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News: Enforced Disappearances Bill will endanger lives of security forces: Wimal
Posted Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said today the government was planning to pass the Bill on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in parliament on September 21, which would endanger the lives of the security forces. He said according to the 11th clause of the convention, the government was bound by law to
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News: OMP Gazette notification CPA claims Constitution violated
Posted Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has raised serious concerns over the issuing of a Gazette notification, signed by President Maithripala Sirisena, as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, last Tuesday (12) operationalizing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), saying that it was in violation of the Constitution.
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News: PM seeks to develop economy through new path
Posted Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he seeks to develop the economy through a new path. Speaking at an event held at the Temple Trees today, Premier Wickremesinghe said it is also the main objective of the unity government. He said for the first time in history, two political parties united and formed a government
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News: How I Became A Proud Young Tamil Woman And Stopped Asking Why I Wasn’t Born White To me, being white meant that you were better than everybody else.
Posted Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The sun shone through the windows of my elementary school. It was the fourth grade, and lunch time had just rolled around. Hungry, I pulled out a thermos full of last night’s dinner out of my lunch bag. The lunch was rice with an assortment of curries, which wasn’t an uncommon meal for a brown girl like myself to have. However, when I opened the thermos lid, it hit me. An eye watering stench from the spices wafted in the air. I was horrified, and
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News: Judiciary must deliver on time: Eran
Posted Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Acknowledging shortcomings in delivering justice to meet public expectation, the State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday provided reassurance that the Government was still committed to establishing a rules-based society. He also claimed that the upcoming budget would seek to rectify the resource shortages currently experienced by the Judiciary which are causing delays in the legal process. “The law will apply to everybody equally. The Government has performed below public
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News: War crimes: Exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka –UNHRC
Posted Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Monday (Sept 11) expressed frustration over the "slow pace of reforms" in Sri Lanka and said the absence of action, on accountability meant exercising universal jurisdiction was "even more necessary". Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council session, in Geneva, the human
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News: President signs gazette to operationalise Office on Missing Persons
Posted Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, yesterday signed a gazette notification to operationalise the Office on Missing Persons, the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation revealed. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Office of the Missing Persons (establishment, administration and discharge of functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of
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News: If what was said was true even Fonseka won’t be spared
Posted Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Former Presidential Secretary K.H.J. Wijedasa during a recent interview aired his views on issues pertaining to the allegations made against war heroes, war crimes and the response of Sarath Fonseka with regard to Jagath Jayasuriya. Here are excerpts of the interview.
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News: NP Chief Minister tells Mahanayake Federalism is not separatism
Posted Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
‘We need a united country and not a unitary one’, said the Chief Minister, Northern Provincial Council C.V. Wigneswaran after calling on the prelate of the Asgiriya-headed Supreme Council of the Sangha on Sunday (10) afternoon. Under unitary rule, the majority community had the supremacy and the minorities did not have the freedom of administration, the Chief Minister told the media.
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News: Committee demands justice for prisoners
Posted Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The committee for protecting rights of prisoners staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Welikada Prison to stress the government on protecting the rights of the prisoners and to immediately enforce the law against those involved in the Welikada prison shooting in 2012. They said that the government has failed to implement the law for five years since the shooting at the prison which killed 27 inmates.
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News: Countering China’s presence in S Asia
Posted Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
India is reaching out to Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal. But these smaller countries are keeping options open China’s inroads into South Asia since the mid-2000s have eroded India’s traditional primacy in the region, from Afghanistan to Myanmar and also in the Indian Ocean. As Beijing deploys its formidable financial resources and develops its strategic clout across the
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Photos: Irony of SLFP members pulling out of Govt. over corruption
Posted Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
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Events: PROTEST VIGIL: CLOSE GUANTANAMO - END THE TORTURE AND THE BRUTALITY!
Posted Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Opposite PARLIAMENT SQUARE, Westminster, London, Nearest tube station: Westminster
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News: US rhetoric on ‘freedom of navigation’ Sri Lanka should beware of becoming another South China Sea
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The Indian Ocean Conference (IOC) held at Temple Trees recently, organized by the India Foundation, was billed as a gathering of IOR countries and ‘other concerned nations’ with a view to advancing ‘Peace, Progress and Prosperity” in the Indian Ocean. While this is no doubt a laudable goal, the absence of perspectives from regional players like China and Pakistan points to somewhat more partisan objectives than those advertised.
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News: A critical appraisal of Sri Lanka's Vision 2025
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
"Our vision is to make Sri Lanka a rich country by 2025. We will do so by transforming Sri Lanka into the hub of the Indian Ocean, with a knowledge-based, highly competitive, social-market economy." This is the vision set out in the most coherent economic policy document put out by the coalition government. Compared to the two prior attempts, this is the best thought out. The budget speeches that followed the prior policy statements appeared disconnected at best, and designed to sabotage
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News: Black and White thinking in a gray world
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Gone are the days when on seeking an opinion on anything – be it an idea, food, movie, clothing – one would have a wide variety of answers. The range would include – good, very good, somewhat good, not bad, tolerable, bit bad and bad. There was an assortment of middle ground opinions or nuances between the good and the bad.
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News: US lawmakers oppose 92 per cent cut in aid to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Citing the geographical and strategic location of Sri Lanka, a Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration's proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in American aid to the island nation. "Given the geostrategic importance of the country, the Committee does not support the President's budget request for Sri Lanka, which proposed a 92 per cent reduction in assistance
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News: 12 TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
Twelve fishermen from this coastal town were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy tonight for allegedly crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL). They were arrested while allegedly fishing off the Katchathivu islet and later taken to Talaimannar, S Emerit, Fisheries Association president told reporters.
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News: JVP says MR efforts to clear Weeratunga unacceptable
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
The JVP says attempts by Former President Kurunegala District Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa in attempts to portray the Former Presidential Secretary and former Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Lalith Weerathunga as innocent cannot be accepted. Addressing a media breifing held today JVP MP Vijitha Herath said as the individual claims he is an attorney, he must read the 19th Constitutional Amendment adding that it details
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Photos: People should strive to protect officials who oppose corruption
Posted Date: 12/09/2017 (Tuesday)
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