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UN Permanent Representative Identifies Three Potent Dangers to Sri Lanka

“While we have defeated the LTTE in Sri Lanka, the organization, its ideology and its operations are very much alive in a number of western countries.

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CERF allocates US$1.7 million for emergency water and food for thousands of families in Sri Lanka

On 10 July, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$1.7 million for the provision of water and food to drought-stricken communities in Sri Lanka.

The failed annual northeast monsoon, which runs from December to February and supplies water for Sri Lanka’s agricultural production, resulted in severe crop losses and water shortages. By the end of March 2014, over 240,000 families had been affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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Record harvest loss, food shortages hit dry Sri Lanka

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In some areas in the North, North Central and Eastern Provinces, the water levels in the reservoirs will be sufficient only for drinking and that, too, will be barely enough, says one official.

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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

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  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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World + 6 others
Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia

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With a population of 1.43 billion people, one-third of whom live in poverty, the South Asia developing members of ADB face the challenge of achieving and sustaining rapid economic growth to reduce poverty and attain other Millennium Development Goals in an era of accentuated risks posed by global climate change. Economic losses in key sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transport, health, water, coastal and marine, and tourism, are expected to be significant, rendering growth targets harder to achieve.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Australia + 10 others
Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

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This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Sri Lanka again delays dig at suspected mass grave

08/18/2014 13:56 GMT

COLOMBO, August 18, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan officials on Monday sought more time to exhume a suspected mass grave in a former war zone after failing to secure the services of forensic experts.

The site in the eastern coastal town of Kalavanchikudy has been under investigation since a resident petitioned the local court, claiming the remains of around 100 Muslims killed 24 years ago at the height of Sri Lanka's ethnic war were buried there.

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Nepal + 5 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (12 - 18 August 2014)

The Government of Nepal is leading the response. Humanitarian partners have strengthened their presence on the ground to support the delivery of food, water and medication.

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Court stops Sri Lanka deporting foreign refugees

08/16/2014 05:51 GMT

COLOMBO, August 16, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's court of appeal has ordered a halt to the deportation of Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees before their asylum claims are fully assessed, an official said Saturday.

The court order came after a Pakistani woman challenged Sri Lanka's decision to expel foreign nationals despite warnings that doing so may violate international law.

A court official said judge A. W. A. Salam, head of the Court of Appeal, had on Friday ordered the defence ministry to suspend the deportations.

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‘Sahana Yathra’ Relief Project Receives Army Support

Sri Lanka Army at the request of Ven. Daranagama Kusaladhamma Thero, Incumbent, Sri Sambodhi Viharaya in Colombo, assisted the dispatch of a large consignment of water tanks, bottled water and dry rations to drought affected areas in the North Central Province.

On the eve of the ‘Sahana Yathra’ project of this temple commencing its passage, the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake Tuesday (12) evening went to the temple to see for himself how those arrangements are in place.

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57.85% Dengue Cases reported from Western Province

Over 260,000 suspected dengue cases have been reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island during the last 8 months of this year. Approximately 57.85 percent of dengue cases were reported from the Western province, Ministry of Health revealed.

According to the sources, the highest numbers of dengue cases were reported during the twenty fifth week of 2014. This situation warrants regular removal of possible mosquito breeding sites from the environment.

It is also important to seek medical attention in the event of fever by three day of the illness.(ST/KH)

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President Announces US$ 1 Million in Financial Assistance to Palestine

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today announced that Sri Lanka will be providing US$ 1 million in financial assistance to Palestine.

President Rajapaksa has been a long-time supporter of the Palestinian cause and is the Founder President of the Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine.

During this year's Eid Festival Week, the President expressed concern for the violence in Gaza. “It is my hope that the violence in Gaza is halted and peace prevails in the region,” President Rajapaksa said on his Twitter account.

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Sri Lanka: UN experts alarmed at deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers without assessment

GENEVA (14 August 2014) – Two United Nations human rights experts today expressed their grave concern at the situation of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka who are being detained and forcefully deported to Pakistan without an adequate assessment of their asylum claims.

“States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,” stressed the UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsák, and on freedom of religion and belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.

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SL Army opens new hospital in South Sudan under UN Mission

The Sri Lanka Army at the request of the UN, has established its first-ever SRIMED Level 2 Hospital in Bor, South Sudan, under the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Establishing the hospital with ultra-modern facilities and medical equipment, all supplied and installed by the Sri Lanka Army, has been reportedly hailed as 'one of the fastest and well-planned projects.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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Regular press briefing by the Information Service 12 August 2014 - Sri Lanka

Mr. Edwards said that the UNHCR was alarmed that recent deportations of asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka were growing in size and scope despite international calls to stop sending them back to a place where their lives could be in danger. In all, 88 Pakistanis had been sent home since 1 August. Initially, those deportees had been men previously placed into detention, but now whole families were being deported.

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Interview: U.N. chief says access not a must for Sri Lanka war crimes probe

By Nita Bhalla

NEW DELHI, Aug 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations can conduct an effective investigation into reports of war crimes in Sri Lanka without visiting the country, said U.N. Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, reacting to a government decision to deny investigators entry.

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Response to Inquiries on Asylum Seekers

The Ministry of External Affairs has received a number of inquiries on the return of individual asylum seekers, mainly of Pakistan origin.

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Govt resettled 150,202 families in North

Deputy Minister of Health Lalith Dissanayake in Parliament said yesterday (Aug. 07) that the Government had resettled 150,202 families displaced (IDPs) during the war against terrorism by September 30, 2012.

The Minister, participating in the second reading stage debate on Prescription (Special Provisions) Bill, said landmines-infested areas had been cleared and converted into relief zones.