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MP Siddarthan says TNA wrong to demand Opposition Leader post
Published Date: 09/01/2019 (Wednesday)
The decision taken by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to name former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the opposition leader was correct, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Dharmalingam Siddarthan told journalists in Jaffna. He said that the Speaker has awarded the post of opposition leader to the MP who commanded the support of highest number of opposition MPs in Parliament. The TNA did
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Shavendra Silva appointed Army Chief of Staff
Published Date: 09/01/2019 (Wednesday)
Major General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, stated the Sri Lanka Army. Silva is currently serving as the Adjutant General of Sri Lanka Army. He was the former Director of Operations, Sri Lanka Army and the General Officer Commanding, 58th Division during the civil war.
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I won't accept PRECIFAC report: MR
Published Date: 09/01/2019 (Wednesday)
Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said today he did not accept the report of the Presidential Commission to Investigate and Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud, Corruption and Abuse of Power, State Resources and Privileges (PRECIFAC) because it was presented with political bias.
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Treatment of detainees at Welisara Navy camp detention barrack comes under fire
Published Date: 09/01/2019 (Wednesday)
A group of Navy officers who had been apprehended on charges of deserting the Force due to various reasons as well as another group of Navy officers who had been nabbed for having allegedly flouted rules and regulations, are being allegedly held at a Detention Barrack at the Welisara Navy Camp without basic facilities, Ceylon Today reliably learns.
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Wigneswaran approves new Northern Governor
Published Date: 09/01/2019 (Wednesday)
Former Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran says that he is pleased with the appointment of Suren Ragawan as the new Governor of the Northern Province. Wigneswaran said that he is glad that as this the first time the Northern Province has received a Tamil person as the Governor.
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Jaliya asked to spill beans on Rajapaksas in US plea deal?
Published Date: 09/01/2019 (Wednesday)
First time a foreign head of mission has ever been indicted in the US Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to the United States Jaliya Wickramasuriya is likely to be offered a proffer agreement by US federal prosecutors this week, to spill the beans on the Government run by his cousin Mahinda Rajapaksa between 2005-2015, in exchange for leniency in money laundering and immigration fraud cases filed against him in Washington DC, the Sunday Observer learns.
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Politicians who rule the roost and destroy education of nation’s children
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Sri Lanka is not the only country that has seen a gradual decline in the quality of education over time; but this is one of the few such places which pride that deterioration as ‘progress’. Half-baked and insular scholarship that was produced over the decades actually tend to believe in this fallacy. The political class, majority of whose success was down to the bastardization of the overall polity, seems to consider it as something that would guarantee the continuation of a favoured status-quo.
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Sri Lanka’s 2019 budget targets 4.8-pct deficit
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
The Sri Lankan government’s budget for 2019 to be presented on March 05 is targeting a deficit of 4.8 percent of gross domestic product, up from 3.5 percent estimated earlier, the finance ministry said. The governement had agreed to a budget deficit of 3.6 percent of GDP in its talks with the International Monetary Fund.
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INT’L COMMUNITY SHOULD MIND THEIR OWN BUSINESS
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
The foreign occupancy in Sri Lanka came to an end in 1945 and the citizens of the country were granted freedom. Thereupon, Sri Lanka became a Sovereign State and it is presently called the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. A Sovereign State is not subordinate to any foreign State or polity and is one that exercises de facto administrative control over itself. Post Independence, the rulers of the country, who
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The Importance Of Being Lasantha
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
The family and friends of Lasantha Wickrematunge have gathered on the morning of January 8th for the past 10 years to say a prayer and light candles by the side of his grave. It has also been an occasion to share memories, recall his contribution to Sri Lankan journalism, and appeal to the government that his murderers are brought to book. The numbers who have shown up at this annual memorial at Kanatte have varied. There have been years when just a handful came; there have been times when we had a larger crowd. It is
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Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist murder amid justice calls
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Sri Lankan journalists Tuesday paid tribute to anti-establishment editor Lasantha Wickrematunge 10 years after his murder by a suspected government death squad that came to symbolise a deadly decade-long crackdown on the country's media. Just days before he was due to give evidence against the brother of the country's then strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse, two assailants on motorcycles blocked the car of the
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Speaker reaffirms MR’s post as Opposition Leader
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
Deputy Speaker of House Ananda Kumarasiri today informed Parliament that Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will remain as the Leader of the Opposition. The Deputy Speaker informed the House today of the final decision by the Speaker of House Karu Jayasuriya pertaining to the post. The Speaker had claimed that he is not vested with powers under the Constitution or Parliament Standing Orders to suspend a Parliament post or make decisions in this regard.
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Advocacy groups threaten action
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
The People’s Movement to Abolish the Executive Presidency claimed that they would commence street protests islandwide, demanding the abolition of the Executive Presidency, and the first protest will be held at Colombo Fort Railway Station, on14 January. Speaking at a Media briefing in Colombo yesterday (7), a representative of the Movement, JVP Politburo Member K.D. Lalkantha noted that the Executive Presidency should be abolished by the Legislature. “However, people’s influence is needed to convince political leaders about the urgency of abolishing this disastrous office,” he added.
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Govt. should be pushed for a poll this year: President
Published Date: 08/01/2019 (Tuesday)
The President yesterday told a United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentary group meeting that this government should be forced continuously within and outside parliament to hold an election this year. He said this would pave the way to establish a UPFA government in this year. This meeting was held under the patronage of the President in the Parliamentary complex yesterday.
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Presidential Secretariat blocks move to obtain PM’s asset declaration
Published Date: 07/01/2019 (Monday)
Following the decision by the Presidential Secretariat to go before the Court of Appeal against the declaration of assets and liabilities of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, which are filed at the President Secretariat, Transparency International (TI), the organisation which called for information under the Right-To-Information (RTI) Act, finds the new
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TNA politico orders release of Ganja suspects who attacked police
Published Date: 07/01/2019 (Monday)
Police Chief Pujith Jayasundera has launched a new concept of “community policing”. The idea is to get the people to play a bigger role in helping the Police to maintain law and order and minimise crime. The move is laudable but the biggest threat to such an exercise appears to come from politicians.
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Worldwide Initiative Starts To Name The Dead From Sri Lanka’s War
Published Date: 07/01/2019 (Monday)
In advance of the tenth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka in 2009, two international NGO’s are appealing for help to collect the names of the conflict dead to estimate the final death toll. The International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) urge groups inside and outside Sri Lanka to share existing casualty lists and go out and record new ones.
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Beyond “Debt-Trap Diplomacy”: The Dissemination of PRC State Capitalism
Published Date: 06/01/2019 (Sunday)
The Hambantota Port Facility in southern Sri Lanka, under the administration of China Merchants Port Holdings Company since Dec. 2017. The narrative of PRC “debt-trap diplomacy” has gained increasing traction in some parts of the international media and US foreign policy-making communities. While useful in highlighting the adverse consequences of PRC-financed projects in developing countries, this
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Some stark reminders for Sri Lanka’s east
Published Date: 06/01/2019 (Sunday)
For Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province, the new year began with two stark reminders. It was the year 1948, when young American Jesuit priest Father Benjamin Henry Miller, or Fr. Harry Miller as he was better known, arrived in Batticaloa. He spent the next seven decades here, teaching at a local boys’ school, serving as a priest in the Jesuit mission and living as a witness in the war-ravaged district that he had made his home. On January 1,
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SLFP splits over SLPP tie-up, but Rajapaksa’s group lays down conditions
Published Date: 06/01/2019 (Sunday)
• Some sections wanted agreement by January 15, but Pohottuwa leaders insist that full procedures must be followed before any alliance is formed • Questions of rationale raised as President also seeks thaw with UNF and compromises on subjects given to ministers • MoD reaches defence agreement with powerful country, giving it access to Sri Lanka’s facilities
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Remembering Fr. Miller
Published Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
Father Harry Miller was among the group of American missionaries who came to Ceylon in the late 1940s to serve at the Jesuit foundation of St. Michael’s Batticaloa. He was the last surviving member of the group who passed away in Batticaloa on 31st December 2018. The missionaries were a great strength to the people during the war years. Fr. Eugene Hebert disappeared during those tragic days in 1990 when Tamil-Muslim clashes were engineered in
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The sad plight of migrant domestic workers
Published Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
Sri Lankan migrant domestic workers still face 'abuse and fraud' in Middle Eastern countries and steps should be taken to prevent the exploitation and abuse of domestic workers in the Middle East. The true picture is that these domestic workers go abroad searching for greener pastures but end up in deadly traps. However, the issue of domestic workers and middlemen conning sponsors for commission is the order of the day and is widespread.
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Making a People’s Constitution for Sri Lanka
Published Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
Sri Lanka is plunged into a historic situation in which its Constitution has virtually lost its spirit and the functional strength due to lack of consistency and the proper order that a Constitution ought to have. This situation has created a necessary precondition for adopting a new Constitution for the country soon.
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UPFA decries TNA statements on draft constitution ...admits possibility of split in the grouping
Published Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
The SLFP/UPFA yesterday ruled out its support for draft constitution that was to be presented to parliament before Independence Day, Feb 04. Addressing the media at National List MP Tilanga Sumathipala’s residence, UPFA MP Dilan Perera denied having a consensus as regards the proposed draft constitution with the UNP-TNA-JVP grouping.
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EU parliamentarians meet Finance Minister
Published Date: 04/01/2019 (Friday)
Two European Union parliamentary Members, Lord William Dartmouth and Geoffrey Van Orden, who visited Sri Lanka as members of the "Friends of Sri Lanka Group", paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, at the latter’s office on January 2nd. During the call both the parties exchanged views on matters of
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