Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ban Ki-moon had raised concerns over the Aluthgama incident

Ban Ki-moon had raised concerns over the Aluthgama incident

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had raised concerns over the Aluthgama incident when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the UN last weekend. Ban’s spokesman Farhan Haq said the UN Chief had raised his concerns with the incident of religious violence that took place in …

Gobi’s widow prevented from leaving island

Gobi’s widow prevented from leaving island

Kajeepan Sarmila, the widow of Ponniah Selvanayagam Kajeepan (alias Gobi), was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday, when she was about to leave for Switzerland, informed sources said. They said that Sarmila was prevented from leaving the country although she had valid Swiss visa …

Freedom Still a Far Cry

Freedom Still a Far Cry

The people of  Mullivaikkal West, whose ancestral homes and farms had borne the brunt of the fighting in the final horrendous days of Eelam War IV, have begun to eke out a modest living. But freedom still eludes them, being under constant and stringent surveillance …

Sri Lanka temporarily halts some Fonterra product sales after illness

Sri Lanka temporarily halts some Fonterra product sales after illness

Sri Lanka has suspended the sale of some Anchor milk powder made by Fonterra after some children consumed the product and fell ill, government health officials said on Sunday. However Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy giant, said independent investigations into the three batches concerned proved …

Sri Lanka seeks help from the UN to resettle asylum seekers

Sri Lanka seeks help from the UN to resettle asylum seekers

Sri Lanka has asked the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, for help to resettle scores of mainly Pakistani asylum seekers in another country, saying many are economic migrants and a threat to the security and health of the Indian Ocean island. According to the UNHCR, …

Journalists protests continuous threats

Journalists protests continuous threats

Sri Lankan TV journalist Kapila Chandana Kuruppuarachchi thought he was just doing his job when he tried to cover a clash between backers of rival political parties in late September. Instead, he says, a mob of pro-government supporters chased him for almost a kilometer before …

Post-war, Jaffna Sees Revival of Interest in Gandhian Path

Post-war, Jaffna Sees Revival of Interest in Gandhian Path

Post-war Jaffna peninsula is witnessing a revival of interest in Mahatma Gandhi. While in his own native land people had ceased to put up Gandhi statues, Point Pedro in north Jaffna unveiled a brand new one at the centre of the town on October 2. …

US judge rejects Udugampola’s appeal

US judge rejects Udugampola’s appeal

A US judge has rejected an appeal filed by the family of former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Premadasa Udugampola after he was refused a US visa and lost court cases filed over it on several occasions. The Courthouse News Service reported that though the US …

Split within Tamil National Alliance constituent parties?

Split within Tamil National Alliance constituent parties?

Sharp split has emerged in the midst of the constituent parties of Tamil National Alliance at the meeting held yesterday. A section of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi Members has said that they wish to disassociate themselves with the former Tamil armed group members of …

Myanmar website hacked, threatened over Buddhist radical story

Myanmar website hacked, threatened over Buddhist radical story

A popular Myanmar news website was blocked Thursday by hackers angry at its description of hardline Buddhist monks as “radical”, as the publication said it had received threats of violence over its coverage. The Irrawaddy saw its main English-language website briefly replaced with a black …