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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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Events: A festival of Films from Sri lanka
Posted Date: 10/08/2018 (Friday)
National Film Archieve India, Prabhat Road, Pune 411004, India
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Videos: Press Conference with UN Special Rapporteur Mr. Ben Emmerson
Posted Date: 09/08/2018 (Thursday)
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News: NPC and its duties towards people
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
Our sister paper Sunday Times had carried an interesting news item in its July 29 issue about a record set by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC). The story said that the NPC had adopted 415 different resolutions during its five-year tenure that would end in two months, in October. The story further says that this works out to nearly seven resolutions a day on which sittings were held. It is obvious that no other Provincial Council in the country has been so active in passing resolutions as the
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News: Tamil youth gangs sow fear in northern region
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
On Monday, the Grama Niladhari of Vannarpannai east division J/100 was in his office for the usual weekly meeting with residents of the area when eight men armed with sharp weapons barged into his office. The official was threatened at sword point, while his laptop, mobile and other office resources were smashed by the gang that came on motorbikes bearing false licence plates. As they left they also damaged vehicles parked outside his office.
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News: Army vigilant over Social Media
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The Army Intelligence Unit is vigilant over the changes taking place on Social Media in the country, Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake said yesterday. He added that there is a question regarding the authenticity and accuracy of the content over Social Media and the Intelligence Units are keeping an eye on these changes, due to the fact that they could have an impact on the security of the people and the country.
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News: Wigneswaran and 2 others summoned to court
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The Court of Appeal has issued notice to three individuals including the Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C. V. Wigneswaran, to present submissions on September 07, with regard to the Contempt of Court charges by failing to carry out a court order. Provincial Ministers Anandi Sasidharan and K. Sivanesan have also been issued notice along with the Chief Minister. Judge bench comprising Justices Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Janak De Silva issued the notice, taking
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News: PLAN ship Qian Weichang arrives at the port of Colombo
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) ship Qian Weichang arrived at the port of Colombo on a goodwill visit today (08th August). Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the ship in accordance with naval traditions. Upon its arrival at the Colombo harbour, Senior Captain Dong Yan and Commanding Officer of the ship, Commander Zhang Juyong met the Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne
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Videos: Meeting with Justice Minsiter of Switzerland
Posted Date: 08/08/2018 (Wednesday)
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