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News: 300 million assistance pledged by Saudi Arabia
Posted Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)
At a time, we read about the US president’s discontinuance of his country’s aids to many countries including US’s close allies, the very recent one being the long standing military aid the US gave for Pakistan for $300 million, annually.Veteran writer Seyed Hamid Mowlana hosted a special sumptuous dinner to our Ambassador Azmi Thassim and me at his palatial residence in Sulaimaniya on Saturday ! It was a seafood spread which gave a Sri Lankan touch and taste! Thanks Mowlana, your son Waqar and his family members
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News: Home Office loses 75% of its appeals against immigration rulings
Posted Date: 04/09/2018 (Tuesday)
Successful applicants being unnecessarily put through traumatic process, say lawyers Nearly three-quarters of final immigration court appeals brought by the Home Office against rulings allowing asylum seekers and other migrants to stay in the UK are dismissed, according to figures seen by the Guardian.
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News: State obligation with regard to torture, and failed governance
Posted Date: 03/09/2018 (Monday)
A meeting held by the Kandy Regional Office of the Human Rights Commission in support of victims of torture on June 29, 2018 raised again concerns with regard to impunity of the police, and failures of the legal system. The programme at the meeting provided an opportunity for a woman torture victim from
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News: Pragmatic Politics of Plantation Tamil Leader Saumiyamoorthy Thondaman
Posted Date: 02/09/2018 (Sunday)
When Sri Lanka known then as Ceylon obtained full freedom from British rule on February 4th 1948, the second largest ethnic community in the island were the Tamils of recent Indian origin and not the Sri Lankan Tamil community. The 1ast official census before Ceylon got Dominion Status and then Independence from the United Kingdom was taken in 1946.According to the 1946 census, the island nation had a total population of 6 , 637, 300 people. Of this the breakdown for the Sinhala, Sri Lankan Tamil, Sri Lankan Moor,
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News: China Given Oil Exploration Rights Along Eastern Coast
Posted Date: 02/09/2018 (Sunday)
A Chinese agency has been given the right to explore for oil along the coast from Point Pedro to the Batticaloa District going 9 miles into the sea from the coast. Strangely the exploration rights have been signed over by the government’s archaelogy agency. These designs came to light when the water resources authority was informed so that fisherfolk may not have their livelihood disrupted, and Chinese workers held meetings over
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Photos: Grassroots leaders provide the best hope to a troubled world
Posted Date: 02/09/2018 (Sunday)
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Events: சுவாசம் இசை அரங்கம்
Posted Date: 02/09/2018 (Sunday)
ஐயப்பன் ஆலய மண்டபம் , 36 Masons Avenue, Harrow HA3 5AR
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News: Sinhalalization of North should be documented: NPC passes a resolution
Posted Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
A resolution has been adopted in the NPC calling for the documentation of all illegal Sinhala Colonization undertaken in the North, the NPC should exert pressure to stop these Colonization and that the NPC members should make field visits to inspect the colonization.
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News: Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs commissions two patrol vessels provided via Rs. 2.3 b gra
Posted Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kazuyuki Nakane visited Sri Lanka from 28 to 30 August. During his stay, he participated in the Commissioning Ceremony of patrol vessels and held meetings with Sri Lankan government leaders in order to promote bilateral relationships between the two countries.
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News: Sri Lanka does not need a federal system – Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran says that so far there is no agreement within the Tamil people for one nation and that they should be brought into one track through the new Constitution. He stated this joining a conference held in Galle with regard to the 20th amendment to the constitution.
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Events: தமிழின அழிப்புக்கு நீதிகோரி ஐ.நா. நோக்கி ஈருருளிப் பயணப் போராடடம்
Posted Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
Downing Street, Westminister London SW1A 2AA
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Events: Star Night Event - Dinner Dance
Posted Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
Thamary Banquetting Hall, 34 Steel Road, Park Royal, London NW10 7AS
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Publication: Proto Sumero Dravidian: The Common Origin of Sumerian and Dravidian Languages
Posted Date: 01/09/2018 (Saturday)
This book contains four pioneering research papers by Prof A. Sathasivam (University of Ceylon and University of California) written between 1964 and 1987 during his stay at the Universities of Pennsylvania and California in the United States and at the University of Ceylon in Sri Lanka investigating and documenting the close relationship between the extinct Sumerian language of Mesopotamia and the extant Dravidian languages of South Asia. From the close semblance in the vocabulary, comparative phonology, composition and grammatical structure between the Sumerian and the Dravidian languages he came to the conclusion that Sumerian and the Dravidian languages descended from a common ancestral substrate language.
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News: Condemnation of the Land grabbing by the Mahaveli-Development Authority and some other related issues
Posted Date: 31/08/2018 (Friday)
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Jaffna strongly condemn all the measures taken by the Mahaveli-Development Authority to acquire the lands and resources of the livelihood (paddy-fields & other arable lands) of the Tamils living in the Mullaitivu District for several generations. (Mahaveli Development Authority was established decades ago by the Government with the aim of bringing the longest river in Sri Lanka to the North with the aim of cultivating thousands of acres of lands which hitherto had no access to water).
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News: In solidarity with Sri Lanka’s families of the disappeared: a statement from three continents
Posted Date: 31/08/2018 (Friday)
The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, which falls today, is an annual commemoration with roots in Latin America. There, in the early 1980s, at a time when much of the region lived under the spectre of authoritarian rule, victims’ groups and non-governmental organisations began mobilising public support to remember the victims of enforced disappearances and to pay tribute to their relatives. Today, following formal recognition of the anniversary by the
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News: Diasporas as a force in foreign affairs: the case of Tamils in Britain and Canada
Posted Date: 31/08/2018 (Friday)
A number of factors impact whether or not diasporas influence host country foreign policy, writes Matthew Godwin. He looks at two major decisions facing Canada and the UK toward Sri Lanka, and explains how pressure from the Tamil diaspora affected how each government decided to respond to events. Countries in the West have long welcomed immigrants from all over the world. In Canada, as many as half of the residents in the country’s largest city, Toronto were not born in Canada.
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News: Tamil asylum seeker dies after suicide attempt in Brisbane hospital
Posted Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
Man, who leaves behind a wife and four children in Sri Lanka, had recently had his claim for protection rejected A Tamil asylum seeker and father of four, admitted to hospital suffering severe depression, has died after attempting to take his own life inside a Brisbane hospital.
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News: Enforced disappearances; families have a right to know
Posted Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
Today is the United Nations International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances and the topic has deep relevance to Sri Lanka because of what happened, especially after the end of the war in 2009 and during the past few decades. In a statement the UN says enforced disappearance has frequently been used as a strategy to spread terror within the society. The feeling of insecurity generated by this practice is not limited to the close relatives of the disappeared, but also affects their communities and society as a whole.
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News: Presidential Elections likely in January Only if MS, MR join hands
Posted Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
New political alliances and formations are common occurrence when the national elections are around the corner. The presidential elections are scheduled to be conducted at the end of next year. Now, the country’s political air is pregnant with preparations for such happenings. The latest is a move to forge an electoral pact between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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News: US warship conducts exercise with Sri Lanka navy
Posted Date: 30/08/2018 (Thursday)
A United States navy amphibious ship from the Seventh Fleet with marines on board has conducted a joint exercise with Sri Lanka’s navy, the latest event in growing naval ties between the two countries. “The exercise allowed the ships to improve each crews' knowledge and strengthen a wide variety of seamanship skills critical to operating throughout a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” the United States Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
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