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‘Mattala project with India is on’
Published Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
Days after Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told Parliament that there was no proposal for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to acquire a controlling stake in Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, a Sri Lankan Minister said talks on the project are “progressing” with India. Mr. Sinha’s remarks last week came at a time when three rounds of official negotiations were completed on a likely joint venture between the AAI and the Airport & Aviation Services in
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This Govt. is a bad advertisement for democracy
Published Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
play the role of a catalyst in development The role of the Government as a catalyst for social and economic modernisation of the state is as old as any notion of the Government. Though the academic interest in it was reawakened in the mid 80s with the publication of ‘ Bring the State back in’, the real go-getter states existed much before. And interestingly, the majority of them were authoritarian or quasi authoritarian.
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Military Expert Warns Lanka Against Accepting Aged Warships Even As Gifts
Published Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
In conversation with Sri Lankan military expert, Adm.Dr. Jayanath Colombage A leading Sri Lankan military expert, Adm.Dr. Jayanath Colombage, has warned Sri Lanka against buying aged warships or accepting such vessels even if they are offered as “gifts” from other countries.
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POLICE STEP UP ANTI GANG OPS IN NORTH
Published Date: 03/08/2018 (Friday)
The Police have increased rounding up and intelligence gathering operations in the North to apprehend members of sword gangs terrorising the area and STF motorcycle squads have also been deployed in Jaffna round the clock to ensure the safety of civilians, Northern Province Senior DIG Roshan Fernando said. Speaking to the Daily News, Fernando said this was nothing new as the police have been
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Indo-Lanka Accord : DEAD LETTER
Published Date: 03/08/2018 (Friday)
Thirty-one years ago, the first week of August 1987 saw a huge commotion especially in and around Colombo and also in some other parts of the country, with so many people being shot dead by the Police and the Armed forces. It was a public agitation instigated by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) against the Indo-Lanka Accord signed on July 29, 1987.
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Gale-force winds damage 75 houses in Ampara
Published Date: 03/08/2018 (Friday)
Gale-force winds have damaged more than 75 houses in the Ampara District last Thursday, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today. DMC Spokseman Pradeep Kodiplly said the winds had affected three grama niladari areas -- Nawagamuwa, Karangawa and Samanthuri.
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Sampanthan tells Commonwealth SG govt action on promises ‘slow and inadequate’
Published Date: 03/08/2018 (Friday)
Leader of the Opposition and TNA R. Sampanthan has informed the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland that the progress shown by the incumbent government on delivering the promises it had made locally and internationally was "slow and inadequate." He made those observations when the visiting Commonwealth Secretary-General met with
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Ravutta Kumarasami in Kongu country; and Ghouse Mohammed's Murugan Temple
Published Date: 03/08/2018 (Friday)
Whilst thousands of temples in South India perform Kumbhabhishekham - a ritual to homogenize, synergize and unite the mystic powers of the deity, once every twelve years, when a temple in Pondicherry, India performed it the event attracted wide publicity. Kulasegaram Sanchayan explores the history behind this story with researcher, writer and
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Simmering battle over management of Jaffna College Jaffna Bishop flays US based Trust Fund
Published Date: 02/08/2018 (Thursday)
The Board of Directors, Jaffna College, yesterday, alleged that an attempt was being made to close down the premier school due to actions of a few individuals representing the Trust Fund based in Boston. The Board of Directors while alleging that the US based Trust Fund misappropriated funds vowed to seek legal redress to save the college. Bishop of Jaffna Daniel Thiagarajah on behalf of the Board of Directors of Jaffna College,
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This Is The Most Spineless Cabinet I’ve Been Part Of: Mangala
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera in the course of a heated argument with Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said that the current cabinet is the weakest he has ever been a part of. The argument took place during the cabinet meeting this morning (July 31) when Senaratne sought Cabinet to approve a salary hike for railway workers.
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Proposal to have Police or STF or military search inmates Prisoners’ rights group condemns move
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners yesterday (30), vehemently condemned any proposed Government move to have prisoners searched by the Police, the Police Special Task Force (STF) or military personnel. The Committee emphasized that only Prisons Departmental staff, trained (and knowledgeable also in aspects pertaining to psychology {dealing with anxiety, pressure, stress, and tension} and hygiene, among other aspects concerning medical health including sanitation), for the purpose could be allowed to do so.
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Shadows of Black July and post-war reconciliation
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The July 1983 anti-Tamil riots is a watershed in the recent history of this country, and 35 years later, with a three-decade war over and thousands killed, we are still left asking ‘Quo Vadis Lanka?’ This writer was seven years old when Colombo went up in flames on a seemingly ordinary July day. As a child, I did not know that 13 members of the government military had been killed in an ambush by the then fledging rebel outfit, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Neither did I know then that, twenty years later, I will be covering Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict and the 2002 peace process as a journalist. All I knew was that I was travelling
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Alleged youth abduction case Two Navy Officers allowed bail
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Colombo High Court yesterday (30) granted bail, under strict conditions, to two Navy Intelligence officers, who were in remand on charges of abducting and causing the disappearance of 11 children from Colombo and its suburbs 10 years ago. The bail order was given by High Court Judge Champa Rajaratne, having considered a petition filed by K. Gamini and Thushara Mendis.
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Immediate developments of Northern and Eastern provinces under President’s supervision
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Presidential Task Force appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena to monitor the development projects conducted in Northern and Eastern provinces where the development activities retarded due to the war held its first meeting, chaired by the President at the President’s office today(30).
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Representatives of SL President visit Karunanidhi
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Representatives of Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena on Monday visited the Kauvery hospital in Tamil Nadu to meet the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, ANI news agency reported. Wishing speedy recovery to ailing Karunanidhi, the delegation also handed over a letter from
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LTTE not a terrorist group, says MIC
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Cameron Highlands MP C Sivarraajh defended the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and said it comprised freedom fighters Under-fire, DAP’s P Ramasamy found an unlikely ally from across the divide today when MIC’s C Sivarraajh defended the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and said it was not a terrorist group.
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LTTE ideology still poses threat, says ex-IGP
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Musa Hassan says the threat posed by the LTTE should not be taken lightly as the US and the UN listed them as a terrorist group. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which was involved in decades of bloodshed in Sri Lanka may have been defeated but its ideology still prevails and its sympathisers are still around, said former Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan.
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Prez polls 2019: Gota in powwow with Tamil media, underpins his vision on accelerated development
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Wartime Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Thursday (July 26) told Colombo-based senior Tamil print and electronic journalists that countrywide economic empowerment was the key to post-war stability. Rajapaksa stressed the pivotal importance of economic empowerment of all communities, particularly those who had been denied of opportunities due to the conflict.
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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS IN CRISIS – DINESH ALLEGES FLAWED, SERVING PERSONAL AGENDAS
Published Date: 31/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Leader of the Joint Opposition Dinesh Gunawardena alleged yesterday (29) that there was a crisis in the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reforms, as some of the Clauses which were included in the Draft were never discussed at the Committee level. He said that the Clauses which were said to be included in the new Draft ,such as the possibilities of impeaching the President on grounds of unsound mind, recommended by the Prime Minister and the Speaker, were never discussed, he told Ceylon Today last night.
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Country run by the worst set of thieves
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
By Anuradha Herath Member of the Joint Opposition, Parliamen-tarian, Johnston Fernando says that people of this country believe it is only Mahinda Rajapaksa who can rebuild this country. Excerpts of the interview: You are not heard these days, are you maintaining a period of political silence? A: I am making a noise! It is not being published in the media. That is the truth. When I watched the speech I made, it is a clip of only 30 seconds. From among the MPs who spoke against the Government from 8 January, I believe I am one of those who spoke vehemently, especially, against the President and the Prime Minister.
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MMDA: 67 Years Old Law, 30 Years Of Muslim Women’s Struggle, 5 Reform Attempts – Will Justice Minister Give Into ACJU Bully?
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
67 years old law, 30 years of Muslim women’s struggle, 5 reform attempts and 9 years of deliberation of Justice Saleem Marsoof’s Committee on MMDA reform –What is next? “Fear Allah! Do not do injustice to your own community women and girls” was the slogan of many of the women who stood near the parliament opposing the elected Muslim men discussing the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) reform report with All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU – yet another males only body) on 24thJuly 2018. There would
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PM announces plans for massive development of East
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday announced that a mega development plan would be implemented with the objective of uplifting rural areas over the next two years. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe made these remarks while participating in the opening ceremony of the newly-built Manmunai Pattu Divisional Secretariat building in Batticaloa. Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that necessary steps had been taken to develop the tourism industry in the Eastern Province.
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Citizens’ views Return of the Hangman
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
The death penalty is the talk of the country since President Maithripala Sirisena stated that he would willingly sign the execution orders for those leading the drug trade from behind jail cells, earlier this month. The statement by the President was made as the country was rocked by a series of drug busts, amounting to several million in street value. It is not a mistake to say that the drug trade has gone unchecked in the recent years and
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LN to take delivery of Vietnam era US warship
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka Navy will take delivery of a 378-foot High Endurance Cutter Sherman from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) in August this year. A section of the crew assigned to the vessel is receiving training on board the vessel at USCG base Honolulu. The USCG decommissioned the 50-year-old ship in March this year. A senior naval official told The Island that larger vessels were required for post-war responsibilities. "We need bigger platforms to patrol the 200 mile exclusive economic zone. The acquisition of USCG Cutter is in line with the overall strategy," the official said.In
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Drug lord kept in upper floor cell to help keep eye on prison security
Published Date: 30/07/2018 (Monday)
It has been revealed that a drug baron, known as Susei, who was found to run his criminal operations by using mobile phones while in jail, had been kept on an upper floor of the Welikada Prison so that he could see the officers who came to check prison cells, Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms, Thalatha Atukorale told The Island yesterday. Atukorale has instructed prison officers to transfer Susei to a prison cell on the ground floor. "Putting this man in an upper floor cell is a big problem. It is obvious that Susei was kept
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