Video PlayerClose COLOMBO, Nov. 14, (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has arrived in Sri Lanka to monitor Saturday's presidential elections, and to analyse social media usage and fake news, said local media on Thursday. EOM Chief Observer Marisa Matias told journalists that the analysis of social media and fake news was still new to the organisation but they would be devoting a lot of attention to it. Matias said the data would be published for use in Sri Lanka's future polling. According to EOM Deputy Chief Officer Dimitra Ioannou, this is the sixth time the EU observers will be monitoring elections in Sri Lanka, following their observations for the polls in previous years . The organization arrived in Sri Lanka on Oct. 22 at the request of Sri Lanka's Elections Commission. A total of 80 election observers from member states of the EU have been deployed across all nine of Sri Lanka's provinces. … [Read more...] about EU election observers to monitor fake news on social media ahead of Sri Lanka election
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Armed men stabbed and injured a writer in Sri Lanka on Thursday, a week after he published a book criticising the main Opposition candidate at Saturday’s presidential polls, the police said.The attackers stormed the home of Lasantha Wijeratne, who released his book Wasteful Development and Corruption last week and gave a copy to ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa.“Four men broke into the house and stabbed him in the arm after holding a pistol to his wife’s head,” Mr. Wijeratne’s lawyer Tharaka Nanayakkara told AFP by telephone. “They smashed furniture before escaping.”The police said they have launched an investigation into the pre-dawn attack in Galle, 115 km south of Colombo, but no arrests had been made. Mr. Nanayakkara said the attackers accused Mr. Wijeratne of harming the campaign of Gotabaya Rajapaksa who is believed to be in a close race with Mr. Premadasa for the top job.‘Condemn attack’Mr. Rajapaksa's campaign … [Read more...] about Sri Lankan author stabbed ahead of poll
The two decades of our "spectacular economic progress" has side-stepped vast swath of our underprivileged that oscillates between twenty per cent and one-fifth of our population, writes M R Venkatesh.Calculated by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a comprehensive measure to track hunger globally, regionally and by country. Reducing a complex set of narratives into simple numbers, the GHI focuses on the successes and failures of respective countries in tackling the menace of hunger over a period of time. By creating awareness and understanding of the problem, IFPRI aims to trigger actions to reduce hunger. Combining equally weighted indicators, this index includes three basic constituents: one, per centage of undernourished in the population, two, prevalence of underweight in children under five years and three, under-five mortality rate. The latest GHI report brings about some dismal figures relating to India. Ranked … [Read more...] about UPA government: A decade of decay!
India wants good relations with Pakistan but the neighbouring country must stop terror activities directed against it as talks will get subdued under the din of bomb blasts, Sushma Swaraj said after taking charge as External Affairs Minister on Wednesday.She also said that as external affairs minister her priority would be to showcase India’s strengths to the world and improve relations with neighbouring countries, strategic partners, Africa, Association of Southeast Asian Nations member countries, Europe and others. On the visit of the Pakistan prime minister, she said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had conveyed to Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday that talks between the two countries will not be effective if bomb blasts continue. “We told Pakistan that we want good relations with it. But for good relations, the talks can be effective and successful only if terror activities (directed against India) stops.”She added, “The voice of talks gets lost in the sound of … [Read more...] about Blasts have to stop so that voices can be heard: Sushma to Pakistan
Two of India’s Fab Four are now actively involved in shaping the future of Indian cricket. Sourav Ganguly is the new BCCI president while Rahul Dravid heads the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Sachin Tendulkar hasn’t ventured down that path but wants to continue serving Indian cricket in an ‘unofficial capacity’.Tendulkar welcomes his ex-teammate’s elevation to the BCCI top post and speaks on a range of other issues, from the health of one-day and Test cricket to India’s T20 World Cup prospects, in this interview. His keen eye for detail also stands out as he discusses India’s first pink-ball Test, against Bangladesh starting in Kolkata next week.ExcerptsMost Indian batsmen have limited to no match experience with the pink ball. In such a scenario, what would you have focused during practice sessions?As conditions change, you will have to understand what the pink ball does. I have heard from some of the … [Read more...] about ‘It’s about picking the seam,’ Sachin Tendulkar explains the ‘critical factor’ in playing pink balls