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New law to enable prosecution of armed forces in foreign countries - MR
Published Date: 02/07/2017 (Sunday)
All Members of Parliament should be mindful that passing a proposed new bill into law will be a clear case of betraying the country to the pro-LTTE Diaspora and the interested foreign parties backing them, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. “A Bill has been gazetted to incorporate into the law of Sri Lanka, the provisions of the
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Tamil Nadu Makes Fresh Push For Katchatheevu
Published Date: 01/07/2017 (Saturday)
Tamil Nadu is making a fresh push to retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka as the Indo-Lanka fishermen dispute continues. More Indian fishermen were arrested last week while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, forcing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami to demand the Indian government to get back Katchatheevu.
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Japan provides Sri Lanka Rs. 3.4 billion grant aid for Doppler Weather Radar Network
Published Date: 01/07/2017 (Saturday)
The Government of Japan has provided Sri Lanka grant aid worth approximately Rs.4 billion for two development projects which cover the areas of disaster management and capacity building of public sector officials. In response to catastrophic floods and landslides occurred during rainy seasons, Japanese
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Joint Declaration – Australia keeps mum on Human Rights in Sri Lanka : TGTE
Published Date: 01/07/2017 (Saturday)
The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), representing the political voice of the Tamil Diaspora worldwide, is disappointed that the joint declaration on enhanced cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka, failed to address the plight of the Tamils with respect to their political and human rights issues in the country.
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50% of TN’s catch from SL’s waters – Ex Navy Chief
Published Date: 30/06/2017 (Friday)
A former Sri Lanka Navy Commander accused Tamil Nadu (TN) of taking 50% of their fish catch by poaching in Sri Lankan waters. Admiral Jayanath Colombage, responding to a question made by this reporter at a forum in Colombo yesterday said that TN has some 600 fish processing......plants. Their main export is shrimp, catering to market demand in the West, he said.
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Sri Lanka has a very friendly image in the eyes of Pakistani people: Pak Envoy
Published Date: 30/06/2017 (Friday)
The Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka with the collaboration of the High Commission of Pakistan, organized a well attended seminar on “Business Opportunities with Pakistan”, recently. The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra was the chief guest on the occasion. The seminar was attended by Commercial Secretary of the
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‘India to invest Rs 1 bn in ECT’
Published Date: 29/06/2017 (Thursday)
Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake at the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Forum at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute. Picture by Roshan Pitipane India has indicated an interest in investing over US$ 1 billion in the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo Port, along with other projects like the oil tank farm in Trincomalee, under a public-private partnership with the Sri Lankan government, said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake.
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Threats to freedom of speech
Published Date: 29/06/2017 (Thursday)
The fundamental right to "the freedom of speech and expression including publication" in Article 14. (1) (a) of Sri Lanka’s Constitution, as well as the First Amendment to The United States Constitution, and other United Nations instruments, is being seriously undermined by the spate of hate speech prevalent in several countries including Sri Lanka.
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New anti-terror measures in West worse than PTA – Wijeyadasa
Published Date: 29/06/2017 (Thursday)
Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, yesterday said those demanding a new lenient Counter Terrorism Law (CTL) to replace the Prevention of the Terrorist Act (PTA), however in the wake of attacks in the West had adopted stringent measures which were even tougher than the PTA.
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UNP-SLFP coalition hinges on bond scam probe outcome – Yapa ‘No point in remaining if UNP doesn’t take action against culprits’
Published Date: 28/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The future of the SLFP, UNP coalition hinged on the outcome of the ongoing Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the Central Bank bond scams that had allegedly been perpetrated in Jan 2015 and March 2016, Enterprises Development State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, MP, told Sirasa Pathikada programme hosted by Bandula Jayasekera yesterday.
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Govt. has not decided whether to go for new Constitution - PM
Published Date: 28/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday said the government had not yet decided whether it would go for a brand new constitution or adopt provisions that did not necessitate a referendum. The PM said so, speaking at the National Conference on Constitutional Reforms at BMICH in Colombo.
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Revamp United Nations Development System to Better Help States Meet 2030 Agenda Goals, Delegates Tell Economic and Social Council, as Operational Segment Opens
Published Date: 27/06/2017 (Tuesday)
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals was not an option, but an imperative for a safe and security future of prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all, Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, said today as the Economic and Social Council opened its 2017 operational activities segment.
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Probe To Be Expedited On Welikada Prison Riot
Published Date: 26/06/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued orders to expedite the investigations pertaining to the 2012 Welikada Prison riot and called on the appointed committees to forward their reports and those found guilty are to be brought to book. In this regard the Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation Minister D.M. Swaminathan has been entrusted with the task
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Tolerating religious intolerance
Published Date: 26/06/2017 (Monday)
Developments unfolding in Sri Lanka over the last few weeks look ominously similar to those in 2013-14, when a surge in targeted attacks against minority Muslims and Christians went unchecked by the Rajapaksa administration. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, an umbrella organisation for civil society groups, has recorded 25 attacks on mosques and
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TNA agrees ‘unitary state’ will be clearly defined
Published Date: 25/06/2017 (Sunday)
The SLFP, UNP and the TNA have had discussions on the advisability of clearly defining the meaning of the word Ekeeya in defining the quintessential indivisible nature of the word 'State' wherever it is used in the draft of the new Constitution. The Sinhala word Ekeeya means unitary in English. Discussions are underway to include the same word in the Tamil version too, a senior Government official said yesterday.
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Vasu asks President Sirisena why no action against Chandrika
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Ratnapura District UPFA MP and Joint Opposition firebrand, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, in a letter to President Maithripala Sirisena, demands to know why the Progress Review Committee chaired by the President to supervise the progress of probes conducted by the state investigation agencies has failed to take action as regards serious charges against former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
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Constitutional means needed for prudent fund allocations
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan calls for the inclusion of specific socio-economic rights such as health, education and livelihood in the proposed new Constitution to enable the judicial intervention to guarantee required allocation of available resources.
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You can’t suppress majority to make minority happy – Namal Rajapaksa
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The militant movement Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is fully backed by the incumbent government, said United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. Rajapaksa, who is the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, conceded that certain government elements instigated extremist violence against minorities during his father's governance.
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Retributive justice or restorative justice? Challenges to reconciliation:
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
In general, the two recognized approaches to reconciliation are: Retributive justice and Restorative justice. While retributive justice involves the perpetrator and the victim, restorative justice involves the perpetrator, the victim, and the community. Furthermore, while retributive justice is punitive, meaning that by punishing the perpetrator the victim finds relief that amounts to redressing the pain, albeit amounting to revenge, restorative justice focuses on healing the perpetrator the victim and the community.
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HRCSL: Foreign judges will enhance confidence in war crimes probe
Published Date: 21/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The government had agreed to the participation of foreign judges in a war crimes probe in accordance with Oct 1, 2015 Resolution moved at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunanathan says.
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Sri Lanka: Minister Threatens Defender of Minority Rights Investigate, Prosecute Attacks on Muslims, Christians
Published Date: 20/06/2017 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan government should immediately repudiate statements by the country’s justice minister threatening to disbar a prominent lawyer for speaking out against attacks on religious minorities, Human Rights Watch said today. The incident highlights the government’s failure to fully investigate and prosecute recent attacks on Muslims and Christians in the Buddhist-majority country.
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Country lacks top political leadership to overcome challenges- Dy Minister Acquisition of factory-failed Doppler radar system revealed
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Palitha Thewarapperuma alleges that the yahapalana administration has failed to achieve its much touted objectives. Kalutara District UNP MP asserts that post-war Sri Lanka lacks proper political leadership to meet challenges it is faced with.
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Keith Noyahr abductors to be released
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Colombo High Court Judge Manilal Waidyathilaka yesterday made order that the suspects who are alleged to have abducted Journalist Keith Noyahr and assaulted him, be released on bail with stringent conditions. When the proceedings started the CID informed Court that Keith Noyahr has
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Police fear public uprising
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Police fear that the arrest of the Bodu Bala Sena leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera would lead to negative consequences and even a possible public uprising, a high ranking Police official said yesterday.
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Sri Lanka arrests monk, police officer for anti-Muslim violence
Published Date: 19/06/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lankan police have arrested four people including a Buddhist monk and a police officer accused of taking part in an attack on a mosque, as part of a crackdown on violence against the minority Muslim population.
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