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News: Rajapakses exploiting Wijeyakala’s statements to divert public attention from their Hambantota Ports colossal robbery !!
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
When the parliament commenced sessions on the 3 rd (today) , questions were raised as to what action should be taken by parliament in the future in connection with the pro LTTE announcements made by State minister Vijayakala Maheswaran in the North. A number of joint opposition MPs pointed out the need to take action , and that her statements are violating the oath she has taken under 7 th schedule of the constitution. The speaker who considered the views took measures today to inform the Attorney General to probe into whether any legal provisions have been violated , and to take legal action
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News: In memory of Rajani: the mother, the wife and the revolutionary Keeping memories alive
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
Dr. Rajani Rajasingham Thiranagama, a symbol of Tamil human rights activism was shot dead by the LTTE in 1989. At the time of her murder, Rajani was the head of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Jaffna. She was also one of the founding members of the Jaffna branch of University Teachers for Human Rights. Breaking ethnic and religious barriers Rajani married Dayapala Thiranagama a student leader from Kelaniya University who went onto become an academic in his own right. The following article written by Dayapala Thiranagama first appeared in September 2009, to commemorate Rajini’s 20th death anniversary. It is reproduced to remember her 64th birth anniversary which fell on February 23, 2018.
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News: The Self-Serving Scramble for the Developing World
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
By David Kowalski The world’s richest countries insist their involvement in developing nations is prompted by altruism, but this magnanimity rings hollow. The tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu is only the latest developing nation to fall victim to a highly disturbing trend: regional economic giants—in this case China and Australia—playing out their personal rivalries on emerging economies’ soil. Wealthier countries like these are engaged in a constant proxy war for influence, coercing poverty-stricken nations around the world to host their military bases and miring them in debt with gargantuan infrastructural projects
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Events: The Local London Work and Health Programme launch event
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
The Great Hall, University of East London Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ.
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Events: Free Adult Mental Health First Aid course
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
the Main Guildhall at Kingston Council.
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News: Basil Pooh-Poohs War Heroes
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Basil Rajapaksa, brother and right hand man of ex president Mahinda Rajapaksa commenting on Army excesses when trying to quell protests in Rathupaswala said that it was so brutal that he could well imagine how they would have operated in the North. Rajapaksa made these observations in an interview with the ‘Ada’ newspeper. He said in Sinhala: “ඉස්කෝලෙ ළමයිනෙ මිය ගියේ, අපේ ශාඛා සමිතිවල සාමාජිකයින්ගෙ කකුල් 21 වෙඩි වැදිලා කැඩිල තිබුණ. එතකොට මට උනත් හිතෙනවා මුන් උතුරෙ ගිහින් කොහොම මරන්න ඇතිද කියලා. ඒක මහ අමානුශික දෙයක්.” The statement is in stark contrast to the general image of the security forces portrayed by that government.
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News: Sampanthan to meet Mahinda to discuss new Constitution
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and opposition leader R Sampanthan is to meet former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the process to draft a new Constitution. TNA Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran said that the new Constitution must have the backing off all political parties. As a result he said that Sampanthan had talks on the new Constitution with the group of 16 who left the Government as well as others in Parliament.
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News: Vijayakala's statement: Speaker refers matter to AG
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has asked the Attorney General whether State Minister Vijayakala Mahsewaran’s controversial statement calling for the resurgence of the LTTE violates the Constitution or any other laws of the country and if so to take appropriate action against her. “A question has arisen as to the type of action to be taken against Ms. Maheswaran after the sentiments expressed by MPs in the House today. The MPs stressed the need to take action against Ms. Maheswaran. They argued that the state minister had violated the oath an MP takes as per the annexure 7 of the Constitution,” a statement from the Speaker’s office said. Meanwhile, the Speaker informed parliament today that he would inquire into the statement made by state minister Maheshwaran regarding the LTTE and take disciplinary action in addition to the inquiry by the Prime Minister on this matter.
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News: China refutes so-called \"debt trap\" over Sri Lanka\'s Hambantota port project
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
China and Sri Lanka are committed to pushing forward cooperation on the Hambantota port project and realizing the goal of making Sri Lanka the logistics center of the Indian Ocean, said a Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday. \"This is not only conducive to the economic development of Sri Lanka, but also conducive to regional interconnection and the common prosperity of regional countries,\" Spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing. Lu made the remarks in response to allegations that appeared in U.S. media reports, which stated that China\'s acquisition of the Hambantota port from Sri Lanka highlights its \"debt trap\" and ambitious use of loans to gain influence around the world.
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News: Sri Lankan Lawmakers Target Reporters in Times Investigation
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Angered by a New York Times investigation detailing how China seized ownership of a seaport in Sri Lanka, a group of Sri Lankan lawmakers denounced the newspaper on Monday, focusing their ire on two local journalists for the newspaper. On Monday night, the lawmakers, who are allies of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a televised news conference in which they claimed that the journalists, Dharisha Bastians and Arthur Wamanan, were working on behalf of the current government to malign Mr. Rajapaksa. One lawmaker displayed a close-up photo of Ms. Bastians’s face for the cameras.
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News: Na tree planted to celebrate RI-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN Dharsana M.Perera planted a na tree, the Sri Lankan national tree, at Bogor Botanical Gardens on Monday to mark the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations. Perera said na tree, also known as Sri Lankan ironwood, was special to Sri Lankan people. For several centuries, na tree has been used as a traditional herbal plant and its wood has been widely used to construct temples and bridges. The tree’s flowers are also used in religious rituals in Sri Lanka. “Na tree is a rare plant in Sri Lanka,” said Perera, adding that na tree had been officiated as the Sri Lankan national tree in 1986.
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News: PM asks President to temporarily remove Vijayakala Maheswaran
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to temporarily remove State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran from her ministerial portfolio until inquiries are completed. An investigation is being carried out regarding certain controversial comments made by the State Minister regarding the now defunct LTTE, during an event in Jaffna yesterday Several MPs from both sides today requested the Speaker of Parliament to relieve State Maheswaran from her post as an MP.
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News: When Economists Blame Culture
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
• "The Great Depression in the 1930s, led to the emergence of Keynesian economics with social welfare policies, market controls and a greater role for the state in managing the economy" • "The key point here to draw from Schumpeter is that it is “only a small fraction of the population” that can be entrepreneurs " After almost four decades of liberalisation around the world, economic development continues to fail. These failures have been characterised by increased national debt, mounting levels of unemployment and underemployment and large numbers of people living in poverty. Yet international agencies and national policymakers continue with neoliberal economic prescriptions of austerity and market-oriented economic reforms.
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News: The NYT should ask what US has done for Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka handover of its strategic Hambantota Port to China on a 99-year lease in December of last year triggered concerns worldwide. The worry, which lasts till today, was conspicuously portrayed by a New York Times report published last week. The article accuses China of using a debt trap for vulnerable countries, which therefore fuels corruption and autocratic behavior in these "struggling democracies." Yet the report has drawn rebuttal from Sri Lankan politicians. The country's former Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said the reporter used none of his views but rather the piece was a veiled attempt at using Sri Lanka to target China. Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa refuted The New York Times report in a detailed statement. When the report called the Hambantota Port a failure because it drew only 34 ships in 2012, it
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Events: Civil Society at the Heart of London: putting the Way Ahead vision into action
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
London's Living Room, City Hall, SE1 2AA
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News: Ranil, Hitler, and Maria Abi-Habib
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
Ranil Wickramasinghe is in a panic mode with the coming Presidential elections for which he is being proposed as a candidate by the UNP. Having lost at elections 30 times facing the 31st election is for him a very trying situation. He was already lucky to have had become the Prime Minister without having to face any elections , but the Presidential election is another kettle of fish. Therefore he hangs onto any straw to keep afloat in the flood of votes that sounds rushing in another direction. In order to stop the tide of the people’s anger taking him away it becomes necessary for Ranil W to pull up his trousers, turn round looking at his group of parliamentarians ,and laughing at his own joke, does his gipsy dance in the well of the Parliament . The PM Ranil tries to show his knowledge of Buddhism and comes out showing only his ignorance of Buddha Dharma. He claps and sings to Buddhan Saranang
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News: Secretary-General's closing remarks at High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism [as delivered]
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
The first United Nations High level Conference of Heads of Counter Terrorism Agencies of Member States was held on 28-29 June at United nations headquarters on the theme “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”. The aims were to build a new partnership for multilateral cooperation to strengthen the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts. “The Secretary General’s closing remarks at the end of the conference is as follows. Thank you for these productive two days. There will not be a negotiated outcome, so I will set out my own conclusions for the way forward, based on your discussions. First, this conference has helped to strengthen multilateral collaboration, break down silos and build new partnerships.
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News: UN Peacekeeping Operations Head confirms Deployment of Sri Lankan personnel in Peace Keeping Operations has been terminated
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
In a press release the International Centre for Prevention and Protection of Genocide states that in response to the letter of 6 April 2018 of Miss A Seevaratnam the director of ICPPG, Mr. Lacroix Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations has confirmed in writing that the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has stopped deployment of personnel from Sri Lanka. Further, he has confirmed that the Sri Lankan deployment and rotations to UN peacekeeping will be contingent on the formalisation and implementation by the Government of Sri Lanka of an effective domestic screening process that meets the requirement of UN Policy.
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News: AT MATARA MEETING
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
The Yahapalana Government has kept its word to uphold the rule of law in the country, Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera told guests at the Platform for Freedom (Nidahase Wedikawa), last evening in Matara. “We managed to reinstate the rule of law and democracy back in this country which was being diluted over the past decade while they were in power,” the Minister said. Speaking of the recent comments that sparked about a Nazi regime, the minister drew parallels to the previous government where incidents similar to that of the Hitler’s Nazi regime took place. “Whenever the previous government didn’t have sufficient support they were in the practice of blackmailing and poaching people from parties that were opposed to them.
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News: VP welcomes attempt to trace its founder leader Rohana Wijeweera Better late than never – Vijitha Herath
Posted Date: 01/07/2018 (Sunday)
JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath told The Island yesterday his party welcomed the move by the wife of their founder leader Rohana Wijeweera to file a habeas corpus seeking information of her missing husband. "We welcome the move. Such an application could be filed by only a member of the family. She should have done that many years back. But better late than never," the MP said. Patabendi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera, better known as Rohana Wijeweera, was born on July 14, 1943. He was the founding leader of the JVP. As a candidate in the 1982 presidential elections, Wijeweera finished third, with about 250,000 votes. He led the party in two
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