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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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NPC members request to OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka War-Crimes
Published Date: 17/08/2014 (Sunday)
It is with utmost respect and gratitude we, the democratically elected Members of the Northern Provincial Council and the Eastern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka, jointly write this letter to you as you prepare to conclude your highly fulfilled and exceptionally accomplished service as the High Commissioner for Human Rights. On behalf of the Tamil people, we would like to thank you for your dedicated work towards justice and accountability to the victimized Tamils in Sri Lanka. We are confident that the exemplary investigative team that you and your office have put together will ensure justice to the victims.
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Release of Brochure titled “India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership That Transcends Time”
Published Date: 13/08/2014 (Wednesday)
A brochure titled “India & Sri Lanka: A Partnership That Transcends Time”, published by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, was released by the Minister of Economic Development of the Government of Sri Lanka, Hon’ble Basil Rajapaksa, and the High Commissioner of India, Mr. Y. K. Sinha, on 13 August 2014. Various stakeholders, institutions, agencies and officials who have been instrumental in the successful implementation of the Indian Projects in Sri Lanka, were present at the special ceremony to release the brochure.
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Malaysian firm to invest in a hybrid power project in North
Published Date: 29/07/2014 (Tuesday)
Malaysia's state-owned utility company Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has signed an agreement to invest in a hybrid wind and solar power project in Jaffna peninsula. TNB, one of the largest companies listed on Bursa Malaysia, announced in a market disclosure that it signed an investment agreement with KLS Energy group to set up a 35 MW Renewable Energy Hybrid Wind and Solar Power Project in Kankasanthurai, Jaffna.
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Illegal arrest and torture of Edirisinghe Devayalage Sangeewa Edirisinghe
Published Date: 28/07/2014 (Monday)
According to information that the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received on 9 May 2014 Mr. Edirisinghe Devayalage Sanjeewa Edirisinghe, 29 years of age, a resident of No.164, Heen Agara, Panirendawa, Chilaw, Puttalam District, was illegally arrested and tortured by police officers attached to the Chilaw Police Station Headquarters. He was detained in a room inside the bachelor quarters of the police station, hung by a rope from the ceiling and beaten with wooden poles. His private parts were smeared with chilli and pepper. Police officers urinated into his mouth and such torture continued for 7 days until he was finally produced before the Magistrate on fabricated charges of theft and released on bail on 16 May 2014.
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Overseas Business Risk - Sri Lanka
Published Date: 24/07/2014 (Thursday)
British Foreign and commonwealth Office has released its report – “Overseas Business Risk – Sri Lanka” today. This report looks at the intellectual property, organized crime, human rights, bribery and corruption and terrorism risks that UK businesses may face when operating in Sri Lanka.
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Supreme Court rejects ban on Muslim cultural dress
Published Date: 24/07/2014 (Thursday)
The Supreme Court today issued directives to all National and Provincial schools to permit parents from entering the school attired in their Muslim cultural attire. When a Fundamental Rights Petition was taken up by a bench headed by Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, in to the prevention of a Muslim parent entering Janadipathi Balika Vidyalaya attired in a Hijab, the Chief Justice said that such cultural attire was permitted and within the legal rights of a citizen
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British Arms Sales to Sri Lanka
Published Date: 24/07/2014 (Thursday)
Sri Lanka is among the 27 countries that the British government sold weapons. Britain had supplied £12bn of arms to some 27 countries including Sri Lanka, the House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls stated in their 2013 report. According to the Foreign and commonwealth Office, Britain has sold small arms and weaponry to the Sri Lankan Defence authorities. Some of the items sold to Sri Lanka include pistols, components for assault rifles, sniper rifles, pistols, body armour and combat shotguns – despite the Foreign Office still classifying Sri Lanka as a “country of concern” for human rights abuses.
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