Chungking Mansions: Inside Hong Kong’s favourite ‘ghetto’

December 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

By Helier Cheung BBC News, Hong Kong

Clockwise from top left: Exterior of Chungking Mansions, Entrance of Chungking Mansions, electric cabling, CCTV screens, Indian snacks

Eyesore, ghetto, jungle, goldmine, little United Nations. These are all words that have been used to describe Chungking Mansions, a building complex that is seen as both a foreign island in Hong Kong and an important part of the Chinese city’s identity.

Dilip Kumar: Film starring Bollywood actor to be released

December 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm

By Vaibhav Dewan BBC Hindi, Delhi

Actor Dilip Kumar with wife Saira Banu Dilip Kumar (seen here with his actress wife Saira Banu) is one of India’s most loved actors

A Bollywood film starring veteran actor Dilip Kumar in the lead is set for a theatrical release for the first time, 23 years after it was made.


December 24, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Humans eating ‘animal food’

December 24, 2013, 7:14 pm

Arrogant politicians who tell fish tales and try to hoodwink  voters are often urged by their detractors not to take the public for  ‘fodder-eating suckers’. There have also been instances where some politicians  smarting from electoral losses went so far as to leave bundles of grass in  public places asking those who voted for their rivals to partake of them. But,  it has now been revealed that people, in fact, eat ‘animal food’!

Our preparations for Geneva

December 24, 2013 at 9:07 pm


December 24, 2013, 12:00 pm

By K. Godage

Former Ambassador

I was happy to read that Mr. Lalith Weeratunge and Dr. G.L.  Peiris would be going out to Geneva to brief missions of countries in the HRC,  whatever briefing/ publicity we can give to what we have achieved so far and  what we intend to do will not be a waste of time.

This approach is certainly what is called for, not sending a  large delegation during the Sessions to lobby delegates as we did a few years  ago; most countries decide on their positions on Resolutions such as those  relating to countries such as ours, before the Session commences. Former  Ambassadors such as Jayantha Dhanapala. Pallihakkara, Nihal Rodrigo {who is an  Advisor to His Excellency] and Bernard Goonetilleke would bear me out.

2014 heralds new Great Game in Southeast Asia

December 24, 2013 at 9:01 pm


December 24, 2013, 12:00 pm

By Kavi Chongkittavorn

The coming year will be tense and at times see confrontation  among the major powers wanting to reach out to Southeast Asia and its vast  maritime zones. Each player has set forth its game plans to preserve, and in  certain cases expand, its sphere of influence.

The new Great Game is not being played out on the vast landmass  of continental Asia, as in the past. Now it has moved to the fluid and  problematic but resource-rich maritime territories of East Asia, covering major  seas and – since last November – areas of the sky above them.

Dr Buddhika Lamabadusuriya

December 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm



December 24, 2013, 6:53 pm

I first met Buddhika in late 1975 when she was engaged to my  cousin Sanath, with their marriage fixed for February 1976. It was followed by  my brother’s marriage in late March and mine in June the same year. We first  went out on a holiday together to Horton Plains and stayed a few days at the  Anderson Lodge. That was an occasion for the three wives to get to know each  other closely.

Accountability for Male invasion Gayoom assassination bid

December 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm


War Crimes charge: Urgent need for reappraisal of GoSL’s  response

December 24, 2013, 12:00 pm

Coup leader Abdulla Luthufee is pictured among Indian troops soon after the collapse of PLOTE attack
By Shamindra Ferdinando

With the next session of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session three months away, The Island intends to discuss what Sri Lanka’s response to unsubstantiated war crimes allegations should be as well as the government’s failure to exploit the ‘ground situation’ for want of a cohesive strategy.

Beware of Gods bearing Gifts

December 24, 2013 at 8:14 pm


December 24, 2013, 5:58 pm

UK Premier David Cameron meeting children in Jafffna  (File Photo)

by Rajeewa Jayaweera

I was in UK during CHOGM and followed the event in both  electronic and print media in that country. The Daily Telegraph of 16  November carried out a report by Peter Dominiczak, Political Correspondent in  Jaffna with a photograph of a beaming Prime Minister Cameron and three young and  one middle aged women. The headline read “Tamil refugees praise Cameron, the  god”. It also had a sub heading “Prime Minister has a heated discussion with Sri  Lankan president about four years of violent repression of separatists in the  north of island” and a quotation (author not stated) “We believe in David  Cameron. We believe that he can make the difference. He is sent by gods to us”.

Re – Narrating a tragic romance and rehabilitating a Playboy Monarch

December 24, 2013 at 8:11 pm

December 24, 2013, 12:00 pm

By Prof. K. N. O. Dharmadasa

King Sr Viraparakrama Narendrasinghe (1707 – 1739) , the last  Sri  Lankan ruler of Sinhala ethnicity is generally portrayed in our history  as a  person addicted to wine, women and song.Naturally his career is  contrasted with  his father King Wimaladharmasuriya II (1687 – 1707)  marked by piety and service  in the cause of Buddhism and even with that  of his grandfather, Rajasinghe II  (1635 – 1687) great warrior who  brooked no nonsence with the Portuguese and the  Dutch who controlled a  good part of the littoral. Narendrasinghe, because of his  playful ways  was referred to by the people as Sellam Nirindu, the playful  monarch.

Weevils destroy Rs 130 million worth of paddy

December 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm


December 24, 2013, 8:50 pm

By D. Ranatunga and Prasanna Silva in Dehiattakandiya and  Dimbulagala

A massive stock of paddy worth Rs. 130 million purchased by the  Ampara District cooperative societies in 2011 has deteriorated in warehouses.

Paddy stored by Ampara, Uhana, Panama, Mahaoya, Dehiattakandiya  and Potuvil Cooperative Societies totaling 3,765,515 kilos has gone to waste in  this manner.

A senior officer at the Ampara District Secretariat, asked about  the loss, said recently they had called tenders to sell the paddy stock but only  one buyer had forwarded a bid, but he, too, had pulled out after learning that  the entire stock had become unfit for human consumption.

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