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Videos: President Najibullah and the National Reconciliation Policy
Posted Date: 28/06/2018 (Thursday)
News: Sri Lanka: Deplorable threats against human rights defender
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently take action against those threatening human rights defender Sandhya Eknaligoda, Amnesty International said today. Over recent days, Sandhya Eknaligoda, a distinguished campaigner against enforced disappearances and the wife of disappeared cartoonist Prageeth Ekneligoda, has been subject to a barrage of hate, abuse, intimidation, harassment and death threats on social media. “The threats against Sandhya Eknaligoda are extremely worrying. The Sri Lankan authorities must urgently and effectively take appropriate action against those who seek to cause her harm,” said Dinushika Dissanayake, Deputy South Asia Director at Amnesty International.
News: Sri Lanka’s outlook remains stable but is conditional on reforms: World Bank
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
World Bank says a challenging domestic political environment has already taken a toll, slowing down some reforms and complicating the stable medium-term outlook and an impending election cycle which will only elevate this risk. World Bank, releasing its June 2018 edition of the Sri Lanka Development Update said the reforms are expected to bring in long-term benefits enhancing competitiveness, improving governance and streamlining public financial management. “Delays in improving tax administration are among the risks Sri Lanka must confront on the fiscal front,” the report said.
News: UN Human Rights Council Urged to Remove Sri Lankan Ambassador from Leading Social Forum: TGTE
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
In an urgent appeal to the President of UN Human Rights Council H.E. Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, the Minister for sports of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Mr. Aiyathurai Jeyakumar, urged the President of the Council to revoke the appointment of H.E. Mr. A.L Abdul Azeez as the Chairperson-Rapporteur for the 2018 Social Forum. While TGTE congratulated UN Human Rights Council for coming up with the theme for the 2018 Social Forum namely, “the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them”, it noted that choosing the permanent representative of Sri Lanka to lead the 2018 Social Forum is an affront to the Human Rights Council and a snub to the Human Rights norms in general.
News: The Monks Who Spew Hate Why Jailing of Gnanasara Did Not Become News in This Part of Asia
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanised humanity…” - Bertolt Brecht in The Exception and the Rule (quoted in The Sunday Leader) “I have done my duty towards the country,” Gnanasara told reporters as he boarded the bus taking him to prison. Why should I regret?” Rarely does Sri Lanka convict Buddhist monks. But few days back a court in Sri Lanka made history when it convicted Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the controversial leader of Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force) who is referred to as 'Thero', The Venerable, and sent him to jail. Scores of
Posted Date: 27/06/2018 (Wednesday)
Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African and Asian Christianity Liverpool Hope University, Tagga
News: TNA set to split as elections approach
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), of which the Ilankai Tamil ArasuKatchi (ITAK) is the single largest constituent, appears to be heading for a split, with the Sampanthan and Wigneswaran factions failing to find a common ground to work together. A likely outcome is the emergence of two new groupings, with the ITAK and its adjuncts being on one side and a conglomerate or congeries of groups headed by the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran being on the other side. The two factions have been on the verge of a split several times before but have stayed together in an uneasy relationship either because there was no alternative path in sight; or because there was no immediate need to part ways; or because of pressure from an external
News: Govt. to curb underworld activities: Ruwan
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The government has decided to curb underworld activities with the assistance of the tri-forces, State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene said yesterday. He said the decision was taken at the Defence Council meeting chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena and assured that underworld activities that has raised its ugly head would be rooted out for the people to live peacefully. According to him, a large sum of money had been spent for national security and that would be given continuously.
News: London High Commission hosts promoting the rural business in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in London facilitated a business promotion event on the theme 'Help Sri Lanka for a Better Tomorrow', organized by InfoMate (Private) Limited Sri Lanka, a subsidiary of the John Keells Group. The event focused on the role of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in creating employment in Sri Lanka through impact sourcing. The main purpose of the session was to promote the Rural BPO sector of Sri Lanka and to attract businesses from the UK market to create more employment in the rural areas of the country. Acting High Commissioner Sugeeshwara Gunaratna, in his welcome speech, stated that Sri Lanka was one of the emerging destinations for providing off-shore services for ICT and BPO services. He also mentioned that finance and accounting, legal, insurance, banking, telecommunication, data management and consultancy are some of the main areas of focus and
News: Lodge complaints on army deserters
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka Army has requested the public to notify the nearest police station of information pertaining to Army deserters. Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Atapattu speaking to NewsRadio said close to 8,000 army personnel have deserted the service without notice. Brigadier Atapattu said operations are underway to arrest those who have deserted. Information has also been uncovered that those who vacated the service are engaged in various criminal activities.
News: Prisoners’ rights group files complaint with NPC
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
The Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners yesterday (25), lodged a complaint with the National Police Commission against the alleged custodial, extra-judicial killing of a suspect, suspected of involvement in a recent attempted robbery in Matara and the subsequent killing of a Police Officer in a shootout that ensued. Secretary of the Committee, Sudesh Nandimal Silva, made the said complaint urging that an independent inquiry be conducted without heeding the one-sided account made by the Police justifying the death of a suspect who was handcuffed and with manacled feet.
News: Sri Lankan sovereignty, non-negotiable!
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan sovereignty – its supremacy in domestic policy and its independence in foreign policy – is under a two-pronged attack. In Sri Lanka, the neoliberals seek physical appropriation of territory and all that it contains, targeting the very substance of sovereignty and independence – the inalienable right of the people to full and permanent sovereignty, including possession, use and disposal, over all their wealth, natural resources and economic activities. Without permanent sovereignty, there can be no independent domestic or foreign policy; without it, independence and sovereignty are but empty shells.
Photos: How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
Videos: News Line TV1: The latest of corruption in Sri Lanka. Wasantha S & Faraz.
Posted Date: 26/06/2018 (Tuesday)
News: Quitting HRC won’t change US’s goals in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
The US quit the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday (June 19) with rhetoric intended to assert the moral high-ground, slamming the council and selectively ‘naming and shaming’ council members outside its charmed circle of ‘friends.’ While the statements of US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington reeked of imperial arrogance, the irony of this grandstanding by one of the worst human rights offenders on the planet would not have been lost on many in the global South, who have been at the receiving end of its worst depredations over time. Haley accused the council of being “a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of
News: Crisis-ridden Sri Lanka economy: Time for economics to prevail on politics
Posted Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s official statistics bureau, Department of Census and Statistics or DCS, has released the country’s 2018 first quarter provisional economic growth data in its website (available at: http://www.statistics.gov.lk/national_accounts/dcsna_r2/reports/2018.06.18/Q1_2018_(2018_06_18).pdf). These numbers may change later when DCS refines its data set. For instance, in the current release, DCS has firmed up its estimation of total output in the first quarter of 2017 by reducing its value from the previously released numbers. Had that previous high number been used, the growth rate in the first quarter 2018 would have been much lower than what has been announced in the current release.
News: Sri Lanka seeks to draw investments, tourists from Maharashtra
Posted Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in New Delhi Chitranganee Wagiswara has highlighted investment and tourism opportunities in the island during a visit to Mumbai. Sri Lanka wants to leverage its strategic location to position the country as ‘the Hub of the Indian Ocean’, Wagiswara told a business gathering attended by over 125 executives in the World Trade Center in Mumbai. Addressing the members of the All India Association of Industries (AIAI) Wagiswara, who was on an official visit to Mumbai from 13-14 June 2018 invited Indian entrepreneurs to invest in Sri Lanka, a statement said.
News: MIA arrests 8 citizens of Sri Lanka for attempting to illegally cross border
Posted Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Eight citizens of Sri Lanka have been arrested by the border police and state security service for attempting to illegally cross the border in the Adjara region. Investigators say that the detainees were trying to cross the Georgia-Turkey border aiming to enter Turkey and avoiding border control. The offence committed by foreign citizens is punishable from four to five years of imprisonment.
News: MR informs Sumanthiran of latest recovery of explosives from North
Posted Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
Kalai Kathir, published in Jaffna, in its June 23 Saturday issue, reported that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had brought to the attention of Jaffna District TNA MP M. A. Sumanthiran the recovery of explosives at Oddusuddan. According to the report, Sumanthiran had received information about the weapons recovery from Rajapaksa and thanked him for alerting and advising him.But the report added that Sumanthiran warned Rajapaksa that if all did not get together to deliver a solution to national question more underground claymore mines might come out.
News: 'Fowzie took Rs.20mn worth Ministry vehicle'
Posted Date: 25/06/2018 (Monday)
The former Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management Siththi Mareena Mohammed says former subject Minister AHM Fowzie requested her for a vehicle received by the Ministry, worth 20 million rupees. She made this statement during evidence hearing in the case against State Minister AHM Fowzie on charges of incurring a loss of 1 million rupees to the government. The former Secretary of the Disaster Management Ministry said the Ministry received the vehicle on the 10th of November in 2010 adding the former Minister of Disaster Management had taken the vehicle on the 14th of November.

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