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Lodge complaints on army deserters
Published Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Army has requested the public to notify the nearest police station of information pertaining to Army deserters. Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu speaking to NewsRadio said close to 8,000 army personnel have deserted the service without notice. Brigadier Atapattu said operations are underway to arrest those who have deserted. Information has also been uncovered that those who vacated the service are engaged in various criminal activities.
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Prisoners’ rights group files complaint with NPC
Published Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners yesterday (25), lodged a complaint with the National Police Commission against the alleged custodial, extra-judicial killing of a suspect, suspected of involvement in a recent attempted robbery in Matara and the subsequent killing of a Police Officer in a shootout that ensued. Secretary of the Committee, Sudesh Nandimal Silva, made the said complaint urging that an independent inquiry be conducted without heeding the one-sided account made by the Police justifying the death of a suspect who was handcuffed and with manacled feet.
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Sri Lankan sovereignty, non-negotiable!
Published Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan sovereignty – its supremacy in domestic policy and its independence in foreign policy – is under a two-pronged attack. In Sri Lanka, the neoliberals seek physical appropriation of territory and all that it contains, targeting the very substance of sovereignty and independence – the inalienable right of the people to full and permanent sovereignty, including possession, use and disposal, over all their wealth, natural resources and economic activities. Without permanent sovereignty, there can be no independent domestic or foreign policy; without it, independence and sovereignty are but empty shells.
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Quitting HRC won’t change US’s goals in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
The US quit the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (June 19) with rhetoric intended to assert the moral high-ground, slamming the council and selectively ‘naming and shaming’ council members outside its charmed circle of ‘friends.’ While the statements of US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington reeked of imperial arrogance, the irony of this grandstanding by one of the worst human rights offenders on the planet would not have been lost on many in the global South, who have been at the receiving end of its worst depredations over time. Haley accused the council of being “a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of
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Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail on politics
Published Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s official statistics bureau, Department of Census and Statistics or DCS, has released the country’s 2018 first quarter provisional economic growth data in its website (available at: http://www.statistics.gov.lk/national_accounts/dcsna_r2/reports/2018.06.18/Q1_2018_(2018_06_18).pdf). These numbers may change later when DCS refines its data set. For instance, in the current release, DCS has firmed up its estimation of total output in the first quarter of 2017 by reducing its value from the previously released numbers. Had that previous high number been used, the growth rate in the first quarter 2018 would have been much lower than what has been announced in the current release.
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Sri Lanka seeks to draw investments, tourists from Maharashtra
Published Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi Chitranganee Wagiswara has highlighted investment and tourism opportunities in the island during a visit to Mumbai. Sri Lanka wants to leverage its strategic location to position the country as ‘the Hub of the Indian Ocean’, Wagiswara told a business gathering attended by over 125 executives in the World Trade Center in Mumbai. Addressing the members of the All India Association of Industries (AIAI) Wagiswara, who was on an official visit to Mumbai from 13-14 June 2018 invited Indian entrepreneurs to invest in Sri Lanka, a statement said.
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MIA arrests 8 citizens of Sri Lanka for attempting to illegally cross border
Published Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Eight citizens of Sri Lanka have been arrested by the border police and state security service for attempting to illegally cross the border in the Adjara region. Investigators say that the detainees were trying to cross the Georgia-Turkey border aiming to enter Turkey and avoiding border control. The offence committed by foreign citizens is punishable from four to five years of imprisonment.
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MR informs Sumanthiran of latest recovery of explosives from North
Published Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Kalai Kathir, published in Jaffna, in its June 23 Saturday issue, reported that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had brought to the attention of Jaffna District TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran the recovery of explosives at Oddusuddan. According to the report, Sumanthiran had received information about the weapons recovery from Rajapaksa and thanked him for alerting and advising him.But the report added that Sumanthiran warned Rajapaksa that if all did not get together to deliver a solution to national question more underground claymore mines might come out.
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'Fowzie took Rs.20mn worth Ministry vehicle'
Published Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
The former Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management Siththi Mareena Mohammed says former subject Minister AHM Fowzie requested her for a vehicle received by the Ministry, worth 20 million rupees. She made this statement during evidence hearing in the case against State Minister AHM Fowzie on charges of incurring a loss of 1 million rupees to the government. The former Secretary of the Disaster Management Ministry said the Ministry received the vehicle on the 10th of November in 2010 adding the former Minister of Disaster Management had taken the vehicle on the 14th of November.
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Both Sampanthan and Wigneswaran seeking unity, but terms clash
Published Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been facing an internal and external crisis for some time now, with the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran rebelling against the party stalwart R.Sampanthan, and with the alliance losing its hold on the electorate to a significant extent. The reasons for the internal rift and the loss of external popular support are many. There are ideological differences between Wigneswaran and Sampanthan. with the former being more radical in his demands and more confrontationist vis-à-vis the Sri Lankan government, and the latter being more moderate and accommodative vis-à-vis the government at the Center.
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President rejects proposal to pay compensation to former LTTE cadres and their families
Published Date: 24/06/2018 (Sunday)
Sirisena refuses to even discuss Swaminathan’s memorandum; compensation issues to be dealt with by designated body --UNP’s damage-control move misfires as Mujibur Rahman MP plays counsel President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday rejected outright a proposal by a United National Party (UNP) Cabinet Minister to pay “compensation” to Tiger guerrilla “ex combatants” and their “next of kin.” “I am not going to allow this to be even discussed,” he told last Tuesday’s weekly ministerial meeting. He was alluding to the Cabinet Memorandum forwarded by Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister Deva Manoharan Swaminathan, who recommended the move.
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India expresses concern over huge Chinese housing project in NE Questions about competence of the company and large presence of Chinese workers
Published Date: 24/06/2018 (Sunday)
India has raised concern at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan Government about the manner in which a contract to build 40,000 houses in the North and East was recently awarded without tender to a Chinese company that has no history of building houses in the country. The Resettlement Ministry last month secured Cabinet approval for China Railway Beijing Engineering Group Co Ltd and its country representative Yapka Construction (Pvt) Ltd to construct 40,000 prefabricated concrete houses for the war-affected in the North and East. They are the same parties selected by the Disaster Management Ministry to build 10,000 houses for landslide victims.
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Media Release on a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project)
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to a list of names published online by the ITJP (International Truth and Justice Project). According to the ITJP, this list, which presently consists of 351 names and can be accessed at http://www.disappearance.itjpsl.com/#lang=english is of persons who are alleged to have disappeared while in the custody of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in May 2009. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) which has been established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 14 of 2016 as amended by Act No. 09 of 2017)[1] is the permanent and independent entity in Sri Lanka that is vested with the tasks of, inter alia, searching and tracing of missing persons and clarifying the circumstances in which such persons went missing, and their fate; making recommendations to the relevant authorities towards reducing the incidents of missing
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Sri Lanka extends financial access to villagers
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has made a commitment to expand financial access to the poorest of the poor people living in remote rural areas through a financial inclusion scheme, official sources divulged. Sri Lanka is a land of 14,000 villages and a majority of the country’s population, nearly 80 per cent, lives in villages. Financial needs of these villages are being served by an estimated 14,000 financial institutions in the country, which directly or indirectly provide micro credit facilities. A majority of these financial institutions are either financial NGOs, not-for-profits or organisations that follow local cooperative societies.
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The culprits visited Kilinochchi and left with money – MR
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
Commenting on the Government issuing an extraordinary Gazette Notification, placing 14 individuals, suspected of links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and now living abroad, on a list of designated persons, banned from entry to Sri Lanka, Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the move comes in the wake of the 14 arriving in the island, travelling to Kilinochchi, getting what they wanted done and leaving with monies. The former President noted that in light of this, the issuing of the gazette was laughable as it was akin to closing the stable door once the horse has bolted. “At a time when the majority of the countries in the world are acting against terrorism, why is the Government of Sri Lanka following a lax policy and according to whose agenda?” He queried.
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ARMY DENIES CANARD ON ALLEGED
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
The Sri Lanka Army denied reports that it was withdrawing several formations from the North and the East. Issuing a media release, the Army said this is a canard reportedly made by disgruntled political elements desperately attempting to mislead the public. “The Sri Lanka Army categorically denies having taken any such decision, nor has it contemplated implementing a move of that nature at all as alleged by those elements who try to showcase that ‘they’ are more patriotic than members of the armed forces in the country,” the release said.
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Refugees and widows - Let conscience be our guide
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
This week, the international community marks two important events -- World Refugee Day on June 20 and World Widows’ Day today. Both refugees and widows have been oppressed or marginalised to a large extent and we need to deeply reflect on the issues. This reflection is essential though the United States President Donald Trump -- who says he wants to make America great again -- has instead created an America alone crisis by his hard or cruel policy against refugees, the latest being the order to separate refugee children from their families. But the chaotic and dangerously-unpredictable US leader revoked his own order under international and internal pressure even from his wife Melania and daughter Ivanka.
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Will not let terrorism rise again: Dy. Minister
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
In reference to the incident, where several military type equipment and uniform belonging to the LTTE were detected in a three-wheeler at the Peraru Junction in Oddusuddan on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara said yesterday the Government would not allow terrorism to raise its head again. Addressing a news briefing, he said the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) officers were conducting a special investigation into the incident. “Since Sri Lanka is a country, which was embroiled in a civil war for nearly 30 years, it is not surprising that buried weapons are being found in areas where there was a war at one time,” Minister said.
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‘Hitler’ comparison hurts Sri Lanka presidential hopeful
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
A senior Buddhist monk counselling former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to emulate Hitler and establish a military dictatorship may have seriously hurt his bid for the presidency, according to close associates. A chief priest of the Asgiriya chapter, Vendaruwe Upali, blessed Rajapaksa on his 69th birthday Wednesday by urging him to follow the German dictator Hitler and take over the country even if it means establishing military rule. The monk, delivering a sermon at the private home of Rajapaksa, prayed that the youngest among the Rajapaksa siblings should be the next leader of Sri Lanka as the country needed a “Sinhala Buddhist leader.”
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Golden opportunity to find new co-sponsor: HR activist
Published Date: 23/06/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka has the golden opportunity of finding a new co-sponsor and going in for an alternative and interim UN resolution as the US has pulled out from the UNHRC, said Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, former Commissioner of Human Rights Commission. Commenting on the latest development, Dr. Mahanamahewa said the US-Sri Lanka sponsored 2015 resolution in a nutshell says that Sri Lankan forces committed war crimes and therefore, a hybrid court should be established to investigate charges. “However, the US says the UNHRC is of no use and like a cesspool. The US also accused the council of being biased and not protecting human rights of a country. We can embark on this
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Towards the 2020 Presidential Elections
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
Many names are surfacing in discussion forums about who should be the next president of Sri Lanka. Once the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka declares the date for the Presidential Elections by the end of 2019 we’ll see all political parties making public their nominees for the post of president. President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he wishes to continue in politics. This would make him a likely candidate for this coveted post along with others including UNP Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the much talked about former Defence Secretary Gotabya Rajapaksa. Most people have a love-hate relationship with former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, now pursuing a political career in an island nation that’s choking with debts, lawlessness and rising cost of living.
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If Gota is going to be President, God help this country!
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
• Judges of this country should be bold and be able to do justice • Wickremesinghe is grooming Sajith, Ravi, Akila, Harin, Sagala and me for the UNP Leadership • If he doesn’t allow young leaders to come up, things won’t be favourable for him • UNP isn’t all about Wickremesinghe and Premadasa • The hub of extreme Sinhala Buddhist groups is Gota • UNP and the Government aren’t given a fair hearing by media • We’re working on obtaining at least 40% of the Sinhala votes • Arjuna Mahendran isn’t a good friend of RW anymore. Arjuna’s appointment was very controversial Plantation Industries Minister and UNP’s National Organizer Navin Dissanayake in an interview with the Dailymirror shared his views about the UNP’s political future and the ongoing matters related to politics in the country. Excerpts:
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14 individuals linked to LTTE designated by Sri Lankan govt
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The Government has issued an extraordinary gazette notification listing the names of 14 individuals living overseas with links to the LTTE and banning them from entering Sri Lanka, by placing them in the list of designated persons. The amendment to the List of Designated persons under the United Nations Regulations No. 01 of 2012 has been made through a gazette issued by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Kapila Waidyaratne. Among the individuals included to the list are LTTE intelligence leaders ‘Seel Maran’, ‘Parathan’ and ‘Siranjeew Master’ as well as the terrorist organization’s international financial leader Sivasubramaniyam Jeyaganesh a.k.a Ganesh.
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Gnanasara Thero granted bail
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has been granted bail by the Homagama Magistrate’s Court. He was ordered released on two personal bonds of Rs 500,000 each by the Homagama Magistrate Sudesh Ranatunga, who also barred Ven. Gnanasara Thero from leaving the country. The magistrate ordered to notify the Immigration and Emigration Controller regarding the decision. Ven. Gnanasara Thero was sentenced to 6 months of rigorous imprisonment on June 14, for
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Govt. to probe Kilinochchi leopard killing
Published Date: 22/06/2018 (Friday)
The government today said a special investigation will be conducted into the killing of a leopard in Ambalakulam, Kilinochchi. The matter was taken up for debate in Parliament by JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake. MP Ratnayake said the assault and killing of the leopard by several youth has led to much controversy today and questioned what measures the Ministry of Wildlife is preparing to take regarding the matter including to call for an investigation promptly.
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