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Videos: UNP engineered Bond Scam
Posted Date: 13/10/2017 (Friday)
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News: Bond Scam: AG’s Department SILENCED
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
In a bizarre day at the Commission the Attorney General’s Department shockingly fell silent today refusing to examine Ministers Malik Samarawickrema and Kabir Hashim, instead putting on a defiant “we don’t give a damn” attitude at the Commission today. The team led by ASG Dappula De Livera which had brought the proceedings to a near climax by necessarily implicating Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Arjuna Mahendran,
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News: Sri Lanka to ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on HFC phase-down
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
The government has decided to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) Phase-down and the cabinet of Ministers has given its approval for ratification. The Montreal Protocol was established in 1987 by the world community to regulate the use of chemicals that cause damage to the ozone layer and phase out their use systematically and gradually.
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News: Subversion of judicial review diminishes sovereignty
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
In 1988, not too long before the United National Party was to lose the five-sixths Parliamentary majority it enjoyed (and therefore more than the two-thirds required to amend the constitution, barring of course those which required in addition a referendum) courtesy the anti-democratic referendum of 1982 which too was marred by massive fraud, J.R. Jayewardene indulged in a classic piece of constitutional skullduggery: the 14th Amendment
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News: Vedda cries from Vakarai lost in the sound of sea
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
Veddas, said to be descendants of King Vijaya, are known to be the earliest inhabitants of this land. Referring to themselves as forest-dwellers, the Vedda communities are shrouded in secrecy, mythology and mystery than any other group of people in the country. As of late, we have only been referring to one clan – the UruwarigeVeddas of Dambana. But there are several others who have settled down in other parts of the island. While each clan has different livelihoods and hunting practices, they also have different ceremonies unique to
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News: Defence Ministry proposes new Naval Air Force wing
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
The present threats emanating from the Indian Ocean due to Sri Lanka’s geostrategic location has called for establishment of a Naval-Air Force wing to secure our waters with greater surveillance and striking capabilities, stated the Secretary to the Ministry of Defense today. He also proposed that a Joint Naval Command with the Air Force be set up with a Joint Communication Network with air and maritime capabilities.
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News: US will expand military to military relations with SL: Admiral Swift
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
The US look forward to the expansion of their military to military relations with Sri Lanka through military exercises, U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Swift said. He said U.S. Pacific Fleet forces joined the Sri Lanka Navy in Trincomalee as part of Exercise CARAT 2017 last week and activities like CARAT, both from an interoperability perspective and from a perspective of building trust and cooperation to address multilateral challenges.
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Photos: Sri Lanka PM's tour of Finland builds foundation to strengthen bilateral relationship
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
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Events: "Can UN Build a Peaceful World?" To Save Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
Hilton London Euston 17-18 Upper Woburn Place London WC1H 0HT Nearest Tube Station: Euston
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Videos: Exclusive: Interview with Fr. S.J. Emmanuel, Global Tamil Forum
Posted Date: 12/10/2017 (Thursday)
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News: Country at crossroads as SLA celebrates 68th anniversary
Posted Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
As the SLA surrounded the LTTE fighting cadre, on the Vanni east front, India stepped up pressure on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop using heavy weapons. Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and Mayankote Kelath Narayanan insisted and secured agreement that compelled President Rajapaksa to direct the SLA to cease using heavy weapons and also suspend air strikes. The US-backed Indian move was meant to save civilians held hostage by retreating LTTE fighting cadre. During the final phase of the offensive, Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva’s celebrated 58 Division and Maj. Gen. Kamal
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News: Housing For The Displaced
Posted Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
The housing problems of the displaced are yet to be resolved and some of these displaced persons are still either in temporary shelters or live as IDPs. Hence the government is currently in the process of once again addressing their housing concerns are planning on constructing another 50,000 houses for them. This endeavour will be carried out under the purview of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and tenders have already been called for the construction of these houses.
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News: Ensure Enforced Disappearances Bill Enacted: Human Rights Commission Tells President
Posted Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) urged the President, in his capacity as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, to provide leadership to ensure that the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances Bill is enacted and Sri Lanka sets an example not only for the region but globally on how to humanely respond to the grievances and pain of those who have suffered due to serious human rights violations.
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News: Be cautious when dealing with China: US
Posted Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Every country should be cautious when working with China due to China’s lack of transparency in certain engagements, a top US Military Officer said yesterday. Rear Admiral Donald D. Gabrielson of the US Navy expressed these views upon asking whether the US was concerned about Chinese presence in the region particularly in Sri Lanka.
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News: Ex-CJ faults AG of misleading Parliament
Posted Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva today told the Supreme Court that the Attorney General was guilty of misleading Parliament through his opinion on the amendments introduced to the Provincial Councils Amendment Bill during the committee stage of its passage. Making submissions as a citizen of the country in support of his fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court, he said he was not challenging the Speaker's endorsement but that of the Attorney General's opinion
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News: Care needed to foolproof devolution
Posted Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Since breaking the yoke of colonialism, Sri Lanka has shown an undue interest in ‘playing around’ with constitutions. With the exception of the 16 May 1972 constitution that officially proclaimed independence as a republic, such manoeuvres have been motivated by cynical political objectives portrayed as burning national need. It is widely agreed that the objective of the much despised 1978 edition was to help the personal need of J. R. Jayewardene to entrench himself as an autocratic executive president, making up for lost time in gaining
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News: ‘War crimes charges made against troops unfairly’
Posted Date: 11/10/2017 (Wednesday)
Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Amal Karunasekara yesterday said that attempts were being made to hold officers and men of fighting formations deployed on the Vanni front accountable for alleged war crimes committed during the eelam war IV. Maj. Gen. Karunasekara said so when he was asked on Sirasa ‘Pathikada’ to explain measures taken by the SLA to address alleged accountability issues.
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News: Kiriella informs Mahanayake of unprecedented support for new constitution from Tamil parties
Posted Date: 10/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told the Most Venerable Warakagoda Sri Gnanaratana Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Chapter on Saturday that Tamil political parties in an unprecedented manner extended support for the proposed Constitution. Minister Kiriella said so presenting a copy of the Interim Report to the prelate.
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News: Adding insult to a very deep constitutional injury
Posted Date: 10/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Sneaky strategies adopted by the Government to smuggle hasty amendments to the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Act at the committee stage so as to transform that Amendment into an entirely strange creature altogether must be condemned, strongly and categorically.
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News: Govt. may lose referendum on new Constitution
Posted Date: 10/10/2017 (Tuesday)
Possibility of a drastically-altered final report Strategists count ethno-religious factors in referendum-voting estimates Overwhelming support of minorities might augment shortfall in Sinhala-Buddhist votes Making political calculations on the basis of 2015 could prove dangerously-wrong in 2017 and years to follow
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