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News: 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 21 March 2018 Statement by Hon. Tilak Marapana, PC., MP Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
Mr. President, Madam Deputy High Commissioner, Distinguished Delegates, It is an honour for me to be here today at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council representing the Government of Sri Lanka. I am joined today by my Cabinet colleagues, the Minister of Special Assignments, Hon. (Dr) Sarath Amunugama, and the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Hon. Faiszer Musthapha. My colleagues and I represent the two main political parties that form the coalition government. We are here before this Council together in unison, to speak with one voice, demonstrating the Government’s firm commitment to the advancement of reconciliation, the rule of law, good governance, human rights, justice, equality, and dignity for all our citizens, based on the 100 Day Programme on which President Maithripala Sirisena was elected in January 2015.
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News: Politics vs Economics
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy recently said that good economics make good politics. He underscored this view not in so many words, but by saying at a seminar yesterday that the recently won economic gains should not be sacrificed to politics. Among those gains that he elaborated on were the country’s foreign reserves increasing from US$ six billion last year to US$ eight billion this year led by quality uplift, underscored by CBSL’s short term swaps being reduced from $ 2.5 billion to $ 1.5 billion.Contributing factors included exports growing to record highs, inflation contained at 4.5 per cent and net foreign inflows enjoyed by the stock market.
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News: No-confidence motion against PM handed over to Speaker
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
The motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been handed over to the Speaker of Parliament by MPs representing the Joint Opposition. Joint Opposition leader Dinesh Gunawardena handed over the motion to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya at 2.30pm today (21). The motion has reportedly been signed by a total of 55 MPs including 51 from the Joint Opposition and 4 MPs from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). The SLFP members who have signed include T.B. Ekanayake, Nishantha Muthuhettigama, Susantha Punchinilame and Kader Masthan.
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News: BBS General Secretary arrest warrant withdrawn
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
Colombo Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara has ordered to withdraw the arrest warrant against General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Organisation Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera. The order to withdraw the arrest warrant was issued as Gnanasara thera surrendered to court through an Attorney today. Court ordered to release Galagodaththe Gnanasara thera on an additional bail of 2,500 rupees.
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News: ' Port city ' stands tall despite civil society protests
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
• The Budget Appropriation Bill of 2018 in which he claimed that Rs. 1200 million alone is allocated to minimize coastal erosion caused due to the Port City project • The poison percentage in the air would increase by about 40% due to the drastic increase of the air pollutant The sand supplied at the international bulk rate is supply at $200 per ton which represents a value of $2.8 billion • Another problem is the increase of land area from the 1st EIA report from 236 hectares to 269 hectares The People’s Movement against the Port City (PMAPC) has since 2011 been protesting against the construction of the Port City and continue to thoroughly denounce the Government’s decisions and actions in relation to the same. A press conference and seminar were held at the Methodist Hall by the ‘Creation Care Desk’ of the Methodist Church on February 28 in collaboration with the People’s Movement to oppose the Port City. These
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News: Track Record Of TNA – A Sad Saga
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
“But I don’t have a very good track record with royalty. My dress fell off in front of Prince Charles at the Prince’s Trust, so I’m just living up to my reputation.” – Kate Bush, British Singer The UNP has suffered severe losses at the Local Authority Elections. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has likewise sustained significant setbacks, not only electorally, but politically as well. The losses of the TNA (read, ITAK, the prima donna, calling all the shots in the Alliance) are not sporadic; but seem pervasive across the entire electoral landscape of the Tamil heartland in the North-East.Compromising on core ideals whilst cohabiting with the Sirisena-Ranil government has cost the TNA/ITAK dearly.
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Photos: WONKY ATTITUDES AND WEIRD APPROACHES IN A POLITICAL CLASS
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: The silent, suffering masses
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: The world moves forward and we move backwards
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Videos: Nalaka Godahewa and pro-LTTE group clash in Geneva (English)
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Videos: No Confidence motion in the parliament
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: Impunity: A cat closing its eyes drinking milk
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The title from my school days refers to a cat thinking that when it sees no one, it is safe. Likewise, our rulers seem to think that blocking out Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. ensures that no one can see us or our friends bashing our Muslim brethren and enjoy that barbaric moment as we act out our Mleccha (barbarian) instincts. With firm action, the riots should have been stopped on day one. Instead, social media showed the police, the STF no less, laughing at one of the victims. It is argued that the blackout is really to prevent rogues spreading hate speech. Wrong! When hate speech is engaged in, we can track down the rogues and bring down the law on them. In
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News: Omp is for reconciliation not to satisfy anyone else
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is one of the main transitional justice mechanisms, the others being a truth commission, an office on reparations and a judicial mechanism to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights. The OMP intends to promote justice and bring closure to those whose loved ones have gone missing. With the recent appointment of the Chairman and the members to the OMP, hopes are now anew that the truth will surface. In an interview with the Daily mirror its newly appointed Chairman, Saliya Pieris PC, who is a former member of the Human Rights Commission, stressed that the OMP is not a punitive mechanism, but a mechanism to find the whereabouts of loved ones who have gone missing and provide relief.
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News: Speaker Jayasuriya urged not to certify protection against disappearances Bill
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has been urged by the Joint Opposition (JO) not to certify the hastily enacted Bill for the protection against enforced disappearances. JO spokesman Colombo District MP Gamini Lokuge yesterday said that they had requested Speaker Jayasuriya to allow a fresh debate and a vote on the Bill. Addressing the media, at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla office, Lokuge said Speaker Jayasuriya had allowed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe to manipulate the legislative process.
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News: Sirisena urged to ‘rise as a statesman’
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Reminding President Maithripala Sirisena of the “unstinted support” that Tamils extended to him in 2015, senior Tamil politician and Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan on Monday urged him to “rise as a statesman” and resolve Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem. “We want a statesman to rise in this country who can say, ‘I resolved the country’s national question’ and we think you can do it, we think you should do it and it is our expectation that it will be done,” he said, speaking at an event in Jaffna, where he shared the stage with Mr. Sirisena.
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News: Monks, troops help Muslims after race riots in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Buddhist monks and army troops have begun rebuilding and renovating scores of properties damaged during a series of anti-Muslim riots near Kandy in Sri Lanka's Central Province, an area known for its scenic tea plantations. The government announced a nationwide state of emergency after two people were killed in the sectarian violence, which also saw nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and numerous shops damaged. As racial tensions boiled over, 60 vehicles were torched and more than 20 mosques attacked as violence erupted in key cities across the nation.
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News: Will support no-confidence vote against PM – JVP
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday (19) said that it would support the Joint Opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the basis that he had allegedly protected thieves in both the current and former Governments by making deals with them. Speaking to Ceylon Today, JVP Propaganda Secretary Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the JVP has not seen the no-faith motion which the JO is going to bring to Parliament yet, but the JVP would support the motion if it mentions the said facts.
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News: Faction against efficient judiciary to be revealed
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana says the faction represented by those objecting the measures to make the legal system efficient will be revealed promptly. Speaking in Parliament, the Deputy Minister said there is a faction that is attempting to disrupt the initiatives of the government of increasing the efficiency of the judiciary and speed up the process of bringing the guilty to book. Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranavithana said they are filing cases in court in opposition of punishing the guilty and increasing the efficiency of the judiciary.
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Videos: Rahul Gandhi Full Speech | AICC Plenary Session | CNN-News18
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
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News: Sri Lanka must enhance fiscal income to offset narrowing external drains: Fin Min
Posted Date: 19/03/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s Finance minister says the island must optimize utilizing local resources with a well-managed and efficient tax system as a pro-growth catalyst. My contention is that the new Inland Revenue Act will bring a paradigm shift to taxation in this country that is in line with our policy of updating complex legislations to achieve our development goals in this 21st century, Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister said. The minister was addressing a seminar organized by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) to educate the public on the new Inland Revenue Act that will come into effect from April 01st 2018.
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