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News: Differing from the EC in its ‘sunny’ reliance on government assurances
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
The European Commission’s proposal this week to the European Union (EU) regarding the restoration of GSP (General System of Preference) Plus to Sri Lanka’s export market did not carry with it, any element of particular surprise. This was a step long predicted. Checking displays of untoward jubilation And as a rider, it must be said that the deprivation of the trade benefit to the country under the Rajapaksa Presidency was not due to an overriding zeal on the part of the EU to ensure good governance at the time. It was simply because the Rajapaksas flouted every convention, every rule and every practice in existence relating to the Rule of Law, to trespass beyond all propriety in regard to illegal acts.
News: GSP Plus: Govt. rushing through rights plan
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
The Government wants to rush a five-year National Human Rights Action Plan (NHAP) next week as part of its initiatives to get the European Union to restore the GSP Plus tariff preferences to Sri Lanka. The 300-page report, which meets most of the conditions laid down by the EU, will come up for discussion at the weekly ministerial meeting on Tuesday. It was discussed by ministers last Tuesday but some ministers urged that immediate changes be made. On the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena, these changes were finalised at a conference chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday.
Events: 'இலங்கையின் வடக்கு கிழக்கு மாகாணங்களின் மீள்கட்டமைப்பு'
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
ஸ்காபரோவிலுள்ள உயர்கல்வி நிலையமான Centennial College, Torronto Canada
Events: இலவக் கற்கை நெறிகள் 10வது அணிக்குரிய வகுப்புகள்
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
லிட்டில் எயிட் கணனி பயிற்சி மையம் , கனகராசா வீதி, திருநகர் வீதி , கிளிநொச்சி
News: Sri Lanka’s re-embrace of China leaves India out in the Cold
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
Beijing lost much of its influence over Sri Lanka following a regime change in early 2015 that saw pro-Beijing President Mahinda Rajapaksa ousted. The new government promised a ‘balanced approach’ to dealing with the major powers-Washington, the global superpower, Beijing, the aspiring superpower and India, the regional hegemon. However, within two years Colombo has renewed its special relationship with Beijing by agreeing in late 2016 to buy military transport airplanes from China and give 80 per cent of the Hambantota deep seaport on a 99-year lease to China for US$1.1 billion, not to mention the offer to renew the Chinese-funded Colombo Port Project suspended in the wake of the ‘regime change’.
News: Where is democracy in Sri Lanka heading to?
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
It is now time that we discuss some key factors relating to democracy, given that the name of our country is the ‘Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.’ But, unfortunately, ours is still far from being a true democratic state. Democracy, which refers to the idea that people should rule themselves, was first established in Greece in the 5th century B.C. Henceforth, many countries, using different methods, have experimented to govern their societies and it is today recognised as the best form of governance.
Events: Eastham Tamil Community 17ஆவது பொங்கல் திருவிழா
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
High Street North London, E12 6SA
Events: தைப்பொங்கல் விழா 2017
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
Hanumana Temple (256-11- Hillside Avenuel,Glen Oaks- NY 11004
News: Sri Lankan Muslim body challenges North Chief Minister’s claim on resettlement
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has challenged the claim of C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province, that the charge of step-motherly treatment of Muslims in the matter of re-settlement is baseless. In a letter to the Chief Minister dated December 27, 2016, the President of the MCSL, N.M.Ameen, said that the CM’s contention that out of the 4307 families which had obtained lands between 2013 and 2016, 73.02 percent were Muslim, 25.66 percent were Tamil, and 1.32 percent was Sinhalese, was misleading.
News: Winning the West
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
The European Commission (EC) has proposed the restitution of the lost GSP + facility to Sri Lanka. This was the lead story of this newspaper on its yesterday's edition. After going through the formal process of keeping this restitution open allegedly for four months for any objections, it's therefore more than likely that GSP + will be restituted either in April or March.
News: Court of Appeal petitioned for retrial of Raviraj murder case under anti-terror act
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
The Sri Lankan Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya on Wednesday petitioned the Court of Appeal for a retrial of the Nadarjah Raviraj assassination case by a judge and not a jury, and under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), not ordinary law. The Colombo High Court had acquitted the five persons accused of killing Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian N.Raviraj on the basis of the view of an all-Sinhalese jury. The judge had ordered trial by jury under ordinary law, ignoring the fact that one of the charges against the accused was under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which does not allow trial by jury, M.A.Sumanthiran, counsel for Raviraj’s family told Express.
News: Sri Lanka In Two Minds On Constitutional Reform, Civil Society Organises Truth Commissions
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
There seems to be a rethinking on the part of the government regarding the nature and extent of constitutional reform. The SLFP is of the stance that the Constitution should be amended without going in for a referendum. SLFP media spokesman Minister Dilan Perera said “We have spoken with the President and taken a clear decision on this. Electoral reforms must take place and a new system introduced and we believe in maximum devolution of power within a unitary state. We have also made it clear that we will not support the merger of provinces or to lessen the power of the governors to make it a nominal position.”
News: Constitutional proposals can be debated in February – Mangala
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has vowed to pursue yahapalana government’s post-war political objectives in spite of difficulties. The minister dealt with reconciliation process in Sri Lanka in his address at the Chatham House, London on Wednesday. The topic on which I speak today – ‘The Reconciliation Process in Sri Lanka’, in fact holds special significance for us Sri Lankans this week. This is because, the Cabinet of Ministers recently declared this week, from January 8th to the 14th, as the ‘National Integration and Reconciliation Week’.
Photos: Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka: Lessons So Far and the Long Road Ahead
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
Photos: Northern Politicos Not Happy
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
Photos: India: Growing Restrictions on Association, Speech Amend Draconian Laws Choking Activists; End Clampdown on Minorities
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
Photos: Philippines: Duterte Unleashes Rights Calamity Abusive ‘War on Drugs’ Kills Thousands
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
News: Commission Proposes Enhanced Market Access for Sri Lanka as Reform Incentive
Posted Date: 12/01/2017 (Thursday)
Removal of customs duties would be accompanied by rigorous monitoring and conditional on continued commitment to sustainable development, human rights and good governance. The Commission today proposed that a significant part of the remaining import duties on Sri Lankan products should be removed by the European Union in exchange for the country's commitment to ratify and effectively implement 27 international conventions on human rights, labour conditions, protection of the environment and good governance. These one-way trade preferences would consist of the full removal of duties on 66% of tariff lines, covering a wide array of products including textiles and fisheries.
News: Country did not suffer without GSP+: MR
Posted Date: 12/01/2017 (Thursday)
Saying that it was good to regain the GSP+ facility, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday that the country had not been adversely affected by losing the facility. “It is good to regain the GSP+ facility. It is good if they think the country will benefit from it. We did not suffer any loss even without it,” he said.
News: Sri Lankans win human rights, democracy, GSP+: PM
Posted Date: 12/01/2017 (Thursday)
The people of Sri Lanka has won human rights, democracy as a result of the actions of the current administration and the European Union is restoring GSP+ free trade access to the country, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. "This is not just a victory for the government," Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. "This is a victory for all Sri Lankans." Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said with the restoration of GSP+ the access of Sri Lankan exports including apparel to the EU will be expanded creating more jobs

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