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    Lankan immigrants arrested in Texas

    Sri Lankans were among a group of illegal immigrants arrested while entering Texas from Mexico over the weekend, Breitbart News reported today. A single group of illegal aliens entering Texas from Mexico over the weekend included foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). The group crossed into the Rio Grande Valley sector from Tamaulipas, Mexico. “One group of our agents apprehended individuals from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka,” said Albert Spratte, a spokesman for Local 3307 of the NBPC. “Everyone in this group was an adult male. They entered on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Our agents apprehended them, they did not turn themselves in. They were…

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    US report notes BBS and State nexus

    A US Government report released today said that local media in Sri Lanka and NGOs have noted strong linkages between the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the government. The International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 noted in its Executive Summary that the BBS continued to promote its anti-Muslim campaign, which was linked to violent activities last year. The report released at the US State Department by US Secretary of State John Kerry noted that according to numerous reports, the BBS was also behind a growing wave of anti-Muslim activities carried out by other violent Buddhist nationalist groups. “Nationalist groups were allegedly involved in a series of attacks on mosques, protests over animal slaughter, and a…

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    Jaffna – Colombo Train Services from 15 September

    Colombo Train Services from 15 September as the reconstructed railway line up to Jaffna would be completed by September. The train services which were suspendeed for nearly 30 years due to LTTE terrorists activities expected to resume its normal operations from 15th September, the Ministry of Transport said. The Northern Railway Line from Vavuniya to Kankasanthurai in the northern most tip of the island was completely destroyed by the Tamil Tiger terrorists during their reign. The rebels uprooted the rail tracks to build reinforced underground bunkers. The rail line is being reconstructed in stages by the India Railway Construction International Ltd. (IRCON) with the financial and technical assistance provided to Sri Lanka from India. Tamil…

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    Over 200 000 Facebook Complaints Against Gnanasara Thera Within A Day

    Media reports have stated that within 24 hours over 200 000 complaints have been lodged with the Facebook administration against Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thera and Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. Sources told Asian Mirror that a majority of these complaints have been lodged from the Asian region and a collection of 5 Million complaints have been lodged against the Bodu Bala Sena fan page. Commenting on this incident Gnanasara thera told media that the BBS has recently come to knowledge of a Facebook racket in motion against the Bodu Bala Sena. The BBS General Secretary also stated that racket is being conducted by extremist Muslim organizations in Sri Lanka…

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    UK hopes Lankans respect all faiths

    Britain today urged Sri Lanka to respect differences of faith or opinion as Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin, in a message to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, said that it is a time of celebration, marking the end of a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and charity – all of which embodies the true spirit of Islam “I hope that the people of Sri Lanka will come together at this time of celebration, respecting differences of faith or opinion,” he said. The High Commissioner wished all Sri Lankans for Eid and expressed hope it will be happy and peacefu

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Lankan immigrants arrested in Texas

Sri Lankans were among a group of illegal immigrants arrested while entering Texas from Mexico over the weekend, Breitbart News reported today. A single group of illegal aliens entering Texas from Mexico over the weekend included foreign nationals from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). The group crossed into the Rio Grande Valley sector from Tamaulipas, Mexico. “One group of our agents apprehended individuals from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka,” said Albert Spratte, a spokesman for Local 3307 of the NBPC. “Everyone in this group was an adult male. They entered on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Our agents apprehended them, they did not turn themselves in. They were…

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US report notes BBS and State nexus

A US Government report released today said that local media in Sri Lanka and NGOs have noted strong linkages between the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and the government. The International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 noted in its Executive Summary that the BBS continued to promote its anti-Muslim campaign, which was linked to violent activities last year. The report released at the US State Department by US Secretary of State John Kerry noted that according to numerous reports, the BBS was also behind a growing wave of anti-Muslim activities carried out by other violent Buddhist nationalist groups. “Nationalist groups were allegedly involved in a series of attacks on mosques, protests over animal slaughter, and a…

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Jaffna – Colombo Train Services from 15 September

Colombo Train Services from 15 September as the reconstructed railway line up to Jaffna would be completed by September. The train services which were suspendeed for nearly 30 years due to LTTE terrorists activities expected to resume its normal operations from 15th September, the Ministry of Transport said. The Northern Railway Line from Vavuniya to Kankasanthurai in the northern most tip of the island was completely destroyed by the Tamil Tiger terrorists during their reign. The rebels uprooted the rail tracks to build reinforced underground bunkers. The rail line is being reconstructed in stages by the India Railway Construction International Ltd. (IRCON) with the financial and technical assistance provided to Sri Lanka from India. Tamil…

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Over 200 000 Facebook Complaints Against Gnanasara Thera Within A Day

Media reports have stated that within 24 hours over 200 000 complaints have been lodged with the Facebook administration against Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara thera and Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka. Sources told Asian Mirror that a majority of these complaints have been lodged from the Asian region and a collection of 5 Million complaints have been lodged against the Bodu Bala Sena fan page. Commenting on this incident Gnanasara thera told media that the BBS has recently come to knowledge of a Facebook racket in motion against the Bodu Bala Sena. The BBS General Secretary also stated that racket is being conducted by extremist Muslim organizations in Sri Lanka…

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UK hopes Lankans respect all faiths

Britain today urged Sri Lanka to respect differences of faith or opinion as Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. The British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin, in a message to mark Eid-ul-Fitr, said that it is a time of celebration, marking the end of a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and charity – all of which embodies the true spirit of Islam “I hope that the people of Sri Lanka will come together at this time of celebration, respecting differences of faith or opinion,” he said. The High Commissioner wished all Sri Lankans for Eid and expressed hope it will be happy and peacefu

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US raises concerns over intimidation

The United States says it is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend. The eventual cancellation of this training, which was focused on digital security for Jaffna-based journalists and financially supported by the U.S. government, was accompanied by a series of threats and intimidation of training participants and other journalists around the country, including threats against at least one journalist who made a statement criticizing the government over the cancellation, the US Embassy in Colombo said. “This marks the third training session to be canceled in Sri Lanka since May, including others that were disrupted by well-organized protestors threatening harm to the training participants….

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Japan says ties with Sri Lanka strong

Japan says President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to Japan in March of last year and discussions between the President and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it possible for the two countries to renew their relations with each other and work towards further strengthening those bilateral ties. The views were expressed when Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kazuyoshi Akaba called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this evening. The primary focus of the discussion was enhancing the trade and economic relations between the two countries. “We’d like to see new Japanese investors come to Sri Lanka,” the President said. Akaba said that among the several million companies operating in Japan, more than…

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Lankan refugee trafficking exposes chinks in security

The recent arrest of two boat owners from Puducherry for trafficking Sri Lankan refugees to Australia through the sea route has exposed big gaps in coastal security, according to intelligence agencies. The Puducherry police arrested the two men based on a tip-off by the Australian government after interviewing the refugees. That none of the intelligence and law enforcement agencies had specific information on the boat owners and the journey has left intelligence officials worried, especially in a situation where ISI-trained terrorists in Sri Lanka have been reportedly trying to infiltrate through the Tamil Nadu coast. The agencies’ ignorance continued through early July – after the boat was apprehended by the Australian coast guard on June…

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Asylum seekers economic migrants from ‘safe’ India: Morrison

Scott Morrison says asylum seekers identified as Indian will be considered economic migrants and returned to their home country. Speaking on ABC’s AM program, Mr Morrison confirmed that 157 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted at sea had been taken to Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia to be processed by Indian officials. He said the Australian government was within its rights to return people to India, which he described as a “vibrant democracy.” “I’d be surprised if anyone was seriously suggesting that people were being persecuted in India by the Indian government – apart from Sarah Hanson-Young – which is an absurd and offensive claim,” he said. He said the country had been “praised…

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Office cleaner by night – student, activist by day

As the debate over the fairness of the recent federal budget continues, a group of international students is part of an ongoing fight for a better deal for some of the city’s lowest-paid workers – the army of cleaners who service Melbourne’s offices. The union representing office cleaners, United Voice, have been working with the many international students who clean the city’s office towers. A covert investigation by the union last year discovered many international students were being paid as subcontractors for as little as $15 or $20 an hour, way below the $24.35 an hour rate agreed in 2009. Most are from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Colombia. Lina Martinez, 24, arrived in Australia…

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Former CJ asks for three days

Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake yesterday declined to respond immediately to a question on what took her to the New Town Hall on Thursday when the possibility of fielding a common opposition candidate at the next presidential election was discussed. Asked why she had attended that meeting as she had not participated in any political events since her impeachment, she said she needed three days to respond to the question. Bandaranayake has now been added to the list of possible nominees for the common opposition candidature.

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Japan agreeable to domestic inquiry conforming to international standards

Japan believes the Sri Lankan government should provide proper information to the ongoing United Nations war crimes probe against it and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Nobuhito Hobo, told the “Sunday Island” yesterday that the Rajapaksa regime had the “proper” information pertaining to the period of the war between it and the LTTE that was being investigated by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on a mandate given by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). “The Sri Lankan authorities know what happened during the last stages of the conflict and should submit proper information to the OHCHR”, the Ambassador said adding that…

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Pak. official recruited Sri Lankan Tamils for recce

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has prepared a dossier to be handed over to Sri Lankan officials with details of an official in the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, suspected of being involved in a terror plot to target U.S. and Israeli consulates in Chennai and Bangalore, sources confirmed to The Hindu. According to the dossier, prepared under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed between India and Sri Lanka in 2010, the officials will be given details of a consular officer named Amir Zubair Siddiqui. News agency PTI, which first reported the story, said it received no reply from the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka on its queries regarding the report. The operation of…

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Breakaway Group In The Making To “Rescue” SLFP

A breakaway group within the Sri Lanka Freedom Party is now in the making aiming to “rescue” the ruling party from its present leader, Sunday Lankadeepa newspaper reported today. According to the report, a large number of senior members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, who are disillusioned with the present administration, have extended their support to this campaign. It is said that ruling party members who are supportive of this campaign are affiliated with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. They are of the view that the “old guard” of the SLFP is being sidelined with the arrival of new-comers and those who recently crossed over to the ruling party. When contacted a senior ruling…

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Asylum-seekers held on high seas arrive in Australia

The first group of 157 asylum-seekers who attempted to enter Australia by boat arrived on the country’s mainland Sunday, after being held at sea for weeks. Eighty-one asylum-seekers arrived at the remote Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in Western Australia, a spokesman for the facility said, after they were reportedly flown there by the government from the remote atoll of Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. The boatpeople, thought to be mostly minority ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka, were the first in seven months to reach the Australian mainland. More of the asylum-seekers were reportedly expected to arrive at the detention centre on Monday. They had left India last month and were taken onto a Customs…

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Losing diplomatic war

In marked contrast to the hysterical screeching by Government leaders that there shall be no domestic or international inquiry into the last days of the military campaign to defeat the LTTE in May of 2009, we are now faced with both. The silence by these same leaders to last week’s decision to hold a domestic inquiry is deafening in comparison. There has been no official statement by the Government up to date on the Gazette that was issued on July 15 expanding the scope of the Commission on Disappearances to encompass a mandate to investigate allegations of International Humanitarian Law violations (read ‘war crimes’). One can understand the Government’s embarrassment at the volte-face but it…

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TNA Will Consider If Invited

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says it will consider meeting with the three international experts appointed to the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons during their expected visit to Sri Lanka, if the Government makes arrangements for such a meeting. General Secretary, TNA, Mavai Senathirajah told The Sunday Leader that the TNA has doubts about the whole procedure of the Missing Persons Commission but would yet consider meeting the international experts if an invitation is put forward to the TNA. He pointed out that the Government Media Spokesperson, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, had played down the role of the international experts appointed to the Missing Persons Commission, and therefore the TNA doubts that the international experts would…

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Resolve Tamil issue for better trade-India

India has told Sri Lanka that it needs to resolve the Tamil issue for making progress in bilateral trade and commerce, a senior BJP leader has said. “We have told them (Sri Lanka) that you should resolve the Tamil issue if you want trade and commerce between Colombo and New Delhi (to progress),” Seshadri Chari, National Convener of Foreign Policy Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party, told PTI. He made the remarks after addressing a Singapore forum on “Prime Minister Modi’s Government: Imperatives & Challenges”. Talking about China, Chari said, “We are dealing with China from the same point of view. We have told the Chinese that there would not be any negotiations or talks…

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Diaspora Can Make Submissions

The Sri Lankan Diaspora will be able to make submissions to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Missing Persons which has now been asked to investigate the war. Chairman of the Presidential Commission, Maxwell Paranagama told The Sunday Leader that the Commission on Missing Persons will publish a notice inviting the public to make submissions. “Even the Diaspora is allowed make submissions to the Commission and testify before the Commission,” he said. However, he also said he was not able to say exactly when the Commission will complete the hearings and compile its report. “I cannot tell exactly when we will be able to finish our work under the new mandate. We have to hear…

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Solheim Ready To Testify

Former Norwegian peace envoy, Erik Solheim, says he is ready to testify before the Government Commission of Inquiry tasked to investigate the war. Speaking to Colombo news paperr, Solheim said that he has nothing to hide and is willing to share whatever he knows with the Government Commission. Earlier, Solhiem had offered to testify before the UN led investigation which has already commenced investigations into the war. Now that the domestic Commission on Mission Persons has been asked to investigate the war, Solheim says he will come forward and share information if required. “The information I may be able to provide is for sure also available to the domestic probe and the President-appointed international experts….

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