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News: The National Peace Council (NPC) presented the findings of its project, Post Conflict Healing: A Women’s Manifesto
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
The National Peace Council (NPC) presented the findings of its project, Post Conflict Healing: A Women’s Manifesto, at a national level meeting at SLIDA on December 15. The findings included policy briefing papers, a Women’s Manifesto and a video. The meeting was attended by Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Mr. Mano Ganesan, Secretary-General of the Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms Mr. Mano Tittawella, Chairperson of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms Ms. Manouri Muttetuewgama, NPC Board Member and Founder and Chair of the Association of War Affected Women Ms. Visaka Dharmadasa, and Country Director (Sri Lanka) FOKUS Dr.Shyamala Gomez.
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News: President cancels visit to Jaffna due to “unscheduled meetings” in Colombo
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena cancelled yesterday’s visit to Jaffna. A spokesman of the President told Express that “unscheduled meetings” in Colombo led to the cancellation. “But he will be visiting Jaffna on January 25 or any other suitable date before that,” the spokesman added. In Jaffna, he was to have inaugurated an island-wide mobile app facility to get in touch with the President and track the progress of requests through ministries and departments in the centre. He was also to release about 600 acres of private land presently held by the military.
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Photos: Strong witness protection mechanisms needed – CTF
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
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Photos: Test of strength
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
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Photos: Let’s make Sampanthan’s New Year wish come true
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
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Videos: Mrs. Revathi speech on Tamil and Agriculture in the US
Posted Date: 05/01/2017 (Thursday)
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News: 4th Constitution
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's Second Republican Constitution of 1978 has been subjected to 20 amendments thus far in its short span of 38 years up to now. In contrast, according to Wikipedia, the 227-year-old US Constitution in the world's 'greatest' democracy has been subjected to 27 amendments thus far since its adoption in 1789, i.e. 13 years after the USA obtained its independence from the UK in 1776. Another six more amendments are in the pipeline, waiting ratification from the world's largest democracy's 50 States, to become law.
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News: Now, Mustapha refuses to accept delimitation report ... leaves media briefing in a huff
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Local government and Provincial Council Minister Faizer Mustapha has refused to accept the final report of the delimitation review committee. His action has fuelled speculation that the local government elections will be delayed further. Committee Chairman Ashoka Peiris tried to present the report to Minister Mustapha yesterday in Colombo in the presence of the media, but the latter declined to accept it. The delay in the submission of the report has led to the postponement of local government polls.
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News: Sirisena to push for amendments in Sino-Lankan pact on Hambantota port
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
Given the billowing controversy over the Sino-Sri Lankan Framework Agreement (FA) on Hambantota port in south Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is all set to seek some significant amendments in it. He proposes to do so by appointing his own representative in the negotiating team. The Sunday Times reported that Sirisena met the Chinese Ambassador to sound him about this plan to appoint his own representative, Dr.Sarath Rajapatirana of the Institute of Policy Studies, to the negotiating team.
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Photos: As 2017 dawns, Rainbow Coalition faces thunderstorms
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Raviraj murder case verdict elicits concern : Jury selection process needs to be addressed - Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan
Posted Date: 04/01/2017 (Wednesday)
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News: The unitary Constitution needs to be preserved for posterity
Posted Date: 03/01/2017 (Tuesday)
If a new Constitution will allow secessionist objectives to be realised the majority in this country will reject such a new Constitution or even an amendment to the present Constitution that would encourage the secession of their island nation. Many may be unaware that secessionist aims were born long before independence. Moving an amendment to the address of thanks to the Throne Speech in the first House of Representative on 26 November 1947, Mr. S.J.V. Chelvanayakam Q.C. said, “If Ceylon is fighting to secede from the British Empire why should not the Tamil people if they feel like it, secede from the rest of the country?” This was perhaps the first instance where the idea of a separate Tamil nation was articulated in this country. The LTTE under the leadership of Velupillai Prabhakaran was able to rule over the Northern Province and certain parts of the Eastern Province for nearly three decades during a period in which the country had four executive presidents, J.R. Jayewardene, R. Premadasa, D.B.Wijetunga and Chandrika Kumaratunga.
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Photos: Positive signals on land and Police powers – Sithadthan
Posted Date: 03/01/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: President assures Mahanayakes proposed new constitution will not be detrimental to the country
Posted Date: 02/01/2017 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has informed the Mahanayakes of Asgiriya and Malwatte chapters that there will not be a single section in the proposed new constitution detrimental to the country’s interests. Meeting the Mahanayakes on Saturday (31), the President assured that the draft bill for the new Constitution would not be a document paving the way for the division of the country. Although some sections of society have expressed fear of the new constitution, there was nothing to worry as it would not be inimical to the unitary status of the country or the foremost status given to Buddhism.
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News: THE ILLEGALITY OF THE ONGOING CONSTITUTION-MAKING PROCESS IN SRI LANKA
Posted Date: 02/01/2017 (Monday)
In this article I shall briefly explain why in my view the present constitution-making process in this country is illegal. My argument is based on three considerations: the difference between the amending procedure as set out in Chapter 12 of the constitution, and the present procedure; the nature of the power that Parliament wields when enacting legislation; the irreparable harm caused to the People if Parliament presumes to change the constitution without a mandate to bring such changes directly from the People.
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Events: LEARN ENGLISH Workshop
Posted Date: 02/01/2017 (Monday)
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News: Pope Francis leads a mass on New Year's Day at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
Pope Francis in his New Year’s greetings Sunday declared 2017 will be good to the degree that people do good and reject hatred, as he prayed for those courageously dealing with terrorism gripping the world in “fear and bewilderment.” “The new year will be good in the measure in which each of us, with the help of God, tries to do good, day by day, that’s how peace is created,” Francis told a crowd of 50,000 pilgrims, tourists and Romans gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his noon blessing and New Year’s Day remarks.
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News: Why did PCs reject the Development Bill?
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
The controversial Development (Special Provisions) Bill has been rejected by all nine provincial councils where it had so far been presented, thus reflecting that they would veto the Bill which, according to the opposition parties, would give rise to ‘two all-powerful Super Ministers.’ The Bill, seemingly a programme by the UNP-led government to overhaul the national economy, aims at centralising all economic activities in every area including the provincial councils, with a common policy and plan. Though the Bill provides for the authorities to consult the Provincial Chief Ministers on the implementation of economic projects within the provinces, the provincial leaders seem to fear that their powers would ultimately be usurped and their views overruled by the proposed national economic policy and plan. Hence, this stands as the main reason, other than party politics, for the rejection of the Bill by the provincial councils.
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News: Gin-Nilwala diversion project: Rs. 4.1 billion paid to Chinese firm but no work
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
Payments amounting to more than Rs. 4.1 billion have been made to a Chinese contractor for the Gin-Nilwala Diversion Project, but no work has been carried out, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has told ministerial colleagues. In a note explaining the current situation over the project, he has said that a Committee of three senior officials had conveyed the copy of a report to the Department of National Budget in July last year. In terms of that, payments were made on December 30, 2014 Rs. 998,576,311, on January 6, 2015 Rs. 2,000,342,335 and January 7, 2015 Rs. 1,003,136,336. This had totalled Rs. 4,011,054,982.
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News: Sri Lanka's bleak political outlook in 2017
Posted Date: 01/01/2017 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka's President and Prime Minister mark two years of their "unity" government in January with their uneasy coalition facing mounting challenges to its stability and cohesion. Our political correspondent examines the possible outcomes in 2017.
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