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Ongoing hate Muslim campaign Now reached Matara Issadeen Town?
Published Date: 27/09/2014 (Saturday)
It appears that Islamophobia, devastating the island for the past three years and tearing apart communities, has reached the Matara Issadeen Town where Sinhalese and Muslims once lived like one family, writes journalists Latheef Farook. The controversy began with some Sinhalese demanding the closure of a mosque without any valid reason. The relationship between the two communities was so cordial once that late Rev Diviyagaha Gunananda Thero who was the chief prelate at the Buddhist Temple at Issadeen Town often advised monks and Sinhalese in the area to” always respect Muslims and never hurt or harm them”. He had given this advice even in his death bed.
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Ongoing hate Muslim campaign Now reached Matara Issadeen Town?
Published Date: 27/09/2014 (Saturday)
It appears that Islamophobia, devastating the island for the past three years and tearing apart communities, has reached the Matara Issadeen Town where Sinhalese and Muslims once lived like one family, writes journalists Latheef Farook. The controversy began with some Sinhalese demanding the closure of a mosque without any valid reason. The relationship between the two communities was so cordial once that late Rev Diviyagaha Gunananda Thero who was the chief prelate at the Buddhist Temple at Issadeen Town often advised monks and Sinhalese in the area to” always respect Muslims and never hurt or harm them”.
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President Mahinda Rajapakse and Opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe in Europe!
Published Date: 26/09/2014 (Friday)
Both president Mahinda Rajapakse and opposition leader Ranil Wickramasinghe are intending to undertake foreign tours next week, say the presidential secretariat and the opposition leader’s office. President Rajapakse will return home from the US on September 28, and will leave on October 01 on a three day official tour of Rome.
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SLMC raises concerns over the “Great Sangha Council” Event.
Published Date: 26/09/2014 (Friday)
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) raises concerns regarding the proposed Bodu Bala Sena’s (BBS) the “great Sangha Council” event on Sunday, 28 September. M.T. Hasen Ali MP, Secretary General, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress said: “The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has been informed that extremist Buddhist groups, including the Bodu Bala Sena, have organised what they term a ‘great Sangha council’ on Sunday, the 28th of September.In the past such events, most recently in Aluthgama, were marked by inflammatory hate speech and organised violence against the Muslim community.
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Muslim Council of Sri Lanka objects to granting of visa to Ven. Ashin Wirathu leader of the Myanmar 969 Movement.
Published Date: 25/09/2014 (Thursday)
Muslim Council of Sri Lanka writes to President Mahinda Rajapake not to grant visa to Ven. Ashin Wirathu who has been invited by the Bodu Bala Sena to attend their “Great Sangha Council” meeting on the 28 September 2014. In a letter to President Rajapakse, Hilmy Ahamed, Acting President of the Muslim Council wrote, “Ven. Ashin Wirathu is the dreaded leader of the 969 Movement in Myanmar. He is also known as the Butcher of the Burmese Muslims.
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Free Schools failing black and Asian children, new research shows
Published Date: 25/09/2014 (Thursday)
Free Schools were supposed to put power into the hands of local communities but they are failing children from Black, Asian and minority Ethnic communities (BAME) and increasing inequality, according to a new report. Building on previous reports by ROTA, a social policy organisation focused on issues impacting on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and NASUWT this new Report again finds that a substantial proportion of free schools are not operating fair and inclusive admissions policies. It also finds that Black, Asian and minority Ethnic parents face unfair barriers when they try to set up free schools of their own.
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President Rajapaksa addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly
Published Date: 25/09/2014 (Thursday)
Addressing the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly general debate in New York city, President Mahinda Rajapakse pointed out that human rights are used as a tool to implement motivated agendas with no understanding or appreciation of the complexity of issues in the countries concerned. “Human rights should be recognised by all as a moral and ethical concept rather than as a political tool. External intervention without adequate consideration of the structures in a society and cultural traditions of the countries where such intervention takes place, inevitably results in destabilisation, which is very much in evidence today, in most parts of the world.”
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Sri Lankan President Mobbed in New York by Tamil Demonstrators
Published Date: 24/09/2014 (Wednesday)
As Sri Lankan President was speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, thousands of Tamils rallied outside the building protesting his troops killing of tens of thousands of Tamils and committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) organized this rally, which brought people across United States and Canada.
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BBS meets BJP
Published Date: 24/09/2014 (Wednesday)
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization has met with members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Colombo yesterday, BBS Chief executive Officer (CEO) Dilantha Vithanage confirmed to The Nation. He said that the BBS was represented by himself and its Head of research, Dr. Chamila Liyanage while the BJP was represented by its National General Secretary, Muralidhar Rao.
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Indian Assistance to Sri Lanka is under-appreciated
Published Date: 24/09/2014 (Wednesday)
India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Y.K. Sinha, says Indian assistance to Sri Lanka is under-appreciated. The Indian High Commissioner made this statement during a symposium on Anagarika Dharmapala and India – Sri Lanka Relations, organised by the Centre for Contemporary Indian Studies of the Colombo University.
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Outcome Of Uva PC Polls Baffles Government’s Future Election Plans
Published Date: 22/09/2014 (Monday)
The results of the Uva Provincial Election has baffled the future election plans of the government as there is a visible decrease in the vote base of the ruling party, highly placed political sources told ‘Asian Mirror’. Previously, the government had plans to go for a presidential election soon after the conclusion of the Uva Provincial Council election as a surprise move for the opposition. With the outcome of the Uva Provincial Council election - where the government managed to secure its power only with a thin majority – the ruling party is now having second thoughts about going for a ‘surprise’ presidential election.
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ITAK & TNA Denounces Separate State Claim Before Supreme Court
Published Date: 22/09/2014 (Monday)
The Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) today affirmed Supreme Court that the neither the ITAK nor the TNA can be said to have as it aims the establishment of a separate state within Sri Lanka. Filing an affidavit before Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Mohan Peries, Justices Rohini Marasinghe and Chandra Ekanayake, ITAK president Mavai Senathirajah further stated that ITAK’s position pertaining to a federal solution within a united Sri Lanka has also been consistently articulated publicly on several occasions by the TNA and its leaders.
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President Rajapakse Launches New Web Site before he leaves to New York
Published Date: 22/09/2014 (Monday)
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa, left last evening (Sep. 21) on a six-day visit to New York during which he will address the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Meanwhile, the President launched a special website to focus on his engagements at the UN.
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People have given a “Red Light” to the Government, says JVP
Published Date: 22/09/2014 (Monday)
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake has said that the Uva polls suggest that the people of Sri Lanka have given a ‘red light’ to the Government. Addressing a press briefing at the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna headquarters, the JVP Leader said ‘during the Uva Provincial Council Election the opposition parties have clearly shown an increase in votes while the support for the UPFA has reduced substantially when compared to the result last time.'
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Pakistani spy averse to returning to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 20/09/2014 (Saturday)
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), the federal agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India, questioning Pakistani spy Arun Selvarajan, 28, from Sri Lanka, on Thursday found him averse to returning home. He was running an event management firm in Chennai. “He is not telling us why he doesn’t want to go back home to Colombo,” NIA sources said, adding that their suspicion about Arun’s possible links with the LTTE could be true. Over the next few days, the team will try to extract information on others involved in his clandestine operation.
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Former President Chnadrika Kumaratunga Express fear over Military Rule in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 20/09/2014 (Saturday)
Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has expressed fears whether a military rule would be established within Sri Lanka. She was speaking during an interview with 'Aththa' newspaper, when asked about her opinion on the country being faced with a danger of a possible military rule.
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Sri Lanka hasn’t asked for help for its reconciliation bureau: UN spokesman
Published Date: 19/09/2014 (Friday)
United Nations: Sri Lanka has not asked the UN for help for the Special Bureau of Reconciliation it is setting up to deal with the legacy of the civil war that ravaged the island nation, a UN spokesman said Thursday. The spokesman said in answer to a reporter`s question that while the UN`s Department of Political Affairs provides technical expertise requested by member states, it \"has not received any request from Sri Lanka to provide assistance to their reconciliation bureau\".
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Sri Lanka`s trade deficit widens 55.2 percent in July 2014 mainly due to oil imports
Published Date: 18/09/2014 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka`s increase in import expenditure surpassed the increase in earnings from exports in July 2014 on a year-on-year basis widening the trade deficit by 55.2 percent, the Central Bank said in its External Sector Performance Review released today. Earnings from exports grew by 11.1 percent to US$ 955 million in July 2014 recording a cumulative growth of 15.9 percent during the first seven months of 2014.
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Xi opposes interference in the country’s internal affairs
Published Date: 17/09/2014 (Wednesday)
Sri Lanka and China on Tuesday agreed to deepen strategic and defence cooperation, following talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat here. The countries would step up high-level exchanges, including those of defence authorities, with the aim of deepening the ‘China-Sri Lanka Strategic Cooperative Partnership,’ according to a joint statement released by President Rajapaksa’s office.
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One in 10 girls sexually abused, says UN report
Published Date: 05/09/2014 (Friday)
One in 10 girls around the world – or about 120 million in total – have been forced to have intercourse or take part in other sexual acts, with rates higher in sub-Saharan Africa than other regions, according to the United Nations. Drawing on data from 190 countries, a report by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said the most common perpetrators of sexual violence against girls under 18 are current or former husbands, boyfriends and partners.
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Protection urged for Sri Lanka war crimes witnesses
Published Date: 27/08/2014 (Wednesday)
Human rights organisations worldwide have demanded protection for potential witnesses at a UN-mandated war crimes investigation into Sri Lanka’s war with the LTTE which ended five year ago. Six organizations in a joint letter expressed alarm over alleged intimidation, threats and reprisals against those likely to engage investigators probing the bloody finale to Sri Lanka's Tamil separatists war.
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Indian PM Narendra Modi urged Sri Lanka to ensure justice for Tamils
Published Date: 23/08/2014 (Saturday)
Meeting the six-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary delegation headed by R Sampanthan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Sri Lanka to ensure "equality, dignity, justice and self-respect" for its Tamil minority. The delegation included Mavai Senathirajah, K. Premachandran, P. Selvarajah, Selvam Adaikkalanathan and M.A. Sumanthiran. "The prime minister stressed the need for a political solution that addresses the aspirations of the Tamil community for equality, dignity, justice and self respect within the framework of a united Sri Lanka," an official statement said.
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TNA delegation meets Sushma Swaraj, discusses Sri Lanka situation
Published Date: 22/08/2014 (Friday)
A six member delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) visiting India gave a "detailed" presentation on the current political situation in Sri Lanka to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and sought greater role by India in resolving the ethnic Tamil problem there. The TNA Parliamentary delegation, headed by senior Tamil leader R Sampanthan, called on the minister, who assured that India was for a political solution that "addresses substantially the aspirations of Tamil community in Sri Lanka for equality, dignity, justice and self-respect within the framework of United Sri Lanka".
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Targeting Pakistan on Human Rights Violations in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 21/08/2014 (Thursday)
The civilized Western World has always shown double standard of human rights in the modern era of open diplomacy, economic development and maintenance of fundamental rights of various peoples. But, it is regrettable that major powers like the US and some European countries have continuously been acting upon duplicity regarding human rights violations. In this regard, their silence over the massacre of the Rohingya Muslim community at the hands of the Rakhine extremist Buddhists in Burma (present Myanmar), perpetual bloodshed of Kashmiris in the Indian occupied Kashmir and unending genocide of several Palestinians in Gaza might be cited as example. In these cases, US-led Western World which was overtly or covertly supporting the state terrorism of Myanmar’s military junta, Indian and Israeli regimes was strongly condemned by the Islamic Word’s intellectuals.
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Edinburgh Napier University launches Degrees in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 18/08/2014 (Monday)
Scotland-based Edinburgh Napier University and Spectrum Institute of Science and Technology, Sri Lanka launched two new undergraduate degrees at a reception hosted by British Deputy High Commissioner Laura Davies at Westminster House on Thursday, 14 August, 2014. The new degrees – BSc (Honours) Biomedical Science and BSc (Honours) Microbiology and Biotechnology – are welcome additions to the range of British degrees made increasingly available to students in Sri Lanka.
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