Monthly Archives: June 2015

Five-fold increase in consumption of alcohol in North-East

Five-fold increase in consumption of alcohol in North-East

The President of the Jaffna Chamber of Commerce R Jeyasegaran on Friday June 12 said that alcohol consumption was rapidly increasing after the end of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).The Jaffna Peninsula has seen a …

Australia ignores answers on boat payment claim

Australia ignores answers on boat payment claim

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused again on Sunday to deny allegations an official paid thousands of dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers. The claims — that the captain and five crew of the boat were each …

The mind of Wigneswaran

The mind of Wigneswaran

Chief Minister Wigneswaran hell bent on getting rid of the Armed Services from the North has arrived at the perverted conclusion that the post-war deployment of the military in the North has contributed to the rapid spread of narcotics. He has further stated that narcotics …

Gotabaya to Keep Off Electoral Politics for Strategic Reasons

Gotabaya to Keep Off Electoral Politics for Strategic Reasons

Sri Lanka’s former Defence Secretary,Gotabaya Rajapaksa, will keep off electoral politics for the time being in order to achieve the immediate and larger objective of bringing back his brother and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to power through the forthcoming parliamentary elections, sources close to him …

Can music lead to social harmony in Sri Lanka?

Can music lead to social harmony in Sri Lanka?

Although Sri Lanka’s decades-long civil war ended in 2009, an entire generation remains scarred by the conflict. Many children grew up knowing nothing but the trauma of war, which pitted the majority Sinhalese against the minority Tamil ethnic group. In 2012, as the country was …

Scheme for widows to be launched

Scheme for widows to be launched

With reconciliation being high on its agenda, the Sri Lankan government has decided to launch an empowerment scheme for widows in the country and extend the implementation of a self-employment programme to former members of militant groups. Of about 6.95 lakh widows in Sri Lanka, …

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many

One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people. The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. …

Rudra questions GTF, Government talks

Rudra questions GTF, Government talks

Head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) V Rudrakumaran says there is nothing new about political entities becoming involved in official or unofficial talks pertaining to the Tamil National Question as well as the urgent and immediate needs of the Tamil people. Rudrakumaran …

Expats risk deportation under new Canadian Citizenship Law

Expats risk deportation under new Canadian Citizenship Law

Over 140 000 Sri Lankan citizens in Canada could face the risk of losing their Canadian citizenship or return to Sri Lanka after a new immigration law enacted by the Canadian Government dictates that these ‘second class’ citizens may have their citizenship status stripped at …

Can reconciliation heal Sri Lankan war wounds?

Can reconciliation heal Sri Lankan war wounds?

When Parameswari Uthayakumaran saw her house last month for the first time in 25 years, she stood in the rubble and wept. All her belongings, the doors, even the tiled roof had been stripped away. She had last seen the house in November 1990, when …