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News: From Anura’s to Mahinda’s 20 21 A
Posted Date: 01/06/2018 (Friday)
Mahinda Rajapaksa, therefore, cannot afford to play between Parliamentary and the Presidential Elections Political fact that abolition would make them nonentities in a Parliamentary Election The 20th Amendment to the Constitution is basically a correction to the 19A for Mahinda to gamble with an undecided Parliamentary Election does pose the already fixed 2020 Presidential Election as a hassle They should all fall in line in voting for the 20A
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News: LTTE bogey to scuttle Constitution making
Posted Date: 01/06/2018 (Friday)
LTTE bogey came to a head when the Rajapaksa loyalists accused Sarath Fonseka, being an LTTE agent when challenged Rajapaksa Sri Lankan politicians have a habit to look for a nexus between the ethnic issue and anything under the sun, in order to convince their community The constitutional issues such as the mode of governance are the ones having far-reaching effects on the future of the country as well as its people
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News: SLFP group of 16 opposes 20A
Posted Date: 01/06/2018 (Friday)
The Group of 16 Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarians, who left the Government and joined the Opposition, said that they completely opposed the proposal, in the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, brought by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). Explaining their stance on the matter, at a media briefing held yesterday (31), MP S.B. Dissanayake said, in the event the 13th Amendment to the Constitution imposes a threat on the unitary status of the country, the Executive Presidency is key to diminishing that threat. He explained this by referencing the position taken by the Supreme Court in its ruling on the 13th Amendment.
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News: Will ban social media if they don’t self-regulate: MS
Posted Date: 01/06/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday he had discussed with a US based global institution regarding the issues that had arisen in the country due to social media and that if they were unable to control such issues, he would have to ban social media websites altogether like some other countries had done. “I summoned a team of experts who work in a global institution in the US that attend to issues pertaining to social media. I discussed with them the influence of the social media has on social and national security, ethnic harmony, integrity of a family and so on because social media has influenced them badly. I also told the US experts that if they could not control what was going
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Photos: ‘Creating environment for anyone in the Judicial sector to go behind politicians is bad’, President emphasized
Posted Date: 01/06/2018 (Friday)
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News: Lanka and South Korea discuss maritime cooperation
Posted Date: 31/05/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka and South Korea discussed maritime cooperation including the development of Aids to Navigation. Minister of Ports and Shipping of Sri Lanka Mahinda Samarasinghe and the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea Kim Young-Choon also signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Ports and Shipping of Sri Lanka and Oceans and Fisheries of Korea on cooperation in the development of Aids to Navigation in Incheon Metropolitan City in Korea, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
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News: Renewed interest for economic resurgence in North
Posted Date: 31/05/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s former-war wrecked Northern region is witnessing signs of economic resurgence with greater political will being demonstrated by the Central Government and the shifting of focus by the local Tamil leadership towards development, as the Provincial Election also nears, observes a top regional researcher. In a candid interview with the Sunday Observer recently, Dr. Ahilan Kadirgamar, a political economist based in Jaffna, highlights that the lack of vision demonstrated by the Tamil political leadership for developing the Northern Province - nearly a decade since the war ended, has thus far resulted in ‘jobless growth’ and crippling indebtedness. However, he points out that 2018 could very well be the year of change as the people are now increasingly
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News: Sri Lankans protest against Thoothukudi killings
Posted Date: 31/05/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan trade unionists and human rights activists on Wednesday protested outside the Indian High Commission here, demanding justice for victims of the recent police firing in Thoothukudi. They held posters with solidarity messages, some likening the Thoothukudi incident to a similar shooting incident in Sri Lanka in 2013, when the Army opened fire at the residents of Rathupaswala, about 40 km north-east of Colombo, as they protested against drinking water contamination caused by a nearby factory.
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Events: Tamil Male in Contemporary Society Explored by ANBU UK
Posted Date: 29/05/2018 (Tuesday)
Rise London, 41 Luke Streer, London EC2A 4DP
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Events: Torture in Syria: How can Austria help investigate and prosecute international crimes committed by Syrian Intelligence Services?
Posted Date: 29/05/2018 (Tuesday)
Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM), Spittelauer Lände, 1090 Vienna
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Events: Tamil Male in Contemporary Society - Explored by ANBU (UK)
Posted Date: 29/05/2018 (Tuesday)
Rise London 41 Luke Street, London EC2A 4DP. Nearest tube: Old Street
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News: Dollar strengthening combines with political uncertainty in Sri Lanka: Moody’s
Posted Date: 28/05/2018 (Monday)
Strengthening of the Dollar in Sri Lanka has combined with domestic political uncertainty, weighing on the rupee, Moody’s Investors Service said. Moody’s said country-specific factors like in Sri Lanka have played a role in tightening financing conditions. Tightening financing conditions reflect various factors, including the appreciation of the US dollar. Moody’s, however, said nearly all economies in the APAC region have seen their currencies depreciate against the US dollar over the course of this year.
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News: Statement on Atrocities on Dalits : New Socialist Initiative
Posted Date: 28/05/2018 (Monday)
Hardly a day passes without headline news of some or another atrocity on Dalits. On 24 May, a Dalit man in the Ahmedabad district was beaten and his house attacked by a gang of socalled ‘upper’ caste men after he had attached Sinh to his name on his facebook post. On 21 May a dalit ragpicker was beaten to death in a Rajkot factory. Atrocities on Dalits are occurring in the midst of a public ideological environment against them. On 26 May news came of a private school in Delhi asking 8th class students to write a note on how reservations help undeserving and unqualified people for their summer vacation homework. According to National Crime Record Bureau reports for recent years, between 10 to 15 thousand cases of crimes are reported under the Prevention of Atrocities act every year; an average of 35 crimes
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News: Why Thoothukudi Exploded
Posted Date: 28/05/2018 (Monday)
Many questions remain unanswered following the death of 13 people agitating against Sterlite Copper. What happened on 22 May in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) in Tamil Nadu, when the police shot down 13 people who were part of thousands agitating against the Vedanta-owned Sterlite Copper plant, is important for a number of reasons. The most obvious is the egregious use of force by the police that failed to use standard crowd control methods and instead, as seen in videos on television, deployed sharpshooters to aim and shoot down people. Although an inquiry has been ordered, given the track record of such investigations by the state, it is not likely to assuage the anger of people or the distress of the families who lost one of their own in the firing.
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Events: poochorithal Festival
Posted Date: 28/05/2018 (Monday)
Shree Kanapathy Vinayagar Temple, 2-4 Bedford Road, Walthamstow London E17 4PX
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Videos: கடல்வழி பட்டுப்பாதை - மலர்விழி பாஸ்கரன் உரை | உலகத் தமிழர் மாநாடு - 2018
Posted Date: 28/05/2018 (Monday)
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News: UN votes to send war crimes probe to Gaza
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces. The UN's top human rights body voted through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry" -- the UN rights council's highest-level of investigation. Only two of the council's 47 members, the United States and Australia, voted against the resolution, while 29 voted in favour and 14 abstained, including Britain, Switzerland and Germany.
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News: Austria agrees to support SL Police
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
The Austrian government agreed to extended its support to the Sri Lanka Police to develop a systematic public security programme in modern technology, Public Administration and Law and Order Ministry said. During a meeting between Austrian Deputy Consul in New Delhi Christophe Maienberg and Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara at the Public Administration and Law and Order Ministry, it was revealed that the programme is being implemented as a concessionary loan scheme and the Austrian government expected to provide the loan in several stages.
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News: What purpose if citizens do not have protection: MR
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa questioned the country’s law and order stating that there is no purpose if it doesn’t protect the people. While expressing his condolence on Saturday over the tragic assassination of cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva’s father - Ranjan de Silva, MP Rajapaksa said authorities should take the matter serious as the incident could add a black mark to the country. He said the tragedy had occurred due to the actions of these drug kingpins who were operating under the shade of money and political umbrella.
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News: 40% Colombo children malnourished School breakfast time comes under fire
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
Even though the North and the Moneragala District are highly susceptible to malnourishment, in an alarming discovery, 40% of the children in the Colombo District were found to be malnourished, and it is not second to the situation with regard to malnutrition in the Nuwara Eliya District. This was revealed at a Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender and the Children’s Caucus meeting held in Committee Room Two of Parliament on 24 May, in relation to the proposed national policy or policies on early childhood development and pre-school education chaired by Committee Chairperson Dr. Thusitha Wijemanna with Committee Members, State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle and MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna participating. State Minister Eran Wickramaratne and MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe attended. Apart from the media, there was representation from the clergy, the medical community, the
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