Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Sri Lankan Journalist Eagerly Toes the Line

A Sri Lankan Journalist Eagerly Toes the Line

   He calls himself the Rush Limbaugh of Sri Lanka, “except I’m not as obnoxious.” His critics say he should be hanged from a lamppost. Rajpal Abeynayake, 50, is the editor in chief of The Daily News, the country’s largest English-language daily newspaper, which is …

Media training centre opened in Jaffna

Media training centre opened in Jaffna

    A Media Training Centre, named after former Senior Journalist D Sivaram (Taraki), was declared opened in Jaffna on Wednesday (16). The new training centre is situated close to Jaffna Press Club at Raasaavin Thoaddam.  Rev. Fr. Ruban Mariampillai, Journalists, S. Ratheyan, the former editor …

Sridharan should not be allowed to visit Colombo:Ravana Balaya

Sridharan should not be allowed to visit Colombo:Ravana Balaya

   The Sinhala-Buddhist organization, Ravana Balaya, said yesterday, if Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, S. Sridharan, is demanding that the Sinhala people should leave Jaffna, then the TNA MP should not be allowed to visit Colombo to attend Parliament.  “It is a historical fact that …

War Widows In Sri Lanka

War Widows In Sri Lanka

    by Victor Cherubim Women-Headed Households, as war widows are now classed, has come into the fore once again. Besides, the world today is also more attuned to women’s and children’s plight not only since Syria, but after the recent devastations, earthquakes, floods and …

Canada Minister urges diaspora reconciliation, wants Sri Lanka to ‘succeed’

Canada Minister urges diaspora reconciliation, wants Sri Lanka to ‘succeed’

     Sri Lanka is an important country to us, we want to see the island succeed, was the message of senior Canadian cabinet minister Jason Kenney at a recent press meeting with local reporters. The minister also highlighted the importance of reconciliation between communities …

Tangalle murder suspects indicted

Tangalle murder suspects indicted

  The Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman (UPFA) Sampath Vidanapathirana was indicted before the Colombo High Court  in the high profile case involving the murder of a British tourist and the rape of his girlfriend. In the case filed by the Attorney General (AG), eight others were …

The Telegraph looks at Nimalaruban Ganeshan

The Telegraph looks at Nimalaruban Ganeshan

    The alleged brutality meted out to prisoners of the Sri Lankan state is shown by the ordeal of Nimalaruban Ganeshan. After being locked up under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, supposedly for possessing a hand grenade, his mother says the 28-year-old was beaten …

Protests may force Indian PM to skip Commonwealth meet

Protests may force Indian PM to skip Commonwealth meet

    With voices of protest against India’s participation in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo next month growing louder, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to skip the summit. Sources said pressure from the Tamil Nadu unit of the Congress and …

FCO responds to Foreign Affairs Committee’s report into the departments human rights work in 2012

FCO responds to Foreign Affairs Committee’s report into the departments human rights work in 2012

    Issuing a media release in response to the report released by British MPs, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office shares the FAC’s wish to see substantial and sustainable improvements in human rights in Sri Lanka. A Foreign and …

Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meet on 17- 18 Oct to decide agenda

Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meet on 17- 18 Oct to decide agenda

    Commonwealth foreign ministers should not award Sri Lanka the two-year chairmanship of the Commonwealth after it hosts the Commonwealth summit in November, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The Committee of the Whole, made up of Commonwealth foreign ministers, will meet Oct 17-18 here …