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Wimal objects to inclusion of Cuba on US terrorism sponsor list

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Chairman of the National Freedom Front, Wimal Weerawansa  has raised objection with the US Ambassador in Colombo on the inclusion of Cuba into the list of states that support terrorism published by the US State Department on 16 May 2024.

Mr. Weerawansa raised the objections in a letter addressed to the Ambassador Julie J. Ms. Chung.

The letter also said;

The US State Department began to list states sponsoring terrorism from 2nd December 1979 & included Iraq, Libya, South Yemen & Syria to its list.

Having declared these states as sponsoring terrorism, the fate that befell these states is nothing acivilized state that respects democracy, human rights can agree to.

The world is well aware that Iraq was removed from this list in February 1992 as a result of its role in the Iran-Iraq war indirectly intervened by the US. However, on 13th September 1990, Iraq was added to the list of states sponsoring terrorism by the US State Department accusing Iraq of “invading Kuwait”. Though Iraq was again removed from the list in October 2004, the devastation Iraq suffered is known by all.

Libya known as the “Switzerland of Africa” had become a war-torn country by the time it was removed from the list on 15th May 2006. The Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi who is to be credited for leading Libya to high scales in the world’s socio-economic indicators was ruthlessly killed.

Likewise, the tragedy that befell Yemen after being removed from the list on 22nd May 1990 resulting in merging North & South Yemen to form one government has resulted in South Yemen disappearing from the world map.

Sudan was included to the US State Department “State Sponsor of Terrorism list” on 12th August 1993 and removed on 14th December 2022. Today, it is a nation where daily corpses keep piling.

Iran which is also included to the US State Departments ‘State Sponsor of Terrorism” list, recently faced the untimely & tragic death of its President Mr. Ebrahim Razi & the response by the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was that the death “heralded better times for the Iranians”.

The above examples go to highlight the fate of states that end up being included to the list of “State Sponsors of Terrorism” by the US & not only countries that value democracy & human rights but all nations of the world must condemn the outcome for these countries.

This is a trend that must be defeated & countries that are friendly towards the Cuban state are protesting the decision taken by the US State Department and all others must join in too.

Sri Lanka as a state that has been a traditional friend of Cuba & our political party join the rest of the nation’s supporting Cuba against the inclusion of Cuba into the US State Department “State Sponsor of Terrorism list”.

(timesonline.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by timesonline.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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