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News: Sri Lanka military announces reduction of camps in the north
Posted Date: 25/07/2013 (Thursday)
Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya announced that decision has been made to close down 13 camps in the Jaffna peninsula and added that the locations, "for which army paid the rent, will be handed over to the original owners."
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Videos: Cross-Roads July 21 2013
Posted Date: 24/07/2013 (Wednesday)
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News: PCEWLR protest against treatment of Estate Workers
Posted Date: 23/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The protest was organized by the People's Campaign for Estate Workers' Land Rights (PCEWLR) organised a protest in Deltoa town against the treatment of plantation workers, who have contributed to the economy of the country for many years, but are being treated as second class citizens. They called on the government to fulfil the promises made during the last budget. The organisers collected signatures for a petition addressed to President Rajapakse about their grievances
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Events: International Conference on Widows: Challenges and Prospects in Uplifting War Widows in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 21/07/2013 (Sunday)
School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russel Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Events: Tamil Canadians Markham Grand Sports Festival
Posted Date: 20/07/2013 (Saturday)
Bill Crothers Secondary School, 44 Main Street, Markham, Canada
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Photos: Sri Lankan issue being used by TN for political gains, says Justice CV Wigneswaran
Posted Date: 19/07/2013 (Friday)
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News: Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka works towards improving country's rights record
Posted Date: 16/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) said that it is working towards improving the country's human rights record and a national inquiry is being planned in this regard. A Commissioner of the HRCSL Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said that the Commission is preparing to hold a National Inquiry on the practice of Human Rights in the island.
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Videos: Cross-Roads July 14 2013 - For the love of the arts
Posted Date: 15/07/2013 (Monday)
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News: WHO’s Report on Violence Against Women
Posted Date: 14/07/2013 (Sunday)
The first global review on the prevalence of the two forms of violence against women — violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner violence) and sexual violence by someone other than a partner (non-partner sexual violence) was published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2013. The report was developed by the WHO, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council. It shows, for the first time, aggregated global and regional prevalence estimates of these two forms of violence, generated using population data from all over the world that have been compiled in a systematic way. The report also details the effects of violence on women’s physical, sexual and reproductive, and mental health.
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News: Sri Lanka pays compensation to the war-affected people in North
Posted Date: 12/07/2013 (Friday)
Sri Lanka, implementing the recommendations made by the Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), has initiated a program to pay compensation to the residents of Northern Province affected by violence during the war. Under the first phase of the program, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has symbolically handed over compensation to the families of people who lost loved ones and property and sustained injuries
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News: Military land grabs in post war Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 11/07/2013 (Thursday)
This article is from Ruth Canagarajah, a Fulbright fellow in northern Sri Lanka who is researching the intersection of natural resources, livelihoods, and post-war challenges has written an article on military land grabs in post war Sri Lanka for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), an independent organisation and a think tank who cover the major regions and significant issues shaping today’s international agenda. Weak and ineffective property rights pose many problems in post-conflict situations. Secure property rights are needed to revitalize an economy after a volatile period. For many workers, especially farmers and fishermen, their very livelihoods are dependent on secure rights and access to land.
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Events: Kingston Sexual Health Needs Assessment Feedback Workshop: BME, LGBT, and Young People with Disabilities: Taking forward the Recommendations
Posted Date: 10/07/2013 (Wednesday)
Centre Hall, 2nd Floor, United Reform Church, Eden St, Kingston upon Thames, Greater London KT1 1HZ
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News: India, Sri Lanka, Maldives top security officials discussed Maritime Security cooperation
Posted Date: 10/07/2013 (Wednesday)
The National Security Adviser of India, Mr. Shivshankar Menon, visited Sri Lanka on July 8-9 to participate in the 2nd NSA-Level Meeting on Trilateral Cooperation on Maritime Security between India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Committed to "addressing the common maritime challenges in the Indian Ocean region," the three delegations "agreed on a roadmap for future cooperation in maritime security," said an official statement. As a result, they signed an Outcome Document outlining further collaborative measures in the areas of inter alia Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA); strengthening coordination of maritime Search and Rescue (SAR); promoting marine oil pollution response cooperation; expanding 'DOSTI' (friendship) exercises; sharing of information on illegal maritime activities; and piracy.
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Videos: Cross-Roads June 30 2013 - Lenses on the conflict in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 10/07/2013 (Wednesday)
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News: Hindu priest arrested in Indian Temple bombings
Posted Date: 09/07/2013 (Tuesday)
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, has arrested a Hindu priest, Arup Brahmachari, who was said to be a key suspect behind the attacks and was absconding after the blasts. According to Bodh Gaya police, Brahmachari, hailing from West Bengal is now remanded in Rampur police station of Gaya town under strict security. The police also confirm that the NIA team had interrogated several people, including members of the Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee and the temple watch and ward staff.
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News: Sri Lanka deplores attack on Indian Buddhist temple
Posted Date: 07/07/2013 (Sunday)
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa deplored the attack on the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple in Bihar early today. Nine near-coordinated explosions shook the world-renowned Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya, injuring two monks but not causing much damage. The temple is annually visited by millions of pilgrims from all over the world, especially from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the Southeast Asia region. The temple complex has direct association with the Buddha (566-486 BC) as it was the place where he is believed to have attained enlightenment in 531 BC while seated under the Bodhi tree.
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News: Colombo Fort Magistrate issues summons on IUSF leader Sanjeeva Bandara
Posted Date: 02/07/2013 (Tuesday)
Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilinga Gamage issued summons today on Sanjeeva Bandara of the Inter University Student Federation to appear before Court on the 8th of July. The Colombo Crime Division informed the Court that Sanjeeva Bandara has violated the bail conditions by participating in a student protest held in Nugegoda recently. The Crimes Division making submissions told the Court that Sanjeeva Bandara had entered the Sabaragamuwa and Jayawardenepura Universities in the past few days and behaved in an unlawful manner. The Police further told the Courts that the Vice Chancellor of the Ruhuna University has made a written statement saying that Sanjeeva Bandara is not a student of his University.
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Events: Wycombe Tamil Kavikoodam's 7th Annual Celebration
Posted Date: 29/06/2013 (Saturday)
Sands Village Hall, Lane End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4JF
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Events: Come along for walk in and around Kingston area
Posted Date: 27/06/2013 (Thursday)
Market House, Market Square, Kingston
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Videos: Tamil Eelam Freedom Charter Promulgation on 18th May 2013.
Posted Date: 25/06/2013 (Tuesday)
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