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News: Efforts to tackle Commonwealth trafficking gets UK aid boost
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Commonwealth countries are to increase efforts to stamp out human trafficking and child exploitation. The UK has committed a further £5.5m of aid towards these goals to coincide with this week’s Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London. Under the ‘call to action to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking’, United National specialists determine where child labour is taking place, and so where work should be directed to stop this including by taking action against businesses and supply chains.
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News: Inside China's US$1 billion port in Sri Lanka where ships don't want to stop
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
Each year roughly 60,000 ships vital to the global economy sail through the Indian Ocean past a Chinese-operated port on the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Almost none of them stop to unload cargo. The eight-year-old Hambantota port - with almost no container traffic and trampled fences that elephants traverse with ease - has become a prime example of what can go wrong for countries involved in President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road trade and infrastructure initiative. Sri Lanka borrowed heavily to build the port, couldn't repay the loans, and then gave China a 99-year lease for debt relief.
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Events: கண்டனப் பேரணி
Posted Date: 19/04/2018 (Thursday)
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News: Maithri and Mahinda will get together - Dayasiri
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Former Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekera says if the Government of Good Governance continues to work like this it will not be able to stop Mahinda Rajapaksa from coming to power again. Excerpts of the interview: It is said that the defeat of the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister ruined the Joint Opposition as well as the SLFP faction?
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News: U.S. places conditions on aid to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The United States government’s bilateral economic assistance to Sri Lanka is conditional on certain transitional justice mechanisms being established, according to the U.S. spending bill passed last month. In an explanatory statement attached to the spending bill, Congress said that the USD 35 million would be allocated to Sri Lanka “provided, that such funds shall be made available for programmes to assist in the identification and resolution of cases of missing persons.” The bill says that the money will only be made available to the government of Sri Lanka if the U.S. Secretary of State certifies that it is following certain transitional justice mechanisms.
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News: Will announce future steps when President returns- PM
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the governments future steps will be announced once President Maithripala Sirisena returns to the country from the UK. The Prime Minister said the Mahanayaka Thera were informed of the future plans today. The Premier stated during the last year the government faced several crises, including natural disasters. Premier Wickremesinghe expressed his views after calling on the Chief Prelates and paying homage at the Temple of the Tooth Relic this morning.
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News: A ‘No-Confidence Motion’, Or What It Means To Have ‘No Faith’
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Hot on the heels of the ‘no-confidence’, or ‘no-faith’ motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last month, the ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO), the largest opposition group in Parliament, is in talks to bring a no-confidence motion against Opposition leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, on charges he sided with the government during the no-confidence motion brought against the Prime Minister. The JO is of the opinion that as the leader of the Opposition in the government, Sampanthan is duty bound to vote against the government. A final decision on if it would bring a no-confidence motion would be made after Parliament reconvenes on May 8, having been prorogued by the President on April 13. Meanwhile, Sampanthan made it clear in Trincomalee this week, he was prepared to face any no-confidence motion.
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News: If Constitution process stalled, Sampanthan’s Opp. leadership meaningless: Mano
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
If new Constitution process was stalled permanently, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP R. Sampanthan’s holding of Opposition leader’s post would be meaningless, Minister Mano Ganesan said today. He said in a tweet that the issue between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had put the Constitutional process to back seat. “Not the issue of the UNP and the SLFP but the new constitution as solution to national issue topped Sampanthan’s priority list. If new Constitution process is stalled permanently,
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News: Sri Lankan apparel stands to gain from US-China trade spat
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The apparel industry, which is Sri Lanka’s leading export revenue earner, is set to gain fresh impetus from the U.S. market in the coming months, as American garment importers look for producers outside China due to the increasing threat of a trade war between the two economic giants. “Because of the U.S.-China trade war, some of the U.S. apparel importers who were sourcing their products from China are coming to Sri Lanka,” Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association President Felix Fernando told Mirror Business.
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News: Lord Buddha’s relics from MSU won’t go to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Vadodara: The relics of Lord Buddha will not be transported to Sri Lanka. The National Museum, part of the Ministry of Culture of Government of India, had last month approached M S University, seeking the relics as a temporary loan from the university. The museum had in turn received a request from the Government of Sri Lanka which had sought the relics that were to be kept in display for people to pay veneration on the occasion of Buddha Purnima on April 30 and a few days later in Sri Lanka. But sources suggest that the idea of transporting the priceless antiquity has now been dropped
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News: Inequality and the Political Crisis
Posted Date: 17/04/2018 (Tuesday)
The fallout of the local government elections continues as a political crisis. The anti-Muslim violence, the no-confidence motion and its defeat are the latest manifestations of a government that is finding it hard to govern. Amid the manoeuvring of political forces and the blame game within the Government, there is also a slow recognition of the economic problems that led to the anti-government vote in February. In the North, a similar anti-incumbent vote against the TNA, has fractured the Tamil electorate, and is also slowly
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News: “India Will Be There Whenever You Need Us” (If You Do Things Our Way)
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu recently delivered the 14th Annual Sujatha Jayawardena Memorial Oration at the invitation of the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo. His oration stressed on the current status of Indo-Sri Lankan relations based on India’s regional policy of ‘Sabika Sath Sabka Vikas’ or ‘Progressing and ‘Neighborhood First.’ Three areas as in relations between the two countries (3 Bs); the Buddhist connection (a pet theory of most visiting Indian dignitaries), Broad friendship between the two nations and Blend of Indian assistance in sync with Sri Lanka’s needs.
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News: The struggle goes on...
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
The only certainty in their lives was uncertainty – not knowing how long they will live – as they fought someone else’s war for almost 30 years willingly or otherwise. Nine years after the end of the so-called Eelam war between the LTTE and Sri Lankan armed forces, while many things in the country have changed, from infarastructure to a comparatively peaceful environment sans bomb attacks, one thing remains unchanged for them. Once again they live in uncertainty – uncertainty for how long they will survive. It is this insecurity and fear of survival that may have led Emmanuel (44) to do something which he would have never imagined of doing even in his worst nightmare some 30 years
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News: Lack of professional diversity in politics
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Today’s politics is more about selling your ideas than arguing them. A profession that was once aspired and reserved by lawyers and attorneys have now switched sides into business. An informal study done by a group of journalists into the professions of Sri Lankan Members of Parliament (MP) revealed that the majority of parliamentarians have identified themselves as businessmen. This study however, had its limitations as not all MPs have revealed their professions in their applications.
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News: What Is China Doing To Pakistan? The Same Thing It Did To Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
One day, China will turn Pakistan into its own “semi-colony,” as it did recently with Sri Lanka. China has been nice to Pakistan, on the surface that is. It has been building the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will connect Western China with the Indian Ocean, provided of course that India will allow it. That could certainly benefit Pakistan, helping the country make a big step forward, from an emerging to a mature economy, creating a lot of jobs in the process.
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News: Larijani leaves for Vietnam, Sri Lanka to discuss Syria
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Iran’s Parl. Speaker Ali Larijani heading a delegation has left Tehran for Vietnamese capital Hanoi to discuss bilateral and international issues, particularly the Syrian situation after the recent US-led strikes. Heading a parliamentary delegation, Ali Larijani will also make a visit to Sri Lanka following his stop in Vientnam. Speaking to reporters before departure, Larijani said the aim of his visits is to expand bilateral relations in various fields, and to promote parliamentary cooperation with the two countries.
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News: Many disappeared Tamil youths still alive in detention camps – detainee
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Many Sri Lankan Tamil youths who were made to disappear by force by the government Security Forces are still alive in detention camps without consciousness due to prolonged torture in the past, a released Tamil political prisoner revealed on Thursday. Navaratnam Nishanthan, who was released from the notorious Boosa detention camp after being acquitted from all charges by a court December last year after nine long years, told
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News: We have the answer to Geneva
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
Over 3,500 reformed LTTE cadres, who are now being employed in the Civil Security Department (CSD) in the Vanni District, pleaded with President Maithripala Sirisena to visit them. The employed cadres who expressed their gratitude to President Sirisena for the decision he took in making them permanent in their employment, after being on probation for almost four years, believe the answer to Geneva Human Rights Council is with them. A group of reformed LTTE cadres, in conversation with Ceylon Today said, their life was in
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News: Why South Asia’s majorities act like persecuted minorities No conspiracy theory about minorities is too implausible to cause outrage
Posted Date: 16/04/2018 (Monday)
IT IS an unlikely weapon: a scuffed but sturdy Samsonite briefcase, sitting on a desk in a big house in a spacious garden in a prosperous suburb of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Its owner, shaven-headed, bare-shouldered, in bright orange robes and closely resembling Shrek, an adorably grumpy cartoon ogre, looks an equally unlikely warrior. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara says he never travels without the case. Smiling, he pats the black plastic lid and opens it to reveal a heap of well-fingered papers. “This”, he says, “is my evidence.” Mr Gnanasara is a founder of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or Buddhist Power Force, one of
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News: Welikada Prison incident 2012 CoI recommends prosecution of 6 high-ranking officials
Posted Date: 15/04/2018 (Sunday)
The 2015 Committee of Inquiry which probed into the Welikada Prisons incident of November 2012 has recommended that six high ranking officials previously attached to the Ministry of Defence, the State Intelligence Service, the Prisons Department and the Sixth Gajaba Regiment of the Army be prosecuted under the Penal Code. The Committee of Inquiry into the Welikada Prison Incident – 2012 (C.I.P.I.) has recommended charging six leading figures of the previous regime, under Section 162 of the Penal Code,......which deals with public officers who disobey the directions of the law with the intent of causing injury to persons or the Government. The group includes one official who is currently under remand custody over the matter and another who is currently being
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