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Global emergency overview Snapshot 17–23 September

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

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Sri Lanka president's party suffers blow in vote test

09/21/2014 13:23 GMT

by Amal JAYASINGHE

COLOMBO, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a political blow Sunday when his ruling party's popularity dropped sharply in a local election seen as a gauge for possible snap presidential polls.

Although Rajapakse's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the election in the southeastern province of Uva, its share of the vote dropped by more than 20 percentage points from the last polls there in 2009.

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President announces US$ 1 million in financial assistance to Palestine

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

A Media Release issued by the Presidential Spokesman and International Media Unit on 14th August 2014 making this announcement was handed over to Ms. Hana Abu Hakemah, Deputy Head of the Asia, Africa & Australia of the Palestinian Foreign Ministry by Mr. M. Siraj Ahamed, Attaché of the Representative Office during a meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ramallah recently.

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Sri Lanka donates medical examination gloves to Ebola-stricken countries

Sri Lanka today donated one million medical examination gloves to West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak as its contribution to the global appeal, ‘Road Map for Ebola’ by World Health Organization (WHO).

The consignment of gloves worth Rs. 5 million will be distributed among medical workers in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a symbolic hand over of the gloves to WHO's Country Representative Dr. Firdosi Rustom Mehta at Temple Trees this evening.

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Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirms 12 asylum seeker boats turned back since start of Operation Sovereign Borders

By political correspondent Emma Griffiths

The Federal Government has revealed that 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back at sea since the Government's border protection policy was implemented.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has used the first anniversary of the launch of Operation Sovereign Borders to make public the details of "on-water" operations that have until now largely been kept secret.

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Japan supports a Livelihood Improvement Project for the Resettled Communities through Japanese NGO poster

The Government of Japan has extendedUS$ 224,380 (approximately Rs.30 million)(JPY21,764,860) to the “Reconstruction of Community and Improvement of Livelihood of Returnees in the Fishing Community ofMullaitivu District” project which will be implemented by Pacific Asia Resource Center Interpeople’s Cooperation(PARCIC)in the MullaitivuDistrict under the Japan-NGO Cooperation Grant Scheme. PARCIC is a Japanese NGO, actively involved inreconstruction and development in the Northern Province since 2004.

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Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from South Asia

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World Bank

A new report documents the dynamics of violence against women across the life cycle, and analyzes the societal factors that drive perpetrators to commit such acts in the region.

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Global emergency overview Snapshot 10–16 September

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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South Asia to get new drought monitoring tool

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AlertNet

The tool, which will incorporate satellite photos, meteorological data, details of ground moisture measurements and crop-yield data, should be available for use by next April.

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Ten years after 2004 Tsunami, successful exercise demonstrates the efficiency of Indian Ocean Warning System

The Tsunami Warning System established under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO in the Indian Ocean following the December 2004 disaster is functioning effectively. This was demonstrated in a simulation exercise conducted on 9 and 10 September 2014, with the participation of 24 countries of the Indian Ocean Rim*.

According to the preliminary results of the simulated alert, all of the participating countries received timely tsunami advisory messages, and no delays were reported.

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Sri Lanka's expulsion of refugees goes to highest court

09/13/2014 07:19 GMT

COLOMBO, September 13, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan rights activists have gone to the country's highest court in a bid to stop the government summarily deporting Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees, their lawyer said Saturday.

Six human rights defenders have petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the expulsions, which are being carried out despite warnings that Sri Lanka is in breach of its international obligations, lawyer Lakshan Dias told AFP.

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Kurunegala Divineguma Social Relief Program provides relief to drought-affected people in Anuradhapura District

Kurunegala District Divineguma Social Relief Programme has launched a number of programmes to assist the drought-stricken people in Anuradhapura District.

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Japan supports a Livelihood Improvement Project for the Resettled Communities through Japanese NGO

The Government of Japan has extended US$ 224,380 (approximately Rs.30 million)(JPY21,764,860) to the “Reconstruction of Community and Improvement of Livelihood of Returnees in the Fishing Community of Mullaitivu District” project which will be implemented by Pacific Asia Resource Center Inter people’s Cooperation(PARCIC)in the Mullaitivu District under the Japan-NGO Cooperation Grant Scheme. PARCIC is a Japanese NGO, actively involved in reconstruction and development in the Northern Province since 2004.

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UNHCR urges Sri Lanka to stop deportations and provide protection to refugees and asylum-seekers

UNHCR is gravely concerned about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka.

The Government of Sri Lanka started its special operation on 9 June this year. It came to a halt on 15 August, but resumed on 3 September.

UNHCR has learnt that between 3 and 11 September, 62 Pakistani and 3 Afghan asylum-seekers were arrested and detained; 40 were subsequently deported. Since early June the authorities have arrested and detained a total of 328 refugees and asylum-seekers, and deported 183 of them to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia

New York, 11 September 2014 – According to a new UNICEF report released today there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia over the last 25 years, but glaring inequalities remain.

"More than 2 million children in South Asia die from preventable causes before their fifth birthday ever year and more than 35 percent of the region's children have chronic malnutrition,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.