The Sri Lankan government had imposed a media censorship in the areas of Beruwala and Aluthgama, preventing local media from reporting the correct details of the clashes which occurred in the area, leader of the government affiliated political party Jathika Hela Urumaya – Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera says. Speaking to BBC Sandeshaya, the Thera stated that due to this ‘censorship’, incorrect details with regard to this incident had ended up spreading round the world. The JHU leader has also said that if an Islamic extremism existed within the country, it cannot be defeated through creating Sinhalese extremism. It is also imported that the Muslim masses should refrain from activities that hinder national unity, the Thera has further said. National unity Meanwhile, representatives of the Muslim […]
25th June 2014
Los Angeles: A Sri Lanka-born conman, claiming to be a Hollywood film producer, has been jailed for over three years after stealing 1.6 million pounds from United Kingdom taxpayers while living a life of luxury in the United States.Damita Nikapota, 47, is believed to have spent the proceeds of his crime on a Hollywood lifestyle which included a Spanish-style villa in Malibu, California, and extensive travel to places such as the Cannes Film Festival and Sri Lanka.Nikapota made a number of fraudulent Value Added Tax or VAT repayment claims beginning in 2006 via his Los Angeles-based film company, AS Productions Limited, for film production costs totalling more than 11 million pounds.He claimed to be involved in, among other film projects, the production and filming of a […]
The police have arrested the venerable Watareka vijitha thero, a Buddhist monk who openly spoke against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), over allegations had staged a recent attack on himself. Watareka vijitha thero was arrested after he was discharged from the Colombo National hospital where he was receiving treatment. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that legal action is to be filed against the monk over the staged abduction and attack. The monk was produced in court and remanded. However lawyers of the monk say he had been forced to confess to staging the attack. The monk was was found assaulted and left on the road in the Panadura recently with his hands tied to the back and cut wounds on his lower part of the body. Ajith […]
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay announced today that three distinguished experts have agreed to advise and support the team set up to conduct a comprehensive investigation of alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka, as mandated by the Human Rights Council in March. The investigation will look into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the last years of the armed conflict. The experts are Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who has also served as a UN diplomat and mediator and is renowned for his international peace work, Ms Silvia Cartwright, former Governor-General and High Court judge of New Zealand, and judge of the […]
NBA All-Star and philanthropist Steve Nash, dancer and choreographer Wen Wei Wang, physician and activist Izzeldin Abuelaish and other community leaders from across Canada are among the winners of the fifth annual 2013 RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant awards, presented by Canadian Immigrant Magazine. The awards celebrate the inspiring stories and achievements of immigrants to Canada. Go to http://canadianimmigrant.ca/canadas-top-25-immigrants for the complete list of award winners and their profiles. “These 25 award winners are a diverse group, ranging from artists to philanthropists to entrepreneurs from a variety of ethnicities across the country,” says Margaret Jetelina, editor of Canadian Immigrant Magazine. “Each of these winners has an inspiring story about overcoming challenges and making their country a better place to live. We are proud to present […]
Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation, established in December 2010 with a noble objective of supporting the marginalised people around the globe in achieving a sustainable means of livelihood, proudly moves to the next phase of charity in war-ravaged Sri Lanka, committing a mammoth 3000 million rupees on various projects. The motto of the Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation is — give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for lifetime.