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News: Families of missing LTTE cadres meet President in Jaffna Paranagama alleges OMP set up at the expense of useful investigation
Posted Date: 13/06/2017 (Tuesday)
A delegation representing those who had fought for the LTTE has requested President Maithripala Sirisena to help trace missing persons. This request was made during a meeting at Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray’s Office in Jaffna on Monday (June 12). The previous government brought the war to a successful conclusion in May 2009. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa released over 11,000 out of nearly 12,000 LTTE cadres from military custody before the change of government in January 2015.
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News: SRI LANKA: Dengue Fever Epidemic In Sri Lanka Vs. State Responsibility
Posted Date: 12/06/2017 (Monday)
The population of Sri Lanka is 20.97 million (2015) people. Some 1.84 million are migrant workers. The number of Dengue Fever affected individuals in 2015 was 29, 777. In 2016 it was 55, 154. Statistics for the first 5 months of 2017 show affected individuals to be 56,887! And the total number of dengue affected individuals is expected to rise to more than 136, 528. Following the above mentioned statistics, the simple mathematical
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News: 850,000 affected by drought in N/E- DMC
Posted Date: 11/06/2017 (Sunday)
While some 600,000 people had been hit by the recent floods and landslides in the South, a total of 849,752 individuals belonging to 243,683 families in eight districts in the north and east had been affected by the severe drought condition across the country, the Disaster Management Centre census revealed yesterday.
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News: Premier holds discussions with Commonwealth Secretary General in New York
Posted Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland held discussions with Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe today at the United Nations Permanent Representative Office in New York. At the meeting, the Premier and the Commonwealth Secretary General discussed ties between Commonwealth Countries and Sri Lanka and bilateral relationships at a deeper extent.
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News: A separate State, anyone?
Posted Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Just before sitting down to write this morning (June 7, 2017), I received a notification on social media. It was about a panel discussion at the Public Library to be held later in the afternoon. The title was in Sinhala. It read as follows: ‘Let us defeat the Constitution, let us get rid of Ranil.’
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News: Sri Lanka defends decision to join China’s One Belt One Road project
Posted Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Sri Lankan foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake on Wednesday defended his country’s move to join China’s controversial One Belt One Road (Obor) infrastructure initiative, stating that it was a considered decision taken on the basis of its foreign policy, whose motto is “friends with all and enemies with none.”
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News: Belgian born Sociologist François Houtart passes away
Posted Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
Belgian Marxist Sociologist Emeritus Professor François Houtart has passed away in Quito, the capital of Ecuador on Tuesday at the age of 92. Rev Fr Houtart's demise occurred while he was taking part in a conference on Eezham Tamils with German-based Viraj Mendis at Quito. Fr Houtart was one of the first world intellectuals to recognise the genocide on Eezham Tamils after the 2009 onslaught on Wanni. He chaired the People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka, which was held in Dublin in 2010. The investigation process was finally concluded in December 2013 at Bremen in Germany with the findings that Eezham Tamils have been subjected to Genocide.
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Events: 2nd World Tamil Writers Conference - Chennai. 9,10,11-June2017
Posted Date: 09/06/2017 (Friday)
முத்தமிழ் பேரவை டி என் இராஜரத்தினம் கலையரங்கம். ராஜா அண்ணாமலைபுரம் (அடையா
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News: UNHRC resolution co-sponsored by SL debated in Parliament
Posted Date: 08/06/2017 (Thursday)
The resolution co-sponsored by Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Commission was taken up for debate on 6th June Parliament session. Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the resolution was co-sponsored for the betterment of the country and its future.
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Photos: World’s oldest Homo sapiens fossils found in Morocco
Posted Date: 08/06/2017 (Thursday)
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News: JO complains to EU of delayed local polls
Posted Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
The Joint Opposition has complained to the European Union of the government’s failure to hold local government elections. The complaint had been made when a delegation of Joint Opposition MPs led by its parliamentary group and MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardena met EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka Tung-Laï Margue on June 1, UPFA MP Sisira Jayakody told The Island yesterday.The Joint Opposition delegation also comprised MPs
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News: A Hundred Days Of Protest, Still No Answers
Posted Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
On May 30, around 1,000 protesters from across the North-East, converged with families of the disappeared in Kilinochchi to mark 100 days of continuous protest. In the hands of each protester was a photograph of a missing loved one, held close to the chest like a flimsy shield. Beginning the day with a sombre inter-faith prayer service, and a moment of silence for those dead and missing from floods and landslides in the South, protesters blockaded the A9 highways for six hours. Their collective demands, as outlined in letters addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, were simple:
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News: Eight years after end of war, Tamil refugees divided over returning to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
More than 100,000 Sri Lankan refugees continue to live in Tamil Nadu 30 years after the outbreak of civil war caused them to flee across the Palk Strait. Today they live on in the knowledge that their sheltering camps can never be home, while returning means having to rebuild life from the scratch. And for an entire generation, these camps are the only homes they’ve ever known—yet they are called refugees.
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News: All parties have agreed to include ‘Unitary status’ in constitution
Posted Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
All political parties including the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) have agreed to include the term ‘Unitary Status’ into the new constitution that is being formulated, Highways State Minister Dilan Perera said . He made these observations yesterday at a press conference held at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Head Office in Colombo.
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Photos: International petition to stop police terrorising Tami Jesuit priest
Posted Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Garment Industry Training Centre Goes to Mullaittivu with SFHQ-MLT Initiatives
Posted Date: 07/06/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: Supreme Court orders Rs. 1m compensation to Police torture victim
Posted Date: 06/06/2017 (Tuesday)
The Supreme Court this week ordered the payment of Rs 1 million in compensation to a man who was tortured by officers of the Bandaragama police station. A Sub Inspector (SI), Constable, Sergeant and security assistant were personally ordered to pay Rs 125,000 each, to Chaminda Sampath Kumara from Walgama, Welimilla Junction. The State was instructed
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Videos: கவிஞர் சண்முகம் சிவலிங்கம் அவர்களின் 5ம் ஆண்டு நினைவின் நிழலில் நிகழ்வு
Posted Date: 06/06/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Govt lacks proper mechanism – Rathana Thera
Posted Date: 05/06/2017 (Monday)
Member of Parliament (MP) and Senior Presidential Adviser Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera said the Government lacks a proper mechanism...... to tackle an emergency or disaster situation in the country. He said he was personally not pleased with the manner in which the government acted in the face of the recent natural calamity experienced in several districts of the country
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News: HRC’s role needs to be respected: Satkunananthan
Posted Date: 05/06/2017 (Monday)
The Government needs to respect the role of the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and have a proper understanding of it, Human Rights Commissioner Ambika Satkunananthan said yesterday as she explained lack of effectiveness of the HRC in the current policy making and legal reform process.
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