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News: JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid Shot at in Delhi, Unhurt; Shooter Escapes
Posted 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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Videos: Harrow Mayor Kareema Marikkar's 1st Interview In Tamil
Posted Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
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Videos: Siddharth Varadarajan on the Umar Khalid Assassination Attempt
Posted Date: 15/08/2018 (Wednesday)
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News: Police arrest 17 members of sword gangs in North
Posted 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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News: US Foreign Military Financing for Lanka
Posted 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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Events: சென்சோலை ஆறாவது வடு நினைவுகூரல்
Posted Date: 14/08/2018 (Tuesday)
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News: 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
Posted 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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News: MMDA: Who is blocking reform of this discriminatory law?
Posted 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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News: Is Ethnic Cleansing Coming to India?
Posted 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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News: Sri Lanka has positive attitude on conserving Dutch heritage sites
Posted 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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News: Army Embarks on Cultivation of More Than 135,000 Herbal Plants in All SFHQs
Posted 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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News: Speaker says no provisions to change Opposition Leader
Posted 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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News: NPC member Raviharan arrested
Posted 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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News: "Most Brutal": Can't Free Rajiv Gandhi's Killers, Centre Tells Top Court
Posted 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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News: Inquiries on Vijayakala’s statement concluded - OCPD informs court
Posted 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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News: 5 new ways to protest in Sri Lanka
Posted 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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News: Sri Lanka Deputy Minister wants school children caned
Posted 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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News: Deep Impact: Emmerson’s Report Reveals Lasting Legacy of PTA
Posted 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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News: Former Chilean President Bachelet put forward by UN chief as next High Commissioner for Human Rights
Posted 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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News: Can the Dragon and Elephant Dance Together? Sri Lanka as a Case Study
Posted 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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