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News: Three TNA lawmakers to give up dual citizenship Before 2020 parliamentary polls:
Posted Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
Three lawmakers, representing the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), will soon give up their foreign citizenship to contest the next parliamentary polls, a senior party official said. That decision had been taken after UPFA Galle District MP Geetha Kumarasinghe lost her parliamentary seat in early Nov. 2017 for being a dual citizen, the official said.
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News: Prez Office yet to comply with RTI Commission directive
Posted Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
The Presidential Secretariat hasn’t so far complied with the Right to Information Commission directive that it disclose assets and liabilities of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for 2015 and 2016. Sankhitha Gunaratne, RTI Manager, TISL (Transparency International Sri Lanka) yesterday told The Island that the RTI Commission issued a directive on Dec 04, 2018 in respect of TISL petition in this regard.
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News: Suspect arrested for damaging Buddha statue
Posted Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
Mawanella Police today arrested a man at Hingula, Mawanella for allegedly damaging a Buddha statue, police said. They said two men were reported to have been involved in the incident and one of the suspects was arrested after he was captured by the villagers.
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Photos: Traces of history in Ceylon Tea bushes
Posted Date: 26/12/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: Agony of lower middle class and disintegration of liberal state in SL
Posted Date: 25/12/2018 (Tuesday)
With almost universal literacy and high levels of educational attainment among many of the adult citizens in the country, one would have expected by now overwhelming public support for a State based on secular, liberal values. Yet, the country continues to be highly divided on fundamental, secular democratic values. Religious leaders at all levels, people who offer solutions to existential problems based on superstition, age old archaic rituals, semi-literate monks who have subverted the teaching of Buddha to prop up a populist religion that blends
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News: A citizen’s power against the might of the state
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
In her signature article ‘Telling it Like it Is’ comprising part of a collection of writings with the same title, the late Anne Abeysekera asks an important question, ‘Do we in Sri Lanka have the courage and honesty to tell it like it is?’ This question was asked and that article penned in the now defunct ‘’Sun” newspaper soon after the ethnic violence of July 1983. It is a query straight from the heart and remains
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News: Govt. allocates Rs. 5 m for flood relief in the North
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
As the number of flood victims rose to 44,959 due to heavy rains caused by flash floods in the Northern Province, the National Disaster Relief Services Centre (NDRSC) has allocated Rs. 5 million to the flood-hit Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya, and Jaffna Districts.
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News: National outcast Hulk Pushparaj takes out WBPF body building championship
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lankan Hulk Lucion Pushparaj has won his first major global body building championship, just months after his career was left hanging by a thread. The freakishly ripped beast made a triumphant return to his home country less than 12 months after he was reportedly locked in an ugly feud with government officials, who dramatically moved to ban him from competing.
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News: Clash at a construction site in Colombo: 11 Chinese workers arrested
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
Eleven Chinese nationals, working at a construction site at Chatham Street, Colombo, were arrested following a clash with a group of Sri Lankan Security Personnel at the site on Saturday. The police said two Chinese workers and three security personnel were injured following the clash that had taken place on Saturday afternoon following an argument.
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News: Sri Lanka story may not end happily
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
You could write a heart-warming fairy tale about the turbulent events in the island nation of Sri Lanka in the past two months. It would involve a conniving President, who abruptly and illegally dismisses the elected Prime Minister, and replaces him with a corrupt and blood-soaked former despot who was the President’s old boss. The despot, now claiming to be the
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News: Nearly 50,000 affected
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
Nearly 50,000 people have been affected by the raging flood waters in the Northern Peninsula over the past two days, and the authorities warned of more wet weather in the area and elsewhere. Incidentally, the number of affected people is the single largest figure since the end of hostilities between the security forces and Tamil Tigers in 2009.
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News: The Crucial March 2019 Session of UNHRC
Posted Date: 24/12/2018 (Monday)
UN Human Rights Council’s March 2019 Sessions is poised to debate and discuss the Council’s Final Reports on Sri Lanka’s progress in implementing its 30-01-2015 Resolution which had more than 25 core recommendations. A Resolution as to Sri Lanka’s record of performance and its obvious failings with appropriate recommendations is also expected to be passed, and later to be forwarded to United Nations and UN Security Council if warranted for further steps and action.
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News: edotco installs first smart lamp pole in Jaffna
Posted Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
edotco Sri Lanka, an integrated telecommunications infrastructure services company, installed the first ever Smart Lamp Pole in Jaffna Municipality, bringing the latest innovations to the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
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News: Jayampathy: Cabinet can have 32 members including Prez, PM
Posted Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
Constitutional expert and National List MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickremaratne, PC, yesterday said that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution provided for appointing two more Cabinet ministers. Parliament enacted 19th Amendment in late April 2015.
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News: Maldives owes China $1.4bn, says finance minister
Posted Date: 23/12/2018 (Sunday)
The Maldives' Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said Thursday that the island nation owes a total of $1.4 billion to China, the same amount that India had pledged in financial aid to the newly elected President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Solih made his first official visit abroad to India on Monday. Ameer explained to reporters in Tokyo that $1.4 billion is the total amount of loans committed by the Chinese, of which $666 million has been drawn down so far. He added after the press conference that the total
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News: Five Districts In The North Devastated By Rains: Will The Navy Block Compensation?
Posted Date: 22/12/2018 (Saturday)
As a result of the showers received from Thursday evening to Saturday morning. streets are flooded and several thousands of families have had to take shelter in 12 refugee camps hosting 600 families. The road from Paranthan to Mullaitivu is impassable with three sections of road under as much as 3.5 feet of water
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News: Post of Opposition Leader: Speaker delays ruling
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today announced in Parliament that he had decided to delay his ruling on the post of Opposition Leader because of fresh submissions made by some MPs. The Speaker was supposed to give a ruling on this matter today.
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News: Aava no threat to national security: Army Commander
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake said there was no threat to national security from the so-called Aava Group. He said the security forces were equipped to deal with any type of a danger to national security. Lt. General Senanayake expressed these views at a press conference held at the Mechanical and Engineering Corps Headquarters in Slave Island.
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News: State Ministers & Deputy Ministers sworn in
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
Three non-cabinet ministers, 17 State Ministers and 7 Deputy Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat this evening (21). Several parliamentarians representing the United National Front (UNF) arrived at the Presidential Secretariat by 6.30 p.m. today for the swearing in ceremony.
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News: UK’s response to TGTE’s signature campaign to get UK to refer Sri Lanka to ICC in March 2019
Posted Date: 21/12/2018 (Friday)
In response to the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam’s (TGTE) signature campaign to refer Sri Lanka to International Criminal Court, if it continues to fail to implement its commitment made to the UNHRC Res. [A/HRC/RES/30/1] by March 2019; by agreeing to provide accountability and transitional justice, the UK government has given its response today as,
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