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I will name the one who will strengthen national security

I will name the one who will strengthen national security

Commenting on the prospects for power devolution to Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils, Leader of Opposition and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a reference to the current “situation in Kashmir.” Leading Sri Lankan Tamil daily Virakesari on Saturday published a wide-ranging interview with Mr. Rajapaksa. …

Military cooperation pact to tackle red tape?

Military cooperation pact to tackle red tape?

The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the island nation said in a television interview. The comments represent the latest …

End the row in Kanniya

End the row in Kanniya

Ever since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948, successive Sinhala-dominated governments have been launching projects to encroach on areas dominated by the minority Tamils and Muslims both to change the population pattern and to claim historical rights to those lands, writes P.K.Balachandran in The Citizen. …

Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

In his 2009 paper entitled, Kattankudy in Eastern Sri Lanka: A Mullah-Merchant Urban Complex Caught between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalisms Dr.Ameer Ali had traced the history of the town and come to the ominous conclusion that Islamic radicalism which was being nurtured there, could pose …

OIC countries seek pro-active measures

OIC countries seek pro-active measures

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Wednesday to seek pro-active measures to ensure the safety and security of Muslims in Sri Lanka. The meetings took place in …

Facebook adds new limits to address hate speech

Facebook adds new limits to address hate speech

As Facebook grapples with the spread of hate speech on its platform, it is introducing changes that limit the spread of messages in two countries where it has come under fire in recent years: Sri Lanka and Myanmar. In a blog post on Thursday evening, …

Government has  abandoned a new Constitution.

Government has abandoned a new Constitution.

Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate(CTED) Ms Michele Coninsx met with the leader of the Tamil National Alliance Mr Sampanthan in Colombo Yesterday (8th June 2019). Highlighting the importance of the implementation of the United Nations …

The Charges sound silly but…

The Charges sound silly but…

The charges sound silly but the consequences are not. One Muslim lady’s crime was to wear a shirt printed with a ship’s helm. Her accusers said it looked like the wheel of dharma, so she must be mocking Buddhism, the religion of the majority A …

UK will continue to press for further progress

UK will continue to press for further progress

The British Foreign Office released the 2018 Foreign and Commonwealth Office human rights report on 05 June 2019. The report said that the human rights situation in Sri Lanka was mixed in 2018. Key concerns included increased inter-communal tensions, the slow delivery of key reconciliation …

Asia should brace itself for more IS terrorist attacks

Asia should brace itself for more IS terrorist attacks

The world appears to be witnessing a new phase in Islamic State’s global war which began in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Shortly after the deadly coordinated terrorist attacks by an IS-claimed cell, an IS media outlet released a video of the group’s elusive leader, …