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News: UK Parliamentary Briefing on Case of Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Posted Date: 20/04/2016 (Wednesday)
A well-attended and informative meeting was held at the Houses of Parliament on 19 April to provide information and an update on the case of best-selling author and Guantánamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who has been held without charge or trial since November 2001, when he was kidnapped from his native Mauritania by the CIA. From there, he was taken to Jordan and tortured before being taken to Bagram, Afghanistan, where he faced further abuse before he was taken to Guantánamo in November 2002. For several years, his whereabouts were unknown to his family; he had simply “disappeared”.
News: Tamil Merchant in Ancient Mesopotamia
Posted Date: 20/04/2016 (Wednesday)
Recent analyses of ancient Mesopotamian mitochondrial genomes have suggested a genetic link between the Indian subcontinent and Mesopotamian civilization. There is no consensus on the origin of the ancient Mesopotamians. They may be descendants of migrants, who founded regional Mesopotamian groups like that of Terqa or they may be merchants who were involved in trans Mesopotamia trade. To identify the Indian source population showing linkage to the ancient Mesopotamians, we screened a total of 15,751 mitochondrial DNAs (11,432 from the literature and 4,319 from this study) representing all major populations of India. Our results although suggest that south India (Tamil Nadu) and northeast India served as the source of the ancient Mesopotamian mtDNA gene pool, mtDNA of these ancient Mesopotamians probably contributed by Tamil merchants who were involved in the Indo-Roman trade.
Videos: News1st கிராம உத்தியோகத்தர் கொலை: மட்டக்களப்பு மாவட்ட செயலகத்திற்கு முன்பாக கவனயீர்ப்புப் போராட்டம்
Posted Date: 20/04/2016 (Wednesday)
News: Going ahead with Mittal’s housing scheme will hamper ethnic reconciliation, TNA warns president Sirisena
Posted Date: 19/04/2016 (Tuesday)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has raised its objections about the Sri Lankan government’s decision to build 65,000 houses for the war affected displaced Tamils using the Indian-owned, Luxembourg-based company ArcelorMittal, headed by the Indian steel magnate, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal. It has raised its concerns with the President Maithiripala Sirisena, saying it will hamper ethnic reconciliation because the houses are unsuited to the local climate and culture.
Photos: GoSL unable, not disposed to making progress
Posted Date: 18/04/2016 (Monday)
News: New IGP nominated
Posted Date: 18/04/2016 (Monday)
Senior DIG Pujith Jayasundara has been nominated as the next Inspector General of Police(IGP) by a majority of the Constitutional Council members.
News: Column: Colombo port, China and India
Posted Date: 18/04/2016 (Monday)
Resolution of the impasse between Sri Lanka and China on the construction of a Chinese-funded port city at Colombo is not only indicative of the pragmatic policy posture of the Sri Lankan government, but also an important first step towards the materialisation of the maritime silk route initiative (MSRI) proposed by China. The new port city in Colombo, envisaging $1.4 billion investment by China on the Sri Lankan coast, had run into problems after the current Sri Lankan government headed by president Maithripala Sirisena assumed office little more than a year ago and held back the project.
News: “Green Trincomalee” is planning legal action against Indo-Sri Lankan Power Project in Eastern Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 18/04/2016 (Monday)
The environmental NGO “Green Trincomalee” is planning legal action against the proposed Indo-Sri Lankan project to build a 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Sampur in the predominantly Tamil speaking Trincomallee District According to Green Trincomalee leader Thirunavukkarasu Gopahan the environmental impact study done by the Central Environment Authority was conducted when there were no people in the area.
News: Sri Lanka Army To Respond To US Human Rights Report
Posted Date: 18/04/2016 (Monday)
The Sri Lanka Army will respond to a US State Department report on human rights, based on the decisions taken by the government in this regard. Military Spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera told The Sunday Leader that the military will act upon the instructions given to them by the government, and that the government will take a decision on the matter shortly.
Photos: Economic focus on IMF, political focus on May Day rally
Posted Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
News: Mittal’s 65,000 steel houses under fire from Lankan experts
Posted Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
The proposed steel houses for the war-affected have inadequate foundations, insufficient roof support, are at risk of corrosion, are poorly ventilated and have no hearth and chimney, Moratuwa Universtiy experts have found after a detailed technical study. The controversial dwellings — erected by the Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal — also have poor or non-existent capacity for extension or repair, a much shorter life span than block wall houses, are unlikely to create a sense of ownership, unlikely to foster the local economy and generate employment and are at least double the cost of a block wall house, the experts have warned.
News: Special round-table discussions over national security are to begin soon.
Posted Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
Arrangements are underway to hold special round-table discussions on national security headed by the President and Prime Minister soon. The discussion will be based on a report that the national intelligence Unit has prepared on the national Security in response to comments by the Joint Opposition and some other parties over national security.
News: Sri Lanka – India Naval cooperation strengthened.
Posted Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
Navy Media Spokesperson, Captain Akram Alavi announced that three Indian naval vessels have arrived in Sri Lanka for a joint Naval exercise. The three ships are currently docked at the Colombo harbor. The Indian Navy’s First Training Squadron comprising the INS Tir , INS Sujatha and Coast Guard Ship Varuna, arrived at the Port of Colombo on a training visit on Friday, 15 April. They are expected to leave on 19 April.
News: Sri Lanka to elect New IGP soon
Posted Date: 17/04/2016 (Sunday)
The Parliamentary constitutional council has called in Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Neil Iddawela said DIGs C.D. Wickramaratne, Pujith Jayasundara and S.M. Wickremasinghe to attend a meeting on April 18 to choose the new Inspector General of Police (IGP). IGP is the most senior police officer in Sri Lanka who will oversee all police personnel (around 85,000) throughout the country.
Events: கரோ தமிழ் சந்தியின் சித்திரை மாத சந்திப்பு
Posted Date: 16/04/2016 (Saturday)
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News: Increase in Dengue patients reported in 2016
Posted Date: 16/04/2016 (Saturday)
The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health reported that they have registered 14204 Dengu patients this year, which is an increase from previous years. The Ministry of Health said the highest number of patients reported were from the Colombo district, numbering 4919; one thousand seven hundred and twelve (1712) patients from the Gampaha district, 1111 from the Jaffna district and 848 from the Kalutara district were among the reported.
News: Rona Ambrose, the Leader of the Official Opposition, concludes successful meeting with members of the Tamil community of Canada
Posted Date: 16/04/2016 (Saturday)
Members of the Tamil community of Canada met with Rona Ambrose, the Leader of the Official Opposition and interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, to express their concerns and opinions on issues that affect Tamils at home and abroad. A number of Tamil organizations were in attendance, including the National Council of Canadian Tamils, Mississauga Tamil Association, Durham Tamil Association, and Markham Tamil Organization.
Videos: Weapons stolen from Laggala police station found near temple
Posted Date: 16/04/2016 (Saturday)
News: Bhadanta Pragyanand - The last surviving Sri Lankan monk who converted 'Baba Saheb' to Buddhism
Posted Date: 15/04/2016 (Friday)
On 14th April, when the nation is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar – the chief architect of Indian Constitution, the spotlight is back on a 90-year-old monk who converted him to Buddhism. Bhadanta Pragyanand, the 90-year-old Buddhist monk who is bed-ridden, is the only surviving monk among the seven priests who witnessed the spiritual makeover of Dr Ambedkar on October 14, 1956.
News: Dr BR Ambedkar was `Vishwa Manav`, says PM Narendra Modi
Posted Date: 15/04/2016 (Friday)
Paying homage to Bharat Ratna Dr Bhimrao Ambedkaron his 125th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the architect of the Indian Constitution was a 'Vishwa Manav', who devoted his life in service of the poor and the marginalised. "On his Jayanti, I bow to the venerable Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. Jai Bhim.," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

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