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Events: Join us at our State of the Borough debate How can we harness Kingston’s creativity, to better connect with our communities?
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
Guildhall, Council Chamber, Kingston, KT1 1EU
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Videos: Paul Newman on UPR
Posted Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
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News: EPRLF rejects tna Will not accept its leadership Announces new coalition backed by TPC
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK), the main constituent in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has called for extensive discussions at regional level, in the North and East, on the Interim Report of the Constitutional Assembly. However, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), one of the four constituent parties in the TNA, has announced that it cannot function in coordination with the TNA anymore and would also not accept the ITAK's party symbol, the house, as the common symbol of the TNA.
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News: SC asks Centre to clarify its stand on the Ram Setu within six weeks
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The bridge connecting India and Sri Lanka has been embroiled in controversy since 2005 after the government’s Sethusamudram shipping canal project was planned. The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to clarify if it wants to remove the Ram Setu – the chain of limestone shoals connecting Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka – or protect it. The court gave the government six weeks’ time to file an affidavit on their stance, reported ANI. The Ram Setu bridge – also known as the Adam’s Bridge – is a 50-km stretch from Rameswaram Island in Tamil Nadu to Mannar Island in Sri Lanka. According to Indian
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News: WAR CRIMES AND HUMANITARIAN CRISES
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
On November 15, 2017 the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review will once again be reviewing Sri Lanka’s human rights record. The major issue it will focus on will be the war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka’s armed forces and the LTTE. Other than some extreme nationalists, Sri Lankans in general are not averse to trying those who had committed war crimes. Even the present government is not against charging and trying those accused of war crimes. The problem lies in the composition of the trial judges. A
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News: UNCTAD to support Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review in Sri Lanka By The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN, Geneva
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
Secretary General of the United National Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Dr. Mikhisa Kituyi has assured the Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha that the UNCTAD stands ready to assist with Sri Lanka’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Review (STIP) and to explore modalities of technical assistance and a strategy for mobilizing the funding required. This assurance was given by the UNCTAD SG, following consultations Minister Premajayantha had in Geneva last week with Senior Officials of the UNCTAD.
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News: MR whacks government, budget-2018
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa today said only 358 out of 493 budget proposals made in 2016 had been fulfilled and that the Government should fulfill its promises given to the people. In a series of tweets, Mr. Rajapaksa said, in 2016, Rs. 65 billion (35%) was spent from Rs. 203 billion allocated for the Education Sector, Rs. 13 billion (44%) was spent from Rs. 30
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News: China still dominates Sri Lanka foreign loan disbursements
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
China continued to dominate total foreign loan disbursements made to Sri Lanka this year, lending almost 35% of the total US$901.6 million through development projects and programmes during the eight months 31st August, 2017, according to the finance ministry. Out of the total, $19.6 million (or Rs. 2,980.3 million) was made as grants and $882.1 million (or Rs. 133,999.3 million) was made as loans, according to the ministry’s Fiscal Management Report – 2018.
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News: Norway to support resettled communities in Myliddy
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
UNDP Sri Lanka Country Director, Jorn Sorensen and the Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther signed a partnership agreement to extend the Government of Norway’s support to the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna District, with an emphasis on the Myliddy Harbour areas. Under this partnership, UNDP Sri Lanka, through the support of the Government of Norway, will promote local economic development through enhanced market-based livelihood
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News: Floods in Jaffna force out over 1,700
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) says over 1,700 residents of the Jaffna District have been evacuated to safe locations following the floods experienced in the area due to the incessant rains. Deputy Director and Media Spokesman of DMC Pradeep Koddippili said all units have been informed to remain on the alert for possible disaster situations which may arise. He noted that
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Photos: Army camps will not be removed endangering national security: President
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
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Events: OIL JUSTICE PROJECT RECEPTION FOLLOW UP EVENT TO 2015 OIL JUSTICE PROJECT UK TOUR
Posted Date: 13/11/2017 (Monday)
School of African and Oriental Studies (University of London), Wolfson Lecture Theatre, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU
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News: More than 2,000 women to be elected to local councils
Posted Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
More than 2,000 women representatives will be elected to local government bodies under the newly introduced mixed electoral system that calls for at least 25 percent women representation in local councils. Elections conducted under the previous Proportional Representative system returned only 82 women members to all the local councils which now stand dissolved. The Gazette notification giving the number of members to each council was issued yesterday.
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News: Dissenting voices rock TNA
Posted Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), currently the biggest coalition of Tamil political parties mainly representing the Tamil people of the North and East, is yet again facing a tug-of-war, as the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) has waged a war of words with the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK). It is not the first time that the coalition had had misunderstandings among constituent parties. Since its initiation in 2001, there had been splits within the ranks of TNA. The Alliance was
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News: Sri Lanka President shifts gear on war crimes
Posted Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, who had previously maintained that Sri Lankan troops never committed excesses, acknowledged at the weekend that some troops were responsible for crimes at the behest of politicians. Addressing military officers at the army hospital auditorium, the President said no one will be punished for prosecuting the war against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, but those who carried out excesses will be punished.
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News: Indecent police officers must resign: IGP
Posted Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
“Officers who don’t speak decently, understand people’s problems humanely and act maliciously should resign from their posts as they have no place in the Police Service,” IGP Pujith Jayasundera said. He was addressing the gathering at a social service programme held at the Mallawapitiya Elders’ Home where the Police, Buddhist and religious officers donated a set of equipment for the use of its inmates on November 11.
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News: Wigneswaran urges aging Tamil leaders to step aside
Posted Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
With the EPRLF led by former MP Suresh Premachandran deciding to contest future elections on its own, NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran today urged Tamil leaders, who were over 60 years, to move aside and allow the younger generation to take up politics. Incidentally, the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) is one of the original constituent parties of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)
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Events: A Conversation with Prof. Muhamed Yunus,
Posted Date: 12/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Great Hall, RIA House, 8 John Adam Street, London WC1N 6EZ
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News: Sobitha Thera’s just society; where are we?
Posted Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
In this new millennium, the Buddhist prelate who made the most significant contribution towards the rebuilding of a just and fair society was Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Nayaka Thera whose second death anniversary was commemorated on Wednesday, at Ape Gama in Battaramulla, with President Maithripala Sirisena presiding. After the end of the war in 2009, when the Ven. Sobitha saw that politicians were abusing and misusing public funds on a large scale and good governance was deteriorating, the prelate began the National Movement for a Just Society. He stepped forward at that time with courage and conviction. His brave mission led to the dramatic events of November 2014 when the then Minister Maithripala Sirisena
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News: UN’s Sooka attacks Shavendra, GR and 58 Division
Posted Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
The military yesterday expressed shock and dismay at South African member of UNSG’s Panel of Experts (PoE) Yasmin Sooka calling the wartime General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the celebrated 58 Division Maj. Gen Shavendra Silva a notorious war criminal. The PoE comprised former Attorney General of Indonesia Marzuki Darusman, Steven Ratner of the US and Sooka.
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