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News: Sri Lanka to tighten controls over NGOs
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is to tighten controls over charities and civil society organizations, through changes to a 1980 law requiring the registration of voluntary organizations, Minister Gayantha Karunathilake said. The changes is partly driven by the requirement of the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank which is in charge of Anti-Money laundering/Combatting Terrorism Finance (AML/CFT), activities. Sri Lanka has fallen behind requirement of the global AML/CFT framework and is now in the so-called 'grey list'.
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News: Sri Lanka police cover up in Lasantha murder emerge after key arrest
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The arrest of a retired senior Deputy Inspector-General has revealed how the police scuttled its own investigations to protect military intelligence men who carried out the assassination of editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. Senior DIG Prasanna Nanayakkara who is currently in remand custody has allegedly instructed his juniors to not only botch the investigation, but also destroy evidence gathered from the crime scene, according to a confession by Senior Superintendent Hemantha Adhikari. It was Adhikari who led the investigation into Wickrematunge's assassination in January 2009 under the immediate supervision of DIG Nanayakkara who at the time was in charge of Western Province (south).
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News: Kuwait amnesty period for Lankans ends today
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The general amnesty period announced by the Kuwait government for Sri Lankans residing without a valid travel document ends today. The Kuwait government in January announced that Sri Lankans had the opportunity to leave Kuwait without having to pay a fine during the amnesty period. The Interior Ministry of Kuwait announced an amnesty period for all expatriates who do not have residence permits or whose residence permits have expired.
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News: Thera gets patent for solar-powered vehicle
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
The chief incumbent of the International Meditation Centre at Rathmalkanda Aranyaya (hermitage) in Kitthalella, Bandarawela Ven. Madawala Upali Thera has received the patent license for his invention of solar-power operated motor vehicle. A unique feature of this vehicle is that there is no emission of carbon dioxide and sulpher dioxide to the environment, thereby helping to minimise air pollution and reduce global warming, according to the thera.
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News: Govt. bound to implement UNHRC resolution: TNA
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Opposition Leader and TNA MP R. Sampanthan today said that the government was bound to implement the UNHRC resolution both in spirit and letter and called on the international community to ensure it was fully implemented. Highlighting the delays that have occurred in implementing the resolution he said that the International community must take necessary steps to ensure that the government is held accountable for the commitments made to the international community and to the people in Sri Lanka on implementing Cosponsored resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.
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News: In world report Sri Lanka listed among countries unsafe for Muslims
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka has been listed among countries unsafe for Muslims in a newly released world report. In the report, Amnesty International notes that Sri Lanka saw a rise in Buddhist nationalist sentiment last year, including attacks against Christians and Muslims. In September, a group of hardline Buddhist monks attacked the homes of Rohingya refugees in Boosa, southern Sri Lanka. In November, dozens of home and businesses of Muslims were attacked near the southern city of Galle.
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News: Mother tongue key symbol of our individual identity - CBK
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga speaking as Chief Guest at the 2018 International Mother Language Day celebrations at the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo yesterday. Picture by Sarath Peiris The 2018 International Mother Language Day celebrations jointly organised by the Bangladesh High Commission, Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, National Unity and Reconciliation, Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Sri Lanka Scout Association and university of Visual and Performing Arts was held at the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo yesterday.
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Photos: Sri Lanka Relations in Perspective History alive in both countries
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
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Events: MULTINATIONAL INDICTED FOR CRIMES IN SYRIA: THE FRENCH CASE AGAINST COMPANY LAFARGE
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
ECCHR OFFICE (BERLIN)
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Events: Health Day for Refugees and Asylum seekers in Kingston
Posted Date: 22/02/2018 (Thursday)
Piper Hall, Piper Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT1 3EX
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News: Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 politics and how Ranil’s GPS failed
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
The power struggle between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ended with both being badly bruised, but the acrimony also exposed the failure of their long-term political strategies. The run-up to the February 10 local government elections deepened the differences within the uneasy coalition and saw Sirisena declaring that his government was more corrupt than the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. In sharp contrast, Wickremesinghe desisted from criticising the junior coalition partner and even moved to rein-in his United National Party young bucks who tried to snipe at Sirisena.
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News: Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter says Unity Govt should be scrapped
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
The Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter of the Siam Nikaya has called for the end of the Unity Government and urged President Maithripala Sirisena to install a new single party or alliance Government. In a statement released through the Chief Secretary of the Chapter, the Most Venerable Warakagoda Gnanarathana Mahanayake Thera said that if such a Government could not be formed, then steps should be taken to dissolve Parliament and hold a General Election.The President is prevented from unilaterally dissolving Parliament for four and a half years by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, but the House could pass a resolution to dissolve.The
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News: Brig. Priyanka Fernando recalled to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
The Minister Counsellor (Defence) attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in London, Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, has been recalled to Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Army. Accordingly, He will arrive in Sri lanka today or tomorrow, said Army Spokesman Brigadier Sumith Attapaatu today (21). A video appeared on social media depicting Brigadier Priyanka Fernando making certain gestures aimed at members from the Tamil community who were engaging in a protest outside the Sri Lankan High Commission in London on Sunday (4), as Sri Lanka marked the 70th anniversary of independence.
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News: 25% women reps not possible in 10 LG bodies
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
Elections Commission Mahinda Desapriya said the 25 per cent woman representation could not be maintained in at least ten local government bodies because of a lacuna in the Local Authorities’ Elections Act. Though the Act stipulates that each of the councils should be made up of 25 per cent woman representatives, the parties that contested the polls in these ten local bodies appear to have found it difficult to nominate women candidates. The Act states, “Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in this Ordinance, not less than
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News: Thai experts arrive in Sri Lanka to create artificial rain
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
A team of Thai experts have arrived in Sri Lanka to look at the possibility of creating artificial rain in severe drought-affected areas of the island country, local media reported Wednesday. The group which consists of Thai engineers visited the Castelereagh and Maussakele Reservoirs in the catchment areas of the Central Highlands to seek the possibilities of creating artificial rain as water levels in these reservoirs had seen a drastic drop. Officials from the Power and Renewable Energy Ministry said the team also plan to visit the main Victoria, Randenigala and Kotmale Reservoirs.
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News: EU urges Sri Lanka to honour commitments on OMP
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
The European Union (EU) says the Sri Lankan Government must honour their commitments on the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) and Transitional Justice. In a tweet, the EU office in Sri Lanka said that without clarity about the fate of their missing or disappeared loved ones, many Sri Lankans will not be able to participate in national reconciliation. The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi yesterday marked one year of continuous protests.
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News: CID wants INTERPOL ‘Red Notice’ on Mahendran
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has made a request to the International Police (INTERPOL) to issue a 'Red Notice' on former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, a senior Police official told Ceylon Today. Informed sources confirmed that the request to the INTERPOL...... was made following his failure to present himself before the CID on 15 February, as ordered by the Colombo Fort Magistrate. It was reported that the notice had been sent to Mahendran's residence in Singapore as well. It
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News: Swiss AG demands harsh penalties for LTTE masterminds
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
In the indictment plea in the Tamil Tigers’ trial, in Bellinzona, which lasted for almost two days, Swiss Attorney General Juliette Noto has requested that the 12 Tamils be found guilty of participating or supporting the LTTE. The newspaper Neue zürcher zeitung said the federal prosecutors are clear that the accused Tamils have financed terrorism and supported a criminal organization with the Tamil Tigers. For most of the 13 defendants, the federal prosecutor attested grave offenses and a high level of criminal energy.
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Photos: Tamil Tiger due to be deported says he will face torture in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: International Mother Language Day celebrated in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/02/2018 (Wednesday)
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