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A Day Before Ezhuga Tamizh Stir, Sri Lankan Govt. Sends 23 Ex-Tiger Cadres For Rehab and Release

A Day Before Ezhuga Tamizh Stir, Sri Lankan Govt. Sends 23 Ex-Tiger Cadres For Rehab and Release

Colombo, September 23 (NIA): A day before the “Ezhuga Tamizh” (Arise Tamils) stir in the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces challenging the Tamil National Alliance leadership and the Sri Lankan government to implement their electoral promises is to be launched, the Sri Lankan government on Friday sent for rehabilitation and release, 23 of the 118 former Tamil Tiger cadres who...

Schools in Sri Lanka have been barred from imposing dress codes on visiting female parents

Schools in Sri Lanka have been barred from imposing dress codes on visiting female parents

Colombo, September 23 (BBC): The bar on schools imposing dress codes on female parents visiting their children’s schools has come after a public outcry against certain rules imposed by an elite Catholic private school in Colombo. A poster prominently displayed outside the school’s gates dictated what a female parent should wear or avoid wearing when picking up their children. The...

“Ezhuga Tamizh” rally and strike pose a challenge to Sri Lanka’ top Tamil leaders

“Ezhuga Tamizh” rally and strike pose a challenge to Sri Lanka’ top Tamil leaders

Colombo, September 23 (NIA): The Tamil Peoples’ Council’s call for an “Ezhuga Tamizh” (Tamils Arise) rally and a general strike in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern Provinces on Saturday, will pose a challenge to the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), the dominant party in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The TPC, which is led by Northern Province Chief Minister...

India inks deal with France to buy 36 Rafale Fighter Jets

India inks deal with France to buy 36 Rafale Fighter Jets

NEW DELHI, Sept 23 (NIA) - India on Friday signed a 7.8 billion Euro deal with France to acquire 36 Rafale fighter jets, which come equipped with cutting edge long-range missiles such as ‘Meteor’ and ‘Scalp’, the government said. French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian arrived in New Delhi on Thursday night to ink the deal, along with the...

Sri Lanka’s Tamil opposition commend’s govt’s moves to rehabilitate political prisoners

Sri Lanka’s Tamil opposition commend’s govt’s moves to rehabilitate political prisoners

Colombo, Sept 23 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's main opposition, the Tamil National Alliance, on Friday welcomed the government's announcement to release a group of political prisoners through the process of rehabilitation. In a statement, the TNA said that in keeping with the promise given to Opposition Leader, R. Sampanthan and TNA legislator, M.A. Sumanthiran, by Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister...

Journalist ‘suspended for her accessories’ in China

Journalist ‘suspended for her accessories’ in China

China, Sept 23 (BBC) - A TV journalist in China who was photographed wearing sunglasses and holding an umbrella to shelter from the sun has been suspended from her job. The unnamed journalist was photographed while conducting an interview in Xiamen city on efforts to help the city recover from Typhoon Meranti. Her appearance was a stark contrast to the...

India accuses Pakistan of committing “war crimes”

India accuses Pakistan of committing “war crimes”

New York, September 22 (NIA): "The worst violation of human rights is terrorism. When practiced as an instrument of state policy, it is a war crime,” Eenam Gambhir, an Indian delegate, told the UN General Assembly here. “What my country and our other neighbours are facing today is Pakistan’s long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread...

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