“Respect public opinion” -Ven. Galkande Dhammananda

Jul 20th, 2017 | By

Venerable Galkande Dammananda thera, the Priest-in-Charge of  Walpola  Rahula Institute and lecturer of the University of Kelaniya, in an interview with the Dailymirror ‘’ said that religious leaders must first respect public opinion. Dhammananda Thera affirmed that Buddhist religious leaders  must focus on ensuring the betterment of the entire society and empower people to think right. “Changing

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Jan 30th, 2017 | By

The disquiet about the government’s commitment to deliver on its promises is now extending itself to those sections of the international community that gave their support to the government on the basis of its commitment to human rights and reconciliation. The sense of disenchantment amongst the general population is also getting more pronounced. The common

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Super minister, Development Bill and the second economic revolution

Jan 26th, 2017 | By

Those who oppose this Bill, provincial councils and the parties which govern those provincial councils, should keep in mind that they do not have any moral authority to oppose further devolution of power to the provinces under the new constitution The proposed new constitution will come into the limelight in near future. The main components

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Nov 13th, 2014 | By

There is a threat to the flow of liberal democratic forces in this country. This threat is also a danger to the building of a Lankan nation. It has raised its head in the discussion on the so called common candidate for the expected presidential election. Mahinda regime introduced the fascist styled governance, using chauvinist

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Report: Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappearances: Public hearing in Jaffna, 14-17 Feb 2014

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

Brito Fernando The Presidential Commission investigating disappearances of persons in the Northern and Eastern Provinces during the period 1990-2009 held the first public hearing in Kilinochchi district in January 2014. Following the completion of the first phase of the public hearing in Kilinochchi with approximately 150 cases, the second public hearing session was held in

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Luxury Condominiums for MPs While 177,959 Households do not have Toilets

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

By. S. Skanda Government has decided to construct a luxury high-rise condominium at Thalapitiya with all amenities to provide housing for parliamentarians at Thalapitiya. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 6 billion. That parliamentary complex too is to be refurbished at a cost of Rs. 500 million according to the same report. The new

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Sri Lanka rally to protest against disappearances

Dec 12th, 2013 | By

By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo Hundreds of Sri Lankans have held a demonstration in Colombo, demanding to know the whereabouts of two activists who disappeared two years ago. Lalith Weeraraj and Kugan Muruganathan organised rallies against political disappearances before being apparently abducted in the north of the country. The rally was held on the second

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Calls for York to become Human Rights City

Dec 9th, 2013 | By

Human Rights Breakfast at the Mansion House with Lord Mayor, Councillor Julie Gunnell YORK should be declared a human rights city within the next four years, placing it at the centre of international campaigns, a charity based in the city has said. International Service, which is based in Rougier Street, made the call today, following

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Attacks on religious minorities and impunity in Sri Lanka

Nov 27th, 2013 | By

Sunanda Deshapriya / UN Minority Rights Forum INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, would like to take this opportunity to highlight the series of attacks on Christian, Muslim and Hindu communities, particularly in 2012 and 2013, as highlighted by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, after her visit to the country in August this

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Update 2: Nepal Election Updates-From a Diary of an Election Observer

Nov 19th, 2013 | By

18th November, 2013 Today we had an orientation. The main Maoists group is split. Prachanda group is contesting. The other team with 33 small parties are calling for boycott and also hurling petrol bombs. So it is like our JVP time in the late 80s. This will affect the voter turn out. CP Maoist who

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