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Water for Jaffna: simple, brilliant plan from expat Lankan engineer
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
A new project for water supply to Jaffna utilizing rainfall into the Vadmarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq. km. was announced on Friday by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Policy Development Office. "The Project envisages making use of 20% of the annual rainfall in to the Vadamarachchi Lagoon with a surface area of 78 sq km. This project approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the Chief Minister of Northern Province, is implemented under guidance of Vidya Jothi
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No cause to panic that LTTE will raise head again – DEFENCE SECRETARY KAPILA WAIDYARATNE PC
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The position of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has always been a coveted one in independent Sri Lanka. It was once held by eminent members of the now defunct Ceylon Civil Service (CCS) when the Ministry was known as Defence and External Affairs (DEA) until 1977. The first Secretary of the DEA in independent Sri Lanka, was Sir Kanthiah Vaithianathan KBE CCS, a member of the Senate and Minister of Housing and Social Services.
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Sri Lanka’s Current Federalism Debate: Cause For Indian Concerns – Analysis
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
In a significant yet unexpected ‘arrival statement of sorts’ on the national scene without notice, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran called on the Sinhala-Buddhist majority’s high priests in Kandy, and followed it up with a visit to the local prison, where some ex-LTTE militants were being held. At the much-publicised meeting with the Mahanayaka Theros of the Asigiriya and Malwatte Chapters and the Buddhist-clergy
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The interim report on a new constitution should set off an informed debate in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
It is only with a great degree of caution and circumspection that the interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka can be welcomed. The panel, chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has done creditably by producing a forward-looking proposal within 18 months of its first sitting. However, there have been several such reports in the past that envisioned far-reaching reforms in the country’s structure.
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Minority parties ready to accept unitary status – PM Depending on UNP-SLFP common stand on interim report
Published Date: 26/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that minority parties are ready to consider retention of the unitary status of the country in the proposed Constitution and privileged status to Buddhism in case the two major political parties, the UNP and the SLFP agree to grant maximum possible devolution, create a Senate, protect human rights protection of all
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Lankan lawmakers have a ‘unitary mindset’ -Jayampathy
Published Date: 25/09/2017 (Monday)
President's Counsel and member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP), parliamentarian Jayampathy Wickramaratne spoke to Ceylon Today about the salient points pertaining to the Interim report, of the steering committee, which centred on the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka. Emphasizing on the need to include the word Aekiya Rajya in the English and Sinhalese
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Korea grants $ 2.5 m to develop Ocean University Master plan to be formulated
Published Date: 25/09/2017 (Monday)
The Ocean University of Sri Lanka, the first ever state university for maritime and ocean sciences is going to be upgraded under the financial and technical assistance by the Republic of Korea. A grant of USD 2.5 million is provided by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to formulate the master plan for the upgrading of the Ocean University and build the capacities of the academics of the university.
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Sumanthiran congratulates Govt. for introducing bill
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
The Bill before Parliament is a very important bill that introduces the proportion of 30% of women candidates who have to be nominated in the nomination paper submitted by any political party or an independent group when they contest a Provincial Council Election. said TNA – MP M. A. Sumanthiran in Parliament yesterday. “This is a very important issue that we have been talking about and when a Bill is debated in
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NGO raises concerns at Geneva meeting
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
An NGO briefing took place at the UN in Geneva during the 36th session of the Human Rights Council. It was organised by the Tamil Centre for Human Rights – TCHR in France, in solidarity with France based ECOSOC NGO Global Alliance FGM. The title of this briefing was ‘Human Rights in Sri Lanka with a focus on UN HRC resolution 30/1’.
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SLFP MPs To Meet MS Individually And Split
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
A group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians are to meet President Maithripala Sirisena individually over the next few days and sit as independent members in Parliament. Deputy Minister and SLFP member Duleep Wijesekera said that he and a few other SLFP members are to meet the President individually as opposed to one group.
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Fonseka Misleads Media On US Visa Issue
Published Date: 24/09/2017 (Sunday)
Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka misled the media last week by claiming he had been refused a visa to the United States. However, Foreign Ministry sources said that Fonseka’s request for a visa was not even processed. Sources at the Foreign Ministry legal division said that if the visa was rejected, the US Embassy in Colombo would have informed the Ministry.
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New Constitution to please separatists: Wimal
Published Date: 23/09/2017 (Saturday)
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said today that the government was trying to bring in the new Constitution on the requirement of the Western forces and Tamil Diaspora to please Tamil separatists. He told a news conference that President Maithripala Sirisena had assured UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zaid Al Hussein that Sri Lanka was carrying out UNHRC
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SRI LANKA: Time to bring cultural rights in to the centre of human rights discourse*
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lanka became a British Colony in 1815 and gained its independence in 1948 and in 1983 we embarked upon the destruction, that was the ethnic civil war. After the war ended in 2010 a new type of destruction began with the unapologetic and undeterred advent of a highly racist movement with strong fascist undertones. But in 2015 the Sri Lankan people were able to topple such a government through democratic means during our Presidential Election.
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Former President condemns government efforts to ‘destroy democratic institutions’
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the people to unite and oppose the efforts rendered by the current government to destroy democratic institutions within Sri Lanka. In a media release that was circulated today, the former President condemned the concerted efforts of the ‘yahapalana conspirators’ who made several changes to the Provincial Council’s Elections law in order to indefinitely postpone the PC elections. He cited the ruling of the Supreme Court which stated that a referendum and two thirds majority in parliament
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Constitution framers divided over bid to change ‘unitary state’
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
The Steering Committee, tasked with drafting a new constitution has raised the hackles of some of its members by proposing that the term, ‘unitary state’ be done away with. The Steering Committee interim report submitted by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the Constitutional Assembly yesterday states that people in the south are scared of the term, ‘federal’ while the people in the North fear the word, ‘unitary.’
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New Constitution: Interim Report of The Steering Committee published in all three languages
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
The Constitutional Assembly established by Parliamentary Resolution of 09th March 2016 unanimously appointed a Steering Committee at its first sitting on 05th April 2016. The Steering Committee identified 12 main subject areas and assigned six of those subjects to Sub-Committees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly on 05th May 2016. The Reports of the said six Sub Committees and another report by an ad-hoc Committee appointed by the
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Opportunity to create an indivisible Sri Lanka must not be squandered - Sampanthan
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
Speaking in parliament today (21), Leader of the Opposition R.Sampanthan appealed to the members of the House not to squander the opportunity to create a constitution with a substantial bi-partisan consensus that will be beneficial to every member of the Sri Lankan community creating an indivisible Sri Lanka. In his speech today, the Leader of the Opposition stated that the process of formulating a
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Sri Lanka parties, including TNA agree to accept country as unitary state: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
Published Date: 22/09/2017 (Friday)
All political groups in Sri Lanka, including the main Tamil party, have agreed to accept the country as an indivisible state in the new Constitution, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Wickremesinghe's remarks came as he presented a report of the all party steering committee on formulating the Constitution in Parliament. The new Constitution was a key promise of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during
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New Constitution: Some Aspects Of The Process We Are Engaged In
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
It is not my intention at present to comment on the matters contained in the Interim Report submitted by the Hon Prime Minister or the annexures tabled therewith. These matters will be dealt with at future meetings of the Constitutional Assembly that will be held for that purpose.
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Making the case for constitutional reform
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
Even as this article is being penned, the interim report of the Executive Committee of the Constitutional Council is scheduled for the 21st of September 2017, about one and a half years, since Parliament turned itself into a Constitutional Council in January 2016. This crucial process of nation building through state reform, is typically generating more political heat than shedding light on facts or creating a process of informed public discourse.
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Govt. flayed for implementation of Geneva recommendations
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva on Tuesday said they would even defend those who had been accused of perpetrating war crimes in courts established in accordance with the Geneva Resolution 30/1 in case their ongoing efforts to thwart the UN-led project failed. PC de Silva said so in response to The Island query whether they would face the Geneva challenge if their initiative went awry. PC de Silva was speaking on behalf of Eliya (light), an
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Unit of devolution: District or province?
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
It is old news that those who regard themselves as Sinhala nationalists always preferred the district to the province as the primary unit of the devolution of power. What is amazing though is that they do not recognize that this is no longer an issue in the real world of politics; only in their individual or collective imagination. Thus the debate on the district vs. province is a non-debate. It takes place only in a mono-ethnic echo chamber.
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Sri Lanka continues intimidation of human rights activists – UN report
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
A new report by the United Nations names Sri Lanka as a state that continues to intimidate and harass activists who co-operate with the global body on human rights issues. The report stated that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was “disturbed” to hear that civil society members had faced intimidation from Sri Lanka in the United Nations Palais des Nations in Geneva earlier this year.
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Red clay roof tiles in high demand as asbestos ban looms
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
Roof tiles made out of red clay is now in high demand due to the asbestos ban that is set to come into effect next year, according to the country’s Industry and Commerce Ministry. “Our clay is of high quality and is in demand for roof tile making due to the asbestos imports ban starting next year,” Industry and Commerce Minister Rishard Bathiudeen told the 14th AGM of Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council held recently in Colombo.
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Lanka to act over adoption racket claims
Published Date: 21/09/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is to launch an investigation into adoption fraud following claims that thousands of babies were sold to foreign nationals in the 1980s. Sri Lanka’s Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the government would set up a DNA databank to enable children adopted abroad to search for their biological parents and other relatives, and vice versa.
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