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UNP, SLFP Must Put Aside ‘Petty Political Agendas’: Sampanthan
Published Date: 21/07/2017 (Friday)
Opposition Leader Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian R. Sampanthan said the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) must put aside ‘petty political agendas’ to lead the unity government to success. Tagging Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, whom he met with
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President signs Office on Missing Persons Act
Published Date: 20/07/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena signed the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) Act a short while ago, the President’s Media Division said. Tweeting at the end of the event the President said ‘I signed the Office of Missing Persons Act today. This marks another step forward in Sri Lanka's path to sustained peace.’
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Singapore Foreign Minister inaugurates the launch Health Orthopaedic Development Programme in Jaffna
Published Date: 20/07/2017 (Thursday)
The Foreign Minister of Singapore, Dr.Vivian Balakrishnan (father a Tamil) and his wife Joy were distinguished visitors to the Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna a short while ago. They were here to officially inaugurate the launch of the Lee Foundation-Sing Health Orthopaedic Development Programme at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna.
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ADB doubles aid to Sri Lanka to US$1bn
Published Date: 08/07/2017 (Saturday)
The Asian Development Bank has doubled its assistance to Sri Lanka, aiming to give up to a billion US dollars annually from 2017 with the government proposing railways, ports and roads as potential sectors to be developed.
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Deep Concerns Raised Over Recent Attempts To Silence Dissent
Published Date: 08/07/2017 (Saturday)
A group of individuals and organisations committed to human rights and democratic freedoms, and the rights of freedom of expression and dissent, have expressed deep concerns over recent attempts to stifle voices of human rights activists and silence dissent.
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Sri Lanka president revives defence establishment
Published Date: 07/07/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena Tuesday confirmed Kapila Waidyaratne, 60, as the country’s new defence secretary replacing controversial Karunasena Hettiarachchi who was eased out amid serious questions over his conduct. The just retired Senior Additional Solicitor General Waidyaratne takes over the defence ministry at a
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Legal changes mooted for notice of Sri Lanka land acquisition
Published Date: 07/07/2017 (Friday)
Changes are needed to Sri Lanka urban development regulations to ensure prior notice of land acquisitions in order to give better effect to the new Right to Information law, Verité Research, a private think-tank, said. It said in a new study of the RTI act that existing regulations might not encourage adequate disclosure
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Govt. bent on doing away with unitary status of state - MR
Published Date: 06/07/2017 (Thursday)
The only thing the incumbent government did was to talk, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday. It was trying to cover up its failure by blaming others, he added. Addressing a mammoth Joint Opposition (JO) rally at the Town Hall grounds in Trincomalee, the former President said not a single day passed without the government blaming him for something or other.
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Major hindrances Under Consideration Draconian Proposals Threaten Free Media
Published Date: 06/07/2017 (Thursday)
The Draft Bill to establish the Independent Council for News Media Standards that has been drafted in consultation with international experts, supposedly in accordance with established global standards of media freedom, appears to be otherwise. To the contrary, it appears the proposed new Act will completely take control of existing
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The new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has vehemently denied allegations that the tri-forces committed war crimes. Speaking to media after officially assuming duties as the Army Commander said the Army works with discipline and dedication.
Published Date: 06/07/2017 (Thursday)
New Army Commander denies war crimes charges
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TNA Dismayed at Maha Sangha ‘Veto’
Published Date: 06/07/2017 (Thursday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has urged the three main Buddhist Sectsin the country to reconsider their assertion that there was no need for a new Constitution for the country. TNA MP MA Sumanthiran stated that when all political parties represented in the legislature had contributed towards the drafting of a new Constitution, the main Buddhist Sects
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The lonely patriot In defence of Wijedasa Rajapakshe:
Published Date: 04/07/2017 (Tuesday)
Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe is the target of a fire-hose of criticism. What I find most interesting is where this criticism is coming from and the larger truth it obscures. The criticism comes from a network of lobbies and caucuses comprised for the most part of those who never stood up for the country and its protection during the greatest test it faced in its contemporary history: the onslaught of the separatist, terrorist and fascist LTTE. It comes
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Time to go home, maybe, but is home Lanka or T.N.?
Published Date: 04/07/2017 (Tuesday)
Eight years after the end of the war, Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who have been in the State for decades, are still stateless persons. There are suggestions that thecamps should be shut and refugees who are willing to stay back
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Govt. Takes Further Strides On Human Rights Issue
Published Date: 04/07/2017 (Tuesday)
The government took further strides last week to address the human rights issue by deciding to appoint a committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to look at implementing the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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A reappraisal of evidence and claims Emerging Buddhist-Muslim Rivalry in Sri Lanka?
Published Date: 03/07/2017 (Monday)
This article consists of two parts the first of which is intended to contextualise, in the broader setting of recent political transformations witnessed in Sri Lanka, the proliferation of information on violence targeted allegedly by Sinhalese-Buddhists on the Muslims, which those responsible for disseminating such information often portray as a trend of intensifying rivalry between the two ethnic groups.
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Constitutional reforms reach journey’s end : Minority parties present candid opinion
Published Date: 03/07/2017 (Monday)
Four minority parties, Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) led by Mano Ganeshan, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) led by Minister Rauf Hakeem, All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) led by Rishad Badiudeen and Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Douglas Devananda submitted a common set of proposals to the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee.
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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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