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CPC proudly marks its centenary today

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At a time when the Global South has come to realise the importance of China as a reliable partner in times of crisis, the only political party in the world that held state power continuously for 70 years and more, the Communist Party of China (CPC) marks its centenary today, President of the Sri Lanka – China Friendship Association (SLCFA), Attorney-at-law, Ananda Goonatilleke said.

“Within seven decades after the victory of the Chinese Revolution and establishing of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the CPC has eradicated extreme poverty, made China a major world power, and marked its brilliance over the Moon and the Mars beyond. China has achieved these gigantic successes only because the CPC has always followed the scientific dialectical guidance of Marxism – Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought and proved to the world an alternative development model. Even in the struggle against the worse pandemic the humanity ever faced, the Covid-19, China led by the CPC, is doing everything possible to save the people of the world and the Global South,” he said.

For people who are concerned about political, diplomatic, economic, social, scientific, and technological development in the contemporary world, China led by the CPC appears invincible, Goonatilleke said adding that this is a reason for jubilation for the Global South, the oppressed people and the poor countries and also a reason to fear for imperialist and hegemonic powers. The reason why the CPC has achieved these victories is because the Communist Party of China follows an ideological path that scientifically manages contradictions internally and internationally.

“This century undoubtedly will be an era in human history where “the East Wind prevails over the West Wind.” As long as the Communist Party of China follows the path guided by Marxism – Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, it will be able to manage the contradictions of this transitional period, where the balance of power shifts from the West to the East,” Goonatilleke added.



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Shocking 17,500 video clips of Lankan children being sexually abused

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By Norman Palihawadane

There were over 17,500 video clips of Sri Lankan children being sexually abused, on the Internet and action had been taken to arrest those responsible, Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said yesterday. The Sri Lanka Police had sought the assistance of international law enforcement agencies and the Internet service providers to track down the persons involved in uploading those video clips and child sex trafficking via internet, the SDIG said.

Crimes against children in Sri Lanka were rising at an alarming speed, the SDIG said.

The police would conduct a special awareness programme together with the National Child Protection Authority to curb the alarming trend, he said.

The first programme was held recently in Nuwara Eliya where it especially focused apprising police officers attached to that Division.

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Private buses to insist that inter-provincial commuters carry proof of vaccination?

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

A limited number of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and National Transport Commission (NTC) buses and trains would maintain limited inter- provincial operation from 01 August, State Minister of Transport, Dilum Amunugma said.

The State Minister said that certified documents issued by the respective depot superintendents and the letters of approval by the NTC were mandatory, he added.

“The buses and trains will be permitted to operate only in the morning and in the evening for office workers,” Amunugma said.

The State Minister added that passengers should behave responsibly when using the inter-provincial transport services and understand that those services were only for commuters engaged in essential services.

“The Delta variant is spreading rapidly. If one infected passenger travels in a bus, all other commuters will contract it” he warned.

The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) has decided to make proof of vaccination compulsory for inter provincial travel from 01 August

LPBOA President Gemunu Wijeratne said they had written to the President and Transport Minister asking for permission to enforce it.

Wijeratne said that all bus operators in the Western Province should ensure they were inoculated by August 15.

 

 

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TNA Leader complains against appointing Sinhala officers to Tamil areas

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By Dinasena Ratugamage

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader, R. Sampanthan had written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, objecting to the appointment of Sinhala government officers to the Northern Province, former TNA MP Mavai Senathirajah told journalists on Wednesday (28.)

The President and the Prime Minister are appointing officials violating democratic principles, Senathirajah said after a meeting of party activists at Karachchi Divisional Secretariat Office, Kilinochchi.

“A lot of Sinhalese are appointed to the North and the East. They must appoint Tamils. These appointments undermine our struggle for a just language policy,” he said.

Senathirajah said that it was customary to appoint Tamil officers to Tamil majority areas. However, this tradition was being violated increasingly in recent times, the former MP said.

“The TNA has nothing against Sinhala government officers. However, appointing Sinhala state officers to majority Tamil areas is a great injustice to the people. So, our leader has written to the President and the Prime Minister asking them to stop this practice,” he said.

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