SL refugee on fast arrested

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

A Sri Lankan refugee, who was observing a fast unto death demanding the Indian government to hand him and his family to the United Nations instead of deporting them to Sri Lanka, was arrested by the Cheyyar police on Thursday and was shifted to a Prison in Chennai.“A case has been registered against him for attempting to commit suicide. He has been taken to the Magistrate Court,” said a police official.The arrested, Chenthuran had been observing a hunger protest from Tuesday.A case was registered against him to restrict his movement and activities outside the camp. He was lodged in the special camp in Chengalpet. He was later shifted to the special camp in Tiruvannamalai district along with 30 other inmates recently.The State government had written […]

US will welcome moves to change SL image:Thewaraperuma

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The United States will welcome all efforts made by the Sri Lankan politicians to change the negative image that had been created in the minds of international community that the majority Sinhalese were harassing the minorities, U. S. Ambassador in Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison said.UNP MP Palitha Thewaraperuma told the Daily Mirror that the US Ambassador informed him that the United States would always welcome efforts made by Sri Lankan politicians to change the negative image perceived on the Sinhalese by the international community.Mr. Thewaraperuma said Ms. Sison commended the efforts made by him to help those who were affected by the recent clashes in Aluthgama and Beruwala.The UNP MP had informed the US envoy that nearly 26 houses of Sinhalese had also been […]

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It

28th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Abisekam Rituals in Temples: the Science behind It By Dr C P Thiagarajah-Secretary Katpaka Vinayagar Temple Trust   One of the main rituals performed on the deities in Hindu temples is abisekam or pouring water, milk and other liquids and scents. This is a form of hydration. This looks superstitious on first look for many who does not know the science behind many such practices. The truth and the reasons for hydration of idols of deities made out of metals or metal alloys, wood or stones will be revealed if one delve deep into Hinduism. Hinduism has been called the “oldest religion” in the world, and many Hindu orthodox treaties refer to Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma “the eternal law” or the “eternal way” beyond human origins. […]

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo, Ampara and Mannar

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Lyca’s Gnanam Foundation has opened its branches in Batticalo,Ampara and Mannar. CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR LATEST NEWS UPDATES http://www.athavannews.com/ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Athavannews Twitter page https://twitter.com/AthavanNews http://www.athavannews.com/3000-%E0%AE%AE%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%B2%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%A9%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%B0%E0%AF%82%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%BE%E0%AE%AF%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%B3%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%9F%E0%AE%A9%E0%AE%BE/

11% of Sri Lankan Family are Single parents in England and Wales

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Family types in England and Wales, 2011 Part of 2011 Census Analysis, How do Living Arrangements, Family Type and Family Size Vary in England and Wales? Release Variation in family type by country of birth of the family reference person (FRP), infographic http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census-analysis/how-do-living-arrangements–family-type-and-family-size-vary-in-england-and-wales-/info-family-types.html  

Abbey Road photographs, and Yorkshire hospitality

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

June 10 Arrive at Heathrow after a long flight. Acquiring a visa for the UK was such a drawn-out ordeal, I was almost expecting to be waterboarded at the airport. The reality is far more pleasant. The border-control officer – probably of Indian descent – asks me what I’m here for. “I’m covering the cricket over the next couple of weeks,” I say. Her eyes light up. “Oh, brilliant! I’ve got tickets for one of the matches. But aren’t the games a few weeks away? The team hasn’t arrived yet, I don’t think.” 

”No, I’m here for the Test that starts on Thursday.” 

She looks down at my passport for the first time. The words “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka” are emblazoned on the […]

The true colors of racism

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

‘Before you speak let your words pass through three gates.  At the first gate, ask yourself ‘is it true?’ At second, ask yourself ‘is it necessary?’ And at the third, ask yourself ‘is it kind?’ – Sufi saying. Social media is for some a stress reliever.  Facebook and Twitter are sounding boards for some and for others Agony Aunts or even shrinks.  That’s at the personal level. There is by definition a social element to it too of course.  That’s why there are groups, followers and followed on these sites.   Social media is not all that it is claimed to be and neither is it the nothing that others claim it to be.  Has its uses, has its pitfalls.  It steps in when mainstream media […]

The agony of #Aluthgama virtually speaking…

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

‘If you were to reconstruct history based on the articles that have been published in the State-run newspapers, some of us who lived through the major incidents, would not even be able to recognize it,’ Nalaka Gunawardena jocularly opined. Nalaka was referring to stoic radio silence of Main Stream Media (MSM) during the height of the recent communal clashes and the morning after in Aluthgama and Beruwala. A rally by the Buddhist extremist group Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) escalated into a rampage leaving three people dead, hundreds homeless and a bloody shooting spree in its wake. “It was only 48 hours after the initial flare-up in Aluthgama did television channels and publications flounder to find verified information to relay,” added Nalaka, an Information Society Watcher […]

Muslims under attack in Lanka

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Muslims under attack in Lanka The writer is a lawyer and founder of the Aam Aadmi Party Pakistan. He tweets @Adnanrandhawa As if the anti-Muslim surge in India and Myanmar wasn’t horrible enough, Sri Lanka’s recently joining the club has rung many alarm bells among the Muslims of South Asia. The killing spree in the Aluthgama town in southern Sri Lanka has resulted in at least four deaths, with many houses and shops gutted in violence sparked by an anti-Muslim rally organised by an extremist Buddhist revivalist group, Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). Religion-based clashes, if they randomly occur hither and thither, should not be a cause of worry when properly tackled by impartial and effective state authorities, followed by punishment to the culprits after due process. But […]

‘No provocative remarks made by Gnanasara Thera in Aluthgama’: Police

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Bodu Bala Sena Meeting – Aluthgama It has not yet been established that BBS genereal secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera had made provocative remarks at the recent meeting in Aluthgama, said police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana. He told the media in Colombo that the remarks of the Thera were being investigated to determine as to whether they had led to any public provocation. There is no need to record a statement from Gnanasara Thera, he added. The video is still on YouTube UNP raps Govt. over BBS Alleges Government is supporting and protecting Bodu Bala Sena in spite of deadly violence in Aluthgama and Beruwela Main Opposition takes its own national multi-religious initiative to secure ethnic harmony Multi-stakeholder meeting convened in Parliamentary complex approves four […]

Involving intelligence services in politics is alarming – Tilvin Silva

27th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Deploying intelligence officers to fulfill personal political aims contravening their official duties is a serious matter says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this when a daily newspaper asked for his opinion regarding Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera’s exposure of intelligence services in the country. He said there is ample evidence in the past regarding officers of intelligence services being deployed for political ends and added that Mr. Mangala Samaraweera’s exposure should be investigated and if there is any truth measures should be taken to deploy the officers of the relevant intelligence sections only in their official duties said Mr. Tilvin Silva. He said if the government acts in such a manner there would not be any risk of the names and details […]

Rankin meets Rauff

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The SLMC is under heavy pressure to take a tougher stand on recent violence directed at the Muslim community at Alutgama and Beruwala. Political sources told The Island that the SLMC seemed divided over the position taken up by party leader and Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem that the party should continue its fight for Muslims’ rights, while being a constituent of the SLFP-led UPFA. British High Commissioner John Rankin yesterday joined a long list of diplomats to seek a briefing from Minister Hakeem on the current situation. HC Rankin was accompanied by Ms. Sarah Mann (Second Secretary Political). SLMC Deputy Leader and Eastern Provincial Minister Hafiz Nazeer Ahamed joined the discussion. Asked whether the UK had offered to help Minister Hakeem face threats posed by extremist organisations, […]

Britain and US hails appointment of experts

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has welcomed the appointment of a team of experts to investigate alleged abuses in Sri Lanka. Hague said the investigation is an important step in establishing the truth and facilitating reconciliation within Sri Lanka. A statement by the UN Commissioner, made yesterday, announces the appointment of international experts to the team investigating alleged abuses by both parties to the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. It also urges the Sri Lankan government to cooperate with the investigation. “I welcome Navi Pillay’s announcement on the appointment of experts to the Sri Lanka investigation established by the March Human Rights Council. The UK has always supported calls for this investigation and played a key role in securing it. This investigation is an important step in establishing […]

All Ceylon Hindu Congress condemns acts of communalism, religious hatred

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

The All Ceylon Hindu Congress (Federation of Hindu Religious Associations and Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka), has strongly condemned acts of communalism and religious hatred again being directed against minority religious groups and in particular the recent incidents affecting Muslims in Aluthgama and Beruwela areas. The ACHC has said, in a media statement, that no one should perpetuate ethno-religious discriminations. “Of course religions and cultural distinctions should be respected, but those distinctions do not justify discriminations. “Every citizen must feel that he has nothing to fear from the government of his country. He must feel assured that he is neither a second or third class citizen. “The need for a government to act justly and fairly by all its citizens remains a universal desideratum. No […]

People have lost confidence in the Courts – Wigneswaran

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Northern Province Chief Minister (CM) C.V. Wigneswaran interviewed with Ceylon Today said the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) filed over 2,000 cases in respect of the Valikamam North land ‘grab,’ but with no result to date. “We shall continue to challenge illegal acts through Court action and through democratic means, but it would be naïve to expect succour from a Court in which the people have lost confidence,” he said.Excerpts of the interview:  Q:Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, in an interview with Ceylon Today on 1 June 2014 said, “If lands have been grabbed from the Tamils by the government and heavy military presence in the North is disturbing the normal lives of the civilians, then no civilized government will keep it and not return it […]

Full Video: Managala Samaraweera Accused Gota For Communal Violence

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

 Mangala faces arrest    UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera yesterday has (June 24) accused Secretary to the Ministry of DefenceGotabaya Rajapaksa and three intelligence officers are behind all the recent communal clashes. Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana today said an investigation would be carried out against UNP Parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera for divulging official secrets. SSP Rohana said according to the Official Secret Act -1955/32, divulging information regarding national security and information about security forces was an offence. “We have sufficient information to conduct an investigation against him. We will seek the Attorney General’s advice regarding further action against him following an initial investigation,” he said.

Are Sri Lankans Fools Or Jokers Or both?

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Gotamini Hathurusinghe – Ven Watareka Vijitha Thero gets thrown into prison for allegedly falsifying information regarding the attack on his person. Ironically the person who is well known to be the cause for all the attacks on him, Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara is walking about happily, in the precincts of the Dalada Maligawa no less, doing an Adhishtana Pooja. What is the Adhishtanaya? Interesting to know! Let me ask the jokers and fools of my country including myself, what sort of justice system is this? Ironically the Minister of Justice the Hon. Rauf Hakeem whose people are the target of the worst racial attacks since1983, is a Muslim himself and is doing nothing as he is made to be a puppet.  A selfish puppet  who will not leave his job because of the […]

MR was worried about Muslim rights when LTTE held sway

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

“Do you think the Muslims in the Eastern Province may never support Prabhakaran?” Late President R. Premadasa once asked Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) founder late M.H.M. Ashraff.  President J.R. Jayewardene also shared this fear that the Muslims in the Eastern Province might support the LTTE. But Muslims never supported the LTTE. Prabhakaran did not trust the Muslims. In the initial stage of his insurgency, Prabhakaran needed the support of the Muslims to infiltrate the Eastern Province. Farook, a resident of Akkaraipattu, joined the LTTE as its first Muslim member. He was soon promoted to Captain. Hasan of Trincomalee and Anna of Jaffna were two more Muslims who were in the LTTE. Farook was killed when the LTTE attacked the telecommunication office of Jaffna. But Prabhakaran […]

Mahinda who is a hero among the Sinhala people needs the Bodu Bala Sena to intercede with the Sinhalese voter on his behalf.

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

An interview with Azath Salley “I made a request to Basil Rajapaksa to remove the police and the STF and deploy the army. I told him that we have full confidence in the army. We met Basil at about 5.30pm on Monday. In about an hour the army was sent in. From the time the army went in till today there have been no incidents.” Though only a provincial councillor at present,  Azath Salley arguably plays a bigger role in Muslim politics than most Muslim parliamentarians. No stranger to controversy,  he was in the news recently for the role he played in organising a hartal in Colombo in the wake of the Aluthgama incident. In this interview, he speaks to C.A.Chandraprema about Buddhist and Muslim […]

Religious sobriety, fanaticism and violence in our land

26th June 2014 // 0 Comments

Religious sobriety, fanaticism and violence in our land  As the authority of any government is held responsible for the administration of civilized society, the government should be held accountable for the non-prevention of fanaticism and violence. Non-disapproval, non-condemnation, non-prevention and tardy action will surely be interpreted as further encouragement given to the spread of fanaticism and violence that government is partial to. That others who accuse us do wrong by applying double standards is no excuse for us to do wrong to our own people. Nor should they be surprised when other individuals assess our rulers as authoritarian, dictatorial and hypocritical. The unpalatable truth is that most people of all religions and the prominent politicians of the two main parties are more keen to be […]

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