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This is not good governance
Published Date: 15/06/2017 (Thursday)
Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga was caught in camera scolding and apparently attempting to assault a journalist at his party office in Kandana last week. Although Sri Lankans are used to seeing this kind of behaviour by politicians and high ranking officials, as if they had the right to behave in such a manner, this particular incident has not created an uproar in society.
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TNA constituent parties demand dismissal of four NPC Ministers
Published Date: 14/06/2017 (Wednesday)
Parties in the Tamil National Alliance including EPRLF, TELO and PLOTE have demanded the dismissal of four Ministers in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) who were charged with mass scale corruption. A special committee appointed by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has recommended to remove Agriculture Minister Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan and Education Minister Thambyrajah Gurukularajah
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SL Govt. should return to good governance: ICG
Published Date: 14/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan government needs to return to its original good governance and reconciliation agenda to salvage the chance to address fundamental sources of conflict and instability, the International Crisis Group (ICG) today said. The ICG recognizes itself as an independent organisation working to prevent wars and shape policies which would create a more peaceful world.
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Families of missing LTTE cadres meet President in Jaffna Paranagama alleges OMP set up at the expense of useful investigation
Published Date: 13/06/2017 (Tuesday)
A delegation representing those who had fought for the LTTE has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to help trace missing persons. This request was made during a meeting at Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray’s Office in Jaffna on Monday (June 12). The previous government brought the war to a successful conclusion in May 2009. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa released over 11,000 out of nearly 12,000 LTTE cadres from military custody before the change of government in January 2015.
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SRI LANKA: Dengue Fever Epidemic In Sri Lanka Vs. State Responsibility
Published Date: 12/06/2017 (Monday)
The population of Sri Lanka is 20.97 million (2015) people. Some 1.84 million are migrant workers. The number of Dengue Fever affected individuals in 2015 was 29, 777. In 2016 it was 55, 154. Statistics for the first 5 months of 2017 show affected individuals to be 56,887! And the total number of dengue affected individuals is expected to rise to more than 136, 528. Following the above mentioned statistics, the simple mathematical
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850,000 affected by drought in N/E- DMC
Published Date: 11/06/2017 (Sunday)
While some 600,000 people had been hit by the recent floods and landslides in the South, a total of 849,752 individuals belonging to 243,683 families in eight districts in the north and east had been affected by the severe drought condition across the country, the Disaster Management Centre census revealed yesterday.
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Premier holds discussions with Commonwealth Secretary General in New York
Published Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland held discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today at the United Nations Permanent Representative Office in New York. At the meeting, the Premier and the Commonwealth Secretary General discussed ties between Commonwealth Countries and Sri Lanka and bilateral relationships at a deeper extent.
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A separate State, anyone?
Published Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Just before sitting down to write this morning (June 7, 2017), I received a notification on social media. It was about a panel discussion at the Public Library to be held later in the afternoon. The title was in Sinhala. It read as follows: ‘Let us defeat the Constitution, let us get rid of Ranil.’
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Sri Lanka defends decision to join China’s One Belt One Road project
Published Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lankan foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake on Wednesday defended his country’s move to join China’s controversial One Belt One Road (Obor) infrastructure initiative, stating that it was a considered decision taken on the basis of its foreign policy, whose motto is “friends with all and enemies with none.”
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Belgian born Sociologist François Houtart passes away
Published Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Belgian Marxist Sociologist Emeritus Professor François Houtart has passed away in Quito, the capital of Ecuador on Tuesday at the age of 92. Rev Fr Houtart's demise occurred while he was taking part in a conference on Eezham Tamils with German-based Viraj Mendis at Quito. Fr Houtart was one of the first world intellectuals to recognise the genocide on Eezham Tamils after the 2009 onslaught on Wanni. He chaired the People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka, which was held in Dublin in 2010. The investigation process was finally concluded in December 2013 at Bremen in Germany with the findings that Eezham Tamils have been subjected to Genocide.
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UNHRC resolution co-sponsored by SL debated in Parliament
Published Date: 08/06/2017 (Thursday)
The resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Commission was taken up for debate on 6th June Parliament session. Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the resolution was co-sponsored for the betterment of the country and its future.
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JO complains to EU of delayed local polls
Published Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The Joint Opposition has complained to the European Union of the government’s failure to hold local government elections. The complaint had been made when a delegation of Joint Opposition MPs led by its parliamentary group and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena met EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue on June 1, UPFA MP Sisira Jayakody told The Island yesterday.The Joint Opposition delegation also comprised MPs
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A Hundred Days Of Protest, Still No Answers
Published Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
On May 30, around 1,000 protesters from across the North-East, converged with families of the disappeared in Kilinochchi to mark 100 days of continuous protest. In the hands of each protester was a photograph of a missing loved one, held close to the chest like a flimsy shield. Beginning the day with a sombre inter-faith prayer service, and a moment of silence for those dead and missing from floods and landslides in the South, protesters blockaded the A9 highways for six hours. Their collective demands, as outlined in letters addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, were simple:
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Eight years after end of war, Tamil refugees divided over returning to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
More than 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees continue to live in Tamil Nadu 30 years after the outbreak of civil war caused them to flee across the Palk Strait. Today they live on in the knowledge that their sheltering camps can never be home, while returning means having to rebuild life from the scratch. And for an entire generation, these camps are the only homes they’ve ever known—yet they are called refugees.
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All parties have agreed to include ‘Unitary status’ in constitution
Published Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
All political parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have agreed to include the term ‘Unitary Status’ into the new constitution that is being formulated, Highways State Minister Dilan Perera said . He made these observations yesterday at a press conference held at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Head Office in Colombo.
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Supreme Court orders Rs. 1m compensation to Police torture victim
Published Date: 06/06/2017 (Tuesday)
The Supreme Court this week ordered the payment of Rs 1 million in compensation to a man who was tortured by officers of the Bandaragama police station. A Sub Inspector (SI), Constable, Sergeant and security assistant were personally ordered to pay Rs 125,000 each, to Chaminda Sampath Kumara from Walgama, Welimilla Junction. The State was instructed
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Govt lacks proper mechanism – Rathana Thera
Published Date: 05/06/2017 (Monday)
Member of Parliament (MP) and Senior Presidential Adviser Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said the Government lacks a proper mechanism...... to tackle an emergency or disaster situation in the country. He said he was personally not pleased with the manner in which the government acted in the face of the recent natural calamity experienced in several districts of the country
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HRC’s role needs to be respected: Satkunananthan
Published Date: 05/06/2017 (Monday)
The Government needs to respect the role of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and have a proper understanding of it, Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunananthan said yesterday as she explained lack of effectiveness of the HRC in the current policy making and legal reform process.
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Can Executive Presidency be abolished without a referendum?
Published Date: 04/06/2017 (Sunday)
The constitution making process has been hamstrung by the insistence of the SLFP faction in the government that any constitutional reform would have to done without a referendum. According to the book ‘Yuga Peraliya’ written about the campaign to defeat the Rajapaksas by JHU activist Asoka Abegunawardene, this proviso was deliberately introduced into Maithripala Sirisena’s manifesto so that it could be used later to prevent the abolition of the executive presidency.
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Human rights commission urges President to tackle hate crimes
Published Date: 03/06/2017 (Saturday)
An independent human rights watchdog has urged President Maithripala Sirisena to tackle the alleged hate crime attacks from Buddhist extremist groups targeting the country’s minority Muslim community. In a letter to Sirisena, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka asked the government to fully implement the rule of law to bring the perpetrators of racial hatred to book.
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The law that sanctions Tamil Eelam
Published Date: 02/06/2017 (Friday)
The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution has had profound implications on the way we conduct Government in Sri Lanka. Yet, it would come as a surprise to many if I said that LTTE's deepest darkest aspirations could have easily been achieved politically and through provisions in the Constitution itself. LTTE's aspirations almost saw fruition in 1990, and this provision continues to be the last hope for separatists even today.
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UNHRC resolutions violate Sri Lanka’s sovereignty
Published Date: 02/06/2017 (Friday)
The UNHRC Resolution A/HRC/34/L.1 of 15 March 2017 "requests the Government of Sri Lanka to implement fully the measures identified by the Council in its resolution 30/1 that are outstanding". While the language in the 2017 Resolution was a "request", the language in the 2015 Resolution was stated as: "encourages the Government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations contained therein when implementing measures for truth-seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence".
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Diplomats in Sri Lanka urge govt action against anti-Muslim attacks
Published Date: 02/06/2017 (Friday)
Diplomats on Thursday condemned violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka and urged the government to uphold minority rights and freedom of religion. More than 20 attacks on Muslims have been recorded since April 17, including including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques
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US Jews providing emergency aid to storm-struck Sri Lanka JDC pairs with Buddhist group to respond to catastrophic floods and mudslides that killed over 200
Published Date: 02/06/2017 (Friday)
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has responded with emergency aid to More than 200 people have been confirmed dead and at least 100 missing in the worst storms to hit the island nation since 2003. JDC, together with its local partner Sarvodaya, a Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization, deployed its first responder unit to provide food, water, and other emergency aid in Sri Lanka’s five hardest hit districts.
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Sri Lanka: Attacks on Muslims escalate following UN, EU concessions
Published Date: 31/05/2017 (Wednesday)
Unabated violence against minority Muslims in Sri Lanka’s predominantly Sinhala Buddhists localities is alarmingly on the rise in the wake of international bodies relaxing trade and political restrictions placed on the government.
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