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News: Resettlement funds Allocation to Bathiudeen comes under fire
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Government's decision to allocate funds for resettlement to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce under the Budget 2018 came under severe criticism, by the Opposition in Parliament yesterday (15). This was when Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Kalutara District MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa queried as to why the Ministry of Industry and Commerce should implement resettlement, while there is a separate Ministry for the purpose. Under Sections 188 and 189 of the expenditure proposals, the Government proposes to allocate Rs 2,500 million to resettle internally displaced Muslims and to provide housing and infrastructure.
News: Sea combat training in Sri Lanka to upgrade skills in maritime security control.
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Malaysian security and enforcement personnel will undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to strengthen and upgrade their skills in maritime security control. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the training would be conducted next year with Sri Lanka’s security forces. Dubbed Sea Combat Course, the training is aimed at equipping the Esscom team with added skills
News: Suresh Premachandran’s withdrawal will not affect TNA
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Speaking at a media briefing held in Jaffna, the Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan and TNA leader referred to the former MP Suresh Premachandran simply as another individual and that his recent resignation is not a grave concern that will have any impact on TNA. The R Sampanthan said he believed that the youth and other parliamentarians within the party will not be influenced by Premachandran’s resignation.
News: Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe asked to appear before Bond Commission coming Monday
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the issuance of treasury bonds has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before the commission on Monday, 20 November 2017. It was reported that the PM has already submitted a testimony to the commission via an affidavit, while stating that he was prepared to appear before the Commission for any clarifications that need to be made.
Photos: Sri Lanka: Adopt Timeline for Action Promises to UN Human Rights Council Go Unmet
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Events: Kingston Cancer Awareness
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
YMCA, Victoria Road Surbiton
News: Lanka offers scheme to attract former rebels for employment
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan finance ministry has announced a programme to encourage former combatants to find jobs and fund private companies who recruit them. The programme due to come into effect next year was included in the country’s annual budget, which was the subject of parliamentary debate starting yesterday. Under the programme the government will provide facilities for former rebels to obtain training and certificates in fields of technical education, enabling them to obtain jobs in line with their skills.
News: UNP steps up pressure on Prez to honour pledge * Abolition of Executive Presidency
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The UNP has stepped up pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the executive presidency without further delay or face the consequences. Key government strategist MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, PC, spearheading the new constitution-making process and Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera yesterday emphasised that their post-presidential election understanding with President Sirisena in respect of the abolition of executive presidency wasn’t negotiable
News: Sumanthiran promises grassroots discussions on interim report on constitution
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M A Sumanthiran assured there would be ‘extensive discussions’ at a grassroots level on the interim report by the constitutional steering committee, Ceylon Today reported. His comments followed a meeting in Vavuniya yesterday by ITAK’s Central Committee, which took place amid increasing turmoil within the TNA after one of its constituent parties, EPRLF announced it would contesting the upcoming elections on its own.
News: Maha Sangha becoming fundamentalist…was Gnanasara a mere forerunner?
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Malwatte, Asgiriya, were silent when Gnanasara was on a rampage, two years ago Unfortunately, our Buddhist clergy seems to be still living in the past Gnanasara managed to dominate the media through a series of protest marches, manhandling and uttering utter filth as his basic lingo In one of the greatest contributions to parliamentary history, M. A. Sumanthiran’s address on the debate on the 18th Amendment deserves a special place. When politics become entrenched in ethnic and religious shades, governance also becomes entrapped in the same gory and muddy trenches
News: In letter to the Speaker Wijeyadasa claims CA unconstitutional
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
In an interesting turn of events, a letter has been forwarded to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, by former Minister of Justice and United National Party MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, calling for the motion passed in Parliament to set up a Constitutional Assembly (CA) to prepare a new Constitution, be annulled. While calling the Assembly an illegal institution, he has pointed out that the CA's process would create a Constitutional crisis in the country.
News: A Letter To The Public From A Retired Judge
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
I am writing this to the public as a judge who has presided over the affairs of the public for 16 years as a Magistrate and as a District Court Judge. For all those 16 years, my record has been impeccable. I want to bring to the notice of the public that, due to a certain judgment I gave as a District Court Judge in a civil
Photos: Bickering by Tamil politicians hampering development - Reginald Cooray
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
News: JO seeks debate on Lord Naseby’s statement
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Joint Opposition is scheduled to move a motion for a debate on a recent debate on Sri Lanka's conflict at the House of Lords in Britain, at the time of the adjournment of the House this evening (14). The motion to be moved by Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunwardena has already been handed over to the Speaker's office with copies sent to the office of the Secretary General of Parliament as well.
News: TNA: Disgruntled Wijeyadasa trying to scuttle efforts to introduce new Constitution
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran yesterday told The Island that former Justice Minister Dr Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC, was making a despicable bid to sabotage the ongoing constitution making process. MP Sumanthiran said so in response to MP Rajapakse’s controversial request to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to rescind a motion passed in Parliament to set up the constitutional assembly to prepare a new Constitution.
News: India and Sri Lanka should take up repatriation of Tamil refugees at the earliest
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
In recent months, the focus of the media has been on the Rohingya refugees in India. But the plight of Sri Lankan refugees, who have been here for nearly 35 years, appears to have gone out of the public consciousness. The pathetic condition of shelters, restrictions on movement, and limited scope of livelihood opportunities affect the community of one lakh-odd Sri Lankan refugees, who have been living in Tamil Nadu ever since the anti-Tamil pogrom in Sri Lanka in July 1983. Besides, statelessness is a major problem for a section of refugees whose roots are from central parts of Sri Lanka, generally called hill country.
Events: Join us at our State of the Borough debate How can we harness Kingston’s creativity, to better connect with our communities?
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Guildhall, Council Chamber, Kingston, KT1 1EU
Videos: Paul Newman on UPR
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
News: EPRLF rejects tna Will not accept its leadership Announces new coalition backed by TPC
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK), the main constituent in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has called for extensive discussions at regional level, in the North and East, on the Interim Report of the Constitutional Assembly. However, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), one of the four constituent parties in the TNA, has announced that it cannot function in coordination with the TNA anymore and would also not accept the ITAK's party symbol, the house, as the common symbol of the TNA.
News: SC asks Centre to clarify its stand on the Ram Setu within six weeks
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka has been embroiled in controversy since 2005 after the government’s Sethusamudram shipping canal project was planned. The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to clarify if it wants to remove the Ram Setu – the chain of limestone shoals connecting Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka – or protect it. The court gave the government six weeks’ time to file an affidavit on their stance, reported ANI. The Ram Setu bridge – also known as the Adam’s Bridge – is a 50-km stretch from Rameswaram Island in Tamil Nadu to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. According to Indian

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