Maithripala to ask Trump to free Sri Lanka from accusations

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) allowed Sri Lanka more time to set rights accountability mechanisms to probe the alleged rights violations that took place in the country during the last phase of the military campaign that ended in 2009 with victory of government troops. President Maithripala Sirisena hopes US President-elect Donald Trump would grant Sri Lanka redress by not pursuing the human rights accountability charges against the country, the Press Trust of India reported.“I will write to President (Donald) Trump to ask him to free us from these accusations”, Sirisena said while addressing a membership drive of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in the southern port town of Galle. “I was able to save the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and our valiant soldiers by giving the UN Human Rights Council necessary messages,” Sirisena said referring to the leniency shown by the US and the international community when he came to power in January 2015. The UNHRC had adopted three successive resolutions against Sri Lanka with the US taking the lead.Having led three anti-Sri Lanka resolutions at the UNHRC between 2012 to 2014, the Obama administration adopted a softer line on Sri Lanka since Sirisena was elected as President. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The worlds first selfie is 180 years old

Robert Cornelius is credited with taking the first known selfie in 1839. (CNN)(CNN) Never underestimate the power of a selfie.The pocket-sized self-portrait inspires man to forgo common sense and get up close with wild animals or nuclear disaster sites. They can be life-affirming, and they can be deadly.There’s a museum dedicated to the phenomenon with photo opportunities in every room in lieu of exhibits. The term even fought its way into the Oxford Dictionary in 2013 and was named “word of the year.”And today, on June 21, enthusiasts can celebrate the art form with National Selfie Day.But before Ellen broke Twitter records with her mega-celebrity group shot and Kim snapped a self-portrait before Khloe went to jail, who invented the ubiquitous photography style known for the pouts and poses it evokes from subjects?That honor belongs to Robert Cornelius, a photography enthusiast from Philadelphia, who in October 1839 took his own picture in the backyard of his family’s light fixture store.Eager to try out daguerrotypy, a photography method that had been invented just two months prior, Cornelius set up a large box camera with a lens fashioned from a pair of opera glasses, according to the Library of Congress.And then, he froze.Light exposure then took between three to 15 minutes to adjust, so Cornelius likely had to remain still for quite a while to capture the photo.By definition, the subject of a selfie takes the photo with a smartphone and later shares it on social media.Cornelius didn’t hold the camera (early ones were far too large and heavy to do that) and he probably didn’t intend for it to be shared with the masses, but he took it himself⁠—enough to earn him the Guinness World Record for the first selfie and a spot in the Library of Congress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’No-selfie’ zones in India after photo deathsFebruary 25, 2016In “World”Selfie deaths: 259 people reported dead seeking the perfect pictureOctober 4, 2018In “Entertainment”Italians shocked by man’s selfie after train accidentJune 4, 2018In “World” read more