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Now, Wiggy locks horns with Reggie Allegation about a plan to build Buddhist temples in K’nochchi:
Published Date: 20/08/2018 (Monday)
The Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray has denied allegations that he was planning to construct two Buddhist temples in one-time LTTE stronghold Kilinochchi soon after the dissolution of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) run Northern Provincial Council later this year.
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Glyphosate: First shipment due in October ‘No scientific proof it can cause cancer’
Published Date: 20/08/2018 (Monday)
Glyphosate, which is currently a subject of fierce controversy world over will once again be in use in the plantation sector as the preferred weed killer with the first batch of imports expected in October since the ban on the weedicide was lifted mid this year, a top official of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) told the Sunday Observer
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Return to the Rural
Published Date: 20/08/2018 (Monday)
From Gramashakthi to Gamperaliya, major rural investment over the next few years is now Government priority. What does the idea of rural development – abandoned globally in the decades of liberalization, including under an ‘open economy’ since 1977 in Sri Lanka – mean today? Will rural development merely serve as a fig leaf for expansion of political patronage, or is there rural capacity to shift such investment towards progressive social and economic change?
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Mannar and Thalaimannar ‘miss’ the strategic advantage drive The train to nowhere
Published Date: 20/08/2018 (Monday)
Thalaimannar- the most picturesque area of the northwestern coast of Mannar Island of Sri Lanka,which boasts of mythical encounters of Rama, Hanuman and Adam, still remains untouched with no strategic development despite the fact that India constructed the railway line from Madawachchiya to the tip of Thalaimannar called the Thalaimannar Pier at a cost of USD 245 million.
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Controversy over media reports of China printing currency notes for Sri Lanka
Published Date: 20/08/2018 (Monday)
While the international media gave wide publicity to China’s foreign currency printing contracts with countries in the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, including Sri Lanka, the Government has still not issued an official clarification despite unofficial denials from Finance Ministry and Central Bank officials.
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Clashes at Welikada Prison: 11 injured and 52 inmates transferred
Published Date: 20/08/2018 (Monday)
Eight prison officers and 3 female inmates have been injured in a clash at Welikada Prison, stated the Prisons Department. Fifty-two inmates have been transferred to other prisons as the situation remains tense. A group of female inmates at Welikada prison had commenced a protest on top of the roof of Welikada Prison today (20).
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Don't tell me it's a 'fact' that all Muslims in South Asia are descended from rapists Some Pakistanis and Indian Muslims claim Arab ancestry, which is often a huge source of contention.
Published Date: 20/08/2018 (Monday)
One of my favorite movies is the great indie comedy “The Matchmaker”, where Janeane Garofalo is sent to Ireland to find her boss’s Irish roots as he’s running for a Senate seat in Boston, only to discover at the end of the movie that he is in fact Hungarian and when the family emigrated to America several generations back, the family patriarch changed the family name at Ellis Island to “McGlory” - which the hapless would-be Senator never gets to know.
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CID manhunt for fugitive ‘Navy Sampath’ ends
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
The Criminal Investigation Department’s manhunt for ‘Navy Sampath’ ended quite by accident. OIC of Gang- robbery branch of the CID, Nishantha Silva was on his way to deliver a letter to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, that CID officials would visit his residence on Friday (17) to record a statement from him about the night of journalist Keith Noyahr’s abduction.
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Grave secrets: Behind the skeletal excavations in Mannar
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
Sunday Observer journalists visit a grave excavation in Mannar, where forensic investigators are hard at work, painstakingly unearthing human skeleton after skeleton, determined that this time, the investigation into the suspected mass grave site will not be compromised- politically or scientifically
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Sri Lanka’s Democracy: Very critical challenges ahead
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
Political discussions in the country at present are largely dominated by questions around two themes: which individual will win the next presidential election and which political party will win the next parliamentary election. These are no doubt important questions, but there is a more serious political question about what will happen to Sri Lanka’s democratization agenda in the years to come. Political and social activists, who have made direct contributions to regime change in 2015, are
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MR in three weddings and three-hour CID interrogation
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
A team of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers led by SDIG Ravi Senevirathne and CID Director SSP Shani Abeysekara arrived at the official residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Wijerama Mawatha last Friday (17) at around 11.30 a.m. to record a statement from him based on a previous statement given to the CID by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in connection with the abduction of senior journalist and then Associate Editor of
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Action against Vijayakala: AG advises Speaker
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
The Attorney General has advised Speaker Karu Jayasuirya to examine whether under the current Standing Orders action can be taken against former State Minister, Jaffna District Parliamentarian Vijayakala Maheshwaran over a controversial statement she made recently. If this was not possible, the AG has asked whether the Standing Orders could be amended or
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Open economy destroyed Lankan values: Cardinal
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
The open economy has destroyed the social norms and values practiced by the people of this country, Colombo's Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said. He said this at the festive mass of Our Lady of Madu earlier this week.
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Possibility of Mahinda Rajapaksa contesting next presidential election
Published Date: 19/08/2018 (Sunday)
• SLPP chairman GL Peiris says 19th Amendment not retrospective, so former president could contest; Supreme Court interpretation to be sought • No special “monitoring” allowance for MPs • Coalition partners launch development programmes at lightning speed before polls, but will these win hearts and minds of voters?
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Water supply to Vavuniya District increased by 30%, says Minister Hakeem
Published Date: 18/08/2018 (Saturday)
Only 5% of the population of the Vavuniya District had access to pipe-borne drinking water when he assumed duties under the present government, Minister of Water supply and City Planning and Leader of the Muslim Congress Rauff Hakeem said at a meeting held in Mankulam Primary school in Vavuniya on Thursday (16).
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Sri Lanka replaces 'Siva's footprint' board to 'Buddha's footprint'
Published Date: 18/08/2018 (Saturday)
The Sri Lankan state has replaced the name board at the mountain known in English as Adam's Peak, from 'Sivanadi Patham' (Siva's footprint) to 'The Sacred Footprint of Gauthama Buddha'. The move has been condemned by Tamils as further evidence of the Sinhala Buddhisation of Tamil or Hindu historic and cultural references.
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Sri Lanka Searching for Mum, Series 1 Episode 1 of 2
Published Date: 16/08/2018 (Thursday)
Over 11,000 people who were born in Sri Lanka have been adopted overseas. Many of them have grown with little knowledge of the people or culture they left behind. This film follows two women - both adopted as babies - as they return to Sri Lanka to try and find their birth families. They are searching not just for their relatives, but also for a lost identity.
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Japan shifts focus of its development assistance to Indo-Pacific
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Japan is making economic cooperation with the Indo-Pacific region a diplomatic priority, with more than 70% of its official development assistance going there. The move is rooted in Tokyo's unease with Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative -- a massive program of investment in ports and railways in Asia and Africa.
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No need for military aid from US when there is no war – Nalaka Thero
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero says that there Sri Lanka does not need any military aid from the United States as there is no longer a war in the country. The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security with the funds being provided as “foreign military financing”, pending congressional approval.
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Celebrated war hero now sells fish
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The untold suffering and dedication of the war heroes, who were engaged in a thirty-year-armed-conflict, are indescribable. They were once treated as the saviours of this nation. However, this is the tragic story of a war hero, who waged war on behalf of territorial integrity and peace.
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Keith Noyahr Incident: Mahinda summoned by the CID
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has been summoned by the CID to be present at their office on August 17th in order to record a statement relating to the abduction and assaults made on Keith Noyahr journalist of the Nation newspaper. The summons signed by the Senior DIG of the CID Ravi Senevirathne had been handed over at the official residence of the Former President Mahinda Rajapakse in Wijerama Mawatha
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HALO expects to free Jaffna from mines by late 2019
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
HALO Trust, the largest international mine action operator in Sri Lanka, said it’s current chief goal is to complete mine clearance of Jaffna by the end of 2019, as only 24 sq.km. of minefields are remaining there. Since 2002, manual and mechanical clearance teams of HALO Trust have cleared nearly 11.5 sq.km. of minefields and 16.5sq.km. of former battlefield areas in the country
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‘Navy Sampath’ remanded until August 29
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiarachchi also known as ‘Navy Sampath’, arrested for the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths from Colombo, has been remanded until August 29th. He was arrested at Lotus Road by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), yesterday (14).
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Sri Lanka navy chief funded mass-murder suspect: CID
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's chief of defence staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave half a million rupees in cash to help the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest, the Colombo magistrate was told Wednesday. Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the bank of Ceylon to provide details of a navy account from which 500,000 rupees had been given to Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath last year to escape the police net.
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Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
UK funding will help nearly 600 families in the Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu and Batticaloa districts of Sri Lanka. Nearly 600 families resettled on newly released land in the North and East of Sri Lanka will benefit from £1 million from the UK Government to support the provision of basic infrastructure and services.
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