Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ethnic Reconciliation will be given priority

Ethnic Reconciliation will be given priority

President Maithripala Sirisena said that the Government will give priority to ethnic reconciliation towards achieving sustainable peace and development. “Having experienced war, we must understand the need to give priority to the reconciliation process,” Mr. Sirisena said in his “Remembrance Day” address. In a veiled criticism of …

Indian Economic Growth to Surpass China in 2015-16

Indian Economic Growth to Surpass China in 2015-16

India’s economic growth is projected to surpass that of China’s, with the GDP expected to zoom by 7.7 per cent in 2016, according to a UN report which said India will help accelerate economic growth in South Asia. The mid-year update of the UN World …

People are no longer afraid to talk

People are no longer afraid to talk

Sri Lanka appeared to turn a new leaf with the election in January 2015 of President Maithripala Sirisena. This put an end to rule of this country of 21 million people by Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is closely associated with a brutal 2009 victory over the …

Families honour war dead

Families honour war dead

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka’s ethnic Tamil politicians and a few civilians gathered Monday at a ceremony to honor thousands of dead on the battleground of the final days of the decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. Under heavy surveillance, Lawmakers and local leaders lit …

Wigneswaran calls on Government and international community to intensify efforts for decision on political aspirations of Tamils

Wigneswaran calls on Government and international community to intensify efforts for decision on political aspirations of Tamils

The Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council Justice C.V. Wigneswaran called on the Government together with the international community to intensify its efforts for reaching a decision regarding the political aspirations of the Tamil speaking people.  He warned that further delay would change the dimensions …

ITJP releases list of disappeared

ITJP releases list of disappeared

The International Truth and Justice Project – Sri Lanka (ITJP) has released a list of 110 disappeared people seen surrendering to the Sri Lankan  military on 18 May 2009 by eyewitnesses who have now fled  the Country. The list includes senior LTTE members including Nadesan, …

Sri Lankan fishermen stick to stand

Sri Lankan fishermen stick to stand

Sticking to their uncompromising position against the use of mechanised bottom trawlers in Sri Lankan waters, fishermen federations across the island have conveyed to the Sri Lankan government their “unanimous rejection” of demands of Tamil Nadu’s fishermen. Albert Justin Soysa, president of the Mannar District …

Rajapaksa’s “War Heroes’ Day” to counter Sirisena’s “Remembrance Day”

Rajapaksa’s “War Heroes’ Day” to counter Sirisena’s “Remembrance Day”

Former Sri  Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who hopes to romp back to power in the coming parliamentary elections on a Sinhalese-nationalist wave, will be celebrating May 18,  the day on which LTTE Supremo Prabhakaran was killed, as “War Heroes’ Day.” Rajapaksa’s rally to be held …

A blow to Justice

A blow to Justice

Sri Lanka’s promotion of a senior officer whose division was implicated in serious human rights abuses casts doubt on government pledges to credibly investigate alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Maj. Gen. Jagath Dias, who led the Army’s 57th Division during the last …

Children with Asthma may suffer from hidden Peanut Allergy

Children with Asthma may suffer from hidden Peanut Allergy

For many children, both asthma and food allergies have increasingly become an annoying fact of life. Yet, despite the similar origins of both conditions, namely an overactive immune system, few have tried to explore any possible connections between the two. Now, in a study set …