Monthly Archives: November 2014

A new Turf after the tigers are gone

A new Turf after the tigers are gone

To write about a train, you don’t need to run with it. So I will, instead, first talk about Jaya Perera, a hairdresser from Muscat, who in the 1970s, had married a man from Jaffna, had his child, whom they had taken to meet his …

Lottery winner dies bankrupt

Lottery winner dies bankrupt

Money can destroy lives too and Sunil was no exception. Sunil who won Rs5 million in a lottery was found dead inside a well. It is reported that from the time he won the lottery, he began drinking and ended up bankrupt. His wife and …

How Colombo released the fishermen

How Colombo released the fishermen

Actor Salman Khan appears to have, perhaps unknowingly, played an indirect role in the release of the five Indian fishermen on death row in Sri Lanka, The Hindu has learnt. His friend, journalist Rajat Sharma, was in Colombo to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his …

TNA Parliamentarians meet

TNA Parliamentarians meet

A special meeting  of TNA Parliamentarians is to be held in Colombo today, to take a decision on whom to support at the Presidential Election to be held in January. TNA Leader R. Sampanthan said, they will extend their support to a candidate who will consider …

Solheim a liar

Solheim a liar

The government today branded the Development Assistance Committee (OECD) Chairman and former Norwegian Sri Lanka peace negotiator Eric Solheim ‘a liar and a supporter of terrorists’ who was in cahoots with the LTTE. Responding to a journalist at todays’ weekly cabinet news briefing, Cabinet spokesman …

Swamy seeks ban on Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary celebrations

Swamy seeks ban on Prabhakaran’s birth anniversary celebrations

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to issue a directive to the Tamil Nadu government to ban the move to celebrate birth anniversary of slain chief of LTTE V Prabhakaran, who was responsible for killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. …

Presidential Election on January 8

Presidential Election on January 8

On a day of high political drama when the ruling coalition of Sri Lankan President suffered serious defections, the election commission on Friday set January 8, 2015 a month after the close of nominations on December 8 as the date for the Presidential election. The …

Families demand release of Sri Lankan fishermen

Families demand release of Sri Lankan fishermen

The families and next of kin of Sri Lankan fishermen who were sentenced to death by a Colombo Court along with five Indian fishermen on charges of drug trafficking, have held a rally in Jaffna, demanding President Mahinda Rajapksa pardon their loved ones the same …

The ghosts of the colonial past

The ghosts of the colonial past

At the end of a back-breaking day, only one question awaits tea plucker Velu Parameswari: ‘‘How many kgs?’’ That is all “dorai” (supervisor) asks every day, said the 47-year-old, who began plucking tea as a 16-year-old. Despite working 22 days in October, all she made …

NPC wants Tamil detainees released

NPC wants Tamil detainees released

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on 19 November 2014, adopted a resolution calling for the release of Tamil political prisoners who have been in jail for several years without a proper trial. The motion submitted by the chairman of the council C.V.K Sivagnanam  was adopted unanimously. …