Karu wants UNP to give Sajith ‘due recognition’

Published : 2:44 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  2 Comments  |  392 views  |  
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UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya has stated that he is completely in agreement to give Sajith Premadasa “due recognition” in the party in order to get his full support in the Uva Provincial Council Election. He was responding to media reports claiming that Pre-madasa had demanded the deputy leadership of the party in order to support it in the Uva polls. Jayasuriya has also mentioned that the Leadership Council has never got such a request from Sajith Premadasa. He also mentioned that he had invited Premadasa to participate in the Leadership Council on several occasions. Furthermore, Jaya-suriya has reminded that when he was appointed as the Chai-rman he had openly invited... 


Suicide rate up in Jaffna post-war: Uni. Professor

Published : 2:41 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  413 views  |  

Peace returned to Jaffna after a 30-year brutal war in May 2009. But paradoxically, the suicide rate has gone up there since the end of the war. Statistics collected by Dr. Daya Soma-sundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at Jaffna University, show that in 2005, at the beginning of Eelam war IV (August 2005 to May 2009), the suicide rate in Jaffna District was about 23 per 100,000 population. But in 2006, when the war began to intensify, it came down to less than 20. As the war progressed in 2007 and 2008, the rate declined further. And in 2009, when the war was at its peak and Tamil society was under severe threat, the suicide rate went down to almost 15 per 100,000. After the war, the suicide rate... 


Amsterdam Uni Prof. of Military Law Terrence Gill to be first KDU Moragoda Endowment Professor

Published : 2:37 am  August 19, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  369 views  |  
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From 19-26 August, the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) will be host to the first series of lectures in international law by a visiting expert funded and introduced by the Moragoda International Law Trust. The Moragoda Endowment Professor of International Law will deliver first lectures and hold Seminars on International Humanitarian Law, the subject of this year’s course selected by the KDU. The first Professor will be Professor Terence Gill, Professor of Military Law at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, author of several works on Military Law and editor of manuals on the subject. Professor Gill expects not only to promote a deeper academic understanding of International... 


Economic Development Ministry and WFP provide relief to drought-stricken people

Published : 12:28 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  212 views  |  
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An integrated special program is planned by the Ministry of Economic Development and United Nations World Food Program(WFP) to provide relief to drought-stricken people in several parts of the country. A special discussion on this issue took place recently with the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, at the Ministry of Economic Development.  It was decided to provide relief by way of food and financial aid to the selected beneficiaries. Accordingly, 191,300 people in 14 districts will be given relief within the first month while 84,450 people will be benefitted during the second month. Beneficiaries numbering 176,400 selected from the districts of Monaragala, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura,... 


UNP blasts extravagant MR regime for neglecting drought victims

Published : 12:27 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  972 views  |  
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The United National Party (UNP) has accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa regime of being extravagant and for neglecting thousands of drought victims. Following is the full text of the UNP’s statement. Sri Lankan ancients used to have a wish for this land; “devo vassatu kalena.. raja bhavatu dhammiko”: may  there be rain in due season..and may the king be righteous.» Our ancestors attributed the timely rains and bountiful harvest to the righteousness of their ruler. In the 21st Century, it is not apt perhaps to blame the current political rulers for the failure of the rains in 14 districts of the island. But this much is a fact. Over a million Sri Lankans are suffering, rains... 


The last stages of the war in Sri Lanka book launched

Published : 12:26 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  268 views  |  
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The Marga Institute and Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) on Friday launched a book titled  “The last stages of the war in Sri Lanka” at BMICH. Here the first copy handed over to Sri Lankan who became the first Asian born elected as a conservative member of the European Parliament Niranjan Joseph De Silva Deva Aditya. Science and Technology Minister Prof.Tissa Vitharana and Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal are also present -  Read More →


Protests persists in Chennai over derogatory article on Lankan website

Published : 12:24 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  262 views  |  

Reuters: Workers of regional party in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK), on Sunday (August 17), staged a protest over derogatory article published on Sri Lanka’s defence ministry website about state chief Jayaram Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An article titled: ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi’ had appeared on Sri Lankan defence ministry website with pictures of Jayalalithaa dreaming about Indian PM Modi. The headline and illustration referred to Jayalalithaa writing many letters to Modi regarding the frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy. However, the article was later removed from... 


Muslims pose a threat to Sri Lanka and India – BBS tells Indian mag

Published : 12:23 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  1 Comment  |  654 views  |  

Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, the general secretary of Sri Lanka’s extremist Buddhist organization Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) claims that the Muslim minority in Sri Lanka funded by some Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia poses a threat not only to Sri Lanka, but to India as well. In an interview with Pranay Sharma of the Indian news magazine, “Outlook”, the extremist Buddhist monk said the Muslims in Sri Lanka are not necessarily a minority in terms of their wealth. “They are a minority in number but if you look at their economic power and their international network, they are not a minority,” the BBS Secretary said when asked how a smaller Muslim minority can pose a threat to... 


Minister hits out at European nations

Published : 12:22 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  128 views  |  

A top Government Minister has accused European nations of assisting the LTTE to build its international network. Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa claimed that Europe always wanted to destroy Asian nations and have more power in the world. The Minister noted that EU countries kept on attacking President Mahinda Rajapaksa and attempted to place hurdles before the development of the country. He said Europe like America is not happy with the defeat of the LTTE as they could not achieve what they wanted in Sri Lanka. Now, the Minister noted, these countries are engaged in putting pressure on Sri Lanka through the UN Human Rights Council in order to achieve their goals. (Colombo Gazette)  Read More →


Sri Lanka Army’s fourth annual defense seminar begins today

Published : 12:21 pm  August 18, 2014  |  Category: News  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,249 views  |  

Over 200 delegates from 66 countries in attendance Sri Lanka Army’s fourth annual Defence Seminar will begin today (August 18) at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. The three-day seminar themed ‘Sri Lanka: Challenges to a Rising Nation’ this year will focus on the post-war challenges of the country and the country’s onward march to be the Wonder of Asia. The conference is expected to provide the opportunity to share and discuss a wide range of issues related to the country’s post conflict recovery and challenges faced by the country. The seminar will also discuss other major topics like national security, Sri Lanka economy, regional and global challenges. A total of 20 guest speakers,... 


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