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Hate Message Senders Be Aware

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Hate message senders be aware

WEDNESDAY, 27 MARCH 2013 15:59

The Police said today the CID was investigating instances where ‘Short Message Services’ (SMS) had been sent to incite racial hatred and communal feelings. Two suspects had been arrested in this regard.

They said the Police was monitoring the circulation of such messages with the use of modern equipment and anyone who was caught circulating such a racial and communal nature would be dealt with severely by the law.


விடுமுறை தினங்களை நாட்டின் அமைதிக்காகவும், சகவாழ்வுக்காகவும் பயன்படுத்துவோம்

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March 27, 2013

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விடுமுறை தினங்களை நாட்டின் அமைதிக்காகவும், சகவாழ்வுக்காகவும் பயன்படுத்துவோம்

எதிர்வரும் விடுமுறையைக் கழிப்பதற்காக நாட்டின் பல்வேறு பிரதேசங்களுக்கும் சுற்றுப் பிரயாணங்கள் செல்ல உத்தேசித்துள்ள முஸ்லிம்கள் முடியுமான வரை நாட்டின் தற்போதைய நிலமையைக் கவனத்தில் கொண்டு அவற்றைக் குறைத்துக் கொள்ளுமாறும், அவ்வாறு செல்பவர்கள் இஸ்லாத்தின் வரையரைகளைப் பேணி நடந்து கொள்ளுமாறும் அகில இலங்கை ஜம்இய்யத்துல் உலமா வழமை போன்றே இம்முறையும் அனைத்து முஸ்லிம்களையும் கேட்டுக் கொள்கின்றது.


New Laws to Curb Religious Cults?

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New Laws to Curb Religious Cults?

WEDNESDAY, 27 MARCH 2013 05:57

The Religious Affairs Ministry intends to introduce a legislation that enables authorities concerned to take action against anyone distorting the original teachings of the four main religions- Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, officials said yesterday.

Ministry Secretary M.K.B. Dissanayake told the Daily Mirror that a dialogue with the relevant stakeholders had been initiated in this regard to introduce such a law in the country.  However, Mr. Dissanayake said the Ministry is yet to identify modalities for a mechanism to curb distortions of original teachings of the main religions.

“It is a difficult task. We are yet to draft the bill to be presented in Parliament,” he said.

In Sri Lanka, there are cases where various religious cults have been formed challenging the original teachings.

Asked whether a new law would be introduced to deal with sacrilegious items   being imported to the country, he said such activities should be curbed through the normal law of this country only.


Anti-Muslim Campaign is Anti-Sri Lanka

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Anti-Muslim Campaign is Anti-Sri Lanka


By Javid Yusuf

Sri Lanka’s attempts at national reconciliation have received a major setback with the latest inter-communal tensions in several parts of the country.

Picking up the pieces after a protracted and debilitating civil war that drained national resources for over three decades would be a daunting task for any country. If it is a country which is on the bottom half of the economic ladder the task of rebuilding becomes that much more difficult. Moreover, creating new problems for ourselves would mean facilitating a situation which impedes any process of reconciliation. A repetition of the tragic events of the past is a luxury that Sri Lanka and its people can ill afford.

When every effort should be made to identify the mistakes of the past and correct them, we are allowing irresponsible small groups to do just the opposite and adding to our list of problems. With the process of reconciliation between the Tamil community and the State as well as between the Tamil and Sinhalese communities still finding its feet, making the Muslims insecure renders the nation building project an even more formidable task.

The current anti-Muslim campaign has come as a rude shock and a bolt from the blue to a community which had been peacefully going about its day-to-day lives without treading on anyone’s toes. The virulent nature of the discourse and the manner in which it has been carried out clearly reflects a desire to target the Muslims rather than a genuine attempt to address Sinhalese or Buddhist concerns. Any concerns of a community can and should be discussed and addressed through dialogue and discussion in a sensitive manner without recourse to public platforms and street demonstrations that inflame passions and spread insecurity among people.


SLTJ Press Conference

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