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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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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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