27th June 2014

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo, Ampara and Mannar

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Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo,Ampara and Mannar. CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR LATEST NEWS UPDATES http://www.athavannews.com/ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Athavannews Twitter page https://twitter.com/AthavanNews http://www.athavannews.com/3000-%E0%AE%AE%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%B2%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%82%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%BE%E0%AE%AF%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%B3%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%9F%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%BE/

11% of Sri Lankan Family are Single parents in England and Wales

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Family types in England and Wales, 2011 Part of 2011 Census Analysis, How do Living Arrangements, Family Type and Family Size Vary in England and Wales? Release Variation in family type by country of birth of the family reference person (FRP), infographic http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census-analysis/how-do-living-arrangements–family-type-and-family-size-vary-in-england-and-wales-/info-family-types.html  

Abbey Road photographs, and Yorkshire hospitality

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June 10 Arrive at Heathrow after a long flight. Acquiring a visa for the UK was such a drawn-out ordeal, I was almost expecting to be waterboarded at the airport. The reality is far more pleasant. The border-control officer – probably of Indian descent – asks me what I’m here for. “I’m covering the cricket over the next couple of weeks,” I say. Her eyes light up. “Oh, brilliant! I’ve got tickets for one of the matches. But aren’t the games a few weeks away? The team hasn’t arrived yet, I don’t think.” 

”No, I’m here for the Test that starts on Thursday.” 

She looks down at my passport for the first time. The words “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka” are emblazoned on the […]

The true colors of racism

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‘Before you speak let your words pass through three gates.  At the first gate, ask yourself ‘is it true?’ At second, ask yourself ‘is it necessary?’ And at the third, ask yourself ‘is it kind?’ – Sufi saying. Social media is for some a stress reliever.  Facebook and Twitter are sounding boards for some and for others Agony Aunts or even shrinks.  That’s at the personal level. There is by definition a social element to it too of course.  That’s why there are groups, followers and followed on these sites.   Social media is not all that it is claimed to be and neither is it the nothing that others claim it to be.  Has its uses, has its pitfalls.  It steps in when mainstream media […]

The agony of #Aluthgama virtually speaking…

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‘If you were to reconstruct history based on the articles that have been published in the State-run newspapers, some of us who lived through the major incidents, would not even be able to recognize it,’ Nalaka Gunawardena jocularly opined. Nalaka was referring to stoic radio silence of Main Stream Media (MSM) during the height of the recent communal clashes and the morning after in Aluthgama and Beruwala. A rally by the Buddhist extremist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) escalated into a rampage leaving three people dead, hundreds homeless and a bloody shooting spree in its wake. “It was only 48 hours after the initial flare-up in Aluthgama did television channels and publications flounder to find verified information to relay,” added Nalaka, an Information Society Watcher […]

Muslims under attack in Lanka

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Muslims under attack in Lanka The writer is a lawyer and founder of the Aam Aadmi Party Pakistan. He tweets @Adnanrandhawa As if the anti-Muslim surge in India and Myanmar wasn’t horrible enough, Sri Lanka’s recently joining the club has rung many alarm bells among the Muslims of South Asia. The killing spree in the Aluthgama town in southern Sri Lanka has resulted in at least four deaths, with many houses and shops gutted in violence sparked by an anti-Muslim rally organised by an extremist Buddhist revivalist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Religion-based clashes, if they randomly occur hither and thither, should not be a cause of worry when properly tackled by impartial and effective state authorities, followed by punishment to the culprits after due process. But […]

‘No provocative remarks made by Gnanasara Thera in Aluthgama’: Police

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Bodu Bala Sena Meeting – Aluthgama It has not yet been established that BBS genereal secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera had made provocative remarks at the recent meeting in Aluthgama, said police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana. He told the media in Colombo that the remarks of the Thera were being investigated to determine as to whether they had led to any public provocation. There is no need to record a statement from Gnanasara Thera, he added. The video is still on YouTube UNP raps Govt. over BBS Alleges Government is supporting and protecting Bodu Bala Sena in spite of deadly violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela Main Opposition takes its own national multi-religious initiative to secure ethnic harmony Multi-stakeholder meeting convened in Parliamentary complex approves four […]

Involving intelligence services in politics is alarming – Tilvin Silva

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Deploying intelligence officers to fulfill personal political aims contravening their official duties is a serious matter says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this when a daily newspaper asked for his opinion regarding Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera’s exposure of intelligence services in the country. He said there is ample evidence in the past regarding officers of intelligence services being deployed for political ends and added that Mr. Mangala Samaraweera’s exposure should be investigated and if there is any truth measures should be taken to deploy the officers of the relevant intelligence sections only in their official duties said Mr. Tilvin Silva. He said if the government acts in such a manner there would not be any risk of the names and details […]