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Sri Lanka\'s fugitive monk surrenders
Sri Lanka's fugitive monk surrenders

A radical Buddhist monk wanted in connection with a string of hate attacks in Sri Lanka surrendered Wednesday after four weeks on the run, police said. Galagodaatte Gnanasara gave himself up before a magistrate and was then arrested in connection with arson attacks targeting the island's minority Muslim community in recent months. Police spokesman Priyantha…

AFP - Jun 21 13:04 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

Sri Lanka’s firebrand monk invokes Muslim menace
Sri Lanka’s firebrand monk invokes Muslim menace
Sri Lanka’s firebrand monk invokes Muslim menace

‘Trump is a good man and I pray for him every day,” Galagoda Atte Gnanasara told me in late April, later bragging that he himself is even better than U.S. President Donald Trump. Gnanasara is Sri Lanka’s notorious rabble-rousing monk and leader of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), or Buddhist Power Force, a radical nationalist religious organization. He draws crowds…

Japan Times - Jun 21 03:11 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, Muslims ]

Gary Anandasangaree
  • Regional affairs: Pakistan, Sri Lanka face similar challenges: Nisar

    Regional affairs: Pakistan, Sri Lanka face similar challenges: Nisar

    Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that stronger Pak-Sri Lankan partnership is the key to promoting greater cooperation in the region and strengthening regional platforms. “This partnership is a bulwark” against the challenges facing the region – including the issues of terrorism and poverty – serving to ward off any self-assumed notion of…

    The Tribune - Jun 23 13:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, World, Pakistan ]

  • Two NPC ministers found guilty resign

    Two NPC ministers found guilty resign

    The two ministers of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), found guilty by a three-member committee which investigated corruption allegations made against them had tendered their resignation. Education Minister Thambyrajah Gurukularajah tendered his resignation yesterday, while Agriculture Minister Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan had reportedly handed over his…

    CDN - Jun 21 11:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, History ]

  • More political henchmen to get on diplomatic gravy trainAnother yahapalana promise broken

    Having lambasted the Rajapaksa administration for giving plum diplomatic posts to political appointees at the expense of career diplomats, the present government is catapulting its backers to the top notches of the foreign service, according to sources. Close on the heels of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake succeeding Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera,…

    Island - Jun 12 14:06 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Prabhakaran wanted me dead

    Prabhakaran wanted me dead

    Northern Provincial Council member M.K. Sivajilingam is identified as a politician who always raises his voice on issues confronting the people of the North, a one-time Parliamentarian who created a sensation by contesting from the Kurunegala district during the 2015 Parliamentary elections. As a political bureau member of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation…

    Daily Mirror - May 30 20:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, History ]

  • Violence against religious minorities in Sri Lanka

    Violence against religious minorities in Sri Lanka

    Civil rights groups blame hard-line Buddhist groups, such as Bodu Bala Sena, the Sinhala Ravaya and Ravana Balaya, for whipping up hatred against Muslims and other minority religions through hate speech on social media. In 2014, hard-line Buddhist groups attacked Muslim-owned shops and houses resulting in the deaths of four people and injuring 80. Speaking in…

    Vatican Radio - May 26 16:29 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka hunts Buddhist monk over anti-Muslim hate crimes

    Sri Lanka hunts Buddhist monk over anti-Muslim hate crimes

    Sri Lanka's police launched a major manhunt Thursday for a controversial Buddhist monk wanted in connection with a spate of attacks against mosques and Muslim-owned business. Police said they were working to track down and arrest Galagodaatte Gnanasara, head of the radical Buddhist Force or BBS, after he went into hiding. Police said in a statement they had secured…

    AFP - May 25 18:57 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, SriLanka ]

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      - Buddhist monks find Pakistan different from what int’l media projects - LBO
  • Unity Govt. speaking in different voices

    Unity Govt. speaking in different voices

    The Constitution says, “There shall be a Cabinet of Ministers, charged with the direction and control of the Government of the Republic of Sri Lanka, collectively responsible and answerable to Parliament.” Therefore there cannot be more than one version in matters relating to governance. Already the government is divided on many matters. The UNP, as promised…

    Daily Mirror - May 16 15:32 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • A Popean caution and the counter-terror comedy of errors

    A Popean caution and the counter-terror comedy of errors

    Added to this is the enormous culpability of the UN. Its performance is a lesson on how not to intervene in highly sensitive processes absent a proper understanding of local complexities. Seemingly it was on the insistence of certain UN agencies that the draft on counter terror by the Law Commission of Sri Lanka was deemed insufficient for the purpose and discarded.…

    ST - May 07 12:15 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • SLFP MPs on board a sinking ship: MR

    SLFP MPs on board a sinking ship: MR

    If the government cannot govern effectively even with the support of a group of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) MPs, these SLFP MPs should ask themselves why they are still on board the sinking ship, former President MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said today. He invited all SLFPers who are against turning the party into a tail of the United National Party (UNP) to attend the…

    DM - Apr 27 23:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • SRI LANKA: Meethotamulla tragedy to be duplicated?

    SRI LANKA: Meethotamulla tragedy to be duplicated?

    Dealing with the Meethotamulla waste dump has now become a major national problem for Sri Lanka. At least 30 persons have lost their lives due to the collapse of the waste dump. Many others might have died or suffered serious diseases due to the existence of this waste dump polluting the entire environment over a long period of time. The problem now, is where to…

    AHRC - Apr 25 15:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Colombo, SriLanka ]

  • Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka

    Linguistic slights spur ethnic division in Sri Lanka

    FROM its gleaming new headquarters, Jaffna’s police force serves around 100,000 people. The vast majority of the local population are Tamils or Tamil-speaking Muslims; fewer than 50 locals are members of Sri Lanka’s biggest ethnic group, the Sinhalese. But the vast majority of the city’s 532 police officers are Sinhalese; only 43 are Tamil, and very few of the…

    The Economist - Mar 02 21:40 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • State reforms as a domestic policy imperative

    State reforms as a domestic policy imperative

    Earlier this week, Parliament debated, on an adjournment motion by the TNA, the unresolved issues of the North and East, namely dealing with the effects and the causes of the war. The former requiring specific reconciliation measures, and the latter reforms of the Sri Lankan state which enables the state to accommodate the full diversity of society. The attention of…

    Groundviews - Mar 02 12:21 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • Extremist forces delaying reconciliation: Sri Lanka

    Extremist forces delaying reconciliation: Sri Lanka

    Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday attributed the perceived delay on the part of the Sri Lankan government in moving ahead with reconciliatory efforts to “extremist forces”, who, he said, were creating road blocks for narrow political gains. Speaking at the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Minister said:…

    The Hindu - Mar 02 11:56 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, WarCrimes ]

  • Pakistan Still Eying JF-17 Thunder Fighter Sale to Sri Lanka

    Pakistan Still Eying JF-17 Thunder Fighter Sale to Sri Lanka

    Pakistan has reportedly upped the ante in its ongoing campaign to sell eight Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Sri Lanka. According to ANI News Service, Islamabad has purportedly offered Colombo an F-7 fighter for free for each JF-17 the Sri Lankan Air Force purchases from Pakistan. (The F-7 is…

    The Diplomat - Feb 23 08:09 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Pakistan ]

  • Sri Lanka panel questions central bank chief over bond sale

    Sri Lanka panel questions central bank chief over bond sale

    A Sri Lankan commission investigating irregularities in government bond sales questioned the new head of the country's central bank on Tuesday, as the government's anti-corruption policy came under scrutiny. The commission questioned Indrajith Coomaraswamy on the alleged irregularities in the issuance of treasury bonds. It will also investigate a controversial bond…

    Reuters - Feb 23 07:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Economy ]

  • China Tells India To Stay Off Its Indian Ocean 'Colony,' Sri Lanka

    China Tells India To Stay Off Its Indian Ocean \'Colony,\' Sri Lanka

    After claiming South China Sea to be its own sea, telling America to stay off its islands, China is reaching for the Indian Ocean, telling India to stay off its own colony, Sri Lanka. That’s something investors in Southeast Asian markets should keep a wary eye on, as it opens yet another front between the two Asian giants, raising the geopolitical risk of…

    Forbes - Feb 12 21:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, India, China ]

  • Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

    Karuna forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’

    Former Deputy Minister Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias ‘Karuna Amman’, yesterday launched a new political party called the “Tamil United Freedom Party” in Batticaloa. Speaking at the the inauguration of the new party at Focus Hall, Batticaloa, Karuna Amman who was the former Vice President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) said the party would be…

    Daily Mirror - Feb 12 21:00 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: LTTE, Politics, KarunaGroup ]

    Related:
      - Karuna leaves SLFP, forms ‘Tamil United Freedom Party’ - Sunday Times
  • On SAITM and the “medical mafia”

    On SAITM and the “medical mafia”

    There has been sustained protest and trade union action by the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), the Medical Faculty Students’ Union, and Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) against the judgment of the Court of Appeal allowing the registration of students of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) with the Sri Lanka Medical…

    Groundviews - Feb 07 11:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s “lack of confidence” in the CTF: Revengeful and racist

    Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s “lack of confidence” in the CTF: Revengeful and racist

    Justice and Buddhasasana Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has declared that he has “no confidence” in the government-appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation Mechanisms (Daily Mirror, 07 January 2017, p.1). Minister Rajapakshe’s decision to express his lack of confidence in an important Task Force belatedly (nearly one year after its…

    GV - Jan 23 20:44 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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