12th May 2017

GSP+ approved by EU Trade, Foreign Ministers

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The European Council has approved the Generalized System of Preferences Plus or the GSP+ tariff concession allowing Sri Lanka to export products tax-free to the European market. The Foreign Affairs Council at a meeting yesterday agreed to grant additional trade preferences to Sri Lanka. The Council said on this basis, Sri Lanka has become eligible to receive additional tariff preferences for sustainable development and good governance, in addition to the generalized scheme of tariff preferences benefitting to all developing countries. The Government Information Department issuing a statement said this completes all three procedural requirements for Sri Lanka to receive GSP+ status following the European Commission and Parliament approval prior. The Department said the official notification on the entry into force will be finalised next week. […]

Accused wife killer, set free on trial delays, ready to be deported to Sri Lanka

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MONTREAL — The first murder suspect in Quebec to be set free after the length of his criminal proceedings exceeded the legal limit told immigration and refugee authorities Thursday he wants to be deported back to Sri Lanka. Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingam, a refugee from Sri Lanka who was charged with murdering his wife, told the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada during his detention hearing he no longer fears returning to his home country. “I don’t have any kids, I don’t have anything in Criminal Code or immigration code,” he said. “So I don’t know why I’m still in jail. That’s what I’m thinking … to go back to my country.” Thanabalasingam, 31, was charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of his 21-year-old wife, Anuja […]

A political solution should be based upon a federal set-up

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BY MIRUDHULA THAMBIAH Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja said his party will not sacrifice or change their mentality in achieving a political solution through a North-East merger as it is an essential demand of his people. “The proposal put forward by President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on 3 August 1995 introduced the union of regions, North-East merger with power sharing including an administrative unit for the Muslims in the East as a good solution and it is still being examined by us for the betterment of the future. We are quite serious that a political solution only can be found in a merged North-East,” he said. Following are excerpts of the interview: ? You have recently mentioned […]

Macron’s Big Win: Vital Lessons For Sri Lanka

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By Lukman Harees – Lukman Harees After the most thrilling and tumultuous election campaign of recent times, the French have defied populism and made history. Emmanuel Macron, the 39-year-old leader of the fledgling En Marche! (On the Move!) party, soundly defeated Ms Marine Le Pen by 66% to 34%. The defeat of Le Pen, the ‘unsinkable’ stalwart of the xenophobic right, undoubtedly offered great comfort to all those who have worried of the almost meteoric rise of the far right movements in the recent past in the West. There was a fear that the French would choose nationalism. It’s been a difficult moment – the country was so divided. The atmosphere of the election – while not exactly civil war – was of a deep […]

Rajapaksa had invested heavily on properties in Dubai

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FCID Accuses Attorney General Of Being Sluggish In Rajapaksa Investigations Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) has accused the Attorney General of adopting a sluggish attitude in directing the division on how to proceed with certain vital cases concerning former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his associates. Jayantha Jayasuriya – AG According to highly placed sources closely connected to the FCID, apart from coming under pressure from powerful quarters, the FCID is also compelled to ‘sit and wait’ because despite referring certain cases to the AG, they are yet to receive instructions on how to proceed. Chief among these cases is the investigation into the purchase of the Mariott Hotel in Dubai by Nandana Lokuwithana, a very close associate of Rajapaksa’s. “Due to the Attorney General’s delay, […]

Reason behind MODI’s visit!

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By Shivanthi Ranasinghe India needs to change its foreign policy vis-a-vis Sri Lanka immediately. These policies have not only failed, but have disastrously backfired on India, ending in a result totally unanticipated and always against India. The extent of the damage caused by their own policies to India can be measured against the success of their arch rival, China. PM Modi visiting Sri Lanka for Vesak celebrations is viewed by the Sri Lankan public with extreme suspicion. Nobody accepts the government’s assurances that Modi is just being a good neighbour, popping in for tea and lanterns. In the fracas erupting with attempts to lease the Magampura Port to the Chinese, there was a significant fraction that saw the benefits of the Chinese coming in, and […]

Sirisena’s grip tightens on the Presidency

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WINSTON DE VALLIERE Considering the tremendous rapport she has with President Maithripala Sirisena and her ingrained comparatively ‘patrician’ revulsion she’s often harboured for the less than plebeian Rajapaksa clan, Chandika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga will exert considerable influence, needed or not, with President Sirisena, in matters pertaining to the relentless purge of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. She was magnanimous and ‘big’ enough to let bygones be bygones and agree to accommodate S.B. Dissanayake’s subtle entry into the Sirisena camp and into a Cabinet portfolio as men of the ilk of Nimal Siripala also did, along with several other major-domos in the Rajapaksa Cabinet. At best then, President Sirisena holds a bitter cup in his hand and is tested to the limits to keep his wits about him […]

PREZ TELLS CABINET: PROBE MAHINDA GOVT’S CORRUPTION

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By Ravi Ladduwahetty President Maithripala Sirisena has told his Cabinet of Ministers yesterday to prioritize probing all corruption activities of the previous regime. The President has told his Ministers to prioritize and finish probing all the fraudulent activities of the previous government following ministers telling him that there was a lacuna in the completion of the investigations, authoritative…… political sources told Ceylon Today last night. The President has also told his Ministers to proceed with the development activities of the country as one team, devoid of Party politics, when it came to development projects as well. The Cabinet approved the Colombo Port City project as well which was one among about 60 Cabinet Memoranda which were approved yesterday. President Sirisena also told the Ministerial Committee […]