Sri Lanka: Buddhist Monks Invaded a Hindu Temple and Desecrated it, Despite a Court Ban. UN Urged to Act: TGTE

UN urged to ensure that Hindus are free to worship, without harassment and threats by the Security forces and Buddhist Monks.MULLAITHIVU, SRI LANKA, September 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Barely a month after the visit of UN Special Rapportur’s visit to Sri Lanka, a group of senior Buddhist monks from the South of Sri Lanka invaded a Hindu Temple in the Northern town of Mullaitivu with the protection of security forces and desecrated the Temple by cremating a senior Buddhist Monk’s body in the Hindu Temple premises, despite a court order…

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Revisiting The Second-Preference

By Kumar David – Prof. Kumar David A few of my recent short-pieces in Colombo Telegraph have attracted comment. I have met both favourable and unfavourable reactions and this is the time to address some. Most comments were about my call to voters to cast their first-preference for the PP candidate Anura Kumara and second-preference fot the strongest anti-Gota candidate. I ask those who disagree to nevertheless give my second-preference tactic a patient hearing. To keep it simple I will assume there are only three candidates Gotabaya (SLPP), the DNF candidate and Anura (who…

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I am ready to contest presidential polls: Welgama

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MP Kumara Welgama said he was ready to accept the presidential candidacy and contest if his name would be nominated by the party. Addressing a news briefing, he said he had been in the SLFP for 38 years and had not left the party under any circumstances. “I am confident that I would be able to cope with the state of affairs and lead the country to a better position,” MP Welgama said. “People know my character. I have worked for the people, and I…

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UNP expels five MPs

The UNP has decided to expel five of its MPs – Wijedasa Rajapakshe, Dunesh Gankanda, SB Navinna, Ashoka Priyantha and Ananda Aluthgamage. UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has sent them letters informing them of the party’s decision, according to sources. The UNP will inform Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dassanayake of the expulsion of the five MPs. Among the charges against the five MPs were violation of the party c more

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Ban on niqab, burqa continues in Uva: Governor

Uva Province Governor Maithree Gunaratne said today he had instructed the law enforcement authorities to implement the ban on the face veil (niqab and burqa) even in the wake of the state of emergency is lifted. He told Daily Mirror that those wearing the niqab or the burqa would be a cause for concern to the security of the province. “The Muslims have lived among us for more than 600 years and intermingled with our culture. The niqab and burqa concept has affected the traditional Muslims in recent times,” he…

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PSC to recommend action against rising Wahabism and Arabisation, etc

By Saman Indrajith Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the Easter Sunday carnage, yesterday, decided to make their recommendations focusing on five main areas including the trend of rising Wahabism and Arabisation. The PSC members met at the Committee Room 3 of the Parliamentary complex, yesterday, around 2.15 pm and their meeting lasted till around 5pm with Committee Chairman Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri presiding, PSC sources said. All PSC members except Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Rauff Hakeem and Prof Ashu Marasinghe were present at the meeting. The PSC…

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UNP to nominate Sajith as presidential candidate on conditions

By Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera   There was general agreement among the seniors of the United National Party (UNP) to nominate Minister Sajith Premadasa as the presidential candidate but on certain conditions to be stipulated in writing, Daily Mirror learns. The UNP seniors backing both Party Leader Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Mr.Premadasa met yesterday to work out some arrangement to agree on candidacy.    The PM is reportedly in agreement that candidacy could be offered to Mr.Premadasa but on condition that he (Mr.Wickremesinghe) should remain the UNP Leader and…

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Can poll date stall UNP splitting the SLFP way?

https://ceylontoday.lk/print-more/41007 SLFP may ally with left parties: Dayasiri There is the likelihood of the SLFP joining hands with left-leaning forces and contesting the presidential separately in the event the talks with SLPP fails, SLFP General Secretary, MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said. He told a news conference that the SLFP’s presidential candidate would most probably be President Maithripala Sirisena with his candidacy being unanimously approved by the party’s Central Committee. He said the SLFP believed that the SLFP and the SLPP could continue with the talks to form an alliance to face…

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