21st October 2017

Poverty highest in the North

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By Paneetha Ameresekere Sri Lanka’s poverty headcount declined to 4.1 per cent last year, from 6.7% in 2012/13, when the last of such censuses were taken, the Census and Statistics Department (CSD), in a report released on Thursday (19), said. The Official Poverty Line (OPL) for last year was Rs 4,166 per soul per mensem, as opposed to real per capita expenditure per month for a person fixed at Rs 3,624 in 2012/13 to be poverty neutral then. The average shortfall was Rs 620 in real terms per month, per poor person, last year, the CSD said. Last year 843,913 individuals were in poverty as opposed to 1.3 million as per the immediately preceding survey conducted for the year 2012/13. The total poor households were […]

OMP Needed In Jaffna Too: Sampanthan Tells UN

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A meeting was held today between the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence Pablo De Greiff and the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan in Colombo. Sampanthan highlighted the important issues faced by the Tamil people with regard to the release of Lands belonging to civilians, Missing persons and the political prisoners. Apprising on the land issues to special rapporteur Sampanthan pointed out “that our people have strong attachment to the lands not merely a sentimental but much beyond that and people are protesting demanding the release of their lands in some areas for more than three hundred days, they are in the sun in the rain and they are exposed to all kinds of […]

President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo

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By D.B.S. Jeyaraj President Maithripala Sirisena held successive discussions with two Tamil delegations in Colombo on Thursday (19) on the issue of Tamils detained in various prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act(PTA) in general and the hunger strike undertaken by three such detainees at the Anuradhapura Prison in particular. The focus at both discussions was more on the situation regarding the three prisoners on hunger strike as much as concern expressed with regard to their physical condition. Three Tamil men, 30-year-old Mathiyarasan Sulakshan from Karanavaai, 40-yr-old  Rasathurai Thiruvarul from Velanai and 28 year old Ganeshan Tharshan  from Nawalapitiya who were detained at the Anuradhapura Prison commenced a hunger strike on September 25. They were all former members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam […]

Despite denial, Gota implicated by ex-STF Chief

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The deployment of a staggering number of 798 armed STF personnel to conduct a search of two wards of the Welikada Prisons in November 2012, in violation of all laid down procedure to be followed when Prison premises are searched, led to the riot there which resulted in the death of 27 inmates and caused injuries to many more, the report of a fact-finding committee states. Welikada prison compound The 3-member committee, to look into facts pertaining to the incident that occurred at the Welikada Prison on 9.11.2012, was appointed by former Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe. Its report was tabled in Parliament in February this year by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Sunday Times filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act […]

Diaspora leader upbeat after Sri Lanka visit

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The change in the political environment in Sri Lanka recently saw the head of a leading Tamil diaspora group visiting the country, his first visit since a ban on him was lifted. The President of the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) Father S. J. Emmanuel told The Sunday Leader there are some ‘good changes’ to be seen in the country, yet a lot more needs to be done.  He also called on the Tamil diaspora to not just visit Sri Lanka for a holiday, but seriously contribute to the rebuilding of the country. by  Easwaran Rutnam  Q: How did you feel, returning to Sri Lanka after so many years?  A: My last visit was in Feb 2005 soon after the Tsunami to distribute help to all coastal areas from […]

CHAUVINISM AGAINST NEW CONSTITUTION

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The new Constitution has not yet seen the light of the day. Only an interim report of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly has been presented to Parliament. An interim report is obviously not a final document. It contains only draft proposals. They include ones that has consensus as well as independent individual proposals. All views are presented so that Parliament could choose what the majority desires. This is the democratic way. Yet the so-called Joint Opposition and its boss former President and Kurunegala district MP Mahinda Rajapaksa have been opposing the new Constitution even before its contours became visible, even before it was conceived. It is clear as crystal that their opposition is based on ethno-religious extremism. They are not ashamed to use […]

GL asks if Sirisena, Wickremesinghe have already created a separate state

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By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Chairman Prof. G.L Peiris yesterday alleged that a separate state had already been established in the country’s north with the blessings of Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government. Addressing the Joint Opposition’s weekly media briefing at Borella, former External Affairs Minister Prof. Peiris said that the police deployed in the north received orders from the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). That was why those breaking court orders were not arrested unlike in the south. Referring to the Presidential Commission appointed to Inquire into the Bond Scam, Prof. Peiris alleged that the commission had not actively questioned the two Ministers Malik Smarawickerme and Kabir Hashim even though it had been thorough in grilling all other witnesses. Highlighting several loopholes in the commission probing […]

Attempts by Racists Mahinda group mislead society regarding a new constitution

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All must understand attempts by some to mislead society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted –President President Maithripala Sirisena says all the citizens of the country must be aware of the attempts by some section of the society to mislead the society regarding a new constitution which is still not drafted. He said that we had to face a nearly three decade long, brutal war as a result of not providing solutions for the issues in the country in a timely and appropriate manner. President Sirisena requested all the Sri Lankans, as true human beings who loves the country, to join with him to build peace and reconciliation among all the communities. He made these remarks while addressing the  Deepavali Festival 2017 […]