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Committee demands justice for prisoners
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The committee for protecting rights of prisoners staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Welikada Prison to stress the government on protecting the rights of the prisoners and to immediately enforce the law against those involved in the Welikada prison shooting in 2012. They said that the government has failed to implement the law for five years since the shooting at the prison which killed 27 inmates.
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Countering China’s presence in S Asia
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
India is reaching out to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal. But these smaller countries are keeping options open China’s inroads into South Asia since the mid-2000s have eroded India’s traditional primacy in the region, from Afghanistan to Myanmar and also in the Indian Ocean. As Beijing deploys its formidable financial resources and develops its strategic clout across the
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US rhetoric on ‘freedom of navigation’ Sri Lanka should beware of becoming another South China Sea
Published Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) held at Temple Trees recently, organized by the India Foundation, was billed as a gathering of IOR countries and ‘other concerned nations’ with a view to advancing ‘Peace, Progress and Prosperity” in the Indian Ocean. While this is no doubt a laudable goal, the absence of perspectives from regional players like China and Pakistan points to somewhat more partisan objectives than those advertised.
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A critical appraisal of Sri Lanka's Vision 2025
Published Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
"Our vision is to make Sri Lanka a rich country by 2025. We will do so by transforming Sri Lanka into the hub of the Indian Ocean, with a knowledge-based, highly competitive, social-market economy." This is the vision set out in the most coherent economic policy document put out by the coalition government. Compared to the two prior attempts, this is the best thought out. The budget speeches that followed the prior policy statements appeared disconnected at best, and designed to sabotage
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Black and White thinking in a gray world
Published Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Gone are the days when on seeking an opinion on anything – be it an idea, food, movie, clothing – one would have a wide variety of answers. The range would include – good, very good, somewhat good, not bad, tolerable, bit bad and bad. There was an assortment of middle ground opinions or nuances between the good and the bad.
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US lawmakers oppose 92 per cent cut in aid to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Citing the geographical and strategic location of Sri Lanka, a Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration's proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in American aid to the island nation. "Given the geostrategic importance of the country, the Committee does not support the President's budget request for Sri Lanka, which proposed a 92 per cent reduction in assistance
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12 TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy
Published Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Twelve fishermen from this coastal town were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy tonight for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). They were arrested while allegedly fishing off the Katchathivu islet and later taken to Talaimannar, S Emerit, Fisheries Association president told reporters.
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JVP says MR efforts to clear Weeratunga unacceptable
Published Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The JVP says attempts by Former President Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa in attempts to portray the Former Presidential Secretary and former Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Lalith Weerathunga as innocent cannot be accepted. Addressing a media breifing held today JVP MP Vijitha Herath said as the individual claims he is an attorney, he must read the 19th Constitutional Amendment adding that it details
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Darker and more dangerous: High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries Human Rights Council 36th session Opening Statement by Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Published Date: 11/09/2017 (Monday)
As I enter the final year of my current mandate – a year which I will discharge with vigour and determination – I wish to begin with a few short reflections drawn from the past three years. First, however, I want to recall all those who were murdered in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania on 11 September 2001. Like many who were living in New York, I will
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Harrison wants ex-President Rajapaksa to go down on his knees and apologise to masses
Published Date: 11/09/2017 (Monday)
Rural Economic Affairs Minister and Anuradhapura District UNP MP, P. Harrison, yesterday said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and the Joint Opposition members, should kneel before the masses and apologise to the nation for misusing state funds, for the UPFA political campaign, for the 2015 Presidential election
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Mattala deal with India: No military operations
Published Date: 10/09/2017 (Sunday)
The proposed agreement with India on the privatisation of the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport will include a clause that the airport will not be used for any military purposes, a senior official said. Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary Nihal Somaweera told the Sunday Times that besides prohibiting the use of the airport for military purposes, the air traffic control tower would also be controlled by Sri Lanka.
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MAHINDA MEETS RANIL
Published Date: 10/09/2017 (Sunday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with former President and incumbent MP Mahinda Rajapaksa for a unscheduled discussion this week to discuss Local Government elections, the postponement of which continues. The political discussion took place on the evening of September 7 at the Parliamentary complex premises with Joint Opposition (JO) MPs Dinesh Gunawardena (Leader of the JO’s
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Forfeited Wellawatte Residence Case Plight of the Citizenry under Emergency Laws
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The recent Supreme Court order handing over a Wellawatte property -- forfeited during the Rajapaksa regime on the instruction of the Police and taken over by the Terrorist Investigation Division -- to its rightful owners, is a typical indicator of the manner in which emergency regulations impinged the legal rights of the citizenry and the excesses that could be carried out with seeming impunity.
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Sri Lanka informed it will not receive ADB, WB aid after 2019
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has been informed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) that it will not receive any concessions or aid after 2019, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe told Parliament today. Wickramasinghe said this while making a special statement to the House on the Central Highway Project.
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Senate Appropriators Reject Trump Administration’s ‘Apparent Doctrine of Retreat’ Unusually blunt committee report rebukes State Department, OMB
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
Senate appropriators are rejecting the Trump administration’s foreign policy, blasting what they call an “apparent doctrine of retreat.” Appropriations Committee reports are not usually must-reads, but the report to accompany the next fiscal year’s State-Foreign Operations spending package might be the exception. The bill and report go beyond just dismissing the budget request.
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US Concerned Over Debt Burdens On Sri Lanka From Chinese Loans
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The US has expressed concern over the "unsustainable debt-burden" on Sri Lanka due to non-concessional loans from China. China is investing billions of dollars in infrastructure development in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is struggling to repay Chinese money, and recently signed an agreement to give a state-run Chinese firm a stake in the strategic Hambantota port as a way of paying down some of that
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Disaster Resilience, Environment Protection Are Critical to Sri Lanka’s Economy
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
In response to public interest, the World Bank in Sri Lanka chose to host a dialogue, offering an opportunity for anyone to meet the World Bank team and directly ask questions related to environment protection, disaster risk management and the economy. In fact, the engagement began with a Twitter chat earlier in the week that saw participation from across the region, before moving on to a public discussion. In attendance at the latter
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UNP must decide whether SF is fit to be a minister: Elle Gunawansa Thera
Published Date: 09/09/2017 (Saturday)
The Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, in response to a statement by Minister and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka describing the monk as a 'mad man in robes' said yesterday the United National Party (UNP) should decide whether it should have such a person as a Cabinet minister any longer. The monk said senior UNPers such as Gamini Dissanayake, Lalith Athulathmudali and R. Premadasa had visited his temple on several occasions.
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Obituary: The trailblazing advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka is no longer with us
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
At a significant juncture where an inclusive electoral process has been introduced with the interventions of the newly established Election Commission, Election Observing Organizations and various organizations and institutions advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities, the demise of Uva Provincial Councilor Mr. Senarath Attanayake is indeed an incalculable loss in view of CMEV.
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Judicial Corruption: Chief Justice Priyasath Dep Also Charged For Corruption
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
As a public-spirited citizen, and with wide experience having served the public sector for nearly four decades, I am fully aware that corruption in all sectors in the country has pushed Sri Lanka backwards causing irreparable damage to the Nation. It is sad that in Sri Lanka, although it is a representative democracy, it does not have an independent judiciary. In this country it is observed that the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary do not respect the doctrine
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Examining Facets of Corruption in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Recent events have brought the issue of corruption into the spotlight. When you open a daily newspaper, chances are there will be four or five cases involving corruption within its pages, reported almost every day. Corruption derails development, distorts the democratic system and decays the moral fabric of society. The ultimate victims are ordinary people. Those who can make a major contribution against corruption are not limited to one or two organisations.
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‘I don’t rule out the possibility of MR and MS patching up differences’-Basil
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, in an interview with Daily Mirror, spoke about his plans in view of the next elections. Rajapaksa, who spearheads Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna under the Flower Bud symbol, said that his side will win at future elections under any circumstances. Following are excerpts of the interview.
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Eliya movement launched: New Constitution will lead to division – Gota ‘I won’t remain silent when country is threatened’
Published Date: 08/09/2017 (Friday)
Alleging that proposed new Constitution would give separatists what they had failed to achieve through terrorism, wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said, vowing to defeat the project. The proposed constitutional reforms were meant to appease the LTTE rump, pro-LTTE
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SF's statement personal: Govt.
Published Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said today that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka's statement on former Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya was not the stance of the Government and that it was his personal opinion. He told Parliament that the "Good Governance" Government would never imprison Army Commanders like the previous Government.
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GSP+ to boost annual apparel exports by US$ 500 mn
Published Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
There will be an annual increase in apparel exports to the tune of US$ 500 million as a result of regaining the GSP+ benefit creating over 20,000 job opportunities as well, said Minister of Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama. Speaking at the SAARC Investment Summit held at Colombo Hilton he said that
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