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Geneva Battle: would TNA go to Geneva

unhcrAs the United States and the Government move ahead with diplomatic efforts to gather support for a domestic mechanism to investigate alleged war crimes, attempts are being made by other groups to ensure the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva refuses to back anything short of an international action.

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How the SLFP split

SLFP-fightSoon after President Maithripala Sirisena assumed duties as the SLFP Chairman, his close associates, including former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, called on him to introduce drastic reforms to ‘clean up’ the party. For obscure reasons, such calls fell on deaf ears and no tangible action was taken to bring about meaningful party reforms. He even retained the General Secretaries of the SLFP and the UPFA who had been appointed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Due to his failure to reform, President Sirisena had a political party that was a kind of a ‘monster’ beyond his control.

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The "D-word"

 82696620 82696618India still has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world, but marriage breakdowns are becoming more common. Most of those splitting up are members of its thriving, urban middle class whose lives have been transformed by the economic boom. This has led to a huge rise in the number of matrimonial services, some unscrupulous, targeting divorcees. Anasuya Basu, who was recently divorced, found out.

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MR's vanity airport project grounded by cash crunch

src.adapt.960.high.srilanka2 032715.1427817432707Almost exactly two years ago, to celebrate the opening of a $210 million international airport in his sleepy seaside home district, then-Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa flew there on his national airline’s biggest jet with a coterie of ministers. The ensuing fanfare, replete with prayers, plaque unveilings and an elaborate red-carpet welcome for the president, was fueled by hopes that the airport would herald the development of once-dinky Hambantota town, which Rajapaksa hoped would become the island country’s “second city,” after the capital, Colombo. He envisioned a commerce and tourism hub with a strategically located port, a 35,000-seat cricket stadium, a 300-acre botanical garden, a state-of-the-art convention center, five-star hotels and smooth four-lane highways connecting them all. The port, stadium and airport bear his name.

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