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Sandhya Rajapaksha says he is not disappointed
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
Former Minister of Education and Sports of the North Western Province Sandhya Kumara Rajapaksha said he was not disappointed by the decision to remove him from his post claiming he was expected to politicize the Education Ministry. The President’s Media Division said the Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dharmasiri Dasanayake has been assigned with the Education Ministerial portfolio.
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Pindapatha tour for ‘sil redi victims’ commences
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
A pindapatha (alms begging) tour organized by several Buddhist clergy members to raise funds in aid of former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director of the TRC Anusha Palpita who were convicted over the ‘sil redi’ case began earlier today (15). The tour began at the Sambuddhaloka Viharaya on Lotus road amidst the chanting of ‘seth
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Rs 10M for Kovil restoration
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
The Ministry of Hindu Religious Affairs has made a financial allocation of Rs 10 million to restore 50 kovils island-wide. Granting financial assistance for the restorations of kovils was carried out on Wednesday (13) under the patronage of Minster of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan. Representatives of 50 kovils, selected from around the country, participated in the function conducted by the
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U.S. Congress Tightens War Crimes Noose on Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
The United States Senate Committee on Appropriations last week approved the FY 2018 Department of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill with $51.35 billion for diplomatic and humanitarian programs that strengthen U.S. national security and support American values abroad. Despite the Trump administration’s soft-peddling of American values abroad – democracy promotion, good governance, human rights, and rule of law etc. – the Senate Appropriations
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Globalisation Enter the Dragon!
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
‘If you want to become rich, you will have to build the road first’, so goes the traditional Chinese saying. In other words, it is reference to the infrastructure development as the solid basis to propel or boost economic growth. In the analysis of things in this context, it became apparent that China, under its ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) has stepped in to develop the Hambantota Port and the industrial park integrated with it.
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Biggest budgetary allocation for Defence Ministry
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Ministry of Defence will receive the biggest budgetary allocation amounting to a massive Rs.1,583,507,600 or Rs.158.83 billion in the 2018 Budget, which would be presented in Parliament by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on November 9. This amount is in addition to the budgetary allocations for the three armed forces.
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‘Attempts being made to combine North & East’
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The leader of the National Congress ALM Athaullah charges that attempts are being made to combine the Northern and Eastern Provinces based on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Addressing a media briefing Athaullah said the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the Tamil National Alliance are also of the same view
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Enforced Disappearances Bill will endanger lives of security forces: Wimal
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said today the government was planning to pass the Bill on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in parliament on September 21, which would endanger the lives of the security forces. He said according to the 11th clause of the convention, the government was bound by law to
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OMP Gazette notification CPA claims Constitution violated
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has raised serious concerns over the issuing of a Gazette notification, signed by President Maithripala Sirisena, as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, last Tuesday (12) operationalizing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), saying that it was in violation of the Constitution.
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PM seeks to develop economy through new path
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he seeks to develop the economy through a new path. Speaking at an event held at the Temple Trees today, Premier Wickremesinghe said it is also the main objective of the unity government. He said for the first time in history, two political parties united and formed a government
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How I Became A Proud Young Tamil Woman And Stopped Asking Why I Wasn’t Born White To me, being white meant that you were better than everybody else.
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The sun shone through the windows of my elementary school. It was the fourth grade, and lunch time had just rolled around. Hungry, I pulled out a thermos full of last night’s dinner out of my lunch bag. The lunch was rice with an assortment of curries, which wasn’t an uncommon meal for a brown girl like myself to have. However, when I opened the thermos lid, it hit me. An eye watering stench from the spices wafted in the air. I was horrified, and
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Judiciary must deliver on time: Eran
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Acknowledging shortcomings in delivering justice to meet public expectation, the State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday provided reassurance that the Government was still committed to establishing a rules-based society. He also claimed that the upcoming budget would seek to rectify the resource shortages currently experienced by the Judiciary which are causing delays in the legal process. “The law will apply to everybody equally. The Government has performed below public
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War crimes: Exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka –UNHRC
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Monday (Sept 11) expressed frustration over the "slow pace of reforms" in Sri Lanka and said the absence of action, on accountability meant exercising universal jurisdiction was "even more necessary". Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council session, in Geneva, the human
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President signs gazette to operationalise Office on Missing Persons
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, yesterday signed a gazette notification to operationalise the Office on Missing Persons, the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation revealed. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Office of the Missing Persons (establishment, administration and discharge of functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of
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If what was said was true even Fonseka won’t be spared
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Former Presidential Secretary K.H.J. Wijedasa during a recent interview aired his views on issues pertaining to the allegations made against war heroes, war crimes and the response of Sarath Fonseka with regard to Jagath Jayasuriya. Here are excerpts of the interview.
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NP Chief Minister tells Mahanayake Federalism is not separatism
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
‘We need a united country and not a unitary one’, said the Chief Minister, Northern Provincial Council C.V. Wigneswaran after calling on the prelate of the Asgiriya-headed Supreme Council of the Sangha on Sunday (10) afternoon. Under unitary rule, the majority community had the supremacy and the minorities did not have the freedom of administration, the Chief Minister told the media.
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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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