2nd November 2015

49% of children in Harrow West are in families receiving tax credits!

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Tax credits Yesterday I voted for the fourth time against the Government’s plans to cut tax credits. These cuts will hit more than 3 million families by an average of £1,300 a year. In Harrow West, 5,200 working families with children receive tax credits, and 49% of all children in Harrow West are in families that receive tax credits. The Government has said that other changes to the minimum wage and income tax will make up for the loss of tax credits, but the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has stated that this is “arithmetically impossible”. These cuts will affect many working families. For example, a single parent working full-time on the minimum wage as a hospital cleaner will find themselves £1,500 worse off, whilst […]

Sri Lanka: Taking Heed of Clear Warning Signals

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Speedy hearing into cases of Tamil detainees kept for years under anti-terrorism laws without charges being brought is a monstrous injustice that has to be put to right. by Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena Courtesy: The Sunday Times, Colombo ( November 2, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Certain aspects of the functioning of the Wickremesinghe-Sirisena government raise valid concerns as to whether anti-democratic Rajapaksa policies of the previous era are being continued but in a far craftier and skilful manner. This is a concern that ranges across the spectrum, from the accountability question to basic issues of good governance and the Rule of Law. Failing to heed warning signals As even the most fervent admirers of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa must admit, subtlety was not his strong point, […]

Rajapaksas to complain against Mervyn to bribery commission!

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The Rajapaksas are going to lodge a complaint to the Bribery or Corruption Investigation Commission against former Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva, say sources close to him. This is in retaliation to his having complained to the commission against Basil and Gotabhaya. In order to drive their point in the complaint, Rajapaksas have traced deeds of several plots of land owned by Mervyn. Their closest associates have sent a copy of one of them to ‘Lanka News Web.’ Among the properties owned by Mervyn are a three-storey building at Nawala Road, Nugegoda and another building (Transwater Engineering) opposite to it. Both were given up by owners who loaned money from him. Mervyn bought a 20-perch business premises at Pittala Junction, Colombo 07 for Rs. 85 […]

London Stock Exchange renews support for Sri Lanka

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Expresses willingness to offer expertise on strengthening critical market infrastructure  at CSE To facilitate listings for blue chips to raise capital; attract more foreign investments Highlights MillenniumIT as an integral part of LSE with over 700 staff and powering 50 intl. exchanges All smiles: London Stock Exchange Group CEO Xavier Rolet (left), Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Colombo Stock Exchange Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka, CSE Director Ray Abeywardena, Securities and Exchange Director General Vajira Wijegunawardane, CSE CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike and LSE CEO Nikhil Rathi (partly hidden) elated following the market opening at the LSE by Sri Lanka on Friday By Nisthar Cassim Global giant the London Stock Exchange last week expressed keenness to help the new Government in boosting Sri Lanka’s capital market, foreign investments and private […]

How can Sri Lanka Demonstrate its Commitment to Peace?

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As Sri Lanka deals with its violent past, incremental moves taken right now could lay the groundwork for the genuine peace. Recently, senior figures in the Obama administration have championed another ‘democratic success story’; this time we’re talking about Sri Lanka. This small, strategically important island nation is recovering from a brutal civil war that according to UN estimates, left up to 100,000 dead. The defeat of two-term President Mahinda Rajapaksa in January, and the parliamentary election in August, curbed the country’s slide towards heightened authoritarianism. Still, Sri Lanka’s path to lasting reform, reconciliation, and genuine accountability is only beginning. Moreover Colombo can take certain measures to ensure that this journey starts off with the momentum it needs. As the international community tries to help […]

Return lands to original owners – JVP

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By Shaahidah Riza The natural forestry in the Central Province which was taken over by the former government must be returned to its original form, said the leader of the Jantha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and Chief Opposition Whip, Anura Kumara Dissanayake, adding that he is of the stand that the lands of the displaced must be given back. Dissanayake made these comments last Wednesday (28) at a book launch, in relation to the recent controversy which took place in resettling the internally displaced people due to the three decade war back to their villages in the North of the country. Dissnanayke was the Chief Guest at the book launch, where Professor from the University of Peradeniya, Shahul H. Hasbulla launched his book titled, ‘Denying the […]

Mervyn must study history – Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

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by Manjula Ferando Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa dismissed former minister Mervyn Silva’s accusations of being involved in the abductions and killings claiming he had not introduced any white van. In this wide ranging interview, while urging the former minister to study history, he also denied having any contacts with LTTE Leader Pulithevan and defended his decision to create Rakna Lanka Excerpts: Q: It is alleged that the then government wanted to save LTTE leader Pulithevan which led to the white flag incident and war crimes charges being pinned on government forces. Your comments ? A: I don’t know, you should ask that question from those who are making that claim. We did not have any contact with Pulithevan. I can’t understand these allegations. Those […]

President And Premier Committed To Push Reconciliation – D. M. Swaminathan

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The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on Sri Lanka has welcomed the initial steps taken by the Sri Lankan government to return land to civilians and resettle the internally displaced persons. The report has also stressed the need for the government to accelerate the return of land to its rightful civilian owners, and to undertake further efforts to tackle the considerable work that lies ahead in the areas of land use and ownership.Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Minister of Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M. Swaminathan said that the release of land to the rightful owners, demilitarisation, and a solution to the Tamil political prisoners are a few major areas of concern in the report. According to Swaminathan, the military has now given assurance […]

Tamil Political Prisoners likely to be released before 10th November?

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Police take a long time to complete investigations and to file action against suspects and that cases drag on for more than TEN years. President Maithiri Srisena said that all the Tamil Political Prisoners will be released by the 7th of November. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said that NONE of the Tamil Political Prisoners will be released for now. Law and Order and Prison Reforms Minister Tilak Marapana said he hoped that the Tamil Political Prisoners detainees could be released before the Deepavali festival on November 10, 2015. Addressing the opening ceremony of the modernized prison near the Pannai lagoon in Jaffna on Saturday, Minister Tilak Marapana said the country’s prisons had about 18,000 detainees, but most of them were not those who should have […]