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News: SL Won’t condone any form of torture: Foreign Affairs Secy.
Posted Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
The Sri Lankan government does not condone any form of torture, Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam told the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka in Geneva on Wednesday. Responding to questions and concerns raised by other nations, Mr. Kariyawasam said Sri Lanka seeks to work with all including bilateral partners as well as international organisations, to seek assistance in terms of sharing experience and expertise as well as technical support to ensure the elimination of torture and to prosecute anyone responsible.
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News: Sri Lanka arrests 19 after Buddhist-Muslim violence; four injured
Posted Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan police arrested 19 people after a clash between "extremists" from the majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities in which four people were injured, a spokesman said on Saturday. Tension has been growing between the two communities this year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam and vandalising Buddhist archaeological sites.
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News: Mullaitivu land issue: Problem already addressed, Minister tells TNA chief
Posted Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D. M. Swaminathan has, in a letter to TNA and Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, said Mullaitivu land issues raised by the former have already been addressed. A spokesperson for the ministry yesterday told The Island that Minister Swaminathan was in touch with relevant administrative, military and civilian representatives. The ministry made available a copy of Minister Swaminathan’s letter to Opposition Leader Sampanthan. It read:
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Events: Workshop - Redevelopment & Rehabilitation Programme
Posted Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Tel: Ruskin Hotel, 386 High Street, Eastham, London E12 6PH
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Events: LONDON BUDDHIST VIHARA INTER FAITH EVENT
Posted Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
LONDON BUDDHIST VIHARA Dharmapala Building The Avenue, Chiswick London W4 1UD1
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Events: ITC - Inspiration 2017
Posted Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Tolworth Ggirls School, Surbiton, Fullers Way, Surbiton KT6 7LQ
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Events: என். சரவணனின் ( நோர்வே) இரு நூல்கள் உரையாடல் அரங்கு
Posted Date: 18/11/2017 (Saturday)
Trinity Centre , East Avenue, Eastham, London, E12 6SG (Near the Eastham Station)
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News: CONTRADICTIONS AND CONTROVERSIES IN MANGALA’S MAIDEN BUDGET
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
First programme called the ‘Small Scale Industries (SSI) Credit Scheme’ was implemented almost 40 years ago In the absence of a “National Education Policy”, these ‘on the run changes’ allow discrimination of rural youth Proposal to establish three new medical faculties in three State universities is another big fake Much has been said and more talked about Mangala’s maiden budget, the 72nd budget in Independent Ceylon and now Sri Lanka. Yet there’s enough left that can be said and should be said about his budget for year 2018.
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News: Sri Lanka: Norway extends Rs.150m further support for resettlement and reconciliation in the North
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther and Country Director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka, Jørn Sørensen signed an Agreement to extend Government of Norway’s support to the resettlement of the communities in the newly released Myliddy harbour area in Jaffna District. UNDP will work with the Government authorities to gradually Restore Myliddy Pier as a strategic Fishing Hub with immediate intervention to clear the Boat Access Ways. The support is amounting to Rs. 150 million.
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News: Corruption case against Gota fixed for trial
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
A corruption case filed against former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and seven others for allegedly causing a Rs.11.4 billion unlawful loss to the government by giving permission to Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd to operate a floating armoury was fixed for trial by the Colombo Chief Magistrate's court, today. Chief Magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara fixed the case for trial on February 26 and March 26.
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News: Corruption in mega development projects:Revelations soon - Dr. Jayalath
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
Revelations pertaining to acts of corruption at various levels including by politicians, professionals and technocrats in publicly funded mega infrastructure development projects such as those pertaining to the Uma Oya, Central Expressway and Colombo Harbour are to be made soon. Speaking about his book titled 'Construction Corruption; a Threshold of Human Misery' which is to be launched as an electronic book on 21 November at the Janakala Conference Hall of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka at 5:00 p.m., Dr. Chandana Jayalath said
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News: Australia and Sri Lanka discuss reconciliation and human rights
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
The Second Round of Senior Officials’ Talks between the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade concluded in Canberra. The Senior Officials’ Talks is a structured platform to review the bilateral relations between the two countries and to discuss regional and international issues of common interest and concern.
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News: Three PTA detainees:Solution can be expected on 29 Nov TELO
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
The Propaganda Secretary of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) Ganesh Velayutham recently said that a favourable solution can be expected on 29 November, with regard to the issue of three PTA detainees, Darshan, Sulakshan, and Thiruvarul, who have been on a hunger strike, at the Anuradhapura Prison, for the past 40 days. Velayutham stated that the PTA detainees had submitted a writ application to the Court of Appeal urging it to intervene and not allow the cases to be heard at the Anuradhapura Court.
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News: Court summons Sri Lanka Army chief over disappearance of 24 Tamils Sri Lankan troops and the LTTE have faced international condemnation for alleged human rights violations during the long-drawn conflict.
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
The Jaffna High Court has asked Army chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake along with two other state officials to appear in court on Saturday, over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE. Judge Ilancheliyan ordered them to appear in court when a case filed by parents and relatives of the 24 missing persons was taken up on November 15.
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News: Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman abused on Facebook
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
Naomi Coleman, 41, from Coventry, won compensation on Wednesday after being detained in the country for four days, in April 2014. Following her deportation, she says she received online messages telling her she should die and burn in hell. Ms Coleman, a Buddhist herself, said she will not return to Sri Lanka.
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News: Citizen Accountability in a time of Facebook
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
“Develop the social infrastructure to give people the power to build a global community that works for all of us.” This is what Facebook’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in his open letter to the Facebook community at the beginning of this year. The statement of intent from the social media giant is a bold one, and one worth reflecting on for those of us working on issues of accountability and empowerment. For me it raises a couple of important questions. How far can or should the likes of Facebook, and other technical innovations that have rapidly evolved over the last ten to fifteen years, connect us all as individuals and engage us with the institutions that govern us and help us hold them to account?
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Photos: Govt. committed to develop the Buddha Sasana – President
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
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Videos: NewsLine: Effects of "Good governance" with Maithree Gunarathne
Posted Date: 17/11/2017 (Friday)
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News: India to take up with Lanka removal of Tamil leaders name
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
India will take up with Sri Lanka the issue of reported removal of the name of a revered leader of Indian Tamils in the island country from government institutions, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured DMK working president MK Stalin today. The assurance came after the DMK leader flagged the issue with Swaraj.
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News: Promoting HR cannot be done overnight: SL
Posted Date: 16/11/2017 (Thursday)
Promoting and protecting human rights is a work in progress and it is not something that can be done overnight despite the most sincere of commitments, Sri Lanka told the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session of the country in Geneva yesterday. In the opening statement, the Head of the Sri Lankan Delegation, National Policies and Economic Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said the UPR, to us, is a process that recognizes this fact.
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