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UK Rally to commemorate fifth anniversary of Mullivaikkal Massacre

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Venue: Trafalgar Square, London (nearest station: Charing Cross) Time: 4-8pm, Sunday 18 May 2014 Five years on from May 2009, when Sri Lanka’s decades-long persecution of the Tamil people reached its violent climax on the shores of Mullivaikkal, British Tamils will commemorate the tens of thousands of Tamils who were killed and the many more who were injured, disappeared or raped. The rally, which will be held in Trafalgar Square, London, will not only remember those who were killed and wounded in 2009, but also the thousands of Tamils who continue to be killed, tortured, abused and harassed every day in Sri Lanka, in what the Tamil people believe to be a continuing programme of structural genocide. British Tamils will also press world leaders to […]

This Government Cares Too Hoots For ‘Good Governance’

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Vishnuguptha – This Government cares too hoots for ‘good governance’ They think it’s their grandmother’s gift… It is rumored in Colombo circles that Priyantha Jayewardene was once employed by a Sri Lankan business tycoon who was known to be very close to Chandrika Bandaranaike when she was President and when the current holder assumed office, this businessman managed to carve his path to the inner circles of the regime. He is a mega player in financial circles, not only in Sri Lanka but may be even in the entire subcontinent. His personal wealth, thanks mainly to the opening of the economy in 1977 by the United National Party Government, is enormous and some say beyond physical measure. Well, that is beside the point. Nevertheless, this tycoon’s money has virtually assured […]

Rishad files a case against the BBS

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen has filed a lawsuit against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) claiming Rs 500 Mn (US $ 3.82 Mn) as compensation. The case has been filed in Colombo District courts by lawyers representing Minister Bathiudeen. The case was filed against the secretary of the BBS, the venerable Galagodaathe Gnanasara after the monk had failed to respond to a letter seeking an apology over some comments he had made against the Minister. “The action was filed at the Colombo District Court against the malicious, false and defamatory remarks that were made by Ven. Galagodaathe Gnanasara thero at a press conference held in Colombo on or around March 20th 2014,” the Minister’s office said. During the Press Conference the monk had said that […]

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando surrenders

8th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando has surrendered to the police in connection to the attack on a group of UNP parlimentarians in Hambantota, which took place a few weeks ago. Police stated that the mayor was released after obtaining a statement on Tuesday night.A special investigation is being carried out into the attack by Galle DIG Gamini Mathurata . Four individuals have been taken into the custody following the attack. Pictures of the Hambantota mayor holding a gun during this incident were published in several newspapers.

India to grill Pakistan/Lankan terror suspect

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Intelligence officials from Andhra Pradesh are to interrogate Mohammed Zakir Hussain, a Sri Lankan arrested by the Tamil Nadu police days before recent terror attack in Chennai, The Hindu newspaper quoted Deputy police chief B. Prasada Rao as saying. They would elicit information if Hussain and his handlers had planned any attacks here, he said at a press conference replying to a question if the terror operatives behind Chennai attack had targeted Andhra Pradesh. Referring to Tamil Nadu DGP statement that the target of bomb planters could not have been Chennai, Rao said investigation was on to ascertain facts. “Investigation is inconclusive on this angle. We’re not yet sure if the terror suspects planted the bombs in the train at Bangalore, Chennai or somewhere in between […]

President had secret meeting with BBS!

7th May 2014 // 0 Comments

President Mahinda Rajapaksa had a secret meeting with Bodu Bala Sena representatives last night (23), say Temple Trees sources. This meeting had been arranged by defence ministry secretary Nandasena Gotabhaya. BBS general secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera and theoretician Dr. Dilanthe Withanage had participated in this meeting at Temple Trees. Earlier in the day, as a BBS team that had called on the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter in Kandy in the morning was returning to Colombo, the president had telephoned them and invited them for a meeting as soon as possible. Accepting the invitation, they had gone to Temple Trees around 7.00 pm. At this meeting, the president had commended the BBS for its activities, and asked them to carry on doing what the defence […]

Indian airports put on high alert after Pakistan terror plot

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 The central intelligence agencies fear that Pakistan backed ISI  terrorists are trying to sneak into major cities in the South India. All major airports in South India have been put on high alert following an alert by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS). In an alert, the BCAS has warned that the terror groups may attack an airport in the South India. International airports in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram have been put on high alert. The local police have been asked to increase the random checking of all vehicles and the passengers near the airports and the roads leading to these airports. The BCAS has warned all southern airports of potential car-bomb attacks. According to intelligence sources, the arrest and interrogation […]

Fish rain down on Sri Lanka village

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Villagers in west Sri Lanka have said they have been surprised and delighted by an unusual rainfall of small fish. The edible fish fell during a storm and are believed to have been lifted out of a river during a strong wind. Villagers in the district of Chilaw said they heard something heavy falling and found scores of fish with a total weight of 50kg (75lbs). It is not the first such incident in Sri Lanka – in 2012, a case of “prawn rain” was recorded in the south. Continue reading the main story Analysis Steve CleatonForecaster, BBC Weather Centre The most likely cause of this unusual event probably relates to the formation of a tornado. Tornadoes tend to form in areas where large differences […]

EU says concerns on Lanka serious

6th May 2014 // 0 Comments

The European Union (EU) says the concerns raised on Sri Lanka during the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva were serious. The Head of Delegation of the EU to Sri Lanka and Maldives David Daly said that the EU felt it was important to back the resolution on Sri Lanka submitted at the UNHRC. Speaking at an EU day function in Colombo this evening, Daly said that the EU sees Sri Lanka as a good friend and it was as part of that friendship that the EU raised its concerns with Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. Daly was speaking in front of several Ambassadors, diplomats opposition parliamentarians and Government Ministers and officials including Ministers Douglas Devananda, Rajitha Senaratne, Tissa Vitarana and Deputy […]

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