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JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid Shot at in Delhi, Unhurt; Shooter Escapes
Published Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Umar Khalid was shot at outside the Constitution Club today, with eyewitnesses saying that one bullet was fired. Nobody was injured in the incident. Khalid was at Constitution Club to speak at an event called ‘Freedom From Fear’, which was also going to be addressed by Radhika Vemula, family members of lynching victims, The Wire journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Hapur lynching survivor Samaydin and others.
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Police arrest 17 members of sword gangs in North
Published Date: 14/08/2018 (Tuesday)
As a result of the ongoing special operations conducted in the North to apprehend and control the sword gangs, 17 persons have been arrested from the Manippai area, according to the Police Media Spokesman’s Office. In addition, the Police have also seized three motorbikes and two swords that belonged to these arrested gang members. The suspects were produced before the Mallakam courts and two of the suspects were
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US Foreign Military Financing for Lanka
Published Date: 14/08/2018 (Tuesday)
The U.S. Department of State yesterday announced it will provide about $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending Congressional approval. “We look forward to discussing with the Government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our Bay of Bengal initiative and Sri Lanka’s humanitarian assistance and disaster response priorities,” it said in a statement.
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Statement of the ASSOCIATION CULTURELLE DES TAMOULS EN FRANCE at the 38th regular session of the Human Rights Council ; General Debate under agenda item 8
Published Date: 13/08/2018 (Monday)
The war in the island of Sri lanka in 2009 was not the conflict in itself. The root conflict is the national question of Eelam Tamils rights, which is based on the Right of Self Determination with distinct sovereignty. The paradigm of looking at the conflict as an internal conflict, bound to the perimeters of an existing State, stems from the Pentagon approach, which defines all armed conflict
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MMDA: Who is blocking reform of this discriminatory law?
Published Date: 12/08/2018 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka’s Muslim women are being denied family and other rights available to other women under this country’s Constitution. The government Committee set up nine years ago to reform the outdated and discriminatory Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) has finally made its recommendations for change. But, six months later, the government has taken no action. Why this urgently needed reform is being blocked is a mystery. Or is it?
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Is Ethnic Cleansing Coming to India?
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Some four million people in Assam state, nearly all of them Bengali Muslims who have lived in India for more than four decades, are at risk of disenfranchisement after being excluded from the National Registry of Citizens. That will help the Hindu nationalist government in the next general election, but not the goal of peace in Assam. Seventy-one years after the partition of India, and 47 years after the former East Pakistan became Bangladesh, one of the legacies of the messy division of the subcontinent has
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Sri Lanka has positive attitude on conserving Dutch heritage sites
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Leading Dutch Archaeologist Oscar Hefting was in Sri Lanka recently to visit the Dutch heritage sites in the country and discuss measures for their proper conservation. The Dutch East India Company drove out the Portuguese from Sri Lanka in 1636 and established its rule over the maritime provinces. It ended after the British conquered Sri Lanka and ousted the Dutch. Mr. Hefting spoke of similarities between the Galle Fort and the fortified town of Naarden in the Netherlands. He is currently the Director of Dutch Fortress Museum. He shared his thoughts on the Dutch heritage in Sri Lanka in an interview with Daily Mirror.
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Army Embarks on Cultivation of More Than 135,000 Herbal Plants in All SFHQs
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka Army on Thursday (9) morning during an inaugural ceremony at Viharamahadevi Park, headed by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena embarked on another mega nation-building project to plant more than 135,000 herbal saplings inside all island-wide Army formations in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation (SLADC). The Army under the Presidential Secretariat’s ‘Punarudaya’ (Re-awakening) project undertook the responsibility for cultivation of sandalwood, red sandalwood, aloe vera
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Speaker says no provisions to change Opposition Leader
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today informed the House that according to existing Parliamentary norms and the Constitution, he has no provisions to affect any change in the Opposition Leader’s post. The Speaker said that he was declaring his final decision on the situation which has risen with regard to the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament after much deliberation and extensively studying the matter.
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NPC member Raviharan arrested
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Northern Provincial Council (NPC) Member T. Raviharan was arrested by the Mullaitivu Police this afternoon on charges of unlawful assembly and damaging public properties during a protest held on August 2. The 57-year-old councillor is a resident of Kallapadu, Mullaitivu-North.
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"Most Brutal": Can't Free Rajiv Gandhi's Killers, Centre Tells Top Court
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
The CBI has opposed the release of Rajiv Gandhi's killers, centre told the Supreme Court The seven Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts jailed in Tamil Nadu cannot be released, the government told the Supreme Court today, asserting that the case involves the assassination of a former Prime Minister.
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Inquiries on Vijayakala’s statement concluded - OCPD informs court
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
The Organised Crimes Prevention Division (OCPD) today informed court that inquiries on MP VIjayakala Maheswaran’s controversial statement regarding the LTTE have been concluded and that all report have been submitted to the Attorney General’s Department. When the case was taken up before the Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake, the OCPD informed the court through a report that 59 statements have been recorded with regard
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5 new ways to protest in Sri Lanka
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Petitions, marches, vigils, strikes, fasts, rallies, rebellions all can be called commonly as “protests”. Protest is an essential component of democracy. Protest is the tool used to keep the people’s representatives at their rightful place, an inch below the foot of the people. It is another way of exercising the people’s sovereignty. It’s the most powerful mechanism to keep the government, foreign governments, intergovernmental agencies, local and foreign corporations under the control of the people.
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Sri Lanka Deputy Minister wants school children caned
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
A Deputy Minister shocked the parliament Friday by calling for new laws to restore corporal punishment saying that it was the only way to establish discipline in schools. Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana urged the legislature to amend the 1995 child protection law to allow teachers to carry out physical assault on students.
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Deep Impact: Emmerson’s Report Reveals Lasting Legacy of PTA
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
On July 23, former UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, Ben Emmerson released a report following on from his visit to Sri Lanka in 2017. Emmerson pulled no punches in his report – saying that the need for repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was “unequivocal” while urging that any replacement legislation be aligned with international standards.
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Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Michelle Bachelet of Chile, newly-nominated as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights by Secretary-General António Guterres. She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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Can the Dragon and Elephant Dance Together? Sri Lanka as a Case Study
Published Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
Key Points • Despite concerns to the contrary, China and India are not necessarily at loggerheads with each other in Sri Lanka. There is enough space in the Indian Ocean Region for both to grow. • Sri Lanka can benefit in its overall growth story by carefully balancing its relations with India and China simultaneously. • It is imperative for both India and China to overcome their long-standing trust deficit; a stable region is a key element if both are to enjoy continued robust economic growth. • A direct, large-scale locking of horns between the two Asian giants does not appear likely in the near future, although both will strive to maintain equally assertive stances.
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NPC and its duties towards people
Published Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Our sister paper Sunday Times had carried an interesting news item in its July 29 issue about a record set by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The story said that the NPC had adopted 415 different resolutions during its five-year tenure that would end in two months, in October. The story further says that this works out to nearly seven resolutions a day on which sittings were held. It is obvious that no other Provincial Council in the country has been so active in passing resolutions as the
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Tamil youth gangs sow fear in northern region
Published Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
On Monday, the Grama Niladhari of Vannarpannai east division J/100 was in his office for the usual weekly meeting with residents of the area when eight men armed with sharp weapons barged into his office. The official was threatened at sword point, while his laptop, mobile and other office resources were smashed by the gang that came on motorbikes bearing false licence plates. As they left they also damaged vehicles parked outside his office.
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Army vigilant over Social Media
Published Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The Army Intelligence Unit is vigilant over the changes taking place on Social Media in the country, Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake said yesterday. He added that there is a question regarding the authenticity and accuracy of the content over Social Media and the Intelligence Units are keeping an eye on these changes, due to the fact that they could have an impact on the security of the people and the country.
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Wigneswaran and 2 others summoned to court
Published Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The Court of Appeal has issued notice to three individuals including the Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C. V. Wigneswaran, to present submissions on September 07, with regard to the Contempt of Court charges by failing to carry out a court order. Provincial Ministers Anandi Sasidharan and K. Sivanesan have also been issued notice along with the Chief Minister. Judge bench comprising Justices Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Janak De Silva issued the notice, taking
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PLAN ship Qian Weichang arrives at the port of Colombo
Published Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship Qian Weichang arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (08th August). Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the ship in accordance with naval traditions. Upon its arrival at the Colombo harbour, Senior Captain Dong Yan and Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Zhang Juyong met the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne
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The new faculty building of Eastern University vested with the students by the President
Published Date: 07/08/2018 (Tuesday)
The new faculty building of the Applied Sciences Faculty of the Eastern University was vested with the students and the construction of the new auditorium of the University was commenced under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena today (6). The President who visited the University was warmly welcomed by the students.
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Demonizing the Tamil Struggle and Vilifying a People: Mastery of the Sri Lankan State for 35 Years
Published Date: 06/08/2018 (Monday)
Given the flaunting of impunity by the State of Sri Lanka, given the fact that the war ended almost ten years ago; given the fact that the LTTE made an announcement nearly ten years ago that they had silenced their guns, and given the fact that structural genocide of the Tamils is still continuing on the island of Sri Lanka, the controversy pertaining to Professor Ramasamy, the Penang Deputy Chief Minister in Malaysia and his relationship to the LTTE in the past is not only ludicrous, but also morally outrageous.
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Lanka-bound explosives seized in Rameswaram Seven suspects arrested
Published Date: 04/08/2018 (Saturday)
In a mid-night operation, the Rameswaram Town Police have arrested seven suspects and seized 5,000 explosive-filled detonators, procured and hidden in the backyard of a house in Rameswaram, to be smuggled to Sri Lanka via the sea route. Acting on specific information, a special team, under the directions of Superintendent of
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