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Police impose curfew following attack on Gampaha Mosque
Published Date: 11/08/2013 (Sunday)
A tense situation erupted last night due to a clash between several groups, in which a Buddhist-led mob had attacked a mosque in the Moolawatte area. A Police curfew was implemented from 7pm last evening to 7 am this morning, across the residential and commercial areas of Grandpass district. The attack on the mosque last night had left at least 4 persons injured, including two police constables guarding the mosque and several buildings damaged down Swarna Chaithya Road. The injured were admitted to the National hospital.
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Sri Lanka celebrate National Aboriginal Day
Published Date: 10/08/2013 (Saturday)
Sri Lanka celebrated the International Day for World's Indigenous People on August 9 in the majority Sinhala Dehiattakandiya of Ampara District in Eastern Province with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Chief Guest. It was reported that in early July Uruwarige Wannila Aththo the Chief of Aborigines visited the Temple Trees and extended the traditional invitation to the country's head, President Rajapaksa to participate in the Commemoration Ceremony of the World Aboriginal Day. The annual Aboriginal Day celebrations in Sri Lanka gives the peoples of Sri Lanka the opportunity to celebrate and share knowledge about the Aboriginal peoples’ values, their unique heritage, customs, languages, and diverse cultures.
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NTPC to build a 500 MW thermal power plant in Sri Lanka in association with Ceylon Electricity Board
Published Date: 10/08/2013 (Saturday)
The Indian Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said today that the Indian State-run generator NTPC will build a 500 MW thermal power plant in Sri Lanka in association with Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). In a written reply to parliament, the minister said a joint venture company, Trincomalee Power Co Ltd (TPCL), had been created for the project with 50:50 equity participation from NTPC and CEB.
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Survey finds India has lost 220 languages in last 50 years
Published Date: 09/08/2013 (Friday)
India has lost around 20% of its languages in the past five decades, a survey by the Vadodara-based Bhasha Research and Publication Centre has revealed. The country had 1,100 languages in 1961, but nearly 220 of them have disappeared, said Ganesh Devy, writer and lead co-ordinator of the survey called the People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI). The survey was carried out over two years from 2011. "We have found 780 languages and must have missed about 100 or so. That makes it close to 880 languages. The rest have disappeared. It's a sad loss," said Devy. Most of the lost languages belonged to nomadic communities scattered across the country. "Were they alive, they would have been spoken by 3% to 4% of Indians, that is around five crore people," Devy said.
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Tamil nationalism in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 08/08/2013 (Thursday)
Former senior professor of Centre for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Madras, V Suryanarayan recently wrote the following article which was produced in the New Indian Express today. The Pakistani political leader Khan Abdul Wali Khan (son of Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan) was asked few years ago by a journalist: “Are you a Pakistani, a Muslim or a Pathan?” Wali Khan replied that he combined all three. The journalist persisted and asked Wali Khan what his primary identity was. Khan responded, “I am a Pakistani for 30 years, a Muslim for 1400 years and a Pathan for 5000 years”. The multiple identities of South Asians, an intrinsic feature of the socio-cultural profile of the region, have made the study of nation-building an exciting and fascinating exercise.
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New Zealand High Commissioner meets Northern Province Governor
Published Date: 06/08/2013 (Tuesday)
There is a growing interest among foreign countries to visit Sri Lanka and they pay more attention to Northern Province. High Commissioner of New Zealand HE Mrs.Averil Jan Henderson paid a courtesy call on Governor of Northern Province GA Chandrasiri on 06 August 2013 at Governor’s Secretariat, Jaffna. The discussion focused on the development activities in Northern Province. Governor briefed about the reconciliation and livelihood activities carried by Government in Northern Province. The discussion also focused on the dairy products of the Province. Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan was also present at this meeting.
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Use coercive diplomacy against Sri Lanka, says TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
Published Date: 05/08/2013 (Monday)
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Tuesday requested Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to take immediate steps to initiate "coercive diplomacy" against "unfriendly" Sri Lanka that continues to attack Indian fishermen. In a letter to Dr. Singh Tuesday, the text of which was released to media here, Jayalalithaa, citing the arrest of 20 Indian fishermen by Sri Lanka Aug 3, said: "These continuous attacks and abductions are acts of an unfriendly nation and should be countered effectively by coercive diplomacy."
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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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