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News: Sri Lanka clarifies it has no personal rift with North Korea
Posted Date: 26/11/2017 (Sunday)
Sri Lanka on Saturday clarified it has no personal rift with North Korea and that it only supported a recent UN resolution on the country as part of its commitments to the UN. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera told Parliament that when sanctions were imposed by the UN on North Korea recently, Sri Lanka implemented the resolution as a UN member state. He said that Sri Lanka had to comply with the UN resolution and it had no personal rift with North Korea.
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News: Police in countrywide crackdown 3,700 persons arrested Weapons, drugs, alcohol seized 999 drunk drivers nabbed
Posted Date: 26/11/2017 (Sunday)
More than 3,700 persons were arrested in a countrywide crackdown on criminal and other elements starting from 10:00 p.m. on Friday to the early hours of yesterday morning, a senior Policeman said. A total of 3,769 persons were taken into custody in connection with various issues throughout most parts of the country, Police Media official said. A large quantity of narcotics, illicit alcohol and illegal firearms were also seized during the crackdown that involved 18,127 policemen from different ranks assisted by trained sniffer dogs, Police said.
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News: Government to use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims
Posted Date: 26/11/2017 (Sunday)
The Government says it will use Lord Naseby’s statement to counter claims on war crimes allegations against the country. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana told Parliamenton Saturday, the Government was grateful to the statement made on Sri Lanka by Lord Naseby at the British Parliament recently. Lord Naseby had in his statement rejected claims that the death toll during the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka was over 40,000.
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News: Butter knife or sharp blade? Either way, FGM survivors in Sri Lanka want it to stop
Posted Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
When her daughter turned seven, and it was time for the "khatna" - a female genital mutilation (FGM) ritual - a close friend advised Naqiyah to try the butter knife method. A trusted doctor in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo would simply run a blunt knife against little Tanzeem's vagina, and Naqiyah could tell her relatives that the ceremony had been carried out. There would be no bleeding, no pain.
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News: Month of Gloriosa Superba
Posted Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
Gloriosa Superba a red and yellow coloured wild flower is found blooming in a big way in the jungles of Wanni in the Northern Province in the month of November and because the colour of the flower is that of the LTTE flag, it became significant even for the outfit. As November is known as Karthikai in Tamil, the wild flower with its botanical name Gloriosa Superba is known among the Northerners as Karthikaipookal (flowers of November).
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News: Strict implementation of laws to deal with filth being published - Govt
Posted Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
by Zacki Jabbar The law would be applied strictly to deal with some of the "raw filth and distorted reports" that were being published and broadcast, says Co-Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. The Minister said on Friday that some journalists were abusing their new found freedom to slander government leaders in "raw filth and in the most atrocious manner. I have never seen such low journalism, even in the most underdeveloped countries."
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News: Speaker says he’s happy people are now making use of RTI Act
Posted Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya expressed happiness that there exists transparency and people are now making use of the Right to Information Act (RTI). "I am surprised by the interest generated by the RTI, though some think it is a nuisance. We have asked them to bear with us. We will see the fruits of what we are doing in about two or three years time. People are now alert to stamp out corruption and wastage", he noted.
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Events: ” பெயரிடாத நட்சத்திரங்கள் ” நூல் அறிமுக விழா
Posted Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
மாதுங்கா மைசூர் அரங்கில் -மும்பை
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Events: History and Heritage Seminar Session 6
Posted Date: 25/11/2017 (Saturday)
Thulasi, Bridge-end-close, Kingston-Upon-Thames, KT2 6PZ
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News: Sri Lanka PM's party fires first salvo against Maithripala
Posted Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
Simmering tensions within Sri Lanka's governing coalition came to a head in parliament Thursday with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's party firing what it called the first salvo against the President. Two backbenchers from the United National Party (UNP) blamed President Maithripala Sirisena's faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for delaying local council elections. UNP MP Kavinda Jayawardena, the son of UNP stalwart, the late Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena, blamed Local Government minister Faiszer Musthapha for a fiasco in drawing electoral boundaries that has held up the vote.
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News: The New Left: A new hope?
Posted Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
People are aware of the enormous and exorbitant expense in terms of human lives and resources that revolutions necessitate. The truth is that the New Left, be it the JVP or the Frontline Socialists, is the only proper movement in this country which defends the public sphere against the private Not too long ago before the American election unfolded and upset what was predicted to be a Hillary Clinton victory, I posted the following comment: “Clinton is a domestic dove and
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News: Nobel Laureate Dr. Cardozo to visit North
Posted Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
Nobel Laureate, Dr. Barbara Lopes Cardozo will visit Sri Lanka to conduct research about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) of war victims in the North. Dr. Cardozo is a founding member of Doctors Without Borders–Holland (MSF) and served in several countries. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. She has treated victims of natural disasters and man-made disasters.
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News: ‘Govt committed to protecting peoples rights’
Posted Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella says the current government is committed to protecting the rights of citizens of all communities. Raising a question Chief Opposition Whip JVP leader Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake charged the government of failing to compensate the public whose houses were damaged in the Gintota unrest recently. Minister Kiriella responding said regardless of race and religion the government is devoted to ensuring rights for all.
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News: TNA MP funds construction of LTTE Mausoleum
Posted Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
TNA MP S. Sridharan had allocated Rs.4 million out of his decentralized budget to renovate the Mahaviru Mausoleum where the bodies of dead LTTE members are buried in Kanakapuram in Kilinochchi, it is reported. This sum is to be taken out of the decentralized allocations made to the MP for development work of the Kilinochchi District. Approval for this had been granted by both the Karachchi divisional secretariat and the Kilinochchi Divisional Secretariat, it was revealed.
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News: India, Sri Lanka discuss bilateral ties
Posted Date: 24/11/2017 (Friday)
India and Sri Lanka discussed the entire gamut of their bilateral relationship during a luncheon meeting hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted for his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe here on Thursday. "During the luncheon meeting with the Prime Minister, the two sides discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and ways to further deepen the historically close and friendly relations between the two countries," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in his weekly media briefing here.
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News: More than 11,200 Army absentees report during General Amnesty
Posted Date: 23/11/2017 (Thursday)
The General Amnesty extended to Army absentees ended at midnight, Wednesday (22nd November 2017). A total of 11,232 Army deserters including 15 Officers, 09 Officer Cadets and 11,208 Other Rank personnel had reported to their respective Regimental Centers seeking legal discharge during the Amnesty period. The month long Amnesty period was offered to Sri Lanka Army personnel, who are considered as AWOL (Absent Without Leave) to obtain legal discharge, from 23rd October to 22nd November (2017).
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News: Suntharalingam from Vavuniya fought for Indian Tamils in Central Hills Brief tenure of a cultured statesman
Posted Date: 23/11/2017 (Thursday)
Chellappah Suntharalingam was born on August 19, 1895. He was an academic, mathematician, politician, lawyer, Member of Parliament and government minister. Educated at St. John's College, Jaffna and St. Joseph's College, Colombo, he entered the London University from where he graduated in mathematics. He then went on to Oxford for a double first in mathematics. Suntharalingam had four eminent siblings: C. Nagalingam, a Supreme Court judge; C.
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News: Modi meets Ranil in New Delhi
Posted Date: 23/11/2017 (Thursday)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met visiting Sri Lankan Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi, Indian media reported. “Neighbourhood first,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. He added that Modi received Mr. Wickremesinghe at Hyderabad House and that both countries “share strong and close relations based on mutual trust and respect”.
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Photos: Gintota Mayhem Political Parasites Inflamed Communal Disharmony
Posted Date: 23/11/2017 (Thursday)
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News: Columbian delegation visits Sri Lanka to study reconciliation initiatives
Posted Date: 22/11/2017 (Wednesday)
As part of an initiative by USAID and Common Grounds, a delegation from Columbia comprising 11 members visited the Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation on 21 November to draw knowledge, expertise and experiences on the reconciliation and integration efforts of the Sri Lankan Government. Ministry of National Integration and Reconciliation Secretary V. Sivagnanasothy spoke about national reconciliation and integration strategy of Sri Lanka, which included the integration friendly schools program, reconciliation friendly media, integration friendly university and
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