Monthly Archives: January 2014

Assault on other religions is an assault on Buddhism

Assault on other religions is an assault on Buddhism

     “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” ~Martin Luther King Jr. On a widely read website it was reported thus: ‘Saffron terror descended upon the coastal town of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province on Sunday, 12 …

Ravana Balaya calls for arrest of Bishops

Ravana Balaya calls for arrest of Bishops

    General Secretary of the Ravana Balaya, Ven. Iththekande Saddatissa Thera, filed a complaint with the police against the Bishops of Jaffna and Mannar, yesterday (16), calling for an inquiry into the false information they had provided to Stephen J. Rapp, during his recent …

Rathika Sitsabaiesan says she was followed, interrogated in Sri Lanka, High Commissioner disputes claim

Rathika Sitsabaiesan says she was followed, interrogated in Sri Lanka, High Commissioner disputes claim

   It took a day for Rathika Sitsabaiesan to realize she was being followed. The first person to notice the men on motorbikes was her hired driver. On the day she arrived in Sri Lanka, where the 32-year old MP was born, he told her …

SrI Lanka in Australia,England group at Commonwealth Games Rugby

SrI Lanka in Australia,England group at Commonwealth Games Rugby

   The pool draw for the sevens event, to be played at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, was published yesterday and to qualify for the knockout stages and have a chance of featuring among the medals Scotland must finish in the …

Filmmaker to screen white vans stories at UN

Filmmaker to screen white vans stories at UN

    “They hijack your lives… You are forced to leave behind a home of broken spirits to lament your loss; loved ones who will tirelessly look for you,” said filmmaker Leena Manimekalai explaining forced disappearances during the civil war in Sri Lanka, the subject …

Sri Lanka on US Human Trafficking Tier 2 watch list

Sri Lanka on US Human Trafficking Tier 2 watch list

   The US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report for 2013 has placed Sri Lanka in what is described as its Tier 2 Watch List. TIER 1: Countries whose governments fully comply with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s (TVPA) minimum standards. TIER 2: Countries whose governments do …

US would not share information

US would not share information

   The US wouldn’t share information gathered by Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp of State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice during his almost week-long visit to Sri Lanka with the government, US Embassy Spokesperson Juliana A. Spaven sad. “Embassy officials meet on a regular basis …

India, Lanka agree to release all fishermen in two weeks

India, Lanka agree to release all fishermen in two weeks

   Striking a deal to release each other’s fishermen under a practical arrangement, India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday decided to “complete the process” of releasing all bona fide fishermen from both sides in the next two weeks. It was also decided to set up …

Wanted Sri Lankan ‘terrorist’ walks into French police station

Wanted Sri Lankan ‘terrorist’ walks into French police station

   A Sri Lankan man wanted on an international arrest warrant for terrorism has been discovered in France by accident, after he walked into a police station to complain about poor working conditions. Judicial sources say Jeyanthan Tharmalingam, 35, went to police in eastern Paris …

Ananthi cautions against arrest

Ananthi cautions against arrest

    Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member Anandi Sasitharan has cautioned against any attempt to arrest her and force her to undergo rehabilitation at an LTTE rehabilitation camp. Sasitharan said that arresting her will result in the Government facing serious repercussions in the hands of …