Test players to get specialized training in England

13th May 2014 // 0 Comments

Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne could be one of the players travelling to England early. by Rex Clementine Lead up to the national cricket team’s tour of England, the team management had lined up intense training as preparation for the tour. The Sri Lankans trained with the Dukes balls used in England, left grass on the wickets and started training early when the moisture was still on the wickets. Now there’s a move to get the Test specialists early to England to go through specialized training. Accordingly about six players who are likely to feature in the Test series will leave for England during this week. They will be based in Hove and will train in Sussex’s Cricket Facilities before joining the national team ahead of […]

The Search for a Political Solution Five Years after the War which President Promised

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“The sovereignty of Sri Lanka is very much intact. And we want it to remain intact. We are Sri Lankans… And we don’t want Sri Lanka’s sovereignty to be impacted upon.” R. Sampanthan (Leader of the TNA), Al-Jazeera, 26 March 2014 Sri Lanka’s post-war politics has come to be defined by her inability to address two distinct, but inter-related, issues concerning its constituent peoples, especially the Tamil people. The first is that of accountability; the second, and the more enduring one, being that of a political solution to the national question. These are two issues that can make or break Sri Lanka. Accountability The question of accountability which is a pressing and controversial one is a question that the present government is both unwilling and […]

Problems of success? Post-war Sri Lanka’s international challenges

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Since the end of Sri Lanka’s thirty year-long war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the island is often evoked internationally in relation to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The UNHRC remains the only supranational body where the case of Sri Lanka has been evoked on a regular basis since the 1980s. Right from the outset of Eelam War IV, Sri Lanka attracted much criticism from policy research lobbies and senior personalities such as the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and present ICG chief Dr Louise Arbour. The UNHRC’s scrutiny of Sri Lanka was intensified in the aftermath of the final military offensive of May 2009. This was a justifiable move, given the substantive civilian casualties and the humanitarian catastrophe resulting in the displacement […]

Zakir Hussain was planning to attack targets in India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

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On 19 June 2009, the US State Department reported to India, according to Wiki Leaks, that Pakistan based Lashker-e- Taiba (LeT) had established a facilitation centre in Sri Lanka. September 2010, Indian intelligence leaked to the media that the Maharashtra bakery bomber, Himayat Baig had claimed while in Indian police custody that he was trained in Colombo.  On 8 July 2013, bombs exploding in the world renowned Mahabodhi in Buddha-Gaya, India’s National Security Advisor Shiv Shanker Menon, told top authorities here that the bombs had been planted by Muslim extremists On 22 August 2013, leaked message to media claimed that Indian intelligence had been received that LeT was preparing for an attack on South India from Jaffna. Former Muslim parliamentarian M. M. Zuhair, PC, yesterday […]

No Wise Country Celebrates Killing of it’s 40,000 Minority Civilians

12th May 2014 // 0 Comments

 No Wise Country Celebrates Killing of it’s 40,000 Minority Civilians, but Sri Lanka is ruled by Rajapaksha Family. No wise country celebrates war victory after a civil war. The American Civil War is not celebrated as the victory of the North versus the South where 600,000 Americans died.  After the battle of Gettysburg President Abraham Lincoln made his famous Gettysburg address.  He went out of the way to show that it was a common victory.  Unfortunately in Sri Lanka, the political leadership indulged and continues to indulge in triumphalism celebrating the victory over the LTTE.” says the National Peace Council. Issuing a statement NPC today calls for religious observances islandwide in memory of all those who lost their lives during the war and restoration of normality for war-affected displaced […]

JVP condemns ban on commemoration of Killing of Tamil Civilians by Army

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 The military is planning a parade on May 18 in Matara to commemorate the victory over the rebels and killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians. The Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP) has condemned the closure of the Jaffna University for a week starting from today and the government’s alleged ban on any programmes to commemorate the LTTE cadres killed during the North East conflict. The politburo of the FLSP, in a statement released to the media yesterday, said that banning of commemorations had been effected on the grounds that such programmes would be detrimental to the ethnic harmony and would promote separatism. However, the move had deprived the Tamil people of their right to commemorate the loss of their loved ones, it said. “Hundreds of […]

Sister Angela’s mission among women victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war

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by Melani Manel PereraOn Thursday, the Good Shepherd nun will be 80. She spoke to AsiaNews about the last years of her life, which she dedicated “almost by accident” to families in northern Sri Lanka, an area affected by the country’s ethnic conflict. Colombo (AsiaNews) – For Sister Angela Fernando, the mission she undertook among the victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war in Sri Lana means “allowing everyone to experience the great love of God and Mary.” Next Thursday, the nun from the Congregation of the Good Shepherd will celebrate her 80th birthday. However, the past few years have been the most “intense” in her life, she toldAsiaNews. Her mission, which frequently brought her to northern Sri Lanka, especially to the north-eastern district of Mullaithivu, began […]

Victoria raped while unconscious?

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Girlfriend of murdered British national Khuram Shaikh’s girlfriend – Victoria Alexandrovna might not remember being raped as she was unconscious when the incident took place, Dr. Dhammi Lewishewa of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital said. The doctor was speaking when the murder case of British national Khuram Shaikh was taken up today (May 12) before Colombo High Court judge Rohin Walgama. Dr. Dhammi said the vicious bite marks on Victoria’s breasts reveal details of the rape. The injuries including tears, scratches and bruises seen on Victoria’s privates and thighs indicate that she was sexually harassed, Dr. Dhammi added. The injured Russian national was rushed for a surgery as she had a grave head injury, Dr. Dhammi further said.

Man murders wife for joining army, hangs himself

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A man has reportedly stabbed and killed his wife with a sharp object, for allegedly enlisting in the army, before committing suicide himself in the Wallipunam area in Mullaitivu. The murdered woman had recently enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army despite strong objections from her husband, which had led to countless arguments and squabbles between the two. However, last evening while the woman had returned home on leave, the husband had stabbed her to death with a sharp object and then committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree behind their residence, Ada Derana reporter said. The couple are said to be the parents of two children, a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, while Pudukuduirippu Police are conducing further investigations.

Don’t Arrest SL Tamils: Rights Activists

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The arrest of 10 Sri Lankan Tamils, who fled the island nation following persecution, has evoked angry reactions from rights activists and Tamil outfits here. The 10 Lankan Tamils, including five children, who arrived in Dhanushkodi, were arrested under the Foreigners Act and sent to Puzhal Prison in Chennai on May 5. The refugees came in two batches. Many Tamils have sought asylum in India during the decades-old war between the LTTE  and the Lankan defence forces. After the war ended, about 20,000 Lankan Tamils returned to their homeland hoping for a peaceful life, after getting exit permission from the government of India. However, there was no end to the sufferings of Tamils on Lankan soil. Even five years after the end of civil war […]

Cocaine use in Britain so high it has contaminated our drinking water, report shows

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Report Claims Rampant Cocaine Use Is Contaminating British Water Supply Cocaine use in the UK is now so common that traces of the drug have contaminated the drinking water supply, a report has shown. In a study to assess the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in the water we drink, scientists discovered traces of cocaine after it had gone through intensive purification treatments. Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body. It is the same compound that is looked for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine. Steve Rolles, from the drug policy think tank Transform, told The Sunday Timesthat the findings were an indication of the scale of the […]

Exhibition Exposes Sri Lankan Human Rights Crisis

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Article by Garry Holliday The exhibition was launched on April 30 with a public meeting attended by 100 people. Guest speakers included Australian Tamil Congress chairperson Professor Raj Rajeswaran, federal Labor member for Fremantle Melissa Parke, WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Tamil Refugee Council spokesperson Aran Myalvaganam. “Sri Lankan Genocide 2009” exhibition opening. Photo: Desiré Mallet (COLOMBO) – A three-day photo exhibition at Fremantle’s Victoria Hall brought the human rights crisis gripping Sri Lanka to a wider audience. “Sri Lankan Genocide 2009” exhibits images taken by various photographers documenting the months before and after the massacre of more than 40,000 Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan Army in May 2009. Event organiser and co-convener of Action for Human Rights In Tamil Eelam and Sri […]

Genocidal Sri Lanka, abettors, appropriate urbanisation of Eezham Tamils

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[TamilNet, Friday, 09 May 2014, 19:37 GMT]For nearly 500 years, the nation of Eezham Tamils has been denied of effective urbanisation of their own, by the successive colonial regimes of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, who groomed Colombo as the only urban centre to politically and economically control the island. Genocidal Colombo’s Sinhala military and the abettors in New Delhi, Washington and Beijing now take away the Eezham Tamil right to urbanisation by building Sinhala military capitals in the so-called Palaali ‘High Security Zone’ and in Trincomalee. A nation that doesn’t have its own urban centres and control over infrastructure would be easily enslaved, commented an academic in Jaffna. Further observations by the academic in Jaffna:The occupying Sinhala military appropriating thousands of acres of land […]

The Grievances Of The Muslims; Is Hakeem Led SLMC At Comatose Stage?

11th May 2014 // 0 Comments

By Rushdy Nizar – Today anti-Minority campaigns are rampant in Sri Lanka, and the responsible religio-political leaders remain silent. Thus, it is pivotal to understand the rudimentary political ground realities in the island. Hence, to understand this dilemma of violent non-state-actors aggressive role towards minority, and the given response of political representatives of Muslim community is much fitting to focus. The political behavior of SLMC is extraordinarily significant in today’s Sri Lankan politics, since SLMCs silence over rising Sinhala Buddhists fundamental behavior and attacks against minority religions escalating greater than ever on daily basis. Today, the Muslim and Christian minority (previously Tamils) concern in Sri Lanka has become a discourse and the paradigm-shift has taken place once again in the hearts and minds of Muslims in Sri Lanka. Apparently, Muslims are […]

War in Europe and instability in Lanka

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BY Kumar David As Ukraine and Europe inch closer to war there will be huge consequences (will moribund global capitalism benefit or further decline?) and contradictory effects on Lanka. War in Europe is not inevitable but military brinkmanship with a hard-to-predict momentum is unfolding. Ukraine in its present form is finished; what next? Civil war seems unavoidable and Russian intervention in some form, exactly how and when is still not clear, is assured. One can’t read Putin’s script but the aces are in his hand. Then, how will NATO respond? Can Germany, desperate to avoid pan-European conflict, and America, facing opposing internal lobbies, hold together and formulate strategy in common? I would like to do some crystal-ball gazing today. It is also not too early […]

David Cameron joins ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign

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Prime Minister David Cameron has promised Britain “will do what we can” to help find more than 200 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.  He made the comments as he held a sign bearing the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ slogan on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.Cameron is the latest high-profile supporter of the social media campaign after US First Lady Michelle Obama was pictured with a similar poster.  The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed the abductions.During the programme, fellow guest Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, handed Cameron the sign and asked if he would like to join the campaign. Taking it from her, he replied: “Happily.”Cameron later tweeted: “Proud to support #BringBackOurGirls.”  ‘Immensely complicated’He told the BBC One programme: “I rang the Nigerian President to offer anything that […]

Mother-of-two, 14-year B.C. resident facing deportation

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A mother of two who has lived in Metro Vancouver for 14 years is facing deportation after she was arrested by border officials in April. Ibarra, who moved to Canada from Sri Lanka at age 15, is married to a Canadian man. They have two boys together, ages 7 and 10. “It’s really devastating to think that she could leave us, she could leave me, the family could be split apart,” said husband Eliseo Ibarra. “For the government to split up a family like this, it’s just unbelievable.” PHOTOS Janina Ibarra is seen with her two children, left, and husband Eliso, right. She’s facing deportation over a passport that was lost nearly 10 years ago. (Courtesy Janina & Eliseo Ibarra) The problem stems from what […]

Sinhalese can Remember fallen comrades but Tamils are NOT allowed to do so in Sri Lanka

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For Sinhalese – Annual public meeting to Remember comrades killed by Army  On 5 April 2014, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) held their annual April Heroes’ Day in Badulla to commemorate the fallen comrades of the 1971 revolt. While many JVP and breakaway Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) members held several public events, the ‘true’ participants of the 1971 rebellion gathered at the Kurunegala Town Hall, under the ’71 Solidarity Forum to remember their comrades, who lost their lives during the rebellion. Every year For the past 43 years they annually commemorate the death  about  5,000 heroes killed in the 1971 April uprising, without building monuments in memory of them. They sacrificed their lives for a dream of a socialist society, bringing the first experience of an armed […]

President meets the Bishop for talks

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith for talks at the Bishop’s House, the President’s office said in a statement today. The meeting comes following the return to Sri Lanka of a delegation of Sri Lankan Catholic Bishops led by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith after meeting Pop Francis at the Vatican. At the meeting with the Pope it was reported that the Pope had mentioned about a visit to Sri Lanka in January next year. It was also reported that the Pope took note of the rise of religious extremists in Sri Lanka who he says, in promoting a false sense of national unity based on a single religious identity, have created tensions through various acts of intimidation and violence. In his address to the Sri Lankan delegation the […]

The good, the bad and the embarrassing

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by Faizer Shaheid The trials and tribulations were immense for the Organizing Committee, as challenges began to mount at the World Conference on Youth (WCY). However, overseas delegates claimed that the conference had not been anything short of fabulous. The WCY attended by youth delegates from 159 countries, top United Nations (UN) officials and several ministers from overseas came to a close yesterday following a sensational display by Sri Lankan artistes at the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) auditorium. Much ado had been placed on the WCY with a recorded attendance of over 40 top UN officials, including President of the General Assembly, John William Ashe. Deputy Minister of Education, Mohan Lal Grero stated that almost all UN organizations had been represented at the conference. “This purveys the […]

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