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News: Sri Lanka story may not end happily
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
You could write a heart-warming fairy tale about the turbulent events in the island nation of Sri Lanka in the past two months. It would involve a conniving President, who abruptly and illegally dismisses the elected Prime Minister, and replaces him with a corrupt and blood-soaked former despot who was the President’s old boss. The despot, now claiming to be the
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News: Nearly 50,000 affected
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by the raging flood waters in the Northern Peninsula over the past two days, and the authorities warned of more wet weather in the area and elsewhere. Incidentally, the number of affected people is the single largest figure since the end of hostilities between the security forces and Tamil Tigers in 2009.
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News: The Crucial March 2019 Session of UNHRC
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
UN Human Rights Council’s March 2019 Sessions is poised to debate and discuss the Council’s Final Reports on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing its 30-01-2015 Resolution which had more than 25 core recommendations. A Resolution as to Sri Lanka’s record of performance and its obvious failings with appropriate recommendations is also expected to be passed, and later to be forwarded to United Nations and UN Security Council if warranted for further steps and action.
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News: edotco installs first smart lamp pole in Jaffna
Posted Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
edotco Sri Lanka, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, installed the first ever Smart Lamp Pole in Jaffna Municipality, bringing the latest innovations to the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
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News: Jayampathy: Cabinet can have 32 members including Prez, PM
Posted Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
Constitutional expert and National List MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne, PC, yesterday said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution provided for appointing two more Cabinet ministers. Parliament enacted 19th Amendment in late April 2015.
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News: Maldives owes China $1.4bn, says finance minister
Posted Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
The Maldives' Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said Thursday that the island nation owes a total of $1.4 billion to China, the same amount that India had pledged in financial aid to the newly elected President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Solih made his first official visit abroad to India on Monday. Ameer explained to reporters in Tokyo that $1.4 billion is the total amount of loans committed by the Chinese, of which $666 million has been drawn down so far. He added after the press conference that the total
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News: Five Districts In The North Devastated By Rains: Will The Navy Block Compensation?
Posted Date: 22/12/2018 (Saturday)
As a result of the showers received from Thursday evening to Saturday morning. streets are flooded and several thousands of families have had to take shelter in 12 refugee camps hosting 600 families. The road from Paranthan to Mullaitivu is impassable with three sections of road under as much as 3.5 feet of water
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News: Post of Opposition Leader: Speaker delays ruling
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced in Parliament that he had decided to delay his ruling on the post of Opposition Leader because of fresh submissions made by some MPs. The Speaker was supposed to give a ruling on this matter today.
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News: Aava no threat to national security: Army Commander
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake said there was no threat to national security from the so-called Aava Group. He said the security forces were equipped to deal with any type of a danger to national security. Lt. General Senanayake expressed these views at a press conference held at the Mechanical and Engineering Corps Headquarters in Slave Island.
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News: State Ministers & Deputy Ministers sworn in
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Three non-cabinet ministers, 17 State Ministers and 7 Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (21). Several parliamentarians representing the United National Front (UNF) arrived at the Presidential Secretariat by 6.30 p.m. today for the swearing in ceremony.
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News: UK’s response to TGTE’s signature campaign to get UK to refer Sri Lanka to ICC in March 2019
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
In response to the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) signature campaign to refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019; by agreeing to provide accountability and transitional justice, the UK government has given its response today as,
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News: UK will help safeguard human rights in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 19/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The British Government said that it will help safeguard human rights across Sri Lanka. Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said he welcomed progress made towards the peaceful resolution of the political situation in Sri Lanka.
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News: Sample selection of Mannar grave begins
Posted Date: 19/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The selection process of skeletal remains found in the Mannar mass grave due to be sent to a University in Florida commenced this morning. Accordingly six samples of the skeletal remains are due to be sent to Florida for a carbon dating tests. Two samples have already been selected.
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News: Mahinda cuts his losses, but…
Posted Date: 18/12/2018 (Tuesday)
The irony is true and striking. In the normal course, political leaders enter office in public, celebrating it all, and quit, when it became unavoidable, quiet and withdrawn. Not Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa. So much so when he quit as President after the adversarial electoral verdict in the early hours of 9 January 2015, that was more in the news and in the people’s mind than the ‘advent of democracy’ and the return of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime
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News: The Great Game in the Indian Ocean: Modi govt announces massive assistance to the Maldives to counter China
Posted Date: 18/12/2018 (Tuesday)
How India is trying to wean the Maldives away from Chinese sphere of influence. On Monday, PM Narendra Modi announced $1.4 billion in financial aid to the Maldives after talks with President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih who is on his maiden state visit to India. In a significant move, Solih has chosen India for his first state visit. PM Modi has also attended President Solih’s swearing-in ceremony on November 17.
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Photos: Their Husbands Casualties of War, Jaffna Women Fish for Their Families
Posted Date: 17/12/2018 (Monday)
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News: China rejects India proposal for trade in local currencies
Posted Date: 16/12/2018 (Sunday)
China has not accepted India's proposal to carry out bilateral trade in local currencies which was aimed at bridging the ballooning trade deficit with the neighbouring country, an official said.
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Events: TIC - International Human Rights Day - 2018
Posted Date: 16/12/2018 (Sunday)
SHIRAZ MIRZA MANOR PARK HALL MALDEN ROAD, NEW MALDEN KINGSTON UPON THAMES KT3 6AU
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News: Skeletons of 21 children found in mass grave in Sri Lanka with 'signs of torture' So far 276 skeletons have been exhumed from ‘largest mass grave ever explored on island’
Posted Date: 15/12/2018 (Saturday)
Staff dig up skeletons at a site of a former war zone in Mannar, Sri Lanka ( REUTERS ) Excavators in Sri Lanka have found the skeletal remains of 21 children as well as signs of possible torture of the dead in the biggest mass grave in the country’s former civil war zone, Mannar, putting a spotlight on the island’s recent record of human rights violations.
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News: K.S. Sivakumaran discusses Lankan Tamil culture
Posted Date: 14/12/2018 (Friday)
Thamil culture” by K.S. Sivakumaran is to be reminded of the huge cultural gap that exists between the Sinhalese and Tamils, despite all attempts at cultural exchange.
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