Author: Noviseh Musakhel

The Sri Lankan government announced Friday the establishment an independent Commission for Truth, Unity and Reconciliation through an act introduced in Sri Lanka’s Parliament. The government stated that the commission is intended to “ensure an inclusive process in developing legislation that strengthens and safeguards national unity through truth, transitional justice, reconciliation, reparation and social cohesion.” The commission will also aim to prevent any conflict between various ethnic groups within the country, such as Tamils, who recently a spate of arrests following commemoration of fallen Tamil separatist soldiers. Pending the creation of the new law, Sri Lanka has created the Secretariat for the Truth and Reconciliation Mechanism to push to ensure the…

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Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Emir Siraj ul Haq asserted on Saturday that the Pakistani rupee was “trailing behind” currencies such as the Afghan Afghani, Bangladeshi Taka, and Sri Lankan Rupee. Addressing the women’s workers’ convention in Bahawalpur, Haq took a swipe at the political opponents, saying, “The political parties who ruled the country for the past 76 years had done to impose an Islamic political system in the country.” Haq blamed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for ballooning inflation and unemployment. “Will the people of the country be the slaves of these two families…

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Nyon, Manchester, Milan (19/12 – 31) The group phase of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League is to conclude this month. Names of the sixteen clubs who will compete in the knock-out phase have been released. On Monday, 18 December 2023, UEFA conducted the draw for the last-16 round, at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Defending champion Manchester City came out from the draw with the biggest smile as they will face off with the arguably easiest opponent. Pep Guardiola’s team will Danish champion Copenhagen, who were down at 37th in the UEFA club coefficient ranking. As the current title holder,…

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Berlin (06/12 – 67.67) Asliddin Sherzamonov, an activist from Tajikistan, strongly believes that the United Nations (UN) should assess the actions of the Central Asian country’s security forces during the events of 2021 and 2022 in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). Speaking at the UN session on minorities held in Geneva on December 1, Asliddin said that an independent international commission should be established to evaluate the activities of Tajikistan’s security forces. In the operations carried out by security forces in 2021 in Roshtkala and Khorog, three people died. In another operations in the spring of 2022 by the security…

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he Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), a global processing standard for textiles manufactured using organic fibres, has revealed a substantial uptick in certified facilities within Sri Lanka, underlining a growing awareness of international best practices and sustainable manufacturing principles among Sri Lankan apparel companies. Sri Lanka’s apparel industry body the Joint Apparel Association (JAAF) has taken note of this positive trend and a South Asian representative of GOTS Ganesh Kasekar revealed a 21% increase in certified facilities compared to the previous year. Presently, 74 factories in Sri Lanka have secured GOTS certification for the period of 2023/2024. Local apparel giants…

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ISLAMABAD, Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani on Monday terming a peaceful and stable Asia Pacific a priority said Pakistan stands ready to work with the member states of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) for attaining the goals of confidence-building and conflict prevention. Speaking at the inauguration of the ASEAN Corner at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), the foreign minister highlighted Pakistan’s efforts in forging the future prospects of its relations with ASEAN. Jilani reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for an international order based on peaceful co-existence, amicable settlements of disputes, win-win cooperation, and shared prosperity. He mentioned that Pakistan…

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The counterterrorism expert and author of “Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Massacre: Lessons for the International Community” explains how religious extremism manifested in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attack. On April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – a coordinated series of bombings ripped through Sri Lanka, targeting churches and luxury hotels. Over 260 people were killed, making it the deadliest terrorist attack ever suffered by Sri Lanka. The attack has continued to resonate in Sri Lankan society and politics, as the public demands to untangle questions of responsibility: Why was the attack not prevented, and what can be done to stop the…

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft can’t compete with Google and that the search engine’s market share is so large the internet has basically become the “Google web” Monday during more than three-and-a-half hours of testimony in Google’s antitrust trial, according to multiple news organizations. KEY FACTS Nadella reportedly testified that Microsoft and Bing, its search engine, was unable to compete with Google because of deals Google has made with partners like Apple and Samsung to make Google the default search engine on their devices and browsers. Nadella described Google’s deal with Apple in particular as “oligopolistic,” and said the deals in…

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Union Minister and former Army chief General VK Singh has claimed that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) would merge with India soon “on its own”. “PoK will merge with India on its own, wait for some time,” the Union minister for State said while responding to a query in a press conference here in Dausa regarding demands of Shia Muslims in PoK seeking opening of border crossing with India. The minister was addressing a press conference in Dausa during a Parivartan Sankalp Yatra (PSY) programme of the BJP. The Union minister also spoke about the success of the recently concluded G20 Summit under…

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Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, announced the addition of a new route to its growing international network.  The airline will be further expanding its presence in Malé with direct, daily flights to and from Delhi starting 01 October 2023. Vistara will operate its A320neo aircraft featuring a three-class configuration on the route as it enhances connectivity between India and the Republic of Maldives. Bookings for the flights are being progressively opened on all channels, including Vistara’s website, mobile app, and through travel agents. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We are thrilled…

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