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Videos: Sirappu Santhippu | Interview with Dr.Murali Vallipuranathan With Elayathambi Thayanantha
Posted Date: 01/02/2018 (Thursday)
News: Compromise and consensus good for Democracy
Posted Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Through consultation, compromise and consensus – key factors for democracy and public accountability – Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced yesterday that a special session of Parliament would be held on February 6 to hold the widely-awaited debate on two bombshell reports. These reports had been handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena by the Commission which probed the Central Bank’s alleged bond scams from February 2015 to March 2016 and the Commission which probed allegations of serious frauds and corruption during the former Rajapaksa regime.
News: Regional Consular Office in Jaffna marks first anniversary
Posted Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Jaffna Regional Consular Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs marked its first anniversary last week, Foreign Ministry said. "In keeping with the aim to improve and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of consular related service delivery to the general public, particularly those in the Northern Province, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opened a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna on Thursday 26 January 2017. The regional consular office is located at the District Secretariat in Jaffna.
News: Earl and Countess of Wessex arrive in SL
Posted Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and the Countess of Wessex arrived in Sri Lanka today on a five-day official visit. The royal couple will attend the 70th anniversary celebration of Sri Lanka’s independence representing Queen Elizabeth II. Issuing a statement, the British High Commission said their five day visit will focus on the long-standing UK and Sri Lanka relationship, the Commonwealth, education and young people.
News: At long last, children of Sri Lankan refugees get birth certificates
Posted Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Rokshini, a 30-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil refugee residing in the Thoppukollai camp in Pudukottai district with her two children, finds it difficult to describe her feeling. Her nearly year-long struggle came to fruition on Tuesday morning, when she received consular birth certificates for her two children, both of whom are less than 10 years of age. “It was quite hard for me and my husband to gather all the documents required by the authorities. Yet, in the end, I feel satisfied that our hard work has not gone waste,” says Rokshini, a native of Neduntivu in the northern province of Sri Lanka, who has been living
News: Sri Lankan govt urged to present simpler ‘citizen’s budget’
Posted Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka has improved in a global ranking of budget openness, albeit still among the lowest ranked in South Asia, with the government being advised to present a more understandable, non-technical budget document also known as a citizen’s budget. The government should also provide budget related reports in a consistent format and publish adequate information, in line with international standards, Verité Research, a think-tank, said.
Photos: Demons in Paradise: Memories of Sri Lanka's Civil War
Posted Date: 31/01/2018 (Wednesday)
News: Selfishness and narrow mindedness has fostered racism within SL – CBK
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stated that the narrow minded, selfish intentions of certain politicians have created racial turmoil within the country. She further stated that the time has now dawned for the people to voice their opinion against such racially prejudiced individuals. Speaking to the media at a political gathering in Gampaha the former President stated that the
News: NCPA action on corporal punishment in all schools
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
In response to a complaint made by a student an investigation is being carried out by National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) in relation to an incident in an International School where Nine (09) children had been made to kneel down and their ears were pulled by a teacher as punishment for forgetting to bring their Reading book. Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority Attorney at Law Marini de Livera
News: President Sirisena protects bond scam offenders - JO
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has been attempting to protect the major bond scam offenders since the beginning of the first bond scam on February 2015, Joint Opposition MP Prasanna Ranatunga said today. Addressing a news conference, he said the bond scam should have been nipped in the bud if President Sirisena had not dissolved the parliament when the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) report in connection with the Central Bank bond issue was presented to parliament by its chairman D.E.W. Gunasekera, after the first bond fraud on February 2015
News: Australia to assist strengthening governance in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Australia and Sri Lanka signed a Subsidiary Arrangement for grant assistance to work together on strengthening governance in Sri Lanka, through a four-year program valued at up to AUD31 million (LKR3,850 million), the Finance Ministry said. The Governance for Growth Program aims to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to increase economic growth and spread the benefits of that growth to reduce poverty and inequality in the country. The program will support activities that improve the policy formation and
News: India, Lanka need to discuss fisheries issue: Envoy
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
New Delhi [India], Jan 30 (ANI): Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara on Tuesday advised the governments of India and Sri Lanka discuss the fisheries issues. Wagiswara’s statement comes days after Colombo said the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. “Fisheries issue is something for which we need to talk to each other. We have to speak to each other and have fisheries talks. Our fisheries ministers visit each other and a joint
News: Futile to continue ban on LTTE: NPC Chairman
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told a news conference, that it was meaningless to continue with the ban imposed on LTTE within Sri Lanka. \"Eight years has lapsed since the war ended with even former LTTE members joining mainstream politics after surrendering their weapons and in such a scenario continuing with the ban on the LTTE is meaningless,\" he said.
Events: Launch of Black Asian Minority Ethnic Refugee – Voice (BAMER-Voice) Kingston
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT
News: Sri Lanka still using draconian anti-terror laws: HRW
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's government is still using draconian anti-terror laws that give police sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects despite promising to abolish them, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) allows the detention of suspects for long periods without trial and was widely used during the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. The government of President Maithripala Sirisena promised to abolish the act after it was elected in 2015, but has so far failed to do so.
News: SLPP challenges Govt. to strip MR of his civic rights
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today challenged the government to strip former president Mahinda Rajapaksa of his civic rights if possible. SLPP chairman G.L. Peiris said former president J.R. Jayawardane had stripped the civic rights of former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike fearing an election defeat. “Mr. Jaywwardene knew there was a person who was more popular than him in politics. Therefore, he cut down his opponent politically. The entire country is waiting for Mr. Rajapaksa’s leadership. If he was intimidated politically, we will see how the people will
News: KKS Presidential Palace to be high-end hotel International investors keen to take over
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena revealed that the vacant 'Presidential Palace' built in Kankesanthurai (KKS) in the Northern Province on a hundred acre land costing Rs 3.5 billion will be turned into a high end tourist hotel to generate profit for Sri Lanka. Construction on the presidential palace commenced in 2012......and was completed with 20 specially designed rooms and luxury suites with expensive chandeliers, two swimming pools, and rest rooms with residential facilities and several auditoriums as well as a golf course.
News: Literary works in all three languages foster greater understanding and reconciliation: Mangala
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on Friday said literary works in Sinhala, Tamil and English fostered greater understanding and reconciliation between Sri Lankans. Addressing the 2017 Fairway National Literary Award in Galle at the Fairway Literary Festival, the Minister said this was the only National Literary Awards competition which accommodated all three of the main languages used in Sri Lanka.
News: Hate speech precedes violence: CaFFE
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Highlighting that hate speech is only a prelude to physical attacks/violence, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) urged the authorities to take immediate action to end the systematic hate speech campaign against female Muslim candidates of the forthcoming local government elections. The organisation has consulted with the Commission of Elections and will take action against certain Muslim clerics who have been carrying out the systematic campaign.
News: Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA positive, expropriation protections may bring FDI: Moody's
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
A Singapore Sri Lanka free trade agreement (SLSFTA) will be positive for both countries and protections against expropriation will increase foreign direct investments, which can also increase exports, Moody's a credit rating agency ha said. "The agreement also will promote direct investment in Sri Lanka by Singaporean companies," Christian de Guzman, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer said in Moody's credit outlook update. "By easing regulation in the services sector, the SLSFTA will broaden the scope of investment to other areas such as infrastructure, logistics, education and healthcare.

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