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4th Edition Vibhasha English

4th Edition Vibhasha English

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We have discussed some things about language here. Yet, there is a lot more to be discussed. We believe that you have a lot to say about it too. Vibhasha News Bulletin is a forum to all your ideas in the future.
We have discussed some things about language here. Yet, there is a lot more to be discussed. We believe that you have a lot to say about it too. Vibhasha News Bulletin is a forum to all your ideas in the future.

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hese two warnings weredisplayed in Vavunia.One warning is about theimminent danger due to blowingup dynamite in a granite quarry.The other is about controllingspeed limits due to the presenceof the Armed force personnelahead. The authorities shouldrealize that in an area likeVavunia, where a majorityof the population are Tamilspeakers, displaying thesewarnings only in Sinhala ismore dangerous than blowing updynamite.
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he Deputy ransportation Authority’s oce has issued a circulardated February 28, 2012 emphasizing the need to make the railway announcements at all railway stations in all three languages -Sinhala,amil and English, adhering to the State Language Policy.Te General Manager o Railways inormed the Sri Lanka Human RightsCommission by letter that this circular has been issued in response to thecomplaint No. HRC/3463/2011 made to the Sri Lanka Human RightsCommission by a group including L. Guruge.In addition to the circular, eight copies o a document entailing a modelannouncement sheet in the three languages, readable in Sinhala has been sentto railway authorities, principal station masters, station masters and deputy station masters.Further, the letter has also inormed that with the assistance o the OcialLanguages Department 50 railway workers have been trained to announce inthe three languages and assigned to railway stations. At the same time underthe supervision o the provincial transportation authority sectors o Colombo,Anuradhapura, and Nawalapitiya, railways station masters have been assignedto train tri lingual announcing at the railway stations.
Te letter also gives details o the ollowing:
- A training scheme or railway announcers through the content o CompactDiscs prepared by the Ocial Languages Commission- Consequently a scheme is under way to use the prepared announcementsin three languages saved on to CDs to be used in selected railway stations.
Circular released ordering railway announcements in all three languages
Beware of language
Mr. Victor Samaraweera, Secretary o theMinistry o Private ransport Services hasinormed all Passenger ransport ServicesAuthorities to display the destination o busroutes in Sinhala, amil and English witheect rom April 13, 2012.Currently, only the buses belonging tointer provincial services display boards inthe three languages. But this new ordershould be carried out by all the buses thathave receivead a license rom the Provincialransport Authority.Tis new arrangement has been agreed asa response in an inquiry o a complaint madeby Centre or Policy Alternatives to the SriLanka Human Rights Commission.Tis decision had been stated by Ms.S.S.G. Edirimanna, AAL, Deputy Director,National ransport Commission at theinquiry.
Another victory or language rights
Bus destinationboardsin three languages
Implementation to be beore theNew Year
2012 March - April A publication of the Centre for Policy Alternatives Volume II Issue IV
March - April
iven below is the Resolution onPromoting Sri Lanka’s Reconciliationand Accountability presented by theUnited States of America at the 19th sessionof the Human Rights Council in Geneva andadopted on March 22, 2012.Guided by the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of HumanRights, the International Covenants onHuman Rights and other relevant instruments,
Reafrming that States must ensure
that any measure taken to combat terrorismcomplies with their obligations under international law, in particular internationalhuman rights, refugee and humanitarian law,as applicable,
Reafrming that States must ensure
that any measure taken to combat terrorismcomplies with their obligations under international law, in particular internationalhuman rights, refugee and humanitarian law,as applicable,Taking note of the report of the LessonsLearnt and Reconciliation Commission of Sri
Lanka and its ndings and re
commendations,and acknowledging its possible contributionto the process of national reconciliation in SriLanka,Welcoming the constructiverecommendations contained in theCommission’s report, including the need tocredibly investigate widespread allegationsof extra-judicial killings and enforceddisappearances, demilitarize the north of SriLanka, implement impartial land disputeresolution mechanisms, re-evaluate detention policies, strengthen formerly independentcivil institutions, reach a political settlementon the devolution of power to the provinces, promote and protect the right of freedomof expression for all and enact rule of lawreforms, Noting with concern that the report doesnot adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law,1. Calls upon the Government of Sri Lankato implement the constructiverecommendations made in the report of the Lessons Learnt and ReconciliationCommission and to take all necessaryadditiona
l steps to fulll its relevant legal
obligations and commitment to initiatecredible and independent actions toensure justice, equity, accountability andreconciliation for all Sri Lankans;2. Requests the Government of Sri Lanka to present, as expeditiously as possible, a comprehensive action plandetailing the steps that the Governmenthas taken and will take to implementthe recommendations made in theCommission’s report, and also to addressalleged violations of international law;
3. Encourages the Ofce of the United
 Nations High Commissioner for HumanRights and relevant special proceduresmandate holders to provide, and theGovernment of Sri Lanka to accept,advice and technical assistance onimplementing the above-mentioned
steps, and requests the Ofce of the High
Commissioner to present a report on the provision of such assistance to the HumanRights Council at its twenty-second session.
Resolution on Promoting Sri Lanka’sReconciliation and Accountability 
Violating the State Language Policy
"We will rectify the error before issuing currency notes in the future"
Says Finance Ministry
In response to a complaint made by Centre or Policy Alternativeswith regards to Ministry o Finance and Planning violating the StateLanguage Policy in issuing currency notes, the Superintendent o Currency, Central Bank o Sri Lanka has said that in the uture stepswill be taken to rectiy the error.Te superintendent o Currency, Central Bank o Sri Lanka haspresented his observations to the Ocial Languages Commissionas the response to the complaint that the currency notes o thedenomination Rs. 5000, Rs. 1000, Rs. 500, Rs.100, Rs. 50 and Rs. 20issued on January 1, 2010 by the Ministry o Finance and Planning,includes the sentence below in Sinhala only:
‘Tis currency noteissued by the Government of Sri Lanka is legally valid in paying anyamount of money within Sri Lanka’.
A similar sentence in amilgiving the same meaning does not appear on the bills.Observation reerred to the act that advice has been sought romthe technical unit o the particular currency note printing company on the possible changes that can be executed on the currency notesthat are issued by the Central Bank or the circulation. Te advicehas been duly received and in the uture the issue will be resolvedwhen printing the currency notes.
March - April
March - April
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programme held in HotelMonty on November 15, 2011.Tis event was coordinatedby NAFSO, Pottuvil and theFoundation o Rural EconomicDevelopment – Panama.
Te language awarenessprogramme held in Cope InHotel on December 8, 2011 wasattended by about 30 publicocials. It was organized by the NAFSO district oce.
Te awareness programmeheld in the auditoriumo the Sarvodaya DistrictOrganisation was attended by 55 public ocials. Tis eventwas coordinated by EasternUnited Women’s Organizationand Sarvodaya ShramadanaSangamaya.
An awareness programmein Vavunia was held onNovember 29, 2011 and 40public ocials attended theevent which was organized by Rural Development Foundation– Vavunia.
On November 30, 2011the team held an awarenessprogramme in the auditoriumo the Government Agent’soce. 29 public ocialsattended the event which wasorganized by People HelpFoundation- Mannar.Te resource persons atthese occasions were Mr. S.G.Punchihewa, Pro. Saideen,Mr. Lionel Guruge and Mr. S.Sivagurunathan.
For Journalists
A series o workshops toprovide language awarenessto journalists were alsoheld successully. Teseworkshops targeting theprovincial journalists romthe districts o Ampara,Batticaloa, rincomalee,Mannar and Vavunia wereorganized by a collectiveo provincial civil society organizations. Among themare Eastern United WomensOrganization, NationalFisheries Solidarity Movement(NAFSO) district oces o Pottuvil and Batticaloa, PeopleHelp Foundation- Mannar,Rural Development Foundation– Vavunia, Foundation o Rural Economic Development– Panama and SarvodayaShramadana Sangamaya.Tese events were held onOctober 27, 28 and 29, 2011.
Community Hall onDecember 12, 2011 rom9.00am to 12.00 noon,organized by People HelpFoundation- Mannar.
rom 3.00pm to 5.00pm,the meeting o members o amil language societies inVavunia District was heldin the auditorium o RuralDevelopment Foundation.14 members participatedat the meeting whichwas organized by RuralDevelopment Foundation.
members o languagesocieties in VavuniaDistrict was held in the
Towards languagerights… notes of astruggle
‘Tus, a network o strong civil society organisations activatedto create a new interestregarding languagerights’
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n the recent past many indications o a newconcern on language rightswere reported rom variousloctations o the country.Behind this new revivalis a collective o civil society organizations spread all overthe country.Centre o Policy Alternatives, Eastern UnitedWomen’s Organization,Movement or the Deense o Democratic Rights, NationalFisheries Solidarity Movement(NAFSO), People HelpFoundation- Mannar, RuralDevelopment Foundation– Vavunia, Foundation o Rural Economic Development– Panama and SarvodayaShramadana Sangamaya -rincomalee are the activeorganizations o this CivilSociety Network.Tis network was able toset up nearly 150 languagessocieties Island wide andorganize over 600 awarenessprogrammes on languagerights.Among them were many awareness programmes or journalists, public ocersas well as members o thelanguage societies.
Public Ocials are givenawareness
About 35 public ocialsattended the awarenss

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