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Women ‘shouldn’t be forced to wear abaya’ - Senior Saudi religious cleric

Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a senior member of the top Muslim clerical body in Saudi Arabia, said that women should not be obliged to wear the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of the Muslim faith known as the ‘abayas’ as the purpose of the Sharia code is to cover the entire body with any long and loose-fitting garment, whether using a cloak or any form of modest clothing.

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Mutlaq, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars.
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Sri Lanka elections turnout signals bad news for "Good" government

Amid tight security, Sri Lanka's local government polls closed on February 10th evening in a peaceful manner.
The Election commission said that the overall voter turnout in the elections was around 65%-at 10.2 Million voters.

Sri Lanka elections turnout signals bad news for "Good"  government
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70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai

The 70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated in ceremonial way at the Deputy High Commission for Sri Lanka in Chennai on February 4 with the tri-lingual National Day Message of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka read by the officers of the Mission, and with the blessings of the multi-faith religious leaders here.

70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai
70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai
70th Independence Day of Sri Lanka celebrated by Deputy High Commission in Chennai
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Minister Fowzie’s Granddaughter – Fathima Hafsa Assaulted In Court Premises

Minister A. H. M. Fowzie’s granddaughter – Attorney-at-Law Fathima Hafsa lodged three complaints yesterday, for intimidating and assaulting her in Court premises this morning against Dr. Shazli Mowjood, who is on bail and allegedly carried on these acts in breach of bail conditions.

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Tamil Diaspora urge British government to sack “slit throat” Sri Lanka diplomat

Angered by a public death threat against Tamil demonstrators in London, Eelamist diaspora groups in a rare display of solidarity have urged the British government to strip Sri Lanka’s military attaché in the United Kingdom of his diplomatic status and declare him a “Persona non Grata” who has been allowed to continue to work in High Commission on the ‘Special Orders’ of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Srisena.

A video showed Minister Counsellor (Defence) Brigadier Priyankara Fernando,  making a slitting the throat gesture towards the protesters
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Bangladesh court jails opposition leader Khaleda Zia for five years

A court in Bangladesh sentenced opposition leader Khaleda Zia to five years in jail on Thursday after convicting the two-time former premier of embezzling money meant for an orphanage.

Khaleda Zia
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USAID Launches Youth Employment and Skills Project in Central Province

Visiting U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Daniel Rosenblum opened the Kandy YouLead office on February 2, which will expand employment opportunities for youth in the Central Province.

Daniel Rosenblum  - U.S. State Dept.  Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affair
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Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence celebrated in Las Vegas

Documentary presentation depicting Sri Lanka’s long journey from colonial rule to independence, cultural presentations signifying the rich Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

Aruna Abeyakoon, President Sri Lanka America Association of Las Vegas addressing
US Congresswoman Dina Titus addressing the gathering in Las Vegas
Sri Lanka Consul General for Western States in the US Swarna Gunaratne addressing
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Sri Lankan Independence Day Celebrated in Canada

The 70th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence was celebrated at the Sri Lanka High Commissioner’s Official Residence in Canada in the presence of over 160 guests who braved a wintry afternoon to be present on the occasion.

Sri Lankan  Independence Day Celebrated in Canada
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Reactivation of Myliddy Fishery Habour in the Northern Province under Reconciliation Initiative

In 1980s Myliddy Fisheries Habour in Jaffna is one of the major fishery habour in the country that contributed significantly to the fisheries sector. During the conflict, Myliddy fisheries habour became non-functional and was under the custody of Defence Authority since 1990.

Reactivation of Myliddy Fishery Habour in the Northern Province under Reconciliation Initiative
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