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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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Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims : International Response
Published Date: 07/09/2017 (Thursday)
Top UN human rights official Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein said “this was predicted and could have been prevented," Under a well planned and executed programe of ethnic cleansing of Myanmar Muslims Nobel Laureate turned monstrous defender Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s armed forces and saffron butcher Asin Wirathus’
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JO wants for SF a fate similar to Wijeyadasa
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The joint opposition (JO) today urged the government to take a similar decision on Field Marshal and Minister, Sarath Fonseka as that taken when it removed Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe from his portfolio. MP Prasanna Ranatunga said the Minister Fonseka's statement on (retired) General Jagath
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Welikada Prison massacre probe Shots fired at chief witness’ house
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Gunshots have been fired by unidentified persons at the house of Sudesh Chandimal – the Chief Witness in the Welikada Prison massacre on Monday night. In that mass killing, 27 prisoners were alleged to have been murdered by security personnel of the Rajapaksa Government...... who responded to a protest launched by prisoners of the Welikada Prison on 9 November 2012. According to a complaint lodged at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) by Chandimal in connection with the murder incident at
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‘It is important to keep Indian Ocean open and free’
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Kenichi Suganuma, who completes two years in office, outlined details about bilateral relations, Japan funded development initiatives and future areas of cooperation and other relevant issues in an interview with a select group of journalists from mainstream newspapers at his office last Monday (September 4). Here are edited excerpts.
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When a politico-god’s existence is in question Why wallowing in the depths of despair is childish and would be counterproductive for the Government
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Human misery is an unequalled equaliser. Its presence, almost in every corner in this vast and speckled globe, is reminding each of us that human life could be incredibly unfair. The unending drama mostly ends in unspeakable tragedy. Many sagas remain untold and concealed behind a mist of unevenness. Since the dawn of time,
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We fear whether judicial independence will be at stake - Udaya Gammanpila
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Joint Opposition MP Udaya Gammanpila in an interview with the Daily Mirror, spoke about the current political situation in the country and his plans for future activities. Udaya Gammanpila is also the leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU), says his party has fears whether independence of the judiciary will be at stake.
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SF should tell the truth – Wiggy
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister and Tamil People's Council (TPC) President C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday said, that President Maithripala Siriena's statement, that he will not let anyone to conduct a probe against Government Forces on war crimes allegations, indirectly says that Forces have committed war crimes. A declaration was also released at the Veerasingam Hall in Jaffna yesterday, after the conclusion of the political discussion involving the public, political leaders and experts.
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Sharjah family suicide leaves 3 dead
Published Date: 06/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Sharjah Police confirmed to Gulf News that the deaths of three people in a hotel apartment in Sharjah on August 29 was the result of suicide. The incident, described by the police as a group suicide attempt, involved a man, a woman and a youth along with two female relatives, in which the latter two survived.
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Sri Lankan Navy Attacks Tamil Nadu Fishermen, 20 Boats Damaged
Published Date: 05/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Over 2,500 fishermen from Rameswaram, who had put out to sea last night were forced to return to the shore this morning. The Sri Lankan Navy allegedly attacked a group of fishermen from Tamil Nadu today and damaged their boats and fishing equipment, while they were fishing off the Katchatheevu island.
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