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News: Japan Claims a Stake in Sri Lanka’s Ports
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is caught between the need for foreign investment and the risk of being the object of a great power tug-of-war. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s visit to Sri Lanka earlier this month was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in 15 years. Governmental confirmation of Sri Lanka’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) project came during Kono’s visit, when the prime minister’s office revealed that an MoU was to be signed with Japan to build a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU). The FSRU and LNG terminal project will be a joint venture by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority with both Japan and India. The LNG terminal is to be located within Colombo port – one of the busiest ports in South Asia and an important trans-shipment hub in the region.
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Photos: Tangible Intangible vs Realities, myths of development strategies followed by UNP, SLFP regimes since independence
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
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Videos: மைத்திரி - ரணில் உறவு தொடருமா? முடிவுக்கு நெருங்கும் நாட்கள்..
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
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News: SL to remain engaged with disarmament goals
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka hoped to remain proactively engaged within the Conference on Disarmament (CD) to help achieve its objectives, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said on Tuesday on the occasion of Sri Lanka assuming the responsibility of the CD as its first President of the 2018 session. Sri Lanka assumed the Presidency of the CD after 11 years. In his speech, Ambassador Aryasinha said the CD held a significant responsibility with regard to a rule-based international order that Members of the UN family were seeking to uphold.
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News: TNA wants draft Constitution presented to parliament soon after LG polls
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Leader of Opposition and of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan has demanded that the draft Constitution be submitted to Parliament soon after Feb. 10 local government polls. A statement issued by the TNA yesterday quoted Sampanthan as having told European Union Sri Lanka Political Desk Head Paul Godfrey: "Soon after the local government elections the process must be expedited and the draft Constitution must be submitted to Parliament and eventually it must be approved by the people at a referendum".
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News: Survey Department to standardize and romanize geographical names
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Survey Department is in the process of standardizing geographical names in Sinhala and Tamil and will romanize Sinhala geographical names. Senior Deputy Surveyor General, D. N. D. Hettiarachchi said during a recent interview with The Island. This is in addition to introducing the revised version of the 1:50,000 scale map. The Department is currently in the process of standardizing geographical names in both Tamil and Sinhala. Standardization of geographical names was encouraged in all countries by the UN in 1960. Under the standardization process place names as well as those of
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News: Police brutality unpardonable!
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Every year reports of serious Police related violence flood the mainstream media all around the globe. And every time it happens, it grabs the headlines and leads to various discussions and debates that question and critique Police brutality, provisions of using 'necessary power' and the overall enforcement powers held by the law enforcement officers. Even the most (supposedly) democratic country in the world experiences Police violence. The United States has recorded over 1,200 cases where individuals were gunned down by the Police during 2017 and 69 per cent of the time; the deceased were non-violent and unarmed.
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News: Northern Naval Command seize 110 kgs of Kerala cannabis
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A haul of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 10 million was recovered by the Northern Naval Command in Maradankeni, Thaleiadi last evening (23). The 110 Kgs of cannabis were seized following a tip-off received by the intelligence staff attached to the Northern Naval Command. The consignment has been hidden at nearby brushwood consisting with 50 parcels wrapped in polyethylene, according to Navy.
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News: Rajiv case: Serious issues raised, says SC, seeks CBI's reply
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Supreme Court today termed as "serious" and "debatable" the questions raised by a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and asked the CBI to respond to his plea seeking recall of the apex court's May 1999 order upholding his conviction. The apex court issued notice to the CBI and asked it to file its response within three weeks on the application filed by convict A G Perarivalan, who was initially awarded death sentence in the case which was later commuted to life term.
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News: Australia warns Sri Lankans attempting to travel illegally
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Australian High Commission today warned Sri Lankans to beware of the lies of people smugglers, following media coverage of three recent failed people smuggling attempts. In December 2017, Australian border protection authorities intercepted a people smuggling boat with 29 Sri Lankan nationals on board. All 29 people were returned to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities also recently disrupted two planned illegal boat ventures before they departed Sri Lanka.
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News: Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE.
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Photos: A.E. Manoharan overcame ethnic and language barriers
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Is time running out for Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa?
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Half-a-million labour demand in the private sector
Posted Date: 23/01/2018 (Tuesday)
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Events: Kingston Charecters: An Exhibition of Stitched Fabric Portraits by Ruth Blackford
Posted Date: 23/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Rose Theatre, Kingston KT1 1HL
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Videos: Former president CBK sees justification for Tamils demanding separate country
Posted Date: 23/01/2018 (Tuesday)
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News: Priests, doctors and the State: The agony of the masses
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Media headlines in recent months in Sri Lanka have concentrated heavily on the political role of Buddhist monks, agitations of government medical officers against the establishment of a private medical college and the increasing failure of the State to address many pressing social issues. These three matters are by no means unconnected. In fact, all three are the products of a process of social and political change that unfolded over the last several decades.
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News: Thailand to assist Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
The Thai Government says that it is expecting to assist for the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes. This was revealed to the President by Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms Chulamanee Chartsuwan when she met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (21).
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News: Parents protest against Uva Chief Minister
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
A group of parents staged a protest march today (22) against the incident in which the Principal of the Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya,Badulla was allegedly made to kneel down by the Uva Chief Minister. The march began in front of the school and proceeded towards Badulla town, Ada Derana correspondent reported.
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News: Government power not necessary to develop local councils
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
This local government has become one that changes the direction of politics in the country and the party that rules the country need not be brought to power in the local government council to develop it says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this at a rally held at Koggala to affirm the victory of the JVP candidates contesting the Ambalangoda Pradeshiya Sabha.
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