RBS faces £8bn in full year losses

January 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm

RBS boss Ross McEwan: “These losses relate to pre-crash times”

RBS may face full-year losses of up to £8bn, after the bank said it needed another £3.1bn for claims relating to the financial crisis.

Shares in the 80%-taxpayer owned bank dropped 3% on the news.

Syria talks: ‘Impasse’ at Geneva on power transfer

January 27, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Man walk through damaged buildings in the besieged area of Homs The old city of Homs has been under siege by government forces
The Syrian peace talks in Geneva are deadlocked over the divisive issue of transferring power to a transitional government.

The sides cannot agree on the future role of President Bashar al-Assad.

Waste of paradise by SriLankan Chairman

January 27, 2014 at 12:29 am

 

 

Nishantha Wickremesinghe

Diverting an aircraft on a scheduled flight from one country to yet another is an exclusive privilege enjoyed by Heads of State or Government. However, in Sri Lanka it is a different story. Even the Chairman of SriLankan Airlines, can do it by merely making a telephone call. Chairman Nishantha Wickremesinghe, his wife and a guest were on a non-official visit to Singapore this week. This is exactly what he did.

Uncovered: The macabre sex chamber of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi where he raped girls – and boys – as young as 14

January 27, 2014 at 12:26 am

IT has been more than two years since the capture and death of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator whose reign subjected an impoverished people to four decades of murder and terror.

When the bedraggled former leader was hauled out of a drainpipe and shot in October 2011, his death ended the bloody Nato-led civil war that had ravaged the country since the start of that year.

The full horror of his brutality has been slow to emerge, with many Libyans still fearing retaliation by those who continue to be loyal to their late leader. But it can now be revealed that the most heartbreaking of Gaddafi’s victims include hundreds, possibly thousands of teenage girls who, throughout his 42-year reign, were beaten, raped and forced to become his sex slaves.

Mahavansa , Compiled For The Serene Joy And Emotion Of The Pious

January 27, 2014 at 12:04 am
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian

| by Dr.Sripali Vaiamon
( January 27, 2014, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) This piece of literature has been compiled for the “serene joy and emotion of the pious.” Not for the general readership. Because there are some events look historical but not authentic as there is no evidence or facts. For devotees with piety those may sound as real. Particularly when a Buddhist monk has done the composition of a story they have more faith. They grasp as real story. They will never reject but on the contrary praise all situations are genuine and wholeheartedly believe. If an elderly person says the idea of lion having coitus with a woman they open their mouths and believe it as an adventurous truth. If the woman bears children as a result they never disbelieve. This is exactly what had happened in Suppadevi and lion’s story in which the origination of the Sinhala race etched. But according to science reproduction of normal human children by animal sperm and human egg is beyond reality. However let us touch a bit of the story as elaborated in Mahavansa. The compiler Rev. Mahanama of the Deegasanda Pirivana at Anuradhapura built up the story with the help of a few Jathaka stories, such as Nalapana, Walahassa, Janaka, Padakusala Manawa and Devadhamma. King of Vanga got married to a queen of Kalinga where they had a beautiful daughter, Suppadevi. Royal soothsayers prophesised she will one day elope with a lion and live in the jungle. Royal parents thoroughly guarded right round the palace to prevent this adverse mishap. But somehow or other she  escaped and joint a caravan that was heading towards Lata Desha in the Indus valley region at the western end of India.

Freedoms India won and Lanka squandered

January 26, 2014 at 11:35 pm

 

Even as Lanka readies to celebrate 66 years of independence from the British Raj in nine days’ time, it is clear that 400 years and more of foreign domination have left the once proud Lankan spirit broken and her psyche irretrievably damaged.

From the time the Portuguese landed on Lanka’s western shores, infighting among the Sinhala kings brought about the invited intervention of the Portuguese. Rather than unite and fight against the common foe, Buvenekabahu of Kotte actually invited the invader to remain and sought his assistance to fight the internecine war with his brother Mayadunne of Sithawake. This enabled the Portuguese to gain a foot hold of the land and control of the Maritime Provinces.

Foreign mire and people’s ire, will there be voter fire

January 26, 2014 at 10:51 pm

 

By Our Political Editor
Thud and blunder on Geneva issues, Weeratunga takes charge of Govt. counterattack while External Affairs Ministry fiddles Wigneswaran launches strongest attack on President, UNP to move no-confidence motion against ruling alliance Major Opposition parties refuse to support Rajapaksa regime in its battle at the UNHRC sessions

Rejection of informal Government overtures to Opposition political parties to forge a common front has forced the ruling UPFA into a panic driven dual track diplomatic initiative to counter the issues before the March sessions of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Editorial

January 26, 2014 at 10:48 pm

One good reason for failure abroad

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Foreign policy is an extension of domestic policy and concerned with the protection of fundamental national interests. It is globally accepted that the only way to achieve this objective is through a dedicated, educated, well trained, professional Foreign Service with a ‘sprinkling’ of the great and the good from outside the service. This is all the more important for Sri Lanka, with the formidable inventory of external challenges faced today.

Editorial – Island.lk

January 26, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Cops’ umbrage

January 26, 2014, 8:43 pm

Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana has, in a recent television  interview, challenged those who claim that the Police Department is the most  corrupt state institution, to substantiate their allegation with credible proof.  His consternation is understandable. Statistics are simply plucked out of the  air by some people who conduct ‘surveys’ based on tiny samples and riddled with  errors with a view to supporting their preconceived opinions and furthering  their hidden agendas. They make their ‘findings’ out to be the truth and  aggressively market them.

Agriculture: A dynamic force of prosperity, wellbeing and reconciliation in North

January 26, 2014 at 10:29 pm

January 26, 2014, 8:56 pm
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By Professor Ranjith Senaratne

Senior Professor of Crop Science, University of Ruhuna and Vice  Chairman, University Grants Commission

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