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Lanka clinches new EU GSP

December 31, 2013 at 11:35 pm

 

*87 Countries exit EU GSP from 1st-Jan but Lanka is still in

*Bilateral trade at $ 5 Bn

December 31, 2013, 12:00 pm
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As many EU GSP beneficiary economies witness an end to their  benefits on 1 January 2014 with the activation of the new GSP scheme, some  notables, including Sri Lanka, shall continue to smile vis-à-vis their shipments  to world’s largest economy. Despite the reduction of the number of countries  enjoying EU GSP in June 2012, starting tomorrow 1 January 2014, Sri Lanka has  clinched 10 more years of this promising lifeline from the world’s largest  trading bloc. “The EU parliament has approved the New GSP Scheme on 13th June  2012 and will come into effect from 1st January 2014. Sri Lanka will continue to  be a beneficiary of the Scheme” revealed Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry  and Commerce of Sri Lanka.

Mischievous attempt to vilify Muslims here!

December 31, 2013 at 11:30 pm

 

Indian allegations of Islamic terror attacks in Sri Lanka, South  Asia

December 31, 2013, 12:00 pm
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By M M Zuhair PC, former Member of Parliament

Indian allegations of possible Muslim militant attacks in Sri  Lanka over the hanging of a Bangladeshi political leader on 12 December 2013 is  another mischievous attempt to portray, the Muslims of Sri Lanka as being in  conspiracy with militants and terrorists. Such false insinuations vilifying the  Sri Lankan Muslims are being made, from time to time, as part of a broader  attempt to justify interfering in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.

War Crime:Urgent need for reappraisal of Go SL’s response

December 31, 2013 at 11:23 pm

An opportunity to highlight origins of eelam terror

December 31, 2013, 6:02 pm
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A smiling Jaffna-born Canadian MP Rathika  Sitsabaiesan with Rev. Father S. J. Emmanuel, President of the UK headquartered  Global Tamil Forum

By Shamindra Ferdinando

There is something common in Rathika Sitsabaiesan and Nisha  Desai Biswal, now in their early thirties. Both left their countries of birth as  toddlers along with their families, seeking better lives in the West. Rathika  and Nisha had been just five and six years of age, respectively, when their  families migrated. Jaffna-born Rathika’s family moved to Canada in the mid 80s.  Both had achieved important milestones in their lives; Rathika is now a Canadian  MP, while Nisha, from rural India recently succeeded Robert O Blake as US  Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.

Who was Senarath ? A response

December 31, 2013 at 11:20 pm

December 31, 2013, 5:47 pm

by Prof. A. V. Suraweera

I read though the query raised by my friend Tissa Devendra(17.  12. 2013), with interest as I always do in respect of all his contributions to The Island. In my Introduction to the critical Edition of the  Rajavaliya (first published in 1976) and also its English translation, I  have discussed as far as possible the historical contents of the text which  included the accounts of the Udarata rulers. Even as a student of Sinhala  Literature (and not a historian), I was intrigued for the reason that the  Rajavaliya, complicated as it is, does not relate the whole history, the Dona  Catherina episode in particular. I referred to the Portuguese historians Couto  and Queyroz as well, but to no avail. It was against this background that I ran  into the Senarath query.

Mischievous attempt to vilify Muslims here!

December 31, 2013 at 10:35 pm

 

Indian allegations of Islamic terror attacks in Sri Lanka, South  Asia

December 31, 2013, 12:00 pm
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By M M Zuhair PC, former Member of Parliament

Indian allegations of possible Muslim militant attacks in Sri  Lanka over the hanging of a Bangladeshi political leader on 12 December 2013 is  another mischievous attempt to portray, the Muslims of Sri Lanka as being in  conspiracy with militants and terrorists. Such false insinuations vilifying the  Sri Lankan Muslims are being made, from time to time, as part of a broader  attempt to justify interfering in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs.

Economic giants sail in Indian Ocean

December 31, 2013 at 10:32 pm

 

December 31, 2013, 7:54 pm
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By Madura Ranwala

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, delivering the  keynote address at the Marine Conversation Conference held at the BMICH  recently, said, the history was repeating itself as the country had stepped into  an era of renaissance with Indian Ocean becoming the key ocean in the 21st  century.

He stressed that the country was faced with the problem of  Indian fishermen poaching in the post conflict era and banned fishing methods  being employed by the fishers.

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Governor hopes for better relations between the government and the Council

December 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 12:09 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 31, Jaffna: Governor of Sri Lanka’s Tamil dominated Northern Province expressed hope for better relations between the government and the Provincial Council in the coming year.

In his New Year’s message Governor of Northern Province Major General (Retd) GA Chandrasiri said the dawn of New Year will definitely take the Province to new heights.

Sri Lanka government considering ousting a Tamil MP from parliament

December 31, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 09:37 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government is planning to bring a proposal in the parliament to oust a Tamil MP from parliament, a Sinhala daily The Divaina reported today.

A two-third majority is needed to oust an elected MP and the government has the sufficient majority in the parliament.

According to the report, the Jaffna district parliamentarian of major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) S. Sritharan is under government’s concern for his continuing involvement in anti-government activities and efforts to arouse communal unrest in the North.

Sri Lanka Marxist party to lodge a complaint against the Bribery Commission Chairman

December 31, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 10:13 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) plans to file a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption against its Chairman.

The JVP says the complaint will be filed before the Commission against its Chairman, retired Supreme Court judge, Jagath Balapatabendi.

The media unit of the party has noted that the complaint would be based on various allegations of corruption levelled against Balapatabendi and call for an investigation into the matter by the Commission.  The JVP will file the complaint at 12 noon tomorrow (January 01) at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.

Sri Lankan President asks public to place their trust in government in the coming year

December 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 08:37 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 31, Colombo: Having won freedom and peace for the Sri Lankan people, the government is committed to give them progress and happiness, too, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today.

President Rajapaksa in his New Year message today said Sri Lanka has stepped into the development decade with dedication and the people are already enjoying the newly built highways, airports, power plants, ports, roadways and beautification of cities.

He said further measures by government will bring many benefits in the future and asked the public to place their trust in the government.


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