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Photos: IGP to visit Jaffna to direct crime control
Posted Date: 01/06/2016 (Wednesday)
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News: Sri Lanka Ends Rajapaksa-Era Restriction on Citizens in Asylum
Posted Date: 01/06/2016 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka today allowed those who sought asylum abroad due to political persecution back home to obtain a passport and return to the country, ending a Mahinda Rajapaksa-era restriction imposed on them. A foreign ministry statement said that the government was ending the "restrictive practice".
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News: India, Sri Lanka Officials Yet To Discuss Change Of Fuel In Sampoor Power Plant
Posted Date: 01/06/2016 (Wednesday)
Indian and Sri Lankan officials are yet to discuss the conversion of the proposed 500 MW power plant at Sampoor in Eastern Sri Lanka from a coal-based one to one based on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), despite Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to President Maithripala Sirisena in mid-May, that he will ask his officials to talk to their Lankan counterparts about it. Meanwhile work on the coal-based plant has been halted. There have been no moves from either the Indian or the Sri Lankan side to begin discussions on conversion to LNG.
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News: Norway's Foreign Ministry State Secretary meets Northern Province Governor
Posted Date: 01/06/2016 (Wednesday)
Norway’s Foreign Affairs Ministry State Secretary Tore Hattrem, who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka, met Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray today at the Governor's office for a special discussion. Mr. Hattrem met Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan this morning before leaving for a tour of Jaffna, where he visited the Northern Governor.
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News: PM announces War Crimes probe will be domestic, no foreign judges
Posted Date: 01/06/2016 (Wednesday)
The United National Front Government’s final position on the UN mandated probe on allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka was spelt out on Thursday by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He told senior Army officers that the judicial mechanism would be made up entirely of Sri Lankan judges, putting to rest months of speculation if foreign judges were to be part of the tribunal. He met some hundred officers including senior Colonels, Brigadiers and Majors General at ‘Temple Trees,’ the Premier’s official residence. These officers serve in different parts of the country, most in military installations in the North and East.
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Events: Learn Spoken Tamil: Intensive Beginners Course - June to August
Posted Date: 01/06/2016 (Wednesday)
Oxford Street
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News: Canada provides humanitarian support to ongoing relief efforts in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 30/05/2016 (Monday)
The Government of Canada has provided CAD $310,000 (approximately 35 million LKR) in support to humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka in response to the May 2016 flooding and landslides. This funding was disbursed through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) and the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund (EDAF) of Global Affairs Canada and will support those most affected by the unprecedented rainfall and devastating floods in May 2016 which has resulted in tragic loss of life, injuries, missing, displaced and damages. Canadian funding will support up to 62,000 people.
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Photos: Sri Lankan political parties express solidarity with Palestine
Posted Date: 30/05/2016 (Monday)
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Photos: Geneva-sanctioned Office for Missing Persons to succeed Paranagama Commission
Posted Date: 30/05/2016 (Monday)
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News: Sri Lanka says 100 missing in landslides are dead
Posted Date: 30/05/2016 (Monday)
Around 100 people still missing following landslides in Sri Lanka last week are believed dead, authorities said Saturday after failing to find signs of life under tonnes of mud. The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said 67 bodies had been recovered from the worst hit central district of Kegalle where 99 people were still listed as missing following the rain-triggered May 17 disaster.
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News: Steer econ growth to sustain well-being of Asia – President Sirisena calls on G 7
Posted Date: 30/05/2016 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena said that Japan’s formal announcement that G7 will explore what is needed to sustain the well-being of Asia to steer economic growth, highlights the relevance of Sri Lanka being here. “It endorses Prime Minister Abe’s reasoning for selecting us.” Addressing the G 7 Outreach Summit today (May 27) in Ise-Shima in Japan, he said that with a revolutionary change of governance, his government has succeeded in creating the path for viable development environment and for reconciliation in a multi-faceted society. Now, the people are free and respect human rights.
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News: Sri Lankan President returns to island after attending G7 summit
Posted Date: 30/05/2016 (Monday)
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island Sunday after completing a four-day official visit to Japan to attend the G7 outreach summit. Several ministers and other officials welcomed the President on his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport. This is the first time Sri Lanka has been invited to a G-7 forum for meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the summit. Usually, the invitations go out to leaders of fast-developing countries such as India, Brazil and South Africa, or oil-rich states such as Saudi Arabia.
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Events: சந்திப்பும் உரையாடலும்..... ஆ.இரா.. வேங்கடாசலபதி " மஹாகவி பாரதியை நாம் அறிந்து கொண்டதும், அறியாதவையும் "
Posted Date: 30/05/2016 (Monday)
Trinity Centre , First floor , East Avenue, East Ham, London E12 6SG,
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Events: Lecture - The Power of a Peaceful Mind for a Peaceful World
Posted Date: 29/05/2016 (Sunday)
Global Co-operation House, 65-69 Pound Lane, London NW10 2HH
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Photos: DPLF convention decides unanimously to back TNA stand on constitutional process
Posted Date: 29/05/2016 (Sunday)
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News: Northrn Provincial Council Unanimously passer solution to Congratulate victory of Jayalalitha
Posted Date: 29/05/2016 (Sunday)
The Provincial Council of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province has unanimously passed a resolution congratulating AIADMK leader J.Jayalalithaa for winning the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections convincingly. Denying a news agency’s report that the Council thwarted Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswran’s bid to introduce a resolution congratulating the Tamil Nadu leader, the Council’s chairman, CVK.Sivagnanam told that the resolution was moved by the CM and passed unanimously on May 26, after an issue raised by two members was resolved amicably.
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News: Sri Lanka panel gives approval for pre-fabricated steel houses
Posted Date: 29/05/2016 (Sunday)
The option of building 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for conflict-affected people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces has been termed by a panel of experts as a “fair solution”. The panel, drawn from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, studied two model houses in Jaffna before arriving at its conclusion.
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News: Finding shelter for Sri Lankan victims a challenging task: UN
Posted Date: 29/05/2016 (Sunday)
Finding suitable locations for shelter for the flood-hit people in the densely populated Colombo and Gampaha is a “challenging” task, according to a UN agency. In its first “situation report”, which covered events up to May 22, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) mentioned that “a sizeable segment of the flood affected population are squatters living in vulnerable areas prone to frequent flooding. Therefore transitional shelter arrangements maybe required until suitable land is identified for relocation.”
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Events: Centre For Community Development - Annual Charity Dinner Dance
Posted Date: 28/05/2016 (Saturday)
Manor Park Hall, Malden Road, New Malden KT3 6AU.
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News: India: Stop Treating Critics as Criminals Government Should Repeal or Amend All Laws Threatening Free Speech
Posted Date: 24/05/2016 (Tuesday)
The Indian authorities routinely use vaguely worded, overly broad laws as political tools to silence and harass critics, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The government should repeal or amend laws that are used to criminalize peaceful expression. India’s Constitution protects the right to freedom of speech and expression, but recent and colonial-era laws, such as sedition and criminal defamation, not only remain on the books but are frequently used in an attempt to clampdown on critics.
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