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News: UN votes to send war crimes probe to Gaza
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
The UN Human Rights Council voted Friday to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces. The UN's top human rights body voted through a resolution calling on the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry" -- the UN rights council's highest-level of investigation. Only two of the council's 47 members, the United States and Australia, voted against the resolution, while 29 voted in favour and 14 abstained, including Britain, Switzerland and Germany.
News: Austria agrees to support SL Police
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
The Austrian government agreed to extended its support to the Sri Lanka Police to develop a systematic public security programme in modern technology, Public Administration and Law and Order Ministry said. During a meeting between Austrian Deputy Consul in New Delhi Christophe Maienberg and Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara at the Public Administration and Law and Order Ministry, it was revealed that the programme is being implemented as a concessionary loan scheme and the Austrian government expected to provide the loan in several stages.
News: What purpose if citizens do not have protection: MR
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa questioned the country’s law and order stating that there is no purpose if it doesn’t protect the people. While expressing his condolence on Saturday over the tragic assassination of cricketer Dhananjaya de Silva’s father - Ranjan de Silva, MP Rajapaksa said authorities should take the matter serious as the incident could add a black mark to the country. He said the tragedy had occurred due to the actions of these drug kingpins who were operating under the shade of money and political umbrella.
News: 40% Colombo children malnourished School breakfast time comes under fire
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
Even though the North and the Moneragala District are highly susceptible to malnourishment, in an alarming discovery, 40% of the children in the Colombo District were found to be malnourished, and it is not second to the situation with regard to malnutrition in the Nuwara Eliya District. This was revealed at a Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender and the Children’s Caucus meeting held in Committee Room Two of Parliament on 24 May, in relation to the proposed national policy or policies on early childhood development and pre-school education chaired by Committee Chairperson Dr. Thusitha Wijemanna with Committee Members, State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle and MP Rohini Kumari Wijerathna participating. State Minister Eran Wickramaratne and MP Prof. Ashu Marasinghe attended. Apart from the media, there was representation from the clergy, the medical community, the
News: No reason to oppose 20A – Dr. Jayampathy
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
In spite of being favourable to the draft of 20th Amendment to the Constitution, presented by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) last week, Member of Parliament and Constitutional expert Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne says the United Left Front (ULF) and the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) majority group which he represents is still supportive of formulating a new Constitution for the country. “I believe it is still a possibility though the JVP says it is unlikely,” he said, adding that if the two main political parties can support the process it is a task that is still achievable. Meanwhile, commenting on the draft presented by the JVP, Dr Wickramaratne said he has no reason to oppose it. “The proposed amendment has also taken into account the interim report of the steering committee,” he pointed out.
News: Britain's MI5 and the Secret Air Service (SAS) had reportedly advised Sri Lanka's security forces during the LTTE crisis
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
Around 195 files including documents relating to relations between India and Sri Lanka at the peak of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led civil war have been destroyed by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), sparking concern among archivists and researchers. While the FCO said any destruction decision would have been taken based on the country's records policy, experts believe the loss of the files means there is no record of an important period of history. Britain's MI5 and the Secret Air Service (SAS) had reportedly advised Sri Lanka's security forces during the LTTE crisis between 1978 and 1980.
Photos: In Sandhya Ekneligoda, controversial BBS monk meets his match
Posted Date: 27/05/2018 (Sunday)
Events: Valai Ilai
Posted Date: 26/05/2018 (Saturday)
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News: Competing for South Asia
Posted Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
China’s aggressive campaign to gather partners for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a trade corridor stretching from Russia to Indonesia, has left the world awestruck. A clear move to cement its superior position in Asia, it has also caused a significant change in the alliances of the region, creating troubles for India – the other regional power. China introduced its plan for the BRI in 2013 and within a span of four years, 65 countries have agreed to be a part of this multibillion-dollar project. While some, like Pakistan have been traditional Chinese allies, in the case of others like Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Maldives, the move to partner with China has caused some disappointment in Indian diplomatic circles since it means weakening the decades of long relationships with India.
News: Trump nominates Alaina Teplitz as US Ambassador to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
US President Donald Trump has nominated Alaina B. Teplitz, of Colorado, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Maldives. Focused on laying the foundation for successful 21st century American diplomacy, Ms. Teplitz held the Assistant-Secretary ranked position of Director of the Under Secretary for
News: Fonseka ready to pay Gotabhaya’s deposits
Posted Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Sarath Fonseka says he is ready to pay the Presidential election candidate deposits if Former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is contesting for the upcoming presidential election. The minister made this statement in response to a question raised by journalists in Gampaha today (25th). “Not only members of the UNP but also ministers in the government were terrified of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa because of the white van abductions, assaults and looting public property.” Fonseka said.
News: 'Sri Lanka committed against corruption'
Posted Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption Sarath Jayamanne says Sri Lanka remains fully committed to implementing the provisions of the Convention in an effective manner. Sri Lanka participated in the High Level debate of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The event was held on Wednesday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Photos: U.S. assistance for Sri Lanka's disaster preparedness ahead of the monsoon season
Posted Date: 25/05/2018 (Friday)
News: Hype and haunt hovering over Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Posted Date: 24/05/2018 (Thursday)
There is a connection between the hype that is being built these days around Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Defence Secretary and once-powerful brother of the once-powerful President, and the haunt that shadows him wherever he goes. The hype is loud and we can see and hear. The haunt, less visible to naked observation, is that of the ghost of Lasantha Wickrematunge, former Editor of The Sunday Leader, who was butchered and murdered in broad daylight. Keith Noyahr, former Deputy Editor of The Nation, is also haunting Gota; yet Lasantha’s macabre and creeping shadow overwhelms that of Keith.
News: Sri Lanka's controversial monk faces prospect of jail time
Posted Date: 24/05/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka's highly controversial Buddhist monk, Galagodaatte Gnanasara, was facing the prospect of up to two years in jail Thursday after he was found guilty of two counts of criminal conduct by the Homagama Magistrate. Sentencing was put off till June 14, but the two counts under the penal code carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison, an unspecified fine and or both. This is the first time that the monk faces the prospect of actually going to jail. The magistrate found guilty of intimidating Sandya Eknaligoda in January 2016 when she was in court to hear the proceedings of her husband's disappearance. Military intelligence officers stand accused
News: INTERPOL locates Arjuna Mahendran in Singapore
Posted Date: 24/05/2018 (Thursday)
The INTERPOL has officially informed the Criminal Investigations Department that former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is currently in Singapore. Accordingly the Department of the Attorney General informed Court that an extradition process is currently underway to bring back the former Central Bank Governor. Arjun Mahendran is named as the main suspect in the case filed over the controversial issuance of Central Bank bond issuance.
News: Wiggy criticizes Rajitha’s statement
Posted Date: 24/05/2018 (Thursday)
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran yesterday (22) said that Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne should have visited the Mullivaikkal ground on 19 May 2018, to listen to the war widows, parents, siblings and children of those who died on 18 May 2009, who would have given him the exact story of what happened on the last days of the war, where he would have learnt from them how the military studiously took charge of the surrendees publicly and later denied taking charge of them. "It is pathetic to hear all persons who were killed on or about that fateful day being referred
News: Austrian banks grant Rs2.7bn interest free loans for university & health sectors
Posted Date: 24/05/2018 (Thursday)
Two Austrian banks have provided over 2.7 billion rupees worth interest free loans for health sector development and to improve university medical facilities, the Finance Ministry said. The Erste Bank of Austria has provided EUR 9.5 million (approximately SLR 1,810 million) interest free credit facility to enhance the access to quality and modern healthcare facilities in hospitals in the country. The Government has now been able to provide Anaesthetic Machines, ICU Ventilators, Blood gas analyzers, Endoscopes, Operation Theatres and mobile lights for identified hospitals in Sri Lanka.
News: Files on Tamil Tigers and MI5 in Sri Lanka erased at Foreign Office
Posted Date: 24/05/2018 (Thursday)
Soldiers of the LTTE, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, celebrating Tamil Women’s Day in October 2002. Photograph: Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi/Reuters Britain’s Foreign Office destroyed almost 200 files on Sri Lanka dating from the start of a Tamil Tiger uprising during which MI5 and the SAS secretly advised the country’s security forces, it has emerged. The loss of the files means that there is almost no record of the British government’s work with the Sri Lankan authorities at the start of a famously brutal civil war.
Events: Karl Marx 200th Birth Anniversary
Posted Date: 24/05/2018 (Thursday)
At Women's Education & Research Center, No-54, Dharmarama road, Wellawatte.

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