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News: Church on Internet abuse: Adults far worse than youth and children
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
Parish priest of St. Annes Kurana church Rev Father Cyril Gamini Fernando, in his Sunday sermon, flayed the community, particularly the adults for wrongful use of the internet and a range of applications available today. Rev. Fernando warned of dire consequences unless the community took remedial measures, promptly, to ensure the internet didn’t ruin their lives. The former spokesperson for the Catholic church pointed out that the conduct of adults were far worse than that of younger people and children. Quoting a recent survey, Rev Father said that the
News: House seeks clarification from Foreign Ministry Dual citizens as heads of diplomatic missions:
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
Joint Opposition Leader Dinesh Gunawardena, MP, yesterday said that in the wake of enactment of 19th Amendment to the Constitution the government should review its policy on appointing dual citizens as heads of Sri Lankan overseas missions. MP Gunawardena told The Island that the contentious issue of dual citizens given top diplomatic posts had been discussed at the last meeting of the parliamentary High Posts Committee chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in parliament where representatives of the UNP (Higher Education Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC and TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran) agreed with his stand.
News: Minister Amunugama proposes alliance of Buddhist countries in the region
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
Science, Technology and Research Skills Development Vocational Training and Kandyan Heritage Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said in Kandy, last Friday, that he would initiate the formation of an alliance of the Buddhist countries in the region. Addressing a meeting of heads of Pirivenas in the Kandy District, Minister Amunugama said that in the past Sri Lanka had had close ties with Buddhist countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma and relations should be revived. Such an alliance in the region would help build a stronger ties among the Buddhist countries, Dr. Amunugama noted.
News: India allocates USD 56 mn to discourage poaching in SL
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
As a part of efforts to keep Tamil Nadu fishermen from poaching in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters, the Indian government has allocated US $ 56 million to dismantle bottom trawling boats and replacing them with new deep sea liners, it is learnt. This has been done consequent to talks with the Sri Lankan government on the need to discourage Tamil Nadu fishermen from unlawfully engaging in fishing in the Palk Strait. According to sources, 513 applications had been received by the Indian Government as of March 31 from owners of bottom trawlers who wished to replace them with deep sea liners.
News: Civil society groups raise concerns with Office for Reparations Bill
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
15 civil society organisations and 28 activists have expressed their deep concern with aspects of the draft Bill titled ‘Office for Reparations’ (the Bill) gazetted on 25 June. Following is the full text of their statement: While the undersigned have several concerns with the process and content of the draft Bill, two issues regarding the powers and functions of the proposed Office stand out as the most pressing concerns. If these are not addressed forthwith, further engagement with the process will be moot. Therefore, we request amendments to the draft Bill to address these issues. We also urge any future action to be preceded by meaningful consultations on the content of the draft Bill allowing civil society and other stakeholders to make further submissions regarding other outstanding concerns.
News: U.S. Government Funds Renovation of Two Schools in Eastern Province
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
As part of the U.S. government’s support for a reconciled and unified Sri Lanka, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) renovated two schools in the Eastern Province. James L. Russo, the U.S. Embassy’s Counselor for Press, Academic, and Cultural Affairs, presided over the official ribbon cutting ceremonies on July 2 and 3, 2018. Also participating were Deputy Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation, and Official Languages Mr. Ali Zahir Moulana; Coordinating Secretary for Deputy Health Minister Mr. Zarrjun Aboobucker; Zonal Director of Education Mr. M.L. Ahamed Junaid; and Captain Robert Holbrook of PACOM.
News: Breakthrough for Cooperatives with inclusion into NEC by President Sirisena
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
President Maithripala Sirisena presents an award to a young cooperative employee who was a winner at the 96th International Cooperative Day event in Batticaloa on 7 July as Industry and Commerce Ministry Secretary K.D.N. Ranjit Ashoka (far left), Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd. Cooperative Development Director A.K. Singh (second from left), Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana (fifth from left), Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen (third from right) and Eastern Province Governor Rohitha Bogollagama (far right) look on • Bathiudeen announces tax exemptions, lifetime pensions for coops • 40% of Lankans now a member of a coop unit, coop assets now close to $ 3 billion • ‘Global coops positioned for SDGs’: Indian Coop’s Singh
News: Wijeyakala cover for ‘Corrupt and Miserable’ politicos and racist Urbanites
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
During the past week, much has been written and spoken about the statement on “the need of a LTTE rule again” made by Wijeyakala Maheswaran, the State Minister for Child and Women’s Affairs. For racist politicos and the urban middle class it was God sent to shelve the “sermon proposing a Hitlerite rule” by Ven. Wendaruwe Upali thero, the ‘Anu-nayake’ (second in authority) of Asgiriya. While some in the Sinhala South sympathise with the “sermon proposing a Hitlerite rule”, some do disagree. But all have nevertheless condemned the call for a “LTTE rule again” as divisive, arrogant and disrespectful of democratic governance. Some stand the ground that it is a call for a “separate State” and should be legally punished. There are a few who try to understand the “call for LTTE rule again” as anger and vengeance against the “yahapalana” government and also against the military with the Tamil Diaspora still nurturing the “separatist” LTTE ideology. The “Hitler story” shelved
News: Debut Stories Trace the Aftershocks of the Sri Lankan Civil War
Posted Date: 09/07/2018 (Monday)
In Tamil, farewells are never final. As Akil Kumarasamy pointed out in a 2017 interview, the Tamil equivalent of goodbye is poyittu varen, meaning “I’ll go and return.” These are parting words especially suited to the refugee: ever running away, ever looking back. Kumarasamy poignantly illustrates this tension in her debut story collection, “Half Gods.” Across decades and continents, her characters are haunted by catastrophic violence, their emotional scars passed from one generation to the next.
News: Studies Find Torture by Indian Troops in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
Indian peacekeeping troops in pursuit of suspected Tamil militants or their supporters in northern and eastern Sri Lanka have beaten, tortured and killed local Tamil-speaking civilians, according to two recently completed human-rights reports. Hundreds of people have been detained and dozens are reported to have disappeared in Indian Army custody, the reports said. The Indians have declined to cooperate with Sri Lankan courts, where they operate. It is unclear whose justice, if any, prevails in northeastern Sri Lanka.
News: UN urged to Ensure the Safety of Tamil Mothers of the Disappeared after they Return to Sri Lanka from UNHRC: TGTE
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
An urgent appeal was made to the President of UN Human Rights Council H.E. Ambassador Vojislav Šuc, to take steps to ensure the safety of six Tamil Mothers of the disappeared when they return to Sri Lanka after giving statements at the current UN Human Rights Council session. These mothers were threatened and abused by Sri Lankan Security force officers and military intelligence at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Names of the six mothers are attached in the bottom. These Mothers are appealing UNHRC for help to find their children who disappeared in Sri Lanka and other thousands of Tamils who disappeared over the years. Several of the disappeared were surrendered by their families to the Sri Lankan security forces nine years ago at the end of the war.
Photos: IPS highlights urgent policy reforms needed to transform Sri Lanka’s post-conflict growth
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
Events: தமிழீழ மக்கள் விடுதலைக் கழகத்தின் (புளொட்) சுவிஸ்கிளை சார்பில் 29 வது "வீரமக்கள் தின" நிகழ்வு
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
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Events: புளொட் அமைப்பின் 29வது வீர மக்கள் தினம்
Posted Date: 08/07/2018 (Sunday)
GZ Affoltern Bodenacker Str. 25 8046 Affoltern, Zurich Switzerland
News: Is the government seriously committed to democracy functioning in regard to provincial governance, asks TNA Leader Sampanthan MP
Posted Date: 07/07/2018 (Saturday)
I am happy to second the Motion that has been moved by the Hon. M.A. Sumanthiran, Member of Parliament. He has dealt, Sir, primarily with the issue of the elections not being held and discussed various steps that have been taken thus far and also discussed what needs to be done to ensure that democracy is functional in the provinces and that elections are held without undue further delay. That, no doubt Sir, is a very serious issue which also raises the question of whether Governments in this country are seriously committed to democracy functioning in regard to provincial governance.
News: Ramgarh Lynching: Minister Jayant Sinha Greets Accused With Hugs and Sweets As They Come Out of Jail on Bail
Posted Date: 07/07/2018 (Saturday)
Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha who has been speaking out in support of the convicts of the Ramgarh lynching was there outside the Central Jail at Hazaribagh to welcome the eight as they walked out on bail. Life sentences for the murder of a Muslim trader Alimuddin alias Asghar Ali given by a lower court were suspended by the Jharkhand High Court on June 27. Sinha was present with sweets and garlands, felicitating the convicts. At the time of their arrest and conviction by the court of additional district judge Om Prakash the Minister had been quoted in the media as stating that “from whatever I have gathered whatever after consultations and studying the various facets (of the case), I firmly believe that complete justice has not been done. I am not a police officer, and I have not done a detailed inquiry, but as per my understanding, complete justice has not been done. I consulted senior lawyers and
Events: 23rd Annual Charity Dinner
Posted Date: 07/07/2018 (Saturday)
Manor Park Hall, New Malden, Surrey KT3 6AU
News: India to operate “world’s emptiest airport” The Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport would be operated as a Sri Lanka-India joint venture, Sri Lankan government tells Parliament
Posted Date: 06/07/2018 (Friday)
India would operate Sri Lanka’s loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, the Civil Aviation Minister has told Sri Lankan Parliament in Colombo. The $210 million facility, 241km south-east of Colombo, is dubbed the “world’s emptiest airport” due to a lack of flights. India would operate the airport as a Sri Lanka-India joint venture. The joint venture would see India gain a major stake of the airport, Minister of Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva told the Parliament.
Videos: NSSP press Conference on 5th July 2018
Posted Date: 06/07/2018 (Friday)
News: Rajapakses exploiting Wijeyakala’s statements to divert public attention from their Hambantota Ports colossal robbery !!
Posted Date: 04/07/2018 (Wednesday)
When the parliament commenced sessions on the 3 rd (today) , questions were raised as to what action should be taken by parliament in the future in connection with the pro LTTE announcements made by State minister Vijayakala Maheswaran in the North. A number of joint opposition MPs pointed out the need to take action , and that her statements are violating the oath she has taken under 7 th schedule of the constitution. The speaker who considered the views took measures today to inform the Attorney General to probe into whether any legal provisions have been violated , and to take legal action

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