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SLFP Wants Some Executive Powers To Remain
Published Date: 04/02/2017 (Saturday)
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says some executive powers of the President must remain. SLFP Treasurer S. B. Dissanayake said that the SLFP feels that the executive powers the President has under the 19th Amendment must remain. Dissanayake said that while there is a move to devolve powers to the provinces, there is a feeling that with the President having some executive powers, the unitary status of the country will be protected.
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Sri Lanka seeks to strengthen ties with Kingdom
Published Date: 04/02/2017 (Saturday)
RIYADH: Sri Lanka looks forward to further strengthening ties with the Kingdom, especially in the fields of employment, trade, investment and tourism, the island’s Ambassador Azmi Thassim told Arab News on the eve of his country’s Independence and National Day on Saturday. “Appreciating the long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, our country wholeheartedly supports Vision 2030 under the wise leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the NTP (National Transformation Program) 2020 initiated by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister,” Thassim said.
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Gotabaya responsible for making Colombo a clean city – SB
Published Date: 04/02/2017 (Saturday)
Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare S. B. Dissanayake says that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was responsible for transforming Colombo into a really clean city. Addressing the gathering during a foundation stone laying ceremony in Rikillagaskada today (3), he stated that except for Japan no other Asian country has a city as clean as Colombo.
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ndian entrepreneurs suggest suitable strategies for industrializing Jaffna
Published Date: 03/02/2017 (Friday)
Indian entrepreneurs who participated in the Jaffna International Trade Fair held here between January 27 and 29, have suggested strategies to industrialize Jaffna and the rest of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern Province making use of local resources and talent. Amandeep Azad of Azad Engineering Company of Gaziabad, who manufactures small and medium sized machines to process coconuts and make coconut based products, said that with coconuts being available aplenty in the Northern Province, coconut based industries which can even be run by housewives in their homes have a bright future.
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Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka break record for January
Published Date: 03/02/2017 (Friday)
Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka grew by 13 percent reaching 219,360 visitors last month, which is an all time record for the month of January, despite the partial airport closure, tourism ministry said. The ministry has been spearheading efforts to mitigate the fallout from the daytime closure of the Bandaranaike International Airport in order to facilitate rehabilitation of the two decade old runway.
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Foreign Affairs Minister meets Ethiopian President
Published Date: 03/02/2017 (Friday)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera called on Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome, at the Presidential Palace in Addis Ababa. Sri Lanka is working on new policy of restoring friendship with traditional friends and allies, and building stronger relations with the African region. The decision to set up a Sri Lankan consulate in Ethiopian was made with Ethiopia emerging as the ‘diplomatic and political capital of Africa’, with the African Union also being headquartered in Addis Ababa.
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Hope leaders will understand the true meanings of freedom - MR
Published Date: 02/02/2017 (Thursday)
On this year’s Independence Day, it is my hope that our political leaders will make an attempt to understand the true meanings of freedom and sovereignty, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says. All politicians should ask themselves on this 69th independence day whether we gained independence from colonial rule only to divide the unitary state that even the colonial powers had left intact when they left, into unviable provincial units and to sell every valuable national asset we have, to foreigners, he said in a statement on Friday.
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Recalling those old and very same failures of justice
Published Date: 30/01/2017 (Monday)
British poet and laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s mournful call that “the old order changeth yielding place to the new…‘ is an ageless reminder of the loss of once cherished values in these uncertain times. Deprivation of voices of reason The world now steps perilously into a future in which ancient demons of racial profiling, ultra-nationalism and rampant sexism are encouraged by a boastful and self-obsessed leader of the United States, whose penchant for pummeling state policy and abusing opponents (including the media) through the unruly medium of twitter has overstepped the bounds of propriety.
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Govt. to ‘buy time’ at UNHRC in March: FM
Published Date: 30/01/2017 (Monday)
The Government will go for a “technical rollover resolution” or, a procedural extension that will allow it more time to implement its undertakings– when Sri Lanka is taken up at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) next month. This was revealed by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera while taking questions at Chatham House earlier this month. “Yes, March is soon approaching,” he said. “As I said, we are rather happy, not sure what the word is, with the progress we have made so far. But, of course, we hope, maybe, to go for a technical rollover, because we need a little more time, especially…
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Corruption continues: President must reverse the trend
Published Date: 29/01/2017 (Sunday)
The many challenges for President Maithripala Sirisena, now in the early days of his third year in office, seem unprecedented if not too burdensome.Since assuming the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leadership in 2015, his highest priority has been to reunify the party. That turned out to be a futile exercise. Thus, he urged SLFP Ministers who were summoned on January 3 to be told of his plans for 2017 to publicly “expose” the “misdeeds” of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of his family. He began to offer plum jobs to incompetent Rajapaksa loyalists saying they should be separated from the former President before “dealing a hard blow at him.” He offered diplomatic postings to those who were close to Rajapaksa. The reality that every such appointment angered hundreds of his own supporters, and his countrymen, to say the least, was lost on him.
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4,000 differently-abled cry for relief
Published Date: 29/01/2017 (Sunday)
Recent reports from the Eastern Province reveal that there are over 4, 000 persons who were disabled during the three-decade-long war living below the poverty line with hardly any access to basic facilities. Yet the Eastern Provincial Council which is in charge of fulfilling the needs of the affected people claims that the government had failed to allocate financial assistance.
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Four ex-LTTE cadres held for plotting to assassinate Tamil MP Sumanthiran
Published Date: 29/01/2017 (Sunday)
The Terrorist Investigation Department (TID) of the Sri Lankan police has so far arrested four former cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for allegedly plotting to assassinate the moderate Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, in Marudankeni in Jaffna district on January 13. The arrests, which were made on January 14, came to public notice only on January 28, as both the government and Sumanthiran had chosen to keep the episode under wraps.
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New Constitution would bring a federal solution - NFF
Published Date: 29/01/2017 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena is likely faking the fact that he maintains an anti-UNP policy, the National Freedom Front (NFF) charged on Sunday. NFF Deputy Leader Jayantha Samaraweera expressed this view while speaking to reporters at a press conference held in Colombo.
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Indian companies keen to rebuild Sri Lanka’s former war zone
Published Date: 29/01/2017 (Sunday)
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) will explore the “virgin market” in Jaffna, located in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, for possible business collaborations and to help commercially rebuild the former war-zone, a representative of the trade body said. Representatives of about 65 Indian companies, ranging from textiles to engineering, are participating in the Jaffna International Trade Fair 2017 that commenced on January 27.
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Demarcation report gazette in 5 days
Published Date: 28/01/2017 (Saturday)
The Ministry of Local Governments and Provincial Councils says it has completed the preliminary process to release the Gazette notification pertaining to the final Demarcation report. The National Delimitation Commission submitted the final report to Minister of Local Governments and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha on the 17th of this month.
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Ven. Rathana Thera can\'t work with President: JHU
Published Date: 28/01/2017 (Saturday)
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today that Ven. Aturaliye Rathana Thera cannot work with President Maithripala Sirisena if he opted to function independently in Parliament. JHU co-chairman Ven. Hadigalle Wimalasara Thera said if Ven. Rathana Thera criticized the government and functioned independently in Parliament he could not work with the President as he was the head of the government who is responsible for all matters.
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Sri Lanka stuck in 'gigantic debt trap': govt
Published Date: 28/01/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka Thursday said it was stuck in a "gigantic debt trap" and that paying off foreign loans would hit a record $2.41 billion this year, up from $1.82 billion last year. The Finance Ministry said the cash-strapped country's debt servicing cost this year was estimated at about half of its foreign currency reserves, while repayments were expected to worsen to $4.0 billion in two years.
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Kos kola kolam* of thoththa baba govt.
Published Date: 27/01/2017 (Friday)
Co-Cabinet Spokesman, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne addressing the media on Wednesday, tore into a high-up in the Agricultural Department for suggesting that the public eat croton and kos kola (jak leaves) as food substitutes; he said if he had been the Minister of Agriculture he would have got that official to consume kos kola without recommending it to others. We believe that before shoving kos kola down anyone else’s throat, the government ministers, Senaratne included, should partake of it in sufficient quantities if they think they can ‘fool all the people all the time’.
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Plea for retrial of Tamil MP’s assassination case under anti-terror law to be heard on March 3
Published Date: 27/01/2017 (Friday)
A plea by the wife of the assassinated Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Nadarajah Raviraj, that the case should be sent for retrial under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and not under ordinary law, would be heard by the Court of Appeal on March 3. M.A.Sumanthiran ,counsel for Mrs.Raviraj, told Express on Wednesday, that if his plea is accepted by the Court of Appeal, the case will be sent back to the Colombo High Court for retrial under PTA .And if that happens, there would be a trial by a judge and not by a jury as was the case earlier.
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Govt. paying Rs. 1.9 billion consultancy fees to foreign firm: GL
Published Date: 26/01/2017 (Thursday)
The Government is paying Rs 1.9 billion as consultancy fees to a foreign firm contracted to operate the State machinery in this country, alleged former Minister Prof G L Peiris, addressing a press conference organized by the Joint Opposition Economic Research Committee at the Sri Vajirashrama in Punchi Borella. Prof. Peiris said the government had an attitudinal problem of treating everything local as anathema. The government's policy was to seek foreign solutions to our local problems.
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Sampanthan says successive governments defend corruption
Published Date: 26/01/2017 (Thursday)
Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan told Parliament on 24th January that successive governments in power defended corruption, adding that the present government is no exception. The Opposition Leader opined that this phenomenon is only endemic to Sri Lanka.
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Prominent Int'l Lawyer Calls his Colleagues to Sign TGTE’s challenge at the UN Against Sri Lanka’s 6th Amendment
Published Date: 26/01/2017 (Thursday)
Prominent International Human Rights lawyer, Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois in the United States of America,signed the Petition today demonstrating his legal representation and solidarity to the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) initiative of challenging the 6thAmendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. The petition challenges the 6th Amendment,which criminalizes peaceful advocacy for an independent state in Sri Lanka,as a violation of the Tamil people’s freedom of speech and freedom of conscience.
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PM assures security forces chiefs over Geneva resolution
Published Date: 25/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Placed on the table as they took their seats at the conference room of ‘Temple Trees’ was the English text of the US backed resolution on Sri Lanka together with a translated Sinhala text. Army officers of two-star rank or Majors General and above were there. So were the equivalent counterparts, Rear Admirals of the Sri Lanka Navy and Air Vice Marshals of the Sri Lanka Air Force. From the Police there were those above the rank of Deputy Inspectors General. Even before the resolution was adopted without a vote at the 30th sessions of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday, the Government has initiated a dialogue to reach out to the armed forces and the Police.
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Why did no one see the bull hit?
Published Date: 25/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Many from the north want to know why a sport Jallikattu became such a big issue and why is the Court ban seen as an assault on Tamil culture. As a person who grew up in Punjab and went to TN as a police officer, let me decode the issue for The Tribune’s readers The predominance of black shirts and black flags indicated the large presence of groups which propagate a stronger sense of Tamil nationalism.
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Sri Lanka: Refusing to disappear: Tens of thousands missing, families demand answers
Published Date: 24/01/2017 (Tuesday)
As any family member searching for a missing loved one can tell you, enforced disappearance is a crime without end. Until parents, wives, siblings, and children know the truth about the fate of a missing family member, they can find it almost impossible to seek justice and reparation for crimes they have suffered, and cannot properly mourn their loss. Enforced Disappearance has touched every community, and within Sri Lanka there has been virtually no accountability for these grievous crimes. With a backlog of between 60,000 and 100,000 alleged enforced disappearances since the late 1980s, there is no shortage of examples of frustrated justice. And yet, family members of the disappeared continue to demand accountability.
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