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Stop acts of Vulagarity

Burma: UN rights expert to probe allegations of abuses during crackdown

The United Nations independent human rights expert on Burma said that he would use his upcoming official visit to the troubled country to verify allegations of abuses during the recent Government crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, determine the numbers and whereabouts of those detained or killed, and collect testimony about what happened. Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the Human Rights Council's Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Burma, told the General Assembly's third committee (social, humanitarian and cultural issues) that although he has not been allowed into the country since 2003, he has received extremely worrying reports about the Government's response to the protests, which began in mid-August after a sudden surge in fuel prices.

Stop acts of vulgarity

“Our society is brutalized enough by all sorts of terror for almost thirty years. Not just by the terror coming from the north, but also from the south; not only from insurgents but also from the people holding power in the upper echelons. Therefore we strongly urge to stop all acts of vulgarity. Understand that displaying dead bodies in public in an abominable act. People of Sri Lanka are yearning for peace. What we want to see from our armed forces is to bring back our lost paradise, that peaceful island back to us by defeating all sorts of terror to live in harmony with all communities, but definitely not something like displaying dead bodies, ” - Geethanjana.

Chamber of Construction Industry plans to promote overseas construction related services

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry with the assistance of the Diplomatic Representations of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is undertaking a campaign to promote construction related services and contracting capacities to emerging markets. This is a pioneering initiative fully supported by the Ministry of Export Development and International Trade and the Ministry of Construction and Engineering Services, said Chief Executive of the CCI Dakshitha Talgodapitiya.

Sri Lanka retains its seat in the executive board of the UNESCO

Sri Lanka has retained its seat in the Executive Board of UNESCO for a further period of 4 years at the election held on Wednesday, during the 34th Session of the General Conference. Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha will represent Sri Lanka at the Executive Board of UNESCO. Sri Lanka secured 130 votes placed 3rd after Malaysia and Philippines ahead of Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Pakistan. According to a press release, this victory underlines the continuous confidence placed by the international community on the foreign policy of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

A'Pura airbase attack: Popular Sirasa Superstar TV show taken to task?

In an amusing turn of events, Lanka military officials said that a popular TV talent show on the lines of "American Idol" could have diverted military vigilance from the army air-force base that fell prey to LTTE rebels on Monday 22. Military officials said the commando-style attack began in the early hours of Monday, and the rebels would have had to be at the perimeter fence at least three to four hours earlier to get into position. "That takes us to the time when Sirasa Super Star was shown on TV," a military official said, referring to a hugely popular talent show inspired by "American Idol."

The Jindal Caper

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Indians are greatly fascinated by the success stories of the ‘worthy sons and daughters’ of ‘Indians’ living abroad, either as immigrants or citizens of another country. The bigger the achievement the larger the scale of merriment at home over the accomplishment of the Indian abroad who, of course, is identified almost as an Indian citizen. Thus it was that the media had heartily joined the festivities reported from places as far apart as Louisiana in the US and a village in Malerkotla in Punjab, from where the new governor of the Louisiana state, Bobby (earlier Piyush) Jindal, was elected with a thumping majority. He was the first Indian-American to be elected to that high office and at 36, the youngest incumbent too.

SARC

Rohitha Bogollagama

Sri Lanka urges SARC member countries to play effective role in countering terrorism in the region

Rohitha BogollagamaThe SAARC Terrorist Offences Monitoring Desk must play an effective role, a vital role in disseminating information on terrorist groups and their activities in the region. The objectives of the establishment of the Desk have so far not been fully realized, as the flow of information from member countries remains irregular or even nil. This mechanism he emphasized needs to be revitalized through the political will of the Member States to counter the terrorists’ capabilities, by the sharing and dissemination of information on a strict need to know basis.


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