Monday, May 26, 2014

Presidential election begins in Egypt

Presidential election begins in Egypt

Voters in Egypt will cast their ballots in a presidential election over two days starting Monday. Opinion polls suggest former defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are the two candidates.
Egyptian voters elected Mohamed Morsi as president after decades-long authoritarian rule collapsed three years ago in a movement known as the Arab Spring.
Morsi had the backing of the Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood. But he was ousted in a de-facto coup last July that was led by Sisi.
Recent opinion polls suggest Egyptians want stability and a rebuilding of the nation’s economy under strong leadership.
But some Egyptian pro-democracy activists, as well as observers outside the country are concerned that a win by Sisi may herald the return of authoritarian rule.
Thai king authorizes military rule
Thailand’s army chief says he has officially become the head of the National Council for Peace and Order to take the control of the country, days after staging a coup.
General Prayut Chan-o-cha made the announcement at a news conference on Monday after widely revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej authorized him to head the council.

Modi for smaller cabinet, smart governance is it so

Modi hints smaller cabinet, smart governance
Modi the 15 th PM of India is all set to be in the news for both positivism and negativity too  as he is opting out his political mentor Mr L K Advani and Sr Colleague Dr MM Joshi to be not part of his cabinet as per the impressions from the media hence his first solo may be out of against all ethical norms.His visiting Raj Ghat is welcome step. Modi has not only put the dynastic politics to null and quelled its emergence by not making two generation together in his cabinet. His efforts to call his mother to see her son take oath is welcomed too but his wife remains  deprived of husband becoming the PM any thought on this. Modi call to all SAARC leaders to participate in today’s mega events is also welcomed by the intellect. A tea vendor to meditater at the Himalayas, helper at RSS to preacher to  CM of Gujarat and PM of India helps this leader to understand the pulse of the people and act accordingly to his religious heights could bring glory to this spiritual nation of the world. In another moot point Modi to take on the reign of India the sovereign,republic but he wants his cabinet to work as his student,his act marveled to reduce the opposition to decimation is not healthy for progressive democracy when politics sovereign diminish could bring disintegration effect fast in his coterie and glory.
Narendra Modi is opting for major changes in the structure of the government, a statement issued by his secretariat in New Delhi tonight said that “focus is on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one cabinet minister will be heading a cluster of ministries which are working in complementary sectors”.
Modi is eventually aiming at “smart governance” where the top layers of Government will be downsized and there would be expansionat the grass root level.

Billionaire wins Ukraine presidential vote


Poll: Billionaire wins Ukraine presidential vote
Exit polls suggested candy tycoon Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine’s presidential election in the first round on Sunday, a ballot that took place amid weeks of fighting in eastern regions where pro-Russia separatists have seized govt buildings and battled govt troops.
The rebels had vowed to block the ballot in the east and less than 20 percent of the polling stations were open there. 
But nationwide, about 60 percent of the electorate turned out, the central elections commission said. 
Poroshenko, viewing the exit polls as definitive evidence of victory, said his first steps as president would be to visit the eastern industrial region of Donbass – home to Ukraine’s coal mines – and “put an end to war, chaos, crime and bring peace to the Ukrainian land.” 
Long lines of voters snaked around polling stations in Kiev, the pro-Western capital, but heavily armed pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine intimidated locals by smashing ballot boxes, shutting down polling centers and issuing threats. 
The exit poll for Sunday’s election, conducted by three respected Ukrainian survey agencies, found the 48-year-old candy tycoon Poroshenko getting 55.9 percent of the vote. 
Poroshenko ducked the question whether he was prepared to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin but said Kiev would like to negotiate a new security treaty with Moscow. 
At a distant second was former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko with 12.9 percent, the poll showed. 
Full results are expected Monday in the election that authorities in Kiev hope will be a critical step toward resolving Ukraine’s protracted crisis. 
“I would like to congratulate Ukraine with the fact that despite the current aggression by the Kremlin and the desire to break this voting, the election happened and was democratic and fair,” Tymoshenko said after the polls closed. 
“I think this is the evidence of the strength of our nation.” 
The exit poll, which surveyed 17,000 voters at 400 precincts, claimed a margin of error of 2 percentage points, indicating Poroshenko passed the 50-percent mark needed to win without a runoff. 
It was conducted by the Razumkov Center, Kiev International Sociology Institute and the Democratic Initiatives Foundation. 


Russia Prez says he looks forward to working closely with Narendra Modi

Russia Prez says he looks forward to working closely with Narendra Modi
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country is looking forward to working closely with newly-elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to work for lifting bilateral ties in economic, military and technical cooperation.
Putin told this to a select group of journalists from the international media in St. Petersburg. 
Putin thanked India for standing by Russia against sanctions by the West over Ukraine. 


SAARC Leaders reach New Delhi

Nawaz Sharif arrives in India with a ‘message of peace’
Pak PM Nawaz Sharif arrives in India with a
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday arrived in India to attend the oath taking ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi, becoming the first ever Pakistani leader to do so. The Pak PM said that Pakistan wants good relations with India and that he came to New Delhi with a “message of peace”.
63-year-old Modi, who led BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok Sabha polls, last week extended invitation to SAARC leaders including the Pakistan premier. Sharif, accompanied by a small delegation, left Pakistan at 9.30 a.m. (local time) and landed in New Delhi after a brief flight at around 11.00 a.m. (local time).
Sources said it is expected that the Pakistan leader will also give formal invitation to his counterpart for a visit. The News last night reported that Sharif met his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif along with others in Lahore and discussed the visit.
“The premier said Pakistan wanted the resolution of all issues with India, including Kashmir, Sir Creek, water and trade, and it wanted to establish a relationship on the basis of equality for peace in the region,” the paper said, citing unnamed sources.
In the meeting, Sharif said the government’s decision to release arrested Indian fishermen as a goodwill gesture and giving back the confiscated fishing boats for the first time in the history of the two sides was aimed at improving the ties.
No breakthrough is expected during the visit but it will provide the two leaders an opportunity to cultivate personal relations which go a long a way in reducing tensions.
Pakistan has avoided repeated reference to Kashmir before the visit which was in contrast to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s Agra trip of 2001 when he announced that the disputed region will be the central focus of the summit.
In another major development, Pakistan has so far not dropped any hint that Sharif will meet the Kashmiri leaders which is also a departure from the established tradition.
Musharraf’s high tea party by Pakistan High Commission in 2001 where the APHC leaders were invited had created a storm and almost rocked the entire trip.
President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, Mauritius  Prime Minister of Mauritius Navinchandra Ramgoolam have arrived in Delhi to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left for India to attend Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
The swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India is to be the  mega event among events that have been staged at Rashtrapati Bhavan with the Asian  leaders guest list includes key leaders from SAARC countries, set to cross the 4,000 mark.

This is the first time that such a large gathering will be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the biggest ceremonies so far have seen a maximum of up to 1,500 to 2,000 guests, for instance, during the ‘At Home’ functions on the occasions of Republic and Independence days.

The swearing-in functions of Chandrashekhar in 1990 and Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1998 were held at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan and saw an attendance of 1,200 to 1,300 guests, said Omita Paul, Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Jagat Prakash Nadda is all set to take over as the party chief with Rajnath Singh making his way into the Narendra Modi Cabinet.
A lesser known face, Nadda was from the beginning a favourite for the party chief’s post.
Nadda was anointed as the national president of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in 1991 at the age of 31.
 Senior BJP leader and eight-time MP from Indore Sumitra Mahajan could be named the Lok Sabha Speaker. Mahajan is the longest serving woman parliamentarian.
Apart from Mahajan, the other name doing the rounds for the post is Karia Munda, who was deputy speaker in the 15th Lok Sabha.This is going to be a setback for senior party leader L K Advani, who has reportedly expressed his keenness for the Speaker’s post in which he doesn’t have to directly report to PM.
Sources said Advani’s name is not being considered for the post.

The  Narendra Modi’s cabinet run as follows:
* Arun Jaitley – Finance
* Rajnath Singh – Home
* Sushma Swaraj – External Affairs
* Ravi Shankar Prasad – Information and Broadcasting


Congress,BJP destroyed the nation :SP Chief


Samajwadi Party
 added 3 new photos.
समाजवादी पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव ने कहा है कि भाजपा और कांग्रेस ने देश को तबाह किया है। देश की सीमाएं असुरक्षित हैं। चीन ने भारत को धोखा दिया है और आज भी उसकी निगाहें हमारे सीमा क्षेत्र पर लगी हैं।
श्री यादव आज पार्टी मुख्यालय, लखनऊ में पूर्व महाधिवक्ता स्व0 वीरेन्द्र भाटिया की चौथी पुण्यतिथि पर आयोजित बैठक को सम्बोधित कर रहे थे। इस अवसर पर मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव, स्वास्थ्य मंत्री श्री अहमद हसन, पिछड़ा वर्ग कल्याण मंत्री श्री अम्बिका 
Samajwadi Party's photo.
Samajwadi Party's photo.
Samajwadi Party's photo.
समाजवादी सरकार की उपलब्धियों की जानकारी जन जन तक पहुॅचाने की मुहिम में तेजी लाने जा रही है। समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेश अध्यक्ष श्री अखिलेश यादव ने दो वर्ष में पूरे किए गए चुनावी वायदों और उनके लाभों से आम जनता तथा पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओं को अवगत कराने के लिए बड़े पैमाने पर 02 जून, 2014 को जिला मुख्यालयों पर सम्मेलन आयोजित करने के लिए निर्देशित किया है। जिला सम्मेलन के पश्चात विकास खण्ड स्तर पर भी जून माह में सम्मेलन होंगे।
समाजवादी सरकार ने किसानों, गरीबों, पिछड़ों और अल्पसंख्यकों के आर्थिक और सामाजिक विकास की तमाम योजनाएं चलाई है। मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव ने प्रदेश को विकास का नया एजेन्डा दिया है। वे चाहते हैं कि उ0प्र0 का समग्र विकास हो और यह फिर उत्तम प्रदेश बने जिसकी कल्पना श्री मुलायम सिंह यादव ने की थी। विकास की योजनाएं जिनके लाभ के लिए बनी हैं उन्हें इसके लिए समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेष अध्यक्ष श्री अखिलेश यादव ने जनता और कार्यकर्ताओं के बीच जाने और संवाद की व्यवस्था की है।
समाजवादी पार्टी के प्रदेश प्रवक्ता राजेन्द्र चौधरी ने बताया कि समाजवादी सरकार ने 50 हजार रूपए तक किसानों का कार्ज माफ किया है और सरकारी ट्यूबवेलों तथा नहरों से सिंचाई मुफ्त की है। इंदिरा आवास योजना, लोहिया ग्रामीण आवास योजना, जनेश्वर मिश्रा ग्राम विकास योजना, कृषक दुर्घटना बीमा, आसरा योजना, ग्राम संपर्क मार्ग निर्माण, कौशल विकास योजना, लोकतंत्र सेनानी पेंशन, समाजवादी पेशंन योजना, सड़क पुल निर्माण, चारलेन सड़क योजना के अलावा निःशुल्क पढ़ाई, वूमेन पावर लाइन 1090 प्रसूति के लिए एम्बूलेंस सेवा- 102, समाजवादी एम्बूलेन्स सेवा- 108, मुफ्त दवाई, गंभीर रोगों का मुफ्त इलाज आदि तमाम योजनाएं चलाई हैं। किसानों को समय से खाद, बीज की उपलब्धता निश्चित की गई है। ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में कामधेनू डेरी इकाइयों की व्याज मुफ्त ऋण योजना संचालित की जा रही है। महिला डेयरी परियोजना और सघन मिनी डेयरी परियोजनाएं लागू हैं। ऊसर सुधार एवं भूमिसेना योजना भी चल रही है।
उत्तर प्रदेश में समाजवादी सरकार ने जितने कार्य किए हैं, दूसरे सूबों की सरकारें उनकी नकल भी नहीं कर पा रही हैं। पिछली बसपा सरकार ने प्रदेश का धन पार्को, स्मारकों और मूर्तियों पर बर्बाद किया था, जबकि समाजवादी पार्टी की सरकार बनने पर जनता का धन जनता की भलाई पर खर्च किया जा रहा है। योजनाओं का लाभ सबको मिले इसके लिए उनके प्रचार-प्रसार पर भी उक्त 02 जून, 2014 को आयोजित जिला सम्मेलनों में विचार किया जायेगा।


Yogendra Yadav reacts to Shazia Ilmi’s resignation from AAP

My response to Shazia Ilmi’s resignation. She is right, we should introspect. Wish she was with us in this process. click on photo for video
Yogendra Yadav, one of AAP’s more erudite faces, said that he regretted Shazia Ilmi’s resignation from the party. He went on to add that Ilmi had been voicin…


शरीफ को दुलारी बेटी ने मनाया भारत दौरे के लिए

नवाज शरीफ को बेटी ने मनाया भारत दौरे के लिए, जानिए कौन हैं मरियम।‪#‎NawazSharief‬ ‪#‎Pakistan‬ ‪#‎India2014‬
नवाज शरीफ को बेटी ने मनाया भारत दौरे के लिए, जानिए कौन हैं मरियम। #NawazSharief #Pakistan #India2014</p>
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VHP prayers

विहिप ने रचाया भारत समृद्धि यज्ञ

नई दिल्ली मई 25, 2014। देश के चहुँ मुखी विकास के लिए प्रार्थना करते हुए  विश्व हिन्दू परिषद व आर्य समाज संत नगर ने आज भारत समृद्धि यज्ञ का आयोजन किया. इस अवसर पर विहिप दिल्ली के मीडिया प्रमुख व आर्य समाज संत नगर के कार्यकारी प्रधान श्री विनोद बंसल ने नई सरकार को शुभ कामनाएं देते हुए कहा कि विश्व भर की निगाहें भारत की ओर टक-टकी लगा कर देख रही हैं. हमें विश्वास है कि भारत अब न सिर्फ भौतिक बल्कि सांस्कृतिक व आध्यात्मिक विकास में नए कीर्तिमान बनाएगा. उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि हमें विश्वास है कि अब भारत में गौ, गंगा, गायत्री, मंदिर, महिलाएं, वृद्ध व् बच्चे पूर्णत: सुरक्षित रहेंगे और संस्कृत, संस्कृति, संस्कार, यज्ञ, वेद तथा आध्यात्म का विकास होगा. न कोई भूखा सोएगा और न ही अन्न का दुरुपयोग होगा.  
      दक्षिणी दिल्ली के ईस्ट आफ़ कैलाश स्थित संत नगर आर्य समाज मन्दिर में आयोजित इस भारत समृद्धि यज्ञ के उपरान्त बोलते हुए वैदिक विदुषी श्रीमती विमलेश आर्या ने कहा कि चारों वेदों के मन्त्रों से दी गई ये आहुतियाँ हमारे खोए हुए राष्ट्रीय गौरव को पुन:प्रतिष्ठापित करने में मील का पत्थर साबित होंगीं.
      इस अवसर पर आर्य समाज मंदिर के कोषाध्यक्ष श्री वीरेन्द्र सूदसह कोषाध्यक्ष श्री विनोद कौशिकसंरक्षक श्री राम कृष्णश्री जसवंत रायविहिप के सह प्रखंड मंत्री श्री संजय सिकरिया व समाज सेवी श्री अरुण होरा के अलावा श्रीमती राज कुमारीश्रीमती कल्पना शर्माश्रीमती चन्द्र ज्योति श्रीमती हितेश व कुसुम सहित अनेक लोगों ने यज्ञ में आहुतियां लगा कर राष्ट्र समृद्धि की प्रार्थना की।
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Boletín de Noticias de Nueva Tribuna [26/05/2014]

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Boletín informativo. Lunes 26 de Mayo 2014.
Elecciones Europeas
La izquierda gana en España pero su división salva al PP 
El PP ha ganado este domingo las elecciones europeas pero cae a 16 escaños desde los 24 que tenía desde 2009, mientras el PSOE ha pasado de 23 a 14. La sorpresa la ha dado Podemos, que ha entrado en la Eurocámara con 5 eurodiputados y ha resultado ser la cuarta fuerza en número de votos.
Rubalcaba comparece este lunes tras los “malos resultados del PSOE” 
La número uno del PSOE al Parlamento Europeo, Elena Valenciano, compareció anoche en la sede de Ferraz, para hacer una primera valoración de los resultados de las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo.
La participación en España ha sido del 45,58% y del 43,11% en el conjunto de la Unión Europea 
La participación en España en las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo ha sido del 45,58 por ciento, según ha anunciado el Ministerio del Interior.
El PP europeo gana las elecciones con 211 escaños y 18 eurodiputados de ventaja sobre los socialistas 
El Partido Popular Europeo ha ganado este domingo las elecciones a la Eurocámara al lograr 211 de los 751 escaños en juego (el 28,1% del total) y logra 18 eurodiputados de ventaja sobre los socialistas (193 escaños, el 25,7%).
SYRIZA se impone 
SYRIZA, principal partido de la oposición, se impondría así al gobernante Nueva Democracia (centro-derecha), que logra un 22,8 por ciento de los votos.
Los socialistas ganan en Portugal 
Los socialistas han ganado en las elecciones europeas en Portugal tras imponerse al PPD/PSD del primer ministro conservador Pedro Passos-Coelho y a su socio de coalición, el CDS-PP, según el sondeo a pie de urna.
El Frente Nacional gana en Francia con el 25 por ciento de los votos 
El ultraderechista Frente Nacional, liderado por Marine Le Pen, ha ganado las elecciones a la Eurocámara con el 25% de los votos, seguida de los conservadores de la UMP.
Otros temas de portada
¿Tienen que tributar los eurodiputados en sus países de origen o solo rendir cuentas ante Bruselas? 
El estatuto que regula sus retribuciones, además de indicar que sus ingresos como eurodiputado están sujetos al impuesto comunitario, también aclara que esto no prejuzga la capacidad de los Estados miembros de someter esta asignación al derecho fiscal nacional.
Con la décima seguimos siendo libres 
Por Carlos Carnero | Ha sido tanto el desequilibrio informativo a favor del Atlético de Madrid a lo largo de la temporada que daba la impresión de que solo los rojiblancos tenían derecho a ganar la Copa de Europa o a pasearse orgullosos con su camiseta puesta.
Y lego mi perfil en Facebook a… 
Por Eugenio Hernandez | Incluir en las últimas voluntades el reparto de nuestras propiedades digitales podría convertirse en algo corriente.
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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Workshop

 at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 30th May, 2014       
 in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building


‘Ecology and Society’

Concept Note: 

For long it was assumed that there existed a hard ‘dividing line’ between nature and culture and consequently between the scientific and humanistic disciplines. Scholarship, in recent years, however, has increasingly argued the opposite: that social worlds and ecological worlds actually overlap, intersect and co-constitute each other. Such claims, in particular, have provided fertile grounds for interdisciplinary exchanges between naturalists, ecologists and historians and social scientists. But has the ‘social construction of the environment’ or the ideas of inventing nature gone too far. Has nature disappeared, in such a view and merely become a cultural artifact? Conversely are biologically informed ideas of changing ecosystems able to take adequate account of differing, contested human views of and interests in nature?
This workshop will bring together historians and biologists, conservationists and ecologists, scholars of rivers and forests, animals and coastlines. The reviews of ongoing work will help open up new questions and stimulate a fresh look at old ones.

Programme Schedule:                           Friday, 30 May 2014

9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m.



Keynote Lecture

Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Director, NMML.

Dr. Gopi Sundar,
International Crane Foundation,
‘People, Wetlands and Bird Diversity on an Ancient Landscape:
The role of assumptions versus reality in planning wetland conservation’

9.30 am. – 10.30 a.m.


Session 1

Mr. Aditya Arya,
India Photo Archive Foundation,


10.30 a.m.-10.45 a.m.
Dr. Rajarshi Mitra, (On skype)
Central University of Karnataka,
Gulbarga, Karnataka.
‘Enchanting Ecology:
Photography and wilderness in colonial India’


10:45 a.m.-12.45 p.m.
Session 2


Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral,

Ms. Manju Menon,
Centre for Policy Research,
New Delhi.
EIAs for Hydropower Projects in NE India:
Framing region and resource for development’

Dr. Rinki Sarkar,
Independent Researcher,
New Delhi.
‘The Socio-Ecological Trajectory of ‘Chilgoza-pine’ in the Western Himalayas’

12.45 p.m.-1.30 p.m.
1.30 p.m.- 3.30 p.m.
Session 3

Dr. Sudha Vasan,
University of Delhi,


Ms. Shomona Khanna,
New Delhi.
‘From State Owned Minerals to Community Resources:
The Forest Rights Act’
Dr. Suresh Babu,
Ambedkar University,
‘Marginality, Tsunami-aid and Transformation in the Nicobar Islands’

3.30 p.m.
Tea Break

4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.



Public Lecture

Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Director, NMML.

Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy,
Ashoka Trust for Research in
Ecology and the Environment,
‘Understanding the Impact of Global Change on India’s Environment and Ecology’


Statement on condition of Tamils and Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka


From: Media Cell AAP  Sun, 25 May ’14 6:09p

At the time when a new Prime Minister is taking office in India and has invited neighbouring leaders for his swearing in ceremony,  the  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would like to remind the Sri Lankan President Mr Mahinda Rajapakse and our new Prime Minister about the condition of Tamils in Sri Lanka as well as the repeated killings of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan forces.
We demand the following:
1. We call for an independent, credible investigation into war crimes and human rights abuse in Sri Lanka. The Aam Aadmi Party wishes to draw attention to the burning issue of justice being denied for Sri Lankan Tamils, and the threats and intimidation faced by those who are trying to speak up against the Sri Lanka government.
It is nearly five years since the bloody armed conflict ended between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE. A UN panel has found credible estimates of 40,000 people having lost their lives in this war, while other estimates place the loss of lives at 100,000. The Bishops of Mannar (situated in the War Zone) testified before the Sri Lankan Government-appointed LRRC that the estimated number of persons who lost their lives to be more than 149,000 at the end of the war. The Sri Lankan war has been the biggest humanitarian disaster in recent times but, by and large, world countries, including India, have chosen to turn away for narrow political or economic gain.
According to the Aam Aadmi Party’s understanding, thousands of lives still remain unaccounted for and unanswered.
A report by the International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP) and Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Australia, finds overwhelming confirmation that the Government of Sri Lanka has destroyed evidence of mass graves burial sites in the post conflict period.
A report by the International Crimes Evidence Project (ICEP) and Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) in Australia, finds overwhelming confirmation that the Government of Sri Lanka has destroyed evidence of mass graves burial sites in the post conflict period.
Human Rights WATCH (HRW) report provides detailed accounts of 75 cases of alleged rape and sexual abuse that occurred from 2006-2012 in both official and secret detention centres throughout Sri Lanka. Men and women have reportedly been raped on multiple days, often by several people, with the army, police, and pro-government paramilitary groups frequently participating.
2. The Sri Lankan President should take immediate steps to end the climate of fear and uncertainty in which Tamils live in Sri Lanka. People there continue to live in constant fear of retribution. Enforced disappearances, which are notoriously known as the “White van disappearances”, detention under draconian laws, and threats to people who criticize the Sri Lankan government, seem to be prevalent and frequent. Minority Group International’s report on condition of women in Sri Lanka show how women belonging to minority communities in the north and east of Sri Lanka remain deeply insecure.
Human rights abuses and violations, ranging from sexual violence to land grabbing, continue.
3. The Rajapaksa government should take immediate steps to give the Tamil language the status promised in the island constitution. Attempts to impose Sinhalese in the North and the East are strongly condemned.
4. The AAP strongly demands that land taken over by the Sri Lankan military be returned to Tamil civilians. It also strongly condemns attempts at handing over land to Sinhalese settlers and attempts to neo colonise the North and the East.
5. The AAP would like to point out the North and the East are run like a giant military camp and the elected governments do not have the authority which the Constitution demands that they have. The Aam Aadmi Party asks for a scaling down of the army presence and a restoration of full authority to the civilian government.
6. The Aam Aadmi Party strongly condemns the killings of more than five hundred Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. These killings are shocking and so is the reaction of the Indian government which has so far done little to stop these killings. While the need for talks to find a lasting solution to the problem of dwindling, shared, marine resources is obvious, there is a need for a more forceful response from India if these killings continue.  (ENDS)

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