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Mullaitivu land issue: Problem already addressed, Minister tells TNA chief
Published Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan has, in a letter to TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, said Mullaitivu land issues raised by the former have already been addressed. A spokesperson for the ministry yesterday told The Island that Minister Swaminathan was in touch with relevant administrative, military and civilian representatives. The ministry made available a copy of Minister Swaminathan’s letter to Opposition Leader Sampanthan. It read:
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CONTRADICTIONS AND CONTROVERSIES IN MANGALA’S MAIDEN BUDGET
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
First programme called the ‘Small Scale Industries (SSI) Credit Scheme’ was implemented almost 40 years ago In the absence of a “National Education Policy”, these ‘on the run changes’ allow discrimination of rural youth Proposal to establish three new medical faculties in three State universities is another big fake Much has been said and more talked about Mangala’s maiden budget, the 72nd budget in Independent Ceylon and now Sri Lanka. Yet there’s enough left that can be said and should be said about his budget for year 2018.
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Sri Lanka: Norway extends Rs.150m further support for resettlement and reconciliation in the North
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther and Country Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, Jørn Sørensen signed an Agreement to extend Government of Norway’s support to the resettlement of the communities in the newly released Myliddy harbour area in Jaffna District. UNDP will work with the Government authorities to gradually Restore Myliddy Pier as a strategic Fishing Hub with immediate intervention to clear the Boat Access Ways. The support is amounting to Rs. 150 million.
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Corruption case against Gota fixed for trial
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
A corruption case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the government by giving permission to Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd to operate a floating armoury was fixed for trial by the Colombo Chief Magistrate's court, today. Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara fixed the case for trial on February 26 and March 26.
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Corruption in mega development projects:Revelations soon - Dr. Jayalath
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
Revelations pertaining to acts of corruption at various levels including by politicians, professionals and technocrats in publicly funded mega infrastructure development projects such as those pertaining to the Uma Oya, Central Expressway and Colombo Harbour are to be made soon. Speaking about his book titled 'Construction Corruption; a Threshold of Human Misery' which is to be launched as an electronic book on 21 November at the Janakala Conference Hall of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka at 5:00 p.m., Dr. Chandana Jayalath said
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Australia and Sri Lanka discuss reconciliation and human rights
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
The Second Round of Senior Officials’ Talks between the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade concluded in Canberra. The Senior Officials’ Talks is a structured platform to review the bilateral relations between the two countries and to discuss regional and international issues of common interest and concern.
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Three PTA detainees:Solution can be expected on 29 Nov TELO
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
The Propaganda Secretary of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) Ganesh Velayutham recently said that a favourable solution can be expected on 29 November, with regard to the issue of three PTA detainees, Darshan, Sulakshan, and Thiruvarul, who have been on a hunger strike, at the Anuradhapura Prison, for the past 40 days. Velayutham stated that the PTA detainees had submitted a writ application to the Court of Appeal urging it to intervene and not allow the cases to be heard at the Anuradhapura Court.
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Court summons Sri Lanka Army chief over disappearance of 24 Tamils Sri Lankan troops and the LTTE have faced international condemnation for alleged human rights violations during the long-drawn conflict.
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
The Jaffna High Court has asked Army chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake along with two other state officials to appear in court on Saturday, over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE. Judge Ilancheliyan ordered them to appear in court when a case filed by parents and relatives of the 24 missing persons was taken up on November 15.
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Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman abused on Facebook
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
Naomi Coleman, 41, from Coventry, won compensation on Wednesday after being detained in the country for four days, in April 2014. Following her deportation, she says she received online messages telling her she should die and burn in hell. Ms Coleman, a Buddhist herself, said she will not return to Sri Lanka.
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Citizen Accountability in a time of Facebook
Published Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
“Develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.” This is what Facebook’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in his open letter to the Facebook community at the beginning of this year. The statement of intent from the social media giant is a bold one, and one worth reflecting on for those of us working on issues of accountability and empowerment. For me it raises a couple of important questions. How far can or should the likes of Facebook, and other technical innovations that have rapidly evolved over the last ten to fifteen years, connect us all as individuals and engage us with the institutions that govern us and help us hold them to account?
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India to take up with Lanka removal of Tamil leaders name
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
India will take up with Sri Lanka the issue of reported removal of the name of a revered leader of Indian Tamils in the island country from government institutions, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured DMK working president MK Stalin today. The assurance came after the DMK leader flagged the issue with Swaraj.
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Promoting HR cannot be done overnight: SL
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Promoting and protecting human rights is a work in progress and it is not something that can be done overnight despite the most sincere of commitments, Sri Lanka told the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session of the country in Geneva yesterday. In the opening statement, the Head of the Sri Lankan Delegation, National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said the UPR, to us, is a process that recognizes this fact.
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Upsurge in sword attacks–Jaffna Police looks for links
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Four individuals were hospitalised in Jaffna following a resurgence in two separate sword attack incidents which Police say were motivated on personal grounds. Speaking to Daily News DIG K.P.Fernando of the Jaffna Range said that while most of the attackers used swords as their choice of weapon, the Police were still investigating any probable links.
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Govt’s inaction in fighting corruption UNP WC wants a sub-committee to look into issue
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
A comprehensive report submitted to the Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP), on the progress made by law enforcement authorities in handling fraud and corruption cases, has concluded that shortcomings on the part of the Attorney General's Department have resulted in creating a public outcry against the Government's inaction in fighting corruption. The report submitted by Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayaka has pointed out that
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Resettlement funds Allocation to Bathiudeen comes under fire
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Government's decision to allocate funds for resettlement to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce under the Budget 2018 came under severe criticism, by the Opposition in Parliament yesterday (15). This was when Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Kalutara District MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa queried as to why the Ministry of Industry and Commerce should implement resettlement, while there is a separate Ministry for the purpose. Under Sections 188 and 189 of the expenditure proposals, the Government proposes to allocate Rs 2,500 million to resettle internally displaced Muslims and to provide housing and infrastructure.
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Sea combat training in Sri Lanka to upgrade skills in maritime security control.
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Malaysian security and enforcement personnel will undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to strengthen and upgrade their skills in maritime security control. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the training would be conducted next year with Sri Lanka’s security forces. Dubbed Sea Combat Course, the training is aimed at equipping the Esscom team with added skills
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Suresh Premachandran’s withdrawal will not affect TNA
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Speaking at a media briefing held in Jaffna, the Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan and TNA leader referred to the former MP Suresh Premachandran simply as another individual and that his recent resignation is not a grave concern that will have any impact on TNA. The R Sampanthan said he believed that the youth and other parliamentarians within the party will not be influenced by Premachandran’s resignation.
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Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe asked to appear before Bond Commission coming Monday
Published Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
The Presidential Commission of Inquiry investigating the issuance of treasury bonds has requested Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before the commission on Monday, 20 November 2017. It was reported that the PM has already submitted a testimony to the commission via an affidavit, while stating that he was prepared to appear before the Commission for any clarifications that need to be made.
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Lanka offers scheme to attract former rebels for employment
Published Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The Sri Lankan finance ministry has announced a programme to encourage former combatants to find jobs and fund private companies who recruit them. The programme due to come into effect next year was included in the country’s annual budget, which was the subject of parliamentary debate starting yesterday. Under the programme the government will provide facilities for former rebels to obtain training and certificates in fields of technical education, enabling them to obtain jobs in line with their skills.
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UNP steps up pressure on Prez to honour pledge * Abolition of Executive Presidency
Published Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The UNP has stepped up pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to abolish the executive presidency without further delay or face the consequences. Key government strategist MP Dr. Jayampathy Wickramaratne, PC, spearheading the new constitution-making process and Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera yesterday emphasised that their post-presidential election understanding with President Sirisena in respect of the abolition of executive presidency wasn’t negotiable
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Sumanthiran promises grassroots discussions on interim report on constitution
Published Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
The spokesperson of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M A Sumanthiran assured there would be ‘extensive discussions’ at a grassroots level on the interim report by the constitutional steering committee, Ceylon Today reported. His comments followed a meeting in Vavuniya yesterday by ITAK’s Central Committee, which took place amid increasing turmoil within the TNA after one of its constituent parties, EPRLF announced it would contesting the upcoming elections on its own.
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Maha Sangha becoming fundamentalist…was Gnanasara a mere forerunner?
Published Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
Malwatte, Asgiriya, were silent when Gnanasara was on a rampage, two years ago Unfortunately, our Buddhist clergy seems to be still living in the past Gnanasara managed to dominate the media through a series of protest marches, manhandling and uttering utter filth as his basic lingo In one of the greatest contributions to parliamentary history, M. A. Sumanthiran’s address on the debate on the 18th Amendment deserves a special place. When politics become entrenched in ethnic and religious shades, governance also becomes entrapped in the same gory and muddy trenches
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In letter to the Speaker Wijeyadasa claims CA unconstitutional
Published Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
In an interesting turn of events, a letter has been forwarded to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, by former Minister of Justice and United National Party MP Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, calling for the motion passed in Parliament to set up a Constitutional Assembly (CA) to prepare a new Constitution, be annulled. While calling the Assembly an illegal institution, he has pointed out that the CA's process would create a Constitutional crisis in the country.
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A Letter To The Public From A Retired Judge
Published Date: 15/11/2017 (Wednesday)
I am writing this to the public as a judge who has presided over the affairs of the public for 16 years as a Magistrate and as a District Court Judge. For all those 16 years, my record has been impeccable. I want to bring to the notice of the public that, due to a certain judgment I gave as a District Court Judge in a civil
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JO seeks debate on Lord Naseby’s statement
Published Date: 14/11/2017 (Tuesday)
The Joint Opposition is scheduled to move a motion for a debate on a recent debate on Sri Lanka's conflict at the House of Lords in Britain, at the time of the adjournment of the House this evening (14). The motion to be moved by Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunwardena has already been handed over to the Speaker's office with copies sent to the office of the Secretary General of Parliament as well.
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