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Sri Lankan Supreme Court moved to stop building prefabricated steel houses for war displaced

Colombo, July 13 (newsin.asia): Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for Jaffna District, M.A.Sumanthiran, on Thursday filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court to stop a government project to build 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for people displaced by war in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The respondents in the case are the Minister for Resettlement and Rehabilitation D.M.Swaminathan, the...

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Respecting dignity of persons with disability

By Nirmi Vitarana A friend recently shared an article published in an online edition of an English medium national newspaper. The article was well intentioned, and spoke about the weakness of non-compliance to universal accessibility regulations in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure and public spaces, and which results in marginalizing a significant minority in our society – who the writer references as...

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China fishing in India’s troubled North-East

In its no holds barred tussle with India to corner the latter militarily and politically, and reduce its political and economic stature in its own backyard - South Asia - China has revealed plans to stoke disaffection in India’s troubled North-East. writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com That the North-East has been India’s soft underbelly since the early 1960s has come in...

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Intimacy with Israel scares Indian Muslims

India's growing ties with Israel, underscored by a rare intimacy between the top leaders of the two countries, is worrying Indian Muslims who could be targeted even more pointedly and aggressively from now on, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a rousing reception when he landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Stepping down from the...

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Convention on Disappearances threatens security of Sri Lankans: Rajapaksa

Colombo, July 3 (newsin.asia): Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has warned that foreign countries, especially those of the West, could arrest Sri Lankans for crimes allegedly committed in Sri Lanka, if Sri Lanka incorporates into its domestic law, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances which it signed and ratified sometime ago. In a...

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Trump triumphs over Modi in Washington talks

Colombo, June 29: Despite holding hands and giving bear hugs three times publicly to show exceptional closeness,  India’s pushy Prime Minister Narendra Modi got precious little from US President Donald Trump in his talks with the latter in Washington on Monday, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com On the contrary, Trump got what he wanted in terms of arms sales to India...

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Despite Trump-Modi bonhomie, Indo-US economic relations remain in the doldrums

Colombo, June 27: Despite words signifying undying friendship and bear hugs, which marked President Donald Trump’s interaction with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington on Monday, economic relations between the United States and India seem destined to remain in the doldrums indefinitely, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.lankabusinessline.com While there was a strong understanding on cooperation to tackle terrorism and on...

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