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Events: The International Court of Justice and Africa
Posted Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE
Videos: R Sampanthan- Opposition leader of Sri Lanka speaking on No Confidence Motion - Ranil Wickremasinghe
Posted Date: 05/04/2018 (Thursday)
News: Foreign remittances, pensioners exempted from tax MANGALA NAILS DISTORTED VIEWS ON REVENUE ACT
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Foreign remittances of persons working abroad are not taxable. Only those who earn above a certain amount will be taxed, Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera told Parliament yesterday. “Upto Rs 15 million from services rendered to persons outside Sri Lanka is tax exempted. Further, pensioners have been totally exempted from taxes, but if their interest is over Rs. 1.5 million per year (over Rs. 125,000 per month) it will be subject to a withholding tax.
News: No-confidence motion lacks credibility – Sampanthan
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader R Sampanthan says that the wording and timing of the no-confidence motion, which seeks to implicate the Prime Minister with the bond scam, are indicative of the pursuit of a political agenda through the motion rather than fixing responsibility in regard to the bond scam. “The question must be raised as to why the wording is so vague and lacking in any specific charge against the Prime Minister in regard to the fraud pertaining to the bond scam per say,”
News: Sri Lanka PM ouster move fizzles out as debate begins
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
A faction within President Maithripala Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party announced it will abstain from the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the opposition failed to muster the numbers required to topple him. After failing in their attempts to pressure Wickremesinghe to step down, the Sirisena-faction was in two pieces – one supporting the no-confidence resolution and the other opposing it. SLFP state minister A. H. M. Fowzie who is in the “no-camp” opposing any moves to topple the government, told reporters that “they”, meaning the rebels within Sirisena faction, will abstain from voting allowing the premier to win by a big margin.
News: Democracy, Development
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
‘…Thanks to a very successful propaganda campaign focused on the poor and the suffering, the Nazi Party rose from only 12 seats in Reichstag in 1928 to becoming the largest Party at the 1932 Parliamentary Poll with 230 seats….’(https://www.historyonthenet.com) The leader of the Nazi Party was Adolph Hitler, dictator of Germany from 1933 to 1945, responsible for World War II. Hitler not only believed that Germany was a superpower, he also believed that the Germans were a superior race, even to the extent of near annihilating races whom he felt were inferior, targeting in particular the Jews whom he described as exploiters of the German race, the result of which was sending six million Jews, including women and children, to the gas chambers.
News: Shared Customs Between The Sinhalese And Tamil Communities At New Year
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Sinhala and Tamil New Year is almost upon us, and as preparations begin for the festivities that mark the end of the harvest season, we thought we’d take a look at some of the traditions and customs that have come to characterize the holiday. In Sinhalese, the new year is known as Aluth Avurudda, while in Tamil the new year is known as Puthandu or Puthuvarusham. For the Tamils, the holiday marks the first day of the Tamil month Chithirai, while for the Sinhalese it marks the movement of the sun from Meena Rashiya (the house of Pisces) to Mesha Rashiya (the house of Aries).
News: Army Chief offers help to Northern Chief Minister to put things right
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The JVP says the No-Confidence Motion tabled against the Prime Minister also applies to the President. Speaking during the debate on the No-Confidence Motion this afternoon, MP Bimal Ratnayake said the Head of State was also involved in the preparation of the No-Confidence Motion. The MP said President Maithripala Sirisena received the people’s mandate against corruption.
News: End is nigh for National Govt? Opposition Leader to change?
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Members of Parliament from the government and the opposition are presently expressing various views during the ongoing debate on the motion of the no confidence against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. However, political analysts point out that regardless of the final outcome of the vote, either the defeat or victory of the motion would signal the end of the National Government, formed by the country’s two main political parties. Accordingly, before the commencement of the debate various opinions regarding the final stance of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) were expressed on multiple occasions.
News: From Palmyrah To Paper – The Art Of The Ola Leaf Book
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Written records were always considered a good method of preserving knowledge for the benefit of future generations. The earliest historical records could be found inscribed on material such as clay, metal tablets, and stone. With languages becoming more developed and complex as time went on, our ancestors realised that a more convenient medium was needed for written records. As a result, many South and East Asian countries such as India, Myanmar, Thailand, and, of course, Sri Lanka, began to use dried, old palmyrah leaves to make palm leaf manuscripts for the purpose of writing.
News: Sri Lanka Relations in Perspective History alive in both countries
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Dr. Mohsen Eslami is Assistant Professor of the Department of International Relations, at the Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran. Recently he was invited for a round-table conference which was held by Pathfinder Foundation, in association with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and in collaboration with the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations, on the theme ‘Iran and the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century’. In a brief interview with the Daily Mirror Dr. Eslami spoke about diplomatic relations between Iran and Sri Lanka. Excerpts:
News: China's 'cash and carry' diplomacy in Balochistan: The good, bad and the uncertain If Pakistan is willingly degrading itself as a client state of China, there are positive takeaways for India.
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Supporters of Baluchistan National Party (BNP) protest during a rally in Karachi April 12, 2009. The protesters demonstrated against what they said was the killing of political activists in Balochistan.Reuters It's all but official that China is hobnobbing with the Balochistan separatists in Pakistan. The aim is to preserve its multi-billion dollar economic corridor project in Pakistan and keep the crude supply lines intact. Beyond this, the revelation by the Financial Times shows that China's 'commercial diplomacy' has moved to another level and form.
News: Sri Lanka Continues to Deceive UN Human Rights Council : TGTE’s Response to the Statement by Sri Lankan Foreign Minister
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
The Elephant in the Room in Foreign Minister’s speech was the Complete Omission of Accountability. We call upon the TaDiasporapora to provide the necessary evidence to the Attorneys General Departments in their respective host countries to bring prosecutions under Universal Jurisdiction.”— Visuvanathan RudrakumaranGENEVA, SWITZERLAND, April 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ --
Events: Sutton 4 Sanctuary and Sutton for Peace & Justice invite you to a public meeting in Sutton on 6 April: Refugees welcome here
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Sutton Quaker Meeting House, Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA
Videos: Interview relating to no confidence motion against the PM
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
Videos: கண்டி தாக்குதலின் பின்னணியில் வெளிவரும் திடுக்கிடும் புது தகவல்கள்!
Posted Date: 04/04/2018 (Wednesday)
News: State Minister Senanayake visits Australia
Posted Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake recently visited Australia and met Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on the invitation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The two Ministers discussed bilateral issues ranging from the strong people to people links and growing economic relations, to cooperation in countering transnational crimes. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop conveyed Australia’s appreciation to Sri Lanka for its cooperation in combatting people smuggling. State Minister Senanayake thanked the Foreign Minister for Australia’s long-term development assistance to Sri Lanka and support to eradicate dengue, which was announced during Minister Bishop’s visit to Sri Lanka in July 2017. The two Ministers also discussed political and maritime issues of relevance in the region that are of
News: Gotabhaya, Karannagoda complain to NPC
Posted Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Navy Commander, Wasantha Karannagoda lodged two complaints with the National Police Commission (NPC) yesterday against a senior officer of the CID for referring their names to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The two men lodged the complaints saying that a young woman, Jeyathi Thyagarajah had stated that a senior CID officer, who visited her house, informed her that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and former Navy Commander, Wasantha Karannagoda operated a gang that kidnapped people and that her brother was abducted by the aforementioned group.
News: ADB approves $100 million additional funding to enhance skills for jobs in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved a $100 million results-based loan as additional financing for the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to develop skills to meet labor demands, support economic diversification, and enhance productivity in the country. “Sri Lanka has achieved universal primary and high secondary enrollment rates, a high adult literacy rate, and gender parity in access to all levels of education. However, there remains a clear mismatch between skills among youth and labor market demand,” said Gi Soon Song, an ADB Principal Social Sector Specialist. “The ongoing skills enhancement program, spearheaded by the government and supported by ADB, will address this issue through a focus on technical and vocational education and policy support.”
Photos: Sri Lanka Kin of Sri Lanka's war missing demand roadmap, answers
Posted Date: 03/04/2018 (Tuesday)

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