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  • Israeli shelling kills scores in eastern Gaza
    Israeli attacks have killed 97 people in the Gaza Strip, raising the overall Palestinian death toll to 435 since the start of a major military campaign on July 8, Palestinian health officials say, as the military wing of Hamas claims it has abducted an Israeli soldier.

    The vast majority of Sunday's dead were in Shujayea, a district between Gaza City and the Israeli border, with at least 60 people killed there in an intense bombardment which began overnight. Besides Shujayea, where bodies littered the streets, the worst hit neighbourhoods were al-Shaaf and al-Tuffa. A Shujayea resident who reached a hospital told Al Jazeera: "It is a massacre taking place in Shujayea. It is a massacre - in the full sense of the word - committed by Israel against innocent civilians. There are no armed men among us. The streets of Shujayea are...
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  • Toll mounts as Israel shells northern Gaza
    Israel has announced the deaths of two of its soldiers on the second day of a ground offensive into Gaza that it says is aimed at destroying Hamas' cross-border tunnels. At least 34 Palestinians also died on Saturday, the second day of the Israeli ground invasion, as Israel intensified its shelling by tanks and artillery of the northern Gaza Strip. Al Jazeera's John Hendren, reporting from Jerusalem, said the two soldiers were killed during an exchange of gunfire as they fought Palestinians in tunnels near the Israeli Gaza border. The two were the first Israeli soldiers to die in this recent escalation while fighting the Palestinians. The two Israeli solders were killed on Friday, one in an incident of friendly tank fire and another in an accident in a tunnel. During the exchange in which the soldiers were killed, a Palestinian fighter...
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  • 3 weeks after Aluthgama riots police are yet to record statement: Thevarapperuma
    UNP Kalutara District MP Palitha Thevarapperuma who threatened to resign from Parliament over Police inaction during the Aluthgama incidents said, Police were yet to record a statement from him, even though he was injured and his vehicle badly damaged as he attempted to defy the rioters. MP Thenuwara soon after the Aluthgama incident MP Thevarapperuma tendered his letter of resignation on Tuesday to UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, who had refused to accept it, saying that all the Opposition MPs must stand together on the issue, and by staying in Parliament, the Kalutara District MP could serve the people of his area better by putting more pressure on the Government to investigate the incidents. “The UNP was fully supportive of my position that the Government must do more to investigate the incidents that took place in Aluthgama....
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  • Understanding The ‘Sinhala-Buddhist Mindset’
    By N. Sathiya Moorthy Coming as it did after the Aluthgama incident, BBS leader, Ven Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero’s call for Pope Francis to apologise to Sri Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhists for alleged atrocities committed by Christian colonialists in the past centuries thankfully did not receive the kind of media attention that it might have got. Not to embarrass the Pope and themselves, too, when the Pope is set to visit the country in January 2015, all segments of the Sri Lankan society and government seem to have ignored the Thero’s call. “Previous Popes have publicly apologised to certain countries because they destroyed, they killed. We had a similar situation, where most of the Buddhist temples were destroyed by them and Buddhist monks were killed. We would like to see a public apology from the Pope,” Gnanasara was quoted...
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  • Laylatul Qadr-The Night of Power!
    By Abu Muhmmad Yusuf Allah Ta’ala in His infinite Mercy has favoured us in so many ways. Such blessings that we cannot possibly enumerate nor show sufficient gratitude to the Almighty. Amongst the many blessings include a very special GIFT..Laylatul Qadr- The Night of Power. It is an opportunity to gain closeness to our Creator, forgiveness of our sins and an elevated position in Jannah (Paradise). The Night of Power is better that a 1000 months (83 years, 4 months)! Allah, Most Wise, says: "The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” (Quran 97:3 ) The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) is reported to have said: “Whosoever stands in "Ibaadah" (worship) on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven." (Hadith-Bukhari and Muslim) WHEN IS...
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  • In Pictures: Palestinians mourn Gaza children
    The three Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli strike, hours before it launched a ground offensive in Gaza.   Gaza City - Palestinian mourners have gathered for the funeral of three Palestinian children who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Thursday. Eight-year-old Jihad Issam Shuhaibar, his brother Wasim Issam Shuhaibar, seven, and their cousin, Afnan Tariq Shuhaibar, aged 10, were killed after a five-hour humanitarian truce between Israel and Hamas expired. Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza later on Thursday. A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the operation aimed to destroy tunnels linking Gaza to Israel. The prime minister's office also said that the Israeli military was "prepared for an expansion of the ground action". More than 230 Palestinians, including 39 children, have...
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  • සංඝයා වහන්සේලා කල යුත්තේ බෞද්ධාගම රැකීම මිස උද්ඝෝෂණ විරෝධතා පැවැත්වීම නොවේ..
    July 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm | lanka C news
    බෞද්ධ භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලාගේ කාර්යය භාරය වන්නේ බෞද්ධාගම ආරක්ෂා කරගැනීම මිස උද්ඝෝෂණ, විරෝධතා පැවැත්වීම නොවන බව අමාත්‍ය සරත් අමුණුගම මහතා පවසයි.
    ඇමතිවරයා මහනුවර ප්‍රදේශයේ විහාරස්ථානයක පැවති උත්සවයක් අමතමින් කියා සිටියේ මෙරට භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලාගේ ක්‍රියා කලාපය වර්තමානයේ දි ලෝකයේ වැඩි අවධානයකට ලක්ව ඇති...
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  • Soured relationships hinder reconciliation
    By  Arthur Wamanan and Sandun Jayawardana in Aluthgama Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00   “We live together. But we don’t talk anymore,” says Mrs. Mohideen Pics by Chandana Wijesinghe Aluthgama after one month One month after the unrest, Dharga Town is now buzzing with a lot of reconstruction activities. The houses and shops that were damaged are being renovated and rebuilt by the security personnel.On the outside, everything looks calm, though there is still a significant security presence. Those affected have slowly started...
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  • Call for extending Hajj quotas to non-Muslim travel agents
    July 17, 2014, 10:20 pm

    By A. M. Jazeel, Addalaichenai Corr.
    Islamic Religious Education Mission, in a letter sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa alleges that the allocation of Hajj quotas to the travel agents this year has been done in a fraudulent manner.
    It has suggested that the quotas should not be limited to Muslim travel agents and others must also be allowed to organise Hajj pilgrimages.
    The mission also alleges that Hajj committee has...
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  • The BBS and a catalyst for a Buddhist Muslim conflict
    July 17, 2014, 12:00 pm


    By Harim Peiris
    The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), Sri Lanka’s catalyst for opening up a new Buddhist verses Muslim conflict, perhaps due to boredom now that a thirty year civil war has ended, follows more by design than accident a classic military strategy of an escalation or advancement and then a tactical retreat due to over reach. Immediately after the previous attacks as well,...
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