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News: ‘India must rethink opposition to Chinese investment in Lanka’
Posted Date: 17/01/2017 (Tuesday)
India should rethink its opposition to Chinese investments in Sri Lanka and join the port development in the island nation instead of feeling “jealous”, China’s state media said on Monday. “It is understandable that the cooperation has left some Asian countries vigilant as media reports suggest that an 80 per cent share of the port, which sits on an important trade route, and land for an industrial zone will be leased to China for the next 99 years,” an article in Global Times referring to Sri Lanka’s decision to hand over the Hambatota Port to China.
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News: MCDonalds in India Introduces “Dosa Burger” Combining French Style Brioche With Ingredients of Potato Masala Dosa.
Posted Date: 17/01/2017 (Tuesday)
Unmentionable things have been stuffed into the dosa over the years, so why the outrage over its McAvatar? McD made a mash of milagu mayo Packed a pickled potato patty Dosa’s done and dusted It’s McBreakfast’s Taste of India Challenge. All across the South, the Dosa Masters have raised their ladles in silence.On January the 13th, the alien hordes led by one well-known multinational company unleashed the challenge of the dosa burger.
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News: The 58 preconditions to obtain GSP+
Posted Date: 17/01/2017 (Tuesday)
The government has been ecstatic at being granted GSP+ again by the European Commission. It hasn’t however revealed the conditions it has agreed to in order to get this trade concession. In this context, two documents are of interest to us. The first of these is the ‘Report on assessment of the application for GSP+ by Sri Lanka’ by the European Commission dated 11 January 2016 (Staff Working Document 474) which is available in the public domain and another document which was obviously a part of the application made by Sri Lanka to the European Commission to obtain GSP+, which is not available in the public domain. The two documents complement and authenticate one another.
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Photos: Proposed Constitution somewhat Similar to APRC Proposals - Says Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 17/01/2017 (Tuesday)
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Events: Parenting Puzzle
Posted Date: 17/01/2017 (Tuesday)
Norbiton Children's Centre, Dickarage Lane, Kingston KT3 3RZ
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News: SRI LANKA: Six Police Officers Sentenced to Death
Posted Date: 16/01/2017 (Monday)
Last week, in the High Court of Badulla five police officers and a security officer were sentenced to death for causing the murder of Sadun Malinga, a 17-year-old boy. The boy and four of his relatives had gone to the town for some business when the police suddenly arrested them, beat them in public, and thereafter arrested them and took them to the police station, where they proceeded to further tortured them. As a result, Sandun Malinga was seriously injured. The relatives present tried to get the attention of the police to get medical care for the boy, immediately. However, the police ignored all such requests.
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Events: LEARN ENGLISH FOR FREE Workshop
Posted Date: 16/01/2017 (Monday)
QUEENS MARY HALL KINGSTON, Cambridge Garden KT1 3NJ
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Videos: Vietnam War Hearing: John Kerry Testimony - Vietnam Veterans Against the War (1971)
Posted Date: 16/01/2017 (Monday)
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News: Differing from the EC in its ‘sunny’ reliance on government assurances
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
The European Commission’s proposal this week to the European Union (EU) regarding the restoration of GSP (General System of Preference) Plus to Sri Lanka’s export market did not carry with it, any element of particular surprise. This was a step long predicted. Checking displays of untoward jubilation And as a rider, it must be said that the deprivation of the trade benefit to the country under the Rajapaksa Presidency was not due to an overriding zeal on the part of the EU to ensure good governance at the time. It was simply because the Rajapaksas flouted every convention, every rule and every practice in existence relating to the Rule of Law, to trespass beyond all propriety in regard to illegal acts.
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News: GSP Plus: Govt. rushing through rights plan
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
The Government wants to rush a five-year National Human Rights Action Plan (NHAP) next week as part of its initiatives to get the European Union to restore the GSP Plus tariff preferences to Sri Lanka. The 300-page report, which meets most of the conditions laid down by the EU, will come up for discussion at the weekly ministerial meeting on Tuesday. It was discussed by ministers last Tuesday but some ministers urged that immediate changes be made. On the instructions of President Maithripala Sirisena, these changes were finalised at a conference chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday.
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Events: 'இலங்கையின் வடக்கு கிழக்கு மாகாணங்களின் மீள்கட்டமைப்பு'
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
ஸ்காபரோவிலுள்ள உயர்கல்வி நிலையமான Centennial College, Torronto Canada
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Events: இலவக் கற்கை நெறிகள் 10வது அணிக்குரிய வகுப்புகள்
Posted Date: 15/01/2017 (Sunday)
லிட்டில் எயிட் கணனி பயிற்சி மையம் , கனகராசா வீதி, திருநகர் வீதி , கிளிநொச்சி
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News: Sri Lanka’s re-embrace of China leaves India out in the Cold
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
Beijing lost much of its influence over Sri Lanka following a regime change in early 2015 that saw pro-Beijing President Mahinda Rajapaksa ousted. The new government promised a ‘balanced approach’ to dealing with the major powers-Washington, the global superpower, Beijing, the aspiring superpower and India, the regional hegemon. However, within two years Colombo has renewed its special relationship with Beijing by agreeing in late 2016 to buy military transport airplanes from China and give 80 per cent of the Hambantota deep seaport on a 99-year lease to China for US$1.1 billion, not to mention the offer to renew the Chinese-funded Colombo Port Project suspended in the wake of the ‘regime change’.
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News: Where is democracy in Sri Lanka heading to?
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
It is now time that we discuss some key factors relating to democracy, given that the name of our country is the ‘Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.’ But, unfortunately, ours is still far from being a true democratic state. Democracy, which refers to the idea that people should rule themselves, was first established in Greece in the 5th century B.C. Henceforth, many countries, using different methods, have experimented to govern their societies and it is today recognised as the best form of governance.
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Events: Eastham Tamil Community 17ஆவது பொங்கல் திருவிழா
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
High Street North London, E12 6SA
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Events: தைப்பொங்கல் விழா 2017
Posted Date: 14/01/2017 (Saturday)
Hanumana Temple (256-11- Hillside Avenuel,Glen Oaks- NY 11004
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News: Sri Lankan Muslim body challenges North Chief Minister’s claim on resettlement
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has challenged the claim of C.V.Wigneswaran, Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province, that the charge of step-motherly treatment of Muslims in the matter of re-settlement is baseless. In a letter to the Chief Minister dated December 27, 2016, the President of the MCSL, N.M.Ameen, said that the CM’s contention that out of the 4307 families which had obtained lands between 2013 and 2016, 73.02 percent were Muslim, 25.66 percent were Tamil, and 1.32 percent was Sinhalese, was misleading.
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News: Winning the West
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
The European Commission (EC) has proposed the restitution of the lost GSP + facility to Sri Lanka. This was the lead story of this newspaper on its yesterday's edition. After going through the formal process of keeping this restitution open allegedly for four months for any objections, it's therefore more than likely that GSP + will be restituted either in April or March.
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News: Court of Appeal petitioned for retrial of Raviraj murder case under anti-terror act
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
The Sri Lankan Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya on Wednesday petitioned the Court of Appeal for a retrial of the Nadarjah Raviraj assassination case by a judge and not a jury, and under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), not ordinary law. The Colombo High Court had acquitted the five persons accused of killing Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian N.Raviraj on the basis of the view of an all-Sinhalese jury. The judge had ordered trial by jury under ordinary law, ignoring the fact that one of the charges against the accused was under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which does not allow trial by jury, M.A.Sumanthiran, counsel for Raviraj’s family told Express.
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News: Sri Lanka In Two Minds On Constitutional Reform, Civil Society Organises Truth Commissions
Posted Date: 13/01/2017 (Friday)
There seems to be a rethinking on the part of the government regarding the nature and extent of constitutional reform. The SLFP is of the stance that the Constitution should be amended without going in for a referendum. SLFP media spokesman Minister Dilan Perera said “We have spoken with the President and taken a clear decision on this. Electoral reforms must take place and a new system introduced and we believe in maximum devolution of power within a unitary state. We have also made it clear that we will not support the merger of provinces or to lessen the power of the governors to make it a nominal position.”
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