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OMP finances carbon testing of samples from Mannar mass grave
Published Date: 28/12/2018 (Friday)
The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has come forward to provide financial assistance to carry out carbon dating on the samples of skeletal remains found from the Mannar mass grave. A statement by the OMP yesterday said that the OMP has been observing the process of selecting six bone samples for radio carbon dating at the Mannar mass grave, located at the Sathosa Building in Mannar town (Case No B/232/2018).
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OMP finances carbon testing of samples from Mannar mass grave
Published Date: 28/12/2018 (Friday)
The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has come forward to provide financial assistance to carry out carbon dating on the samples of skeletal remains found from the Mannar mass grave. A statement by the OMP yesterday said that the OMP has been observing the process of selecting six bone samples for radio carbon dating at the Mannar mass grave, located at the Sathosa Building in Mannar town (Case No B/232/2018).
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Ethno-Religious Provocations: Looming Possibility
Published Date: 27/12/2018 (Thursday)
President Maithiripala Sirisena (MS) has called on his supporters to prepare for an election next year. He has not indicated any timeline yet. However, one can understand his state of mind, which is still smarting under humiliation received in the aftermath of the infamous Fifty-Two-Day constitutional coup at the hands of the legislature, judiciary and civilian public at large. The Provincial Council Elections may come first to test the waters, and if he
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Circles Of Political Vengeance & Demise Of Yahapālanaya!
Published Date: 27/12/2018 (Thursday)
It is said Maithripala Sirisena left Mahinda Rajapaksa four years ago, after a hopper treat, because he was not given due recognition as a Minister, and the PM position. That may be true. Otherwise, he even voted for the 18thAmendment to allow the possibility of Rajapaksa to contest for the Presidency again and again without a term-limit. There must have been other reasons to do with family rule or authoritarian handling of things.
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A scientific Cabinet?
Published Date: 27/12/2018 (Thursday)
There were two pledges regarding the new Cabinet in the manifestos we prepared for Maithripala Sirisena in 2014 when he contested the Presidency. The short manifesto declared that on “Sunday, 11 January, a Cabinet of not more than 25 members, including members of all political parties represented in Parliament, will be appointed with Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister.” That was breached in that there were
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UK expresses concern at disruptive behaviour of Lankan MPs
Published Date: 27/12/2018 (Thursday)
UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field has informed the UK Parliament last week that they expressed concern over the behaviour of some Sri Lankan MPs disrupting parliamentary proceedings. The State Minister said this in response to a question asked by MP Liz McInnes about the latest political developments in Sri Lanka on December 17.
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Why can’t we go home? Military occupation of Landin Sri Lanka”
Published Date: 27/12/2018 (Thursday)
Human Rights Watch an international organization working to defend the rights of people worldwide has published a report recently entitled “ Why can’t we go home? Military occupation of Landin Sri Lanka”, reports,
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Tamils voted for President Sirisena to oust Mahinda – Sumanthiran
Published Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The Tamil community had never acceded to the reappointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister who was removed from his term of office through people’s vote, says Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran. He stated this addressing an event held in Batticaloa to commemorate the 13th death anniversary of late Parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham, who was assassinated on the 25th of December 2005.
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Three TNA lawmakers to give up dual citizenship Before 2020 parliamentary polls:
Published Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
Three lawmakers, representing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), will soon give up their foreign citizenship to contest the next parliamentary polls, a senior party official said. That decision had been taken after UPFA Galle District MP Geetha Kumarasinghe lost her parliamentary seat in early Nov. 2017 for being a dual citizen, the official said.
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Prez Office yet to comply with RTI Commission directive
Published Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The Presidential Secretariat hasn’t so far complied with the Right to Information Commission directive that it disclose assets and liabilities of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for 2015 and 2016. Sankhitha Gunaratne, RTI Manager, TISL (Transparency International Sri Lanka) yesterday told The Island that the RTI Commission issued a directive on Dec 04, 2018 in respect of TISL petition in this regard.
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Suspect arrested for damaging Buddha statue
Published Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
Mawanella Police today arrested a man at Hingula, Mawanella for allegedly damaging a Buddha statue, police said. They said two men were reported to have been involved in the incident and one of the suspects was arrested after he was captured by the villagers.
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Agony of lower middle class and disintegration of liberal state in SL
Published Date: 25/12/2018 (Tuesday)
With almost universal literacy and high levels of educational attainment among many of the adult citizens in the country, one would have expected by now overwhelming public support for a State based on secular, liberal values. Yet, the country continues to be highly divided on fundamental, secular democratic values. Religious leaders at all levels, people who offer solutions to existential problems based on superstition, age old archaic rituals, semi-literate monks who have subverted the teaching of Buddha to prop up a populist religion that blends
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A citizen’s power against the might of the state
Published Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
In her signature article ‘Telling it Like it Is’ comprising part of a collection of writings with the same title, the late Anne Abeysekera asks an important question, ‘Do we in Sri Lanka have the courage and honesty to tell it like it is?’ This question was asked and that article penned in the now defunct ‘’Sun” newspaper soon after the ethnic violence of July 1983. It is a query straight from the heart and remains
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Govt. allocates Rs. 5 m for flood relief in the North
Published Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
As the number of flood victims rose to 44,959 due to heavy rains caused by flash floods in the Northern Province, the National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC) has allocated Rs. 5 million to the flood-hit Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya, and Jaffna Districts.
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National outcast Hulk Pushparaj takes out WBPF body building championship
Published Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lankan Hulk Lucion Pushparaj has won his first major global body building championship, just months after his career was left hanging by a thread. The freakishly ripped beast made a triumphant return to his home country less than 12 months after he was reportedly locked in an ugly feud with government officials, who dramatically moved to ban him from competing.
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Clash at a construction site in Colombo: 11 Chinese workers arrested
Published Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
Eleven Chinese nationals, working at a construction site at Chatham Street, Colombo, were arrested following a clash with a group of Sri Lankan Security Personnel at the site on Saturday. The police said two Chinese workers and three security personnel were injured following the clash that had taken place on Saturday afternoon following an argument.
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Sri Lanka story may not end happily
Published Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
You could write a heart-warming fairy tale about the turbulent events in the island nation of Sri Lanka in the past two months. It would involve a conniving President, who abruptly and illegally dismisses the elected Prime Minister, and replaces him with a corrupt and blood-soaked former despot who was the President’s old boss. The despot, now claiming to be the
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Nearly 50,000 affected
Published Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by the raging flood waters in the Northern Peninsula over the past two days, and the authorities warned of more wet weather in the area and elsewhere. Incidentally, the number of affected people is the single largest figure since the end of hostilities between the security forces and Tamil Tigers in 2009.
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The Crucial March 2019 Session of UNHRC
Published Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
UN Human Rights Council’s March 2019 Sessions is poised to debate and discuss the Council’s Final Reports on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing its 30-01-2015 Resolution which had more than 25 core recommendations. A Resolution as to Sri Lanka’s record of performance and its obvious failings with appropriate recommendations is also expected to be passed, and later to be forwarded to United Nations and UN Security Council if warranted for further steps and action.
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edotco installs first smart lamp pole in Jaffna
Published Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
edotco Sri Lanka, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, installed the first ever Smart Lamp Pole in Jaffna Municipality, bringing the latest innovations to the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
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Jayampathy: Cabinet can have 32 members including Prez, PM
Published Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
Constitutional expert and National List MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne, PC, yesterday said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution provided for appointing two more Cabinet ministers. Parliament enacted 19th Amendment in late April 2015.
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Maldives owes China $1.4bn, says finance minister
Published Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
The Maldives' Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said Thursday that the island nation owes a total of $1.4 billion to China, the same amount that India had pledged in financial aid to the newly elected President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Solih made his first official visit abroad to India on Monday. Ameer explained to reporters in Tokyo that $1.4 billion is the total amount of loans committed by the Chinese, of which $666 million has been drawn down so far. He added after the press conference that the total
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Five Districts In The North Devastated By Rains: Will The Navy Block Compensation?
Published Date: 22/12/2018 (Saturday)
As a result of the showers received from Thursday evening to Saturday morning. streets are flooded and several thousands of families have had to take shelter in 12 refugee camps hosting 600 families. The road from Paranthan to Mullaitivu is impassable with three sections of road under as much as 3.5 feet of water
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Post of Opposition Leader: Speaker delays ruling
Published Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced in Parliament that he had decided to delay his ruling on the post of Opposition Leader because of fresh submissions made by some MPs. The Speaker was supposed to give a ruling on this matter today.
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Aava no threat to national security: Army Commander
Published Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake said there was no threat to national security from the so-called Aava Group. He said the security forces were equipped to deal with any type of a danger to national security. Lt. General Senanayake expressed these views at a press conference held at the Mechanical and Engineering Corps Headquarters in Slave Island.
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