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Sri Lanka duty bound to amend Muslim Personal Law as per international covenants it has signed

Sri Lanka duty bound to amend Muslim Personal Law as per international covenants it has signed

Colombo, November 8 (The New Indian Express): The Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRAG) has said that Sri Lanka is duty bound to carry out reforms in the archaic Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) 1951, to accord with the international human rights covenants it has signed. In 2010 the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee...

Sri Lanka briefs UK on human rights, democracy, reconciliation

Sri Lanka briefs UK on human rights, democracy, reconciliation

Colombo, Nov 8 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, on Tuesday, briefed a visiting British Minister on the steps taken by the unity government to strengthen democracy, human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. A statement by the Foreign Ministry said that Samaraweera held discussions with Baroness Anelay of St Johns DBE, Minister of State for the Commonwealth...

Raja Krishnamoorthi is the first Tamil to run for US Congress

Washington, November 8 (NIA): Raja Krishnamoorthi (43) is the first Tamil to run for the US Congress. A Democrat, he is standing for the US House of Representatives from the 8th district of Illinois. Born in New Delhi Krishnamoorthi’s family moved to Buffalo, New York, when he was three months old, so that his father could attend graduate school. They lived in public housing and...

Was the 18 th. Century Indian Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan a freedom fighter or an Islamic zealot? Controversy dogs annual celebrations

Was the 18 th. Century Indian Muslim ruler Tipu Sultan a freedom fighter or an Islamic zealot? Controversy dogs annual celebrations

British troops storm Tipu Sultan's fort at Seringapatam. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.Painting by Henry Singleton Bengaluru, November 8 (NIA): Even as the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and organizations of the people of Kodagu (Coorg) and Dhakshina Kannada (South Canara) have announced plans to agitate against it, the Congress government in the South Indian state of Karnataka has vowed to celebrate...

Masterminds of attack on Hindu temples in Bangladesh still at large

Masterminds of attack on Hindu temples in Bangladesh still at large

Dhaka, November 7 (Dhaka Tribune): A week has elapsed since the brutal communal attack on temples and homesteads of minority Hindus of Nasirnagar in Brahmanbaria, but no visible progress has yet been made in the investigations. While many have been arrested, the masterminds or kingpins are still at large. Seeing no progress, the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has asked...

Pakistani envoy inspects his country’s housing project for the war displaced in north Sri Lanka

Pakistani envoy inspects his country’s housing project for the war displaced in north Sri Lanka

Colombo, November 7 (NIA): The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain on Monday visited Northern Province of Sri Lanka to review the progress on Pakistani funded Housing Project consisting of 230 houses for war affected families in Puthukudiyiruppu, Narikaddu and Moddaikadai villages of the Wanni region. The houses are being constructed with a...

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister says government not investigating murder or disappearance of Tamil journalists

Sri Lanka’s Northern Province Chief Minister says government not investigating murder or disappearance of Tamil journalists

Colombo, November 7 (The New Indian Express): The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, on Sunday charged that the Sri Lankan government is not investigating the killing or disappearance of Tamil journalists when it is investigating cases involving Sinhalese journalists. Speaking at a function to give a “Lifetime Achievement” award to veteran Tamil journalist and...

Sri Lanka’s draft constitution unlikely to merge Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces

Sri Lanka’s draft constitution unlikely to merge Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern provinces

Colombo, November 6 (The New Indian Express): To address the ethnic question, Sri Lanka’s draft constitution is likely to suggest implementation of the existing 13 th. Constitutional Amendment (13A) with an additional provision for a Second Chamber in parliament but without a merger of the Tamil-speaking Northern and Eastern province, says Mano Ganesan, Minister of National Co-Existence and Official Languages....

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