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News: The NYT should ask what US has done for Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lanka handover of its strategic Hambantota Port to China on a 99-year lease in December of last year triggered concerns worldwide. The worry, which lasts till today, was conspicuously portrayed by a New York Times report published last week. The article accuses China of using a debt trap for vulnerable countries, which therefore fuels corruption and autocratic behavior in these "struggling democracies." Yet the report has drawn rebuttal from Sri Lankan politicians. The country's former Central Bank governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said the reporter used none of his views but rather the piece was a veiled attempt at using Sri Lanka to target China. Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa refuted The New York Times report in a detailed statement. When the report called the Hambantota Port a failure because it drew only 34 ships in 2012, it
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Events: Civil Society at the Heart of London: putting the Way Ahead vision into action
Posted Date: 03/07/2018 (Tuesday)
London's Living Room, City Hall, SE1 2AA
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News: Ranil, Hitler, and Maria Abi-Habib
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
Ranil Wickramasinghe is in a panic mode with the coming Presidential elections for which he is being proposed as a candidate by the UNP. Having lost at elections 30 times facing the 31st election is for him a very trying situation. He was already lucky to have had become the Prime Minister without having to face any elections , but the Presidential election is another kettle of fish. Therefore he hangs onto any straw to keep afloat in the flood of votes that sounds rushing in another direction. In order to stop the tide of the people’s anger taking him away it becomes necessary for Ranil W to pull up his trousers, turn round looking at his group of parliamentarians ,and laughing at his own joke, does his gipsy dance in the well of the Parliament . The PM Ranil tries to show his knowledge of Buddhism and comes out showing only his ignorance of Buddha Dharma. He claps and sings to Buddhan Saranang
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News: Secretary-General's closing remarks at High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism [as delivered]
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
The first United Nations High level Conference of Heads of Counter Terrorism Agencies of Member States was held on 28-29 June at United nations headquarters on the theme “Strengthening international cooperation to combat the evolving threat of terrorism”. The aims were to build a new partnership for multilateral cooperation to strengthen the international community’s counter-terrorism efforts. “The Secretary General’s closing remarks at the end of the conference is as follows. Thank you for these productive two days. There will not be a negotiated outcome, so I will set out my own conclusions for the way forward, based on your discussions. First, this conference has helped to strengthen multilateral collaboration, break down silos and build new partnerships.
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News: UN Peacekeeping Operations Head confirms Deployment of Sri Lankan personnel in Peace Keeping Operations has been terminated
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
In a press release the International Centre for Prevention and Protection of Genocide states that in response to the letter of 6 April 2018 of Miss A Seevaratnam the director of ICPPG, Mr. Lacroix Under Secretary General for UN Peacekeeping Operations has confirmed in writing that the UN's Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has stopped deployment of personnel from Sri Lanka. Further, he has confirmed that the Sri Lankan deployment and rotations to UN peacekeeping will be contingent on the formalisation and implementation by the Government of Sri Lanka of an effective domestic screening process that meets the requirement of UN Policy.
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News: AT MATARA MEETING
Posted Date: 02/07/2018 (Monday)
The Yahapalana Government has kept its word to uphold the rule of law in the country, Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera told guests at the Platform for Freedom (Nidahase Wedikawa), last evening in Matara. “We managed to reinstate the rule of law and democracy back in this country which was being diluted over the past decade while they were in power,” the Minister said. Speaking of the recent comments that sparked about a Nazi regime, the minister drew parallels to the previous government where incidents similar to that of the Hitler’s Nazi regime took place. “Whenever the previous government didn’t have sufficient support they were in the practice of blackmailing and poaching people from parties that were opposed to them.
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News: VP welcomes attempt to trace its founder leader Rohana Wijeweera Better late than never – Vijitha Herath
Posted Date: 01/07/2018 (Sunday)
JVP Propaganda Secretary MP Vijitha Herath told The Island yesterday his party welcomed the move by the wife of their founder leader Rohana Wijeweera to file a habeas corpus seeking information of her missing husband. "We welcome the move. Such an application could be filed by only a member of the family. She should have done that many years back. But better late than never," the MP said. Patabendi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera, better known as Rohana Wijeweera, was born on July 14, 1943. He was the founding leader of the JVP. As a candidate in the 1982 presidential elections, Wijeweera finished third, with about 250,000 votes. He led the party in two
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Events: சம்பத்சரா அபிஷேகம்
Posted Date: 01/07/2018 (Sunday)
2 Salisbury Road Manor Park London E12 6AB
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News: The cultural indicator
Posted Date: 30/06/2018 (Saturday)
“Sri Lanka, because of its geographical situation, had its earliest trade relations with South India,” says Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi, Adjunct Professor of Central and South Asian Art, Archaeology, and Numismatics, University of California, Berkeley. He was in Chennai in connection with a conference. “Symbols on megalithic black and red ware found in Kodumanal, Tamil Nadu, by Dr. K. Rajan matched with what I found in Kelaniya and Ridiyagama in Sri Lanka. The earliest coins found in Sri Lanka were Pandya and Chera coins.” The conversation with Bopearachchi shows how trade relations between Lanka and India followed the rise and fall of dynasties in India.
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News: Sri Lanka: Excavations at mass grave with children risks closure
Posted Date: 30/06/2018 (Saturday)
Experts investigating a mass grave in northern Sri Lanka fear that the excavations will be forced to a halt due to lack of state funds. Forensic officers and archaeologists confirm that skulls and remains of at least thirty humans including children under the age of 12 years were found, in the Mannar SATHOSA mass burial site after digging for more than a fortnight.
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Events: TGTE-Sports Meet
Posted Date: 30/06/2018 (Saturday)
Forest Park, Myrtle Avenue & Woodheaven Boulevard, Queens, NY 11385
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News: British Council outpaces Provincial Councils with landmark survey in the provinces
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
Despite the fact that no Provincial Council or other local administrative body had been able to effectively support by chipping in with vital data and statistics on the state of social enterprises in Sri Lanka, a survey commissioned by the British Council yesterday came out with a comprehensive report which reveals the exciting breadth, depth and the potential of social enterprises in Sri Lanka. The unprecedented clarity with which it was produced could be a catalyst in opening the eyes of provincial authorities to build their own databases to improve efficiency and relevance in policy making for their respective provinces.
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News: North to embark on hartal today
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
A hartal will be staged today (29), in the Northern Province, urging that justice be done by the six-year-old child who was murdered earlier this week in Kattupulam- Chulipuram in Jaffna. Villagers and civil society groups in Kattupulam-Chulipuram called the hartal in solidarity with the child’s family. Meanwhile, protests were staged yesterday (28) in various parts of Jaffna urging justice for the victim. The students of the Kattupulam Government Mixed School held a protest at the Chulipuram Junction along with the villagers, while Jaffna University students staged a procession from the University to the Palaly Road, where they displayed slogans whilst standing on both sides of the Road.
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News: Put these criminals behind bars!
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The recent spate of killings by members of the underworld has made the Government accept that the situation must be checked before it gets out of hand. This was confirmed by reports related to the recent Defence Council Meeting-chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena- during which there was a huge showing of concern regarding the ‘underworld raising its ugly head’. Just last month Sri Lanka celebrated the ninth anniversary after the ruthless tiger rebels were crushed. That hard-earned peace has in recent times been shattered by incidents of shootings, rape, killings and looting. The perpetrators have been members of criminal gangs and what’s worrying is that they have links with politicians.
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News: Canada wants SL to work better
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
Canada has encouraged Sri Lanka to continue on the important steps taken to re-engage the country with the international community and will assist as a longstanding partner. In a statement issued on the occasion of Canada Day, High Commissioner David McKinnon said Canada is also drawing on their own experience as a bilingual country to support the implementation of Sri Lanka's Official Languages Act. He said Canada believes strengthening inclusion, reconciliation and the rule of law is in the interests of all Sri Lankans and are encouraged by initial steps taken to operationalize the Office of Missing Persons, and continues to call on Sri Lanka to fully implement the
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News: US tells Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in human trafficking
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The United States has urged Sri Lanka to prosecute officials involved in human trafficking. The call was made in an annual report released by US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on human trafficking. Pompeo will unveiled the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report at the US State Department yesterday (Thursday). On Sri Lanka, the report says while respecting due process, Sri Lanka must improve efforts to investigate and prosecute suspected traffickers, including complicit officials, and convict and punish offenders with sentences commensurate with other serious crimes.
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News: Protect our children
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The body of a six-year school-girl who had been sexually assaulted and strangled was found in a well close to her home in Kattupulam, Chulipuram in Jaffna earlier in the week. A 22-year-old man who has allegedly confessed to the murder has been arrested by the Vaddukoddai Police and remanded. As we reported yesterday, the suspect was arrested along with five others and produced before Mallakam Magistrate on Wednesday. The main suspect is said to have confessed that he took the child away from her home to steal her jewellery. However, Police investigations have found that the father of the child had
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News: Wijeweera’s wife files petition to produce him before court
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The wife of former JVP leader Rohana Wijeweera has filed a habeas corpus petition before the Appeal Court requesting to order the government to produce her husband before an appropriate court or to release him. The petitioner, Srimathi Chithrangani Wijeweera, states that her husband, the founding leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), went missing after being arrested by the government during the insurgency in 1989. Twelve individuals including the Attorney General have been named as responds in the habeas corpus petition.
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News: Group pledges $3-million to U of T for chair in Tamil studies
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
A group from the Tamil community in Canada and the United States is teaming up to pledge $3-million to create a chair in Tamil studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The pledge, made by Tamil Chair Inc. and the Canadian Tamil Congress, includes raising funds to support an endowment for a full-time chair position that will explore aspects of Tamil language, history and culture through research and scholarship. “Language is an integral part of Tamil identity," says Sivan Ilangko, vice-president of the Canadian Tamil Congress and a director of Tamil Chair Inc. “This initiative will not only help the academic advancement of the language, it will help open it up and share it with the rest of the world.”
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News: Reparations Office Bill gazetted
Posted Date: 29/06/2018 (Friday)
The Bill to provide for the establishment of the Office for Reparations has been gazetted by the Government. The Bill, published under the orders of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be presented in Parliament for the First Reading shortly. The Bill provides for the provision of individual and collective reparations for aggrieved persons. As per the Bill, “aggrieved persons” mean persons who have suffered a violation of human rights or humanitarian law, their relatives and missing persons.
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