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Flying back home today after my first ever trip to #SriLanka... Travelled with wifey @historywali

Lots of stuff to pen down about the trip, follow this thread..
Landing in Colombo, it's super easy to get a local SIM card and cheap (INR 750 roughly for my entire 10 days). Something for @incredibleindia to emulate? And Uber works from the airport to Negombo/Colombo (I learned this on the return), 50% cheaper than airport taxis
We rented a motorcycle to travel! Our bike, a simple 250cc Honda from ( @ $18 a day + $40 for the local driving permit.

Was super easy to rent as we had prebooked. We picked up the bike and were on our way within an hour.
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China’s increased naval presence in the Indian subcontinental region, strategic investments in new 'bases' brings with it grave economic and military implications, #India must wake up and take note as #Pakistan seems like the least of its worries
The ports also come with the high risk of becoming debt traps for the host nations involved due to the massive billion dollar investments and super long lease agreements being put forth by #China as they control trade routes, container ports and petroleum transit in the region
🇱🇰 #Hambantota port in #SriLanka is feared to become a Chinese Naval facility due to its sheer size, capacity and 99 year lease agreement
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#Breaking: Just in - The nationwide ban on the clothing of the #Burqa in The #Netherlands will go in effect in 7 days in the month of August, and all face cover veils will also be banned with this new law.
#Update: Here is the post that i reported on of this matter, that the #Netherlands will be banning the #Burqa next month.
#Update: There are currently 15 nations worldwide that have banned the burqa, some included also the hijab.

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Thread : #OnThisDay in 2008, Muralitharan picks 800th Test wicket off last ball of his career

P Ojha on Strike.
Muralitharan bowling.
Jayawardene pulling off a diving catch.

He made history with his final ball in Test cricket by becoming the first bowler to reach 800 wickets.
When Muttiah Muralitharan announced his intention to retire from Tests before the first match against India, in Galle, he had 792 wickets.

By the end of day three he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and moved to 793. #Srilanka
But at the end of the 4th day Sri Lankan bowlers took 12 wickets, and 5 of them going to Murali.

On the final day, with India following on, VVS Laxman guided the tail, seeking a draw while Sri Lanka pushed for a win and those two wickets for Murali.
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#China’s maritime militia reaches #IndianOcean with worrying consequences - In June 2019, #SriLanka allowed a Chinese fishing company to use Dikkowita harbour, north of Colombo to fish in international waters & also allowed them to fly the Sri Lankan flag…
What better ruse could China seek? Why would Chinese vessels demand to fly the flag of another country? The company will soon deploy 20 x 150-feet long vessels equipped with sophisticated instruments.
Such activity, with Chinese trawlers equipped with satellite-based tracking systems, has implications for South India, Lakshadweep, the Maldives and even Seychelles, not only in terms of fishing, but covering the whole gamut of the Chinese concept of ‘unrestricted warfare’.
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Lets talk numbers on Child marriages in #SriLanka

As of 2012, there were a total of 104,176 married citizens (registered & customary) between the ages of 15-19.

Also, 3530 of those married were below 15.

#lka #SriLanka

All figs taken frm National Census of Population 2012.
When looking at gender breakdown, all 3530 married who are below 15 years of age are female.

85,392 of the 104,176 married citizens between ages of 15-19 are female too.

#lka #srilanka
Looking at those married through “Registered Marriage” by Ethnicity.

There were a total of 3204 citizens aged BELOW 15 married this way, out of which 2200 (69%) were of SINHALESE ethnicity. In contrast, only 471 was Sri Lankan Moor.

#lka #srilanka
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#LanguageTrivia: A common catchphrase in English language for speech or text being indecipherable to a person is - "It's all Greek to me!" [1/n]
The genesis of this phrase is often cited as dating back to 1599 when Shakespeare's Casca conspiring against Julius Caesar said, “Those that understood him smiled at one another and shook their heads, but, for mine own part, it was Greek to me.” [2/n]
However, prior to its usage by Shakespeare, English poet Gascoigne, circa 1566, while interpreting an Italian comedy into english wrote, "This geare (talk) is Greeke to me; either it hangs not well together, or I am very dull of understanding: speak plaine, I pray you.” [3/n]
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Sanghi Twitter is having an (expected) meltdown over #Netflix's latest dystopian drama #Leila.
Filmmaker @IamDeepaMehta serves as Director & Executive Producer for the series.

Incidentally, Mehta has had horrifying experiences with extremist Hindutva groups in the past too. 1/n
In 1996, Mehta's film 'Fire' released to much critical acclaim. However, the subject matter of the film - an unexpected lesbian romance between 2 women married to brothers in a middle-class Delhi home, was enough to kick the proverbial hornet's nest. 2/n
Fire's protagonists (played by @nanditadas & @AzmiShabana) were named Sita & Radha, respectively.

Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena, & BJP workers, claiming the film was "immoral & blasphemous", started a violent nationwide protest & vandalised theatres.

'Fire' ended up being banned. 3/n
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මිලේනියම් සිටි සිදුවීම යනු 2002 ජනවාරි මස 2 වැනි දින ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අතුරුගිරිය මිලේනියම් සිටි පරිශ්‍රයේ සිදුවූ සිදුවීමකි. පැතිරීගිය මාධ්‍ය ආවරිත තොරතුරු සහ හමුදා බුද්ධි අධීක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලය හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා පොලීසිය අතර වූ දුර්වල සන්නිවේදනය නිසා ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද්ධ හමුදාවට අයත් එතෙක් රහසිගතව
ක්‍රියාත්මක වූ LRRP හෙවත් දිගු දුර විහිදුම් බලකාය පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු හෙලිදරව් වීම මෙම සිද්ධිය නිසා සිදුවිය. බලකායේ සාමාජිකයින් පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු රහසිගත වන අතර, එම තොරතුරු සම්බන්ධව ඉහළ හමුදා නිළදාරීන් සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනාධිපති දැනුවත් බව පැවසෙයි.
2002 ජනවාරි 2වන දින, මහනුවර නිල සුනඛ අංශයේ සහකාර පොලිස්‌ අධිකාරි කුලසිරි උඩුගම්පල යටතේ ක්‍රියාත්මක වූ විශේෂ පොලිස් කණ්ඩායමක් විසින්, හමුදා බුද්ධි අධීක්ෂණ මණ්ඩලය යටතේ පවත්වාගෙන යන ලද අතුරුගිරයේ මිලේනියම් සිටි හී අංක 844හී ස්ථානගත කොට තිබූ LRRP බලකායට අයත් ස්ථානය වටලන ලදී.
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Born to Explore with @RichardWiese uses the same problematic White Mythologies about #SriLanka, introducing it as an island of Buddhism, marauding elephants & usual Orientalising "Land of Wonder" & "ancient civilisation" blahblah
@WCNY can't you support better progamme-making?
(Bro, the island is famous for being home to just about every religion/being multi-ethnic).
But nope. Buddhists are the only group mentioned...😬🙄
Also: no explanation that elephants are moving in because of war-related encroachments into habitat/population expansion
And SHOCKER: the main "expert" brought in - a German/white researcher doing "longest running study" on macaques.
Does Dr. Dittus not work with any Sri Lankan researchers (he's been there since 1968!)? Apparently not.
(Sri Lankans-solely male-*are* brought in later in programme)
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1. If you want a quick sense of the kind of crazy shit that is being spread on Facebook and Whatsapp groups by Sinhala nationalists against the Muslim community in Sri Lanka, follow along:
2. Ever since at least 2013, the anti-Muslim violence and online agitation has been ethnic and religious, but also contained this weird economic component. In addition to homes and mosques, businesses were targeted.
3. Don’t stop at Muslim clothing stories, they are spraying sterilization cream on women’s underwear (2013 conspiracy). Don’t eat at Muslim restaurants, they’re putting sterilization pills in your food (2018 conspiracy). These started on FB and whatsapp and led to real violence.
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"Endgame" -- May 11, 2019
Operation Disclosure…

(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation of the world based on intelligence received from several sources which may or may not be accurate or truthful.)
The Earth Alliance's plan to collapse the fiat debt-based financial system is nearly complete.

These plans were in the making after the events of 9/11 and were set in motion after the collapse of 2008.
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Check out @orfonline's featured experts on why '#ISI and #ISIS are a double threat to peace in #SouthAsia'
The fall of #Baghouz, a small nondescript town in #Syria’s desert regions of Deir Ezzor from the hands of the so-called #IslamicState may have forced the world’s most wanted man to re-emerge publicly in a video message, says @KabirTaneja:
.@KabirTaneja, in conversation with @KhalidShah, deciphers the recent #SriLanka bombings and the changing nature of Islamic State operations. Watch ⬇
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1. Okay, so I have sat and thought for a bit. This is why I think the #Baghdadi video is worth talking about:
2. In terms of content, it is same old, same old—#IS isn’t defeated, the jihad continues, yada yada yada. However, it matters less for *what* Baghdadi says than for *how* Baghdadi says it.
3. First, because it is a video, it is a firm proof of life. If it was just a photograph of him, everyone would be crying “body double.” This means they can’t.
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1) BREAKING: #ISIS’ Furqan issues new video showing leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, marking the first time he is shown in a video since his July 2014 sermon at the Great Mosque in #Mosul
2) The video shows Baghdadi in a casual conversational setting with others (their faces blurred). He talks about war against "Crusaders" and about battles in #Baghouz #Syria being over, indicating that this interview was filmed somewhat recently.
3) In the vid, titled “In the Hospitality of the Emir of the Believers,” Baghdadi praises #SriLanka attackers over images of the attackers/attack (though not in the visual interview section; the audio may have thus been added via a later recording)--calling it revenge for Baghouz
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2. Sri Lanka Easter Attacks- Christian churches & hotels targeted
Who is behind this attacks?

#Terrorism #Death #Destruction #InnocentPeople #FalseFlag
1. Sri Lanka Easter Attacks - Christian churches & hotels targeted
Who is behind this attacks?…
By @telesurenglish
#BreakingNews | Police detain 2 main suspects in easter deadly bombings in Sri Lanka.
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#Breaking: Three explosions by alleged suicide bombers being reported in #Kalmunai in #SriLanka, by suspected ISIS militant groups on the island. Police is also currently shooting at some people in the area.
#Update: Just in - #SriLanka police has said that, gunfire was exchanged and three explosions took place during a raid in the city of #Kalmunai. Also a curfew has been placed in the region and a screenshot of a suicide vest has been taken.
#Breaking: Just in - Video of a house that has been raided by the police in #SriLanka region of #Kalmunai. shows a whole #ISIS suicide vest bomb factory, in the house. After Three explosions took place and gunshots, police says we avoided more attacks on the island.
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Equador: Swedish national #OlaBini arrested for connections to #wikileaks.

Johannes Wahlström:

#JulianAssange's "human rights are violated on a daily basis"

"#JulianAssange is imprisoned for #journalism."

#MikePompeo on lying:

"When I was a cadet, what was the cadet motto at West Point? 'You will not lie, cheat or steal, or tolerate those who do'? I was the CIA Director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. It was like - we had entire training courses!"
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1) In opening article of latest issue of #ISIS’s Al-Nabaa, it underscores the attacks in #SriLanka & #SaudiArabia as signs of “raising Caliphate banner in new arenas & empowerment of mujahideen in other arenas, & return of Caliphate soldiers to areas the infidels thought...
2)...that they ended the presence of the Caliphate soldiers in completely. The days are pregnant with more disappointments for the enemies of Allah.”
3) This very statement is what many analysts and journalists (ie. @rcallimachi @MiaMBloom @AmarAmarasingam) have warned about. The decentralization of #ISIS outside of #Iraq and #Syria is becoming more evident...
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1. Highly descriptive information was given by a friendly Nation to a Head of Intelligence on April 4th; it included targets & methods of the attack. Until the 12th of April, this information was passed around. - President @MaithripalaS
#lka #SriLanka #EasterSundayAttacksSL
2. Defense Secretary didn't take it seriously. He did not act on it with seriousness. The IGP then received it and sent it to 5 DIGs; one of them, DIG Dasanayake, acted and sent it to VIP security. But the IGP and other DIGs didn't do their job." - @MaithripalaS #lka #SriLanka
3. "Neither the IGP nor Defence Secretary informed me of the intelligence report. I am not saying this to absolve myself from any responsibility. But this is the fact"
- President @MaithripalaS #lka #SriLanka #EasterSundayAttacksSL
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#Breaking: just in - Investigators in #SriLanka have revised the death toll from the Easter Sunday bombings to "around" 253 - more than 100 less than originally estimated.

It was previously thought 359 people would have died in the explosions.
#Breaking: Also just in - The Prime Minister of #SriLanka, has told @SkyNewsArabia_B he will not resign after the fatel bombings on the island on Easter Sunday. Which have killed at least now from the revised 253 number of christians and tourists.
#Breaking: The Health Ministry of #SriLanka says the estimated 359 people killed was an "calculation error" after 2 days of the bombings on the island, duo to a lot of confusion and communication errors.
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1. Since #IS issued its #SriLanka claim, there's been lots of discussion on a) whether it inspired/directed the attackers and b) whether it was in response to #Christchurch. These are interesting, important discussions to have, but we mustn't lose sight of the wood for the trees.
2. It is critical that we think about the overarching logic behind this attack, not just what happened and how it happened. I’ll be doing that over the next few tweets.
3. First of all, it is important to state that an attack like this has been coming for a lonnng time and #IS/#IS supporters are certain to have others planned. It was not just a response to #Christchurch (and nor will future attacks be).
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Here's what I think of as the dear #American journalists thread 2.0. It concerns Facebook and #lka, hate speech detection, and language complexities of the Global South, where @LIRNEasia (the think tank I work at) operates.
It seems a perfectly natural reaction, given the phenomenal amount of hate speech, to urge @facebook and @twitter to get their shit together and take it off the platform. Post March 2018, we - as in Sri Lankan civil society - tried.
In fact, one of the longest running arguments @sanjanah, @NalakaG and myself have had with the @facebook India team is that they consistently fail to live up to their own damn Community Standards, and only seem to pay attention as long as the @nytimes or @WIRED is slamming them.
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Debunkate anche questo:
Here's what's critical: Neither used the word "Christians." And in order to avoid doing so, they went so far as to make up a new term -- "Easter worshippers" -- heretofore unknown to any Christian.
#ChristiansHaters #SriLankaAttacks…
«In sostanza, la regola della sinistra è che nulla di male - non importa quanto sia vero - si può dire dei musulmani o dell'Islam e nulla di buono - non importa quanto sia vero - si può dire dei cristiani o del cristianesimo.»

#SriLanka #ChristiansHaters #sinistra
Questi due tweet ti raccontano molto su Hillary #Clinton e Barack #Obama. Ma molto più importante, ti dicono molto sulla #sinistra.

#SriLanka #ChristiansHaters #left #FakeDebunker
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