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News: Track Record Of TNA – A Sad Saga
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
“But I don’t have a very good track record with royalty. My dress fell off in front of Prince Charles at the Prince’s Trust, so I’m just living up to my reputation.” – Kate Bush, British Singer The UNP has suffered severe losses at the Local Authority Elections. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has likewise sustained significant setbacks, not only electorally, but politically as well. The losses of the TNA (read, ITAK, the prima donna, calling all the shots in the Alliance) are not sporadic; but seem pervasive across the entire electoral landscape of the Tamil heartland in the North-East.Compromising on core ideals whilst cohabiting with the Sirisena-Ranil government has cost the TNA/ITAK dearly.
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Photos: WONKY ATTITUDES AND WEIRD APPROACHES IN A POLITICAL CLASS
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: The silent, suffering masses
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: The world moves forward and we move backwards
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Videos: Nalaka Godahewa and pro-LTTE group clash in Geneva (English)
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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Videos: No Confidence motion in the parliament
Posted Date: 21/03/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: Impunity: A cat closing its eyes drinking milk
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The title from my school days refers to a cat thinking that when it sees no one, it is safe. Likewise, our rulers seem to think that blocking out Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. ensures that no one can see us or our friends bashing our Muslim brethren and enjoy that barbaric moment as we act out our Mleccha (barbarian) instincts. With firm action, the riots should have been stopped on day one. Instead, social media showed the police, the STF no less, laughing at one of the victims. It is argued that the blackout is really to prevent rogues spreading hate speech. Wrong! When hate speech is engaged in, we can track down the rogues and bring down the law on them. In
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News: Omp is for reconciliation not to satisfy anyone else
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is one of the main transitional justice mechanisms, the others being a truth commission, an office on reparations and a judicial mechanism to investigate allegations of violations and abuses of human rights. The OMP intends to promote justice and bring closure to those whose loved ones have gone missing. With the recent appointment of the Chairman and the members to the OMP, hopes are now anew that the truth will surface. In an interview with the Daily mirror its newly appointed Chairman, Saliya Pieris PC, who is a former member of the Human Rights Commission, stressed that the OMP is not a punitive mechanism, but a mechanism to find the whereabouts of loved ones who have gone missing and provide relief.
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News: Speaker Jayasuriya urged not to certify protection against disappearances Bill
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has been urged by the Joint Opposition (JO) not to certify the hastily enacted Bill for the protection against enforced disappearances. JO spokesman Colombo District MP Gamini Lokuge yesterday said that they had requested Speaker Jayasuriya to allow a fresh debate and a vote on the Bill. Addressing the media, at former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Nelum Mawatha, Battaramulla office, Lokuge said Speaker Jayasuriya had allowed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe to manipulate the legislative process.
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News: Sirisena urged to ‘rise as a statesman’
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Reminding President Maithripala Sirisena of the “unstinted support” that Tamils extended to him in 2015, senior Tamil politician and Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan on Monday urged him to “rise as a statesman” and resolve Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem. “We want a statesman to rise in this country who can say, ‘I resolved the country’s national question’ and we think you can do it, we think you should do it and it is our expectation that it will be done,” he said, speaking at an event in Jaffna, where he shared the stage with Mr. Sirisena.
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News: Monks, troops help Muslims after race riots in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Buddhist monks and army troops have begun rebuilding and renovating scores of properties damaged during a series of anti-Muslim riots near Kandy in Sri Lanka's Central Province, an area known for its scenic tea plantations. The government announced a nationwide state of emergency after two people were killed in the sectarian violence, which also saw nearly 450 Muslim-owned homes and numerous shops damaged. As racial tensions boiled over, 60 vehicles were torched and more than 20 mosques attacked as violence erupted in key cities across the nation.
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News: Will support no-confidence vote against PM – JVP
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday (19) said that it would support the Joint Opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the basis that he had allegedly protected thieves in both the current and former Governments by making deals with them. Speaking to Ceylon Today, JVP Propaganda Secretary Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the JVP has not seen the no-faith motion which the JO is going to bring to Parliament yet, but the JVP would support the motion if it mentions the said facts.
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News: Faction against efficient judiciary to be revealed
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranawithana says the faction represented by those objecting the measures to make the legal system efficient will be revealed promptly. Speaking in Parliament, the Deputy Minister said there is a faction that is attempting to disrupt the initiatives of the government of increasing the efficiency of the judiciary and speed up the process of bringing the guilty to book. Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranavithana said they are filing cases in court in opposition of punishing the guilty and increasing the efficiency of the judiciary.
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Videos: Rahul Gandhi Full Speech | AICC Plenary Session | CNN-News18
Posted Date: 20/03/2018 (Tuesday)
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News: Sri Lanka must enhance fiscal income to offset narrowing external drains: Fin Min
Posted Date: 19/03/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka’s Finance minister says the island must optimize utilizing local resources with a well-managed and efficient tax system as a pro-growth catalyst. My contention is that the new Inland Revenue Act will bring a paradigm shift to taxation in this country that is in line with our policy of updating complex legislations to achieve our development goals in this 21st century, Mangala Samaraweera, Finance Minister said. The minister was addressing a seminar organized by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) to educate the public on the new Inland Revenue Act that will come into effect from April 01st 2018.
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News: 301 suspects detained over Kandy violence
Posted Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
Police have so far arrested 301 suspects connection with the recent bout of violence in Kandy. Of the suspects now being held, 196 are from the Kandy District. Out of the total, 168 suspects have been arrested under emergency regulations imposed on March 6. Meanwhile, the Government announced that from Monday, it will begin paying compensation to people affected by the violence, while a cleanup of the area is now being undertaken by the army. Several ministers will work together to provide compensation payments.
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News: Silent heroes give glimmer of hope How Muruthalawa withstood recent violence
Posted Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
The recent tension between two communities paved the way for anti-Muslim violence which first arose in the Ampara District and then took an unexpected turn spreading to the areas of the sacred city of Kandy where more than 500 shops, residences, vehicles and mosques belonging to Muslims were damaged. While hatred and violence set the area ablaze, there were acts by silent heroes which gave glimmer of hope and showed that there was still some humanity left. Ven. Waturakumbure Dhammaratana Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Nelligala International Buddhist Centre speaking to Ceylon Today shared the story behind how Muruthalawa town with both its Buddhist and Muslim communities remained safe despite the turmoil in other areas of the Central Province.
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News: Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow
Posted Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
A high-level Sri Lankan delegation heads to Geneva tomorrow, where it will attempt to show progress on its human rights commitments, amid mounting calls for more political will to implement reconciliation and accountability measures set out in UNHRC Resolution 30/1 that the country co-sponsored in September 2015. In Geneva, Sri Lanka will unveil a host of measures taken over the past year to reckon with a violent past in line with its UN Human Rights Council commitments, including the operationalisation of the Office off Missing Persons, the enactment of the Enforced
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News: JVP to launch anti-racism movement
Posted Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is set to launch a political movement against racism and communalism, its leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said. The party has taken this decision following the recent troubling events which unfolded in Kandy leading to loss of life, injuries and extensive property damage. According to Dissanayake, the national movement will commence with a series of rallies aimed at eradicating racism and communalism. “We have prepared several rallies to launch
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News: Perhaps We Can Eat Soup with a Knife: Prospect Theory and the Use of Conventional Military Strategies in Counterinsurgency Operations
Posted Date: 18/03/2018 (Sunday)
Combating insurgencies with conventional forces has long been regarded as being, to paraphrase T.E Lawrence’s colorful formulation, comparable to eating soup with a knife (Lawrence, 1922, 53). Indeed, the inutility of force with regards to combating a phenomenon that primarily exists in the minds of a target population has been noted by figures from General Rupert Smith to General David Petraeus, the latter articulating this principle as a central premise upon which he built his population centric theory of counterinsurgency in FM-3-24 (Petraeus, 2006, 60-100) (Smith, 2005, 40). Within the context of this argument, any effort to destroy an insurgent militarily by a policy of attrition or annihilation ignores the insurgents innate capacity to trade space for time, avoiding the strengths of a conventional
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