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Young boy and bad proofreading blamed for Sri Lankan hymn book including Tupac’s obscene “Hail Mary”

Colombo, December 27 (NIA): A “young boy” in-charge of downloading hymns from the internet and careless proofreading by others, had led to a Sri Lankan Catholic hymn book including in its list, American rapper Tupac Shakur’s obscene and vitriolic “Hail Mary” instead of the traditional Catholic prayer of the same name. More than a thousand copies of the hymn book...

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Sri Lanka faces staggering unemployment levels among females

Colombo, Dec 27 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's overall unemployment  rate reported for females is 7.3 percent when compared to 3.1 percent for males, official data showed here on Tuesday. The survey results further revealed that unemployment among females is higher than that of males, in all age groups, the Census and Statistics Bureau said. Sri Lanka's unemployment level among both...

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No sleeveless blouses please, we are Sri Lankans

Colombo, December 26 (The New Indian Express): Female staff of the Sri Lankan parliament are barred from entering the Public Officers’ Box if they are wearing a sleeveless blouse, according to a report in The Sunday Times of December 25. “A trilingual notice freshly placed on the door to the Public Officer’s Box in Parliament stipulated the dress code for...

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‘Indian experimental flight’ delays flights at Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport

Colombo, Dec 26 (NIA) - Several flights scheduled to depart and arrive at Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport have been delayed due to the temporary closure of certain parts of Indian airspace, an airport official said here on Monday. Sri Lanka's State owned Sri Lankan Airlines confirmed that five of its flights had been delayed including those departing to Singapore,...

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Trial by jury not suitable for politically sensitive cases, says leading Tamil lawyer

Colombo, December 25 (The New Indian Express): Trial by jury is not suitable for politically sensitive cases in which the defendants are Security Forces personnel and the victims seeking justice are from a minority community, says the leading Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer and Member of Parliament, M.A.Sumanthiran. “Given the consistent pattern of the juries acquitting the accused in cases where...

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Widow of assassinated Sri Lankan Tamil MP to appeal in two weeks

Colombo, December 25 (The New Indian Express): The widow of the assassinated Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, Nadarajah Raviraj, will be moving the Court of Appeal against the Colombo High Court’s order acquitting five persons including Sri Lankan intelligence personnel, who were accused of planning and executing the murder of the Jaffna district MP here on November 10,2006. Counsel for...

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Sri Lankan Christmas Carol Service Accidentally Prints Tupac Shakur’s ‘Hail Mary’

Colombo, Dec 25 - One of the largest Christmas Carol services in Sri Lanka has accidentally printed the lyrics to late rapper Tupac Shakur’s vitriolic banger, Hail Mary, instead of the traditional Catholic prayer. According to Pedestrian TV, the mishap occurred during a carol service at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna, which was attended by thousands of people. The mistaken Hail Mary...

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VIDEO – Sri Lanka unveils record breaking Christmas Tree

Colombo, Dec 25 - Sri Lanka, on Saturday night, unveiled the 'World's Tallest Christmas Tree', standing at 220 feet and topped off with a 6-metre-high shining star, at the Galle Face Green in Colombo. Sri Lanka hopes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records through this construction. (Video Courtesy Pulse Living)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRfinmMafJI  

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Sri Lankan President pardons over 500 prisoners on Christmas Day

Colombo, Dec 25 (NIA) - Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, on Sunday, pardoned over 500 inmates who were serving sentences for minor offences in Sri Lankan prisons in order to mark Christmas Day. Prison's Spokesperson, T.N. Upuldeniya said that 567 prisoners, including 7 female inmates had received a presidential pardon. Upuldeniya said that all the prisoners released were serving minor offences...

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