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US legislators oppose 92% cut in aid to SL
[Tuesday 2017-09-12 18:00]

A US Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration’s proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in US aid to Sri Lanka, citing the geographical and strategic location of the country, the PTI reported today.
The Senate Appropriations Committee had said in a report that it won’t support President Trump’s budget request for Sri Lanka, which proposed a 92 per cent reduction in assistance from the prior fiscal year.

A US Senate committee has opposed Trump Administration’s proposal of a drastic 92 per cent cut in US aid to Sri Lanka, citing the geographical and strategic location of the country, the PTI reported today. The Senate Appropriations Committee had said in a report that it won’t support President Trump’s budget request for Sri Lanka, which proposed a 92 per cent reduction in assistance from the prior fiscal year.

  

The annual State appropriations bill for the fiscal year 2018, beginning October 1, landed on the Senate floor yesterday for consideration. The bill seeks USD 43 million for Sri Lanka. According to the PTI, this includes USD 35 million as economic support fund, USD 6.8 million for non-proliferation and anti-terrorism and USD 500,000 in foreign military financing and an equal amount for training of military personnel.

“The Committee recognises and supports the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to advance democracy and the rule of law, and encourages further steps to address the underlying causes of the armed conflict by promoting justice and reconciliation,” the Senate Committee said. The committee’s report said that Sri Lanka is strategically positioned along key shipping lanes and emerging from decades of conflict. The House Appropriations Committee has also passed its Foreign Appropriations Bill, but defers from that of its Senate bill on Sri Lanka. Last week during a Congressional hearing, lawmakers had expressed concern over massive cut in US aid to Sri Lanka.

“In Sri Lanka, US foreign assistance will be cut by 92 per cent, mostly from accounts that have supported programs to promote the rule of law, democratic reforms, post-Civil War reconciliation and related efforts,” rued Congressman Ted Yoho, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Sub Committee on Asia and the Pacific. “These programs are cost-effective ways to contribute to Sri Lanka’s transformation while pursuing a partnership and strategic lead critical locations. Even at their height in 2016, US assistance commitments to Sri Lanka were about 42.5 million, and that’s a bit less than half the cost of a single F-35 fighter jet. That seems like a reasonable investment to gain a friend in one of the world’s most critical sea lanes,” Yoho said.

“While we’re forming a large Millennium Challenge Corporation compact in Sri Lanka, the MCC will focus on economic activities. I’m concerned that by changing course so drastically, we want to make sure that we’re not throwing away the investments we’ve already made in Sri Lanka, leaving a gap in the democracy and governance programs Sri Lanka badly needs, and potentially forcing the closure of our USAID mission,” said the US lawmaker. For the fiscal year 2018, the Trump Administration has requested USD 3.4 million in foreign assistance for Sri Lanka. It focuses on strong support for security cooperation and enhanced strategic trade controls, while contributing to Sri Lanka’s progress toward becoming a mine-impact-free nation by 2020.

Additionally, the MCC is developing a compact with Sri Lanka after it successfully passed the MCC policy scorecard in 2016. In June, MCC approved an initial USD 7.4 million to study potential projects and conduct due diligence work in the transport and land sectors. MCC is working closely with the Government of Sri Lanka to bring a compact for Board approval in 2018, the PTI reported quoting the US State Department.

  
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‘A prisoner in Indian jail on Eelam soil’
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Veteran Journalist, S.M. Gopalaratnam, popularly known as Gopu and known by his initials as SMG, is no more. Gopalaratnam passed away at the age of 87 on Wednesday (15) at his residence in Batticaloa. Beginning his career in journalism in the early fifties in Virakesari he later joined Jaffna's regional daily Eelanadu as its News Editor under the iconic Editorship of late



Geological changes in Jaffna – Academics
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Several persons have noted a geological difference within the Jaffna Peninsula following the recent heavy thunderstorms that were experienced in the Northern Province. A few lecturers of the Department of Geology of the University of Jaffna said, there were significant changes in the coastal areas of the Peninsula, both before and after the recent thunderstorms. They were of the view that the seawater levels had increased in certain areas while certain other areas, had been submerged in water.



More Aava group members arrested
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Attacks from the Aava group in Jaffna has resulted in the death of eight persons in the last two days. Two deaths were reported from Jaffna, four from Kopai and two from Manipai. Twelve more have sustained injuries, Police Media Spokesperson, SP Ruwan Gunasekara said. Thus far, the Police have arrested 45 individuals in connection to the Aava group, 39 of them were arrested on previous occasions and 25 of that number have been released on bail. Fourteen still remain in custody.



Aava group will be defeated - Sagala
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka yesterday assured that the government would not allow the so-called Aava group, or any other criminal gang, to raise its head in the North. The Minister in a statement yesterday stressed the Police had unleashed its full strength to curb the activities of the criminal gang and bring its members to book.



Venomous snake in parliament
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

Parliament workers found a cat snake – (mapila in Sinhala and poonai pambu in Tamil) in a committee room of the Parliament complex yesterday morning. The snake was first detected by some cleaning workers in a corner of the Committee Room Number One located on the ground floor; it is mostly used for meetings between ministers and government officials. The workers immediately alerted the House Keeping Department employees who took action to remove the snake. Venomous snakes have previously been found in various parts of Parliament.



Key Army camps in the North will not be closed
[Saturday 2017-11-18 19:00]

The Government today insisted that key Army camps in the North will not be closed and troops will remain in the area. Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that the joint opposition was spreading false claims that the Army will be withdrawn from the North. Speaking during the budget debate in Parliament today, the former Army Commander turned Minister said that the need to maintain a military presence in the North and East is similar to the need to maintain a military presence in the South of the country.



Jaffna HC issues notice on Army Chief Case involving disappearance of youths
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illancheliyan on 15 November ordered Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake to appear in Court on 18 January 2018. The Jaffna High Court Judge made this order having perused a petition filed by a group of relatives, who have alleged that 24 youths had gone missing after they were taken into custody by the Army on 19 July 1996 from the Nawakkuliya area in the Jaffna District.



No one is held in secret custody, Sri Lanka President tells family members of missing persons
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday held a discussion with the family members of the missing persons at the Presidential Secretariat. During this meeting, they presented their issues and demands to the President in detail. President Sirisena said that he has a clear understanding regarding the issues faced by each community in this country, and said that the government including himself is committed to provide solutions to those issues in a very open and fair manner.



MR should have opposed resolution when it was brought to Parliament - Sampanthan
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

If Mahinda Rajapaksa was opposed to the creation of a new Constitution, he should have expressed his opposition at the time it was suggested without trying to stir communal tensions now by interpreting it as an effort to divide the country, Opposition Leader R.Sampanthan said in Parliament yesterday.



Announcement on nominations for LG polls on November 27
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

The announcement on calling for nominations for the Local Government (LG) elections will be made on November 27, the Elections Commission Chairman said today. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has already signed the Local Government (LG) Elections (Amended) Draft Bill.



Court refuses to clear Gotabaya in Avant Garde case
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court today rejected a request to clear former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa from all the charges in the Avant Garde case.



Arrest warrant issued against former Sri Lankan envoy
[Friday 2017-11-17 18:00]

An arrest warrant has been issued against the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the USA, Jaliya Wickremesuriya. Wickremesuriya was arrested last year over allegations he misused state funds when he was the Ambassador to the US. He was later released on bail and had to appear in court on the dates given to him. The arrest warrant was issued for Wickremesuriya as he had failed to appear in court.



SL should adopt timeline for action: HRW
[Thursday 2017-11-16 19:00]

Countries at the UN Human Rights Council should press Sri Lanka for a time-bound action plan on reforms during its third Universal Periodic Review, which began yesterday, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. In a statement, it said successive Sri Lankan governments, including under President Maithripala Sirisena, have failed to ensure accountability for serious rights violations and other important commitments.



Increasing incidents of sword attacks in Jaffna
[Thursday 2017-11-16 19:00]

I will bring to the attention of the Inspector General of Police the escalating sword attacks taking place in Jaffna, NPC Governor Reginald Cooray said. He made the above comments at the media conference held at the NPC Governor’s Office yesterday. The NPC Governor said that the sword attacks in Jaffna had increased and hence the issue will be brought to the attention of the IGP. "I have also sent a letter to the President to relocate the security forces occupying the private lands to the Jaffna Fort," the NPC Governor said.



Budget 2018; Second reading passed
[Thursday 2017-11-16 19:00]

The second reading of the Budget-2018 was passed in Parliament with a majority of 93 votes. 151 members voted in favour while 58 members voted against.



Rishard gets funds for resettlement: JVP, TNA cry foul
[Thursday 2017-11-16 19:00]

The JVP yesterday demanded to know from the government on what ground funds meant for resettlement and rehabilitation had been allocated by Budget 2018 to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.



Veteran Journo Gopu no more
[Thursday 2017-11-16 19:00]

Veteran Tamil journalist S.M. Gopalaratnam, popularly known as Gopu, passed away in Batticaloa yesterday. He was 87 at the time of his demise. Gopu started his career as a journalist at the Virakesari in 1950 and later joined the Jaffna daily, Eelanadu, under the editorship of late K.P. Haran in 1956. Later, Gopu became the Editor of Eelanadu and remained as its Editor for nearly fifteen years.



‘TNA happy with reconciliation proposals’
[Thursday 2017-11-16 19:00]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is happy for most of the proposals in the budget for reconciliation which are proposals made by the TNA, said Jaffna district TNA parliamentarian Mavei Senadirajah yesterday. He made this observation yesterday joining the second reading debate on the budget proposals for fiscal year 2018.



PTA detainees Jaffna Uni students march to UN office
[Wednesday 2017-11-15 18:00]

Jaffna University students handed over a petition yesterday to the United Nations (UN) Office urging the release of all 132 detainees held under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), transfer of Court cases of three PTA detainees to Vavuniya and the repealing of the PTA.



TNA ready to face people’s verdict
[Wednesday 2017-11-15 18:00]

If some political party opposes the political path presently taken by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), it will be an opportunity for the people to decide whether the TNA's path is correct or not, TNA MP President's Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran said.


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