Monthly Archives: May 2015

New methods in warfare needs IHL regulation

New methods in warfare needs IHL regulation

New means and methods in warfare, unless regulated by International Humanitarian Law (IHL) will pose a serious threat to international peace and security and a grave threat to the very survival of humanity, said Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Rohan Perera. …

Post-War systemic breakdown blamed for Jaffna Rape and Mayhem

Post-War systemic breakdown blamed for Jaffna Rape and Mayhem

Dr.Daya Somasundaram, Professor of Psychiatry at  Jaffna University, blames the breakdown of traditional social and administrative structures  for the gang rape and murder of 18 year old school girl, S.Vithya, at Pungudithivu on May 13, and the mayhem that engulfed Sri Lanka’s Northern Province subsequently. …

Afghanistan Pakistan deal causes controversy

Afghanistan Pakistan deal causes controversy

Reports of dissatisfaction and disagreement over an intelligence deal that Afghanistan signed with neighboring Pakistan have surfaced. It was reported on Monday that the spy agencies of the two countries would share intelligence on militant groups near the border, according to a Memo of Understanding …

India to go ahead with South Asia road link plan

India to go ahead with South Asia road link plan

With Pakistan remaining noncommittal about a motor vehicles agreement connecting Saarc countries, India is firming up a slew of sub-regional and bilateral pacts on road connectivity. India is likely to skip the Saarc regional transport officials meet to be held soon on account of it …

Negligence of cops caused attack on Sri Lankan team

Negligence of cops caused attack on Sri Lankan team

Home Minister Punjab Shuja Khanzada has said negligence of some police officers was responsible for militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore in 2009. He said it is great blessing for Pakistani nation that international cricket has resumed in the country after …

Demonstrations and protests should be peaceful and democratic.

Demonstrations and protests should be peaceful and democratic.

Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said some mischief- makers are trying bring the people into conflict with the police and create opinion that it could only be controlled by the Army. These mischief makers should not be allowed to ride on the back of the grieving people and that …

Civil war stories from Sri Lanka conribute to French film, Dheepan

Civil war stories from Sri Lanka conribute to French film, Dheepan

French director Jacques Audiard’s film, Dheepan, in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival combines refugees from Sri Lanka’s former civil war, with gang warfare in French housing estates. Dheepan opens in a refugee camp in Sri Lanka. It swings swiftly to a remote housing …

Probe to start in June

Probe to start in June

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday a local investigation into allegations of war crimes committed during the island’s separatist conflict would begin by June, vowing to prosecute anyone found guilty. Sirisena said he welcomed any guidance from the UN Human Rights Council on …

Stay on the transfer of land in Sampur revoked

Stay on the transfer of land in Sampur revoked

The Supreme Court lifted the stay on the transfer of land in Sampur area to the displaced following an intervening  petition to the court to return the land. A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice S Sripavan on 20 May 2015 lifted the …

Lankan student finds Green Way to tackle Oil Spills

Lankan student finds Green Way to tackle Oil Spills

A 24-year-old Sri Lankan post-graduate student in Chemistry at the University of Maryland USA, has discovered an agent which will clear oil spills in the sea without damaging the aquatic environment. The student, Jasmin Athas, working under the supervision of Professor Srinivasa Raghavan, an alumnus …