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News: Why small states matter in international politics: The case of Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
Sri Lanka occupied little thought throughout the West for much of the period since independence in 1948. In the last few years, however, Sri Lanka began to feature as a country of strategic relevance to great powers, particularly China and the United States. Sitting at the center of the Indian Ocean, halfway between China and the key energy resources in the Middle East, Beijing has sought to influence politics on the island. But it has suffered blows this year, with Mahinda Rajapaksa (friendly to Chinese interests) losing the presidency in January and his party losing in recent parliamentary elections to the center-right United National Party. Now, pro-Western Ranil Wickramasinghe holds the position of prime minister.
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News: TNA agrees to give post of Chief Opposition Whip to JVP
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
It was reported that the TNA has agreed to give the post of Chief Opposition Whip in Parliament to JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake. When the post of the Opposition Leader was obtained by a party usually the post of Chief Opposition Whip, too, went to the same party. Yet, the TNA had decided to hand that opportunity over to the JVP, TNA parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said.
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News: India’s Stand on Death Penalty and Torture is a Self-goal in Fighting Terror
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
The Law Commission’s recent report recommending the abolition of the death penalty except for cases related to terror and ‘waging war’ ignores a critical fact – that to fight terror, it might be more practical to do away with the death penalty. The Law Commission was responding to a Supreme Court suggestion in the case of Santosh Kumar Satishbhushan Bariyar vs Maharashtra and Shankar Kisanrao Khade vs Maharashtra, that it revisit the issue of death penalty in India to “allow for an up-to-date and informed discussion and debate on the subject.”
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News: Syrian Children … The Drowned Dream Syrian Children’s Death Toll during 2015
Posted Date: 04/09/2015 (Friday)
Syrian Network for Human Rights has documented the killing of 2236 children by the main conflict parties in Syria since 1 January 2015 and up till 31 August 2015.
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Photos: Video: Gota, Duminda grilled for 3 hrs; asked to appear tomorrow too
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: Leader of Opposition Sampanthan Moots New Scheme for Devolution of Power
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: India attaches highest importance to ties with Sri Lanka: Narendra Modi
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: Sri Lanka names first Tamil opposition chief in decades
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Photos: No previous govt had such overwhelming two-thirds majority-retired armed forces rep War veteran reminds opposition of its responsibility
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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News: Vantharumoolai Refugee Camp Disappearances: 20 years of waiting
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
Many may not know that, when 5th September 2015 dawns, it will be 25 years of waiting for 158 families, who ‘lost’ a member or two on that day of 5th September 1990 from the VANTHARUMOOLAI REFUGEE CAMP at EASTERN UNIVERSITY. They did not go missing as usual, where no one knew where they went. In this case these 158 were ‘handed over’/ ‘taken over’ by the Sri Lankan Military in front of a population of nearly 40,000 people. They were forced into buses and were driven away in the direction of Valaichenai. This was the last time anyone saw any of them, to date.
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News: Culture of excessive number of ministers must end - TNA Leader Sampanthan
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s new Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan today said that while a national government in the present context in the country may be a national need, it would have been better if the two parties would have been able to come together without an increase in the number of ministries. The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today recognized the TNA Parliamentary Group Leader as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
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News: Experience of Dr Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam from North of Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
I just returned from the North after 8 months. The miitarization of the North is pervasive. The Navy occupies the Islands' coastal areas appropriating many water front areas and controlling the sea. Poonakary is filled with army and Navy. From Poonakary to Mannar road, which I have traveled back and fourth five times, every three or four miles are fortified entrance to the inside in to the forest and in some places to the coast. The A9 and the side roads to east and west and the Jaffna coastal areas and Mannar coastal areas are filled with all three armed forces.
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Videos: TNA MP Sumanthiran’s Parliamentary address
Posted Date: 03/09/2015 (Thursday)
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Videos: Sumanthiran Special Interview For Athavan TV
Posted Date: 02/09/2015 (Wednesday)
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News: The inevitability of the banana republic
Posted Date: 01/09/2015 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka has been a ‘banana republic,’ for quite some time, and clearly so throughout the oligarchy of the Rajapaksas. Formally, a banana republic is “a small country that is economically dependent on a single export commodity, such as bananas, and is typically governed by a dictator or the armed forces.”). But in our case, the fate of the citizenry is far worse than in most other banana republics. In Sri Lanka, all wisdom, action, dreams, hallucinations and the making of unmitigated profit came from the first family and then from its acolytes. They were essentially the centre of our universe as well as the structure that kept this universe in place in a very specific way
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News: TNA Appoints Postholders
Posted Date: 01/09/2015 (Tuesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group convened its first meeting after the general elections and elected Hon. R. Sampanthan as the TNA’s Parliamentary Group Leader. It was also decided that Hon. Sampanthan should be appointed as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. On this basis, TNA MP Hon. Selvam Adaikalanathan accepted appointment to the post of Deputy Chairman of Committee. The following appointments were also made at the meeting:
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Videos: NSSP BAHU talks to the press on the southern politics
Posted Date: 01/09/2015 (Tuesday)
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Events: Cycling Demonstration from 10 Downing Street to Geneva
Posted Date: 31/08/2015 (Monday)
10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
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News: Sri Lankan ex-president's vanity airport may end up as paddy store!
Posted Date: 31/08/2015 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's second international airport, a pet project of former President Mahinda Rajapakse in his hometown built at a cost of USD 210 million with Chinese funds, could be used as a temporary paddy storage facility, according to government sources. The Mattala Mahinda Rajapakse International Airport, built at the southern port district of Hambantota was commissioned in 2013.Ex-president Rajapakse envisioned a commerce and tourism hub with a strategically located port, a 35,000-seat cricket stadium, a 300-acre botanical garden, a state-of-the-art convention center, five-star hotels and smooth four-lane highways connecting them all. The port, stadium and airport bear his name.
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News: The Second edition of “Tamils of Sri Lanka: The Quest for Human Dignity”, is now available
Posted Date: 31/08/2015 (Monday)
The second edition of the research monograph “Tamils of Sri Lanka: The Quest for Human Dignity” , is now available at the Tamil Information Centre. The monograph was first published in September 2001 and the revised edition was released in March 2006. The Tamil Information Centre (TIC) has recorded events in Sri Lanka, particularly relating to human rights violations by the Sri Lankan State against the Tamil speaking peoples since the early 1980s.
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