Monthly Archives: July 2013

BBS locks horns with Xinhua

BBS locks horns with Xinhua

     In a formal correspondence, the Bodu Bala Sena organization has urged China’s Xinhua news website (www.xinhuanet.com) to publish a correction of an article which had claimed the BBS of requesting the government to ban the Hijab of the Muslim women. Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka …

UK wants concrete progress

UK wants concrete progress

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      Britain has called for concrete progress in Sri Lanka on reconciliation and media freedom ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November. UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt said …

Sita temple in Sri Lanka

Sita temple in Sri Lanka

     The Madhya Pradesh government is all set to start building a Sita temple, designed in the South Indian architectural style, at Divurumpola in Sri Lanka. Sita is believed to have undergone her agni pareeksha (test by fire) at this spot. The design has …

Menon wants Colombo to fulfil its commitment to India and the international community

Menon wants Colombo to fulfil its commitment to India and the international community

   National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon — who met top Sri Lanka leaders here in the last two days — emphasised the need for Colombo to fulfil its commitment to India and the international community regarding a political settlement that would go beyond the 13th …

UK immigration court says detained Tamils at risk

UK immigration court says detained Tamils at risk

      The UK Upper Tribunal has rewritten its previous guidance on the approach to be taken to Tamils seeking asylum in the UK. This will provide a new guidance in deciding asylum case in the UK. The ‘twelve risk factors’ which previously formed the framework for …

Pakistan is a failing state, ISI Chief tells Abbottabad Commission

Pakistan is a failing state, ISI Chief tells Abbottabad Commission

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–     Al Jazeera’s release of the Abbottabad Commission report on the killing of Osama bin Laden is a “hugely damaging and embarrassing episode” in Pakistan’s history. The Abbottabad Commission was charged with establishing if the failures of the Pakistani government …

CHOGM will silence international critics:Malwatte Viharaya prelate

CHOGM will silence international critics:Malwatte Viharaya prelate

    Whilst giving his blessing to External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris, Ven Buddharakkitha Mahanayake Thera, described the selection of  Sri Lanka as the venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Governors Meeting (CHOGM), as a ‘great victory’ that will silence international critics. The prelate went on …

Menon told 13A needs changes

Menon told 13A needs changes

       India has been told by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the 13th Amendment to the constitution needs some changes. President Mahinda Rajapaksa told visiting Indian National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon today that most of the points in the 13th Amendment will be …

Nationalist group demands hijab ban

Nationalist group demands hijab ban

    A hardline  group in Sri Lanka is calling for the government to ban the hijab, a traditional dress for Muslim women, citing security reasons, the head of the organization said on Monday (8). The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), demanded that the government ban …

Eleven-year-old Lankan detained in Hobart centre

Eleven-year-old Lankan detained in Hobart centre

      Refugee advocates want the Federal Government to move an 11-year-old asylum seeker out of detention at Pontville near Hobart, and into the local community. The Pontville centre, re-branded as an alternative place of detention by the Immigration Department, has been used to …