Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Commonwealth in troubling times

The Commonwealth in troubling times

There has been an assumption that the Commonwealth comprises States that naturally cling together, sharing common interests and aspirations. Despite their diversity in ethnicity, religion, geography, size and culture, it has been assumed that they could remain cohesive under the Commonwealth banner because of their …

Fight against Halal is yet unfinished

Fight against Halal is yet unfinished

    The people’s fight against Halal which is yet unfinished will be restarted from October 22, says the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization. National organizer of the BBS Ven. Witharandeniye Nanda thero stated that on the 22nd, they are planning to restart this process …

Good governance alone is not sufficient. That governance should be people oriented. All measures have to advance their cause.“

Good governance alone is not sufficient. That governance should be people oriented. All measures have to advance their cause.“

    By CV Wigneswarwn.  Speech made  on October 11, 2013   on the occasion of Oaths taking by Members of the Northern Provincial Council . Chairman, fellow members of the Northern Provincial Council, persons of learning and of standing seated on the dais, my dear brothers and sisters, …

Decision on Colombo Commonwealth meet after considering all factors – Manmohan Singh

Decision on Colombo Commonwealth meet after considering all factors – Manmohan Singh

   Breaking his silence on India’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting scheduled to take place in Colombo next month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that a decision on this would be taken only after considering all relevant factors, including sentiments of …

From Mogadishu to Mumbai, managing urban conflict

From Mogadishu to Mumbai, managing urban conflict

    At first glance it is an unlikely comparison – the 2008 attack on Mumbai by Pakistan-based gunmen and the disastrous 1993 operation by U.S. troops against a Somali warlord in Mogadishu. But David Kilcullen, a former adviser on counterinsurgency in the U.S.-led wars …

Shivajilingam takes oaths in Mullivaikal

Shivajilingam takes oaths in Mullivaikal

   Tamil National Alliance (TNA) member M.K Shivajilingam took oaths in Mullivaikal this morning as a Northern Provincial Council member. Shivajilingam said that while earlier nine members had decided to take oaths today eight of them had later pulled out. It was reported yesterday that …

Mullivaikal ceremony postponed

Mullivaikal ceremony postponed

     The swearing in ceremony of nine Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council members which was scheduled to take place in Mullivaikal tomorrow has been postponed following the intervention of Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph. The nine members had boycotted the official swearing in ceremony …

Wigneswaran calls for unity

Wigneswaran calls for unity

     Speaking after visiting a Mosque in Jaffna, Wigneswaran said that Tamils and Muslims must join hands to make a change in the North, the Jaffna Tamil media reported. Muslim groups in the North, especially in Mannar had, prior to the Northern Provincial Council …

Commonwealth summit mired in row over Briton shot in Sri Lanka

Commonwealth summit mired in row over Briton shot in Sri Lanka

    Prince Charles offers his help as allegations against political fixer and calls for boycott cast shadow over heads of government meeting. Prince Charles offered to help in the effort to win justice for a British man who was murdered in Sri Lanka – …

Punitive tactics used on Guantánamo hunger strikers

Punitive tactics used on Guantánamo hunger strikers

    The US military secretly used a variety of tactics to break the resolve of the Guantánamo Bay hunger strikers, including placing them in solitary confinement if they continued to refuse food, newly declassified interviews with detainees reveal. One prisoner also said that the …