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News: Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
Pope Francis in his New Year’s greetings Sunday declared 2017 will be good to the degree that people do good and reject hatred, as he prayed for those courageously dealing with terrorism gripping the world in “fear and bewilderment.” “The new year will be good in the measure in which each of us, with the help of God, tries to do good, day by day, that’s how peace is created,” Francis told a crowd of 50,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his noon blessing and New Year’s Day remarks.
News: Why did PCs reject the Development Bill?
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
The controversial Development (Special Provisions) Bill has been rejected by all nine provincial councils where it had so far been presented, thus reflecting that they would veto the Bill which, according to the opposition parties, would give rise to ‘two all-powerful Super Ministers.’ The Bill, seemingly a programme by the UNP-led government to overhaul the national economy, aims at centralising all economic activities in every area including the provincial councils, with a common policy and plan. Though the Bill provides for the authorities to consult the Provincial Chief Ministers on the implementation of economic projects within the provinces, the provincial leaders seem to fear that their powers would ultimately be usurped and their views overruled by the proposed national economic policy and plan. Hence, this stands as the main reason, other than party politics, for the rejection of the Bill by the provincial councils.
News: Gin-Nilwala diversion project: Rs. 4.1 billion paid to Chinese firm but no work
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
Payments amounting to more than Rs. 4.1 billion have been made to a Chinese contractor for the Gin-Nilwala Diversion Project, but no work has been carried out, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has told ministerial colleagues. In a note explaining the current situation over the project, he has said that a Committee of three senior officials had conveyed the copy of a report to the Department of National Budget in July last year. In terms of that, payments were made on December 30, 2014 Rs. 998,576,311, on January 6, 2015 Rs. 2,000,342,335 and January 7, 2015 Rs. 1,003,136,336. This had totalled Rs. 4,011,054,982.
News: Sri Lanka's bleak political outlook in 2017
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka's President and Prime Minister mark two years of their "unity" government in January with their uneasy coalition facing mounting challenges to its stability and cohesion. Our political correspondent examines the possible outcomes in 2017.
Photos: New Year celebrations: Global festivities welcome 2017
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
Photos: Kaddukkarai Archaeological studies which have ventured into a new path towards Misted Ancient History of Northern Sri Lanka - Tamil Diplomat
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
News: MPs corrupt but call for closing down parliament unjustifiable – civil society
Posted Date: 31/12/2016 (Saturday)
Parliamentary system couldn't be abolished though the vast majority of elected and appointed members were in politics for their personal benefit, the media was told on Thursday (Dec 29) at a press conference called by civil society grouping at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana. Addressing the media, Chameera Perera of Left Centre highlighted the mega duty free car vehicle permit scam perpetrated by members of political parties in parliament.
News: Sri Lanka’s New Constitution – Return of the Divide and Rule
Posted Date: 31/12/2016 (Saturday)
There are several foreseen dangers as influence is exerted from multiple quarters to change, rather dilute the present Constitution. No constitution is 100% perfect and no constitution can cater to the demands or even aspirations of all of its citizens. No constitution can or should be created based on the desires of a handful of people especially when their past records are questionable and not investigated. We are at a very critical juncture. We can no longer trust in the representatives we elect some of whom are rejected but hold key portfolios. There are important aspects for all citizens to now think of. Is it a coincidence that the players involved in the drafting of the new constitution all belong to a compartmentalized thinking and their thinking is funded by and supported by foreign parties.
News: PM presents Draft Bill against Enforced Disappearance to Cabinet
Posted Date: 31/12/2016 (Saturday)
A draft Bill to give effect to the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) has been presented to Cabinet by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, the Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Law and Order have proposed amendments that have been sent back to the Prime Minister’s office for consideration. The Ministries of Finance and of Justice had also made observations.
News: Sri Lanka's influential ex-leader opposes land for Chinese investment
Posted Date: 31/12/2016 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday criticised a government plan to grant 15,000 acres for Chinese investment in his constituency, saying it will deprive people of agricultural land. Rajapaksa, chided by the West and India for his close relations with China during his rule, is now agitating against President Maithripala Sirisena government's moves to attract investment as he seeks to rally support under a new party.
News: Year 2017 for Sri Lanka ; Reading outside Astrology
Posted Date: 31/12/2016 (Saturday)
Year 2017 dawns with all arrangements including a week for "reconciliation" put in place to celebrate two years of Maithripala Sirisena presidency and Wickramasinghe government, beginning from 09 January 2015. More precisely, it would be 02 years celebrated for ousting the Rajapaksas. UNP on its own was conceded as no strong contender to floor Rajapaksa. Wickramasinghe thus agreed on Sirisena as the Common Candidate to defeat Rajapaksa. Ousting Rajapaksa is all what the Colombo "civil society" owners too wanted. They still cry proud not about them winning but about them defeating Rajapaksa. Everything else is unimportant for them even now.
Photos: Man on a mission to topple Govt. in 2017
Posted Date: 31/12/2016 (Saturday)
News: Rajapaksa’s theory on India’s silence over successor regime’s tilt towards China
Posted Date: 30/12/2016 (Friday)
Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said here on Thursday, that India is silent over the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s unmistakable tilt towards China probably because it has been promised control over Trincomalee and Kankesanthurai harbors and the Palaly airport in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces to balance China’s control over Hambantota harbor. At a meeting with resident foreign correspondents, Rajapaksa wondered why India, which made such a fuss over the visit of an Chinese nuclear submarine and helped the US oust him from power, is silent over the present government’s pronounced tilt towards China.
News: Federalism addresses minority rights: Prof. R. Sivachandran
Posted Date: 30/12/2016 (Friday)
Prof. R. Sivachandran, a Central Committee member of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK), in an interview with the Dailymirror by email, advocates the Federal structure of government for the North and East. The ITAK is the dominant ally of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the moment. Expressing views at the time a constitution-making process is underway, he says powers cannot be devolved under a unity form of government as in today, fulfilling the aspirations of the Tamil people. Excerpts of the interview.
Events: Nava Sama Samaja 39th Anniversary Rally: Defeat Chauvinism! Strengthen Democracy!
Posted Date: 30/12/2016 (Friday)
@New Town hall, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Videos: Face The Nation TV1 27th December 2016 - Part 2
Posted Date: 30/12/2016 (Friday)
Videos: Face The Nation TV1 27th December 2016 - Part 1
Posted Date: 30/12/2016 (Friday)
News: CaFFE to sue Delimitation Committee
Posted Date: 29/12/2016 (Thursday)
The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) is mulling legal action against members of the Appeals Committee on Demarcation of Boundaries and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils for deliberately delaying the local council elections. "The Appeals Committee on Demarcation of...... Boundaries and the Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils has united to deliberately delay the Local Council Elections . Hence, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) will take legal action against those who are involved in this conspiracy," CaFFE Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said.
News: GL dismisses Sumanthiran comment as racist utterance
Posted Date: 29/12/2016 (Thursday)
Former UPFA External Affairs Minister and Joint Opposition member Prof G.L.Pieris yesterday dismissed as a racist utterance, a statement made by TNA parliamentarian M. Sumanthiran that the accused in the Raviraj murder case had been freed because the jury were all Sinhalese. Prof. Pieris, addressing a news conference at the Dr. N.M.Perera Centre at Borella, accused Sumanthiran of sowing seeds of hatred instead of promoting reconciliation.
Photos: An attempted Rajapaksa return
Posted Date: 29/12/2016 (Thursday)

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