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United Nations High Level Forum on Sustainable Development Goals

The need to extend support through Official Development Assistance (ODA) to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was emphasized and the commitment to contribute 0.7% of Growth National Income (GNI) for official development assistance was also reiterated said Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy, Secretary, Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development and Youth Affairs.

United Nations High Level Forum on Sustainable Development Goals
United Nations High Level Forum on Sustainable Development Goals
United Nations High Level Forum on Sustainable Development Goals
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Blaming Saudi Arabia won’t help Sri Lanka - Extremist Buddhist monks are way off the mark, and also overlooks Riyadh's financial aid

When nine Sri Lankans blew themselves up in churches and luxury hotels and led to the deaths of more than 250 people, the ugly head of the Sinhala extremist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has roared back into action in inciting violence against the island’s minority Muslim population.

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero (centre), head of the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or "Buddhist Power Force", arrives with others at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic before the Buddhist monks convention in Kandy, Sri Lanka, on July 7. 2019.Image Credit: Reuters
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The Seizure of British Tanker by Iran: is the influence of fragmented West on the wane?

Britain and Iran are on a confrontational path over the seizure of Stena Impero, the British tanker captured by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards off the Strait of Hormuz, the latest flash point in the Middle East region.

The Seizure of British Tanker by Iran: is the influence of fragmented West on the wane?
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The changes we saw for worse since 1975

When I left my motherland on an assignment to the gulf in mid-1975 we had our version of the iron lady and the first woman prime minister of the world Sirimavo Bandaranaike was heading the government with a powerful cabinet of 22 ministers.

The changes we saw for worse since 1975
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A ‘ties’ filled evening entertained all sport lovers!

While England and New Zealand featured in a history making double tie in the 2019 Cricket World Cup final at Lords, Djokovic and Federer starred in a tennis final at Wimbledon where yet another final set tie break decided who the champion is.

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S-400 Air Defence System: potential to bring down planes, missiles and powerful military alliances

The unthinkable finally happened; Turkey had the first batch of Russia’s formidable S-400 surface-to-air missile system delivered on Friday, much to the annoyance of the US – and to the dismay of Turkey’s NATO allies.

S-400 Air Defence System: potential to bring down planes, missiles and powerful military alliances
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‘This NCM rings really true’- ACMC Leader Rishad Bathiudeen M.P.

The allegations levelled in the JVP led No Confidence Motion (NCM) against the government are ‘on target.’ However, opinion of the Muslim MP collective needs to be respected said a top Sri Lankan Muslim leader on 11 July.

Leader of ACMC Rishad Bathiudeen MP addressing the Parliament on 11 July at the JVP led NCM debate
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The Swinging ‘Batsmen’ Of ‘New’ India

The two events occurred close to each other: Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ridiculed ‘old’ India for epitomizing nothing but ‘corruption’ and praised the ‘new’ India he claims to be building; in distant Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, the MLA son of a BJP general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya, was caught on the camera beating a civic official because he had come to supervise the demolition of an old building declared dangerous.

BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son,  Akash Vijayvargiya,  a first-time MLA of the party, was arrested in Indore Wednesday after he assaulted a civic body official with a cricket bat.
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Asia lost its only hope of winning the cup

We enjoyed an exciting finish in the first semi-final match where New Zealand managed to knock out India narrowly.

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How Bigots Get Their Feed

It must have taken two young Muslim women, both famous in their own rights, by complete surprise on finding that their decisions on private and personal matters had provided plenty of fodder to the growing tribe of bigots in India.

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