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Sri Lanka Searching for Mum, Series 1 Episode 1 of 2
Published Date: 16/08/2018 (Thursday)
Over 11,000 people who were born in Sri Lanka have been adopted overseas. Many of them have grown with little knowledge of the people or culture they left behind. This film follows two women - both adopted as babies - as they return to Sri Lanka to try and find their birth families. They are searching not just for their relatives, but also for a lost identity.
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Japan shifts focus of its development assistance to Indo-Pacific
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Japan is making economic cooperation with the Indo-Pacific region a diplomatic priority, with more than 70% of its official development assistance going there. The move is rooted in Tokyo's unease with Chinese President Xi Jinping's Belt and Road Initiative -- a massive program of investment in ports and railways in Asia and Africa.
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No need for military aid from US when there is no war – Nalaka Thero
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero says that there Sri Lanka does not need any military aid from the United States as there is no longer a war in the country. The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka $39 million to boost maritime security with the funds being provided as “foreign military financing”, pending congressional approval.
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Celebrated war hero now sells fish
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The untold suffering and dedication of the war heroes, who were engaged in a thirty-year-armed-conflict, are indescribable. They were once treated as the saviours of this nation. However, this is the tragic story of a war hero, who waged war on behalf of territorial integrity and peace.
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Keith Noyahr Incident: Mahinda summoned by the CID
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Former President Mahinda Rajapakse has been summoned by the CID to be present at their office on August 17th in order to record a statement relating to the abduction and assaults made on Keith Noyahr journalist of the Nation newspaper. The summons signed by the Senior DIG of the CID Ravi Senevirathne had been handed over at the official residence of the Former President Mahinda Rajapakse in Wijerama Mawatha
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HALO expects to free Jaffna from mines by late 2019
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
HALO Trust, the largest international mine action operator in Sri Lanka, said it’s current chief goal is to complete mine clearance of Jaffna by the end of 2019, as only 24 sq.km. of minefields are remaining there. Since 2002, manual and mechanical clearance teams of HALO Trust have cleared nearly 11.5 sq.km. of minefields and 16.5sq.km. of former battlefield areas in the country
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‘Navy Sampath’ remanded until August 29
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Lieutenant Commander Chandana Hettiarachchi also known as ‘Navy Sampath’, arrested for the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths from Colombo, has been remanded until August 29th. He was arrested at Lotus Road by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), yesterday (14).
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Sri Lanka navy chief funded mass-murder suspect: CID
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka's chief of defence staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne gave half a million rupees in cash to help the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest, the Colombo magistrate was told Wednesday. Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne ordered the bank of Ceylon to provide details of a navy account from which 500,000 rupees had been given to Hettiarachchi Mudiyanselage Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath last year to escape the police net.
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Family resettlement and peacebuilding in Sri Lanka boosted by £1 million
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
UK funding will help nearly 600 families in the Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaithivu and Batticaloa districts of Sri Lanka. Nearly 600 families resettled on newly released land in the North and East of Sri Lanka will benefit from £1 million from the UK Government to support the provision of basic infrastructure and services.
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JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid Shot at in Delhi, Unhurt; Shooter Escapes
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was shot at outside the Constitution Club today, with eyewitnesses saying that one bullet was fired. Nobody was injured in the incident. Khalid was at Constitution Club to speak at an event called ‘Freedom From Fear’, which was also going to be addressed by Radhika Vemula, family members of lynching victims, The Wire journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Hapur lynching survivor Samaydin and others.
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Police arrest 17 members of sword gangs in North
Published Date: 14/08/2018 (Tuesday)
As a result of the ongoing special operations conducted in the North to apprehend and control the sword gangs, 17 persons have been arrested from the Manippai area, according to the Police Media Spokesman’s Office. In addition, the Police have also seized three motorbikes and two swords that belonged to these arrested gang members. The suspects were produced before the Mallakam courts and two of the suspects were
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US Foreign Military Financing for Lanka
Published Date: 14/08/2018 (Tuesday)
The U.S. Department of State yesterday announced it will provide about $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval. “We look forward to discussing with the Government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka’s humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities,” it said in a statement.
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Statement of the ASSOCIATION CULTURELLE DES TAMOULS EN FRANCE at the 38th regular session of the Human Rights Council ; General Debate under agenda item 8
Published Date: 13/08/2018 (Monday)
The war in the island of Sri lanka in 2009 was not the conflict in itself. The root conflict is the national question of Eelam Tamils rights, which is based on the Right of Self Determination with distinct sovereignty. The paradigm of looking at the conflict as an internal conflict, bound to the perimeters of an existing State, stems from the Pentagon approach, which defines all armed conflict
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MMDA: Who is blocking reform of this discriminatory law?
Published Date: 12/08/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka’s Muslim women are being denied family and other rights available to other women under this country’s Constitution. The government Committee set up nine years ago to reform the outdated and discriminatory Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has finally made its recommendations for change. But, six months later, the government has taken no action. Why this urgently needed reform is being blocked is a mystery. Or is it?
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Is Ethnic Cleansing Coming to India?
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Some four million people in Assam state, nearly all of them Bengali Muslims who have lived in India for more than four decades, are at risk of disenfranchisement after being excluded from the National Registry of Citizens. That will help the Hindu nationalist government in the next general election, but not the goal of peace in Assam. Seventy-one years after the partition of India, and 47 years after the former East Pakistan became Bangladesh, one of the legacies of the messy division of the subcontinent has
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Sri Lanka has positive attitude on conserving Dutch heritage sites
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Leading Dutch Archaeologist Oscar Hefting was in Sri Lanka recently to visit the Dutch heritage sites in the country and discuss measures for their proper conservation. The Dutch East India Company drove out the Portuguese from Sri Lanka in 1636 and established its rule over the maritime provinces. It ended after the British conquered Sri Lanka and ousted the Dutch. Mr. Hefting spoke of similarities between the Galle Fort and the fortified town of Naarden in the Netherlands. He is currently the Director of Dutch Fortress Museum. He shared his thoughts on the Dutch heritage in Sri Lanka in an interview with Daily Mirror.
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Army Embarks on Cultivation of More Than 135,000 Herbal Plants in All SFHQs
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka Army on Thursday (9) morning during an inaugural ceremony at Viharamahadevi Park, headed by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena embarked on another mega nation-building project to plant more than 135,000 herbal saplings inside all island-wide Army formations in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation (SLADC). The Army under the Presidential Secretariat’s ‘Punarudaya’ (Re-awakening) project undertook the responsibility for cultivation of sandalwood, red sandalwood, aloe vera
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Speaker says no provisions to change Opposition Leader
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today informed the House that according to existing Parliamentary norms and the Constitution, he has no provisions to affect any change in the Opposition Leader’s post. The Speaker said that he was declaring his final decision on the situation which has risen with regard to the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament after much deliberation and extensively studying the matter.
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NPC member Raviharan arrested
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Member T. Raviharan was arrested by the Mullaitivu Police this afternoon on charges of unlawful assembly and damaging public properties during a protest held on August 2. The 57-year-old councillor is a resident of Kallapadu, Mullaitivu-North.
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"Most Brutal": Can't Free Rajiv Gandhi's Killers, Centre Tells Top Court
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
The CBI has opposed the release of Rajiv Gandhi's killers, centre told the Supreme Court The seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts jailed in Tamil Nadu cannot be released, the government told the Supreme Court today, asserting that the case involves the assassination of a former Prime Minister.
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Inquiries on Vijayakala’s statement concluded - OCPD informs court
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
The Organised Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD) today informed court that inquiries on MP VIjayakala Maheswaran’s controversial statement regarding the LTTE have been concluded and that all report have been submitted to the Attorney General’s Department. When the case was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, the OCPD informed the court through a report that 59 statements have been recorded with regard
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5 new ways to protest in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Petitions, marches, vigils, strikes, fasts, rallies, rebellions all can be called commonly as “protests”. Protest is an essential component of democracy. Protest is the tool used to keep the people’s representatives at their rightful place, an inch below the foot of the people. It is another way of exercising the people’s sovereignty. It’s the most powerful mechanism to keep the government, foreign governments, intergovernmental agencies, local and foreign corporations under the control of the people.
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Sri Lanka Deputy Minister wants school children caned
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
A Deputy Minister shocked the parliament Friday by calling for new laws to restore corporal punishment saying that it was the only way to establish discipline in schools. Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana urged the legislature to amend the 1995 child protection law to allow teachers to carry out physical assault on students.
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Deep Impact: Emmerson’s Report Reveals Lasting Legacy of PTA
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
On July 23, former UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson released a report following on from his visit to Sri Lanka in 2017. Emmerson pulled no punches in his report – saying that the need for repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was “unequivocal” while urging that any replacement legislation be aligned with international standards.
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Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Michelle Bachelet of Chile, newly-nominated as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights by Secretary-General António Guterres. She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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