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News: May Day on three different days
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
May Day in Sri Lanka will be celebrated on three different days this year with trade unions and political parties planning to celebrate it on May 1, May 6 and May 7. The UNP has already announced that it would hold its May Day rally on May 6 at Sugathadasa Stadium while the joint opposition is to have its rally in Galle on May 7. Some trade unions including the Ceylon Mercantile Workers Union have said they would celebrate it on May 1. Meanwhile, trade unions are up in arms over yesterday's gazette notification issued by Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardene to cancel the May Day holiday on May 1.
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News: When home has not been welcoming enough
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
Repatriates from Sri Lanka live in near-squalor conditions in The Nilgiris and frustrated by lack of opportunities, many decades after they were settled in their land of origin Repatriates from Sri Lanka live in near-squalor conditions in The Nilgiris with the younger members of the community frustrated by lack of opportunities, many decades after they were settled in the district The road that leads to Amman Nagar in Coonoor, a small colony of repatriates from Sri Lanka with 81 houses, is a long, narrow stretch with a steep slope. For the children of the
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News: UAE refuses to deport Weeratunga; proposes extradition case in court
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has turned down Sri Lanka’s request to repatriate to Colombo Udayanga Weeratunga, a former ambassador to Russia, and advised the Government to initiate extradition proceedings in UAE courts. An extradition treaty exists between Sri Lanka and the UAE. However, though it was signed on April 29, 2002 it has not been placed for ratification in Sri Lanka’s Parliament. Officials had pinned their hopes on a deportation of Weeratunga after formal official requests were lodged with the Emirati government and its Embassy in Colombo. Now, officials are
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News: 14 unions to defy ban on May 1 rallies
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
Some local trade unions, backed by a global trade union body, are bracing for a confrontation with the authorities after deciding to go ahead with May 1 rallies and celebrations despite the Government changing the date of May Day to May 7. Backing the local unions is the Geneva-based IndustriALL Global Union which on Friday fired letters to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, urging them to remove restrictions on holding May 1 rallies.
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News: PC elections to be postponed further
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
The failure of the Government to have a debate on holding of elections to the Provincial Councils (PC), based on the report of the delimitation committee and to have it passed with a 2/3rd majority in Parliament, has necessitated the further postponement of the elections, sources said. The delimitation committee report, which was prepared under the PC and Local Government Elections Act No. 16 of 2017, was scheduled to be debated in Parliament on 19 April. But, at the party leaders’ meeting in Parliament, it was decided not to hold the debate as scheduled.
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News: Young Sri Lankan voices at Solutions Summit in Stockholm
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
For the first time in their lives, Mannapperuma Mudiyanselage Tharushika Sewmini and Herathmudiyanselage Chamindu Rashmika Herath from Nawagaththegama, Puttalam saw snow in Stockholm, Sweden. Their eyes light up as they recount the fun they had in the snow. Sewmini and Chamindu were in Stockholm for the first ‘Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit’ which aims to advance the work of exceptional teams already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The summit on February 14 and 15, 2018 brought together different individuals and groups including governments, ambassadors from Pathfinder countries, UN officials, representatives of the private sector, civil society members such as academics, youth delegates, and members
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News: Tamil diaspora groups urge Commonwealth to exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
A collection of Tamil diaspora groups have called on Commonwealth countries to exercise universal jurisdiction “to provide accountability in cases where Sri Lanka itself fails to act”. In a statement released on Thursday, the organisations said that “Sri Lanka’s current President, Prime Minister and government ministers continue to renege on the promises they made to the international community”. “Sri Lanka’s President and Prime Minister have repeatedly made announcements to the effect that no ‘war heroes’ will be prosecuted, no movement on truth-telling, reparations or a special court with Commonwealth and other foreign judges has been taken and little effort has been
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Photos: No-Confidence Motion against the Leader of the Opposition
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
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Videos: Pungudutivu A Disintegrating Island
Posted Date: 22/04/2018 (Sunday)
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News: Our care for others is the measure of our greatness - EDITORIAL
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Religious leaders have told us that anyone who wishes to be a leader must be ready to be the servant of all and that our care for others is the measure of our greatness. Our political leaders especially need to reflect on this in their hearts and minds as Sri Lanka goes into a crucial period in our history. President Maithripala Sirisena, when he was elected to office in the historic presidential election of January 8, 2015 pledged he would be a servant leader. That means to serve the people selflessly, sincerely, sacrificially and with commitment to work towards a peaceful, just and all inclusive society through unity in diversity.
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News: House prorogued fearing impeachment motion by UNP: SLPP
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
President Maithripala Sirisena prorogued Parliament because he feared an impeachment motion to be brought against him by the United National Party (UNP) backbenchers, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) said today. MP Prasanna Ranatunga told a news conference that the UNP backbenchers were planning to submit a impeachment motion against the President. “They are reaching out to other political parties seeking help in this regard. UNP backbenchers approached JO as well. We informed them that if they brought the motion in a
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News: US report notes limited progress, rights abuses in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were some reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. According to the report, interviews by human rights organizations found that torture remained endemic throughout the country, including for those charged with offenses under
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News: Sri Lanka's central bank among top inflators in Asia in 2017
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's central bank is among top three emerging and developing Asia in 2017 just after Tonga and Mongolia, both countries also suffered currency collapses in 2015/2016 data from the International Monetary Fund shows. Sri Lanka generated 7.1 percent inflation in the year to December 2017 after a currency collapse in 2015 and 2016 and continued to depreciate in 2017, while well-managed Asian nations appreciated their currencies as oil prices rose and the dollar weakened. Mongolia's central bank generated 7.2 percent inflation. Mongolia's tugrik collapsed from 1,878 to the US dollar in December 2014 to 2,432 in December 2017 and has since started to strengthen.
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News: Malawi to Receive UK Aid in Tackling Modern Slavery - Commonwealth Countries Unite to End Child Labour and Trafficking
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Malawi will among Commonwealth countries that will receive Britain's support through a 5.5 million pound ($7.8 million) aid package to help eradicate human trafficking and child exploitation as more countries commit to take action to help victims and bring perpetrators to justice. This support, from the Department for International Development and the Home Office, will identify vulnerable people most at risk of child labour and strengthen law enforcement responses in a number of Commonwealth countries to crack down on this horrific crime.
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Events: லண்டனில் தமிழர் திருமணங்கள் - புத்தக வெளியீடு
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Woddocote High School, Meadow Rise Coulsdon Croydon CR5 2EH
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Events: தமிழீழ நாட்டுப்பற்றாளர் நினைவுநாள் – 2018 – மெல்பேர்ண்
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
St Jude Parish Hall, 49 George St, Scoresby, Vic 3179
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Events: இன்னிசை மாலை
Posted Date: 21/04/2018 (Saturday)
Corelli College, Corelli Road, Blackheath london SE3 8EP
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News: Govt. to deploy Navy to protect tourists if necessary – John Narcotics blamed for violence in tourist hot spots
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga yesterday blamed the increasing use of synthetic drugs in tourist hot spots in Sri Lanka for violent incidents. Addressing the media at Samudra Hotel in Colombo, Minister Amaratunga said dangerous drugs such as hashish and synthetic drugs such as ‘Ecstasy,’ ‘Crystal Meth,’ ‘Ice,’ ‘Ketamine’ and ‘LSD’ were now available in tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. About eleven foreigners had been arrested with narcotics in their possession and 18 cases were pending against Sri Lankans in High Courts in the coastal areas, police said.
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News: Aid, influence and ‘strategic anxiety’ in the Pacific
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
In February 2018, New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced his new government’s commitment to revitalising relations with the Pacific. He argued that a renewed foreign policy focus on the Pacific is necessary because the region has ‘become an increasingly contested strategic space’ and an area of ‘strategic anxiety’ for Australia and New Zealand. This claim echoes recent comments from Australian journalists and think-tank contributors. The Pacific is certainly attracting the interest of a number of external states. But few of them
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Photos: “CHARGE GOTA!” Says Nambuwasam CoI On Welikada Massacre
Posted Date: 20/04/2018 (Friday)
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