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News: Sri Lanka gifts a plot of land for a new Chancery Building for the State of Palestine
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana, this morning, 8 December, handed over the deed for a plot of land – No. 4, Hewa Avenue, Colombo 7 – to the Ambassador for the State of Palestine to Sri Lanka, Zuhair M.H. Zaid. The plot of land is a gift from Sri Lanka to the State of Palestine to build its new Chancery in Colombo. The Minister of Foreign Affairs was joined on this occasion by the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine and President of the Sri Lanka-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association Rajitha
News: China leads in Sri Lanka’s FDI in 2017
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
China accounted for 35% of foreign direct investments into Sri Lanka up to September this year with FDI for the full year expected to total US$ 1.36 billion, the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade said. It said in a statement that there was a “strong uptick” in exports and FDI this year, according to the latest 2017 data from the Export Development Board and Board of Investment. “Data from the Board of Investment indicates a substantial uptick in FDI inflows to the country of US$ 795.5 million during January to September this year, 80% higher than the same period last year and already exceeding the full year 2016.
News: 20-30 Children become orphans daily – WP Probation Dept
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The Department of Probation and Child Care Services of the Western Province, claims that daily between 20 and 30 children become orphans and arrive at the Department and are in turn sent to voluntarily-run children's homes. Commissioner of the Department, Chandima Dissanayake said that currently, there were 14,000 children who were registered as orphans in the country, with 5,000 in the Western Province alone.She added that there were 120 orphanages and childcare centres, which were voluntarily-run homes, the administration and
News: ITAK expresses confidence in TNA unity Reaches consensus with TELO on LG polls seats
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) Leader and Jaffna District Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah is confident that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will continue to remain strong and that the ITAK has reached a compromise with the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) over the allocation of seats for the Local Government polls (LG), for the constituent Parties in the TNA. Senathirajah told Ceylon Today, that there had been some misunderstandings, before, over the allocation of seats for the forthcoming LG polls
News: Army chief seeks support for reconciliation process
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
Army commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has sought support for the Government’s reconciliation initiatives. The commander said that the Army can assist the reconciliation process by building civil-military partnerships, which he says is essential and important to counter violent extremism and sustain the hard-earned peace.
News: Abduction of youths Ex-Navy spokesman’s Bail application postponed
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
The hearing of the bail applications, made by the seven accused, including the former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake, who are currently in remand custody in connection with the abduction and disappearance of 11 children from Kotahena, was postponed until 19 December by Colombo High Court Judge A.A.R. Heintuduwa yesterday (07).
News: How the UK’s aid budget is funding security forces and working against human rights
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
A new report from Global Justice Now reveals how the British government's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund is providing financial support to police, military and security forces implicated in human rights abuses. AISHA DODWELL from the charity gives the inside story. The problem here is that the money being used is meant to reduce poverty, not prop up armies around the world.
News: India: ’Dancing Girl’ as Parvati is just one of many bizarre claims in ICHR paper on Harappan civilisation A reading of the essay shows that almost the entire piece is filled with wild conjectures to show that the Indus and Vedic civilisations were linked.
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
A paper published in the latest issue of Itihaas, the Hindi journal of the Indian Council for Historical Research, created a minor controversy last week. In the paper, according to media reports, retired Banaras Hindu University Professor Thakur Prasad Verma had claimed that the famous “Dancing Girl” bronze figurine found at Mohenjo-daro is actually an image of Hindu Goddess Parvati. Verma offers this interpretation in a piece titled “Vaidik Sabhyata ka Puratattva, or Archaeology of the Vedic Civilisation. Upon reading the 36-page essay, I’m surprised that only his comments on the “Dancing Girl” were
Photos: Crowds flock to Wattala Church to witness 'miraculous' sight
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
Photos: My Explanation to the Devanampiriya Tissa Conttroversy
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
Videos: Newsline: The strange case of a proxy bid by the BOC in Bongate
Posted Date: 08/12/2017 (Friday)
News: Successive Sinhalese Govts Attempted to change demography - Chief Minister Wigneswaran
Posted Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Justice C.V. Wigneswaran says, Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara's recent interview with Ceylon Today titled 'Wigneswaran should resign', needs to be replied. In his email response, to Admiral Weerasekera's answers to Ceylon Today The Interview of 23 November 2017, the Chief Minister has expressed his opinion, by taking each point he contradicts and has formulated his responses. CM: Federalism will retain the togetherness of the Country while the disparate groups whether in the North and East or each of the other seven Provinces would be able to govern
News: • Dissenting Tamil lawmakers in Sri Lanka form new coalition
Posted Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
A group of dissenting Sri Lankan Tamil lawmakers has formed a new coalition to challenge the TNA which has come under severe criticism for going soft on the government's delay in delivering justice to the minority community, a parliamentarian said on Thursday Tamil parliamentarian Sivashakthi Anandan said the Tamil Liberation Alliance (TLA) has been formed to challenge the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which is the main political front for the Tamil minorities in Sri Lanka
News: Infrastructure boom seen opening Indian market for Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka will have more opportunities in the Indian with the ongoing rapid development of infrastructure in both countries, central bank governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy said. “India is our third largest market but our proximity to India in the past was worthless for transport infrastructure was bad,” he told the Financial Sector Investment Conference organised by Asia Securities. But now infrastructure was booming in both countries with development of ports and airports, making this proximity more useful.
News: Children raped, burnt into submission in Indian brothels - report
Posted Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
The brutal "breaking in" of trafficked girls in Indian brothels, from rape to beatings to starvation, leaves girls unable to say "no to anyone" or escape, a new study has found. The testimonies of child sex trafficking survivors in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata offer a glimpse into the violence young girls endure before they are pushed into the sex trade. "Traffickers are using the tactic of a 'conditioning period' to break the resilience of children,"
Photos: When Architecture And Buddhism Came Together: The Guard Stones Of Ancient Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 07/12/2017 (Thursday)
News: Sri Lanka President inaugurates construction of largest kidney hospital in Asia with Chinese aid
Posted Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the National Nephrology Specialized Hospital in Polonnaruwa. The largest kidney hospital in Asia to be constructed at a cost of Rs.12 billion is a gift from the People's Republic of China. The hospital which fulfills the President's long term dream to serve the people who suffer from kidney diseases will be built at 28th Post, closed to Polonnaruwa General Hospital. It is significant this hospital is fully sponsored by the Chinese government.
Posted Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
If the talks between the official SLFP and the JO-SLPP conclusively fail, it will be because the SLFP (MS) is unwilling either to leverage the bond scam report and de-couple the PM from the governing coalition, or to vote against the “fast track liberalization and globalization” (i.e. free-market fundamentalist, neoliberal) Budget and rupture from/assert Presidential hegemony over the Government’s UNP driven policy agenda at this point in time.
News: Federalism and re-merger impossibilities
Posted Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
Last few months have been turbulent ones for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) who has seen one of its coalition partners, Eelam People\'s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF), leaving the coalition and threatening to gather anti TNA elements around it. This is a culmination of the attempts by a number of leaders of the Party, since 2016, to gain control of the Party and most of those who are attempting to give TNA Leader R. Sampanthan the boot seem to believe that the Tamil votes would be cast for the most militant elements.
News: Naseby’s call doesn’t reflect UK’s stand - HC
Posted Date: 06/12/2017 (Wednesday)
The British High Commission has declared that Lord Naseby’s recent statement in the House of Lords pertaining to accountability issues in Sri Lanka doesn’t reflect UK’s stand. The British HC said so in response to The Island query whether the BHC had discussions with the Foreign Ministry here or the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) as regards Lord Naseby’s call for reviewing Geneva Resolution 30/1. The following is the text of the BHC statement: "Lord Naseby was not speaking for the British Government when speaking

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