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"Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing of Myanmar Muslims" Says UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Al Hussein India, israel and China fully support Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s gnocide of Rohingya Muslims
Published Date: 17/09/2017 (Sunday)
Two weeks after Myanmar armed forces and their murderous thugs led by saffron butcher Ashin Wirathu began ethnic cleansing Rohingya Muslims, the United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on 11 September that “the situation in Myanmar is a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
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SLMC TO GET WOMEN INTO POLITICS
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
With the view of enhancing the participation of females in politics, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is currently engaged in conducting educational awareness campaigns for Muslim women, men and the clergy for the purpose of getting more females to contribute nationally. The SLMC is currently reorganizing the Party at the grass root level and the youth arm of the Congress and the ladies congress of the Congress are to be pivotal in this regard for them.
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Northern bogus employment racket Victims to go to Bribery Commission
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
Victims of bogus employment related defrauding residing in the Northern Province will be filing a petition including against a prominent politician of the area with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) within two weeks. The Association for Friendship and Love (AFRIEL), a Vavuniya based youth organization with a
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Several UNP stalwarts will desert govt – JO
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
The Joint Opposition yesterday announced that several United National Party stalwarts will desert the government, and join them in the opposition in the near future. Speaking to NewsRadio, Kalutara District United People’s Freedom Alliance Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardena stressed that he is confident that no one from the JO will crossover to the government.
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Failing To Act On Ravi K’s Money Laundering Case: Writ Against AG For Corruption Taken Up
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
The Writ Application (CA/Writs/254/2017) initiated against the Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya by the rights activist Nagananda Kodituwakku, for his failure to charge Ravi Karunanayake, the former Finance Minister was taken up yesterday for support before the President of the Court of Appeal Justice L T B Dehideniya and Justice A L Shiran Gunaratne. Originally Ravi Karunanayake had been charged on an indictment for his connivance in a
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Over 200 inmates in Welikada and Bogambara Prisons on hunger strike
Published Date: 16/09/2017 (Saturday)
At least 150 remand prisoners, sentenced to death and serving life imprisonment in the Welikada Prison, launched a hunger strike yesterday, Prisons Spokesperson Thushara Upuldeniya said. This follows close on the heels of a hunger strike launched by around 50 inmates of the Bogambara Prison on Thursday (14).
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Draft of new Constitution in Parliament on 21st Sep.
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
Minister Lakshman Kiriella says an interim report on the draft pertaining to the proposed new Constitution will be tabled in Parliament on the 21st of September. Addressing a gathering in Kandy Minister Kiriella said all aspects in the report will be debated in the House. Minister Kiriella said the government we will table an interim report on the draft pertaining
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Democracy is when the needy and not the rich are the rulers
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
This has extra special significance for Sri Lanka where in January 2015 the people elected a new government which said its main aim would be to restore democracy and the rule of law, transparency, accountability and other virtues of a just society. There are positives and negatives on the extent to which the National Unity Government has progressed with the main complaint being the failure to bring to justice former VIP
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Sandhya Rajapaksha says he is not disappointed
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
Former Minister of Education and Sports of the North Western Province Sandhya Kumara Rajapaksha said he was not disappointed by the decision to remove him from his post claiming he was expected to politicize the Education Ministry. The President’s Media Division said the Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dharmasiri Dasanayake has been assigned with the Education Ministerial portfolio.
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Pindapatha tour for ‘sil redi victims’ commences
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
A pindapatha (alms begging) tour organized by several Buddhist clergy members to raise funds in aid of former President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director of the TRC Anusha Palpita who were convicted over the ‘sil redi’ case began earlier today (15). The tour began at the Sambuddhaloka Viharaya on Lotus road amidst the chanting of ‘seth
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Rs 10M for Kovil restoration
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
The Ministry of Hindu Religious Affairs has made a financial allocation of Rs 10 million to restore 50 kovils island-wide. Granting financial assistance for the restorations of kovils was carried out on Wednesday (13) under the patronage of Minster of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs, D.M. Swaminathan. Representatives of 50 kovils, selected from around the country, participated in the function conducted by the
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U.S. Congress Tightens War Crimes Noose on Sri Lanka
Published Date: 15/09/2017 (Friday)
The United States Senate Committee on Appropriations last week approved the FY 2018 Department of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill with $51.35 billion for diplomatic and humanitarian programs that strengthen U.S. national security and support American values abroad. Despite the Trump administration’s soft-peddling of American values abroad – democracy promotion, good governance, human rights, and rule of law etc. – the Senate Appropriations
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Globalisation Enter the Dragon!
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
‘If you want to become rich, you will have to build the road first’, so goes the traditional Chinese saying. In other words, it is reference to the infrastructure development as the solid basis to propel or boost economic growth. In the analysis of things in this context, it became apparent that China, under its ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI) has stepped in to develop the Hambantota Port and the industrial park integrated with it.
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Biggest budgetary allocation for Defence Ministry
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Ministry of Defence will receive the biggest budgetary allocation amounting to a massive Rs.1,583,507,600 or Rs.158.83 billion in the 2018 Budget, which would be presented in Parliament by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera on November 9. This amount is in addition to the budgetary allocations for the three armed forces.
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‘Attempts being made to combine North & East’
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The leader of the National Congress ALM Athaullah charges that attempts are being made to combine the Northern and Eastern Provinces based on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. Addressing a media briefing Athaullah said the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the Tamil National Alliance are also of the same view
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Enforced Disappearances Bill will endanger lives of security forces: Wimal
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa said today the government was planning to pass the Bill on the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances in parliament on September 21, which would endanger the lives of the security forces. He said according to the 11th clause of the convention, the government was bound by law to
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OMP Gazette notification CPA claims Constitution violated
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) has raised serious concerns over the issuing of a Gazette notification, signed by President Maithripala Sirisena, as Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, last Tuesday (12) operationalizing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), saying that it was in violation of the Constitution.
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PM seeks to develop economy through new path
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he seeks to develop the economy through a new path. Speaking at an event held at the Temple Trees today, Premier Wickremesinghe said it is also the main objective of the unity government. He said for the first time in history, two political parties united and formed a government
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How I Became A Proud Young Tamil Woman And Stopped Asking Why I Wasn’t Born White To me, being white meant that you were better than everybody else.
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The sun shone through the windows of my elementary school. It was the fourth grade, and lunch time had just rolled around. Hungry, I pulled out a thermos full of last night’s dinner out of my lunch bag. The lunch was rice with an assortment of curries, which wasn’t an uncommon meal for a brown girl like myself to have. However, when I opened the thermos lid, it hit me. An eye watering stench from the spices wafted in the air. I was horrified, and
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Judiciary must deliver on time: Eran
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
Acknowledging shortcomings in delivering justice to meet public expectation, the State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday provided reassurance that the Government was still committed to establishing a rules-based society. He also claimed that the upcoming budget would seek to rectify the resource shortages currently experienced by the Judiciary which are causing delays in the legal process. “The law will apply to everybody equally. The Government has performed below public
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War crimes: Exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka –UNHRC
Published Date: 14/09/2017 (Thursday)
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Monday (Sept 11) expressed frustration over the "slow pace of reforms" in Sri Lanka and said the absence of action, on accountability meant exercising universal jurisdiction was "even more necessary". Speaking at the opening of the UN Human Rights Council session, in Geneva, the human
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President signs gazette to operationalise Office on Missing Persons
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, yesterday signed a gazette notification to operationalise the Office on Missing Persons, the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation revealed. In a statement, the ministry said: “The Office of the Missing Persons (establishment, administration and discharge of functions) Act No. 14 of 2016 and amended by Act No. 9 of
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If what was said was true even Fonseka won’t be spared
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Former Presidential Secretary K.H.J. Wijedasa during a recent interview aired his views on issues pertaining to the allegations made against war heroes, war crimes and the response of Sarath Fonseka with regard to Jagath Jayasuriya. Here are excerpts of the interview.
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NP Chief Minister tells Mahanayake Federalism is not separatism
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
‘We need a united country and not a unitary one’, said the Chief Minister, Northern Provincial Council C.V. Wigneswaran after calling on the prelate of the Asgiriya-headed Supreme Council of the Sangha on Sunday (10) afternoon. Under unitary rule, the majority community had the supremacy and the minorities did not have the freedom of administration, the Chief Minister told the media.
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Committee demands justice for prisoners
Published Date: 13/09/2017 (Wednesday)
The committee for protecting rights of prisoners staged a demonstration yesterday in front of Welikada Prison to stress the government on protecting the rights of the prisoners and to immediately enforce the law against those involved in the Welikada prison shooting in 2012. They said that the government has failed to implement the law for five years since the shooting at the prison which killed 27 inmates.
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