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An American among 102 applied for hangman's post
Published Date: 28/02/2019 (Thursday)
A total of 102 applicants, including an American citizen, had applied for the position of hangman, the Prisons Department said. The Ministry of Justice and Prisons Reforms said that two candidates would be recruited for the hangmen positions following interviews. Applications to recruit hangmen ended on February 25.
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Silencing the guns to 2020 and beyond
Published Date: 27/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Statement by Stephen Hickey, UK Political Coordinator at the UN, at the Security Council Open Debate on Silencing the Guns in Africa: Cooperation between the UN Regional and Subregional Organisations in Maintaining International Peace and Security
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‘Don’t Let Love Disappear’
Published Date: 27/02/2019 (Wednesday)
W.P. Ariyasena was last seen on the evening of December 12, 1989. Caught between the violence of two forces of the Government and rebels, Ariyasena was one among hundreds who never returned home during the reign of terror. “He left for the town, during the curfew, to bring home a bag of rice. He only wanted to feed our children. That was the last time I saw my
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Indian national arrested over VIP assassination plot acquitted
Published Date: 27/02/2019 (Wednesday)
The Indian national arrested in connection with investigations into the alleged VIP assassination plot has been acquitted and released. Mersalin Thomas was acquitted over the charges in the case by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court when the case was taken up for hearing today (27).
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Sri Lanka to launch new map in March
Published Date: 27/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka will launch a new map by March following changes made to Sri Lanka's shoreline due to projects such as the Colombo Port City and the Hambantota Port in southern Sri Lanka, the Survey Department said on Wednesday.
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Indebtedness among Northern marginalized women, a principal development challenge'
Published Date: 27/02/2019 (Wednesday)
One of the main economic challenges for the Northern Province is the heavy indebtedness among marginalized women of the area, which needs to be addressed, Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera said. "The measures have been taken for reconciliation, the empowerment of marginalised women
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Harrow Mayor apologises amidst resignations calls over photos with Sri Lankan brigadier
Published Date: 26/02/2019 (Tuesday)
The Mayor of the London borough of Harrow has apologised amidst calls for her resignation over photographs she had taken with senior Sri Lankan military officials, including the brigadier found guilty of threatening Tamil protesters in London.
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Military, LTTE personnel accused of war crimes: Cabinet memo submitted seeking amnesty
Published Date: 26/02/2019 (Tuesday)
Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said he submitted a Cabinet memorandum asking for general amnesty to all those who are accused of war crimes – both from the armed forces and the LTTE.
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UK welcomes Sri Lanka’s decisions on reconciliation
Published Date: 26/02/2019 (Tuesday)
The United Kingdom (UK) has welcomed the decision of the Sri Lankan Government to return more land to its rightful owners, and to establish an Office for Reparations to compensate war victims.
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Harrow Tamil community want Mayor of Harrow to resign
Published Date: 25/02/2019 (Monday)
Campaigners have called on the Mayor of Harrow to resign after she was pictured with senior military figures during a visit to Sri Lanka. Cllr Kareema Marikar visited the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, Mahesh Senanayake, and Brigadier Priyanka Fernando during a trip last year.
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UN court rejects UK's claim of sovereignty over Chagos Islands Judges advise Britain that separating archipelago from Mauritius in 1960s was wrong
Published Date: 25/02/2019 (Monday)
The UK has been ordered to hand back the Chagos Islands to Mauritius “as rapidly as possible” after the United Nations’ highest court ruled that continued British occupation of the remote Indian Ocean archipelago is illegal.
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TGTE Calls on UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to “Halt” Sri Lanka’s UNHRC “Charade”
Published Date: 25/02/2019 (Monday)
It is our hope that Commissioner Bachelet will help the UN Human Rights Council open its eyes to what is obvious to everyone else What’s at stake is how UNHRC respond to years of Sri Lanka preventing the Council from fulfilling its core mission by drip-feeding the Council empty promises, is the credibility and integrity of UNHRC” — Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran
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The case for the Counter Terrorism Bill
Published Date: 24/02/2019 (Sunday)
I was just a toddler when a little-known militant group, the LTTE, issued a communique on April 25, 1978, boasting of having assassinated nearly a dozen predominantly Tamil political leaders and police officers, including the Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah. As sectarian violence in the North continued to escalate, President Jayewardene and his Cabinet, in which my father served as Maheweli Development Minister, realized that the existing criminal laws
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Sailor arrested
Published Date: 23/02/2019 (Saturday)
A sailor, attached to the Kankesanthurai Navy Camp, was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department yesterday (22), over the alleged abduction and disappearance of 11 youths from Colombo during the period of 2008 and 2009.
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The Politics of Demonizing Federalism and Depicting It as Separatism
Published Date: 23/02/2019 (Saturday)
Rajapaksas see ‘federalism flogging’ as shortest route to achieve goals Bogey of federalism leading to separatism being revived ‘Unitary vs. federal’ dimension as new cutting edge to anti-federal campaign ITAK accused of attempting to divide country by espousing federalism Obstinate insistence upon the term ‘unitary’
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Brig. Fernando’s matter raised in British parliament
Published Date: 23/02/2019 (Saturday)
The matters involving Brigadier Priyanka Fernando and the nature of the role the British Government played in his departure to Sri Lanka has been raised in the British Parliament last Thursday. MP Stephen Morgan asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role his Department played in the departure of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando from Britain.
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Sri Lanka’s ex-navy chief Karannagoda faces arrest for murder
Published Date: 23/02/2019 (Saturday)
Former navy chief, Wasantha Karannagoda, has been accused of conspiracy to murder and made a suspect in the internationally-condemned killing of 11 young men a decade ago. Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake impounded the retired admiral’s passport on Friday after police named him the 14th suspect in the botched abductions for ransom carried out between 2008 and 2009.
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100,000+ Refugees want to return home - TNA
Published Date: 23/02/2019 (Saturday)
Hundreds of thousands of Tamils living as refugees in India want to return, but are unable to do so, because they have neither houses nor land, said Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mavai S. Senathirajah. He was speaking at a function held at the Finance Ministry yesterday (22). Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera presided over the occasion.
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Will present new UNHRC resolution: SLPP • G.L. says if party is elected will push back on 2015 resolution
Published Date: 20/02/2019 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said that if the party manages to form a government in the future, they would present a resolution to the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) to counter the resolution that Sri Lanka co-sponsored in 2015.
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Private education may wipe out State education
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
Joint Opposition front-liner Dr Bandula Gunawardena has protested against the purported decision by the Government to permit private schools to open five branches, each claiming that the decision would be detrimental to the free education.' MP Gunawardena who is also a former Education Minister under President Mahinda Rajapaksa is of the opinion that Government’s move would encourage the private education in the country and that would ultimately lead to the death of the free education in Sri Lanka.
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TNA & Geneva
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka’s human rights issue vis-à-vis its war against LTTE separatism will once more crop up at Geneva on 20 March. Sri Lanka at Geneva on 1 October, 2015 gave a commitment to the international community that it will pave the way for a probe into alleged human rights (HR) abuse in the prosecution of this war with the aid of international jurists.
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Palali picked over Mattala: SLPP
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
• Questions Govt. plans to upgrade Palali into an international airport • Says Govt. earlier dismissed the need for a second international airport • Suggests it would be cheaper to make Mattala viable than developing Palali • Asks what policy basis is being used to establish international airports
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Top cop faces arrest over Sri Lanka double murder
Published Date: 19/02/2019 (Tuesday)
The senior-most police officer in the southern province is likely to be questioned and arrested over the killing of two people by a special unit directly under his command, official sources said Tuesday. Senior Deputy Inspector-General Ravi Wijegunawardena has already been transferred to police Head Quarters pending an investigation into last month’s abduction and murder of two businessmen from Ratgama
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Ranjan reveals names to Karu
Published Date: 18/02/2019 (Monday)
State Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday (18), said that he had revealed the names of politicians, including Members of Parliament, who allegedly consume cocaine and other illegal narcotics to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on 17 February.
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UN expert frowns on fuel price formula
Published Date: 18/02/2019 (Monday)
A United ations expert, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsk, who visited Sri Lanka last year, criticized the automatic market-based mechanism (pricing formula) introduced to fix fuel prices, which might also be introduced for electricity pricing, stating that such measures could have serious negative impacts on the livelihood of fishing, farming and rural communities.
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