Mannar Muslim Issues

Basil DEFENDS WILPATTU RESETTLEMENT

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan. The government conducted an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before the resettlement of the displaced Muslims in Marichchikatti, Mannar and beyond, Minister of Economic Development, Basil Rajapaksa, told Ceylon Today. The minister's remarks contradict the assertion by the ultra-nationalist groups, Bodu Bala Sena, and Sinhala Ravaya, which have waged a campaign against the resettlement of Muslim IDPs …

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Wilpattu Contraversy the inside story

Minister Rishad Badiutheen organised a media tour on Tuesday to brief the media about the charge that Muslim colonies were created in the Wilpattu Forest reserve.By Darshana Sanjeewa ​

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BBS-Rishad clash over ‘Wilpattu squatters’ President to meet warring parties separately, set up new police unit to tackle conflicts No Muslim extremist groups – IGP – by Shamindra Ferdinando

Having acknowledged that ongoing religious tensions could destabilise the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday announced the setting up of a special law enforcement unit to tackle the situation.   The president was responding to a query at a meeting with editors of national newspapers and representatives of the print and electronic media at Temple Trees yesterday. Turning towards IGP N.K. …

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Minister Rishard on the Crisis in Mannar By Latheef Farook

‘I am above communal considerations’ Select extracts from the Hansard of Minister Rishad Bathiudeen's speech in Parliament on August 8, 2012 “Sir, my electorate and I have been making media headlines in the past few weeks and I would like to make use of this opportunity to set out the real facts with regard to the events that took place …

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Mannar: The Inside Story – The Island

  As we were saying last week, what makes for good press is the accusation that a government minister tried to bring pressure on a magistrate thereby compromising the independence of the judiciary. This was what the whole country was alerted to and what the entire judiciary from the Supreme Court downwards and the whole legal profession stopped work over. …

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