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News: Change of govt. predicted by Mahinda: Govt. MPs seek to allay China’s concern about ‘instability’ in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/12/2016 (Wednesday)
State Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Palitha Ranga Bandara, MP, has claimed that China is in dilemma over the political situation in Sri Lanka, especially in the wake of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s recent claim in Beijing that there could be a change of government in Colombo soon. State Minister Bandara said that Chinese authorities, investors as well as civil society representatives had inquired about statements on the stability of the UNP-SLFP coalition administration attributed to various persons including former President Rajapaksa.
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News: Rajapaksa opposes government's plan to empower chief ministers
Posted Date: 21/12/2016 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has warned the government against antagonising the Sinhala majority by "appeasing" the country's Tamil community by mulling to grant more powers to provincial chief ministers in the proposed constitutional reform process. In the recent weeks, there has been a debate over a reported demand by the main Tamil Party -- Tamil National Alliance (TNA) -- to curb the powers of the provincial governors in order to empower the provincial chief ministers. Addressing public gatherings, Rajapaksa said even in India the provincial governor executes the presidential authority.
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News: Conditional approval for 10,000 prefab houses in North
Posted Date: 20/12/2016 (Tuesday)
The Cabinet has granted conditional approval to French steel giant ArcelorMittal to build 10,000 prefabricated houses for the war-affected in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts, a senior official said. “It was decided that 10,000 houses could be erected in the two districts, provided that the people wanted them,” the official explained. Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan confirmed to the Sunday Times that the specified number of 10,000 dwellings had been sanctioned but this newspaper learns the approval is conditional. The Minister has been pushing for the project—initially numbered at 65,000 steel prefabricated houses from ArcelorMittal at an estimated US$ 1 billion—since mid-2015. However, progress has been slow due to strong resistance from civil society, housing experts and local and national politicians including all Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians. Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran and the Jaffna District Coordinating Committee are also against the project.
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Videos: women seeking asylum
Posted Date: 20/12/2016 (Tuesday)
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Events: TOGETHER TOWARDS TOMORROW ILANKAI TAMIL SPEAKING DIASPORA CONFERNCE
Posted Date: 18/12/2016 (Sunday)
KLT, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, London WC1 0XG
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Events: TOGETHER TOWARDS TOMORROW ILANKAI TAMIL SPEAKING DIASPORA CONFERNCE
Posted Date: 17/12/2016 (Saturday)
KLT, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, London WC1 0XG
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News: Will UNHRC live up to its commitments to Sri Lanka?
Posted Date: 16/12/2016 (Friday)
The United Nations Security Council and Human Rights Council, (UNHRC) has maintained inexplicable and depressing silence over the several incidents of massacres, racial pogroms, including extra-judicial killings and torture which were blatantly carried out by the security forces and political party hooligans in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1971, 1977, 1983, 1989 and from 2006 to May 2009.
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News: Re-appointing MR Chairman of SLFP Case put off for 20 Feb
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
The District Court of Colombo yesterday (14) decided to take up for hearing on 20 February 2017 the case seeking a Court order to re-appoint former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). This plaint, filed in the District Court of Colombo, states that former General Secretary of the SLFP Anura Priyadharshana Yapa had violated the Party constitution and handed over the Chairmanship to President Maithripala Sirisena.
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News: Delimitation Committee Report delayed again
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
The publication of the report compiled by the National Delimitation Committee headed by Ashoka Peries has been delayed once again. The Report of the Committee set up to look into complaints arising from delimitation of new wards, was scheduled to be handed over to the Minister of Local Governments and Provincial Councils today. However speaking to NewsRadio Secretary to the Ministry of Local Governments and Provincial Council Kamal Padmasiri said the Committee has requested an extension to the deadline.
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News: No clear Govt reaction to Executive Presidency
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Prof. G.L. Peiris, in an interview with the Ceylon Today said, the government has not yet declared its official stance on the Executive Presidency The government must tell us what stand it has adopted on the Executive Presidency; whether it will abolish it as promised, or whether it has decided to retain it with limited powers, or whether it has changed its mind, Prof. Peiris said.
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News: Autonomy to North east under Federalism is our demand -Mavai Senathirajah
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
Q How do you analyse the current political situation of the North? Our people are worried today because both the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), as the two main parties, talk about a political solution within a unitary State. We, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), received a mandate from our people to secure power devolution under a Federal Constitution. That is fully-pledged power devolution between the centre and the provinces. That means autonomy should be given to the North and the East as they are the traditional areas of habitation of Tamils and Muslims. People gave a mandate to the TNA to achieve this. Our understanding now is that the UNP and the SLFP insist on retaining the unitary character. It would pave the way for the ‘division of people’ and the country. The UNP even adopted a resolution at the recent Working Committee to this effect. Yet, a Federal system can unite the three communities - the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. It is a method experienced in various countries.
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Photos: ‘We’re all patriots, we’re all nationalists’
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
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Photos: Everyone accepts need to solve Tamil question, says Ranil
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
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Events: Christmas Party
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
Shiraz Mirza Community hall at Norbiton (near the Norbiton railway station )
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Take Actions: Don\'t turn a blind eye to torture in Sri Lanka. Say no to restoring GSP+.
Posted Date: 15/12/2016 (Thursday)
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News: Sri Lanka wins ‘Award for Excellence in Human Development Reporting’ for national and regional reports
Posted Date: 14/12/2016 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka wins ‘Award for Excellence in Human Development Reporting’ for national and regional reports New York: Sri Lanka was among the four countries which won Awards for Excellence in Human Development Reporting at a ceremony held at the United Nations Headquarters on 6 December. The award recognises recent national and regional human development reports that have excelled in crafting and promoting human solutions to development challenges.
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News: TN leaders knew Prabhakaran would kill them to rule Eelam: Menon
Posted Date: 14/12/2016 (Wednesday)
Leaders of Tamil Nadu, across the political divide, privately but effectively supported the Indian government’s policy of opposing efforts by the US and Norway to rescue Velupillai Prabhakaran so that his Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) lived to fight another day, says Shivshankar Menon, India’s former National Security Adviser (NSA) in his book; “Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy”.
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News: Government Will Not Probe Intel Chief
Posted Date: 13/12/2016 (Tuesday)
The government will not investigate allegations raised against the head of intelligence Sisira Mendis despite calls to do so by a UN committee. State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told The Sunday Leader that he does not see any need to investigate Mendis as the allegations against him are baseless. However Ruwan Wijewardene said the government will look into the concerns raised by the UN committee. The UN Committee against torture last week issued the government a deadline to investigate the allegations on Sisira Mendis.
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News: Mahinda, Ranil, Sampanthan discuss constitutional reforms
Posted Date: 13/12/2016 (Tuesday)
A special meeting attended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Opposition leader R.Sampanthan and Joint Opposition members was held at the Prime Minister’s Office at Parliament yesterday to discuss the proposed constitutional reforms. Former President Rajapaksa and Joint Opposition members said that the government should first reveal what its proposals.
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News: PREPARING THE GROUND FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
Posted Date: 13/12/2016 (Tuesday)
There seems to be a rethinking on the part of the government regarding the nature and extent of constitutional reform. The SLFP is of the stance that the Constitution should be amended without going in for a referendum. SLFP media spokesman Minister Dilan Perera said “We have spoken with the President and taken a clear decision on this. Electoral reforms must take place and a new system introduced and we believe in maximum devolution of power within a unitary state. We have also made it clear that we will not support the merger of provinces or to lessen the power of the governors to make it a nominal position.” For its part, the UNP has taken the position that it would support a system where the office of executive president would continue with special powers that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution had conferred.
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