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Will Minister Ranawaka be a honest Buddhist?

2nd August 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Champika Ranawaka has said that he will reveal details about illegal secret transactions and other corrupt deals committed by government politicians and senior government officials, on 5 August 2014. He is a leading Minster of the Mahinda government and a close associate of the President Rajapaksha. The minister has compiled a book titled, ‘Power and political power’, which records in detail, with evidence, how politicians and officials in power and the petroleum sector were responsible for many acts of sabotage and irregularities causing massive losses to the government.  He has a Minister was unable to stop these fraudulent acts of these politicians and senior government officials as they were Mahinda government supporters.This book contains information on how, while he was minister, certain officials, with tacit support […]

Key Witness Of The Trial Of Forcing Teacher Kneel Down Found Dead

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

A key witness in the trial against a former Provincial Council Member of Mahinda’s party who forced a teacher on her knees, has been found dead in an abandoned well.Nawagaththegama Police said that the body of Rajakaruna Abeyratne Mudiyanselage Punyasoma Bandara, a resident of Hospital Road, Nawagaththegama, has been found in this manner.He was the fourth witness of the case against Ananda sarath Kumara, who forced the Teacher in charge of discipline at Navodya School in Nawagaththegama to kneel down in the school.The deceased has apparently given valuable evidence in the case against Ananda Sarath Kumara.Police is investigating the cause of the death. For the time being, police has cordoned off the area where the body was found.

Several International Dignitaries Join Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE)uiyu5

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

TGTE’s Senate – The Upper House of Parliament – has Senators from Africa, Europe, Asia and mericas. The Prime Minister of Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, today announced the names of fifteen Senators for the TGTE’s second Parliamentary Session. The Senate serves as the Upper House of TGTE’s Parliament.  Several international dignitaries include: a former US Attorney General, Senior Civil Rights and Human Rights Lawyers from France and Canada, a former Member of Parliament from Malaysia, a representative from South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and a former Member of European Parliament. Also included are a Sinhalese Physician, Professors, Journalists, Political Leaders, Academics and others from India, Malaysia and several other African, European, Asian and North American countries. Here is the full list […]

Lanka’s Article of Jayalalitha: Full Text

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

How meaningful are Jayalalitha’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ Subramanium Swamy thanked the Sri Lankan President for arresting the Indian fishermen while confiscating the boats.  Tamil Nadu Chief Minister may learn sooner than later that Narendra Modi is not a puppet to dance to her tantrums or threats. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned they say and that aptly puts to context the feelings of Jayalalitha towards Sri Lanka. But, the BJP high powered delegation led by Dr. Subramaniam Swamy who arrived in Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies recently made explicitly clear that Tamil Nadu would not come between Indo-Lanka relations and also thanked the Sri Lankan President for arresting but releasing the Indian fishermen while […]

Jaya, TN Parties Condemn Article in Lankan Website

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

 AIADMK Protests ‘Derogatory’ Article Against Jaya In a rare show of comraderie, political parties in Tamil Nadu rallied behind Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in condemning a derogatory article against her on a Sri Lankan official website, forcing Colombo to issue an unqualified apology and remove the post.The article in the website of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka left all sections of society in Tamil Nadu fuming with AIADMK and various Tamil outfits staging protests across the state and venting their anger by burning effigies and photos of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.As tempers rose in the state and the issue rocked Parliament with AIADMK raking it up, the article was removed, with Sri Lanka tendering an ‘unqualified apology.’“We extend […]

SL Trying to Create Fissures in India’s Federal Polity: Jaya

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Taking strong exception to an alleged derogatory article about her on the Sri Lankan defence website, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today accused it of trying to create fissures in India’s federal polity as she demanded an unconditional apology from Colombo for the insinuations against her. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi hours after the controversy broke out, leading to a furore in Tamil Nadu’s political circles, she said that it also depicted him in a ‘disrespectful manner.’ She said it was brought to her notice that the article, titled ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi’ had been published in the website of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development of Sri Lanka. Though the article had been removed following an […]

Kumari Balasooriya’s statement a threat to President’s life

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

No other president will be appointed as long as President Mahinda Rajapaksa lives and it is definite like the sun and the moon says the Governor for Southern Province Ms. Kumari Balasooriya speaking at a ceremony held at Ambalangoda. The charges against the moves by the present president are going up daily and among these charges are obstructing prospects for democratic moves, torching media institutions, murder of journalists, failing to increase salaries of state and private sector employees and slashing of public welfare. What Ms. Kumari Balasooriya hints while a public opinion is developing against these moves is that President Mahinda Rajapaksa could be defeated only if he doesn’t exist. According to Ms. Balasooriya’s statement there could be a threat to President’s life and it […]

Medical & Dental School Ranking 14/15 – Barts in the Top Ten

1st August 2014 // 0 Comments

Medical & Dental School Ranking 14/15 – Barts in the Top Ten Three different University ranking systems have placed Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry inthe top 10 institutes in the world and the UK. The Leiden Ranking 2014, the Guardian University Guide 2015 and the Complete University Guide 2015 have all ranked the medical and dental school (part of Queen Mary University of London) in the top tier, using a variety of measurements, showing that medical research and teaching at Barts is absolutely world-class. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014 measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and of universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration. The CWTS […]

Our Gaza – How many Palestinians must die for Israel to feel protected? 40,000?

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Israel is no longer able to think about a solution to a political conflict except in terms of physical might; no wonder it is prone to never ending cycles of mortal violence. And when the cannons fire no criticism may be heard.” – Petition by 50 Israeli army reservists on refusing to join the Gaza offensive[i] Israel calls it the Operation Protective Edge. How many Palestinians must die for Israel to feel protected? In the latest horror from Gaza, an Israeli attack on a UN school killed at least 19 Palestinians and injured about 90. According to Pierre Krahenbuhl, Commissioner General of UNRWA (the UN agency for Palestinian refugees), “….children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom […]

Ebola outbreak: fight against disease hampered by belief in witchcraft, warns British doctor

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

A British doctor fighting the devastating Ebola outbreak in west Africa has told how belief in witchcraft is hampering the fight to stop the spread of the deadly disease. Benjamin Black, 32, a volunteer with the charity Médecins Sans Frontières in Sierra Leone, said that some of those in infected areas were not seeking medical treatment as they thought the disease was the work of sorcerers. Belief in witchcraft and traditional medicine is still prevalent in parts of west Africa, particularly the remote rural areas of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia where the outbreak has been concentrated. In an interview with The Telegraph, Dr Black, who completed a four-day stint earlier this week at an Ebola treatment clinic in Kailahun, near Sierra Leone’s northern border […]

Sinhala settlements continue in North says TNA MP

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

The Sri Lankan government is attempting to build Sinhala settlements in land that was appropriated supposedly for army camps, forcing Tamils into refugee camps, the TNA’s General Secretary, MP Maavai Senathirajah was quoted by the Uthayan as saying, when speaking at an ITAK event. “People who did fishing and farming for generations are facing unfortunate lives as homeless refugees, as their native lands are being grabbed by the military,” he said. “Those who are seizing those lands are planning to build Sinhala settlements in Tamil regions. Today, Sri Lankan government acts to reduce the proportion of Tamils. It is focused on creating restlessness in North and the East and to banish [Tamil] people from there,” he added, stating that almost 2 lakhs of Eelam Tamils […]

Trying to win Indian goodwill.

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

The Rajapaksa family has made a big attempt to grant ample business privileges in Sri Lanka to the five-member team of unofficial representatives of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party in order to promote India’s goodwill towards Sri Lanka, reports say.  Accordingly, a company owned by Dr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, a member of the team and former federal cabinet minister of industry, energy, environment and forests, chemicals and fertilizers, heavy industry, and public enterprise, and his son, have been allowed to set up a 1,000 megawatt windmill power park in Sri Lanka’s western coast and transmit the power generated there to India.  Sri Lanka has a capacity to generate around 20,000 mw of windmill power and an US research institute […]

Death threats to FMM convener came from defence ministry!

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

It has now been established that the death threats to Free Media Movement’s convener Sunil Jayasekara in the past few days have come via defence ministry telephones. He received the threats until yesterday (27), which stressed that he would be finished. An investigation following a complaint to the service provider in which he had furnished the relevant telephone numbers has indicated the ministry involvement. FMM convener Sunil Jayasekara is faced with a serious threat to his life, say sources close to him. http://lankanewsweb.net/news/8357-death-threats-to-fmm-convener-came-from-defence-ministry

Journalists protest against media repression in North

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

Journalists protested today in Jaffna, against the ongoing media repression of press in the island’s North.  Carrying placards calling for an end on the war against the media, Tamil journalists together with locals and Tamil politicians, staged a protest by the main bus stand in Jaffna at 12pm local time. Photograph Tamil Guardian The protest was organised by the Jaffna Press Club (JPC), and endorsed by journalists from the South. “Even after the armed conflict in the North has ceased, as the intimidation of journalists has increased, many journalists are fleeing the country having received death threats. Meanwhile, those journalists who continue to work on the ground, continue to have death threats sent to them. In these circumstances, the media community is gripped with fear over […]

For a Trilingual Sri Lanka: First-ever Conference on Promoting Bilingual Education

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

The Bilingual Education Branch of the Ministry of Education and the National Institute of Education in partnership with British Council Sri Lanka recently organised the first-ever conference on promoting bilingual education to achieve a trilingual Sri Lanka. The programme was organised with a number of different objectives: To make different stakeholders aware of current practices in bilingual education at the local and global levels through research findings and other methods. To provide an opportunity to learn from different experiences and share good practices at the local and international levels. To develop a strategic paper on Bilingual Education based on the outcome of the conference as a supportive document for a bilingual education policy for the general education system in Sri Lanka. The Conference was attended […]

Australia asylum: ‘Cover-up on child health’, inquiry told

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

A psychiatrist says the Australian government sought to cover up the extent of mental health problems among children held in asylum detention. The comments came at a national human rights inquiry into the treatment of children in immigration detention. His claim came a day after church leaders accused Australia of holding children in “inhumane” conditions. The government rejected that as “offensive”. It says it is working to reduce the number of child detainees. Dr Peter Young worked for International Health and Mental Services, a provider of health services at detention centres contracted by the government. He told the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry that he had collected figures showing “significant” mental health problems among child detainees, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. His company provided this data to […]

Tamil Film Portraying Prabha’s Son As A Hero Creates Controversy

31st July 2014 // 0 Comments

A Tamil film Pulipaarvai, believed to portray slain LTTE leader V Prabhakaran’s son Balachandran as a hero handling weapons with ease has met with stiff resistance from supporters of the Tigers. The film’s trailer shows Balachandran in LTTE uniform with a pistol in hand, receiving combat training. Pro-Tamil outfits say it could be an attempt to depict the child as a heroic fighter, amidst the heat of war and the child character depicted as a heroic individual will certainly get subjected to controversy. The Tamil Diaspora has condemned the movie through social media and through their website saying that the plot of the movie is offensive. “Showing Balachandran as an LTTE fighter would only lend credibility to the Lankan government’s defence that Balachandran was killed […]

Trade is more important than killing of Tamils to BJP

30th July 2014 // 0 Comments

Seshadri Chari, National Convener of BJP’s Foreign Policy Cell, today denied a report quoting him as saying that India has told Sri Lanka that the Tamils issue should be resolved for making progress on bilateral trade and commerce. Referring to a PTI report from Singapore last week in this regard, he said he never spoke these words in a seminar there. Chari said in Colombo, which he had visited from July 20 to 22, he had expressed his opinion that the Tamils issue was an internal matter of Sri Lanka and should not be internationalised. “I am a votary of greater trade and commerce with Sri Lanka,” he said in a statement here. A Sri Lanka politician said that the Indian leaders were more keen on trade and commerce with Sri Lanka and not […]

She if after the UN post or at least a diplomatic post………..

30th July 2014 // 0 Comments

“I’m here as I’m a Sri Lankan and I’m proud to be a Sri Lankan. I do not believe that separatism or partition is the answer for problems of the society. I’m convinced that the unity of all Sri Lankan people can free the country and the people from exploitation and preserve our sovereignty and independence. People joined together will be able to combat all exploitation,” said Ms Tamara Kunanayakam, former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office and Sri Lanka’s former envoy to Cuba. Addressing the rally held by the Socialist Youth Union (SYU) at Viharamahadevi Open air theatre on the 27th Ms. Kunanayakam said, “We should struggle against all types of separatism. We should amass all patriotic forces. We should […]

Pillay stands by her report on Lanka

30th July 2014 // 0 Comments

The outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says she stands by her report on Sri Lanka submitted to the UN Human Rights Council last year and rejected the notion that it was “propaganda”. In an interview with Al-Jazeera television this week, Pillay said that some of the information mentioned in her report and the UN Experts Panel report was similar to what was reported by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). “It’s true the country is reconstructing and wants to move forward but you have to address what victims ask. So I would reject the notion that this is propaganda and made up. These are facts mentioned to us and again and again we placed it before them,” she said. Pillay […]

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