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News: Survey Department to standardize and romanize geographical names
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Survey Department is in the process of standardizing geographical names in Sinhala and Tamil and will romanize Sinhala geographical names. Senior Deputy Surveyor General, D. N. D. Hettiarachchi said during a recent interview with The Island. This is in addition to introducing the revised version of the 1:50,000 scale map. The Department is currently in the process of standardizing geographical names in both Tamil and Sinhala. Standardization of geographical names was encouraged in all countries by the UN in 1960. Under the standardization process place names as well as those of
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News: Police brutality unpardonable!
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Every year reports of serious Police related violence flood the mainstream media all around the globe. And every time it happens, it grabs the headlines and leads to various discussions and debates that question and critique Police brutality, provisions of using 'necessary power' and the overall enforcement powers held by the law enforcement officers. Even the most (supposedly) democratic country in the world experiences Police violence. The United States has recorded over 1,200 cases where individuals were gunned down by the Police during 2017 and 69 per cent of the time; the deceased were non-violent and unarmed.
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News: Northern Naval Command seize 110 kgs of Kerala cannabis
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
A haul of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 10 million was recovered by the Northern Naval Command in Maradankeni, Thaleiadi last evening (23). The 110 Kgs of cannabis were seized following a tip-off received by the intelligence staff attached to the Northern Naval Command. The consignment has been hidden at nearby brushwood consisting with 50 parcels wrapped in polyethylene, according to Navy.
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News: Rajiv case: Serious issues raised, says SC, seeks CBI's reply
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Supreme Court today termed as "serious" and "debatable" the questions raised by a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and asked the CBI to respond to his plea seeking recall of the apex court's May 1999 order upholding his conviction. The apex court issued notice to the CBI and asked it to file its response within three weeks on the application filed by convict A G Perarivalan, who was initially awarded death sentence in the case which was later commuted to life term.
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News: Australia warns Sri Lankans attempting to travel illegally
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
The Australian High Commission today warned Sri Lankans to beware of the lies of people smugglers, following media coverage of three recent failed people smuggling attempts. In December 2017, Australian border protection authorities intercepted a people smuggling boat with 29 Sri Lankan nationals on board. All 29 people were returned to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities also recently disrupted two planned illegal boat ventures before they departed Sri Lanka.
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News: Wigneswaran turns down Bathiudeen’s request
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran has turned down the request made by Minister Rishad Bathiudeen asking for 1000 acres of land for the rehabilitation of Muslims in Mullaitivu district. In his letter addressed to the Northern CM, Minister Bathiudeen had stated that the Muslims who lived in Mullaitivu district abandoned their lands due to the terrorist activities carried out by LTTE.
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Photos: A.E. Manoharan overcame ethnic and language barriers
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Is time running out for Sirisena, Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa?
Posted Date: 24/01/2018 (Wednesday)
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Photos: Half-a-million labour demand in the private sector
Posted Date: 23/01/2018 (Tuesday)
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Events: Kingston Charecters: An Exhibition of Stitched Fabric Portraits by Ruth Blackford
Posted Date: 23/01/2018 (Tuesday)
Rose Theatre, Kingston KT1 1HL
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Videos: Former president CBK sees justification for Tamils demanding separate country
Posted Date: 23/01/2018 (Tuesday)
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News: Priests, doctors and the State: The agony of the masses
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Media headlines in recent months in Sri Lanka have concentrated heavily on the political role of Buddhist monks, agitations of government medical officers against the establishment of a private medical college and the increasing failure of the State to address many pressing social issues. These three matters are by no means unconnected. In fact, all three are the products of a process of social and political change that unfolded over the last several decades.
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News: Thailand to assist Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
The Thai Government says that it is expecting to assist for the development of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector through many new programmes. This was revealed to the President by Thai Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms Chulamanee Chartsuwan when she met with President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s Official Residence, yesterday (21).
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News: Parents protest against Uva Chief Minister
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
A group of parents staged a protest march today (22) against the incident in which the Principal of the Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya,Badulla was allegedly made to kneel down by the Uva Chief Minister. The march began in front of the school and proceeded towards Badulla town, Ada Derana correspondent reported.
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News: Government power not necessary to develop local councils
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
This local government has become one that changes the direction of politics in the country and the party that rules the country need not be brought to power in the local government council to develop it says the General Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva. He said this at a rally held at Koggala to affirm the victory of the JVP candidates contesting the Ambalangoda Pradeshiya Sabha.
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News: FTA with Singapore Professionals claim Govt misleading public
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Sri Lankan professionals claim that they are yet to see a Draft of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to be signed between Sri Lanka and Singapore, although the Government claims that it had received their approval. They warned that the basic legal framework has to be prepared prior to signing such an agreement. If not, Sri Lanka will have to face a number of serious problems. Chartered Architect Nalaka Jayaweera, speaking on behalf of the professionals, told Ceylon Today that the Government was spreading false rumours and misleading the public.
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News: Announcement A. Sivanandan (1923-2018) – Tamils have lost a “visionary”
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
Tamil Information Centre has learned with great sadness and regret of the recent passing of Ambalavaner Sivanandan (20 December 1923 – 3 January 2018). Sivanandan was known in his adopted country of Britain as the long-time Director of the Institute of Relations, an anti-racist educational charity based in London, as well as the founding editor of its world famous journal Race & Class. He was widely regarded as one of the most original and important thinkers on racism and immigration in this country. He was a powerful writer and speaker who fought for the human rights of oppressed peoples – particularly the ethnic minorities of the UK and the peoples of the Third World.
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Videos: Parents stage their opposition against Uva CM
Posted Date: 22/01/2018 (Monday)
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Events: தைப்பொங்கல் விழா - 2-18
Posted Date: 21/01/2018 (Sunday)
Norris Bank Parklands, 135. Mcleans Road. Bundoora.
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Events: கேசி தமிழ் மன்றத்தின் மாபெரும் தைப்பொங்கல் பெருவிழா
Posted Date: 21/01/2018 (Sunday)
Gaelic Park, Keysborough, Australai
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