Monthly Archives: November 2013

National Olympic Chief slams Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage

National Olympic Chief slams Minister of Sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage

    Chairman of the Sri Lanka National Olympic Committee (NOC) and senior government official Hemasiri Fernando directed a scathing attack at Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, alleging that the Minister had destroyed the autonomy of the country’s sports associations by changing the sports law to allow politics to directly …

The Hypocrisy of the UN’s Human Rights Council

The Hypocrisy of the UN’s Human Rights Council

    It’s time to disband the United Nation Human Rights Council. Just look at the latest appointees to the council, whose job is to promote universal respect and protection for human rights around the world. This month, Russia, China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia were elected …

Chidambaram to explain Congress’s stand on Sri Lanka

Chidambaram to explain Congress’s stand on Sri Lanka

    Finding itself being isolated in Tamil Nadu on issues relating to the welfare of the Sri Lankan Tamils, the Congress is planning to organize a conference in Chennai on November 30 and has roped in Union finance minister P Chidambaram to defend its …

Retract torture remark, Aussie PM told

Retract torture remark, Aussie PM told

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should retract his remarks condoning the use of torture in Sri Lanka, leading rights groups said Tuesday. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Abbott said Nov 15: “We accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult …

TNA MP glorifies Praba

TNA MP glorifies Praba

  Parliamentarian from Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA) S.Sritharan Tuesday praised former LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran in parliament amidst protests by governing party members. Sritharan read a prepared statement in the House today, which is also the birth anniversary of Prabhakaran, about the LTTE’s cause. …

Apply uniform criteria without being selective: G L Peiris

Apply uniform criteria without being selective: G L Peiris

   Since the blue economy is a concept of crucial importance to the developing world, in particular, it is hardly surprising that the Galle Dialogue, now an established event organized by the Sri Lanka Navy, is attracting greater interest each successive year among the higher …

Road in Matara named Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan Mawatha

Road in Matara named Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan Mawatha

    Opening of Sir Ponnampalam Ramanathan Mawatha in the southern area is an example for mutual understanding among races and friendliness and its development, said EPDP Secretary General and Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise development Minister Douglas Devananda.  The Minister stated this in his …

UK firm on Lanka probe

UK firm on Lanka probe

    British Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated his demand for an independent inquiry into the alleged massacre of Sri Lankan Tamils during the final days of the civil war in 2009. The Lanka government has earlier rejected the demand and is planning to launch …

Forbes Asia: The 6 Richest Sri Lankans

Forbes Asia: The 6 Richest Sri Lankans

    By Jon Springer Dhammika Perera didn’t become one of Sri Lanka’s richest people by luck. It was actually by design. Back in 1999, when he was 32, he developed a 20-year plan for his fledgling businesses with the help of a mentor. His …

A resolution on Safety of journalists and the issue of impunity is to be voted by the 3rd Committee of UN

A resolution on Safety of journalists and the issue of impunity is to be voted by the 3rd Committee of UN

   Just days following the International Day to End Impunity, a draft resolution on the Safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, now cosponsored by over 60 states, will be voted on by the Third Committee tomorrow and then hopefully go before the plenary …