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News: Selfishness and narrow mindedness has fostered racism within SL – CBK
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga stated that the narrow minded, selfish intentions of certain politicians have created racial turmoil within the country. She further stated that the time has now dawned for the people to voice their opinion against such racially prejudiced individuals. Speaking to the media at a political gathering in Gampaha the former President stated that the
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News: NCPA action on corporal punishment in all schools
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
In response to a complaint made by a student an investigation is being carried out by National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) in relation to an incident in an International School where Nine (09) children had been made to kneel down and their ears were pulled by a teacher as punishment for forgetting to bring their Reading book. Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority Attorney at Law Marini de Livera
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News: President Sirisena protects bond scam offenders - JO
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena has been attempting to protect the major bond scam offenders since the beginning of the first bond scam on February 2015, Joint Opposition MP Prasanna Ranatunga said today. Addressing a news conference, he said the bond scam should have been nipped in the bud if President Sirisena had not dissolved the parliament when the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) report in connection with the Central Bank bond issue was presented to parliament by its chairman D.E.W. Gunasekera, after the first bond fraud on February 2015
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News: Australia to assist strengthening governance in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Australia and Sri Lanka signed a Subsidiary Arrangement for grant assistance to work together on strengthening governance in Sri Lanka, through a four-year program valued at up to AUD31 million (LKR3,850 million), the Finance Ministry said. The Governance for Growth Program aims to support Sri Lanka’s efforts to increase economic growth and spread the benefits of that growth to reduce poverty and inequality in the country. The program will support activities that improve the policy formation and
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News: India, Lanka need to discuss fisheries issue: Envoy
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
New Delhi [India], Jan 30 (ANI): Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Chitranganee Wagiswara on Tuesday advised the governments of India and Sri Lanka discuss the fisheries issues. Wagiswara’s statement comes days after Colombo said the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Bill would be detrimental to the traditional fishing rights of Indians. “Fisheries issue is something for which we need to talk to each other. We have to speak to each other and have fisheries talks. Our fisheries ministers visit each other and a joint
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News: Futile to continue ban on LTTE: NPC Chairman
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Chairman C.V.K. Sivagnanam told a news conference, that it was meaningless to continue with the ban imposed on LTTE within Sri Lanka. \"Eight years has lapsed since the war ended with even former LTTE members joining mainstream politics after surrendering their weapons and in such a scenario continuing with the ban on the LTTE is meaningless,\" he said.
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Events: Launch of Black Asian Minority Ethnic Refugee – Voice (BAMER-Voice) Kingston
Posted Date: 30/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston, KT1 2PT
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News: Sri Lanka still using draconian anti-terror laws: HRW
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's government is still using draconian anti-terror laws that give police sweeping powers to arrest and detain suspects despite promising to abolish them, Human Rights Watch said Monday. The Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) allows the detention of suspects for long periods without trial and was widely used during the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. The government of President Maithripala Sirisena promised to abolish the act after it was elected in 2015, but has so far failed to do so.
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News: SLPP challenges Govt. to strip MR of his civic rights
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today challenged the government to strip former president Mahinda Rajapaksa of his civic rights if possible. SLPP chairman G.L. Peiris said former president J.R. Jayawardane had stripped the civic rights of former prime minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike fearing an election defeat. “Mr. Jaywwardene knew there was a person who was more popular than him in politics. Therefore, he cut down his opponent politically. The entire country is waiting for Mr. Rajapaksa’s leadership. If he was intimidated politically, we will see how the people will
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News: KKS Presidential Palace to be high-end hotel International investors keen to take over
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena revealed that the vacant 'Presidential Palace' built in Kankesanthurai (KKS) in the Northern Province on a hundred acre land costing Rs 3.5 billion will be turned into a high end tourist hotel to generate profit for Sri Lanka. Construction on the presidential palace commenced in 2012......and was completed with 20 specially designed rooms and luxury suites with expensive chandeliers, two swimming pools, and rest rooms with residential facilities and several auditoriums as well as a golf course.
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News: Literary works in all three languages foster greater understanding and reconciliation: Mangala
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera on Friday said literary works in Sinhala, Tamil and English fostered greater understanding and reconciliation between Sri Lankans. Addressing the 2017 Fairway National Literary Award in Galle at the Fairway Literary Festival, the Minister said this was the only National Literary Awards competition which accommodated all three of the main languages used in Sri Lanka.
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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.
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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.
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Photos: Shooting incident in Kataragama: Villagers look for clues as police allegedly breach law
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
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Videos: Sri Lanka: Repeal Draconian Security Law
Posted Date: 29/01/2018 (Monday)
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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