Growing political sanction for religious violence in South Asia

Growing political sanction for religious violence in South Asia

Colombo, June 27: Apart from poverty and corruption, violence rooted in religious intolerance has become a hallmark of South Asian countries. And, as in the case of poverty and corruption, the State and the polity are complicit in violent religious intolerance. writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Mirror.   In Hindu-majority North India, cow protection vigilantes called […]

Wigneswaran’s backers are repackaging LTTE’s exclusivist project

Wigneswaran’s backers are repackaging LTTE’s exclusivist project

By Ahilan Kadirgamar/The Hindu The recent no-confidence motion in Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in Jaffna, moved by a section of the Council members against Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, has brought the deep divide in Tamil nationalist politics to the fore. The turbulence lasted a week, after he called on two ministers to resign […]

Demand for probe into departments under Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran

Demand for probe into departments under Northern Province Chief Minister Wigneswaran

Colombo, June 26: The Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK), which is the principal constituent of the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, is demanding a probe into complaints about the working of departments directly under Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. “There are complaints against departments directly under […]

Sri Lanka Police probe murder of billionaire’s daughter

Sri Lanka Police probe murder of billionaire’s daughter

Colombo, June 24 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Police, on Saturday said they were probing the murder of 26 year old Tharindi Aloka, who was found hacked to death in her home in Kottawa, in capital Colombo, on Thursday. Tharindi is the eldest daughter of a billionaire businessman. Her body was discovered in her room, lying in […]

Sri Lankan doctors call off nationwide strike after 3 days

Sri Lankan doctors call off nationwide strike after 3 days

Colombo, June 24 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan doctors attached to the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), on Saturday called off an island wide strike after three days following successful talks with President Maithripala Sirisena. The GMOA said its executive committee had held talks with Sirisena afterwhich the doctors had decided to suspend their strike. During discussions […]

Sri Lanka arrests student leader over violent protest

Sri Lanka arrests student leader over violent protest

Colombo, June 23 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan Police on Friday arrested the Covenor of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF), Lahiru Weerasekara, over violent clashes which erupted between students and police on Wednesday. The police said a probe would be conducted over the protest staged by the IUSF students in front of the Health Ministry on Wednesday […]

Sri Lanka aims to be mine free by 2020 as Batti gets cleared

Sri Lanka aims to be mine free by 2020 as Batti gets cleared

Colombo, June 22 (newsin.asia) – The Sri Lankan government aims to make the island country free from landlines by the year 2020 after hundreds of people have been killed or disabled from it in former war torn areas. Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement, D. M. Swaminathan said that out of the total number of […]

Patients in Sri Lanka stranded as GMOA strike once again

Patients in Sri Lanka stranded as GMOA strike once again

Colombo, June 22 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka doctors attached to the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), on Thursday launched an islandwide strike, protesting against the violent clashes which erupted between police and students on Wednesday. GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge told journalists that the indefinite strike which began on Thursday morning was launched to strongly […]

Support for anti-Muslim Buddhist monk stymies efforts to arrest him

Support for anti-Muslim Buddhist monk stymies efforts to arrest him

Colombo, June 21 (newsin.asia): It has become problematic for the Sri Lankan government to arrest and sentence the virulently anti-Muslim Buddhist monk, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera ,General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), because he has influential supporters at home and abroad and the government itself considers the issue a political hot potato. […]

BBS General Secretary surrenders, granted bail, then arrested

BBS General Secretary surrenders, granted bail, then arrested

Colombo, June 21 (newsin.asia) – The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thero who surrendered to court earlier on Wednesday and then released on bail was arrested by the Police Organised Crimes Division. Gnanasara was arrested based on a previous incident in the Welikada Police area, local media reports said. He surrendered to the […]

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