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Photos: Govt. committed to develop the Buddha Sasana – President
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
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Videos: NewsLine: Effects of "Good governance" with Maithree Gunarathne
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
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News: India to take up with Lanka removal of Tamil leaders name
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
India will take up with Sri Lanka the issue of reported removal of the name of a revered leader of Indian Tamils in the island country from government institutions, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured DMK working president MK Stalin today. The assurance came after the DMK leader flagged the issue with Swaraj.
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News: Promoting HR cannot be done overnight: SL
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Promoting and protecting human rights is a work in progress and it is not something that can be done overnight despite the most sincere of commitments, Sri Lanka told the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session of the country in Geneva yesterday. In the opening statement, the Head of the Sri Lankan Delegation, National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said the UPR, to us, is a process that recognizes this fact.
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News: Upsurge in sword attacks–Jaffna Police looks for links
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Four individuals were hospitalised in Jaffna following a resurgence in two separate sword attack incidents which Police say were motivated on personal grounds. Speaking to Daily News DIG K.P.Fernando of the Jaffna Range said that while most of the attackers used swords as their choice of weapon, the Police were still investigating any probable links.
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News: Govt’s inaction in fighting corruption UNP WC wants a sub-committee to look into issue
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
A comprehensive report submitted to the Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP), on the progress made by law enforcement authorities in handling fraud and corruption cases, has concluded that shortcomings on the part of the Attorney General's Department have resulted in creating a public outcry against the Government's inaction in fighting corruption. The report submitted by Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayaka has pointed out that
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News: Resettlement funds Allocation to Bathiudeen comes under fire
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Government's decision to allocate funds for resettlement to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce under the Budget 2018 came under severe criticism, by the Opposition in Parliament yesterday (15). This was when Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Kalutara District MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa queried as to why the Ministry of Industry and Commerce should implement resettlement, while there is a separate Ministry for the purpose. Under Sections 188 and 189 of the expenditure proposals, the Government proposes to allocate Rs 2,500 million to resettle internally displaced Muslims and to provide housing and infrastructure.
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News: Sea combat training in Sri Lanka to upgrade skills in maritime security control.
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Malaysian security and enforcement personnel will undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to strengthen and upgrade their skills in maritime security control. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the training would be conducted next year with Sri Lanka’s security forces. Dubbed Sea Combat Course, the training is aimed at equipping the Esscom team with added skills
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News: Suresh Premachandran’s withdrawal will not affect TNA
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Speaking at a media briefing held in Jaffna, the Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan and TNA leader referred to the former MP Suresh Premachandran simply as another individual and that his recent resignation is not a grave concern that will have any impact on TNA. The R Sampanthan said he believed that the youth and other parliamentarians within the party will not be influenced by Premachandran’s resignation.
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News: Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe asked to appear before Bond Commission coming Monday
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the issuance of treasury bonds has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before the commission on Monday, 20 November 2017. It was reported that the PM has already submitted a testimony to the commission via an affidavit, while stating that he was prepared to appear before the Commission for any clarifications that need to be made.
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Photos: Sri Lanka: Adopt Timeline for Action Promises to UN Human Rights Council Go Unmet
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
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Events: Kingston Cancer Awareness
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
YMCA, Victoria Road Surbiton
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News: Lanka offers scheme to attract former rebels for employment
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan finance ministry has announced a programme to encourage former combatants to find jobs and fund private companies who recruit them. The programme due to come into effect next year was included in the country’s annual budget, which was the subject of parliamentary debate starting yesterday. Under the programme the government will provide facilities for former rebels to obtain training and certificates in fields of technical education, enabling them to obtain jobs in line with their skills.
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News: UNP steps up pressure on Prez to honour pledge * Abolition of Executive Presidency
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The UNP has stepped up pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the executive presidency without further delay or face the consequences. Key government strategist MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, PC, spearheading the new constitution-making process and Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera yesterday emphasised that their post-presidential election understanding with President Sirisena in respect of the abolition of executive presidency wasn’t negotiable
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News: Sumanthiran promises grassroots discussions on interim report on constitution
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M A Sumanthiran assured there would be ‘extensive discussions’ at a grassroots level on the interim report by the constitutional steering committee, Ceylon Today reported. His comments followed a meeting in Vavuniya yesterday by ITAK’s Central Committee, which took place amid increasing turmoil within the TNA after one of its constituent parties, EPRLF announced it would contesting the upcoming elections on its own.
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News: Maha Sangha becoming fundamentalist…was Gnanasara a mere forerunner?
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Malwatte, Asgiriya, were silent when Gnanasara was on a rampage, two years ago Unfortunately, our Buddhist clergy seems to be still living in the past Gnanasara managed to dominate the media through a series of protest marches, manhandling and uttering utter filth as his basic lingo In one of the greatest contributions to parliamentary history, M. A. Sumanthiran’s address on the debate on the 18th Amendment deserves a special place. When politics become entrenched in ethnic and religious shades, governance also becomes entrapped in the same gory and muddy trenches
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News: In letter to the Speaker Wijeyadasa claims CA unconstitutional
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
In an interesting turn of events, a letter has been forwarded to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, by former Minister of Justice and United National Party MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, calling for the motion passed in Parliament to set up a Constitutional Assembly (CA) to prepare a new Constitution, be annulled. While calling the Assembly an illegal institution, he has pointed out that the CA's process would create a Constitutional crisis in the country.
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News: A Letter To The Public From A Retired Judge
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
I am writing this to the public as a judge who has presided over the affairs of the public for 16 years as a Magistrate and as a District Court Judge. For all those 16 years, my record has been impeccable. I want to bring to the notice of the public that, due to a certain judgment I gave as a District Court Judge in a civil
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Photos: Bickering by Tamil politicians hampering development - Reginald Cooray
Posted Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: JO seeks debate on Lord Naseby’s statement
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Joint Opposition is scheduled to move a motion for a debate on a recent debate on Sri Lanka's conflict at the House of Lords in Britain, at the time of the adjournment of the House this evening (14). The motion to be moved by Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunwardena has already been handed over to the Speaker's office with copies sent to the office of the Secretary General of Parliament as well.
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