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Special needs children not being served well – Auditor General

An Auditor General's report to be presented to COPA tomorrow faults the state system for not serving the country's Special Needs kids


Families of missing persons to receive a monthly allowance

The families of missing persons will receive a monthly interim allowance of Rs.6000 from the 10th of October this year.


Police detaining women wearing clothes with “Buddha” imagery

Women’s activists are angry and exasperated by police detaining women wearing sarees or dresses with the images of Hindu Deities on them.


Parliamentary Vote on Bill against Death Penalty soon

UNP MP Bandula Lal Bandarigoda, who tabled a Private Member’s Bill to abolish death penalty said that a parliamentary vote will soon be carried out to abolish the death penalty as the time given to raise objections against the Bill before the Court is now over.


Ruhuna campus ragging; victims gathering evidence against perpetrators

Darsha Udayanga the university student who stormed Media earlier this month with his tales of graphic sexual torture he endured at the hands of students at University of Ruhuna says a group of students are gathering evidence of the ragging.


Army Commander defends himself against allegations

At his first Press Conference after assuming duties as the Commander of the Army, L t Gen Shavendra Silva vigorously defended himself saying all that has been levelled against him were still allegations.


“Harassment and victimisation based on religion in SL” – UN envoy

United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Ahmed Shaheed says he found after the Easter attacks Muslims felt harassed and victimised because of their faith.


SLFP supports Shavendra’s appointment – Dayasiri

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party fully supports President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to appoint Lt Gen Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Army, the Party General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara said today 22 Aug.


Cabinet approval for MMDA a positive sign, but not adequate – activists

Muslim women's rights activists say that although the Cabinet approval given to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) is a positive sign for Muslim women, that alone does not address the issues faced by them.


Cabinet nod for reforms in Muslim marriage and divorce act

The cabinet of ministers had approved the joint proposal presented by Minister of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Abdul Haleem and Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale to make amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act.


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