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News: 5 new ways to protest in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Petitions, marches, vigils, strikes, fasts, rallies, rebellions all can be called commonly as “protests”. Protest is an essential component of democracy. Protest is the tool used to keep the people’s representatives at their rightful place, an inch below the foot of the people. It is another way of exercising the people’s sovereignty. It’s the most powerful mechanism to keep the government, foreign governments, intergovernmental agencies, local and foreign corporations under the control of the people.
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News: Sri Lanka Deputy Minister wants school children caned
Posted Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
A Deputy Minister shocked the parliament Friday by calling for new laws to restore corporal punishment saying that it was the only way to establish discipline in schools. Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana urged the legislature to amend the 1995 child protection law to allow teachers to carry out physical assault on students.
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News: Deep Impact: Emmerson’s Report Reveals Lasting Legacy of PTA
Posted Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
On July 23, former UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson released a report following on from his visit to Sri Lanka in 2017. Emmerson pulled no punches in his report – saying that the need for repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was “unequivocal” while urging that any replacement legislation be aligned with international standards.
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News: Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights
Posted Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Michelle Bachelet of Chile, newly-nominated as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights by Secretary-General António Guterres. She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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News: Can the Dragon and Elephant Dance Together? Sri Lanka as a Case Study
Posted Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Key Points • Despite concerns to the contrary, China and India are not necessarily at loggerheads with each other in Sri Lanka. There is enough space in the Indian Ocean Region for both to grow. • Sri Lanka can benefit in its overall growth story by carefully balancing its relations with India and China simultaneously. • It is imperative for both India and China to overcome their long-standing trust deficit; a stable region is a key element if both are to enjoy continued robust economic growth. • A direct, large-scale locking of horns between the two Asian giants does not appear likely in the near future, although both will strive to maintain equally assertive stances.
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Events: A festival of Films from Sri lanka
Posted Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
National Film Archieve India, Prabhat Road, Pune 411004, India
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Videos: Press Conference with UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Ben Emmerson
Posted Date: 09/08/2018 (Thursday)
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News: NPC and its duties towards people
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Our sister paper Sunday Times had carried an interesting news item in its July 29 issue about a record set by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The story said that the NPC had adopted 415 different resolutions during its five-year tenure that would end in two months, in October. The story further says that this works out to nearly seven resolutions a day on which sittings were held. It is obvious that no other Provincial Council in the country has been so active in passing resolutions as the
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News: Tamil youth gangs sow fear in northern region
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
On Monday, the Grama Niladhari of Vannarpannai east division J/100 was in his office for the usual weekly meeting with residents of the area when eight men armed with sharp weapons barged into his office. The official was threatened at sword point, while his laptop, mobile and other office resources were smashed by the gang that came on motorbikes bearing false licence plates. As they left they also damaged vehicles parked outside his office.
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News: Army vigilant over Social Media
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The Army Intelligence Unit is vigilant over the changes taking place on Social Media in the country, Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake said yesterday. He added that there is a question regarding the authenticity and accuracy of the content over Social Media and the Intelligence Units are keeping an eye on these changes, due to the fact that they could have an impact on the security of the people and the country.
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News: Wigneswaran and 2 others summoned to court
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The Court of Appeal has issued notice to three individuals including the Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C. V. Wigneswaran, to present submissions on September 07, with regard to the Contempt of Court charges by failing to carry out a court order. Provincial Ministers Anandi Sasidharan and K. Sivanesan have also been issued notice along with the Chief Minister. Judge bench comprising Justices Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Janak De Silva issued the notice, taking
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News: PLAN ship Qian Weichang arrives at the port of Colombo
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship Qian Weichang arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (08th August). Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the ship in accordance with naval traditions. Upon its arrival at the Colombo harbour, Senior Captain Dong Yan and Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Zhang Juyong met the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne
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Videos: Meeting with Justice Minsiter of Switzerland
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: The new faculty building of Eastern University vested with the students by the President
Posted Date: 07/08/2018 (Tuesday)
The new faculty building of the Applied Sciences Faculty of the Eastern University was vested with the students and the construction of the new auditorium of the University was commenced under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena today (6). The President who visited the University was warmly welcomed by the students.
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News: Demonizing the Tamil Struggle and Vilifying a People: Mastery of the Sri Lankan State for 35 Years
Posted Date: 06/08/2018 (Monday)
Given the flaunting of impunity by the State of Sri Lanka, given the fact that the war ended almost ten years ago; given the fact that the LTTE made an announcement nearly ten years ago that they had silenced their guns, and given the fact that structural genocide of the Tamils is still continuing on the island of Sri Lanka, the controversy pertaining to Professor Ramasamy, the Penang Deputy Chief Minister in Malaysia and his relationship to the LTTE in the past is not only ludicrous, but also morally outrageous.
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News: Lanka-bound explosives seized in Rameswaram Seven suspects arrested
Posted Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
In a mid-night operation, the Rameswaram Town Police have arrested seven suspects and seized 5,000 explosive-filled detonators, procured and hidden in the backyard of a house in Rameswaram, to be smuggled to Sri Lanka via the sea route. Acting on specific information, a special team, under the directions of Superintendent of
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News: ‘Mattala project with India is on’
Posted Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
Days after Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told Parliament that there was no proposal for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to acquire a controlling stake in Sri Lanka’s Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, a Sri Lankan Minister said talks on the project are “progressing” with India. Mr. Sinha’s remarks last week came at a time when three rounds of official negotiations were completed on a likely joint venture between the AAI and the Airport & Aviation Services in
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News: This Govt. is a bad advertisement for democracy
Posted Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
play the role of a catalyst in development The role of the Government as a catalyst for social and economic modernisation of the state is as old as any notion of the Government. Though the academic interest in it was reawakened in the mid 80s with the publication of ‘ Bring the State back in’, the real go-getter states existed much before. And interestingly, the majority of them were authoritarian or quasi authoritarian.
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News: Military Expert Warns Lanka Against Accepting Aged Warships Even As Gifts
Posted Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
In conversation with Sri Lankan military expert, Adm.Dr. Jayanath Colombage A leading Sri Lankan military expert, Adm.Dr. Jayanath Colombage, has warned Sri Lanka against buying aged warships or accepting such vessels even if they are offered as “gifts” from other countries.
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Events: தமிழ் இருக்கை-Tamil Chair UK கருத்தாய்வுக் கூட்டம்
Posted Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
SOAS, University of London, Bloombsbury, London WC1H )XG
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