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Published Date: 16/05/2017 (Tuesday)
There was some uncertainty whether Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka to join the country in its celebration of the International Day of Vesak would turn embarrassing to the host government. Prior to his visit nationalist politicians and nationalist civil society leaders from the ethnic majority community called for black flag protests. This was against what they called Indian intervention.
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National Unity Govt. problems may ease after Cabinet reshuffle
Published Date: 15/05/2017 (Monday)
Most Sri Lankans are unaware of the customary rituals that precede business at a weekly ministerial or Cabinet meeting chaired by the President. It begins with religious observances followed by considering excuses for absence by ministers. Then comes the confirmation of minutes of the previous week’s Cabinet meeting together with matters arising from the one before that.
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Will Modi choose Mahinda over Maithri as Ranil treads his way towards China’s OBOR?
Published Date: 15/05/2017 (Monday)
The Tamils of Indian origin of the hill-country, treated as the children of a lesser God, for many decades, finally were able to grab the attention of those in the North, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting them on Friday (12). Modi was the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the estate sector and meet the communities and the political leadership whose roots are in India. Before Modi, it was Sri Jawaharlal Nehru who spent a two-week holiday in Nuwara Eliya with his wife Kamala and daughter Indira in 1931 interacting with estate workers.
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TNA-Modi meeting in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 14/05/2017 (Sunday)
The Tamil National Alliance delegation led by main opposition leader R Sampanthan met Prime Minister Modi at the Colombo airport before he left for home after wrapping up his two-day Sri Lanka visit. In the meeting, TNA leaders discussed issues of mutual interest to India and Sri Lanka, the party sources said.
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What brings you here?
Published Date: 13/05/2017 (Saturday)
I thought I should write to you because you are visiting us again, even though you may have left our shores by the time this reaches you. On this occasion, they say it is to mark the Vesak celebrations. This is your second visit to Paradise in two years, so I suppose we must be doing something right! I’m not sure whether you were aware, Modi, but there was a lot of resentment against India and you in the weeks and months before your visit. People
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China defends military ties with Sri Lanka after submarine visit blocked
Published Date: 12/05/2017 (Friday)
China defended its military relationship with Sri Lanka as good for regional peace and stability after Sri Lanka rejected a request from China to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month. Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese submarine to dock in the capital of Colombo in October 2014, a move that triggered fierce opposition from its northern neighbor India, which worries about growing Chinese activity in a country it has long viewed as part of its area of influence.
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Modi meets Mahinda Rajapakse during his Vesak visit to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 12/05/2017 (Friday)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo in an apparently unscheduled late night meeting, The Hindu said today. Indian High Commisioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu has told that the meeting was held at Mr. Rajapaksa’s request. The meeting comes ten days after MP Wimal Weerawansa called for a black flag protest around Mr. Modi's visit. Mr. Rajapaksa has earlier blamed India for his defeat in the January 2015 presidential polls, but in a recent media interview said that he admired Mr. Modi, the article said. Former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and former minister G.L. Peiris had also taken part in the meeting held with the Indian Premier, informed sources told Daily Mirror.
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Published Date: 11/05/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has told his Cabinet of Ministers yesterday to prioritize probing all corruption activities of the previous regime. The President has told his Ministers to prioritize and finish probing all the fraudulent activities of the previous government following ministers telling him that there was a lacuna in the completion of the investigations, authoritative...... political sources told Ceylon Today last night.
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Party will not sacrifice or change mentality – Senathiraja
Published Date: 11/05/2017 (Thursday)
Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja said his party will not sacrifice or change their mentality in achieving a political solution through a North-East merger as it is an essential demand of his people. \"The proposal put forward by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on 3 August 1995 introduced the union of regions,
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Prez and Premier have agreed for Cabinet reshuffle: Amaraweera
Published Date: 10/05/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had come to an agreement about the time for a Cabinet reshuffle, United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said. While addressing at the weekly SLFP media briefing held yesterday Minister Amaraweera said there would be a definite Cabinet reshuffle.
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Rights of citizens, social peace and trade unions
Published Date: 10/05/2017 (Wednesday)
Hardly a day passes in this country when we do not hear of some trade union creating a rumpus somewhere and threatening to strike over claims that seemingly have to be solved immediately as demanded by it. And if such demands are not granted many problems and social disruptions may follow. The ultimatums are justified, clear and direct at least so far as the trade unions are concerned. Unions of trades, crafts and professions have functioned for a long time.
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Reconciliation In A Country Entrenched With Multiple Discriminations
Published Date: 09/05/2017 (Tuesday)
In spite of several years of discussions and talks the work towards reconciliation in Sri Lanka has not made much progress. In this paper we will try to look into the problem areas relating to reconciliation in the light of multiple discriminations that are entrenched in Sri Lanka. This is against the usual approach of treating the issue of reconciliation only from a racial point of view that is as a conflict defined by racial relationships between Sinhalese and the Tamils communities.
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National Security not sidelined – CBK
Published Date: 09/05/2017 (Tuesday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga says the government is not engaged in efforts to sideline the importance of national security by directing its focus on reconciliation. Addressing a media briefing this afternoon in Colombo to inform the media on the recently approved National Reconciliation Policy the former president said the President, Prime Minister and head of the Armed Forces convene weekly to discuss the country’s national security.
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The Kurdish State: Book launched
Published Date: 02/05/2017 (Tuesday)
A successful book launch event of “The Kurdish State”, authored by Jawad Mella was held on 25 March 2017. The book which is in Arabic language will be available in Englisg, Kurdish and others, according to the author. The chief guest was the Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham. It was well attended said Jawad Mella. “There were highly educated and professional kurds, journalists, representative of Kurdistan regional government (Iraq), representatives of Nations without States, Representatives of Kurdish Human Rights in Syria and representative of Amazigh Liberation Movement and other supporters attended the event”, said the author.
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Published Date: 28/04/2017 (Friday)
I want to bring to your notice of the destruction of a Pillayaar temple at Vellaankulam, in Mannar district of Sri Lanka. Catholic priest in charge of the parish Devanpiddy, a village to the west of Vellankulam towards the coastline led the vandals at midnight on 23rd/ 24th April to destroy the Pillayar temple and attack the Hindu residents causing extensive damage to Hindus and their properties.
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A Study Into The Unnatural Causes Of Death Among Sri Lankan Women
Published Date: 31/03/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lanka is now recognised as a middle-income country. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), this should ideally indicate a downward trend in violence. However, studies have proven otherwise—the number one cause for hospitalisation is physical trauma. In this article, Roar Media will break down a study published by the UNFPA about unnatural deaths among women and girls in Sri Lanka, and what can be done to prevent it. Hailed as the first study of its kind in Sri Lanka, the report, conducted over a two year period, highlighted the prevalence of gender based violence. The UNFPA commissioned a team of researchers from the University of Kelaniya to undertake the study.
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Sri Lankan democracy needs mending
Published Date: 25/03/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lankans generally are proud of their civilization that extends over 2500 years. They rub their hands in glee that their forefathers had defeated South Indian invasions repeatedly, and preserved Theravada Buddhism to this day. In fact, Sri Lanka is acknowledged as a leading Theravada Buddhist country in the world today.
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Rs. 371 mn more for politicos’ vehicles
Published Date: 25/03/2017 (Saturday)
The government yesterday submitted a supplementary estimate seeking the approval of the House for Rs. 371 million (Rs. 371,097,000) to purchase nine vehicles for ministers and deputy ministers. The estimate was presented to the House by Chief Government Whip Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake.
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I will commit for strong SL–Russia relations for coming century – President
Published Date: 25/03/2017 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena said his objective is a continuation of strong friendship with Russia for the coming century while opening a new page of sixty years long Russia-Sri Lanka bilateral relations. He has made this remarks during the time of addressing the Sri Lankan community in Russia today (March 24) at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow.
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Rajinikanth cancels trip to Sri Lanka; asks Tamil leaders not to prevent his next visit
Published Date: 25/03/2017 (Saturday)
Following requests from political leaders, Kollywood superstar Rajinikanth on Saturday announced that he is cancelling his two-day visit to Sri Lanka on an invitation from Lyka Productions, which is alleged to have links with former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Clarifying that he has decided to stay away from the event organised by Lyca Productions in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, following requests from leaders of some political parties in Tamil Nadu, Rajinikanth appealed to the leaders not to prevent him from visiting Lanka if another opportunity arises in the future.
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Sri Lanka gets World Bank, Australian aid for reforms
Published Date: 25/03/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has got support from the World Bank and Australia for a program to enhance the trade and competitiveness potential of its private sector through regulatory and institutional reforms. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade (MODSIT) and the World Bank launched the joint program of technical assistance and advisory services on Friday.
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Wijeyadasa blasts int’l community
Published Date: 25/03/2017 (Saturday)
Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday charged that the international community is making unrealistic demands from Sri Lanka. Mr Rajapakshe who was speaking during a debate on several regulations in Parliament said looking into the crimes committed during the war time and bringing about reconciliation at the same time is not realistic at all. ‘Reconciliation and probing crimes which took place during the war is like railway tracks which never get together. Probing war time crimes will actually create tension among ethnic groups" he said.
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Sri Lanka: Hybrid Mechanism in Domestic Judiciary!
Published Date: 25/03/2017 (Saturday)
Finally, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has acknowledged that, in terms of the Constitution foreign judges couldn’t participate in proposed domestic accountability mechanism in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1. Samaraweera hadn’t said anything to that effect since Sri Lanka co-sponsored the resolution in Oct 2015. Twice Foreign Minister Samaraweera made the declaration at the Foreign Ministry on the afternoon of March 16, 2017.
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Published Date: 24/03/2017 (Friday)
The Government of India felt anguish and pain over the Sri Lankan military’s alleged war crimes against unarmed Tamils in the 2009 war, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in an unusually strong observation on the Sri Lanka’s human rights record. Ms. Swaraj said India was committed to the protection of the rights of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, even as the U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) appeared set to take up a crucial resolution on the issue on Friday.
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Sri Lankan opposition to foreign judges worries US; UK stresses devolution
Published Date: 24/03/2017 (Friday)
At the on-going session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) at Geneva on Wednesday, the US expressed concern over the Sri Lankan government’s statements against having foreign judges in the judicial mechanism it is to set up to try war crimes cases. But the UK laid stress on the importance of devolving power to the Tamils to bring about post-war reconciliation. William J. Mozdzierz, the US representative said that the government’s statements against international participation in any future Sri Lankan judicial mechanism “raise understandable concerns among victims and families about the integrity of any judicial process.”
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