Monthly Archives: April 2014

Mannar Divisional Secretary debunks Bodu Bala Sena allegations on Muslim IDPs

Wilpattu dispute: – Presidential Task Force allocated lands for Muslims – Mannar DS – Sinhalese (2.6 percent) given 378 acres after clearing scrub jungle Mannar Divisional Secretary S. Keetheswaran, refuting allegations by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) that Muslim families … Continue reading

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FR plea of Muslim schoolgirl on 13 May

By Stanley Samarasinghe The Supreme Court yesterday fixed the Fundamental Rights (FR) application filed by a Muslim girl seeking permission to attend Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya in trouser and hijab, in addition to the school uniform, for 13 May. The Bench … Continue reading

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2 Years after ‘Not In My Name’ campaign

by Groundviews – on 04/28/2014 Exactly two years ago to date, Not In My Name (NION) – Sri Lanka’s first web based campaign against violent religious extremism – was created and launched, just under a week after a violent attack … Continue reading

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Monks lodge complaint at new unit

The Sinhala Rawaya lodged the first complaint at the newly commissioned police unit at the Religious Affairs Ministry to handle religious disputes. The special police unit to handle religious disputes was established at the Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Religious … Continue reading

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Special Police Unit for Religious Disputes commences operations

The special police unit for religious disputes commenced operations today. They commenced operations at the Religious Affairs Ministry. Hotlines: 0112307674, 0112307694 Fax: 0112307688 http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-62679-news-detail-special-police-unit-for-religious-disputes-commences-operations.html

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Muslim Council challenges Gnanasara Thero

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has challenged the General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thero to prove the allegations made by him that the MCSL receives financial support from the US or any other … Continue reading

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Auspicious inauguration of Police Religious Branch.

The newly formed Police Religious Branch was inaugurated today by the Hon. Prime Minister Mr DIMU Jayaratne with the prayers and blessings of clergy from all the major religions. Pictures courtesy of Daily Mirror – http://www.dailymirror.lk/caption-story/46402-auspicious.html

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Religious conflict: Special police unit won’t succeed without govt. backing – Bathiudeen

By Shamindra Ferdinando Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen yesterday said that the country would have to pay a very heavy price for the failure on the part of the authorities concerned to rein in Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). An … Continue reading

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Theocratic Fascism And Latent Separatism

By Dr Dayan Jayatilleka I’ve heard of home invasions but this is the first time I’ve watched a Ministry invasion. The country watched while the BBS swarmed into Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry in search of missing monk, to wit, Ven. Watarekke … Continue reading

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Kerry: Israel risks becoming apartheid state

Secretary of state says Israel risks becoming an “apartheid state” if two-state solution fails, US website reports. Kerry has been conducting more than a year of intensive shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East [Getty Images] US Secretary of State John … Continue reading

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