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News: Resettle Sinhalese and Muslims in North before polls - Sarath Weerasekara
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara says that the Sinhalese and Muslim people who lived in the North need to be resettled in those areas before any elections are held. He also claimed that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is the only opposition party in the world that supports the budget of the government. If they somehow move for a separate state, then the incumbent government will also approve it, he charged, speaking during a press conference of the ‘Eliya Organisation’ in Colombo today (5).
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News: Mahinda Rajapaksa blames Sri Lanka president for breakdown of party unity talks
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor President Maithripala Sirisena for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides.... Former Sri Lankan leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, who leads a rival faction of the ruling SLFP, has blamed his successor President Maithripala Sirisena for the breakdown of unity talks between the two sides.
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News: Don’t enter politics after retirement Army Chief’s plea to top officers
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Army Chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake has strongly advised officers against entering politics after their retirement. Lt. Gen. Senanayake said so at Security Forces headquarters, Kilinochchi last Thursday (Nov 30) in his first field visit to former LTTE stronghold since assuming the command of the war winning army in July this year. Security Forces Commander, Kilinochchi, Maj. Gen. Ajith Kariyakarawana was among over 150 officers and 1,200 other ranks present on the occasion.
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News: Memorialization might facilitate reconciliation
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
The Great Heroes Day (MaaverarNaal) observances this year in the Northern Province was notable, and perhaps path breaking too, in two ways: Firstly, a record number of people participated in the various events in public places including Hindu temples and churches. Secondly, the Government allowed the observances to take place, though the State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene subsequently stated that participants would be arrested and prosecuted because they had memorialized ‘terrorists’ belonging to the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
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News: PM: Some media groups working overtime
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday alleged that an influential section of the media was working overtime to bring back the Rajapaksas to power regardless of the irreparable losses caused by the previous administration to the media. Delivering the keynote address at a UNESCO Conference on Regional Cooperation to Promote Freedom of Expression and the Rule of Law in Asia through Ending Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists at the Taj Samudra, PM Wickremesinghe, referring to a spate of
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Photos: Tensions in Mannar as Sri Lankan Navy detains 25 Tamil fishermen
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
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Photos: No crimes against journalists under present govt - PM
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
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Videos: Terrorism was started by politicians - Arun Thambimuthu Eliya 05 Dec 2017
Posted Date: 05/12/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: Progressive masses who are concerned about the country will take a correct decision
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
“When the opinion of the people is considered we believe we have a good opportunity for victories. We believe that we could win the ruling power in many local government councils. According to the political behaviour in the country, we have a better probability of victory. However, the final decision is with the people. We believe that the progressive people who are concerned about the country would take a correct decision at the local government election,” said the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva speaking to a weekend newspaper. We publish a translation of the interview…
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News: Housemaids molested in Saudi Returned Lankan woman’s horror story
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
A number of housemaids are subjected to molestation by their employers in Saudi Arabia, a local woman who managed to escape a worse fate claimed. "There are a number of women like me who are subjected to molestation by employers in Saudi Arabia. They are suffering. It is only thanks to the Mawbima newspaper and other media that I managed to return to Sri Lanka alive. Those who have a love for their lives please do not go to Saudi Arabia as housemaids," said, 37-years-old Nilanthi Karunaratne.
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News: Canadian envoy visits Palaly
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, David Mckinnon and the Political and Economic Counselor of the Canadian High Commission, Jennifer Hart visited the Security Forces Headquarters in Palaly, Jaffna on Thursday (30). They had a discussion with Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi on various issues in Jaffna. The SF Commander welcomed the delegation and briefed them on the post-war humanitarian
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News: Suspects charged under Int’l Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Twenty two persons arrested in connection with recent ethnic clash in the Gintota area have been charged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act No 56 of 2007. Law enforcement sources told The Island that the Act had never been used before. Law and Order and Southern Development Ministry had authorised the use of ICCPR Act, sources said, adding that the move was expected to act as a deterrent.
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News: Army chief tells troops not to get involved in politics
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Addressing troops in the North, the Commander underlined the importance of discipline at all levels as Army personnel, dedicated to the national security of the country. He also pointed out the need to maintain excellent relations with civilians in respective areas and launch projects that would help promote ethnic harmony, understanding and reconciliation. The Commander of the Army also highlighted the theme of the Army for the year 2018, ‘Rata Rakina Jathiya – Sri Lanka Army’ and urged everyone to commit to the organization and help develop the country in the future.
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News: Why India is buying the world’s emptiest airport
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
Geopolitical rivalry between big powers sometimes yields odd results. The latest development in growing strategic competition across the Indian Ocean region is India's purchase of what has become known as the 'world's emptiest international airport' in Sri Lanka, maybe just to keep it empty.
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Photos: Nationalism in Our Times
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
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Photos: Shocking parallels in abolishing slavery and protectionist exploitation in Sri Lanka: Bellwether By Bellwether
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
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Photos: Sri Lankan Army returns fraction of Vali North village in ruins
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
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Videos: Mrs. Revathi’s experience in resolving environmental problems.
Posted Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)
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News: Perumal’s entry into TNA
Posted Date: 03/12/2017 (Sunday)
Leader of the Tamil Socialist Democratic Party Annamalai Varatharaja Perumal has come forward to join the Tamil National Alliance and has pointed out that it was the need of the hour for all Tamil political parties to come together and fulfil the political aspirations of people in the North and the East. Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) which is popularly known as the Federal Party being the premier political organ in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Varatharaja Perumal was enthusiastically involved in the political activities of the ITAK when he was young.
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News: SL under cavalcade of UN scrutiny Working Group on Arbitrary Detention due, followed by Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion
Posted Date: 03/12/2017 (Sunday)
Close on the heels of UN expert on transitional justice Pablo de Greiff warning the government of dire consequences unless the administration addressed accountability issues in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1, another top level UN delegation is due to arrive in Colombo on Dec. 4. De Greiff delivered his warning at the UN compound in Colombo on Oct 23 with UN Resident Coordinator Una McCauley by his side.
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