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Sri Lankan Government supporters disrupt peaceful protests



Srilankan government supporters, on Monday, struck peaceful anti-government protest sites around the nation including Colombo, says Human Rights Watch

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Bar Association and other foreign diplomats have condemned the attack on protesters and called for an impartial investigation.

The Aftermath

Following this, the protesters are now calling for Prime Minister’s brother to resign from his role as the president.

It was noted that the government should protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces are responding appropriately to public disorder.

This came after hundreds of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters charged at Galle face green, the camp site of peaceful protesters.

The protestors were there for weeks demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation.

Witnesses of the incident recount that the government supporters attacked the protestors with clubs and other weapons and even set fire to their tents.

Hours later, Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister.

South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly says these attacks risk further deadly violence.

“It is vitally important for the security forces to fully respect the right to peaceful assembly, and for those responsible for violence to be held to account.”

Kasumi Ranasinghe Arachchige, a protester present at Galle Face Green notes that as the protesters came in with knives and sticks the police forces retreated from the spot.

She says that the government supporters started destroying everything.

 “It seemed as if they knew what and who to look for.”

The government later imposed a nationwide curfew after over 150 people were reported injured and at least five dead in different incidents. 

Former Sri Lankan president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has warned the protestors about saboteurs who might incite violence.

The Sri Lankan government has asked the respective authorities to shoot the lawbreakers on sight in order to control the widespread violence.

Tens of thousands of army, navy and air force personnel are currently patrolling the streets of Colombo but crowds continue to gather.

Shreya Vats contributed to this report

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Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?



Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.

Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.

While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.

Seth Schachner, the Managing Director at StratAmericas and a former Sony Music Executive joins Veronica Dudo to discuss. #Spotify #music #Apple #AppleMusic #SpotifyWrapped #streaming #featured #IN AMERICA TODAY

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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry



Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.

The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.

The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.

New Zealand example

Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.

The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.

With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.

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Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’



Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.

The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.

In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.

We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.

Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.

This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.

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