17th September 2014

Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem have signed a pledge to devolve more powers in the event of a No vote in the referendum

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Conservative leader David Cameron, Labour leader Ed Miliband and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg have signed a pledge to devolve more powers in the event of a No vote in the referendum  Both sides in the Scottish independence referendum debate have seized on a pledge by the three main Westminster parties to devolve more powers.  The pledge, signed by David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg, also promises equitable sharing of resources and preserving the Barnett funding formula.  The “Yes” campaign described it as an “insult” to voters and asked why it had taken so long to offer.  “Better Together” said it was “a vision around which Scotland can unite”.  Labour leader Ed Miliband and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown are on the campaign trail […]

Why Scots should vote No!

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I have written quite a lot about the Scottish independence referendum over the past couple of years. Tomorrow, Scots vote. Here is my summary of the case why Scots should vote No. First, the positive case. Scots should vote “No” because the Union that constitutes Great Britain is one of the world’s great states, both powerful and good. The partnership of Scotland with the rest of the UK does of course have a glorious history – financial, philosophical, entrepreneurial, industrial, military – but it is a bad mistake to imagine that the greatness of Britain is something only of the past. Britain remains somewhere between the second and sixth most powerful and influential country in the world. It is scheduled to have the largest economy and […]

Genocidal SL military becomes sole spokesperson of ‘human rights’

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[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 07:02 GMT]Thanks to Sydney University of Australia, the Sinhala military of Sri Lanka deployed on a genocidal-military experiment in the island by leading powers of the world has emerged as the monopolising force to speak on ‘human rights’ in the Asia Pacific region. At an international conference convened in Bangkok this week by the Sydney University along with Colombo University, invitations to two human rights organisations in the island were withdrawn at the request of the SL military. Further, the conference director had told the other delegates to avoid any confrontation with the SL military officials at the conference. Following, the Amnesty International had pulled out its delegation and there would be others too, The Guardian reported on last Friday. The […]

Parliamentarian Sridharan provides drinking water to school children

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Killinochchie district severely affected from present drought condition Villagers especially school children suffers from lack of drinking water. Parliamentarian C.Sridhan holds special discussions with northern provincial council education minister T.Kurukularaaja, province deputy zonal education director Murugawel, and with other officers on solving drinking water problems of school children. Parliamentarian Sridharan visited Killinochchie Barathipuram Vidiyalayam, Mother Teresa Vidiyalam and took measures to provide drinking waters to students studying at these schools. Niranjan Selathurai from Australia and Magizkam Children School Thiruwaiyaru are the sponsors of this project.

India will grill Sri Lankan over Pakistan terror links

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Days after the arrest of Arun Selvarajan by the Indian National Investigating Agency (NIA) and reports about his alleged connections with politicians, the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a court to quiz the Sri Lankan national about his possible links with the LTTE, India Today reported. The specialised wing of the CBI, the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency, has filed a petition in the special court in Poonamallee. Selvarajan had been arrested in Chennai by the NIA on charges of espionage at the instigation of Pakistan. On Tuesday, when Selvarajan, who had been produced in the special court at Poonamallee amid tight police security, was asked if he was willing to be taken into custody by the NIA for interrogation, he […]

France happy over continuation of RSF case

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The French Embassy said yesterday it was pleased to know that the case on the killing of 17 aid workers was being pursued and would like to encourage the Attorney General’s Department in this endeavor.These aid workers attached to the French organisation called ‘Action Contre la Faim (ACF)’ were killed in August, 2006.The embassy said this case remained of utmost importance to the French Embassy in Sri Lanka.“The Embassy will continue to pay close attention to developments in this case to ensure justice is served. We like to clarify that, although we do believe that every possible means of finding the culprits should be explored, the proposition to facilitate the obtaining of statements from witnesses living in France or in Sri Lanka was not made […]

Follow UK’s Example – Hold That Referendum On Independence In The NorthEast

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By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah – Follow UK’s example – Hold That Referendum on Independence in the NorthEast – Like the Scots, Let the People Decide Either Way Part  1 The world’s oldest democracy has proven it’s also the world’s  foremost  and robust democracy – that Scotland will decide its fate, whether it becomes an “independent country” in a referendum on 18th, September 2014 is in itself a triumph for democracy, whatever the outcome – that the United Kingdom (UK) government (and the Westminster Parliament),  despite campaigning hard for a “NO” vote, did not place obstacles but bowed to the Scottish people’s aspirations articulated in the 2011 General Election win for theScottish National Party (SNP), and cooperated to holding a referendum, to leave it to the people’s will, speaks volumes for […]

NO VOTE FOR 50,000 TAMILS

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BY NIRANJALA ARIYAWANSHA Over 50,000 Tamil youth from the Uva Province, employed in other parts of the country, have not been granted leave, to return to their hometowns or villages, to cast their vote at the 20 September provincial elections, ‘Saumaya Sarana Sansadaya’ (SSS) a Human Rights Organization alleged. The SSS said most of these youth were employed in the Kandy, Jaffna, Colombo and Nuwara Eliya Districts. H.P. Anthonymuttu, President of the SSS, speaking to Ceylon Today, said nearly 50,000 registered voters work in shops and hotels in districts outside the province. Anthonymuttu added, he would talk to the Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya today (17) over this issue.“Workers in the public service are entitled to cast their vote by post. But, private sector workers are not […]

Kaththi producers deny links with Rajapaksa family

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The producers of actor Vijay’s soon-to-be-released film Kaththi issued a clarification about what they termed a misinformation campaign by some vested interests against the production company. There had been allegations that the company had business links with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. At a packed press conference held in the city on Tuesday, Subaskaran Allirajah, chairman, Lyca Group of Companies, citing a few incidents where the group was portrayed wrongly in a section of the media, denied he had any business links with the Rajapaksa family. Regarding an image of the logo of Lycamobiles appearing in the background at the Sri Lanka-sponsored Commonwealth Business forum, Mr. Subaskaran alleged that the image was ‘morphed’ and the company has lodged a complaint with the cyber crime division of the […]