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News: Hate speech precedes violence: CaFFE
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Highlighting that hate speech is only a prelude to physical attacks/violence, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) urged the authorities to take immediate action to end the systematic hate speech campaign against female Muslim candidates of the forthcoming local government elections. The organisation has consulted with the Commission of Elections and will take action against certain Muslim clerics who have been carrying out the systematic campaign.
News: Sri Lanka-Singapore FTA positive, expropriation protections may bring FDI: Moody's
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
A Singapore Sri Lanka free trade agreement (SLSFTA) will be positive for both countries and protections against expropriation will increase foreign direct investments, which can also increase exports, Moody's a credit rating agency ha said. "The agreement also will promote direct investment in Sri Lanka by Singaporean companies," Christian de Guzman, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer said in Moody's credit outlook update. "By easing regulation in the services sector, the SLSFTA will broaden the scope of investment to other areas such as infrastructure, logistics, education and healthcare.
Photos: Shooting incident in Kataragama: Villagers look for clues as police allegedly breach law
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Videos: Sri Lanka: Repeal Draconian Security Law
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
News: Sri Lanka all set for more borrowings
Posted Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka plans to launch her maiden Sovereign Bond (up to US$ 2 billion) for 2018 around mid-February, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) officials told Ceylon FT. "We will soon appoint the Lead Managers/Book Runners to the proposed issue. As soon as it is finalized, we are ready to tap into international capital markets, most probably somewhere around mid-February," he said. The proposed transaction is to be Sri Lanka's 12th US dollar ($) benchmark offering in the international Bond markets since 2007.
News: Kannan – Focal Point in reuniting the Ex-LTTE Cadre
Posted Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
A former active member of the LTTE and many of his colleagues in the erstwhile outfit, have come forward to reunite the divided, scattered and splintered former LTTE members into one strong organization and bring them into the main stream politics to serve the Tamils of Sri Lanka.Sebamalai Kannan Sebamalai Kannan, a veteran former LTTEr, who joined the outfit as a child soldier and subsequently undergone the governments rehabilitation program, presently involved in uniting the former rehabilitated LTTE cadres, into one group in a mainstream political
News: Suspicions raised over Lasantha probe following President’s revelation
Posted Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Suspicions have been raised over the ongoing investigations into the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge following a revelation by President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday. The President said that when he had made inquiries from the relevant officials with regards to the progress of the investigations in 2016, he was told the investigations are expected to be completed in just over a week. He said that the relevant officials had informed him that further legal will be filed in relation to the murder of Wickrematunge as well as the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen and the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.
News: Poaching in Sri Lankan waters to attract stiffer fines
Posted Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
LKR 6-175 mn penalty could be imposed on foreign vessels Sri Lanka has increased the fine on foreign vessels fishing in its territorial waters by amending its existing Fisheries Act of 1979. By implication, Indian vessels found fishing in Sri Lankan waters will henceforth be liable to pay anything between LKR 6 million (approximately Rs. 25 lakh) to LKR 175 million.
News: Local Council Polls : ‘Do or die’ battle for Sirisena
Posted Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
• President uses Bond Commission findings as an artillery barrage against Rajapaksa’s SLPP and UNP; wins public support but will it translate into votes ? • Sirisena declines to answer questions as to whether he will contest again and says he is unsure where the current situation will end • Mahendran was the source from which Perpetual Treasuries Ltd. obtained “inside informantion”says Bond Commission
Events: உலகம் பலவிதம் நூல் அறிமுகமும் வெளியீடும்
Posted Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman Temple, 5, Chapel Road, W13 9AE
Events: பொன் மாலைப்பொழுது
Posted Date: 28/01/2018 (Sunday)
Harrow Aayappan Temple Hall, 36 Masons Avenue, Harrow- HA3 5AR
News: Northern Myliddy, once second largest fish producer, slowly returns to normal
Posted Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Myliddy in Sri Lanka’s northern Jaffna region, which once had the country’s second largest habour until the raging ethnic conflict destroyed that, is slowly returning to normal. For 27 years, the area was controlled by the army until last July when the Myliddy jetty was released to the public bringing happiness to the people. But living conditions in the area had deteriorated because all the houses were damaged during the war. Kankesanturai buses have extended their services up to Myliddy, but the Myliddy-Point Pedro road is still closed. Myliddy villagers who suffered most have settled in Point Pedro.
News: Act immediately against Sri Lanka’s Fisheries Bill, Vaiko urges Centre
Posted Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the Centre to immediately lodge its protest with the Sri Lankan government over the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill, saying it would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. He has also called on the Central government to ensure that the island nation withdrew the ‘controversial’ provisions of the Bill. Speaking to reporters here on Friday, Mr. Vaiko said the proposed law, which had the approval of the Sri Lankan government’s Cabinet, would give more powers to the Sri Lankan
News: PAFFREL records 614 polls and general law violations
Posted Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Polls monitor, the People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) had, by yesterday (26) morning, recorded a total of 614 complaints during the pre Local Government Election period. Of the 531 complaints they have received of incidents, all relate to 614 election law and general law violations, 76 are of incidents relating to acts of violence. A total of 13 hospitalizations have been reported to date in relation to those incidents.
News: One cannot eat Liberal Democracy
Posted Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
Anti- corruption is only selectively campaigned in Colombo circles. The Rs.23.5 million a month rent paid for the DPJ Tower’ that still remains unoccupied for nearly two years and the alledged underhand Mega Spectrum deal that should be treated as a serious crime isn’t heard anywhere. The Bond Scam remains popular among Colombo middle-class circles as one that exposes the power struggle within the Yahapalana leadership. Now, the PRECIFAC Report gives some reason to yell against Rajapaksa corruption as well.
News: President’s Catch-22 Can President send rogues to hell within two years?
Posted Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
In last November, he had indirectly warned State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe for accusing him of appointing the Presidential Commission on the Controversial Central Bank Bond Issuance. That was his first open salvo against the UNP. On January 3, he made a special statement to the country explaining the recommendations of the Bond Commission, one of which according to him, called for legal action by the Bribery Corruption Commission against UNP Deputy Leader and former Minister Ravi
News: Avant Garde case: Commission recommends filing criminal cases against Gota, Senadhipathi and 11 others
Posted Date: 27/01/2018 (Saturday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry has recommended filing criminal cases against 13 individuals including former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi over the Avant Garde case. The final report of Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The other individuals against whom the Commission recommends filing criminal cases over the Avant Garde case include former Additional Defence Secretary Damayanthi Jayaratne, former Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) CEO Major General K.B. Egodawela
News: Maithree defends govt’s Geneva efforts, silent on TNA deadline
Posted Date: 26/01/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva (Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha) had made representations on behalf of Sri Lanka at the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following revelations made by Lord Naseby in the House of Lords. Recently, the Foreign Ministry announced plans to replace Aryasinha late next month in the run-up to the Geneva sessions.
Events: Remembering Srebrenica film show
Posted Date: 26/01/2018 (Friday)
Solihull School’s Bushell Hall, 793 Warwick Road Solihull West Midlands B91 3DJ
News: LG polls in Puttalam and N&E Muslim cleric targets female candidates CMEV writes to EC and IGP
Posted Date: 25/01/2018 (Thursday)
Polls monitor, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) writing to the Elections Commission (EC), urged the Commission to take appropriate steps against attempts to hinder the electoral process via hate speech, which was causing discomfort and humiliation to female Local Government candidates contesting from the Puttalam District as well as the North and East. In a letter, copies of which were also sent to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Senior Assistant Head of Police (Administration and Elections) and the Assistant Election

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