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Federalism and re-merger impossibilities
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People\'s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast for the most militant elements.
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Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand - HC
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text of the BHC statement: "Lord Naseby was not speaking for the British Government when speaking
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India's human trafficking data masks reality of the crime - campaigners
Published Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
New data released by the Indian government shows reports of human trafficking rose by almost 20 percent in 2016 against the previous year, but campaigners said on Monday the figures failed to reflect the true magnitude of the crime. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) said there were 8,132 human trafficking cases last year against 6,877 in 2015, with the highest number of cases reported in the eastern state of West Bengal, followed by Rajasthan in the west
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Rather than cowering down, the President should face off the Joint Opposition
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a gifted deal maker. His two- term presidency was a classic case of successful deal making: He got Velupillai Prabhakaran to prevent Northern Tamils from voting in 2005 and by virtue of that won his first term as the President; he cajoled the JVP to support him, and then split it; he engineered two large scale cross-overs of opposition MPs to the government, first for understandable reasons of the political stability of his government during the height of war, second for the selfish reason of securing a two- thirds majority of Parliament to abolish term limits of the executive presidency.
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Sagala condemns IGP’s statement on Gintota
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Leader of the JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake has questioned Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake over the statement made by Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara pertaining to the unrest reported in Gintota recently. Speaking in Parliament today, MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake questioned the Minister on who should be held responsible if the IGP himself claims that the Police failed in controlling an incident where a possible racial unrest could have broken out.
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Sharjah Charity International implements 'Treating of Eye Diseases' campaign in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Sharjah Charity International has carried out "Treating of Eye Diseases" campaign in Sri Lanka, as part of its health drive in developing countries. The campaign aims to conduct medical tests for people with eye diseases and identify the critical cases that suffer from the accumulation of blue water and inflammation of the cornea, leading to blindness, and require urgent surgical intervention.
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Resettle Sinhalese and Muslims in North before polls - Sarath Weerasekara
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says that the Sinhalese and Muslim people who lived in the North need to be resettled in those areas before any elections are held. He also claimed that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is the only opposition party in the world that supports the budget of the government. If they somehow move for a separate state, then the incumbent government will also approve it, he charged, speaking during a press conference of the ‘Eliya Organisation’ in Colombo today (5).
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Mahinda Rajapaksa blames Sri Lanka president for breakdown of party unity talks
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor President Maithripala Sirisena for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides.... Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor President Maithripala Sirisena for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides.
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Don’t enter politics after retirement Army Chief’s plea to top officers
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Army Chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake has strongly advised officers against entering politics after their retirement. Lt. Gen. Senanayake said so at Security Forces headquarters, Kilinochchi last Thursday (Nov 30) in his first field visit to former LTTE stronghold since assuming the command of the war winning army in July this year. Security Forces Commander, Kilinochchi, Maj. Gen. Ajith Kariyakarawana was among over 150 officers and 1,200 other ranks present on the occasion.
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Memorialization might facilitate reconciliation
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Great Heroes Day (MaaverarNaal) observances this year in the Northern Province was notable, and perhaps path breaking too, in two ways: Firstly, a record number of people participated in the various events in public places including Hindu temples and churches. Secondly, the Government allowed the observances to take place, though the State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene subsequently stated that participants would be arrested and prosecuted because they had memorialized ‘terrorists’ belonging to the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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PM: Some media groups working overtime
Published Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday alleged that an influential section of the media was working overtime to bring back the Rajapaksas to power regardless of the irreparable losses caused by the previous administration to the media. Delivering the keynote address at a UNESCO Conference on Regional Cooperation to Promote Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law in Asia through Ending Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists at the Taj Samudra, PM Wickremesinghe, referring to a spate of
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Progressive masses who are concerned about the country will take a correct decision
Published Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
“When the opinion of the people is considered we believe we have a good opportunity for victories. We believe that we could win the ruling power in many local government councils. According to the political behaviour in the country, we have a better probability of victory. However, the final decision is with the people. We believe that the progressive people who are concerned about the country would take a correct decision at the local government election,” said the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva speaking to a weekend newspaper. We publish a translation of the interview…
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Housemaids molested in Saudi Returned Lankan woman’s horror story
Published Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
A number of housemaids are subjected to molestation by their employers in Saudi Arabia, a local woman who managed to escape a worse fate claimed. "There are a number of women like me who are subjected to molestation by employers in Saudi Arabia. They are suffering. It is only thanks to the Mawbima newspaper and other media that I managed to return to Sri Lanka alive. Those who have a love for their lives please do not go to Saudi Arabia as housemaids," said, 37-years-old Nilanthi Karunaratne.
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Canadian envoy visits Palaly
Published Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, David Mckinnon and the Political and Economic Counselor of the Canadian High Commission, Jennifer Hart visited the Security Forces Headquarters in Palaly, Jaffna on Thursday (30). They had a discussion with Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi on various issues in Jaffna. The SF Commander welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the post-war humanitarian
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Suspects charged under Int’l Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act
Published Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Twenty two persons arrested in connection with recent ethnic clash in the Gintota area have been charged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No 56 of 2007. Law enforcement sources told The Island that the Act had never been used before. Law and Order and Southern Development Ministry had authorised the use of ICCPR Act, sources said, adding that the move was expected to act as a deterrent.
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Army chief tells troops not to get involved in politics
Published Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Addressing troops in the North, the Commander underlined the importance of discipline at all levels as Army personnel, dedicated to the national security of the country. He also pointed out the need to maintain excellent relations with civilians in respective areas and launch projects that would help promote ethnic harmony, understanding and reconciliation. The Commander of the Army also highlighted the theme of the Army for the year 2018, ‘Rata Rakina Jathiya – Sri Lanka Army’ and urged everyone to commit to the organization and help develop the country in the future.
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Why India is buying the world’s emptiest airport
Published Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India's purchase of what has become known as the 'world's emptiest international airport' in Sri Lanka, maybe just to keep it empty.
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Perumal’s entry into TNA
Published Date: 03/12/2017 (Sunday)
Leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal has come forward to join the Tamil National Alliance and has pointed out that it was the need of the hour for all Tamil political parties to come together and fulfil the political aspirations of people in the North and the East. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) which is popularly known as the Federal Party being the premier political organ in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Varatharaja Perumal was enthusiastically involved in the political activities of the ITAK when he was young.
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SL under cavalcade of UN scrutiny Working Group on Arbitrary Detention due, followed by Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion
Published Date: 03/12/2017 (Sunday)
Close on the heels of UN expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff warning the government of dire consequences unless the administration addressed accountability issues in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1, another top level UN delegation is due to arrive in Colombo on Dec. 4. De Greiff delivered his warning at the UN compound in Colombo on Oct 23 with UN Resident Coordinator Una McCauley by his side.
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EU and Sri Lanka hold 4th dialogue on economic ties
Published Date: 03/12/2017 (Sunday)
The European Union and Sri Lanka held the fourth dialogue on strengthening investment and trade. The EU's delegation, led by Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka Tung-Lai Margue, included representatives from the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Ambassador Margue said the EU was studying Sri Lanka's latest budget, adding that some of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund objectives had been included.
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Britain calls for clarity on differing war missing persons figures " Ban hate Speech , but legislation should not erode freedom of expression"
Published Date: 02/12/2017 (Saturday)
Britain has called for clarity on differing figures mentioned with regard to persons who had gone missing in Sri Lanka during the war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) and in the aftermath of the end of the conflict on May 19 , 2009. A British High Commission delegation comprising Senior Research Analyst and Justice Consultant Paul Bentall , Regional Head of Stabilization Unit Eric Vincent and Political Officer Jovita Arulanantham during a recent meeting with Secretary to the Ministry of
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Reach consensus on joint effort to counter Geneva project Global Sri Lanka Forum team meets Lord Naseby
Published Date: 02/12/2017 (Saturday)
The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday evening (Nov 30) to appreciate his support rendered for Sri Lanka’s efforts over the years.
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Neutral foreign policy A tight rope walk
Published Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena keeps foreign policy analysts guessing all the time. It was only last month that many analysts came up with their textbook prediction that he had antagonized the United States and its Middle East friends like Saudi Arabia, when he paid a State visit to Qatar. Before the dust of criticism settled down, President Sirisena undertakes another State visit - this time to South Korea and the so-called foreign policy experts are totally baffled as they are not sure whether the visit should be described as a pro-US gesture or not.
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Korea hikes bilateral concessional loans to SL to US$ 500 million
Published Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
Korea has increased bilateral concessional loans for Sri Lanka, from US$ 300 million to US$ 500 million, as the two countries celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. Extension of the Framework Agreement (FA) for Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) entrusted with Korea Eximbank , was signed in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena,in Seoul on Thursday.
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Army hands back 29 more acres to civilians
Published Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
The Army continues to release land held in the Jaffna peninsula. Yesterday, 29 acres including the buildings belonging to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (St. Mary’s Church) and Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School (RCTMS), located inside the Palaly Army Cantonment, were handed over to Jaffna District Secretary, N. Vethanayahan, by Major General Dharshana Hettiarachchi, Commander Security Forces (Jaffna).
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