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News: Avant Garde case: Commission recommends filing criminal cases against Gota, Senadhipathi and 11 others
Posted Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has recommended filing criminal cases against 13 individuals including former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi over the Avant Garde case. The final report of Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The other individuals against whom the Commission recommends filing criminal cases over the Avant Garde case include former Additional Defence Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne, former Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) CEO Major General K.B. Egodawela
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News: Maithree defends govt’s Geneva efforts, silent on TNA deadline
Posted Date: 26/01/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva (Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha) had made representations on behalf of Sri Lanka at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following revelations made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords. Recently, the Foreign Ministry announced plans to replace Aryasinha late next month in the run-up to the Geneva sessions.
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Events: Remembering Srebrenica film show
Posted Date: 26/01/2018 (Friday)
Solihull School’s Bushell Hall, 793 Warwick Road Solihull West Midlands B91 3DJ
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News: LG polls in Puttalam and N&E Muslim cleric targets female candidates CMEV writes to EC and IGP
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Polls monitor, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) writing to the Elections Commission (EC), urged the Commission to take appropriate steps against attempts to hinder the electoral process via hate speech, which was causing discomfort and humiliation to female Local Government candidates contesting from the Puttalam District as well as the North and East. In a letter, copies of which were also sent to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Senior Assistant Head of Police (Administration and Elections) and the Assistant Election
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News: Two arrested with 288 polling cards in Mullaitivu
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
By Yusuf Ariff Police today said that two suspects in possession of 288 polling cards, for the 2018 Local Authorities Election, have been arrested at a residence in Pudukuduirippu, Mullaitivu. The polling cards were discovered inside the house located at Theravil, based on information received by Pudukuduirippu Police. The homeowner and a postman have been arrested in connection with the discovery, police spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said.
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News: Tamil Nadu CM wants Modi to register protest against Sri Lankan move to impose huge fine on Indian fishermen
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the external affairs ministry and the Indian mission in Sri Lanka to immediately register India's strong protest against a Bill introduced in the Sri Lankan parliament which has provisions to impose huge penalties on Indian fishermen, who engage in legitimate fishing in their traditional fishing grounds in the Palk Bay.
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News: Muslim women in Colombo demand changes to Islamic marriage law
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
A group of Muslim women on Monday stood in silent protest against the country’s Islamic marriage law which discriminates against women. Organised by the Muslims Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRG), the rally was held in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, near the Ministry of Justice. Protesters urged Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorale to recognise their right to "justice and equality". They want the Ministry to update the status of a report on Islamic marriage that has been nine years in the making.
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News: Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives in SL
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
President of Indonesia Joko Widodo has arrived in the island on a two day official visit. NewsRadio Airport Correspondent said a 50 member delegation also arrived with the Indonesian President. President Widodo arrived in the island following an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena. Several Memoranda of Understanding are to be inked between the two countries during the visit.
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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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