‘Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country’ says BBS

 Gnanasara Thero said that reconciliation cannot be discussed if the Government does not accept that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country. The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today ridiculed the chief prelates during a meeting with Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganesan.  BBS General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero said that there is no point in having talks with the chief prelates and obtaining their opinion on national issues.  Gnanasara Thero said the chief prelates are there just to appear before the media, look good, meet Ministers and make statements. He said…

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Rape in custody decade after civil war

Men in Sri Lanka are being raped in custody nearly a decade after the civil war, when sexual assault was routinely used to torture detained Tamils, a report said Wednesday. The rape of men and boys remains widespread but unreported, with victims unwilling to come forward due to social stigma and laws criminalising same-sex relations, the All Survivors Project said in its report. Rape was rife during Sri Lanka’s 37-year civil war, but unlike cases involving women there has been little official record or acknowledgement of men being abused by…

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PLANTATION TAMILS AND MODI’S ROLE

Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s visit to the country last week drew attention to the wider political dimensions sandwiched in the so-called Plantation Tamils’ issue. Current Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has been at great pains to drive home his several ‘justifications’ to demand a merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces by citing the Muslims in that province as being ‘Tamil Speaking People.’ Just a fortnight ago we heard Ceylon Workers Congress President MP Muthu Sivalingam make reference to plantation Tamils settled in the Vanni District, mainly Vavuniya, who…

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Power should be shared between the centre and the periphery

Secretary to the Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms, Winston Pathiraja, in an interview with the Daily Mirror, says a new Constitution is the need of the hour. He feels power should be shared between the centre and the periphery. Excerpts of the interview:   As the Secretary to the Public Representation Committee that deliberated with the general public on Constitution-making, how do you see the importance of people’s views? As the coordinator of the outreach programme of constitutional reforms and constitution-making, I must start by saying as to why…

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Different rules for Sinhalese and Tamils in Sri Lanka

Government to celebrate the Killing of more than 40,000 Tamil civilianS and more than 1000 LTTE Leaders and their family members who surrendered with WHITE FLAG after UN negotiated the surrender on 19th May as VICTORY DAY. Tamils banned from remembering their siblings or children killed and made to disappear in thousands by Sri Lankan forces on 18th May as Maveerar day. Police Intelligence personnel have received information to the effect that various commemorative events have been planned in the North to honour the LTTE leaders who were killed by the…

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Gang attack on Kohilawatta Mosque

By Ariyaratne Ganegoda The Kohilawatte Mosque, in Sedawatte, was attacked with stones and clubs, around 1:30 p.m. yesterday, by an unidentified gang, resulting in extensive damage, Wellampitiya Police said. Police said the gang had however fled on being challenged by several persons who had been painting the mosque in preparation for the Ramadan fasting season. When area residents had informed them, Minister Rishad Bathiudeen,…… Members of Parliament S.M. Marikkar and Mujubur Rahuman, as well as Members of the Western Provincial Council representing the Colombo District, A.J.M. Faisz and Arshad Nizamdeen…

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