Sri Lanka en Opinion: UN should do more on Sri Lanka <p> LOS ANGELES &mdash; The United States and other Security Council members should call for an impartial, international investigation into the atrocities committed in Sri Lanka.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers United Nations Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Opinion Tue, 03 May 2011 19:31:00 +0000 Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham 5642186 at Britain presses Sri Lanka over war-crimes allegations after watching "horrific" video (VIDEO) <p> The &quot;horrific&quot; video, aired on British TV, contained footage of what it said were prisoner executions and the bodies of female Tamil fighters who appeared to have been sexually assaulted.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Diplomacy War Europe Politics United Kingdom Wed, 15 Jun 2011 05:03:00 +0000 News Desk 5651276 at Sri Lanka: new test of India's global influence <p> NEW DELHI &mdash; Sri Lanka&#39;s efforts to cover up the final months of its 25-year-long war against Tamil separatists hit a snag this week, as humanitarian organizations blasted an internal probe into possible war crimes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Rights Watch Sri Lanka Diplomacy India Mon, 19 Dec 2011 11:56:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5684566 at Sri Lanka jail riot leaves inmates and guards injured <p> Prisoners set fire to the records room and gunshots were heard from within the compound, the AP reported. Police fired tear gas before regaining order at the prison.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Asia-Pacific Tue, 24 Jan 2012 18:35:51 +0000 Lillian Rizzo 5688706 at Buddhist monk arrested for watching porn <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In Sri Lanka, a monk has been caught watching “blue films” while on temple premises. Monks have been getting into all sorts of mischief lately. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Iva Roze Skoch </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Buddhist monks are not supposed to do anything that would encourage passion, craving or attachment.</p> <p> Watching pornography isn&rsquo;t prohibited, technically speaking, as long as one manages to not get aroused. Similarly, during the World Cup, <a href=";address=105x5262211">monks were allowed to watch soccer</a>, as long as they didn&rsquo;t get too excited and rowdy.</p> <p> You might think that watching pornography without getting aroused would defeat the purpose.</p> <p> And you would have a good point, which is why pornography is generally discouraged in Buddhist monasteries.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s not to say monks don&rsquo;t try to smuggle it in on a regular basis.</p> <p> Just this week, a monk from the Dippitigoda Dalugoda temple in Peliyagoda, Sri Lanka, was reportedly arrested for watching &ldquo;blue films&rdquo; on temple premises.</p> <p> <a href="">According to the Sunday Leader</a>, the Chief Monk of the temple lodged a complaint with the Peliyagoda police, who arrested the monk in question.</p> <p> The offending monk was fined and released. And his computer was confiscated.</p> <p> But cases of monks behaving badly aren&rsquo;t all that unusual.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> buddhist monks pornograhy Sri Lanka Asia-Pacific Offbeat Wanderlust Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:07:30 +0000 Iva Roze Skoch 5695666 at UNHRC: Sri Lanka should punish war crimes The United Nations Human Rights Council passed a resolution on Thursday urging the Sri Lankan government to investigate alleged war crimes committed during the civil war fought against the Tamil Tiger separatists in 2009.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Thu, 22 Mar 2012 17:34:07 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5697231 at Sri Lanka orders controversial Dambulla mosque to relocate <p> A statement released Sunday by Prime Minister DM Jayaratne ordered the relocation of the mosque to a &ldquo;suitable place in the neighborhood,&quot; the day before various parties to the dispute were set to meet.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Asia-Pacific World Religion Sun, 22 Apr 2012 21:54:00 +0000 Luke Browne 5701391 at Sri Lanka claims huge explosives discovery <p> Security forces regularly unearth ammunition and weapons in the north of Sri Lanka, where the last battles of a quarter-century-long civil war were fought between the government and the separatist Tamil Tigers.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Asia-Pacific War Mon, 14 May 2012 14:26:43 +0000 Luke Browne 5704177 at Cyclone Nilam hits southeast India, killing at least 2 Cyclone Nilam has reached the southeast coast of India, killing at least two people.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Natural Disasters Sri Lanka India Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:09:05 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5724513 at UN report concludes that it 'failed to protect Sri Lankans' in civil war A UN internal probe has found that organization failed to protect Sri Lankans near the end of their civil war. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Conflict Zones Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Politics United States Tue, 13 Nov 2012 22:41:59 +0000 Talia Ralph 5725939 at Sri Lanka monks get 'healthy' menu for alms Those who donate food to the monks as part of religious tradition tend to give food that is high in sugar and fat, increasing the chances of monks developing preventable health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Asia-Pacific Health Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:18:00 +0000 Priyanka Boghani 5727353 at Sri Lanka journalist shot in neck A doctor at the hospital where he was treated said he is now in stable condition after surgery to remove a bullet from his neck.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Want to Know Asia-Pacific Sat, 16 Feb 2013 14:14:28 +0000 Jill Langlois 5757517 at Why Britain’s arrest of Nepali army colonel should serve as lesson for South Asia The situation in Nepal reflects an entrenched culture of political intrusions in the region’s judicial systems, with a long history of intervention from the highest levels of governments in the South Asia region. Most governments there have yet to accept that torturing detainees is a grave crime under international laws — to which they are signatories.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nepal South Sudan Sri Lanka Conflict Zones Military Myanmar Commentary Political Risk United Kingdom United States Thu, 28 Feb 2013 11:22:00 +0000 TP Mishra 5766097 at Sri Lanka denies British tourist entry for 'disrespect' to Buddhism A Sri Lankan immigration official said the man spoke 'very disrespectfully' about his tattoo of a Buddha.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Asia-Pacific Strange But True Sat, 16 Mar 2013 18:46:22 +0000 Jennifer Mattson 5785501 at Sri Lanka official apologizes for naming cyclone after King Mahasen Director-general of the meteorology department SH Kariyawasam said he was sorry "if any insult was caused to King Mahasen or the country's proud history."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sri Lanka Want to Know Asia-Pacific Wed, 29 May 2013 02:18:23 +0000 Jill Langlois 5847835 at