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25000 acres of acquired land missing in Sri Lanka
Monday, 11 August 2014 - 11:57 AM SL Time

There are no substantial information on over 25,000 acres of land acquired by the government under Land Reform Act No. 1 of 1972 and its amendments, said a higher official attached to Ministry of Land and Land Development.

According to `Divaina` news paper, he has further stated that there are heavy suspicions rising weather they were acquired by the politicians or distributed among their acquaintances.

The governments which came into power since 1972 failing to follow a proper method has led to the particular situation, he has said.
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Sri Lanka has deported 36 Pakistanis
Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - 1:39 AM SL Time

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, has learnt that a total of 36 Pakistani asylum-seekers have been deported from Sri Lanka since last Friday. The deportations took place between August 1 and 5 following two months of arrests and detentions of people of concern to UNHCR.

UNHCR spokesperson Ariane Rummery told reporters at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva that most of the deportees have arrived in Pakistan and been released.
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SL hosts 13th Regional Committee sessions on Higher Education
Tuesday, 5 August 2014 - 12:36 AM SL Time

The 13th Session of the Regional Committee on the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific and the Regional Workshop on Quality Assurance in Higher Education was held today with the participation of several key personalities including Minister of Higher Education, S.B. Dissanayake. The conference is hosted by Sri Lanka this time and is partnered by UNESCO. Speaking at the event, the Minister stated the importance of recognition of qualifications. In our National Higher education Strategic Management plan we have identified 12 goals. I would like to draw your attention to one of them: `Improved global compatibility, global links and exchanges.` This conference is directly related to that goal. Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific would help us to achieve this goal, he said. He further said he was looking forward to working with UNESCO whose focus has been on education. Key focus areas of UNESCO in education are increasing equity and access, improving quality, and ensuring that education develops knowledge and skills in areas such as sustainable development, HIV and AIDS, human rights and gender equality, he said. Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Nandimithra Ekanayake, Director, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, Thailand, Gwang-Jo Kim, Secretary/Ministry of Higher Education, Dr. Sunil Jayantha Nawaratna, and Chairperson, University Grants Commission, Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama were among those who took part at the event. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 111 )

Pakistan official in Colombo moved out amid pressure from India
Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 11:52 PM SL Time

New Delhi: Amid mounting pressure from India, Pakistan is understood to have quietly withdrawn its official from its High Commission in Colombo following an allegation against him that he was involved in conspiracy to target the US and Israel consulates in south India at ISI`s behest.

Counselor (Visa) Amir Zubair Siddiqui had been withdrawn even before NIA`s request under Mutual Assistance Legal Treaty (MLAT) reached Colombo as his presence had become untenable to his diplomatic duties, officials here said. Pakistan, which has been on the back foot, maintained that Siddiqui`s tenure had got completed in Sri Lanka and he has since returned to Islamabad.
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Sri Lanka tenders unqualified apology to Modi and Jayalalithaa for derogatory article
Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 4:20 AM SL Time

NEW DELHI: The Sri Lankan government has tendered an `unqualified apology` to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a controversial article on the two leaders on its defence ministry s official website.

The Sri Lankan government said in a statement that the article was published `without proper authorization and it doesn`t reflect the government`s official position.`
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Sri Lanka Leases 1200 Acres In Trinco To China
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 9:42 AM SL Time

The Green Left Weekly news agency reported that the Sri Lankan government has signed an agreement to give China 1200 acres of land in the Trincomalee area on a long term lease for defence-related development .

The land which has been allegedly given to the Chinese Republic is an area populated with over 450 families and with places of religious observances. The news agency reports that all these will lose their lands and places of worship.
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I wish all followers of Islam in Sri Lanka a Happy Eid ul-Fitr. Eid Mubarak - President
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 10:21 AM SL Time

I am pleased to send this message of greetings to the devotees of Islam as they celebrate the festival Eid ul-Fitr today, President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in a message to mark the Ramazan festival.

The message: The Muslim community of Sri Lanka join their brothers in faith the world over today, to mark the completion of the important period of fasting and religious fervour, in keeping with the traditions of Islam.
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Female gambling den busted: Five women arrested
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 10:57 AM SL Time

The Western Province anti-crime division busted a gambling den near a public well at the T20 watte in Borella and nabbed five women engaged in throwing the dice for money on Saturday (26).

A large number of women were gambling when the policemen raided the spot, but most of them managed to escape, while the policemen who chased after them could capture only five of them, police said.

The police took into custody Rs 1,700 from the scene.
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Supreme Court Directs All Public Institutions To Allow Traditional Muslim Dress
Friday, 25 July 2014 - 1:29 AM SL Time

The Supreme Court today ordered the Attorney General to issue directives to all public institutions to permit to wear the traditional Muslim cultural attire when entering public places.

When the case was taken up for hearing before the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, he said that the traditional Muslim attire is well within the identity of the Sri Lankan culture and that Muslim women have a right to wear such attire a it causes harm to none.
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`Limited Abortion` To Be Legalized In Sri Lanka
Sunday, 20 July 2014 - 1:43 AM SL Time

After debating over the matter for years if not decades, the Sri Lankan government has finally taken measures to legalize `limited abortion`, sources of the Child Development and Women`s Affairs Ministry said.

A consultative committee is now working on the mechanism to legalize `limited abortion` in Sri Lanka as a way of addressing issues faced by women who have been victimized by rape and other similar problems. The recommendations of the committee will be presented to Parliament to formulate new laws on this matter.
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Over 160 complaints against media in Sri Lanka
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 11:45 PM SL Time

The Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka (PCCSL) received one hundred and sixty three complaints last year, the Chief Executive Officer of the PCCSL Sukumar Rockwood said in his annual report for 2013.

Sukumar Rockwood further stated that the Sinhala press which comprises 39 per cent of the country s newspapers attracted the majority of the complaints in 2013. He said that the Commission received the fullest co-operation from editors to resolve these complaints amicably and swiftly.
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Canada tells Lanka to respect NGOs
Friday, 18 July 2014 - 11:26 AM SL Time

Canada today urged the Sri Lankan authorities to respect the right to freedoms of expression, assembly and association, and the right to take part in public affairs.

Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights Deepak Obhrai said Canada is deeply concerned by reports of efforts to restrict legitimate activities of civil society and non-governmental organizations in Sri Lanka.
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Malaysia Airlines flight crashes in Ukraine
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - 11:22 PM SL Time

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur has crashed in eastern Ukraine, Russian news agency Interfax reported Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed that it lost contact with MH17, and the flight`s last known position was over Ukrainian airspace, the airline said on Twitter.

The plane reportedly went down near the border between Russia and Ukraine

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`People Who Misuse Religion Are Savages`- Faizer Mustapha
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 - 6:41 PM SL Time

Deputy Minister of Investment Promotions Faizer Mustapha making a statement at a gathering stated that there are extremist forces within the country who are driving the country towards another civil war.

`Do not use your relegion and race to discreminate another, do not use relegion as a tool to create a platform for spreading extremism and racism to the Sri Lankan community`, he said.

The Deputy Minister also said that if a person uses his or her relegion in an offensive way they are no better than savages. Adding to that he also said, ` true patriotism never comes by degrading or insulting another human being, there is no homour in preaching relegion while practicing violence.`
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Australian minister under fire for not meeting Tamil groups on Sri Lanka trip
Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 11:02 PM SL Time

A Tamil group criticised Australia`s immigration minister on Thursday for visiting northern Sri Lanka without meeting Tamil leaders, days after Australia returned a boat of asylum seekers, including Tamils, under its hardline border security policy.

Some of the 41 Sri Lankans intercepted and sent home by Australia said on Tuesday they had been mistreated by Australian Customs, accusations Immigration Minister Scott Morrison denied.
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Another revamped city Landmark to be opened
Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 8:40 PM SL Time

President to open `Independence Square Shopping cum Public Precinct`

With the end of conflict in 2009, the country has seen an unprecedented development that had transformed the country into what it is today. The transformation is more evident in Colombo, the commercial capital than anywhere else. This development is stimulating economy and raising developmental creativity.

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) is leading the city`s development drive that has seen Colombo blossoming into a clean, green and people friendly city. The UDA, coming under the purview of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development has initiated a number of urban regeneration projects under the guidance and supervision of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Mr. Rajapaksa is spearheading the Colombo development project with the aim of making it a showpiece city of Asia and a commercial hub of South Asia.
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Sri Lankan government ally opposes South African mediation in national issue
Monday, 7 July 2014 - 2:21 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan government ally and coalition partner of the ruling alliance, the National Freedom Front (NFF) has expressed opposition to the mediation of South Africa in finding a solution to the national problem. National Freedom Front (NFF) Media Spokesman Mohammad Muzammil has said that the party led by government Minister Wimal Weerawansa does not view the expected visit of South Africa`s Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, and Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa favorably.
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Muslims in Sri Lanka are self-alienating themselves from the mainstream community Dr Ameer Ali
Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 4:32 AM SL Time

In an interview with Ranga Jayasuriya appearing in Ceylon Today, Dr. Ameer Ali, a prominent Islamic scholar and a former adviser on Muslim Affairs to former Australian Prime Minister John Howard`s Government, and an academic at the Faculty of Management and Governance of Murdoch University, has said that Muslims in Sri Lanka are self-alienating themselves from the mainstream community.
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CID grills BBS monk over Aluthgama
Thursday, 3 July 2014 - 12:36 AM SL Time

The police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) questioned the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero today, on the recent violence in Aluthgama.

According to the police, Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero was questioned over the statements he made at a rally in Aluthgama prior to the violence which erupted between Muslims and Sinhalese in the area.

Gnanasara Thero said that the CID had questioned him at the CID office in Fort for several hours over the violence.
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If proven I will resign: Gota Says
Tuesday, 1 July 2014 - 3:26 PM SL Time

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday denied any involvement with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or any fringe organisations as alleged.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror during an exclusive interview Rajapaksa asserted that he would resign from his post if any connection with these organizations was proved.

I have nothing to do with the BBS. I have not at all been involved in any of this. All this is because of baseless accusations, and I will always say that some Muslim politicians and opposition politicians have put the blame on me. At the end the media has also done that. What facts do they have to say that? It s very unfortunate that people write such baseless factless articles, that is very wrong.
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