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News: Sri Lankan Lawmakers Target Reporters in Times Investigation
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Angered by a New York Times investigation detailing how China seized ownership of a seaport in Sri Lanka, a group of Sri Lankan lawmakers denounced the newspaper on Monday, focusing their ire on two local journalists for the newspaper. On Monday night, the lawmakers, who are allies of the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, held a televised news conference in which they claimed that the journalists, Dharisha Bastians and Arthur Wamanan, were working on behalf of the current government to malign Mr. Rajapaksa. One lawmaker displayed a close-up photo of Ms. Bastians’s face for the cameras.
News: Na tree planted to celebrate RI-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN Dharsana M.Perera planted a na tree, the Sri Lankan national tree, at Bogor Botanical Gardens on Monday to mark the 65th anniversary of Indonesia-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations. Perera said na tree, also known as Sri Lankan ironwood, was special to Sri Lankan people. For several centuries, na tree has been used as a traditional herbal plant and its wood has been widely used to construct temples and bridges. The tree’s flowers are also used in religious rituals in Sri Lanka. “Na tree is a rare plant in Sri Lanka,” said Perera, adding that na tree had been officiated as the Sri Lankan national tree in 1986.
News: PM asks President to temporarily remove Vijayakala Maheswaran
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to temporarily remove State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran from her ministerial portfolio until inquiries are completed. An investigation is being carried out regarding certain controversial comments made by the State Minister regarding the now defunct LTTE, during an event in Jaffna yesterday Several MPs from both sides today requested the Speaker of Parliament to relieve State Maheswaran from her post as an MP.
News: When Economists Blame Culture
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
• "The Great Depression in the 1930s, led to the emergence of Keynesian economics with social welfare policies, market controls and a greater role for the state in managing the economy" • "The key point here to draw from Schumpeter is that it is “only a small fraction of the population” that can be entrepreneurs " After almost four decades of liberalisation around the world, economic development continues to fail. These failures have been characterised by increased national debt, mounting levels of unemployment and underemployment and large numbers of people living in poverty. Yet international agencies and national policymakers continue with neoliberal economic prescriptions of austerity and market-oriented economic reforms.
News: The NYT should ask what US has done for Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka handover of its strategic Hambantota Port to China on a 99-year lease in December of last year triggered concerns worldwide. The worry, which lasts till today, was conspicuously portrayed by a New York Times report published last week. The article accuses China of using a debt trap for vulnerable countries, which therefore fuels corruption and autocratic behavior in these "struggling democracies." Yet the report has drawn rebuttal from Sri Lankan politicians. The country's former Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said the reporter used none of his views but rather the piece was a veiled attempt at using Sri Lanka to target China. Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa refuted The New York Times report in a detailed statement. When the report called the Hambantota Port a failure because it drew only 34 ships in 2012, it
Events: Civil Society at the Heart of London: putting the Way Ahead vision into action
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
London's Living Room, City Hall, SE1 2AA
News: Ranil, Hitler, and Maria Abi-Habib
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
Ranil Wickramasinghe is in a panic mode with the coming Presidential elections for which he is being proposed as a candidate by the UNP. Having lost at elections 30 times facing the 31st election is for him a very trying situation. He was already lucky to have had become the Prime Minister without having to face any elections , but the Presidential election is another kettle of fish. Therefore he hangs onto any straw to keep afloat in the flood of votes that sounds rushing in another direction. In order to stop the tide of the people’s anger taking him away it becomes necessary for Ranil W to pull up his trousers, turn round looking at his group of parliamentarians ,and laughing at his own joke, does his gipsy dance in the well of the Parliament . The PM Ranil tries to show his knowledge of Buddhism and comes out showing only his ignorance of Buddha Dharma. He claps and sings to Buddhan Saranang
News: Secretary-General's closing remarks at High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism [as delivered]
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
The first United Nations High level Conference of Heads of Counter Terrorism Agencies of Member States was held on 28-29 June at United nations headquarters on the theme “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”. The aims were to build a new partnership for multilateral cooperation to strengthen the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts. “The Secretary General’s closing remarks at the end of the conference is as follows. Thank you for these productive two days. There will not be a negotiated outcome, so I will set out my own conclusions for the way forward, based on your discussions. First, this conference has helped to strengthen multilateral collaboration, break down silos and build new partnerships.
News: UN Peacekeeping Operations Head confirms Deployment of Sri Lankan personnel in Peace Keeping Operations has been terminated
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
In a press release the International Centre for Prevention and Protection of Genocide states that in response to the letter of 6 April 2018 of Miss A Seevaratnam the director of ICPPG, Mr. Lacroix Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations has confirmed in writing that the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has stopped deployment of personnel from Sri Lanka. Further, he has confirmed that the Sri Lankan deployment and rotations to UN peacekeeping will be contingent on the formalisation and implementation by the Government of Sri Lanka of an effective domestic screening process that meets the requirement of UN Policy.
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
The Yahapalana Government has kept its word to uphold the rule of law in the country, Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera told guests at the Platform for Freedom (Nidahase Wedikawa), last evening in Matara. “We managed to reinstate the rule of law and democracy back in this country which was being diluted over the past decade while they were in power,” the Minister said. Speaking of the recent comments that sparked about a Nazi regime, the minister drew parallels to the previous government where incidents similar to that of the Hitler’s Nazi regime took place. “Whenever the previous government didn’t have sufficient support they were in the practice of blackmailing and poaching people from parties that were opposed to them.
News: VP welcomes attempt to trace its founder leader Rohana Wijeweera Better late than never – Vijitha Herath
Posted Date: 01/07/2018 (Sunday)
JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath told The Island yesterday his party welcomed the move by the wife of their founder leader Rohana Wijeweera to file a habeas corpus seeking information of her missing husband. "We welcome the move. Such an application could be filed by only a member of the family. She should have done that many years back. But better late than never," the MP said. Patabendi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera, better known as Rohana Wijeweera, was born on July 14, 1943. He was the founding leader of the JVP. As a candidate in the 1982 presidential elections, Wijeweera finished third, with about 250,000 votes. He led the party in two
Events: சம்பத்சரா அபிஷேகம்
Posted Date: 01/07/2018 (Sunday)
2 Salisbury Road Manor Park London E12 6AB
News: The cultural indicator
Posted Date: 30/06/2018 (Saturday)
“Sri Lanka, because of its geographical situation, had its earliest trade relations with South India,” says Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi, Adjunct Professor of Central and South Asian Art, Archaeology, and Numismatics, University of California, Berkeley. He was in Chennai in connection with a conference. “Symbols on megalithic black and red ware found in Kodumanal, Tamil Nadu, by Dr. K. Rajan matched with what I found in Kelaniya and Ridiyagama in Sri Lanka. The earliest coins found in Sri Lanka were Pandya and Chera coins.” The conversation with Bopearachchi shows how trade relations between Lanka and India followed the rise and fall of dynasties in India.
News: Sri Lanka: Excavations at mass grave with children risks closure
Posted Date: 30/06/2018 (Saturday)
Experts investigating a mass grave in northern Sri Lanka fear that the excavations will be forced to a halt due to lack of state funds. Forensic officers and archaeologists confirm that skulls and remains of at least thirty humans including children under the age of 12 years were found, in the Mannar SATHOSA mass burial site after digging for more than a fortnight.
Events: TGTE-Sports Meet
Posted Date: 30/06/2018 (Saturday)
Forest Park, Myrtle Avenue & Woodheaven Boulevard, Queens, NY 11385
News: British Council outpaces Provincial Councils with landmark survey in the provinces
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
Despite the fact that no Provincial Council or other local administrative body had been able to effectively support by chipping in with vital data and statistics on the state of social enterprises in Sri Lanka, a survey commissioned by the British Council yesterday came out with a comprehensive report which reveals the exciting breadth, depth and the potential of social enterprises in Sri Lanka. The unprecedented clarity with which it was produced could be a catalyst in opening the eyes of provincial authorities to build their own databases to improve efficiency and relevance in policy making for their respective provinces.
News: North to embark on hartal today
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
A hartal will be staged today (29), in the Northern Province, urging that justice be done by the six-year-old child who was murdered earlier this week in Kattupulam- Chulipuram in Jaffna. Villagers and civil society groups in Kattupulam-Chulipuram called the hartal in solidarity with the child’s family. Meanwhile, protests were staged yesterday (28) in various parts of Jaffna urging justice for the victim. The students of the Kattupulam Government Mixed School held a protest at the Chulipuram Junction along with the villagers, while Jaffna University students staged a procession from the University to the Palaly Road, where they displayed slogans whilst standing on both sides of the Road.
News: Put these criminals behind bars!
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The recent spate of killings by members of the underworld has made the Government accept that the situation must be checked before it gets out of hand. This was confirmed by reports related to the recent Defence Council Meeting-chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena- during which there was a huge showing of concern regarding the ‘underworld raising its ugly head’. Just last month Sri Lanka celebrated the ninth anniversary after the ruthless tiger rebels were crushed. That hard-earned peace has in recent times been shattered by incidents of shootings, rape, killings and looting. The perpetrators have been members of criminal gangs and what’s worrying is that they have links with politicians.
News: Canada wants SL to work better
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
Canada has encouraged Sri Lanka to continue on the important steps taken to re-engage the country with the international community and will assist as a longstanding partner. In a statement issued on the occasion of Canada Day, High Commissioner David McKinnon said Canada is also drawing on their own experience as a bilingual country to support the implementation of Sri Lanka's Official Languages Act. He said Canada believes strengthening inclusion, reconciliation and the rule of law is in the interests of all Sri Lankans and are encouraged by initial steps taken to operationalize the Office of Missing Persons, and continues to call on Sri Lanka to fully implement the
News: US tells Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in human trafficking
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The United States has urged Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in human trafficking. The call was made in an annual report released by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on human trafficking. Pompeo will unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at the US State Department yesterday (Thursday). On Sri Lanka, the report says while respecting due process, Sri Lanka must improve efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected traffickers, including complicit officials, and convict and punish offenders with sentences commensurate with other serious crimes.

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