Monthly Archives: March 2013

Sri Lanka facing constitutional crisis concludes IBAHRI report

Sri Lanka facing constitutional crisis concludes IBAHRI report

The removal from office in Sri Lanka of Chief Justice Bandaranayake was unlawful, is undermining public confidence in the rule of law, and threatening to eviscerate the country’s judiciary as an independent guarantor of constitutional rights states the Executive Summary of an International Bar Association’s …

TN crisis bolsters anti-devolution project

TN crisis bolsters anti-devolution project

     Courtesy: The Island Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said that the ongoing crisis in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, over accountability issues here, should discourage those pushing for devolution of power under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. A hostile provincial administration …

Mobitel support for extremists?

Mobitel support for extremists?

       Mobitel the subsidiary of the publicly listed Sri Lanka Telecom, is one of the country’s largest telecom services companies, and one of the most visible corporates in Sri Lanka. Mobitel has been openly funding hate groups such as the Bodu Bala Sena …

Probe into LTTE Crimes Should Start with Karuna: Human Rights Watch

Probe into LTTE Crimes Should Start with Karuna: Human Rights Watch

      The Sri Lankan government should act on the call by a government deputy minister to investigate war crimes by examining his own role in serious abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. Karuna’s call for war crimes investigations should not allow him to …

Clothing shop attacked

Clothing shop attacked

     A  mob stormed a clothing store in Pepiliyana Town in the outskirts of Colombo yesterday night. The shop came under attack from an unidentified group including Buddhist monks   The mob attacked a showroom of the Fashion Bug clothing chain outside Colombo late evening, …

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to draw series

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to draw series

       Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by three wickets on the Duckworth-Lewis method on Thursday to tie the three-match one-day series at 1-1. Bangladesh, chasing a rain-revised target of 183 off 27 overs, won the day-night match with six balls to spare in Pallekele …

Massive cyber attack hits Internet users

Massive cyber attack hits Internet users

      Internet users around the globe were facing slowed down service thanks to what’s being called the biggest cyberattack in history. The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that …

David Miliband resigns as MP

David Miliband resigns as MP

       David Miliband, The former foreign secretary announced this morning that he was quitting as MP for South Shields and moving to the US to run a charity. David Miliband, 47, is leaving the UK to run the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a …

Matale graves: Magistrates says dates back 25 years

Matale graves: Magistrates says dates back 25 years

         The Matale Magistrate announced Wednesday that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a mass grave were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening suspicion that they belonged to suspected insurgents killed at the time. The Magistrate told a …

Chauvinism at its worst – Editorial, The Hindu

Chauvinism at its worst – Editorial, The Hindu

       Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa did more than give her stamp of approval to calls for protests against the participation of Sri Lankan players in the Indian Premier League. By declaring that the State government will permit the matches to be held …