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  • New Zealand cabinet agrees on tougher gun laws in principle: PM
    NEWS / ASIA PACIFIC New Zealand cabinet agrees on tougher gun laws in principle: PM Jacinda Ardern also announces an inquiry into Christchurch mosque attacks...
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  • NW Masjid Attack
     
    Media captionJacinda Ardern: "This can only be described as a terrorist attack"   Forty people have been killed and more than 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison described the gunman, who had Australian citizenship, as an "extremist, right-wing" terrorist. Four people - three men and one woman - were in custody in connection with the shooting, New Zealand police said. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern called it one of New Zealand's darkest days". What do we know at this point? New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that "multiple fatalities" were recorded at two locations. The first report of an attack came from the Al Noor mosque, located in central Christchurch. Witnesses...
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  • New Zealand: Dozens killed in 'terrorist' attack on two mosques
    Gunmen kill at least 49 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch in the country's worst ever attack. 3 minutes ago Ambulance staff take a wounded man from outside the mosque in central Christchurch on Friday [Mark Baker/AP] Forty nine people have been killed and at least 20 others injured in shootings...
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  • The Miracle of the Quran
    As Salaamu Alaikum Warahmatulaahi Wabarakatuhu. We are now on instagram. You can follow us @islaaminfo. or https://instagram.com/islaaminfo/ Jazakallahu Khairan. Was Salaamu Alaikum By Khalid Baig ‘... For only then we truly live. Otherwise we only pretend to live….’ It happened at an international inter-faith conference. The organizers decided to end the conference with readings from the scriptures of major religions, done by followers of other religions. As it happened, an Arab Christian read a passage from the Qur’aan. He was a good reciter. Every one seemed to be moved by his heart-rending reading, including the reciter himself....
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  • THE DESIGN OF THE WOODPECKER
    As we all know, woodpeckers build their nests by boring holes in tree trunks with their beaks. This may sound familiar to most people. But the point many people fail to examine is why woodpeckers suffer no brain haemorrhage when they beat a tattoo so vigorously with their heads. What the woodpecker does is in a way similar to a human being driving a nail into the wall with his head. If a man ventured to do something like that, he would probably undergo a brain shock followed by a brain haemorrhage. However, a woodpecker can peck a hard tree trunk 38-43 times in just two or three seconds and nothing happens to it.(1)   Nothing happens because the head structure of woodpeckers is ideally created for such a task. The skull of the woodpecker has a remarkable suspension system that absorbs the force of the blows. Its forehead and some skull...
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  • Daily Anti-Depressant
    Many people are under the misconception that an increase in wealth will lead to an increase in happiness. However, this could not be further from the truth, as depression affects people across all income-brackets and from all walks of life. The severity of depression can perhaps be gauged by the fact that according to statistics, in South Africa alone, there are approximately twenty-three known suicides a day! Islam has given us a simple, free prescription that has no unwanted side effects and is incomparable in combating depression. In this regard, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) taught us that we should always look at those who are less fortunate than ourselves (Saheeh Muslim #7428). In doing so, we will realize how many bounties we enjoy for which we should be thankful and how fortunate we really are. Hence, we...
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  • Why we need good friends..
    A well know Arabic saying advises, “Don’t talk about a person. Ask about his companions.” This simply means that if you want to enquire about a person — about his character, what are his habits, is he responsible, etc., then do not enquire specifically about him. Instead enquire about the company he keeps. If he keeps good company, insha-Allah he will be likewise a good and upright person. On the contrary if he remains in the company of people accustomed to sin and vice or people of low character and morals, he will generally be judged accordingly. Musk Seller Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has emphasized upon us to always maintain good company. He is reported to have said: “A person follows the way of his friend, therefore beware of who you befriend!” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4833) In another hadeeth a good friend...
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  • In the year 2119…
    In the year 2119, in just 100 years from now, every single reader of this piece will be underground, our bodies having become part of the soil. During that time, our fate with respect to paradise or hell would have been made known to us.   Meanwhile above the soil, our houses that were left behind would have become homes for others, our clothes would have become garments for others, our cars will be driven by others, and as for us, we will be – for the most part – never thought about by anyone again. How often do you think about your great grandfather? How often does your great grandmother cross your mind?   Our presence here on earth today, that presence that we make so much noise about and shed so many tears for, was preceded by countless generations before us and shall be followed by countless generations after us....
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  • MR to resign tomorrow - Namal
    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was recently appointed as the Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena has decided to resign from the premiership tomorrow after a special statement, MP Namal Rajapaksa tweeted a short while ago.  
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/MR-to-resign-tomorrow-Namal-159811.html
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  • SC leaves grant to proceed with Mahinda’s appeal
    The Supreme Court has decided to take up the appeal of Mahinda Rajapaksa against the interim order of the Court of Appeal on the premiership on the 16th, 17th and 18th of January 2019. However, the request of the petitioners for a stay order on the interim order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from holding office of Prime Minister and his Cabinet from functioning has been unanimously rejected by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has also ordered the Appeal Court not to hear the petition against Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet holding office, until the Supreme Court hearing is over. The Court informed the parties that if they wish the petition to be heard before a five-member judge bench, they should refer the request to the Chief Justice. Justice Eva Wanasundera, who was a part of the three-judge panel which considered the appeal...
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Tax on Motor vehicles also hiked

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Tax on Motor vehicles which include cars, vans, trishaws and motor bicycles have been increased with immediate effect. The Ministry of Finance and Planning announced today that the increase was made to ensure a drop in the vehicles imported to the country in order to reduce the high traffic congestions prevalent. The Ministry also said that this move will help bring down the use of fuel by motorists.

The classifications of the Tax have been made to correspond with the engine capacity of the vehicles. Hybrid vehicle production taxes below 1000CC have been increased by 14 % with tax for all hybrids above 3000CC being increased by 57%.

 

Rs. 2.5mn paid to stranded SL maid

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The Saudi government paid SR72, 000 (approximately 2.5 million rupees) in compensation to a stranded Sri Lankan housemaid whose Saudi sponsor had not paid her wages for the last 17 years, the Arab News reported.

Kusuma Nandini, 57, who had come to Riyadh in 1994, was kept a virtual slave in the house of her employer.  She was not paid her wages and was not allowed to contact anyone including her relatives back home.

 

 

Late Prof Allama M M Uwise ushered new literary culture

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The late Professor Allama M M Uwise was a catalyst among the Muslim-Sinhala communities in creating a new literary culture in the promotion of a close relationship between both communities. He was also the doyen in the field of Tamil literature, said A H M Azwer, MP addressing the 16th memorial meeting of Dr M M Uwise at Colombo Tamil Sangam, Wellawatte, on Sunday.

Making the keynote address on the late Professor, Azwer said Dr Uwise was a great emissary of peace and had he lived today, he would have been the happiest person regarding the historical role played by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in eradicating terrorism and consolidating peace despite unpatriotic elements conspiring to harm the motherland.

 

Resolution on SL adopted, 24-15

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The US sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the 19 session of the UNHRC in Geneva was adopted short while ago with 24 countries voting for & 15 against 8 abstained

India voted in favour of a resolution backed by the United States at the UNHCR sessions conducted today. The UN's top human rights body has passed a resolution calling on Sri Lanka to properly investigate alleged war crimes during its 26-year conflict with the Tamil Tigers.

 

SL engaged with all parties to achieve forward-looking outcome - Krishna

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Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna referring to the US sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, yesterday said that Sri Lanka is engaged with all parties in an effort to achieve a forward-looking outcome based on reconciliation, accountability rather than deepening confrontation and mistrust between the concerned parties.

 

Legal action against dual registered voters

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The time given to voters to register only in one district to prevent dual-registration will lapse on March 20th and the Elections Commissioner will take legal action against those who ignore the reminders to do so by the department, a senior official said.

Additional Elections Commissioner U. Amaradasa said the Elections Commissioner has informed voters who have been registered in several district to register only in one district. These voters were asked to inform the commissioner about their preferred district for registration on or before March 20th.

 

Bangladesh to use services at H’tota port

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Sri Lanka has requested Bangladesh to use the seaport at Hambantota, Bangladesh Finance Minister A M A Muhith said. “Let’s explore the benefit, since Hambantota port users wouldn’t need to go inside Colombo. That will help save time,” the Bangladesh minister said at the conclusion of the fourth round of Bangladesh - Sri Lanka Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting which ended in Dhaka on Thursday with a call to further expand cooperation between the two nations.

 

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