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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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India burn effigies of legendary Sri Lanka king in Dussehra festival
Published Date: 12/10/2016 (Wednesday)
Indians burned effigies of King Ravana and family members who according legend ruled Sri Lanka before migrants from the transformed the island into an Indianzied Hindu-Bhuddist culture like Burma, Thailand and other East Asian regions. In the Dussehar festival effigies of King Ravana, who figures in the subcontinental epic Ramayana, his son Meghnada and brother Kumbakarna are burnt with great fanfare.
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Undue interference in my ministry - Mano Ganesan
Published Date: 11/10/2016 (Tuesday)
Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan has complained to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga is unduly interfering in the affairs of his ministry. In an interview with Ceylon Today Ganesan said he intends to conduct further discussions on the issue with the President, Prime Minister and the Minister of Public Administration and Management, Ranjith Maddumabandara.
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federal call of northern Tamil Chief Minister
Published Date: 10/10/2016 (Monday)
C V Wigneswaran two weeks ago had demanded a federal solution to meet the political aspirations of the Tamil minority. The opposition in parliament demanded government response to PM Wigneswaran’s demand.
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Tamil National Alliance fears law to replace anti-terror act may be old wine in a new bottle
Published Date: 10/10/2016 (Monday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the premier Tamil political group in Sri Lanka, fears that the proposed new law to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) may well be old wine in a new bottle with most of the controversial provisions being retained.
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'Whatever the army saw, they destroyed': looting and loss in Sri Lanka's civil war
Published Date: 10/10/2016 (Monday)
In an extract from his memoir, A Long Watch: War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka, Commodore Ajith Boyagoda recalls senseless destruction by soldiers One moment stands out for me as the most formative of my military career. This was in Karainagar, on another of the northern islands, immediately after our military operation there in 1991. Dealing with the civilian sick and weak you really feel the effects of war.
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President won’t do anything inimical to Buddha Sasana
Published Date: 09/10/2016 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena attending a Buddhist religious ceremony at Kurukude Ancient Vihare in Peradeniya on Tuesday (04) afternoon assured that his government would never take any final decisions with regard to Buddha Sasana that would lead to disagreement, dispute or dissension among the Sangha. Any such decision would be taken only with the blessings of the Sangha led by the Mahanayake Theras. President Maithripala Sirisena made the declaration after opening the three-storeyed preaching hall of Kurukude Vihare.
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RTI Act implementation to commence next week
Published Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
The process of implementing the new Right to Information Act would commence next week with the establishment an office in Battaramulla the government announced on Wednesday. Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka told a press conference at the Information Department that Piyatissa Ranasinghe had been appointed to head the new office.
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New land laws before end of year
Published Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
A new legislation titled \"Lands (Special Provisions) Bill\" would be presented to Parliament before the end of the year to do away with or relax various restrictions on land use and ownership, Lands Minister John Amaratunga said. He said the Bill would grant outright ownership of lands to those who possess Swarna Bhoomi and Jaya Bhoomi deeds. He said disputes among the members in the same family had risen due to various restrictions in the law on land ownership and transfer. He said the new legislation would solve those issues.
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Sri Lanka: Hair Dresser severely tortured for failing to give a haircut to HQI, Hatton
Published Date: 08/10/2016 (Saturday)
Kadireshan Ravishankar, 34 was severely tortured by the HQI and other officers of the Hatton police station merely for failing to provide a haircut immediately on his order a couple of days ago. The case exposes the dangers of not allowing lawyers from representing their clients at police station, an amendment Minister of Justice is championing and had gazetted in the criminal procedure code. The minister wants to prevent lawyers from representing clients at police stations till investigations are over and suspect’s statement is recorded. The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, The Asian Human Rights Commission and several other organizations and individuals have opposed the move as it would lead to increase of torture and ill treatment and other abuses of human rights at police stations. However, the minister in a statement to the media has justified the move stating that those who object to this amendment fail to appreciate the difficulties faced by the police engaged in criminal investigations. Obviously, the Minister is attempting to underplay the widespread use of torture and ill treatment.
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Sri Lanka: Tamils in the North-East protest at last
Published Date: 07/10/2016 (Friday)
On the 24th September 2016, there was a massive protest in Jaffna, in the Tamil North, where some 15,000 Tamils took part in the biggest protest since the end of the armed conflict 7 years ago. The protest called ‘Ezhuka Thamizh’ (Let Tamils rise), saw thousands of Tamils from all eight provinces in the North and East come to Jaffna. It was a long overdue protest. To deal with this most important event, there must be an understanding of the ground situation in the Tamil North and East.
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Pakistan Faces International Isolation After Kashmir Incident
Published Date: 07/10/2016 (Friday)
The fall-out from the latest crisis with India damages Pakistan’s already weak international position and risks shifting the balance of domestic politics in favour of the military. While all-out war with India is unlikely, there has been a noticeable hardening of tone in Pakistan. Photo by Getty Images. Pakistan has placed its forces on high alert after being denounced by India as a ‘terrorist state’ complicit in an attack on a military base at Uri in Indian-administered Kashmir. The accusations have been strongly denied by Pakistan and fuelled a war of words, raising bilateral tensions to levels not seen since the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008.
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India offers Sri Lanka assistance to build a major roadway network linking north and east to south
Published Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
India has offered Sri Lanka technical assistance to build a planned roadway network connecting the North and East to the South. During discussions with Indian Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi Wednesday evening, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has drawn attention to development plans for building a major road network from Jaffna to Mannar, Mannar to Colombo via Kurunegala and Mannar to Trincomalee via Vavuniya.
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War between India and Pakistan not an option: Sri Lankan PM
Published Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
Drawing lessons from the 30-year long war in the island nation, the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday categorically ruled out war as an option between the two nuclear-powered countries and lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s restrained approach on the matter. "I don't think war is an option for anyone," the Sri Lankan Prime Minister said when asked if the situation between the two countries can escalate militarily.
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Journalist threatened inside police station in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 06/10/2016 (Thursday)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Free Media Movement (FMM) in condemning the inaction of the police while a TV journalist was threatened inside a police station in Sri Lanka on September 27. The IFJ demands that the authorities immediately investigate the incident. Ranjith Karunaweera, a journalist with Hiru TV in Mahiyanganaya of Badulla District in Uva Province of central Sri Lanka, was threatened over a news story by a group of people when he arrived at the Hasalaka police station to give his statement in a case filed against him.
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Justice Wigi: Time up for the Judgement Day !
Published Date: 05/10/2016 (Wednesday)
First and foremost, let me welcome your forthcoming visit to London to inter-twine a relationship between the London Borough of Kingston and the Northern Provincial Council (NCP)to exchange knowledge and experiences between the two Councils. I am one of those who overwhelmingly supported your election as Chief Minister of NCP that you won with landmark support from the people three years ago.
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Govt should facilitate better role : Lankan diaspora important for rebuilding democracy
Published Date: 03/10/2016 (Monday)
Lankan diaspora is a strategically important human resource that is useful in developing and promoting democratic systems of governance in Sri Lanka. Yet, how can they contribute? Mobilising the Lankan diaspora in the endeavour of developing viable mechanisms to sustain democratic practices and good governance does not appear to have been so successful. Also, the constructive role diasporic communities could play in this field does not appear to have been properly looked into. The Lankan diaspora comprises people who have migrated overseas due to economic, social or political reasons.
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