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Photos: No action, talk only: Swaminathan on NPC
Posted Date: 11/04/2016 (Monday)
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News: Sri Lanka: Does Rajapakse smell an Opportunity?
Posted Date: 11/04/2016 (Monday)
Yahapalana’ is a term that has been much in use in Sri Lanka’s political discourse ever since the present government came to power early last year. ‘Yahapalana’ is a Sinhala word, and means ‘good governance’. The Sirisena Government was voted into office in the January 2015 election on a promise of ‘good governance’. But one year down the road, the term has acquired other shades of meaning that are not always complimentary, and sometimes sarcastic. Like recently, when Sri Lanka had an island-wide power breakdown lasting over six hours, it was described as ‘Yahapalana shining’.
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News: Refugee-returnees ask for land and housing
Posted Date: 11/04/2016 (Monday)
Land and housing are the two major issues that need to be addressed satisfactorily, say refugees who have returned to Sri Lanka’s North from their camps in Tamil Nadu and other parts of India. Only then, the say, can there be a large scale voluntary repatriation of refugees. Anjana Devi and Indira Gandhi, who returned to Sri Lanka 12 years ago, say those who own land in the North should be given a financial package for constructing new houses or rebuilding their old ones.
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News: US - Sri Lanka military ties
Posted Date: 11/04/2016 (Monday)
The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet Flagship, USS Blue Ridge, arrived in Colombo on March 26 for a five-day visit, with 900 sailors on board. This is the first time in five years that a US navy vessel has docked in Colombo. Marking the event, the Seventh Fleet command said the visit aimed to “build new ties and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.” Part of the US Pacific command, the Seventh Fleet is the largest of the US Navy and conducts “forward deployed naval operations in support of US national interests in the Indo-Asia Pacific area.”
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Events: London Tamil market
Posted Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
Byron Hall, Harrow Leisure Centre
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News: Mixed feeling among refugee returnees
Posted Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
Nirmala Devi, a mother of two growing children, is happy that she is back in Vavuniya, her husband’s place, after having lived in Tamil Nadu as a refugee for 23 years. She returned to Sri Lanka in 2013 along with her husband and the children. “We wanted to raise our children in the right way” is her answer why she and her husband decided to come back. “And, that’s not possible in a camp for refugees,” she says nonchalantly. Her parents and younger sister are still in camps of Karur and Coimbatore. “I won’t compel them to return. The decision should be theirs,” she points out.
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News: Code of Ethics for Sri Lankan MPs
Posted Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka\'s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that he has proposed a code of ethics for the members of parliament for the purpose of building a disciplined and exemplary legislature. Jayasuriya told BBC Sandeshaya the proposed code of ethics was prepared by taking advice from many other countries and using those already established by other countries as the base
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News: China, Sri Lanka issue joint statement on cooperation
Posted Date: 10/04/2016 (Sunday)
China and Sri Lanka yesterday issued a joint statement to demonstrate their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation in various fields. The statement was issued before Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe concluded his four-day official visit to China.
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Photos: From emoluments to Devolution of power
Posted Date: 09/04/2016 (Saturday)
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News: President Sirisena disclose former president’s security detail
Posted Date: 09/04/2016 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing a meeting in Bibila yesterday, responded to the allegations raised recently about curtailing the security personnel of the former president Mahinda Rajapakse by saying, The former President Rajapkasa had a security of 226 personnel from different ranks from the Army and the Police.
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Events: 40th Commemoration: Fr Guy De Fontgalland
Posted Date: 08/04/2016 (Friday)
Leo Marga Ashram
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News: Sri Lanka is neither pro-India nor pro-China: Ranil
Posted Date: 08/04/2016 (Friday)
A year ago, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had just then returned to power after a gap of over 10 years, chose Guruvayur, a temple town in India’s southern State of Kerala, to make a pertinent observation on his country’s ties with two big neighbours, India and China. “Sri Lanka is neither pro-India nor pro-China” was his crisp comment. Mr. Wickremesinghe, now on his maiden tour to China, is acutely conscious of the need for reliance on big powers in the world for economic development of his country, which is making efforts to achieve reconciliation among various ethnic communities after the 26-year-long civil war.
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News: China had pledged 500 Yuan grant to Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 08/04/2016 (Friday)
China made a 500 million Yuan outright grant to Sri Lanka and said they would expedite the Free Trade Agreement between the two countries to reduce the trade deficit. China also promised assistance for the second phase of the Hambantota port project and cooperation to set up new industries. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqian at the Great Hall of the People’s Republic China in Beijing yesterday.
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Photos: China says biz disagreements will not shake friendship with SL, PM’s visit to consolidate ties
Posted Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
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Photos: Activists in an international system: pushing for change in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
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Photos: Nothing Tangible Has Been Achieved As Far As Tamil People Are Concerned -C.V.K. Sivagnanam
Posted Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
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Photos: Manus detainees told they will be separated, then resettled or repatriated
Posted Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
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News: I am experiencing a “politically motivated” hunt says Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapakse
Posted Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
Former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa accused the government of carrying out a “politically motivated” hunt against “close” members of the previous government. The observation was made while responding to media personnel after attending the 8th commemoration ceremony of late Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in Weliweriya on the 6th April.
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News: Govt not to endorse demand of SLMC for province: Minister
Posted Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
The demand for a separate Muslim province in the current majority eastern province, by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) chairman and Member of parliamentarian Basheer Segu Dawood won’t materialise, said Sri Lanka’s Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Mr. Faizer Mustapha. As long as there is no merger between the North and East, there is absolutely no necessity for a separate Muslim Province in Sri Lanka, said Mr Mustapha.
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News: The British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee publishes its Report on the FCO’s funding and administration of its human rights work overseas.
Posted Date: 07/04/2016 (Thursday)
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee published its Report on the FCO’s funding and administration of its human rights work overseas on 5th April. This report examines the FCO’s administration and funding of its human rights work overseas and explains how we intend to scrutinise the FCO for the remainder of this Parliament.
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