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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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News: EU and Sri Lanka hold 4th dialogue on economic ties
Posted Date: 03/12/2017 (Sunday)
The European Union and Sri Lanka held the fourth dialogue on strengthening investment and trade. The EU's delegation, led by Ambassador of the European Union to Sri Lanka Tung-Lai Margue, included representatives from the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Ambassador Margue said the EU was studying Sri Lanka's latest budget, adding that some of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund objectives had been included.
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News: Britain calls for clarity on differing war missing persons figures " Ban hate Speech , but legislation should not erode freedom of expression"
Posted Date: 02/12/2017 (Saturday)
Britain has called for clarity on differing figures mentioned with regard to persons who had gone missing in Sri Lanka during the war between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) and in the aftermath of the end of the conflict on May 19 , 2009. A British High Commission delegation comprising Senior Research Analyst and Justice Consultant Paul Bentall , Regional Head of Stabilization Unit Eric Vincent and Political Officer Jovita Arulanantham during a recent meeting with Secretary to the Ministry of
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News: Reach consensus on joint effort to counter Geneva project Global Sri Lanka Forum team meets Lord Naseby
Posted Date: 02/12/2017 (Saturday)
The Global Sri Lanka Forum (GSLF) has been assured by Lord Naseby of his continued support for its efforts to counter unsubstantiated war crimes allegations against the armed forces as well as the previous political leadership. The assurance was given when a GSLF delegation met Lord Naseby at the British Parliament on Thursday evening (Nov 30) to appreciate his support rendered for Sri Lanka’s efforts over the years.
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Events: சாத்திரியின் 2 நூல்கள் அறிமுகமும் கலந்துரையாடலும்
Posted Date: 02/12/2017 (Saturday)
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News: Neutral foreign policy A tight rope walk
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena keeps foreign policy analysts guessing all the time. It was only last month that many analysts came up with their textbook prediction that he had antagonized the United States and its Middle East friends like Saudi Arabia, when he paid a State visit to Qatar. Before the dust of criticism settled down, President Sirisena undertakes another State visit - this time to South Korea and the so-called foreign policy experts are totally baffled as they are not sure whether the visit should be described as a pro-US gesture or not.
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News: Korea hikes bilateral concessional loans to SL to US$ 500 million
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
Korea has increased bilateral concessional loans for Sri Lanka, from US$ 300 million to US$ 500 million, as the two countries celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations. Extension of the Framework Agreement (FA) for Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) entrusted with Korea Eximbank , was signed in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena,in Seoul on Thursday.
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News: Army hands back 29 more acres to civilians
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
The Army continues to release land held in the Jaffna peninsula. Yesterday, 29 acres including the buildings belonging to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church (St. Mary’s Church) and Roman Catholic Tamil Mixed School (RCTMS), located inside the Palaly Army Cantonment, were handed over to Jaffna District Secretary, N. Vethanayahan, by Major General Dharshana Hettiarachchi, Commander Security Forces (Jaffna).
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News: UN experts on arbitrary detention to visit SL
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
A three-member delegation from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from December 4 to 15 to assess the country’s situation regarding the deprivation of liberty, the office of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner said. In a statement, it said José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Leigh Toomey and Elina Steinerte will visit a variety of places where people are held, including prisons, police stations and institutions for juveniles, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities, to gather first-
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News: Wimal indicted in HC with 39 corruption charges
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption yesterday filed indictment against Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa in the Colombo High Court. Weerawansa has been accused of failure to explain how he accumulated assets up to about Rs. 75 million The assets include property and money, far in excess of the income he had during the period
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News: Sri Lanka sees emerging tensions between Buddhists and Muslims
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secretary of Bodhu Bala Sena also known as Buddhist Force, gestures during a protest outside the Indian High Commission in Colombo in 2013. © AP Across Asia, religious fundamentalism is posing a growing threat to liberal society. Even Sri Lanka, a country that has only recently emerged from a bloody civil war involving religious as well as ethnic differences, may once more be at risk.
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News: Naseby revelations: UNSG Spokesman: Decision to revisit resolution in the hands of UNHRC members TNA still studying House of Lords debate
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) could revisit resolution 30/1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’ top UN official said on Wednesday. The US resolution, co-sponsored by Sri Lanka was adopted on Oct 1, 2015 without vote. Farhan Aziz Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for UNSG António Guterres said that decisions
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Events: A night of wonderful live performances, DJs and tantalising South Asian
Posted Date: 01/12/2017 (Friday)
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