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News: United march towards democracy
Posted Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
President is serious about the Steering Committee on constitution making, no doubt. However he has seen that discussions in public forums are not enough. TV and radio discussions are limited and selective. Hence various misunderstandings have crept in to the minds of various social and cultural sections; especially among Buddhist Sangha. That is why he has decided to call for meetings with all Chapters of Buddhist clergy; in addition an All Party Conference and special discussions among various sections led and influenced by Sangha. It’s feared
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Events: Book launching by Mrs Mathavy Shivaseelan daughter of Dr Karai Sundrampillai
Posted Date: 11/11/2017 (Saturday)
Shri Kanaga Thurkkai Amman temple. 5 Chapel Road Ealing London W13 9AE
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News: After the Assembly debate - what now? ‘Clean, lean and green budget’ Budget 2018
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
*A special tax on super luxury vehicles *Rs. 10 excise duty per kilo on plastic resins *An ‘open cage’ concept at the Dehiweala Zoo *A cellular tower levy of Rs 200,000 per month *Rs. 300 mn to promote IT and IT related sectors *Alcohol volume based excise duty *Issuance of new liquor license to be simplified *NBT to be imposed on liquor, toddy not spared *Sugar tax on sweetened beverages *Rs. 1,400 million for Office of the Missing Persons Rs. 1,250 mn for establishing medical faculties at Wayamba, Sabaragamu and Moratuwa Universities The total government expenditure: Rs. 3, 001bn Budget deficit: Rs. 675 bn Expected govt revenue: Rs. 2,326 bn Expected expenditure: Rs. 3,982 bn
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News: After the Assembly debate - what now?
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
The marathon opening session of the Constitutional Assembly was extraordinarily important and successful, most certainly NOT in the political sense, but in the pedagogical and psychological senses. It was an airing, an outpouring, of opinions covering 60 years of our post-Independence history. These cathartic benefits apart, the political exercise is quite badly damaged, almost certainly deadlocked, because the real dynamics of politics are about to crash into and carve through the Constitutional process.
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News: Dissident website 'blocked' in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
Access to a dissident website that often publishes articles critical of Sri Lanka's government has been blocked in the country, the portal's administrators said Thursday, as activists expressed alarm over deteriorating press freedom on the island. The popular London-based Lanka E News became inaccessible in the country on Thursday, a day after publishing an expose alleging graft within the office of President Maithripala Sirisena in the procurement of state vehicles.
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News: Tamil Political and Human Rights Organisations demand accountability for international crimes committed by Sri Lankan Armed Forces attending 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial Conference in Vancouver
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
The press release issued by the Coalition of Tamil political and human rights organisations on 8 November 2017 calls on the Government of Canada to refuse entry to Senior officials of Sri Lankan armend forces coming to Canda to attend the pcoming UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministrial Conference. The press release states: A coalition of organizations will be in Ottawa today at 1:30 p.m. to highlight Sri Lanka’s litany of violations of international law and to demand swift action from the Government of Canada during the upcoming UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Conference to be held in
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News: An Ineffective and Fragmented Political Opposition of Tamil Leaders
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
In Sri Lanka’s last Parliamentary and Presidential elections in 2015, the majority of Tamils and Muslims voted for the ‘good governance’ promised by the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and SLFP led by Maithripala Sirisena who wisely broke free from the hold of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The International Community greeted the victories of these leaders with much relief resulting in the ouster of a hostile and dictatorial Rajapaksa.
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News: Republic of Korea agrees to grant a US$ 500 mn concessionary loan to Sri Lanka for economic development
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
The Government of Korea has agreed to grant a concessionary loan of a sum equivalent to US$ 500 million to Sri Lanka for development purposes with a view to further strengthening the friendship and the economic cooperation between the two countries. The loan is scheduled to be given within the period from 2017 to 2019 from the Economic Development Corporation Fund of the Export and Import Bank of Korea.
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News: China’s growing presence ratchets tensions in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
Holding a key position along strategic maritime routes, Sri Lanka has drawn a high level of economic investment. China and India, long-time competitors for influence in the Indian Ocean, have brought their geopolitical competition to the ports of Sri Lanka – and raised social unrest risks locally in the process.
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Photos: School Students in Two Remote Pre-schools Given Accessories
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
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Events: National Seminar on “Samskritam & Bharateeya Kalaavaibhavam” with special focus on Sangeetam, Naatakam and Naatyam,
Posted Date: 10/11/2017 (Friday)
Samaskritam & Bharateeya Kala Vaibhavam, Hyderabad, India
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News: Cabinet approval to set up special High Court
Posted Date: 09/11/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to establish a special High Court to expedite cases pertaining to crimes involving public property, money laundering, funding of terrorism, misuse of state resources and organized crime. The statement issued on Cabinet decisions reached yesterday (7) states that expediting the hearing of cases on financial fraud, corruption, larcenous acts regarding government assets and incomes and similar crimes has become practically difficult due to cases continuing to
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News: How constitution-drafter Jayampathy tries to override SLFP
Posted Date: 09/11/2017 (Thursday)
The curtain falls today on the Constitutional Assembly debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee. So what happens now? It doesn’t look good. The curious coincidence that the curtain falls roughly on the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917 in Russia should remind us, especially those Constitution makers of a left background, that what is happening on the street is quite as or even more important than what happens in the chambers. ‘The Street’ is as important or at certain points
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News: Wartime abductions: Govt. urged to prosecute or release Navy men
Posted Date: 09/11/2017 (Thursday)
Retired Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera has urged the government to either prosecute or release SLN officers and men remanded in connection with a series of alleged war time abductions, mostly in Colombo and its suburbs. Weerasekera emphasised that those who had served the armed forces and undertaken missions at the risk of their lives were being unfairly treated.
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News: Country heading towards anarchy: JO
Posted Date: 09/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Joint Opposition today said the country was heading towards anarchy because of the inefficient management skills of the Government. Addressing the weekly news briefing of the JO, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman G.L. Peiris said a Petti Kade (Kiosk) had a better management than the Government.
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Events: ITC - Inspiration 2017
Posted Date: 09/11/2017 (Thursday)
Tolworth Girls School
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News: Even new amendments to LG Polls Law are flawed – EC member Prof.Hoole
Posted Date: 08/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Election Commission’s Member Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, shares his thoughts on the Commission and the upcoming local authorities’ elections • They will make us violate some law somewhere • Those who voted for the PC Elections Act do not know what they voted for • Our laws are full of mistakes • We are always in violation of something • It came to a matter of choosing which laws we would violate
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News: US announces grant to promote religious freedom in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 08/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The US announced a grant of nearly USD 5,00,000 for organisations which can come up with ideas and projects to promote religious freedom in India and Sri Lanka. The Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, in its notice, said it seeks to "reduce religiously-motivated violence and discrimination in India" through its USD 493,827 programme.
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News: Reconciliation mechanisms are for all Sri Lankans’
Posted Date: 08/11/2017 (Wednesday)
I am visiting this country on an official mission of the Government of Japan, but my message below is my personal one as an expert reflecting my tentative observations as of today and does not necessarily reflect the views and positions of the Government of Japan. It is critical to recognize that the ongoing efforts for the reconciliation mechanisms are for the entire people of Sri Lanka and are intended to benefit all of them in an equal manner. There may be some misunderstanding that the mechanisms will benefit only a part of the people of
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News: Repeal executive presidency: Welgama
Posted Date: 08/11/2017 (Wednesday)
A Presidency similar to the one in India should be introduced repealing the existing Executive Presidency, which vests extreme powers with the President, Joint Opposition MP Kumara Welgama said in Parliament today. Speaking during the debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee, he said from the very begining he held the opinion that the Executive Presidency should be changed.
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