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Sri Lanka Apparently Target of an Undeclared War
Published Date: 17/09/2018 (Monday)
In June this year, announcing U.S. withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Ambassador Niki Haley said, "We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organisation that makes a mockery of human rights."
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Sri Lanka: Wartime ministers admit to military executing surrendered Tamils (VIDEO)
Published Date: 16/09/2018 (Sunday)
Ministers from the Rajapaksa administration acknowledged that rebels and civilians were killed after they surrendered to the military in the final days of the government assault against Tamil Tigers. Tamil war victims as well as global rights watchdogs including the UN has been calling for an independent investigation with international participation to determine the fate of tens of thousands who handed themselves over to the military at the end of the war in May 2009.
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Mahinda establishes rapport with Modi, "visibly" makes up with India
Published Date: 16/09/2018 (Sunday)
Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s private visit to New Delhi last week has helped him establish a "personal rapport" with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his confidant Prof GL Peiris told the Sunday Island here. At a dinner at Le Meridien Dr Subramanian Swamy, India’s ruling BJP MP, hosted for his guest Rajapaksa and his team on Thursday night, Peiris told this correspondent: "Mr
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Sri Lanka seeks UN reprieve over war crimes probe
Published Date: 15/09/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka's president said Friday (Sep 14) that he wants the United Nations to drop its demand for state accountability over the alleged killing of some 40,000 Tamil civilians by government forces during a brutal civil war. Maithripala Sirisena told local editors in Colombo that he will ask the UN General Assembly to allow Sri Lanka to "amicably resolve" war crime allegations against the majority Sinhalese
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Human Rights Council holds high-level panel on the seventieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
Published Date: 15/09/2018 (Saturday)
The Human Rights Council this morning held a high-level panel on the seventieth anniversary on the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Vojislav Šuc, President of the Human Rights Council, said that the seventieth anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, adopted on 9 December 1948 and succeeded by the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the next day, was an important opportunity for Member States and the international community to reaffirm the significance of the Convention and continue their efforts to
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Suppression of Buddhists in N-E: Govt. not keen to curb situation: Nalaka Thera
Published Date: 14/09/2018 (Friday)
The government is not taking action over the recent protests carried out by a group of Tamil politicians and some Muslim extremists in the North against a move to build an archeological office at the Kurundankulama Asokaramaya in Mullaitivu, National Rights Organization President Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera alleged today. Addressing a news briefing, he said Kurundankulama Asokaramaya was an ancient Buddhist temple with archeological value.
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Admiral Wijegunaratne’s involvement with murder suspect: TNA alleges President interfered in CID probe TNA admits Lt. Commander Hettiarachchi not ‘Navy Sampath’
Published Date: 14/09/2018 (Friday)
Continuing controversy over Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravi Wijegunaratne, wanted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with allegedly aiding and abetting Lt. Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi, a suspect in two major wartime cases, leaving for Mexico on Sept. 10 has taken a dramatic turn with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) demanding that the entire range of accountability issues here should be subjected to international judicial process.
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Aid to Sri Lanka never attached to politics: FM
Published Date: 14/09/2018 (Friday)
China welcomes the remarks made by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and the two countries' cooperation under the China-proposed Belt and Road (B&R) initiative has benefited both countries and their people, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang told a press briefing Thursday. The comment came after a CNBC report saying Wickremesinghe had denied the claim that the
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Sri Lanka cabinet snubs President over arrest of military chief
Published Date: 14/09/2018 (Friday)
President Maithripala Sirisena summoned an emergency cabinet meeting to defend the country’s senior-most military officer who is facing imminent arrest for allegedly shielding a mass murder suspect, but failed to secure agreement. The noon meeting of the cabinet ended after heated exchanges, sources close to the administration said adding that the President failed in get support and the issue was put off until the return to the island of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
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A Manifesto for Socialist Development in the 21st Century
Published Date: 13/09/2018 (Thursday)
What might socialist development look like? Mainstream conceptions of development deem capital accumulation the bedrock upon which to achieve human development. In these conceptions of change, labouring classes are regarded as fuel for the development motor, which in turn justifies their exploitation and oppression. In contrast, how would a non-exploitative socialist development strategy be operationalised? This article advances a 10-point plan for sustainable socialist transformation.
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Sri Lanka: Human rights to dismantle debt trap, says UN expert
Published Date: 12/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Human rights must be at the centre of measures by Sri Lanka to promote economic growth that would include everyone, says a UN expert. “The Sri Lankan Government should undertake an assessment of the human rights impact of both its economic reform policies and infrastructure projects,” said Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, the Independent Expert on the effects of foreign
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University Teachers Forum Hyderabad Condemns the Raid at Prof Satyanarayana’s House
Published Date: 12/09/2018 (Wednesday)
The following is a statement signed by 143 teachers of Hyderabad, released by the University Teachers’ Forum Hyderabad, condemning the police raid at the residence of Prof K. Satyanarayana recently. We university teachers of Hyderabad hereby strongly register our protest against the
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A Concert for the Ages Ode to the Tamil Language
Published Date: 12/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Tamil: A Biography by David Shulman, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2016; pp xii + 402, $35. We have read histories of languages, tracing their origins, growth and status. But, no one, so far, has written a biography of a language. David Shulman has reason to write, not a history, but a biography. The reason is very simple. For him, Tamil is a living being and one does not simply write the history of a living being (unless one wants to write a dry chronological account meant for equally dry and serious scholars). One writes, rather, life stories or biographies of living beings, which is just what Shulman has done.
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Fonseka’s shocking disclosure
Published Date: 12/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s recent admission that the cabinet had never discussed Sri Lanka’s response to alleged war crimes allegations highlighted the culpability on the part of the National Unity Government for depriving the country of a proper defence. Cabinet regularly meets on Tuesday morning with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
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Sri Lankan president's anger over airline cashew nuts
Published Date: 10/09/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lanka's national airline has found itself in trouble with the country's president - over a few nuts. President Maithripala Sirisena has complained that, during a recent trip with Sri Lankan Airlines, he was treated to some cashews which were not fit for human consumption.
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USAID invests US$ 19 mn for youth empowerment
Published Date: 08/09/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka’s business ownership is at low ebb and it should be increased to a reasonable amount. Of the working population, only a 2.8 percent owns a business and this is a very low figure in the region, Mission Director USAID Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Reed Aeschliman told a forum in Colombo.
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President meets representatives of international donor agencies providing development aid to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 08/09/2018 (Saturday)
Representatives from international donor agencies providing development aid to Sri Lanka said they are ready to extend their fullest support to Sri Lanka's efforts to achieve goals of development and reconciliation.
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The Missing Politics of Female Empowerment
Published Date: 08/09/2018 (Saturday)
Power is universally difficult for women to access. For women in the developing world, the term “empowerment” seeks to remedy this. The definition, as most often used in the world of aid and development, is the transfer of power from the powerful to the powerless. This broad definition has stretched to cover everything from the interventions of Save the Children, to educate young girls, to the recruitment of women into the Islamic State group.
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Tamil Nadu Governor to decide on Rajiv Gandhi’s killers assassination case
Published Date: 07/09/2018 (Friday)
The Supreme Court on Thursday without granting any relief to the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, asked the Tamil Nadu Governor to consider the mercy petition submitted by A.G. Perarivalan, a life convict in December 2015. With this observation a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Naveen Sinha and K.M. Joseph disposed of the Centre’s petition questioning the Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to release all the seven convicts viz Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan (whose death sentence was commuted to life sentence) and that of Nalini, Robert Pius, Jayakumar and Ravichandran.
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OMP wants officers accused of enforced disappearances suspended
Published Date: 07/09/2018 (Friday)
In its first interim report, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) recommended the government to suspend state officials including members of the armed forces and police who were named as suspects or accused in criminal actions relating to abductions and enforced disappearances, pending the final determination of such cases. The OMP report said the government should ensure that suspected officials are not transferred, promoted or offered any other office in the armed forces, police or the public service while cases against them are pending.
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Muslim groups call for female circumcision to be medicalised
Published Date: 07/09/2018 (Friday)
A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to medicalise female circumcision. In representations made to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Gender, members of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies and United Religions Initiative urged the Health Ministry to withdraw a recent circular prohibiting medical professionals from carrying out female circumcision.
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Traditional cash crops under threat from palm oil, warns environmental regulator
Published Date: 07/09/2018 (Friday)
The Central Environment Authority is warning of a possible threat to Sri Lanka’s traditional cash crops as palm oil cultivation expands. “A threat has been posed by palm oil cultivations on all existing traditional plantation crops like tea, rubber and coconut and if the current trend continues, the remaining rubber plantations will be converted into palm oil cultivations in the future,” a recent study by the Central Environment Authority on palm oil cultivation reveals.
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Sri Lanka joins the Convention on Cluster Munitions
Published Date: 06/09/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan officials deposited the accession instrument at the United Nations in New York on 1st March 2018 joining the increasing number of States that have undertaken to ban the weapon. In accordance with its article 17 (2), the Convention will enter into force for Sri Lanka on 1 September 2018.
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Jaffna – Beginning To Awake As Provincial Elections Seem Nearing
Published Date: 05/09/2018 (Wednesday)
After the Local Government Elections and the deals and counter deals made for the Chairmanship of LG Bodies, Jaffna had been quiet. Lulled into boredom, as it were. Any visceral activity threatening the sense of quietude was in the courts where the Tamil Congress has been faring badly. Its unsuccessful Jaffna mayoral candidate V. Manivannan is out on Rs. 50,000 bail after threatening to launch attacks on a Member of the Election Commission.
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Islam shows its female face with rise of women mosques
Published Date: 05/09/2018 (Wednesday)
Relegated to the basement, silenced by the imam and barred from the front door, some Muslim women have had enough of male domination at the mosque and are setting up their own. From Copenhagen to Los Angeles, a handful of female mosques now cater to Muslim women who want their own place of worship, just as men have had through the ages.
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