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The vigil highlighted that the insecurity felt by some Sinhala Buddhists continues to persist, despite the fact that they remain the country's majority community. The planned disruption seems to have worked, in part, as well: media reports about the vigil focused on the conflict with counter-protesters, saying relatively little about the vigil itself. Counter-protesters’ slogans—not the message of the vigil—dominated the news coverage.

 

Sri Lanka today moves into the third day of the National Food Safety week, from August 22 to 29 and this gives plenty of food for thought not only for the health authorities but for all the people because the history or health science teaches us that more than eating well we need to eat wisely.    

 

Rio Olympics concluded on Sunday and we as usual finished with precious little to show in terms of sporting talent. That is the story of much of South Asia. India won just two medals, a sad indictment for a country of 1.2 billion. What do Olympics tell about us? South Asians are not ‘sporty’ enough? If then, with all respect to China’s medal winning swimmers, of its teaming masses of 1.4 billion, vast majority of them hardly ever venture into water.   

 

An atmosphere conducive to find a permanent political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue is emerging now and it is the moral responsibility of the Tamil diaspora to join in reconstruction efforts, according to a group of Tamil MPs from Sri Lanka. Addressing a press conference on Friday, Sivagnanam Siritharan, Kilinochi MP, said that with the coming together of two major political parties and the efforts of several nations, including India, pointed to the emergence of an opportunity to find a permanent political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamil issue.

 

A trip to the enchanting emerald island, Sri Lanka, is bound to leave the traveller mesmerised by its serene surroundings, fascinating culture and the epicurean delights of the island’s delectable cuisine.

 

Small nations typically do not have much by way of bargaining power vis-à-vis powerful nations; ‘small’ meaning economically and militarily weak rather than land size.

 

Today, August 17, marks the completion of one year since the 2015 general elections which led to the appointment of a National Unity Government between the two major parties -- the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which had ruled Sri Lanka separately for the 68 years since independence, the UNP for 33 years and the SLFP for 35.

 
Transgender people and others who do not conform to social expectations about gender face discrimination and abuse in Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.  
 

Sri Lanka's National Child Protection Authority has launched a survey to investigate the child sex worker industry in the country as the full extent of child sex tourism and exploitation in Sri Lanka has been difficult to document because of its covert nature.

 

The story goes that in 2011 Sri Lanka’s then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa looked out from the land reclamation site of Colombo’s emerging South Container Terminal and had an epiphany: why not just keep going and build an entirely new city district? The idea was as pragmatic as it was visionary — the area next to the new port was silting up naturally anyway.

The story goes that in 2011 Sri Lanka’s then-president Mahinda Rajapaksa looked out from the land reclamation site of Colombo’s emerging South Container Terminal and had an epiphany: why not just keep going and build an entirely new city district? The idea was as pragmatic as it was visionary — the area next to the new port was silting up naturally anyway.
 


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