The important role of indigenous women-by Promod de Silva Source:Sundayobserver They were the First People. They had usually been in a certain region for centuries, or even thousands of years, before the ‘Others’ arrived. However, all over the world, the ‘Others’ trampled on their rights, their lands and even their very lives. And some of them do face extinction in just a few decades, if not years. This is the story of the world’s 370 million indigenous people living across 90 countries (sometimes literally so, as they go in and out of porous borders between some countries). They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. Challenges From the Inuits in Canada to the Aborigines in Australia, indigenous communities face challenging times and issues. Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and ...

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Alert Critical: Australian cricket bats for Sri Lanka reaching out a fourth time – By Callistus Davy Source:sundayobserver.lk Cricket and cricketers in Australia have come out on yet another occasion to lend a hand to Sri Lanka making them more of a family friend sharing grief and sorrow unlike in a bygone era when some islanders misunderstood them as bullies and racists. This time the hand of the Aussie came in the form of a soothing appeal to back a United Nations move to help Sri Lanka battle against crippling food, fuel, cocking gas and agriculture shortages besides an alarming rise in prices of essential requirements to add to an acute shortage of drugs and medicine and frequent electricity blackouts that has taken the country into the dark ages of the past. In their latest intervention, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and batsman Steven Smith have in a video message ...

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Veteran Journalist Thalif Deen Takes Over as IDN Advisor By Ramesh Jaura source:-indepthnews.net BERLIN (IDN) — Veteran journalist Thalif Deen has been appointed IDN-InDepthNews Advisor on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Arms Control Issues & Senior Writer at the United Nations. IDN is the flagship of the Non-profit global media agency International Press Syndicate. He has been covering the United Nations since the late 1970s. Beginning with the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, he has covered virtually every major UN conference: on population, human rights, the environment, sustainable development, food security, humanitarian aid, arms control and nuclear disarmament. As the former UN Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, Deen was cited twice for excellence in UN reporting at the annual awards presentation of the UN Correspondents’ Association (UNCA). In November 2012, he was on the IPS team which won the prestigious gold medal for reporting on the global ...

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WFP and the SUN Business Network partner with FCCISL to improve nutrition in Sri Lanka Source:-www.ft.lk The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) to hand over ownership of the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SUN Business Network) in Sri Lanka. The handover will enable the SUN Business Network to scale up from its current member base of large private sector organisations to include Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).  Sri Lanka faces a triple burden of malnutrition spanning overnutrition, undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Nearly one in two women of reproductive age are obese or overweight, while 15% of children under five were noted as being too thin for their height. These high rates of malnutrition are compounded by the socio-economic fallout from COVID-19, which threatens to further impact the nutrition standards of the population.  “Eradicating ...

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Poverty – by Oscar E V Fernando   Poverty is described as the condition of being poor and in want-poor in quality-in adequacy-in efficiency-imagination etcetera-and the most impactful of all to society, is the poverty of insufficient money-to-leave alone live comfortably, but having to live in squalor-misery-hunger and consequent malnutrition United Nations-(UN)-says-poverty is-the inability to have choices and opportunities-a violation of human dignity-not having-enough to clothe and feed a family-no school or clinic to go to-land to till-a job to earn one’s living nor have access to credit Poverty brings out hunger-an uneasy sensation-leading to exhaustion caused by want of food and water-causing malnutrition-leading to mental retardation and physical stunting of children-thus causing eventual death-and that-purely due to poverty Hunger and poverty are called-twins in a trap and is a pointer towards terrorism from early recorded history-we observe there was inequality of wealth and social status in the world-so much ...

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  Prime Minister – Media Release – Ministry UNCLASSIFIED THE HON SCOTT MORRISON MP Prime Minister MEDIA RELEASE Sunday, 26 May 2019 MINISTRY Australians have re-elected our Government to get back to work and get on with the job of delivering for all Australians as they go about their own lives, pursuing their goals and aspirations for themselves, their families and their communities.   My Government’s new Ministry brings together the experience and stability of service in key portfolios, while bringing in new members that will add their own experience, skills and passion to the job ahead. My new Ministry will be tasked with delivering our commitments to: Create 1.25 million more jobs over thenext five years Maintain budget surpluses and pay down debt Deliver tax relief for families and small businesses Guarantee increased funding for schools, hospitals, medicines and roads Keep Australians safe, including online, and keeping our borders ...

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