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News: Trilingual programme for MPs a failure- Mano
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages Mano Ganesan says programmes introduced for Parliamentarians to learn all three languages have been unsuccessful. Speaking to media in Dambulla Minister Ganesan said the programme was a failure as Parliamentarians failed to attend teaching sessions. Minister Ganesan stressed the public's money was used to initiate these classes in Parliament adding Tamil Parliamentarians were asked to learn Sinhala and Sinhala Parliamentarians were asked to learn Tamil.
News: Namal in Jaffna says:TNA on Govt side
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is not focusing on the immediate issues of the North but instead concentrates on Constitutional reforms, said MP Namal Rajapaksa yesterday (11) while addressing a press conference in Jaffna. “The TNA isn’t the Opposition; they are on the Government’s side. They are the Opposition for name- sake. When young people are asking for jobs, the TNA leader says they can’t talk about jobs and they have to talk about the Constitution. How can this be an Opposition?,” said the MP. When queried on the issues of people who went missing during the war period, MP Rajapaksa said the previous Government had their own mechanism to address this issue based on the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).
News: India Needs More Spice and Courage in its Foreign Policy:Tamils for Trump
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
A spokesman for Tamils for Trump has raised a question about the future Indian role in Sri Lanka and their silence concerning the Tamils’ suffering in their homeland. With regard to India’s promise to form a cooperative federalist government, Tamils are anxious to hear from Prime Minister Modi. The following statement has been released to the media by Tamils for Trump. India thought vanquishing the Tamil Tigers would swing the Sri Lankan Sinhalese over to their side. But recent events show otherwise. India had Sri Lankan Tamils as her trump card, to control Sri Lanka to her advantage, but she lost this trump card when she gave Sri Lankans unlimited power to pound the Tamils.
News: MPS Plan during US President visit from 12 - 15/07/2018
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
On Thursday 12th July 2018 the President of the United States, Mr Donald Trump will arrive in the UK as a Guest of the British Government, staying until Sunday 15th July 2018. His itinerary, recently published, includes a number of engagements outside London. The Metropolitan Police has been contacted by a range of individuals and organisations who intend to organise protest activity in London during the visit. The MPS has also identified some activity through social media and other community sources. As a result a significant policing operation is being planned both for security and in response to planned protest activity opposing the visit, as well and some activity in support of the visit.
News: The Cry Behind The Provocative Call For A Return Of The LTTE
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
Just as in the south in the Sinhalese-majority areas where ethnic nationalism is being used for political advantage, a similar phenomenon is taking place in the north and east of the country in the Tamil-majority areas. It is being used in the north, among others, to protest against the increase in criminal activities that most recently included the rape and murder of a six year old child. The rise in ethnic nationalism is taking place with a corresponding decline in the electoral strength of those who are taking moderate and non-racist positions. This was visible at the recently concluded local government elections where nationalist parties improved their performance at the cost of moderate parties both in the north and south. Former Minister of State for Child Affairs and member of the government, Vijayakala Maheswaran has shown this political propensity to exploit the latent ethnic nationalism of
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara writes that "After the 2015 Presidential election, for reasons better known to DJ, he approached GR and joined Viyath Maga." That’s a blatant lie. As Dullas Alahapperuma and Matale Mayor Mohammed Hilmy will attest, "After the 2015 presidential election" I met ex-President Rajapaksa at Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa’s residence on January 10th and rolled out a recovery strategy centered on Dinesh Gunawardena in Parliament. Furthermore, as Dinesh Gunawardena, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dullas Alahapperuma, Udaya Gammanpila MP and Wimal Weerawansa would attest, I spent weeks meeting them at my home and that of others, working out the revival of the Opposition. It was at such a working dinner that the idea of the Nugegoda meeting was arrived at. I still recall Wimal looking up from his plate and saying "kavuru nokarath ehnang mama oya rasveema sanvidhanaya karanava!" Admiral Weerasekara must understand why I was invited to read out President Rajapaksa’s message at Nugegoda on Feb 18th 2015.
Events: Development of governance best practice policies for Sri Lanka to guide the government institutions in achieving their objectives or mandates.
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
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Events: Sit In - In Solidarity with Familes of the Disappeared
Posted Date: 12/07/2018 (Thursday)
outside Viharamahedevi Park (opposite Nelum Pokuna), Colombo
News: India will adopt a three-pronged strategy to check China influence
Posted Date: 11/07/2018 (Wednesday)
In meetings with ambassadors Suhsma Swaraj reiterated, India must continue to closely watch all Chinese activities, and advise and educate friends in the neighbourhood about how a certain kind of economic engagement with Beijing can have negative consequences for them. India will adopt a broad, three-pronged approach to deal with China’s increasing engagement in the South Asian and Indian Ocean neighbourhood — track Beijing’s activities carefully; pursue its own projects and commitments; and educate and advise neighbours on the consequences of engaging with China.
News: Asia after liberal international order
Posted Date: 11/07/2018 (Wednesday)
With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, the West suddenly woke up with an acute anxiety about the fate of the US-led liberal international order. Until then, the liberal establishment in the United States had assumed that Hillary Clinton would succeed Barack Obama as president and ensure continuity in the liberal order. They ignored or dismissed warnings about the order’s crisis and decline. The belief in the resilience of the liberal order changed dramatically on November 6, 2016. What is the liberal order? It is an international system created and managed by the United States after World War II to promote capitalism and democracy through building alliances and multilateral institutions. Its supporters portray the liberal order as an open, rules-based and multilateral system that operates through consent rather than coercion.
News: India's diplomatic victory By gaining access to Sri Lanka’s Mattala Airport, New Delhi has scored a silent victory over China. By Barun Das Gupta
Posted Date: 11/07/2018 (Wednesday)
India’s diplomatic victory Last week, Sri Lanka finally agreed to let India operate the Mattala Airport situated about 40 km north-east of the Hambantota seaport that China has built in the southern tip of the island nation. China has acquired 60 per cent stake in the project as Sri Lanka was unable to repay the debt to the Chinese company that built it. India has thus scored a quiet but important diplomatic victory over China in Sri Lanka. Beijing was dead against India taking over the Mattala Airport. In the Sri Lankan Parliament, the Opposition led by former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Freedom Party asked the government whether it was handing over the Mattala to India "to please the superpowers India and China". Read This - Democratise digital spaces
Videos: பிரதமர் ரணில் - விஜயகலா சந்திப்பு தொடர்பில் வெளிவரும் புதிய தகவல்கள்! நேரடி ரிப்போர்ட்
Posted Date: 11/07/2018 (Wednesday)
News: Making public transport safe for women
Posted Date: 10/07/2018 (Tuesday)
A majority of women in Sri Lanka have endured sexual harassment on public transport, and incidences of harassment continue to increase daily despite continuous efforts to combat sexual violence, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and National Council for Road Safety, Sri Lanka, claimed recently. Research released in 2015 by UNFPA, offers a view into women’s vulnerability to violence and discrimination, issues that are poorly understood - both in Sri Lanka and globally - because of underreporting and lack of data. It reveals that around 90 per cent of women and girls who use public transport services have endured sexual harassment. Despite the low frequency of formal data, these problems are all too common to women and girls.
Videos: We don’t need a separate state - Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 10/07/2018 (Tuesday)
News: Church on Internet abuse: Adults far worse than youth and children
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
Parish priest of St. Annes Kurana church Rev Father Cyril Gamini Fernando, in his Sunday sermon, flayed the community, particularly the adults for wrongful use of the internet and a range of applications available today. Rev. Fernando warned of dire consequences unless the community took remedial measures, promptly, to ensure the internet didn’t ruin their lives. The former spokesperson for the Catholic church pointed out that the conduct of adults were far worse than that of younger people and children. Quoting a recent survey, Rev Father said that the
News: House seeks clarification from Foreign Ministry Dual citizens as heads of diplomatic missions:
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, yesterday said that in the wake of enactment of 19th Amendment to the Constitution the government should review its policy on appointing dual citizens as heads of Sri Lankan overseas missions. MP Gunawardena told The Island that the contentious issue of dual citizens given top diplomatic posts had been discussed at the last meeting of the parliamentary High Posts Committee chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in parliament where representatives of the UNP (Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran) agreed with his stand.
News: Minister Amunugama proposes alliance of Buddhist countries in the region
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
Science, Technology and Research Skills Development Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said in Kandy, last Friday, that he would initiate the formation of an alliance of the Buddhist countries in the region. Addressing a meeting of heads of Pirivenas in the Kandy District, Minister Amunugama said that in the past Sri Lanka had had close ties with Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma and relations should be revived. Such an alliance in the region would help build a stronger ties among the Buddhist countries, Dr. Amunugama noted.
News: India allocates USD 56 mn to discourage poaching in SL
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
As a part of efforts to keep Tamil Nadu fishermen from poaching in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters, the Indian government has allocated US $ 56 million to dismantle bottom trawling boats and replacing them with new deep sea liners, it is learnt. This has been done consequent to talks with the Sri Lankan government on the need to discourage Tamil Nadu fishermen from unlawfully engaging in fishing in the Palk Strait. According to sources, 513 applications had been received by the Indian Government as of March 31 from owners of bottom trawlers who wished to replace them with deep sea liners.
News: Civil society groups raise concerns with Office for Reparations Bill
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
15 civil society organisations and 28 activists have expressed their deep concern with aspects of the draft Bill titled ‘Office for Reparations’ (the Bill) gazetted on 25 June. Following is the full text of their statement: While the undersigned have several concerns with the process and content of the draft Bill, two issues regarding the powers and functions of the proposed Office stand out as the most pressing concerns. If these are not addressed forthwith, further engagement with the process will be moot. Therefore, we request amendments to the draft Bill to address these issues. We also urge any future action to be preceded by meaningful consultations on the content of the draft Bill allowing civil society and other stakeholders to make further submissions regarding other outstanding concerns.
News: U.S. Government Funds Renovation of Two Schools in Eastern Province
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
As part of the U.S. government’s support for a reconciled and unified Sri Lanka, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) renovated two schools in the Eastern Province. James L. Russo, the U.S. Embassy’s Counselor for Press, Academic, and Cultural Affairs, presided over the official ribbon cutting ceremonies on July 2 and 3, 2018. Also participating were Deputy Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Mr. Ali Zahir Moulana; Coordinating Secretary for Deputy Health Minister Mr. Zarrjun Aboobucker; Zonal Director of Education Mr. M.L. Ahamed Junaid; and Captain Robert Holbrook of PACOM.

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