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Media, democracy and apathy in Sri Lanka

Jun 30th, 2014 | By

|By Shirley Candappa The media in a democratic society are considered the fourth estate, along with the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. The main function of the media  is to cover events, gather and spread information and finally through this process to control the activities of state authorities. Abraham Lincoln speaking on the importance

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Media Freedom is Not a License to Abuse

May 2nd, 2014 | By

By Shirley Candappa Conventional media—radio, television, the newspapers and now the new social or web-based media should play a positive and informative role in society. Media freedom is in fact the right to free and open debate and the freedom of expression.  The freedom of thought and expression has evolved over a long period of

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GENEVA 2014 AND SRI LANKA’S INDIA POLICY: THE MARCH OF FOLLY

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA In his authoritative presentation on his January 2014 trip to Geneva and the US, Secretary to the President Mr Lalith Weeratunga made a pointed reference to the IPKF, which was noted as it was doubtless meant to be, by Indian commentators. It came across as an attempt to up the ante

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Today’s News Roundup 01.03.2014

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

By S. Skanda Can’t Understand need for US sponsored resolution at UNHRC: President Rajapaksa COLOMBO, Feb 28, 2014 –speaking to foreign correspondents at temple Trees yesterday (Friday), President Mahinda Rajapaksa on said he was upset at the thought of being censured by the UN’s rights body at its meeting in March this year. The president

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News Roundup on 28.02.2014

Mar 1st, 2014 | By

By S. Skanda Human Rights Chief Accuses SL Government of Failing to Investigate War Crimes On Wednesday The UN Human Rights Chief called Navi Pillay called for an international inquiry into war crimes committed by both sides during Sri Lanka’s civil war. She said the government had failed to do its own credible investigation. There

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Sri Lanka Rejects Probe call by UN Rights Chief

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI 23 hours ag Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka rejected a call by U.N. human rights Chief Navi Pillay for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during the country’s civil war on Tuesday, saying it reflects a “preconceived, politicized and prejudicial agenda” against the island nation. Pillay’s

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Sri Lanka: Mass grave with 80 Bodies found in former LTTE bastion

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

Colombo: Eighty skeletal remains have been dug out of a mass grave in a former LTTE stronghold in Sri Lanka, fuelling speculation that the bodies are of Tamil civilians who disappeared during the war with the rebels. “We have collected some 80 skeletal remains and removed them for safe keeping,” said Dhananjaya Waidyaratne, a judicial

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Jayalalithaa Hints at PM Ambitions

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday hinted at her prime ministerial ambitions once again when she promised to give a central government that performs and acts justly with all the states in the country. The AIADMK manifesto, released by Jayalalithaa just a day after she named all the candidates of

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Grisly story ends in shots 6,000 miles away

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

By Paul Duggan and Dan Morse The Washington Post | Posted 14 hours ago “A neighbor described the missing youth as a shy and conscientious teenager, the youngest of three children, who was ‘extremely handy with tools.’ “ — The Washington Post, Sept. 23, 1997 Samuel Sheinbein, then 17, a senior at John F. Kennedy

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News Roundup on 26.02.2014

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

Self-Proclaimed Protectors of Keiv look to Ukraine’s east KIEV, Feb 24 (Reuters) -Some wear black balaclavas and grubby army fatigues, others wield spiked iron clubs, all united in a common goal to protect Kiev in the power vacuum following the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovich. This self-styled defence force also has designs beyond the capital.

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