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Peru, Sri Lanka agree to enhance trade relations
Published Date: 02/08/2013 (Friday)
Peru and Sri Lanka agreed to promote and enhance bilateral commerce and trade relations during a recent meeting between senior diplomats of the two countries. Newly-appointed Sri Lankan Ambassador to Peru, Raja Edirisuriya, last month met with Peru's Director General for the Americas, Claudio De La Puente, to discuss this issue and the current economic situation in their nations.
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Police arrest black flag demonstrators against Indian PM
Published Date: 02/08/2013 (Friday)
Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader V Gopalasamy alias Viko, his party carder and members of Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai Katchi, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam and members of Students Federation of Tamil Nadu and other Tamil activists were arrested in Tiruchi today after they staged a black flag demonstration condemning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress-led UPA government for “betraying Eelam Tamils”. MDMK which called for the demonstration is one of the leading Indian regional party that espouses the cause of the Tamil people and Tamil nationalism.
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One protester killed in Sri Lanka military shooting
Published Date: 02/08/2013 (Friday)
One person was killed and about 15 were wounded when Sri Lanka’s military shot at a protest demanding clean drinking water. At least 4,000 protesters had gathered Thursday in Weliweriya, some 12 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo. It was reported that several complaints have been made to the authorities that chemical emissions from a factory into water sources has polluted drinking water in about 15 area villages. Residents have been demanding over a month that authorities should close down the factory but nothing happened.
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Sri Lanka: No Justice in Aid Worker Massacre Seven Years On, Government Does Little to Respond to Atrocity
Published Date: 01/08/2013 (Thursday)
The Sri Lankan government has made no real progress in holding accountable those responsible for the execution style slaying of 17 aid workers seven years ago despite renewed international calls for action, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 4, 2006, gunmen executed 17 Sri Lankan aid workers – 16 ethnic Tamils, four of them women, and a Muslim – with the Paris-based international humanitarian agency Action Contre La Faim (Action Against Hunger, ACF) in their office compound in the town of Mutur in eastern Trincomalee district. The killings occurred after a several-day battle between government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for control of the town. The ACF team had been providing assistance to survivors of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
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German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to Assist School Children in Northern Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/08/2013 (Thursday)
Nearly 170 schools in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in Northern Sri Lanka have received new kitchen utensils, bowls and spoons from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to supplement the school meals programmes implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The grant of Sri Lankan Rupees 2.4 million (US$ 18,200) is part of GIZ’s efforts to help reintegrate internally displaced people in the Vanni Region, and will benefit more than 32,000 children.
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Registration opens for Commonwealth People’s Forum 2013
Published Date: 01/08/2013 (Thursday)
Online registration is now open for this year’s Commonwealth People’s Forum (CPF). The event will take place from 10 – 14 November and will be held at Chaaya Tranz Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. The CPF 2013 theme ‘Equitable growth and inclusive development: beyond 2015’ shares this year’s CHOGM theme and will focus on the post-2015 development agenda from a Commonwealth civil society perspective.
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AHRC report on “Narrative of Justice in Sri Lanka told through stories of torture victims”
Published Date: 31/07/2013 (Wednesday)
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has compiled a report of 1500 cases of police torture in Sri Lanka between 1998 and 2011. This particular report summarizes 323 of the most serious cases of torture. The most notable finding of this report is that almost all of the victims whose cases were summarized were randomly selected by the police to be arrested and detained for a fabricated charge. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the criminal justice system in Sri Lanka is the overwhelmingly large number of charges which are fabricated by the police on a daily basis. Torture is used to obtain a confession for these fabricated charges.
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TNA rejects Presidential Commission to probe war disappearances
Published Date: 30/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will not accept the proposed Presidential Commission to probe the disappeared during the period of the war. TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that neither the TNA nor the Tamils would accept any commission or any reports on disappearances, unless an impartial group of members are appointed to the commission.
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Kankesanthurai Cement factory to reopen
Published Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
The Sri Lankan State Resources and Enterprise Development Ministry has begun looking into restarting the closed cement plant in Kankesanthurai, Northern Province. The ministry estimates that, with an investment of US$11.4m, the plant can become operational within 12 months. Project proposals to re-establish the factory were presented to State Resources and Enterprise Development Minister Dayasritha Tissera by Sri Lanka Cement Corporation Chairman N S M Samsudeen on 26 July 2013.
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Colombo Magistrate issues Notice to Shirani Bandaranayake
Published Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today issued notice to former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake to appear in Court on 16 September, for failure to disclose information regarding accounts she maintained in the National Development Bank in her declaration of assets. The notice was issued after considering three cases filed by the Bribery Commission to investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption regarding. It was alleged that Dr Bandaranayake failed to disclose information regarding the two bank accounts she maintained in 2010 to 2011 and 2012.
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Centre spares no steps to protect Lankan Tamils, says Narayanasamy
Published Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Talking to reporters in Puducherry, Union Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy said the UPA government was firm that there should be no dilution of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. He said, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured Tamil Nadu government that there was no change in the stand of the Centre on reconciliation and devolution of political powers to Tamils in Sri Lanka. 13th Amendment is part of the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987 which seeks to give more powers to the provinces. There are reports that the Sri Lankan Lankan government wants to repeal it despite India's concerns.
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300,000 register for Samurdhi in Northeast Sri Lanka
Published Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka announced today that the poverty-stricken people of the North and East are to receive allowances under the Samurdhi Poverty Alleviation Programme. It is learnt that over 300,000 families in the North and East have registered themselves with the Samurdhi Authority to receive assistance to supplement their monthly income. This includes 54,000 families from Jaffna, 12,000 from Vavuniya, 84,000 from Ampara, 41,000 from Trincomalee and 30,000 from Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar, respectively. Additionally, 84,000 persons have registered from the Batticaloa District.
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Mahiyangana mosque closed after attacks
Published Date: 29/07/2013 (Monday)
Mahiyangana Masjidul Araba mosque in Mahiyangana has been subjected to a spate of attacks, which began with a mob cutting off the power and pelting the building with stones during Ramadan Tharaweeh prayers on 11 July. The main power source was cut off, distrupting mosque activities Furious shouts of threats were heard by those within the building, which minutes later were followed by a shower of stones hurled at the mosque. Many of the windows were broken, but the people within the mosque were able to avoid the stones and no one was hurt.
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Japan says power devolution is the key to post-war reconciliation in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 28/07/2013 (Sunday)
Japanese Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo, when asked for his views on the debate on amending the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, said that Japan considered devolution as the key to national reconciliation, as shown in the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Report.
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Rochdale MP sparks off diplomatic row over murder probe remarks
Published Date: 27/07/2013 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan government is left furious by ‘inappropriate’ remarks by Simon Danczuk about the murder of Rochdale aid worker Khuram Shaikh ROW Simon Danczuk MP has angered the Sri Lankan government by revealing he planned to tackle the president on the stalled case of Khuram Shaikh, the Milnrow man killed while on holiday 18 months ago Simon Danczuk, who is currently in Sri Lanka on Parliamentary business, irked the country\\\'s leaders when he told a British newspaper that he planned to confront the president over the alleged cover-up of a murdered Milnrow aid worker.
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Sri Lanka University students union Leader (IUSF) Sanjeewa Bandara Released
Published Date: 26/07/2013 (Friday)
Sri Lanka’s main university students union “Anthare ”Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) convener Sanjeewa Bandara was granted bail this morning by the Gangodawila Magistrate court. He was released on a personal bail of Rs.50,000 and was ordered to appear on the last Sunday of each month at the Mirihana Police station.
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Sri Lanka military announces reduction of camps in the north
Published Date: 25/07/2013 (Thursday)
Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya announced that decision has been made to close down 13 camps in the Jaffna peninsula and added that the locations, "for which army paid the rent, will be handed over to the original owners."
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PCEWLR protest against treatment of Estate Workers
Published Date: 23/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The protest was organized by the People's Campaign for Estate Workers' Land Rights (PCEWLR) organised a protest in Deltoa town against the treatment of plantation workers, who have contributed to the economy of the country for many years, but are being treated as second class citizens. They called on the government to fulfil the promises made during the last budget. The organisers collected signatures for a petition addressed to President Rajapakse about their grievances
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Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka works towards improving country's rights record
Published Date: 16/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) said that it is working towards improving the country's human rights record and a national inquiry is being planned in this regard. A Commissioner of the HRCSL Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said that the Commission is preparing to hold a National Inquiry on the practice of Human Rights in the island.
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WHO’s Report on Violence Against Women
Published Date: 14/07/2013 (Sunday)
The first global review on the prevalence of the two forms of violence against women — violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence) was published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2013. The report was developed by the WHO, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. It shows, for the first time, aggregated global and regional prevalence estimates of these two forms of violence, generated using population data from all over the world that have been compiled in a systematic way. The report also details the effects of violence on women’s physical, sexual and reproductive, and mental health.
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Sri Lanka pays compensation to the war-affected people in North
Published Date: 12/07/2013 (Friday)
Sri Lanka, implementing the recommendations made by the Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), has initiated a program to pay compensation to the residents of Northern Province affected by violence during the war. Under the first phase of the program, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has symbolically handed over compensation to the families of people who lost loved ones and property and sustained injuries
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Military land grabs in post war Sri Lanka
Published Date: 11/07/2013 (Thursday)
This article is from Ruth Canagarajah, a Fulbright fellow in northern Sri Lanka who is researching the intersection of natural resources, livelihoods, and post-war challenges has written an article on military land grabs in post war Sri Lanka for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an independent organisation and a think tank who cover the major regions and significant issues shaping today’s international agenda. Weak and ineffective property rights pose many problems in post-conflict situations. Secure property rights are needed to revitalize an economy after a volatile period. For many workers, especially farmers and fishermen, their very livelihoods are dependent on secure rights and access to land.
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India, Sri Lanka, Maldives top security officials discussed Maritime Security cooperation
Published Date: 10/07/2013 (Wednesday)
The National Security Adviser of India, Mr. Shivshankar Menon, visited Sri Lanka on July 8-9 to participate in the 2nd NSA-Level Meeting on Trilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Committed to "addressing the common maritime challenges in the Indian Ocean region," the three delegations "agreed on a roadmap for future cooperation in maritime security," said an official statement. As a result, they signed an Outcome Document outlining further collaborative measures in the areas of inter alia Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA); strengthening coordination of maritime Search and Rescue (SAR); promoting marine oil pollution response cooperation; expanding 'DOSTI' (friendship) exercises; sharing of information on illegal maritime activities; and piracy.
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Hindu priest arrested in Indian Temple bombings
Published Date: 09/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, has arrested a Hindu priest, Arup Brahmachari, who was said to be a key suspect behind the attacks and was absconding after the blasts. According to Bodh Gaya police, Brahmachari, hailing from West Bengal is now remanded in Rampur police station of Gaya town under strict security. The police also confirm that the NIA team had interrogated several people, including members of the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee and the temple watch and ward staff.
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Sri Lanka deplores attack on Indian Buddhist temple
Published Date: 07/07/2013 (Sunday)
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa deplored the attack on the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple in Bihar early today. Nine near-coordinated explosions shook the world-renowned Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya, injuring two monks but not causing much damage. The temple is annually visited by millions of pilgrims from all over the world, especially from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the Southeast Asia region. The temple complex has direct association with the Buddha (566-486 BC) as it was the place where he is believed to have attained enlightenment in 531 BC while seated under the Bodhi tree.
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