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News: Mannar can be developed as Dubai City: Champika
Posted Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Although there’s no sufficient water, Mannar District can be developed as Dubai City, if it’s natural resources are properly managed, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said today. He made this remark while, laying the foundation stone for the new Mannar Bus terminal which is to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 180 million under the Urban Development Authority’s (UDA) ‘Sukitha Purawara’ programme.
News: Sri Lankan reform has 'ground to a halt' with torture used freely – UN Coalition government has failed on promise to repeal Prevention of Terrorism Act
Posted Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka’s progress towards reform has “virtually ground to a halt” and brutal torture is used with impunity, the UN concludes in a scathing report on the country’s human rights record. The report, which comes three years after the country appeared to have turned a corner in its history by electing a new coalition government, is published on Monday following a UN visit to Sri Lanka at the request of the government. “None of the measures so far adopted to fulfil Sri Lanka’s transitional justice commitments are adequate to ensure real progress,” it says.
Photos: Scientists claim to have found language of ancient Indus civilisation
Posted Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Videos: KKM Educational Program for Estate Workers Children, Parakaduwa, Srilanka - July 18
Posted Date: 25/07/2018 (Wednesday)
News: Why death sentence would be a disaster to the country and the economy
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has vowed to reintroduce the death sentence on drug offenders, ending 42 years of moratorium. His desperation at his government’s failure to decisively respond to the resurgence of the underworld is understandable. His desire to project himself as the strongman in the mold of his predecessor was also palpable. In a way, the president’s approach is not much different from that of UNP MP Vijayakala Maheswaran and the high priest of Kandy, both offered their own quick fixes to complex social problems. One wanted Prabhakaran, the other Hitler. The Head of the State ought to have done better.
News: Human Trafficking: Skin removal and online porn the latest crimes
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Next Monday, the United Nations marks the World Day against Trafficking in Persons – a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. According to the UN, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that about 21 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these
News: Unless Federal set up established, the majority community will gobble us up
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
• Economic benefits will not solve the ethnic problems • There is nothing for me to respond to TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran • In the absence of US, there are others like UK conscious of Sri Lankan Tamils’ issue • Public perception that there is nexus between Ava group and the security forces • I have no proof of that • South must grant our request • Difficult to gauge India’s role • Tamil Nadu is no longer a factor Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, in an interview with the ,Daily
News: Govt. to insert federal constitution to 20A: Gammanpila
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The government was trying to incorporate constitutional changes on Federal lines as an amendment to the 20th Amendment during the committee stage of the debate, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader MP Udaya Gammanpila charged yesterday. Addressing a press conference, he said the Bill for the 20 Amendment was published in the Gazette on July 6,2018 and will be presented to Parliament during the first parliamentary week of August.
News: China, Sri Lanka vow to strengthen defense ties
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka and China have vowed to strengthen defense ties at a reception held here at the Chinese embassy to celebrate the 91st founding anniversary of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. Sri Lanka's Defense Secretary, Kapila Waidyaratne, who was the chief guest at the Monday evening event, said China had always been a valuable partner of Sri Lanka and the two nations had enjoyed diplomatic relations for 61 years, supporting each other in the regional and international sphere while making efforts to deepen pragmatic cooperation.
News: UN finds a quarter of Sri Lankans aremalnourished
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Nearly one in four people in Sri Lanka live below the internationally recognized poverty level a United Nations report, that measured income levels in 2016, has said. The UN standard measures poverty as an income of less thanUS$2.50 a day about Rs 400, while Sri Lanka has a lower measure around Rs.139 per day. Under that measurement only 4.1 percent of the population is below the poverty line.
News: ‘Gac fruit’ now in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Department of Agriculture introduced ‘Gac fruit,’ scientifically identified as ‘Momordica cochinchinensis’ to Sri Lanka, that can be successfully cultivated during both dry and wet weather seasons. The fruit that is found throughout the Southeast Asian region from South China to Northeastern Australia contain high contents of carotenoids (more than ten times of carrots), particularly provitamin A beta-carotene and lycopene.
News: Probe launched into human bones found during construction in Jaffna
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Jaffna Police said that investigations at the location where human skeletal remains were found while establishing a water supply network near Kalviyankadu area in Jaffna, commenced today (24) under the orders of Jaffna Magistrate’s Court. Jaffna Magistrate Sinnathuray Sathiskaranan inspected the scene, and ordered to carry out investigations at the site under the guidance of Judicial Medical Officer S. Mayuran.
Photos: Ian Paisley is suspended from Parliament for 30 days over free Sri Lanka trips
Posted Date: 24/07/2018 (Tuesday)
News: Most people think world is more dangerous than two years ago - survey
Posted Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
From major disaster, conflicts and under-reported stories, we shine a light on the world’s humanitarian hotspots Concerns have risen over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction Most people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a survey released on Tuesday 10 July.
News: Eyebrows raised over playing Chinese national anthem before SL’s
Posted Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Many an eyebrow has been raised over a government decision to play the Sri Lankan national anthem after that of China, at a state festival, attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday. The ceremony to mark the commencement of the construction of a special 200-bed hospital with Chinese financial assistance to treat kidney patients was held in Polonnaruwa on Saturday with the participation of President Sirisena and Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan.
News: Vijayakala’s outburst and Elephant in the room
Posted Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The speech by the former State Minister of Children’s Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran has been magnified in the media as a call by her for the return of an LTTE administration to maintain law and order and secure the safety of women in the North. I have used the term outburst because the content of the speech is not in the form of a considered statement and is more in the nature of an emotional outburst. The sexual abuse
News: “SL has become an international Drug trafficking Hub” - Ranjith Madduma Bandara
Posted Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
• There is a nexus between drug trafficking and underworld operations • Four underworld kingpins operate from outside the country • Underworld operations during MR rule as well • Crime rate dropped since 2015 • UNP will nominate its own presidential candidate for sure Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, in an interview with Daily Mirror, shares his views on the current crime wave and plans for the elections pending at the moment. The Minister shared the following:-
News: Why Beggars cannot be Choosers
Posted Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Hobson’s choice is a free choice, in which only one thing is offered. Because a person may refuse to accept what is offered, the two options are taking it or taking nothing. In other words, one may "take it or leave it". So say most popular dictionary. Prominent female writer, in a very interesting article about the situation in the country, said in the heading that our future political choice is a Hobson’s choice between clowns and murderers. Even if we accept her categorization, how this can be a Hobson’s choice? Clowns means
News: Sri Lanka is India’s special, trusted partner in South Asia, says PM Modi
Posted Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi make the remark during a video address while flagging off an emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka set up with Indian aid. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation.
News: HRC Chair hits out at dangerous moves to undermine independent body
Posted Date: 23/07/2018 (Monday)
The Human Rights Commission’s (HRC) Chair Deepika Udagama this week denounced what she said were sinister efforts to interfere with the work of her institution and to bully it into adopting specific positions. In recent weeks, the HRC–and, in particular, its Chair–was targeted by nationalist politicians. The attacks were so inflammatory that the Prime Minister’s office issued a statement on Thursday underlining that the HRC was appointed under the country’s constitution to function as an independent entity. It is a serious issue, it held, to publicly threaten the HRC’s Chairperson.

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