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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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Colombo Fort Magistrate issues summons on IUSF leader Sanjeeva Bandara
Published Date: 02/07/2013 (Tuesday)
Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilinga Gamage issued summons today on Sanjeeva Bandara of the Inter University Student Federation to appear before Court on the 8th of July. The Colombo Crime Division informed the Court that Sanjeeva Bandara has violated the bail conditions by participating in a student protest held in Nugegoda recently. The Crimes Division making submissions told the Court that Sanjeeva Bandara had entered the Sabaragamuwa and Jayawardenepura Universities in the past few days and behaved in an unlawful manner. The Police further told the Courts that the Vice Chancellor of the Ruhuna University has made a written statement saying that Sanjeeva Bandara is not a student of his University.
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Transnational Security Cooperation course concludes with 26 new alumni
Published Date: 21/06/2013 (Friday)
Twenty-six senior executives from 25 locations completed the Transnational Security Cooperation (TSC) course June 21 at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu. They included military and civilian leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua-New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. The course is an intensive program for current and future senior regional influencers/leaders; military officers at the one-to-four-star levels, as well as their civilian equivalents from the Asia-Pacific region. The curriculum emphasizes the impact of current and future change in the region, as impacted by regional and global security threats.
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Refugee Women’s Strategy Group mark World Refugee Day by calling for an asylum system that ensures protection for women
Published Date: 21/06/2013 (Friday)
On 20 June Refugee Women’s Strategy Group (RWSG) launched Making Asylum Work for Women: Our recommendations for a fair asylum system to coincide with World Refugee Day which is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation or refugees throughout the world. Arguing that too many women seeking sanctuary in the UK are denied the protection they deserve, RWSG calls for an asylum system that recognises and responds to the needs and experiences of women fleeing persecution.
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Iraq ambassador attends seminar in DIRCO on Sri Lanka’s Post-Conflict, Reconstruction and Development
Published Date: 30/05/2013 (Thursday)
Ambassador of Iraq Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi attended on 13/5/2013 a seminar hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to exchange views on national reconciliation and post-conflict, reconstruction and development in Sri Lanka. Present at the function were Mr. Ebrahim Ebrahim, Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, Executive Director of Lakshman Kadirgamar LKIIRS, Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies in Sri Lanka, and Dr. Tim Muruthi, Program Director for justice and reconciliation of the South African institute for justice and reconciliation, Mr. Fadl Nacerodien, Chief Director for Policy, Research and Analysis Unit (PRAU) and Ambassador F. Moloi, Chief Director for South, South East Asia and Australia at DIRCO as well as some representatives of diplomatic missions accredited to the Republic of South Africa.
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Thousands recruited as child soldiers, India defends the records of the terror groups before the UN Child Rights Committee
Published Date: 09/05/2013 (Thursday)
Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) today released its report, “India’s Child Soldiers” (http://achrweb.org/reports/india/JJ-IndiasChildSoldiers2013.pdf), the first ever comprehensive study on the subject in India, and accused the Government of India of defending the records of the armed opposition groups, officially designated as terrorist groups, on the recruitment of child soldiers before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. India in its first report on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict to the UN Committee in 2011 stated that there is no recruitment of child soldiers including by the armed groups in India.
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License to Kill
Published Date: 06/05/2013 (Monday)
Making a vow to put out all the illegal activities, DIG Western province North sector, Mr Vass Gunawardhana says that the police officers who do not have a backbone to confront criminals in his area should immediately remove himself from the post. He said that he has given a gun and 20 bullets to every police officer to shoot down anyone who tries to physically confronts an officer of the law.
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First Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence
Published Date: 06/05/2013 (Monday)
Mr. Pablo de Greiff (Colombia) was appointed first Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. He took up his functions on 1 May 2012.
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Sri Lanka: Most child abusers are relatives, says Deputy Solicitor General
Published Date: 05/05/2013 (Sunday)
Deputy solicitor general of the AG's department state counsel Sarath Jayamanna points out that most of the child abuse and torture cases have been committed by relatives, friends and whom the children know. He made these comments at a media workshop on child protection organized by the National child protection authority.
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Sri Lanka takes next step to opening strategic China-built port
Published Date: 04/05/2013 (Saturday)
Shihar Aneez, Correspondent, Reuters Sri Lanka and Maldives writes, Sri Lanka will start storing bunker fuel at the $1.5 billion Hambantota port in June, a senior official said, after years of delays to the Chinese-built installation that sits on strategic shipping lanes, and a key step to making it commercially viable. The state-run Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) originally had plans to open the facility for ship fuel in May 2011, six months after President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the port in his home town on his 65th birthday.
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2013 World Press Freedom Index: Dashed hopes after spring
Published Date: 04/05/2013 (Saturday)
After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration. The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes and intentions of governments towards media freedom in the medium or long term. The same three European countries that headed the index last year hold the top three positions again this year. For the third year running, Finland has distinguished itself as the country that most respects media freedom. It is followed by the Netherlands and Norway.
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Statement by Hon. Jim Karygiannis for World Press Freedom Day with respect to the Tamil Nation
Published Date: 03/05/2013 (Friday)
The Canadian Liberal politician Jim Karygiannis has launched a petition campaign soliciting support for a motion in the Canadian House of Commons to urge Canada to move and put forward a motion in the Commonwealth to revoke Sri Lanka’s membership and recognise the Genocide against the Tamil nation, on the World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May. World Press Freedom Day is a time to honour and remember journalists, editors, producer and media workers around the world and the crucial work they do.
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Japan strengthens ties with Sri Lanka as part of plan to rein in China
Published Date: 03/05/2013 (Friday)
JUN TABUSHI, Staff Write of the new English-language digital version of the Asahi Shimbun AJW, Japan's leading daily newspaper reports, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso's visit to Sri Lanka yielded promises of stronger ties between the two countries, bringing Japan a step closer to its goal of building a coalition against China. Aso, who had been eager to visit the maritime nation, met with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on May 2, and the two agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation further
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Canada: A rebuke to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 02/05/2013 (Thursday)
One of the biggest insults a government can deliver to another — the diplomatic equivalent of a slap in the face — is for the leader of one country to refuse to attend a high profile gathering hosted by another. Well, Canada has just slapped Sri Lanka, said Ottawa Citizen one of Canada's largest news network
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Costumes of Muslim Ladies is a dangerous omen says JHU president Ven.Rathana Thera
Published Date: 01/05/2013 (Wednesday)
President of Jathika Hela Urumaya, (JHU), Ven Athuraliye Rathana thero says that costume of Muslim ladies is a dangerous omen and those who are acting against the common law of the country by changing their uniforms should be punished. The President of the party said this issuing an announcement to the media.
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Bishop warns of ‘Buddhist Taliban’ in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 01/05/2013 (Wednesday)
Bishop Raymond Wickramasinghe of Galle (Sri Lanka) is seeking the prayers of the faithful worldwide as the nation’s Christians and Muslims suffer persecution from Bodu Bala Sana (BBS), the “Buddhist Taliban.” The Fides news agency reported that Buddhist monks were involved in 50 attacks on Christians in 2012. One prelate, Bishop Rayyappu Joseph of Mannar, suffered slight injuries when stones were thrown at him in September.
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Other religions should not be harmed, says Minister Navin Dissanayaka
Published Date: 29/04/2013 (Monday)
Minister of State Management Reforms Navin Dissanayaka says that the Sinhala Buddhists in Sri Lanka should show the whole world by allowing the other religious beliefs to be freely practiced in Sri Lanka
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Ircon International completes first rail project: Trial train run reaches Madhu Road
Published Date: 26/04/2013 (Friday)
A trial run was conducted on the completed new railway track between Medawachchi and Madhu Road, covering a distance of 43 km. Sri Lanka Railway Project Director M.P.L.N. Peiris, CECB Team Leader M.P. De Silva and Ircon International Ltd., General Manager S.L. Gupta, undertook the trial run on 23 April 2013.
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The unchallenged rise of anti-Tamil racism in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
Mark Gillespie, die-hard socialist living in Australia writing to Solidarity, a socialist group with branches across Australia working to end wars, inequality and environmental destruction that threatens the world, explains how Sri Lankan socialists capitulated to the vicious racism and pogroms against Tamils that led to the ethnic cleansing of today For more than 25 years Sri Lanka was torn apart by a disastrous ethnic civil war. The war ended in 2009 but the ethnic divisions remain entrenched, with the Tamil minority under the heel of a Sinhalese supremacist regime. But the polarisation of Sri Lanka along ethnic lines wasn’t inevitable.
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Eleven Sri Lankan refugees begin their new lives in Los Angeles
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
Eleven Sri Lankan refugees have arrived in Los Angeles to begin their new lives after receiving care in the UAE for six months. "We can now lead a life without fear and don't have to live as refugees any more," said Sivabalan Niranjani, 35, of the harrowing journey that ended when she landed in Dubai. She arrived in the US with her husband and two children yesterday.
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DMK tells CMAG members to keep out of Sri Lanka meet
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
A delegation of Members of Parliament of the DMK on Tuesday gave a memorandum to several member countries of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) in Delhi urging them to not hold the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo slated to be held from November 15 to 17.
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Sri Lanka: Commonwealth Should Relocate November Meeting Accountability Failures, Ongoing Abuses Make for an Unworthy Host
Published Date: 25/04/2013 (Thursday)
A senior Commonwealth advisory group should recommend the organization shift the venue of its November 2013 Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka unless the government makes prompt, measurable, and meaningful progress on human rights, Human Rights Watch said today.
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The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka says that the sovereignty of the country should not be mortgaged for foreign aid
Published Date: 17/04/2013 (Wednesday)
Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Ajith Niward Cabral participating in a discussion programme of the Sri Lanka national radio says that the sovereignty of the country should not be mortgaged for foreign aid. Sri Lanka has become a middle income earning country. He points out that therefore, Sri Lanka has now being relieved from the mentality of depending on aid. Certain developed countries are also facing economic problems.
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Time for action on Colombo Commonwealth summit
Published Date: 15/04/2013 (Monday)
Diplomacy should send a clear signal to Sri Lanka that it is on the wrong track. This year's CHOGM in Colombo should be cancelled, writes Jake Lynch. Foreign Minister Bob Carr will head to London shortly for the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, amid growing calls for the cancellation of this year's Heads of Government Meeting in the Sri Lankan capital.
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A Tamil Spring?
Published Date: 13/04/2013 (Saturday)
A new generation of college students in Tamil Nadu has taken up the cause of the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Articulate, well informed and uncontaminated by the influence of time-serving politicians they have successfully forced an agenda on the three main political parties in the state, comment M S S Pandian of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and A Kalaiyarasan, a PhD scholar at the Centre for Studies in Regional Development in the same university in the 13 April 2013 issue of the Economic & Political Weekly.
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