Democracy Declined And Militarization Increased in Sri Lanka says Government Minister

Minister of National Languages and Social Intergation, Vasudeva Nanayakkara has expressed concern over the dwindling democracy and increasing militarization Sri Lanka is presently undergoing. The Minister had made these remarks in his speech at the National Convention on Inter Religious Integration organised by the National Peace Council. “The only way to ensure unity and national reconciliation is to strengthen democracy. Only through democracy can we get equality for all citizens and build ethnic coexistence,” he had stated. Among those who participated in the convention had been religious leaders, representatives of community based organisations and diplomats.…

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Had the international community responded earlier lives could have been saved in Sri Lanka

US notes the failure to act on Sri Lanka The United States (US) says had the international community responded earlier and more appropriately to situations in some countries, including Sri Lanka, lives could have been saved. In a statement today during the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, the US delegation noted that the most troubling aspect of recent atrocities is the concern that they could have been prevented. In the prepared statement issued during the panel discussion on the role of prevention in the promotion and protection…

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3000 fishermen go on indefinite fast

Thousands of fishermen along with their family members from 63 fishing hamlets in the district today commenced an indefinite fast demanding the authorities to initiate immediate action for getting the release of 23 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy. The fishermen were arrested in separate incidents by the navy on charges of violating International Maritime Boundary Line earlier this month when they were fishing off Kodiakkarai. About 3,000 persons were participating in the fast near the sea shore, police said.

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MDMK opposes BJP participation in conference in Sri Lanka

BJP’s Tamil Nadu ally, MDMK, on Thursday opposed the senior partner’s participation in a conference in Sri Lanka, saying it had hurt the Tamils in that country, besides in India and elsewhere. Referring to BJP’s two-member delegation of Muralidhar Rao and Vijay Jolly participating in the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo starting today, MDMK chief Vaiko said it amounted to ‘belittling’ Tamils. Vaiko recalled that former Prime MinisterManmohan Singh had boycotted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo last year following a huge hue and cry in the state. “BJP’s sending of Rao…

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Sri Lankan man faces trial for blackmailing Indian woman

Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) A swimming trainer is facing trial in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for taking nude photos of an Indian woman and blackmailing her for money, a media report said Thursday. The Dubai Criminal Court heard Thursday that a Sri Lankan national, identified only as A.L., 34, was in a romantic relationship with the Indian woman, identified only as M.R., 23, The National reported. The accused, who worked as a swimming trainer, confessed that he kept photos of the woman on his phone and sent them to…

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Norway rejects claims over its activities

Norway says it has no interest in creating communal tensions in Sri Lanka and it shares the values of dignity, respect, diversity and dialogue in Sri Lanka. Norwegian Ambassador Grete Løchen, was quoted by the Embassy as saying that  Norway in Sri Lanka is often accused in the media of supporting extremist groups and views. She says her government is deeply concerned about an increasingly polarized world where the narrative is more about exclusion than inclusion. “Inter-religious dialogue offers an alternative way of implementing human rights. The civil society organisations can…

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Goodbye Abe, hello Xi Jinping

As the Sri Lankan Govt. hosts two rival heads of States just nine days apart, Namini Wijedasa looks at the implications of the visits Thousands of schoolchildren in traditional costumes welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Sri Lanka last week. They danced in sync to local folk songs as his convoy rolled from the airport to the Colombo-Katunayake Highway. It was the first time such a show—using 3,200 students from 22 schools across five districts—had been staged for a visiting head of State or Government, said Thilak Gunathilaka, Director…

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Canada slams door on Sri Lanka Govt. officials

Two senior Sri Lankan Government officials nominated to attend an international conference in Canada have been denied visas to enter that country. The two were to travel to Canada for the International Prison Conference from September 7 to 14, but could not make it due to the visa denial. The two Prisons Department officers who were denied visas are Industrial and Skills Development Commissioner Tissa Jayasinghe and Welikada Prison Superintendent Emil Ranjan, Prison Department spokesman H.M.P.N. Upuldeniya said. Eighteen countries were attending the conference but Sri Lanka could not send a representative…

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Data roaming charges compared

A British holidaymaker was given a shock recently when she returned from South Africa to discover a mobile phone bill of more than £2,600. Katie Bryan, 43, racked up the charges for downloading the “best of Neil Diamond” album on iTunes. Orange, her mobile provider, charges £8 per MB for data roaming, meaning her approximately 326MB album (priced at £8.99) ended up costing her £2,609.31……..…. full story  Fortunately for Miss Bryan, Orange agreed to retrospectively sell her a £400 data bundle, reducing the bill by £2,209.31. Related Articles The best websites…

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