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AKD in Kattankudy promises culture of unity and brotherhood

Presidential hopeful Anura Kumara Dissanayake yesterday promised a culture of mutual respect and understanding between all ethnic and religious groups.


Muslim Ministers who quit in protest return to fold

Four Minsiters representing the Muslim community who quit their portfolios in the aftermath of the post-Easter communal violence have returned to the fold.


Shafi case: CID complains against Magistrate Hewawasam

The Police Department is lodging a formal complaint against the Magistrate hearing the case against the Kurunegala doctor Dr Shafi Siyabdeen for his conduct.


Ethnically mixed schools good for social reform but unrealistic – Marikkar

Despite post-Easter conversations about introducing government schools that are not divided along lines of religion or ethnicity, Sri Lanka's education system will allow such a transformation to take place, UNP Parliamentarian S. M. Marikkar said.


Human Rights Commission issues guidelines to Acting IGP on arbitrary arrests

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) yesterday recommended a series of guidelines to Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickramaratne in order to avoid what it called arbitrary and illegal arrests.


United Nations concerned about growing hate speech in Sri Lanka

The top United Nations official in Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer, is expressing concern about the growing number of “incidents of hate speech being used in Sri Lanka against ethnic and religious minorities.”


Pohottuwa wants no part of alleged Wennappuwa apartheid

The Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) last night (26) distanced itself from the actions of Wennapuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Susantha Perera who imposed a ban on Muslims from trading at the Dankotuwa Sathipola (weekly fair).


No grudge against Muslims; only wanted to ensure peace – Wennapuwa PS Chairman

Chairman of the Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha Susantha Perera, whose controversial decision to ban Muslims from trading at the Dankotuwa Sathipola (weekly fair) sparked outrage and resulted in a court order yesterday, is defending his action.


State-sector women may wear saree, osari or other “appropriate” garment

An amendment to the 29 May circular on dress code for government employees states that women at the workplace may wear a saree, an osari (Kandyan saree) or any other garment deemed appropriate and does not conceal the employee's face.


Wennappuwa PS bans Muslim traders from Sathipola

The Wennappuwa Pradeshiya Sabha has temporarily banned local Muslim traders from trading at the Dankotuwa 'Sathipola’ (weekly fair).


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