Front (NFF) comprising five MPs and several
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Mitra shakti: Taking lessons from military exercise, India to focus more on modern communication, weapon tech
Published Date: 27/10/2017 (Friday)
With special emphasis on increasing the use of modern communication, reconnaissance and weapon technologies, the joint military exercise between India and Sri Lanka concluded in Pune on Thursday. The 14-day exercise, Mitra Shakti, had focussed on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations. On the last day of the exercise, a joint operations team of both armies conducted a mock drill
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Smart IDs from today
Published Date: 27/10/2017 (Friday)
The smart identification card (Smart ID) was launched to the public today by the Department of Registration of Persons (DRP), Department Commissioner General Viyani Gunathilaka said. To symbolize the Inauguration of the Smart ID, the first printed Smart ID was handed over to Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S. B. Nawinne and fifteen other applicants who applied today at the ceremony
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EC briefs political parties in view of LG Polls
Published Date: 27/10/2017 (Friday)
Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday briefed representatives of the political parties about electioneering under the new system in view of the upcoming local government elections, it is learnt. The meeting took place yesterday evening in his office. He briefed them about the procedure set out regarding vote canvassing, the handing over of nomination papers, vote counting at polling stations and the presence of political party representatives.
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USS Nimitz Visit to Sri Lanka First for U.S. Aircraft Carrier Since 1985
Published Date: 27/10/2017 (Friday)
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is scheduled to arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka for a planned port visit on October 28. The Carrier Strike Group includes the USS Nimitz, the cruiser USS Princeton, and destroyers USS Howard, USS Shoup, USS Pinckney, and USS Kidd. The ships are scheduled to depart Colombo on October 31, 2017. Reflecting the growing relationship between the U.S. and Sri Lankan navies, this is the first
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The danger of postponing elections
Published Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
When the then President J.R. Jayewardene held a referendum instead of general elections in 1982, most legal and political analysts said that while it may have been legal, it was illegitimate. Mr. Jayewardene’s Government obtained a 50.1% majority at the referendum. But it was immorally blown up into a 5/6th majority in Parliament. This illegitimate move had at least two other major repercussions. It provoked the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to pull out
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Issues affecting Tamils have to be addressed – Govt. ... if another armed conflict is to be averted
Published Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
The government said yesterday that the Tamil people had issues which needed to be resolved and it would be addressed within a united country. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, addressing the weekly Cabinet Press Briefing, at the Information Department, said that finding solutions to the problems faced by the Tamils did not mean dismembering the country into pieces or combining the Northern and Eastern Provincial Councils into one, as demanded by some Tamil parties.
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AG files indictments against Pillayan, five others
Published Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
The Attorney General has filed indictments in the Batticaloa High Court against six accused including former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias ‘Pillayan’ and six others over the killing of former TNA parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham, the Supreme Court was informed today. Senior State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva appearing on behalf of the Attorney General made this remark when the Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Eastern Province Chief
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Tamils set long and short records at Sri Lanka navy
Published Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka's outgoing navy chief Travis Sinniah, the first minority Tamil to reach the highest position in the force in nearly half a century, has set a new record for being the shortest serving commander. The previous Tamil commander, Rear Admiral R. Kadiragamar, and Admiral Sinniah now firmly hold records for heading the navy for the longest and shortest periods respectively in the 67 year history of the Sri Lanka Navy.
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New Constitution turned into an anti media discussion: JO
Published Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
The joint opposition yesterday said that the process of making a new Constitution has now been turned in to an abhorrence and absurd discussion against the media and the Maha Sangha. Joint opposition member MP Dullas Alahapperuma told a news conference that recently it was reported how Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had lashed out at the media institutions with regard to the Constitution.
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India assists in developing Model Villages across Sri Lanka
Published Date: 26/10/2017 (Thursday)
India and Sri Lanka signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) today for construction of 1200 houses through 50 model villages, using Indian grant assistance of SLR 600 million. The MoUs were signed by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, and Mrs. W.K.K. Athukorala, Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction, in the presence of Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction. The signing took place during a special ceremony held in Hambantota for vesting to the beneficiaries the
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Ensure Government fulfil its promises: Sampanthan tells UN Special Rapporteur
Published Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Promotion of Truth, Justice Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, in discussion with Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan. Opposition Leader and Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan yesterday urged the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Promotion of Truth, Justice Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, to ensure the full implementation of voluntary commitments made by the Sri Lankan Government to the public and the international community.
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Tamil Prisoners' case transferred to Anuradhapura Court on the request of witnesses - TNA spokesman
Published Date: 24/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran disclosed that the case of three former LTTE cadres scheduled to be taken up for hearing in the Vavuniya High Court has been transferred to Anuradhapura High Court upon their request. Speaking at a media briefing in Jaffna Monday, MP Sumanthiran said the case has been shifted to Anuradhapura High Court in accordance with the requirement of the witnesses.
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