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News: People affected by Uma Oya project could face landslide threats with onset of rain
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
The Disaster Mangement centre (DMC) and the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) are closely monitoring landslide prone areas in 40 GramaNiladhari divisions in Bandarawela, Divisional Secretary Nihal Gunaratne said. He said they were also monitoring areas where cracks had occurred due to the Uma Oya Multi purpose project.
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News: Delay LG Elections Amendment gazette – Mano
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
Minister Mano Ganesan has requested the government to refrain from issuing the gazette notification pertaining to the Local Government Elections Amendment Act until the issues surrounding the Ambagamuwa and Nuwara-Eliya Pradeshiya Sabha is addressed. The Minister speaking at a function said more than 200,000 votes existed within the two
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News: India, Sri Lanka agree to find permanent solution to fishermen issue
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
India and Sri Lanka on Saturday agreed to find a permanent solution to the fishermen issue existing between the two countries. The two sides held ministerial-level talks on the fishermen issue in New Delhi and agreed that a permanent solution to the fishermen issues should be found at the earliest.
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News: Normalising the Abnormal: The Militarisation of Mullaitivu
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
Two years after the Sri Lankan government co-sponsored UN Human Rights Council (HRC) Resolution 30/1 and six months after it renewed its commitments in HRC Resolution 34/1, the Sri Lankan government has continued to fail to fulfil its pledges to the Tamil people in Sri Lanka. A key commitment made in the HRC resolutions and a critical component of the conversation around transitional justice is meaningful security sector reform. Despite calls by numerous international bodies and repeated calls by Tamil politicians and communities, the
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Photos: Northern Province programme of National Food Production battle commenced under President’s patronage
Posted Date: 14/10/2017 (Saturday)
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News: India eyes airport in Sri Lanka, near Chinese Belt and Road outpost
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the Hambantota area, where China has built a seaport and is in
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News: Harthal in Jaffna
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
Shops in the Northern Province have decided to close their business establishments today (October 13) as a mark of protest demanding the release of Tamil political prisoners. It also aimed at drawing attention of President Maithiripala Sirisena’s visit to Jaffna Jaffna tomorrow. The Harthal was organised by the joint co-operation by a number of Tamil political parties and civil organizations in North.
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News: Two-faced Rajapaksa sibling
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
There may be no elections for local government institutions or provincial councils this year but that hasn’t deterred the major political parties from getting into elections gear in anticipation of these polls being held early next year. The two partners in the National Unity government, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) find themselves in an unusual and unprecedented situation. They are allies in the government, but they will be competing for votes with each other at the elections.
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News: Fear of the words, ‘UNITARY’ and ‘FEDERAL’
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
The (Draft) Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly cites a statement made by President Sirisena during the Resolution to set up the Constitutional Assembly regarding Article 1 and 2 of the present Constitution which states: "… that whilst people in the south are fearful of the word "federal", the people in the north are fearful of the word "unitary". The report then attempts to define the English term "Unitary State" and
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News: Sri Lankan Diaspora in Australia weighs in on Constitutional Reforms
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
With the release of the Interim Report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly of Sri Lanka on September 21, the debate over constitutional reforms has begun earnestly. We welcome the Interim Report and recognise the positive contribution it makes for the purpose of developing an inclusive and harmonious Sri Lanka. This is a great opportunity to develop a constructive dialogue among the stakeholders, both local and
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News: Constitutional making process: Wimal urges President to prevent division of country on ethnic lines
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
A delegation of National Freedom Front (NFF) led by its parliamentary group leader Wimal Weerawansa yesterday urged President Maithripala Sirisena to halt the ongoing constitutional making process leading to the division of post-war Sri Lanka on ethnic lines. The NFF consists of five MPs elected on the UPFA ticket at the last parliamentary polls in Aug. 2015.
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News: Opposition leader writes to President on transfer of PTA cases
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today urged President Maithripala Sirisena to release the Tamil prisoners detained under Prevention of Terrorism (PTA) Act for years as government pledged locally and international community to repeal it with an alternative law. He said that there is an unnecessary complication has been created by the transfer of some
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News: UNHRC Resolution 30/1 Implications for Sri Lanka Posted on October 12th, 2017
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted the resolution entitled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ on 1 October 2015, Resolution 30/1. (After a resolution promoted by the European Union (EU) was defeated in 2009 and a resolution tabled by Sri Lanka was adopted by an overwhelming majority. An attempt to table a resolution critical of Sri Lanka in 2010 was aborted). Resolution 30/1 has been described by some critics as a Constitution amendment project for Sri Lanka.
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Photos: Basil’s Jaffna declaration
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
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Photos: The Dark Side of Norochcholai
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
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Photos: Participation in constitution making process: Joint Opposition divided Police bid to silence media alleged
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
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Videos: UNP engineered Bond Scam
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
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News: Bond Scam: AG’s Department SILENCED
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
In a bizarre day at the Commission the Attorney General’s Department shockingly fell silent today refusing to examine Ministers Malik Samarawickrema and Kabir Hashim, instead putting on a defiant “we don’t give a damn” attitude at the Commission today. The team led by ASG Dappula De Livera which had brought the proceedings to a near climax by necessarily implicating Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Arjuna Mahendran,
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News: Sri Lanka to ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on HFC phase-down
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
The government has decided to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) Phase-down and the cabinet of Ministers has given its approval for ratification. The Montreal Protocol was established in 1987 by the world community to regulate the use of chemicals that cause damage to the ozone layer and phase out their use systematically and gradually.
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News: Subversion of judicial review diminishes sovereignty
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
In 1988, not too long before the United National Party was to lose the five-sixths Parliamentary majority it enjoyed (and therefore more than the two-thirds required to amend the constitution, barring of course those which required in addition a referendum) courtesy the anti-democratic referendum of 1982 which too was marred by massive fraud, J.R. Jayewardene indulged in a classic piece of constitutional skullduggery: the 14th Amendment
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