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Sri Lanka’s chances of getting EU trade concessions hinge on meeting human rights requirements
Published Date: 31/10/2016 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s chances of getting back the European Union’s General System of Preferences Plus (GSP-Plus) trade concessions which it lost in 2010, depend on meeting the European body’s requirements in regard to human rights. With improvements in the human rights situation after Maithripala Sirisena was elected President in January 2015, Sri Lanka applied for the restoration of the trade concessions.
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India calls for maximum devolution in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 31/10/2016 (Monday)
With the Sirisena -Wickremesinghe governments proposals on a new Constitution scheduled to be presented to Parliament prior to the budget, India has called for maximum devolution that meets the aspirations of all Lankans. Diplomatic sources said that New Delhi had urged the government to look at an inclusive solution to the ethnic issue, by devolving power to the "maximum", while emphasizing that it was not being "prescriptive".
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Tamils, Muslims hold talks
Published Date: 31/10/2016 (Monday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) have commenced crucial discussions in order to reach an understanding pertaining to several key issues such as the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
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Kilinochchi, Mulaithivu to be declares Special Education Zones
Published Date: 30/10/2016 (Sunday)
Kilinochchi and Mulaithivu are to be declared as Special Education Zones. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has given this assurance at talks with Educational Authorities in Jaffna recently.
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Sri Lanka’s President Makes More Inappropriate Remarks
Published Date: 29/10/2016 (Saturday)
Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka’s president, was already having a bad month. Nevertheless, according to The Daily Mirror, Mr. Sirisena is looking to make things even worse. Evidently Mr. Sirisena believes that some Sri Lankans — including the media and those working for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) — should refrain from commenting on matters of national security.
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India offers solar plant in Trincomalee
Published Date: 22/10/2016 (Saturday)
A month after Sri Lanka decided to scrap a coal power project involving the NTPC, in Trincomalee, India has offered to build a solar power plant in the port town. Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the matter in his recent meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena in Goa, on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, highly-placed Indian government sources said.
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SRI LANKA BUDGET 2017 President gets more than Education and defence
Published Date: 21/10/2016 (Friday)
The government yesterday presented to Parliament its estimated expenditure for the next year in which the expenses of the President’s office rose by three times while defence allocation has been pruned down. The appropriation bill presented to Parliament by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has estimated the total government expenditure of over Rs 1,819 billion (Rs 1,819,544,000,000). The amount is a decrease when compared with the government expenditure in 2016 of Rs. 1,941 billion.
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In parched Sri Lanka, biggest shortage is of water policy: experts
Published Date: 20/10/2016 (Thursday)
MAHASENPURA, Sri Lanka - In this village in southern Sri Lanka's Hambantota District, water sales are big business. Beset by a prolonged dry spell and day-time temperatures reaching above 36 degrees Celsius (97 degrees Farenheit), the village has seen all of its wells run dry. Water arrives once every three days in the form of a free government tanker, but it’s not always enough to last. Buying a tanker of water privately costs 5,000 rupees ($34), more than most people can pay.
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Protect Maithri for the survival of Unity Govt.
Published Date: 20/10/2016 (Thursday)
When it comes to individual behaviour, many things have puzzled me to the point that it seems abnormal and peculiar. They say, every time a human being choose to take charge of his/her destiny, all hell will break loose. Even those who could use one’s brave acts for inspiration will even ridicule and laugh at you for standing up for them. We tend to think this unnatural human act is an isolated incident, but we’re wrong. No place is this more obvious than in national politics. The only conclusion is that few of the powers-that-be have conditioned the minds and souls of the masses to work against their own interests, and this self-impediment has been passed down from generation to generation, even resulting in genetic mutation.’ -ANONYMOUS
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R Sampanthan meets Rita Izsák-Ndiaye
Published Date: 20/10/2016 (Thursday)
Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan has met with the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye. During her meeting with the Opposition Leader and representatives of the Tamil National Alliance the UN Rapporteur had conveyed that she gathered information from various parties pertaining to serious issues of minorities especially in coexisting in the country.
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Policy and legal framework of the proposed Counter Terrorism Act of Sri Lanka Stop enacting laws violating democratic and fundamental rights
Published Date: 20/10/2016 (Thursday)
The draft titled "Policy and legal framework of the proposed Counter Terrorism Act of Sri Lanka" is meant to replace the much criticised and denounced Prevention of Terrorism Act (ACT) that infringes on basic human rights of the people. It is now reported this new draft for "counter terrorism" has been referred by the Cabinet to two Sectoral Oversight Committees on National Security and Justice. Very authoritative sources have read it as far more terrifying than even the PTA it would replace.
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China strengthens military trade ties with Cambodia and Sri Lanka
Published Date: 19/10/2016 (Wednesday)
China has strengthened military ties with Cambodia and Sri Lanka with a view to expanding its defence supplier status in the two countries and support Beijing's wider effort to consolidate its influence across the Asia-Pacific. During recent and separate talks in Beijing between senior Chinese defence officials and counterparts from Cambodia and Sri Lanka, China offered the two countries military aid to enable the procurement of Chinese-made defence equipment, official statements have confirmed.
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ADB Aid to Sri Lanka wetland
Published Date: 19/10/2016 (Wednesday)
the capital Colombo, which could help reduce flooding, an ADB official said. The proposed project highlights the economic importance of wetlands and how ecosystems, which get degraded with urbanisation and industrial development, could be valued, said Herath Gunatilake, ADB’s Director of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department.
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China to provide Rs. 2.6 million worth military aid to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/10/2016 (Tuesday)
A delegation was led by the Secretary of Defense on the invitation of the Chinese Government to attend the 7th Xiangshan Forum on 10-12 October and the second China - Sri Lanka Defense Cooperation Dialogue from 12-15 October. The second China-Sri Lanka Defense Cooperation Dialogue in Beijing was chaired by the Defense Secretary Hettiarachchi and Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of Joint Staff Department of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), reports the Colombo Page.
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Political priorities and Constitution making
Published Date: 17/10/2016 (Monday)
Constitutional expert and parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickremeratne has requested all the political parties to be flexible and support the government’s efforts to draft a new Constitution. He has also indicated that this is the most opportune moment to come up with a Constitution that will be fitting for the country. As he had pointed out we should neither delay the process too much nor should we try to do it in a hurry. What it means is that if we try to do it in a hurry we will end up with a faulty document which will serve no purpose, while on the other hand if we delay it too much it will never happen.
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Sumanthiran slams President’s sympathy on military personnel and negligence on Tamil inmates
Published Date: 17/10/2016 (Monday)
TNA parliamentarian and Spokesman of the party, M.A. Sumanthiran said President Maithripala Sirisena expresses his solicitude over the military personnel who have been in custody for 16 months and fails to do the same to the Tamil inmates who have been behind bars for 16 years without any charge. He made the remarks at an interview with a local media.
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Tamil National Alliance to modify unacceptable new anti-terror draft law in parliament
Published Date: 17/10/2016 (Monday)
Colombo: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is highly dissatisfied with the Sri Lankan government’s new draft law to replace the existing draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), is confident about getting it modified when it comes before the oversight committees of parliament. TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran told Express on Sunday, that he would take it up when it comes before the two relevant Parliamentary Oversight Committees, the one on Justice and the other on National Security, at the end of this month.
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Australian detention atrocity exposed on Nauru
Published Date: 16/10/2016 (Sunday)
Suicide attempts and self harm by refugee children on Nauru have prompted a forensic psychiatrist to expose the damage caused by Australia's offshore detention. Dr Nina Zimmerman was contracted by the United Nations to visit Nauru in April and gauge the level of mental disorder within the group of about 1000 refugees and asylum seekers marooned there. She said the UN's reluctance to publicly release her findings and the indifference of the Australian government to her report had forced her to speak out.
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87 years Old Italy Car in Jaffna
Published Date: 16/10/2016 (Sunday)
87 years Old Italy Car is still saved by a Car seller in Jaffna .This Car was made in Italy in 1929. British Government was here in Srilanka at that time. Farm owner Ponnaiah Rajendran imported this car for LKR 3300 through Colombo based Car company in 1931. After his death this car was sold to Car seller Kumaraswamy Raviselvan for LKR 250,000 in 1994
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Army not supporting investigations into the disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda– ASG
Published Date: 14/10/2016 (Friday)
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sarath Jayamanna yesterday told the Supreme Court that the Army... ...is not giving any support for the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. He added that a high ranking officer of Army was summoned to Attorney General's Department and requested to support the investigations, but the Army did not respond to the request.
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EU committed to support Sri Lanka’s reform agenda
Published Date: 14/10/2016 (Friday)
The European Union (EU) says it remains committed to supporting the Government’s reform agenda and the new Ambassador said he looks forward to increasing cooperation with Sri Lanka. The new EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue presented his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena today.
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Explicit Granting of Foremost Place to Buddhism in new Constitution is Discriminatory to Other Religions says TNA Spokesperson Sumanthiran MP
Published Date: 14/10/2016 (Friday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent remarks that Buddhism would be given the foremost place in Sri Lanka’s new Constitution has sparked concern among sections. “As a state, the President, I and all of us protect Buddhism, not through words, but through action,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said recently, the State-run Daily News newspaper reported.
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President slams Bribery Commission for ‘hauling’ Gota and navy chiefs to court
Published Date: 13/10/2016 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena slammed the Bribery Commission and two Police divisions for what he called their “hauling” of the former defence secretary and naval commanders to court earlier this month. In a shocking outburst that laid bare a widening chasm between the Head of State and other Government agencies and political actors within the ruling coalition, President Sirisena charged that the Bribery Commission, the CID and the FCID were working to a political agenda.
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A Harappan export processing zone
Published Date: 13/10/2016 (Thursday)
AS far as Harappan sites go, it is the odd one out. The settlement had no fortification walls, no streets cutting at right angles, no citadel where the ruling elite lived, no middle town which housed the residences of traders and craftsmen and no warehouse—features that characterise Harappan settlements. Instead, it had all the trappings of a small, rural industrial production centre. This Harappan site, named 4MSR, is near Binjor village in Suratgarh district of Rajasthan and is believed to be 5,000 years old. It lasted for more than 1,100 years through what is called the Early Harappan (3000-2600 BCE) and the Mature Harappan (2600-1900 BCE) phases. It had no Late Harappan (1900-1500 BCE) phase.
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New United Nations Secretary General Guterres will give no excuses
Published Date: 13/10/2016 (Thursday)
The 'man in the mirror' for the entire global community for the next five years, would be a 62- year- old Portuguese, Antonio Guterres – United Nations General Secretary (UNSG) elected into office last week; who had a tough time till late, tackling the world refugee crisis. As the Chief of the Refugee Agency of the UN from 2005 to 2015, Guterres promoted and urged all countries to recognize country's sovereignty and balance its outlook with human sovereignty. He called all nations to recognize human sovereignty and work on that platform.
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