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US top diplomat calls Sri Lanka leader before elections
Published Date: 07/01/2015 (Wednesday)
Secretary of State John Kerry has called Sri Lanka's president to urge that elections being held Thursday be free from violence and intimidation. Kerry spoke by telephone Tuesday night with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who faces a fierce political battle to win a third term in office against a one-time ally
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Struggle for Change: Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne
Published Date: 07/01/2015 (Wednesday)
Leader of the New Sama Samaja Party, Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne in a recent statement presented, the Tamil National Alliance has decided to support Maithree. They said finally “We therefore call on all citizens to turn out in great numbers and defeat the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime by casting their vote in favor of the Common Opposition Candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the Swan symbol.” That is a clear and hard statement against a fascist styled ruler who resorts to unpredictable threats and violence. In coming to this decision they have observed that the values of democracy, good governance and rule of law have suffered unprecedentedly under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
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Is Mahinda ready for a defeat and for a peaceful exchange of power? – Robinhood
Published Date: 06/01/2015 (Tuesday)
The conditions complying to the defeat of Mahinda has been already established. The hostility which started from lower, middle class, higher society, urban has already completed spreading to the village level. The popularity of Mahinda has befallen among the public sector of the permanent supporters of the UPFA. It was reported about 65% of majority votes of the security forces, teachers, different professions of the public sector has been possessed by Maithree.
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Friend turned foe - the challenger for Sri Lanka's presidency
Published Date: 04/01/2015 (Sunday)
Over a dinner of rice-flour pancakes with his trusted health minister one evening in November, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa observed with a grin that there would be no serious candidate to challenge him in the coming presidential election. Little did Rajapaksa know then that the man who would stand in his way of winning an unprecedented third term as president of this Indian Ocean island nation was right beside him.
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Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Calls For A Level Playing Field & A Credible And Peaceful Election
Published Date: 30/12/2014 (Tuesday)
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has reiterated that ”the people of Sri Lanka should be able to freely exercise their franchise, in an enabling environment marked by transparency, a level playing field, and adherence to the laws and norms that govern a credible and peaceful election. For this, key stakeholders must play their due roles.”
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Elections In Sri Lanka: Down To The Wire
Published Date: 30/12/2014 (Tuesday)
The plan seemed such a simple one. Mahinda Rajapaksa called an election in November expecting to breeze past a shambolic, divided opposition and take an unprecedented third term as Sri Lanka’s president. The poll, on January 8th, would be two years earlier than necessary. It would also be the first after a constitutional amendment in 2010 that abolished a two-term limit for presidents. Everything had appeared set for Mr Rajapaksa to remain in power.
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On Safeguarding Security and Sovereignty
Published Date: 09/11/2014 (Sunday)
Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran addressed the K.G. Kannabiran Memorial Lecture event organised by Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) at the Vidyodaya School Auditorium in T Nagar, Chennai 600017 on 9th November, 2014. His full speech as follows:
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SRI LANKA: Mayuri Inoka, wife campaigning for disappeared husband, abducted
Published Date: 03/11/2014 (Monday)
Mayuri Inoka, the wife of a disappeared husband, Madushka Haris De Silva, was herself abducted on 1November 2014. According to Mayuri, her abductors threatened her not to engage in any activities calling for the recovery of her husband. Mayuri’s husband disappeared in September 2013, and remains missing. On 27October 2014, Mayuri spoke at a public gathering in front of the “Monument for the Disappeared” at Raddoluwa, Seeduwa, during the annual commemoration ceremony for disappeared persons.
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A Tsunami in the Plantation
Published Date: 03/11/2014 (Monday)
Meeriabedde Estate comes under Ampitikanda Estate in Baulla district, belongs to Muskeliya Plantation.The kovil division of Meeriabede estate land slide in its wake buried 2 km stretch of place when swathes of rock, mud and rubble triggered by torrential rains swept through the area on the 29th October 2014 in between 7.20 to 7.30 a.m. It is describe as the worst natural disaster since the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. Number of deaths up to 30th October 2014 was 16. Nine are in the hospital. 300 are missing.
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UN Rights body is bias in reporting on Sri Lanka, says Sri Lankan Information Minister and Government Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella
Published Date: 02/11/2014 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka has accused the UN's Human Rights Committee of bias in its report on the investigation into the murders of five Tamil students in Trincomalee in 2006. According to Sri Lankan information minister and government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, the UN body had singled out Sri Lanka while overlooking many atrocities committed by the LTTE during the island's brutal three-decade of civil war.
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“No Chinese Military in Sri Lanka.... Sri Lanka will not compromise on Indian National Security” - Sri Lanka Ministry of Defence
Published Date: 29/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Responding to concerns raised by India, Ministry of Defence yesterday denied there is Chinese military presence in Sri Lanka. According to reports Military Spokesperson, Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya had told that there are no Chinese military personnel in Sri Lanka and if anyone claims that Sri Lanka is harbouring Chinese military personnel, it is a misleading statement.
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Landslide in upcountry: 15 dead and over 400 missing
Published Date: 29/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Fifteen people are reported dead and over 400 missing following a landslide in central Sri Lanka. According to rescue mission, the landslide, which came after heavy monsoon rains, engulfed about 140 houses in Badulla district. The state media Rupavahini showed huge mounds of earth covering the houses, with only parts of the roofs visible on some.
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President Rajapakse presented Budget - 2015
Published Date: 27/10/2014 (Monday)
I am pleased to present the 10th consecutive Budget of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government guided by "Mahinda Chintana National Vision for Development", to this august assembly today. 1.2 Our Government in 2005 inherited a conflict trapped, Tsunami shattered nation with a grim economic outlook. It was a country which was suffering from depleted infrastructure that marginalized the economy in the emerging competitive global environment. Education was not oriented towards providing the much-demanded skills necessary to build up our new generation.
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Rudra seeks EU backing for Tamil Issue
Published Date: 24/10/2014 (Friday)
The head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, has urged the European Union to support to Eelam Tamils in their continuing struggle for justice. In a statement to the media, Rudrakumaran said that the TGTE and Tamils around the world welcome the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union annulling the ban on the LTTE and salutes the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for ensuring rule of law and the role of judiciary in good governance
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‘Complex web’ of crises requires human rights-based solutions – UN rights chief
Published Date: 23/10/2014 (Thursday)
At the root of crises confronted by the United Nations usually lies a “complex web” of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights requiring solutions that can only come from more emphatic and comprehensive protections, the Organization’s top human rights official said today. Addressing the General Assembly’s main body dealing with social, humanitarian, and cultural issues (Third Committee), UN High Commissioners for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said the world is currently facing “deepening turmoil” amid “biting constraints” of funding.
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New Chinese leader Xi warns against meddling during his visit to Moscow
Published Date: 22/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against foreign interference in the affairs of other nations during a speech in Moscow on Saturday, sending a signal to the West and echoing a message often repeated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Permanent U.N. Security Council members with veto power, Russia and China have frequently teamed up diplomatically to blunt the influence of the United States and its NATO allies and have blocked three draft resolutions on Syria.
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Unfinished war in Sri Lanka threatens paradise regained
Published Date: 22/10/2014 (Wednesday)
In the fishing village of Oori, two mothers await news of their young daughters who were taken to a care home three months ago after their alleged rape by members of the Sri Lankan navy. In a lawyer's office in the town of Mannar, a middle-aged woman sobs uncontrollably as she recounts her five-year struggle to find her son, one of thousands of cases of young men and women who disappeared after being picked up by soldiers.
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EU court cancels LTTE proscription on technicality
Published Date: 16/10/2014 (Thursday)
EU judges struck down anti-terrorism sanctions imposed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) by the European Union, citing a technicality. The General Court of the European Union (CVRIA) in determined that the Council had not carried out the necessary checks when determining a ‘competent authority’ during the case. However, judgement said that the assets of the group should remain frozen for the time being. The court said a decision by EU leaders in 2006 to place the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on a list of terrorist organisations had been based on "imputations derived from the press and the Internet" rather than on direct investigation of the group's actions, as required by law.
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Grads create first-ever scholarship in Tamil studies
Published Date: 16/10/2014 (Thursday)
A York alumni couple has established the first-ever graduate award in Tamil studies in memory of a pioneer and leader of the Tamil community in Canada. Harini Sivalingam (LLB ’05) and husband Gary Anandasangaree (LLB ’05), lawyers and graduates of Osgoode Hall Law School, created the Nagaratnam (Siva) Sivalingam Award in Tamil Studies with an endowed gift. The gift was matched by York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies through the Graduate Support Matching Program.
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Legitimised Anarchy?
Published Date: 15/10/2014 (Wednesday)
Elmore Perera, Attorney-at-Law - Founder, Citizen’s Movement for Good Governance, Past President, Organisation of Professional Associations in his recent writing states, “A clear contradiction in terms”, as any sane person would say. Since 1978 the Constitution which is the Supreme Law of Sri Lanka stipulated in Article 31(2) that:
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No Fire Zone gets an Emmy nomination
Published Date: 15/10/2014 (Wednesday)
The highly controversial Channel 4 film ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ has been nominated for the top television awards in the US. The Channel 4 film ‘No Fire Zone’ was today included among the non-fiction nominees for the 2014 International Emmy Awards. The award recognises excellence in television produced outside of the United States, with broadcasters and producers from over 60 countries competing for much-coveted nominations. The nominees, unveiled today (October 13), span 10 categories. Winners will be announced at a black-tie ceremony on November 24 at the Hilton New York Hotel.
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ICRC to conduct a Family Needs Assessment for the families of missing persons in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/10/2014 (Wednesday)
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will carry out an island-wide survey to assess the needs of the families of missing persons in Sri Lanka, an ICRC communiqué said. The ICRC in January this year has presented proposal to the government to conduct a Family Needs Assessment for the families of missing persons and Sri Lankan authorities have accepted it. The organization has held discussions with the officials from the Ministry of Defense and the task force of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on the proposed survey.
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EU Statement - "Improved fisheries management thanks to robust cooperation with the EU"
Published Date: 14/10/2014 (Tuesday)
During a press point presenting the results of the EU fight against IUU fishing, Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, stated: "Ladies and gentlemen, Today I am pleased to announce the latest news referring to the implementation of our policy to fight illegal fishing : five countries have taken very concrete measures to eradicate illegal fishing in their waters or their fleets. These countries are: Belize, Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu, representing together more than 50 million € worth of imports each year.
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“Yarl-Devi” arrives in Jaffna
Published Date: 13/10/2014 (Monday)
"Yarl-Devi" decorated with flower garlands arrived in Jaffna, the islands Northern District to day after 24 years of suspension due to armed conflict in Sri Lanka. President Mahinda Rajapaksa bought a ticket and boarded the train with Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda, for the last 43 kilometers of the journey and opened several railroad stations along the way.
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TYCA hands in petition to UK Prime Minister David Cameron
Published Date: 11/10/2014 (Saturday)
Ministry of Tamil Youth & Cultural Affairs (TYCA), Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) handed in a petition to Prime Minister David Cameron today calling on the HMG to: Stop the Genocide of Tamils; Stop the Land grabbing; Stop the Disappearance; Stop the Tamil Human Rights Abuses; Stop the colonisation of Sinhalese in North & East; Demand for UN supervised referendum in N&E for Tamil Eelam; and Stop deportation of Tamils to Sri Lanka from UK. It was reported over 1800 signatures were collected by members of TYCA during the “Mullivaikal” remembrance week from 12-18 May, 2014.
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