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Liquor addiction and malnutrition growing in N’Eliya district
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
The marked increase quoted for tenders to operate toddy taverns in the Nuwara Eliya district mirrors the growing liquor addiction of the population in the area. In the Kotmale Divisional Secretariat area, prices offered for licensing of toddy taverns have increased between Rs. 5 – 10 million over the past year. The highest bid being for the tavern
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Trump considers Sri Lanka an important partner in South Asia
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
The UnitedStates considers SriLanka as an important partner in South Asia and would continue to extend whatever possible assistance towards the development of the island country, a visiting US official said here Thursday. UnitedStates Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Alice Wells who is on an official visit in the
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Militarized Capitalism? The Apparel Industry's Role in Scripting a Post-War National Identity in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
The end of the thirty-year conflict in May 2009 ushered in a new era of development in Sri Lanka, in which the state framed the path to peace in terms of an economic development imperative. As indicated by former President Rajapaksa's remarks, “massive development” was the state's primary strategy for saving the people in the North and East from their violent past and “awakening” the nation. In this formulation, capital was assigned not only an
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Hambantota Port Not Military Base For Other Nations: Sri Lankan Prime Minister
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka in July signed a $1.1 billion deal to sell 70-per cent stake in Hambantota port to China, amid concerns over the massive debt the island nation incurred in building the port
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Social Problems in Jaffna
Published Date: 02/09/2017 (Saturday)
Cases of domestic violence spiralled massively after the war. Many charities that work with women's issues or women have stated that such issues have largely happened after the war. The causes are drugs, alcohol, the husband being unemployed and not earning enough money, the husband believing the wife is having an affair (likely largely untrue) and family problems. In the cases of drugs and alcohol abuse, in some cases the husband forces the wife
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President’s dilemma
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has told media heads and editors at a recent meeting in Colombo that he will complete his full term come hell or high water. He may be able to retain the presidency, but what guarantee is there that there won’t be any change in the composition of Parliament. Nothing is so certain as the unexpected in politics. What befell the
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US to expand navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
The United States says it hopes to expand the navy-to-navy relationship with Sri Lanka. US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells told delegates at the Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture Indian Ocean Conference 2017 in Colombo today that Sri Lanka and the US will hold the first-ever naval exercise in October.
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Sumanthiran withdraws FR petition challenging 65,000 house contract in North, East
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
A fundamental rights petition filed by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces was
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“Interpol should issue a red notice for Major General Jagath Jayasuriya” - APPGT Chair
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
A former Sri Lankan general who fled from his post as ambassador to Brazil this week should be referred to the International Criminal Court at The Hague said the chair of the UK based All Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) Paul Scully. A statement issued by APPGT on the case of Major General Jagath Jaysuriya, Sri Lanka’s
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War crimes: Why not against Sarath Fonseka: SLPP
Published Date: 01/09/2017 (Friday)
In the wake of lawsuits filed against ex-army commander and Sri Lanka's former ambassador to Brazil, Jagath Jayasuriya, the Ex-servicemen's Association affiliated to the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna today asked why similar charges had not been filed against ex-army commander and MP, Sarath Fonseka.
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Why a Sri Lankan leader might be tried for war crimes in Brazil
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
One of the mothers of the disappeared stands beside photographs of the missing in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, in July. (Kate Cronin-Furman) Early Tuesday morning, news broke that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Brazil had fled the country. Sri Lanka’s government later announced that his departure was planned, and it was simply the end of his ambassadorial term, but the timing raised eyebrows. The previous day, human rights groups had filed a criminal complaint accusing Ambassador Jagath Jayasuriya
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Soldiers will not be tried internationally- Thalatha
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala says soldiers will not be allowed to be tried before an international tribunal. The Minister speaking to media after officially assuming duties as Justice Minister this morning said the government will take measures to protect those who dedicated their loves for the country.
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Sri Lanka's inflation accelerates to 6.0-pct in August
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
Inflation in Sri Lanka's capital accelerated to 6.0 percent in the 12-months ending August 2017 from 4.8 percent in July, mostly on a base effect, while prices fell absolutely during the month, data from the state statistics office showed. During the month of July, the Colombo Consumer Price Index fell 0.5 percent to 118.8 points from
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I have not committed war crimes – Jagath Jayasuriya
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
Former Chief of Defence staff and Commander of the Sri Lankan Army Jagath Jayasuriya fervently denied the war crimes allegations that were levied against him by a South American Human Rights Organization. The former Army commander stated that the declaration stating that he gave the final orders
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US lauds Sri Lanka’s ambitious reforms agenda and reconciliation steps
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
United States Assistant Secretary of State, Alice J. Wells praised the progress made by Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena in the democratic reforms and reconciliation process. She said that the US highly appreciates the “ambitious reforms agenda and historic steps towards reconciliation boldly under taken by President Sirisena.”
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Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers: officials
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil. Sri Lankan customs have seized six shipments of high-purity South American cocaine in 14
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Abolition of the Executive Presidency equates to a new Constitution
Published Date: 31/08/2017 (Thursday)
Those who are insisting for a new constitution should pause to reflect on what they are asking and from whom they are asking. First of all, it was the abolition of the executive presidency that was pledged in the 2015 elections and not a brand new constitution. One may argue that abolition of the executive presidency equates to a new constitution. While that maybe the case, the more important question in this highly debatable matter is, do we have the right
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President confident unity Government will continue
Published Date: 30/08/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday said he is confident the unity Government will continue until 2020. Sirisena told local newspaper editors that despite attempts by the opposition to topple his Government he will ensure it remains till his term in office ends.
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Govt urged to ensure justice for victims of enforced disappearances
Published Date: 30/08/2017 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today urged the Government to take action to bring the perpetrators before the law and ensure justice for the victims of enforced disappearances and to take all necessary steps to prevent them from taking place in future in Sri Lanka. Issuing a statement to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance,
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Tamil diaspora’s biggest festival draws 200,000 Canadians, PM Justin Trudeau attends
Published Date: 30/08/2017 (Wednesday)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined over 200,000 people here at the biggest Tamil diaspora festival that showcased Tamil culture, heritage and cuisine. Toronto’s Markham Road turned into a little Tamil nation on the occasion as hundreds of vends came up to treat visitors to rare tropical Tamil cuisine, displaying cultural items and offering rare glimpses
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RTI Com hears 54 major appeals; state institutions ordered to reveal information
Published Date: 28/08/2017 (Monday)
The Right to Information (RTI) Commission has concluded — or is in the process of finalising — fifty four (54) major appeals since the RTI Act came into force in February this year, with the first appeal heard in late April, a press release from the Commission states. The release issued on Thursday states that information on state recruitments and alleged
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Lankan Army ready to share anti-terror experience with others
Published Date: 28/08/2017 (Monday)
The Sri Lankan Army is concerned about the re-emergence of violence in the country, Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake said today as he expressed readiness to share with others the experiences learned from the three decade long war with the LTTE. "The Sri Lankan Army is a proud military to have done its duty in liberating the motherland
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Border protection: Navy deploys new strategy in N & E
Published Date: 28/08/2017 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Navy will change the mode of operation and fleet deployments in the Northern and Eastern seas to enhance border protection against poaching. The new Navy Commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah said, “We are looking at an operation to aid the Indian fishermen, to see that they don’t get into trouble by crossing the line.”
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EU to assess GSP Plus process Five-member team due here
Published Date: 27/08/2017 (Sunday)
A five-member delegation from the European Union (EU) will arrive from Brussels on 5 September to start a formal monitoring of the conditions prior to approving the GSP Plus trade concession to Sri Lanka. EU envoy to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Paul Godfrey said the EU has initiated a formal
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More than 1,300 foreigners denied entry for security reasons
Published Date: 27/08/2017 (Sunday)
More than 1,300 foreigners were not allowed to enter Sri Lanka by Immigration authorities last year — many of them from four countries whose citizens are subjected to clearances from the State Intelligence Service (SIS) before being issued Sri Lankan visas, according to the Department of Immigration and Emigration.
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