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News: ‘Can’t compare Sri Lankan refugees and Rohingya’
Posted Date: 17/03/2018 (Saturday)
Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who fled the war in the island nation in the 1980s, stood on a “different footing” from the Rohingyas who seek shelter from persecution in native Myanmar. Any comparison between the two is misconceived, the Centre has told the Supreme Court. The Centre was responding to comparisons made by the Rohingya in the Supreme Court between their plight and the “relief facilities” given to the Sri Lankan Tamil refugees. The Rohingya have sought the same aid and the benevolence India had shown the Sri Lankan Tamils.
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Events: March Against Racism
Posted Date: 17/03/2018 (Saturday)
Portland Place, London W1B
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Events: "வேரும் விழுதும் -2018" கலைமாலை விழா
Posted Date: 17/03/2018 (Saturday)
Varasithy Mahall, Hütenwiesen str-6, 8101 Dallikön -ZH, Switzerland
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Events: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK National Peace Symposium
Posted Date: 17/03/2018 (Saturday)
Baitul Futuh Mosque London
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News: War against LTTE was won because of Muslims, says Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne
Posted Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
Sri Lanka's Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne this week condemned Sinhala people responsible for attacking Muslims in Kandy, saying they were traitors for attacking the Muslim community who helped the military in the fight against the LTTE. He said, "we are living today thanks to them, because as you all know our intelligence during our conflict time was entirely run by our Muslim community."
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News: New agency puts spotlight on China's foreign aid
Posted Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
The formation of a new high-level Chinese government agency to oversee foreign aid programs highlights Beijing's interest in increasing the use of assistance as a key instrument of diplomacy in support of its global political and economic agenda. Under an administrative reorganization that is to be voted on by the National People's Congress, the nation's rubber-stamp parliament, on Saturday, the Office for International Development Cooperation will be formed under the State Council, China's cabinet. It will bring together functions now split between the foreign affairs and commerce ministries and other departments.
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News: Japan provides aid to Sri Lankan health services
Posted Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
The project is being financed to improve the medical facilities and equipment in tertiary healthcare institutions and training centers for medical staff in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has signed a Rs. 15 billion loan agreement with Japan to improve Sri Lanka's health and medical services. This development took place following the Japan-Sri Lanka summit meeting in Tokyo recently
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Videos: People who are doing the damages to Muslims are traitors - Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne
Posted Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
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Videos: காணாமல் போனோரின் அலுவலகம் யாருக்கு இராணுவத்தினரும் உள்ளனரா வெளியாகும் உண்மைகள்
Posted Date: 16/03/2018 (Friday)
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News: Sri Lanka Prime Minister assures to enhance economic and trade cooperation with China
Posted Date: 15/03/2018 (Thursday)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday has assured China of greater economic and trade cooperation and affirmed to tackle the practical difficulties of China-Sri Lanka mega-projects cooperation. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said in a statement that on March 14th, Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan held a working consultation with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the Temple Trees.
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Videos: How the International System has failed to Provide Accountability for Mass Atrocities
Posted Date: 15/03/2018 (Thursday)
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News: Young “Saffron Buddhists” and their “anti Muslim patriotism”
Posted Date: 11/03/2018 (Sunday)
Most now talk about anti Muslim violence being transported from Ampara to Digana. It wasn’t really from Ampara to Digana, but from Aluthgama-Beruwala to Mahiyangane, to Gintota and then to Ampara and for now to Digana. Five very open anti Muslim conflicts within less than 05 years that begins with MR rule, extending into this unique ‘Yahapalana’ (good governance) rule. Next can be anywhere a new “excuse” could be found and used for another round of violence. And in all instances, there is a Temple and a few Buddhist monks involved and taking the lead.
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News: China aid comes with no strings attached—envoy
Posted Date: 11/03/2018 (Sunday)
CHINA has never asked to use natural resources as collateral in loan agreements with other countries, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson has said. Geng Shuang was responding to a question regarding an article from a Chinese newspaper Global Times which cited a Chinese scholar’s view on China’s official preferential loan to the Philippines. The article mentioned the Chinese scholar’s view that China was willing to provide assistance as the Philippine government proposed a large-scale investment plan to develop its economy.
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News: Small town rallies after asylum seeker family carried off in dawn raid
Posted Date: 11/03/2018 (Sunday)
Tamil asylum seekers Nadesalingam and Priya and their Australian-born daughters, Dharuniga and Kopig, who were taken into immigration detention after a dawn raid on 5 March The close-knit community of Biloela in central Queensland has been shocked by an early morning Australian Border Force raid on a Sri Lankan asylum seeker family – including two Australian-born children – over a visa expired by a single day.
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News: Problematising Hindi as the ‘Self’ and English as the ‘Other’
Posted Date: 10/03/2018 (Saturday)
In the light of the ongoing prioritisation of Hindi by the central government, the projection of Hindi as the “self” is problematic for several reasons. Three “self–other” binaries are discussed in this regard: Hindi–Hindu as “self,” Urdu–Muslim as “other”; Sanskrit-laden Hindi favouring upper caste Hindus as “self,” vernacular Hindi dialects often represented by the lower castes and classes as “other”; and fi nally Hindi as the epitome of “desi self,” English as “foreign other.” The controversy surrounding Hindi signs in the Bengaluru Metro has brought the issue of Hindi chauvinism in India to the forefront. On being asked to comment on the matter, the current government’s then Urban Development Minister, Venkaiah Naidu, referred to Hindi as the “national language,” adding,
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Events: கண்ணில் தெரியுதடி கவிதை நூல் வெளியீட்டு விழா
Posted Date: 10/03/2018 (Saturday)
Zorostian Centre, 440 Alexandra Avenue, Harrow HA2 9TL
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News: U.S. institutionalized racial discrimination: Yet, lectures Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 09/03/2018 (Friday)
“Rule of law, human rights, and equality are essential for peaceful coexistence. It is important that the Government of Sri Lanka act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, protect religious minorities and their places of worship, and conclude the State of Emergency swiftly, while protecting human rights and basic freedoms for all” was the advise, or the lecture, the United States gave Sri Lanka – in an official statement from the American diplomatic mission in Colombo – this week addressing the civil disturbance which took place early this week in the central hills in Kandy. Protecting human rights and basic freedoms for all is the message Washington and its mission in Colombo delivered this Thursday.
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News: TNA meets with Mr Jeffrey Feltman
Posted Date: 09/03/2018 (Friday)
The Tamil National Alliance led by Hon. R Sampanthan along with Hon Mavai Senathirajah, Hon. Selvam Adaikkalanathan Hon Sitharthan and Hon Sumanthiran met with the visiting UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr Jeffrey Feltman, today (09th March 2018) at the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Mr Sampanthan apprised the Under-Secretary-General of the current political situation in Sri Lanka especially the situation after the recently concluded Local Government elections. Mr Sampanthan stressed that the present Government must continue to implement the mandate received by it, and that cannot deviate from that mandate for any reason. Expressing his views Mr Sampanthan said, that this Government cannot fail to proceed with the Constitution making process. If it abandons the process it would only means that the
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News: Political leaders and media have a pivotal role to play to counter racism and communal violence in Sri Lanka.
Posted Date: 08/03/2018 (Thursday)
Traumatic experiences of the past should be lessons to overcome the adversities in the future. Sadly, roots of xenophobic intolerance of powerful few within all communities in Sri Lanka are endangering the fragile stability of our country further. The NRTSL condemn the latest round of politically motivated communal violence against the Muslim community that has triggered by a law and order issue between individuals of the two communities. The ongoing tragic incidents illustrate the deep down racial tensions and hatred nurtured by extremist political elements. The failure of the law enforcement agencies
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Photos: Are tough times ahead for countries graduating from foreign aid?
Posted Date: 08/03/2018 (Thursday)
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