China warns against ‘foreign meddling’ in Hong Kong

August 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm
The Chinese national flag flies in front of the Liaison Office of the Central People"s Government in Hong Kong on August 27 China’s central government is seeking a stronger role in Hong Kong

China has warned foreign countries against “meddling” in Hong Kong’s politics ahead of a crucial announcement on the territory’s election process.

Pakistan protesters clash with Islamabad police

August 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Pakistan police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters marching on the official Islamabad residence of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

At least 16 people, including two policemen, were injured in the clashes. Demonstrators loyal to opposition politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahrul Qadri have been taking part in a sit-in for two weeks. They want the current government to resign, alleging corruption and electoral fraud.

The odd objects looted from Washington DC in 1814

August 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Magazine Monitor Magazine Monitor A collection of cultural artefacts

A painting of the White House on fire by Tom Freeman The Burning of Washington in 1814 by British troops, as depicted by Tom Freeman

It’s been 200 years since the British burned Washington, but objects looted in 1814 will probably never be returned, writes Tammy Thueringer.

Poroshenko: Ukraine ‘close to point of no return’

August 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Ukraine’s president has said his country is “close to a point of no return – full scale-war”.

Petro Poroshenko was speaking in Brussels, where he said a meeting of EU leaders had agreed to prepare more sanctions against Russia. Outgoing EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton earlier accused Russia of “direct aggression” in east Ukraine. Russia denies that its forces are backing rebels, who have been gaining ground on Ukrainian forces.


August 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Dregs rolling in dosh

August 29, 2014, 7:02 pm

Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has urged the  mainstream political parties to curtail expenditure on election related  propaganda. They spend billions of rupees during elections and one wonders where  all this money comes from.

Muslim Extremism’

August 29, 2014 at 11:18 pm


Sri Lankan Muslims at the crossroads – 14

August 29, 2014, 7:03 pm

Muslims displaying the victory symbol during an anti-Israel and  anti-U.S. demonstration after Friday prayers in Colombo recently. (File  Photo)

by Izeth Hussain

I will now make some observations on the external dimension of  Muslim extremism, perceptions of which among non-Muslim Sri Lankans tend to  impact negatively, very negatively indeed, on the local Muslims. Islam tends to  be seen as a religion that encourages fanaticism, violence, and aggression,  which has led to the notion that Islam was spread by the sword. That is supposed  to be the process by which once predominantly Buddhist countries became  predominantly Muslim countries. The local Muslims, together with the wider  Islamic world, are therefore too often seen as posing an existential threat to  the Sinhalese.

Glyphosate ban a chanda gundu

August 29, 2014 at 11:09 pm


August 29, 2014, 7:22 pm

According to the title of the front page, leading news item in The Island of August 26 glyphosate has been banned in four districts  because of the fast spreading kidney disease. The districts are Kurunegala,  Polonnaruwa, Moneragala and part of Badulla.

According to the second para of the story the Agriculture  minister Mahinda Yapa Abewardana has said that the government has decided to ban  the use of glyphosate in those areas, as many farmers were contracting chronic  kidney disease at an alarming rate there.

Water Conservation – nation’s No. 1 Priority

August 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm

August 29, 2014, 7:21 pm article_image Gal-Oya development project ‘Governments cannot prevent droughts’. This is the most  hilarious excuse trotted out by some politicians to the people suffering without  water in the dry zone of the country.

H M Mervyn Herath – a life of adventure and achievement

August 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm


August 29, 2014, 7:23 pm

Mervyn Herath who departed this world on the 8th of July, had an  inborn spirit of adventure. It coursed through his veins. He had inherited it  from his ancestors.

His grandfather, Herath Mudiyaselage Don Jeronias, a native of  Matale had survived the great Matale Rebellion in 1818. In that epic battle  against the British, many brave Kandyans sacrificed their lives.

Don Jeronias later undertook a perilous journey to Colombo.  Fortune however favoured him.

Udarata challenges British rule

August 29, 2014 at 10:45 pm

August 29, 2014, 6:44 pm


By KAMALIKA PIERIS The British, like the Portuguese and Dutch before them, wanted  to conquer the Udarata kingdom. In 1799 British Governor North offered a treaty  which would make Udarata a British protectorate. The offer was examined, on  behalf of King Sri Vikrama by a team consisting of First Adigar Pilimatalawe,  Lewke Disave and the Disave of Matale. The team refused to agree to a British  garrison in Kandy. Their own soldiers were sufficient to protect the Udarata,  they said. The British should concentrate on defending the coast. They were also  not prepared to permit the British to construct a Colombo-Trincomalee road which  went through the Udarata, with rest houses and right of passage for the British.

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