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Photos: Splitting hairs in an island
Posted Date: 30/09/2017 (Saturday)
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Events: தியாகி திலீபன் நினைவுநார்ள்
Posted Date: 30/09/2017 (Saturday)
St Jude's Primary School, 53 George Street, Sooresby, VIC. Australia
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News: Committee for delimitation of new electorates
Posted Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
In the aftermath of the enactment of legislation to change the electoral system for Provincial Council elections, the government will appoint a committee on Monday to work on the delimitation of new electorates for the purpose, a Minister said today. Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha held a top level meeting with the officials of the Elections Commission on Wednesday to work out modalities for this purpose.
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News: Govt. service under intense scrutiny after RTI - Mangala
Posted Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
As the government celebrated its second Right to Information (RTI) day this year, Mass Media and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera believes that a more watchful public will lead the way to an efficient government service. “Experience around the world has shown that when the people have information and they are watching, the public service is forced to perform,”Minister Samaraweera said. Addressing a
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News: Discrimination in Sri Lanka – The reality
Posted Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
Mr. President, a myth has been spread over the years, that there is discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka. Out of a population of 22 million people in Sri Lanka, 11.2% are Northern Tamils while the upcountry Tamils who came to Sri Lanka during British colonial times, are about 4.1%. But these are not the only minority communities in Sri Lanka; 9.3% of the Sri Lankan population are Muslim. Several other minority communities such as Burgers and Malays amount to 0.6% of the population. The majority community is obviously Sinhalese at 74.9%.
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News: Maha Nayaka, Buddhist organization express reservations
Posted Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
The Maha Nayaka of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera and the Buddha Sasana Karya Sadaaka Mandalaya, a leading Buddhist organization, has opposed certain sections of the Interim Report on the new Constitution that was presented by the steering committee of the Constitutional Assembly recently. A statement issued by the organization said the report has suggested the inclusion of "Sri Lanka
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News: Army prepared to address alleged war crimes charges
Posted Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
The Sri Lanka Army says it is prepared to engage in open dialogue with the United Nations to address alleged war crimes. Addressing media after calling on the Chief Prelates of the Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters in Kandy today, Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake dismissed allegations in this regard.
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News: Prof. Peiris accuses govt of turning its back on war heroes
Posted Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris yesterday accused the government of having turned a blind eye to the plight of security forces officers and men facing war crimes allegations. Referring to statements UK MP Paul Scully as well as Northern Provincial Council member
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News: Kurdish Referendum inspires hope among Eelam Tamils: TGTE
Posted Date: 29/09/2017 (Friday)
The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) congratulates the people of Kurdistan on their recent success in conducting a referendum in their homeland and among the Kurdish diaspora. The Kurdistan people were subjected to genocide under the regime of Saddam Hussein. Notably, during Saddam’s genocidal Anfel campaign between 1986 and 1989, tens of
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News: UNHCR alarmed at violence against Rohingyas in Sri Lanka
Posted Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The United Nations on Wednesday raised concern for the safety of Rohingya Muslim asylum seekers in Sri Lanka after Buddhist monks and hardline nationalists forced them to flee a U.N. shelter in the capital Colombo. The refugees, who were detained in April along with two suspected Indian human traffickers in a boat off Sri Lanka’s coast, are now in a camp in southern Sri Lanka to ensure their security after the incident in the capital.
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News: Constitution making and ethnically sensitive issues
Posted Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
Interestingly the Constitutional Assembly Steering Committee’s interim report, presented to Parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on September 21, was largely a document containing ethnically sensitive issues. In the light of the report, one would wonder whether constitution-making is nothing other than handling ethnically sensitive matters. The report deals with devolving power to the provincial councils, merger of provinces, unitary
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News: Vidya murder case: Seven accused sentenced to death Three-judge bench finds them guilty on all 41 counts
Posted Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The Trial-at bar, which heard the Vidya murder case in Jaffna sentenced seven of the accused to death yesterday. The bench comprised High Court Judges Shashi Mahendran (President), Anna Lingam Ravi Shankar and Manickawasagar Illancheliyan. The 332 page verdict was read out by the President of the Trial-at-bar and Vavuniya High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran.
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News: Present political culture can be changed – Rohana
Posted Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
The March 12th Movement says a change in the country’s present political culture can be established within the next several years. Speaking to NewsRadio Executive Director of the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections Rohana Hettiarachchi said they are displeased with the country’s state of affairs in order to establish cultured politics in the country.
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News: President stresses need for protecting archaeological sites
Posted Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized that all parties should fulfill their responsibilities for the preservation and conservation of archaeological sites. He made these remarks addressing a ceremony held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute in Colombo on September 27 to hand over the research book on Tampita Vihara in Sri Lanka to the President.
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Events: கற்பகா கணனி பயிற்சி நிலையம் கணினி பயிற்சி சான்றிதழ் நிகழ்வு
Posted Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
புளியம்கொக்கை (காணன்)
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Events: Saraswathi Poosai
Posted Date: 28/09/2017 (Thursday)
Shiraz Mirza Community Centre, Norbiton
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News: Back To White-Vanning Days?
Posted Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Back in the day a new term entered the political lexicon of Sri Lanka: white-vanning. It was about the use of vehicles, typically white vans, to abduct certain characters that the then regime felt were unsavoury. At times it was used to obtain information on LTTE activists and activities that could have endangered hundreds of lives, as in the case of the brother-in-law of then Senior
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News: Is the UNHRC Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka legal?
Posted Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
Is the resolution 30/1 legal? Certainly not. Let me briefly explain as to why the resolution is illegal. On 26 th March 2014, the UNHRC by resolution A/HRC/25/1 requested the High Commissioner to undertake a comprehensive investigation into “ serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes” allegedly committed during the period 2002 February to 2011November in Sri Lanka.
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News: Why Geneva wants new Constitution to address accountability issues?
Posted Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
President Maithripala Sirisena’s meeting with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid-Hussein, on Sept 22, 2017, on the sidelines of the 72 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), underscored Sri Lanka’s pathetic failure to counter a high profile propaganda project that brought about Geneva Resolution 30/1, on Oct 1, 2015.
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News: Prelate calls for referendum on new constitution
Posted Date: 27/09/2017 (Wednesday)
A referendum should be held on the new constitution proposed by the government, Venerable Anunayake of Asgiriya Anamaduwe Sri Dhammadassi thera told the Highways and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella. Ven. Sri Dhammadassi Thera said so after receiving a copy of the interim report submitted by the Steering Committee appointed by the Constitutional Assembly.
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