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President meets Aussie PM
Published Date: 26/05/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the National Parliament building in Canberra and held bilateral talks today. President Sirisena is scheduled to visit Sydney during the three-day official visit. This is the first time a Sri Lankan Head of State has made a state visit to Australia and it follows Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Australian visit in February.
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Don’t delay new Constitution
Published Date: 26/05/2017 (Friday)
Civil organizations which ensured that this Government came to power, are warning the Government against continuously postponing the preparation of a new Constitution,......which was the main slogan used when the Government of Good Governance when it came to power. These organizations emphasized this at a media briefing held yesterday. They said that it has been said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was unwilling to totally abolish the executive presidency but while remaining in ministerial posts in the government, the SLFP has no moral right to oppose abolishing the executive presidency.
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Sri Lanka police 'failing to stop anti-Muslim attacks'
Published Date: 26/05/2017 (Friday)
Rights groups accused Sri Lankan police of failing to stop a wave of hate crimes against Muslim businesses and mosques in the Buddhist-majority country. Police are yet to make any arrests in connection with more than a dozen arson attacks against Muslims shops, mosques and a burial ground in the past month.
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The re-emergence of the BBS
Published Date: 25/05/2017 (Thursday)
Who is a Buddhist? That’s a simple question but one that can yield innumerable answers. The innumerability of course can be explained and explained innumerably through reference to the Buddhist canon. The point is, labelling and self-labelling are both easy exercises. For the record, if you replace ‘Buddhist’ with the follower of any other faith, again there can be many responses whose multiplicity can severally be explained drawing from the particular doctrinal canon.
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Gnanasara thera ordered to be in Court next week
Published Date: 25/05/2017 (Thursday)
The Court of Appeal today ordered General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena organisation Galagodathe Gnanasara thera to appear before Court on the 31st of May along with his medical records. A case is filed against Galagodathe Gnanasara thera on charges of contempt of court
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Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?
Published Date: 24/05/2017 (Wednesday)
"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So why he looking for it here, under the light? Because the visibility is much better here." (Zizek Jokes. 2004) The current debate on constitutional change reminded me of this old joke about drunkard guy looking for a lost key. I shall use the old Marxian term - the national question - rather than the
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Attack on Arana Grande Concert in Manchester
Published Date: 23/05/2017 (Tuesday)
Manchester-born 22-year-old Salaman Abdi blew himself up using a homemade explosive device at the Aeiana Grande concert killing himself and 22 innocent people including children. Fifty-nine people reported to have been injured in this terror attack and still many people are missing.
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BBS, Hate Groups Manipulated by Govt – Namal
Published Date: 22/05/2017 (Monday)
Militant monk movements such as the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) were created by the opposition during the tenure of President Rajapaksa\'s Presidency and is now being fuelled by the same elements of the former opposition who are now in the...government, said UPFA Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa. He added that it was a premeditated move meant for political agendas. Rajapaksa added that these monks who were active during Mahinda Rajapaksa\'s presidency were criticized by the then Opposition, but the incumbent government is being indifferent to the chaos wreaked by the militant group.
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Field Marshal says no withdrawal of security forces from North
Published Date: 22/05/2017 (Monday)
Former war winning army commander and current Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka yesterday said that the government would not dance to the tune of every Tom, Dick and Harry; it would not withdraw the security forces stationed in the north. Fonseka said: "We will not give in to pressure from Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran."
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Constitution making would not be delayed: PM
Published Date: 22/05/2017 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that he had informed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders that the constitution-making process would not be delayed. He said this at the opening of the new District Secretariat Office in Mannar and underscored the fact that Mr. Modi and other world leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had hoped Sri Lanka would resolve the national question through a constitutional process.
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Sri Lanka President promises measures to probe disappearances, establish OMP
Published Date: 22/05/2017 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today said that if information pertaining to the locations of the missing persons being detained is revealed the government will be able to formulate a program to inspect such places. The President said a special committee will be appointed soon to look into the matter of missing persons while taking into consideration reports and recommendations of former commissions.
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Joint mechanism for NP development
Published Date: 22/05/2017 (Monday)
The ruling UNP-SLFP coalition will soon set up a joint mechanism comprising officials of the government as well as the Northern Provincial Council to accelerate Northern Province development. Northern Province consists of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu administrative districts.
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Young Activists submit petition on behalf of the Association of the Enforced Disappeared persons in Ilankai.
Published Date: 20/05/2017 (Saturday)
A group of young activist in the UK, participating in the Mullivaikkal Remembrance Day event opposite British Prime Mister’s office No. 10 Downing Street, Westminister, submitted a petition to the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Theresa May, signed by 138 grieving mothers who are currently staging a protest in Kilinochchi, northern District in Ilankai. A similar petition was also given to UN Secretary General António Guterres, by the Tamil Coordinating Committee – (TCC-UK).
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Sri Lanka: Anti-Terror Bill Revives Concerns of Abuse Draft Law Falls Far Short of Colombo’s Pledges to United Nations
Published Date: 19/05/2017 (Friday)
latest counterterrorism bill falls far short of the government’s pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council to end abusive detention without charge, Human Rights Watch said today. The Cabinet approved the third draft of the Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) on May 3, 2017, but no parliamentary vote has been set. While the bill improves upon the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), it would still permit many of the abuses occurring under current law, and raises a number of new concerns,
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CM Palaniswami launches Tamil word processor Amma MennTamizh
Published Date: 19/05/2017 (Friday)
In a key steps to elevate Tamil as a digital language, the State government has developed a Tamil word processor software - Amma MennTamizh - which is on a par with MS Word for English. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami released the software at the Secretariat on Tuesday and HR&CE Minister Sevoor S Ramachandran received the first copy.
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Statement by the Prime Minister on the Eighth Anniversary of the End of the War in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 19/05/2017 (Friday)
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the eighth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka: “Today, we mark the eighth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka. I extend my deepest sympathies to those who were affected and their families, as we solemnly reflect and honour the lives that were lost during this 26 year war.
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Report claims men, boys face rape in custody in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/05/2017 (Thursday)
A new report has claimed that despite the end of the war in 2009, men and boys faced rape while in custody. Interviews conducted by All Survivors Project with lawyers, human rights defenders, medical professionals and others reveal significant confusion around the issue and a tendency to conflate sexual violence against men and boys with homosexuality.
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No Tamil National Alliance Members Hold Dual Citizenship: Sumanthiran Hits Out At Rumours
Published Date: 18/05/2017 (Thursday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M. A. Sumanthrian refuted rumours the Tamil National Alliance fielded parliamentarian with dual citizenship at the last election, saying no TNA MP holds dual citizenship. The MP, responding to a question directed at the TNA on Twitter alleging there were TNA members that held dual citizenship, tweeted: ‘Not true. No TNA MP holds dual citizenship – at least, to the knowledge of the party.'
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Sri Lankan Tamils to mark eigth anniversary of end of civil war
Published Date: 18/05/2017 (Thursday)
Tamils in Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northern and eastern provinces are today observing the eigth anniversary of the end of the three-decade brutal civil war in the country in 2009. The Tamil Genocide Remembrance day will be marked by various events at Mullivaikkal, the location of the final battle between the Lankan troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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China pledges further $290M to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/05/2017 (Thursday)
China will give Sri Lanka aid worth Yuan 2 billion (over US$ 290 million) for development projects between 2018 and 2020, President of China Xi Jinping said. This is in addition to the Yuan 400 million which China had pledged for development projects earlier. The Chinese President added that his country will support Sri Lankan endeavors to achieve peace, reconciliation and economic development.
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NGOs blame SLFPers for President’s failure to fulfill election promises wants new constitution urgently
Published Date: 17/05/2017 (Wednesday)
Purawesi Balaya, a collective of NGOs which campaigned for President Maithripala Sirisena in the 2015 presidential race lashed out at Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in the government for not letting the President fulfil his promises made during the presidential election campaign. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) in Maradana the NGO collective claimed the government had failed to implement many of its election pledges including the much-awaited constitutional reforms.
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Is security of India and Sri Lanka indivisible?
Published Date: 17/05/2017 (Wednesday)
Dimuthu Premaratne captured Indian leader Narandra Modi arriving in the BMICH on Friday (May 12) to participate in the International Vesak Day celebrations. Among those captured with Modi is Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Vanni District MP Dharmalingham Siddarthan(standing next to President Sirisena), whose father was alleged to have been killed by Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO), in 1985, at the behest of India’s premier intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Siddarthan has told the writer that former TULF MPs, M. Alalasundaram and V. Dharmalingam were killed on the morning of Sept. 3, 1985, on RAW directive. The killings should have been examined against the backdrop of the Thimpu fiasco as well as the short-lived Delhi Accord of 1985. Dharmalingham Siddarthan represents the People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), another Indian-sponsored terrorist group at the time. The PLOTE attracted international notoriety when members of the group mounted a sea borne operation, in Male, in early Nov. 1988 to take power. The operation went awry due to Indian military intervention. Siddarthan’s presence, among those invited for the BMICH event is a reminder of India’s wretched past interventions here.
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International Crisis Group Report Sri Lanka’s Transition to Nowhere
Published Date: 16/05/2017 (Tuesday)
Fragile hopes for lasting peace and cooperation across party and ethnic lines are imperilled. To avoid leaders of the corrupt and violent former regime taking back control of the country, President Sirisena’s two-year-old “unity government” should put aside short-term calculations and return to reform
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THE SUBTEXT OF MODI VISIT: NATIONAL SECURITY IS FOREMOST
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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