Monthly Archives: May 2014

“Counter diaspora influence with strong domestic process”: EU Ambassador

“Counter diaspora influence with strong domestic process”: EU Ambassador

 Q: What has the EU’s role been in post-war Sri Lanka? A: We have been heavily involved in the post-conflict situation and the post-tsunami situation, with humanitarian aid. We have been shifting our aid program progressively from humanitarian aid, to post conflict, to normal development. We are building …

Lanka, Maldives under scanner as transit point for terror

Lanka, Maldives under scanner as transit point for terror

    Sri Lanka and Maldives are under the scanner of India’s security establishment as sources and transit points for Pakistan-supported terror elements who may be used to target vital installations in southern India. Sources here said both countries were well aware of the emerging …

Indian Ocean: The Vortex of Destiny

Indian Ocean: The Vortex of Destiny

    The Sri Lanka Opposition leader Mr Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on 1 May 2014. The speech titled “Indian Ocean: The vortex of destiny” was co-sponsored by the MIT Center for International Studies and MIT-India Program.Mr Wickremasinghe was …

Who planted the bombs in Chennai train?

Who planted the bombs in Chennai train?

 By Col R. Hariharan.                                                             Two low-intensity improvised explosive devices (IED) exploded in two adjacent sleeper …

Coke to remove controversial chemical from Fanta, other drinks

Coke to remove controversial chemical from Fanta, other drinks

    The Coca-Cola Company said on Monday it will remove a controversial flavoring stabilizer from some of its drinks, following rival PepsiCo Inc’s announcement earlier this year that it would drop the same ingredient from its drinks. The ingredient, brominated vegetable oil (BVO), is …

Northern Provincial Councillors PA charged for rape

Northern Provincial Councillors PA charged for rape

The case involving the sexual assault on 14 year student from Vallipuram by a 24 year old youth was taken up for hearing yesterday. The suspect Uma Shankar is the private secretary to Northern Provincial councillor Ananthi Sasitharan. It has transpired that two policeman from …

Tamil Nadu Police say ISI planning strike on Visakhapatnam Navy base

Tamil Nadu Police say ISI planning strike on Visakhapatnam Navy base

    In a startling revelation, the Tamil Nadu police on Monday told a city court that suspected Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence agent Sakir Hussian was working on a plan to sabotage the Indian Navy bases at Kochi and Visakhapatnam. The police was seeking custody …

New Military Hospital opens in Narahenpita

New Military Hospital opens in Narahenpita

   His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the new Military Hospital today morning (5th May) at a ceremony held at the Military Hospital premises in Narahenpita, at the invitation of the Commander of the Army . The hospital could accommodate over thousand patients per …

Has Pope Francis Got A Genuine Picture On Sri Lanka?

Has Pope Francis Got A Genuine Picture On Sri Lanka?

   Fr. Sarath Iddamalgoda. It is heartening to note, in his statement made after the meeting with the Bishops’ conference of SL, that Pope Francis has drawn attention to the victims of violence and war. Among many words of wisdom found in the statement, I …

Lanka refutes BJP leader’s accusation of terror training

Lanka refutes BJP leader’s accusation of terror training

   The Sri Lankan military on Sunday refuted as “baseless” an allegation by a senior BJP leader in Tamil Nadu that Pakistan-backed extremists are being trained in the country. “In the backdrop of the Indian elections, an accusation has been made that terrorists are being …