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News: Asia after liberal international order
Posted Date: 11/07/2018 (Wednesday)
With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, the West suddenly woke up with an acute anxiety about the fate of the US-led liberal international order. Until then, the liberal establishment in the United States had assumed that Hillary Clinton would succeed Barack Obama as president and ensure continuity in the liberal order. They ignored or dismissed warnings about the order’s crisis and decline. The belief in the resilience of the liberal order changed dramatically on November 6, 2016. What is the liberal order? It is an international system created and managed by the United States after World War II to promote capitalism and democracy through building alliances and multilateral institutions. Its supporters portray the liberal order as an open, rules-based and multilateral system that operates through consent rather than coercion.
News: India's diplomatic victory By gaining access to Sri Lanka’s Mattala Airport, New Delhi has scored a silent victory over China. By Barun Das Gupta
Posted Date: 11/07/2018 (Wednesday)
India’s diplomatic victory Last week, Sri Lanka finally agreed to let India operate the Mattala Airport situated about 40 km north-east of the Hambantota seaport that China has built in the southern tip of the island nation. China has acquired 60 per cent stake in the project as Sri Lanka was unable to repay the debt to the Chinese company that built it. India has thus scored a quiet but important diplomatic victory over China in Sri Lanka. Beijing was dead against India taking over the Mattala Airport. In the Sri Lankan Parliament, the Opposition led by former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Freedom Party asked the government whether it was handing over the Mattala to India "to please the superpowers India and China". Read This - Democratise digital spaces
Videos: பிரதமர் ரணில் - விஜயகலா சந்திப்பு தொடர்பில் வெளிவரும் புதிய தகவல்கள்! நேரடி ரிப்போர்ட்
Posted Date: 11/07/2018 (Wednesday)
News: Making public transport safe for women
Posted Date: 10/07/2018 (Tuesday)
A majority of women in Sri Lanka have endured sexual harassment on public transport, and incidences of harassment continue to increase daily despite continuous efforts to combat sexual violence, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and National Council for Road Safety, Sri Lanka, claimed recently. Research released in 2015 by UNFPA, offers a view into women’s vulnerability to violence and discrimination, issues that are poorly understood - both in Sri Lanka and globally - because of underreporting and lack of data. It reveals that around 90 per cent of women and girls who use public transport services have endured sexual harassment. Despite the low frequency of formal data, these problems are all too common to women and girls.
Videos: We don’t need a separate state - Sumanthiran
Posted Date: 10/07/2018 (Tuesday)
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)
Unter Affoltern மண்டபத்தில் (GZ Affoltern, Bodenacker -25, 8046 Affoltern Zürich)
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.

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