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News: MS admits GSP plus depends on ratification and implementation of 27 int’l conventions GoSL given time till May to meet obligations
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe yesterday acknowledged that the restoration of Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) could take about four to five months, though the EU on January 11 announced its decision to restore the facility. Addressing the media at SLFP headquarters at T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Minister Samarasinghe explained the process leading to the restoration of the much sought after facility made available to the then Kumaratunga administration soon after tsunami. The EU abruptly withdrew the facility in the wake of the previous government’s triumph over terrorism.
News: Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
“We’re not the same guys who used to tell you various things and then forget about it three days later… We want the world to know that we’re different—that we’re going to do what we say we’re doing.” –Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, to National Geographic (November 2016) Politics is shaped by leaders’ ability to deliver. It is all about doing and achieving, “doing what you say what you say you are going to do,” to paraphrase Dr. Harsha de Silva, Sri Lanka’s current deputy minister of foreign affairs. It is not about good intentions; it is about getting results.
News: Sri Lankan Court of Appeal dismisses Tamil leader Raviraj assassination case
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
The Sri Lankan Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed the case relating to the assassination of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Nadarajah Raviraj on the grounds that the petitioner was not present in court. M.A. Sumanthiran, Counsel for the petitioner (Mrs. Raviraj and family), told Express that he was not present in court because the Colombo High Court, where the case was originally conducted, had not given him certified copies of all the documents relating the case.
Events: திருவிளக்குப் பூஜை
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
Walthamstow கற்பக விநாயகர் கோவில்
Videos: Shanthi Sriskandarajah M.P.'s speech at NE Provinces Dev Conference
Posted Date: 20/01/2017 (Friday)
News: Police SIU failed to execute open warrant on Emil Kanthan, AG says
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
The Attorney General’s Department today informed the Colombo High Court that the Police Special Investigation Unit (SIU) had failed to execute the open warrant issued for the arrest of former North and Eastern Provinces LTTE Financial Head Emil Kanthan, in connection with a Rs. 200 million fraud that had allegedly taken place at the RADA in 2006. Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda PC appearing for the Attorney General informed Court that the SIU was unable to execute the open warrant issued against Emil Kanthan, the second accused in the case.
News: Omanthai Camp not Moved – Army
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
There is no truth in reports that the Omanthai Army Camp has been removed, military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said yesterday. He added that 18 acres of land near the camp were handed over to the Vavuniya District Secretary. "These areas include 10 acres to the west of the Omanthai checkpoint," he said.
News: India, Sri Lanka in talks on port
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is in talks to offer the port of Trincomalee to India. Speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue here, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Colombo’s Minister of Regional Development, said that the decision on offering the port to India will be taken soon. “Talks are at present going on between India and Sri Lanka and we hope to offer the Trincomalee port, which is one of the best deep sea ports in the world, to India,” said Mr. Fonseka speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue. Trincomalee has been on the table for sometime as Sri Lanka wants to maintain a neutral stand and provide equal access to its ports to both China and India.
News: Peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka require consistent, discernible and sustained momentum
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s moment of truth is fast approaching. The expectation is that significant initiatives will be taken this year towards addressing the two issues that are vitally important to the Tamil people – a political resolution and accountability for war-time violations. What is equally important is to maintain a consistent, discernible and sustained momentum towards reconciliation, bolstered by actions that make practical difference to the day to day life of the people and on this aspect, a lot to be desired in terms of commitment and drive.
News: Diaspora behind conditions for GSP+ claims JO
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
The Joint Opposition yesterday slammed the Government for considering what it termed as conditions that would be harmful to the country to regain GSP+ and claimed diaspora communities were responsible for the European Union (EU) holding Sri Lanka to 27 international conventions. Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peremuna (SLPP) Chairman and JO Member Prof. G. L. Peiris charged that the EU was attempting to get involved in the internal matters of Sri Lanka and alleged it would be beneficial to the aspirations of Tamil diaspora groups.
Photos: Lack of bilingual abilities blocking reconciliation: Consultation Task Force
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
Photos: CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
Photos: The US and AID: Sri Lanka’s dangerous liaison
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
Photos: Omanthai army camp, checkpoint removed: Vavuniya GA
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
Events: EEP Thaipongal Event
Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
Shiraz Mirza Community hall at Norbiton (near the Norbiton railway station )
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Posted Date: 19/01/2017 (Thursday)
News: Resettlement in North
Posted Date: 18/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Muslims of Sri Lanka claim step-motherly treatment while resettling them in various parts of the country as well as in the northern peninsula adding that little has been done to rectify the issue due to the lack of infrastructure and adequate funds while the matter is also allowed to prolong further. The Tamil speaking Northern Muslims as they are called, left their homes, lands and belongings and fled the area in October 1990 when LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran ordered them out in 24 hours saying the region is purely a Tamil homeland. The expulsion came after a festering dispute the LTTE had with this community
News: Executive Presidency to go: Nalin Bandara
Posted Date: 18/01/2017 (Wednesday)
The Executive Presidency would be terminated along with the introduction of the new constitution, UNP Kurunegala district MP Nalin Bandara said. He was speaking at a media briefing at Sirikota yesterday. Bandara said confirmation of the delimitation committee report is being delayed. “But effective measures would be taken to hold the Local Government polls soon,” he said.
News: Handing Over of Uurani Fisheries Boat Yard to the Fisher Community
Posted Date: 18/01/2017 (Wednesday)
As an act to signify the National Integration and Reconciliation week declared by HE the President, on 14th January the Army handed over the Uurani fisheries boat yard to the fisher community of Uurani Thaiddi (East) and Nallinakkapuram. This is another initiative towards building reconciliation whilst addressing the issues of civilians in Jaffna by Sri Lanka Army. Focused attention on fulfilling the public requirements, which are instrumental in making His Excellency’s efforts to build reconciliation successful. Therefore, measures were taken to allocate a suitable sea area for the people who resettled in the lands at Kankasanthurei and Thaiddi that were released recently by the army,
News: TNA will quit process if no devolution’
Posted Date: 18/01/2017 (Wednesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will not be a part of the ongoing Constitution-making process if more devolution is not considered, a senior party leader has said. “We have a mandate from the people for a federal Constitution with the merger of North and East to resolve the National question. Discussions are under way with the government on how best to come to an agreement. We cannot accept the 13th Amendment as a comprehensive power sharing mechanism,” said senior TNA member Dharmalingam Siddharthan.

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