LAYING FOUNDATION FOR INCREASED STUDENT ENGAGEMENT ON PLURALISM

For close on two years the National Peace Council brought together students from the Eastern, Jaffna, Ruhuna and Sabaragamuwa universities to study and discuss themes of national reconciliation. This past weekend a conference was organized on the theme of Plural Sri Lanka: Paths to Reconciliation, at which 30 research papers were presented, written mostly by undergraduate students and a few by faculty members.  They provided testimony to the peace formation that takes place at the local level by civic actors who are engaged in pluralist…

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COPA reveals 272 vacancies in Dept. of Immigration and Emigration – The Island

‘Disputes among govt. appointees major obstacle’ By Shamindra Ferdinando The parliamentary watchdog committee on public enterprises-COPE has called for an explanation as regards unauthorised expenditure on ‘Yowunpura’ in 2018 and 2019. A recent COPE investigation has revealed huge losses and a bid to suppress the government auditing process. According to COPE, the yahapalana government had spent Rs. 80,560,914 over the estimated cost of Rs. 350 mn. The then President Maithripala Sirisena and Preme Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the 2018 event; the President skipped the event the following year. The then minister Sagala Ratnayaka played a key role…

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745 COVID cases in total confirmed within the day

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 745 today (November 19) as 236 more people were tested positive for the virus, the Epidemiology Unit said. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 555,204. As many as 525,911 recoveries and 14,086 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 15,200 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. Thank you more

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An ignominious defeat Daily FT Editorial

An ignominious defeatSri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Mohan Peiris suffered a humiliating defeat last week when he failed to secure a place at the international Law Commission (ILC).  The ILC is a body of experts responsible for helping develop and codify international law. The Commission is composed of 34 individuals recognised for their expertise and qualifications in international law. The election of new members of the ILC took place at the UN General Assembly last week. Eleven candidates, including…

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Ramanayake languishes in prison while big time criminals are pardoned – former Speaker – The Island

‘Disputes among govt. appointees major obstacle’ By Shamindra Ferdinando The parliamentary watchdog committee on public enterprises-COPE has called for an explanation as regards unauthorised expenditure on ‘Yowunpura’ in 2018 and 2019. A recent COPE investigation has revealed huge losses and a bid to suppress the government auditing process. According to COPE, the yahapalana government had spent Rs. 80,560,914 over the estimated cost of Rs. 350 mn. The then President Maithripala Sirisena and Preme Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the 2018 event; the President skipped the event the following year. The then minister Sagala Ratnayaka played a key role…

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Australian cricket captain Tim Paine steps down after admitting sending explicit messages

Australian cricket captain Tim Paine has stepped down – less than a month before the start of the Ashes – after admitting he sent explicit messages to a female co-worker in 2017. Paine, 36, had been expected to lead his side in the series against England, which starts in Brisbane on 8 December, but said he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” to stand down as skipper. While resigning the captaincy, he said he wanted to remain a member of the test squad. Cricket Australia…

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Samsung enables 5G for Galaxy A22 5G in Sri Lanka – The Island

Samsung, Sri Lanka’s No. 1 smartphone brand, recently announced that it has enabled Samsung Galaxy A22 5G users with the capability of using their 5G compatible device on the 5G trial network of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, to experience the power of 5G. Galaxy A22 5G, is a future-ready device offering 11 bands’ support for 5G experience with the promise of two-year OS upgrades. This follows the tech giants recent enabling of 5G for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and…

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Austria to enter full national lockdown amid record case surge

Austria is to become the first country in Europe to make COVID vaccines mandatory by law and has announced a full national lockdown from Monday, amid a fourth wave sweeping the continent. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said the lockdown would run for a “maximum of 20 days”. He also announced it would be a “requirement to get vaccinated” from 1 February. The country had already introduced a series of strict measures along with Germany and Slovakia in the weeks leading up to Christmas, as a debate…

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Post-war reconciliation, accountability and rehab continue to dominate US-Lanka relations – The Island

‘Disputes among govt. appointees major obstacle’ By Shamindra Ferdinando The parliamentary watchdog committee on public enterprises-COPE has called for an explanation as regards unauthorised expenditure on ‘Yowunpura’ in 2018 and 2019. A recent COPE investigation has revealed huge losses and a bid to suppress the government auditing process. According to COPE, the yahapalana government had spent Rs. 80,560,914 over the estimated cost of Rs. 350 mn. The then President Maithripala Sirisena and Preme Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the 2018 event; the President skipped the event the following year. The then minister Sagala Ratnayaka played a key role…

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino arrives in Sri Lanka

The President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino arrived in Sri Lanka this morning (November 19) for a two-day official visit. Mr. Infantino was accompanied by five high-level dignitaries of FIFA. Upon his arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, Mr. Infantino was accorded a warm welcome by the President of Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) Mr. Jaswar Umar and the officials of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and Sports Ministry. He will grace the grand finale of the “Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy 2021”…

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The court order preventing the payment of Chinese fertilizer ship extended

The Commercial High Court in Colombo today (19) extended the injunction against People’s Bank until November 30, preventing payment to China’s Chindao Seawin Biotech company and its local agent regarding the stock of organic fertilizer that was found to contain harmful bacteria That was when the petition filed by the Ceylon Fertilizer Company was called today. Thank you more

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Sri Lanka interested in expanding ties in shipping with Bangladesh – The Island

‘Disputes among govt. appointees major obstacle’ By Shamindra Ferdinando The parliamentary watchdog committee on public enterprises-COPE has called for an explanation as regards unauthorised expenditure on ‘Yowunpura’ in 2018 and 2019. A recent COPE investigation has revealed huge losses and a bid to suppress the government auditing process. According to COPE, the yahapalana government had spent Rs. 80,560,914 over the estimated cost of Rs. 350 mn. The then President Maithripala Sirisena and Preme Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the 2018 event; the President skipped the event the following year. The then minister Sagala Ratnayaka played a key role…

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Showery condition likely to reduce from today

Showery condition is expected to reduce from today (Nov. 19), says the Department of Meteorology. Several spells of showers will occur in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Uva and Eastern provinces and in Polonnaruwa district during the evening or night. The general public is advised to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers. Sea areas: The depression located to the north-east of Sri Lanka…

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It is a miracle that we could continue to supply fuel for the country

Udaya Gammanpila, Minister of Energy says that the present government has continued to supply fuel to the country in the face of difficult conditions and that the entire nation should be glad about that. “I saw the trade unions of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) protesting yesterday demanding the opening of an oil refinery and the import of crude oil. We stopped importing crude oil because the country’s existing foreign exchange needs to be used sparingly. As the Minister of Energy, I have no ability…

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National Youth Services Council bid to hinder audit revealed – The Island

‘Disputes among govt. appointees major obstacle’ By Shamindra Ferdinando The parliamentary watchdog committee on public enterprises-COPE has called for an explanation as regards unauthorised expenditure on ‘Yowunpura’ in 2018 and 2019. A recent COPE investigation has revealed huge losses and a bid to suppress the government auditing process. According to COPE, the yahapalana government had spent Rs. 80,560,914 over the estimated cost of Rs. 350 mn. The then President Maithripala Sirisena and Preme Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the 2018 event; the President skipped the event the following year. The then minister Sagala Ratnayaka played a key role…

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