Sri Lanka’s Ministry of National Languages and Ethnic Integration announced that it planned to introduce a hotline for resolving the language issues affecting the public service.
The minister of the Ministry National Languages and Ethnic Integration, Vasudeva Naanyakkara, assured that the Ministry was fully committed to implement the Official Languages Policy, which alleges to promote language rights and equality, throughout the country.
The Ministry’s plans form a stark contrast with recent developments in the Tamil north, which saw the opening of temples with plaques inscribed in only English and Sinhala.
A parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance, M.A Sumanthiran, speaking to the Sunday Leader, outlined that the government was responsible for the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) calls to abolish the 13 Amendment.
The Sri Lankan government has expressed concern over a recent Memorandum of understanding, signed between the US Embassy in Colombo and the Trincomalee Urban Council, to establish an ‘American Corner’, a public information centre.
A Sri Lankan military soldier is suspected to have perpetrated the rape of a 7 year old girl in Nedunkeni, Vavuniya, reports Uthayan.
The incident led to a protest by local Tamils, demanding that the culprit be arrested.