Trade Pacts with US, UK imminent

By Rathindra Kuruwita The Indo-Sri Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement (ETCA) will be finalized by the end of this year allowing freer movement of goods and services, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said addressing the 12th World Islamic Economic Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia yesterday. Wickremesinghe added that trade deals with the United States and the United Kingdom will be considered next year. He added that South Asia was ‘the place to be’ in the current economic climate of the world and that Sri Lanka has taken a number of actions…

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Government in Denial About the Ramifications of a Long History of Violence

The crisis arising from the Sinhala-Tamil student conflict at Jaffna University is a part of the Sinhalese establishment’s absence of conviction on the cardinal importance of secularism and the drift of the Tamil elite towards religious obscurantism. Hundreds of Sinhalese students of Jaffna University had fled to their homes in South Sri Lanka after a violent clash with their Tamil counterparts on July 16. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Conflicting nationalist narratives – as adaptations of received history to explain the present and direct the future – have, for each community, its inner logic. This…

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Thajudeen murder: CID says calls were from Presidential Secretariat

Senior State Counsel Dilan Rathnayake today told Court that according to the information revealed from the phone details of Former OIC of the Narahenpita Police Damian Perera, in connection with the murder of the killing of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen, the CID had recovered that the phone calls were received from the Presidential Secretariat on the day the incident happened. He also said based on the revealed facts, a sensitive investigation was being carried out by the CID into the phone conversations received from the Secretariat. Former SDIG Anura Senanayake and…

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Sri Lankan in Canada found guilty of 10 criminal offences

A Sri Lankan man in Canada faces likely imprisonment after a judge found him guilty of 10 criminal offences, including forcible confinement involving a minor. Liginthan Mahendrarajah is also convicted of two other counts of forcible confinement, involving a man and a woman, two counts of assault, two counts of assault using a weapon, threatening to cause death, threatening to kill the victims’ pet dog, and entering a dwelling to commit an indictable offense, standard-freeholder.com reported. With no corroborating witnesses to the April 17, 2012, incident, Justice Laurie Lacelle had to…

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The body was thrown into the Iranamadu tank and later the police claimed that the boy had committed suicide.

Alleged police torture was taken up at the Mallakam court last week where it was alleged that the Chunnakam police had assaulted and killed a suspect in 2011 and later turned the murder into suicide, a local newspaper reported. The Sunday Leader newspaper reported that witnesses identified the policemen involved in the murder and the court later ordered the arrest of the policemen involved. In November 2011 a group of youth were arrested following claims they were holding an event to commemorate the LTTE. The youth had denied claims they…

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Canada changes Policy on Tamil’s.

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Sri Lanka and Canada resumed fresh political and socioeconomic ties last week, after a lapse of 13 years or more of a bitter and estranged relationship over alleged human rights violations and war crimes. Canada kept pressing for umpteenth time on the Rajapaksa regime till it ended last year. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was under pressure from the West, especially from Canada and the UK, which constantly pressed charges against Rajapaksa on human rights violations, reconciliation process after the war ended, minority treatment, journalist abductions, lack of…

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EXPOSED – Deal between MAHINDA and RANIL

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) alleged today that the most disgraceful deal in the country was taking place between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mahinda Rajapaksa. JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that Shiranthi Rajapaksa, who had been summoned to the FCID to record a statement over a financial misappropriation, went to the Speaker’s official residence to give the statement as a result of the agreement between Mr. Rajapaksa and Mr. Wickremesinghe. “After investigations, Mrs. Rajapaksa should be arrested and produced in courts. Why is she not arrested even after four months?…

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Alibaba Mahinda and 40 thieves

The efforts of the Joint Opposition are no more different then “Alibaba and 40 thieves”, Minister Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa says. The observation was made while he was speaking to reporters in Colombo on Wednesday (03). He also went on to say that protest marches of this manner were organized in past demanding either good governance or democracy, but one of a main slogans of Monday’s march was to demand the presidency. “In a bid to make the father President again, son goes on protest marches,” he added. Soysa also pointed out…

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