Sri Lanka mass grave yields more skeletons

January 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo

Excavators in Sri Lanka The grave was discovered by construction workers laying a water pipe
Four more human skulls have been unearthed at a mass grave discovered last month in northern Sri Lanka.

Japan WW2 soldier who refused to surrender Hiroo Onoda dies

January 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Hiroo Onoda, speaking in 2001: “I’ve never regretted anything”

A Japanese soldier who refused to surrender after World War Two ended and spent 29 years in the jungle has died aged 91 in Tokyo.

Shashi Tharoor: Minister’s wife Sunanda Pushkar ‘found dead’

January 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Sunanda Pushkar and Shashi Tharoor Sunanda Pushkar (L) married Shashi Tharoor shortly after they were involved in a scandal over a cricket franchise
The wife of Indian minister Shashi Tharoor has been found dead, following reports that he was having an affair, Indian media have said.

LTTE Political Wing was meant to infiltrate military-held areas; Sasitharans no saints -MOD

January 17, 2014 at 12:46 am


January 16, 2014, 10:25 pm

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Defence Ministry yesterday said that Northern Provincial  Council member Ananthi Sasitharan was under investigation, though she had  publicly distanced herself from the LTTE fighting cadre.

A senior Defence Ministry spokesman said that the ongoing  inquiry was meant to establish her role during the conflict as well as the  post-war era.  The Defence Ministry was responding to criticism of its decision  to weigh the need to rehabilitate Ms. Sasitharan.

Kirielle wanted me to be on-‘Ranil understood my position’

January 17, 2014 at 12:44 am



January 16, 2014, 12:00 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

Sajith Premadasa, MP said yesterday that UNP National Leader  Ranil Wickremesinghe had accepted his explanation for not wanting to serve on  the Nomination Board for the next Southern and Western Provincial Council  Elections, but it was Lakshman Kiriella who had insisted that he be included.

War crimes: Gotabhaya urges US to share ‘eyewitness accounts’ US won’t characterise Ambassador Rapp’s discussions- spokesperson

January 17, 2014 at 12:42 am



January 15, 2014, 9:47 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

The US wouldn’t share information gathered by Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp of  State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice during his almost week-long  visit to Sri Lanka with the government, US Embassy Spokesperson Juliana A.  Spaven sad. “Embassy officials meet on a regular basis with a broad range of  individuals around the country and we won’t characterize those discussions.  Ambassador Rapp’s statement speaks for itself.”

Sri Lanka power authority loses over Rs. 2 billion last year due to failing power plant

January 17, 2014 at 12:25 am

Wed, Jan 15, 2014, 10:05 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 15, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s state owned power supplier, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says it has incurred a loss of over Rs. 2 billion last year due to the frequent failures of Norochcholai coal power plant.

A CEB report has stated that the repeated breakdowns at the plant had resulted in a loss of Rs. 2.83 billion in 2013.

Britain allowed ex-SAS officers to train Sri Lankans as Tamil Tigers rebelled

January 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm

Fri, Jan 17, 2014, 01:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 16 (Guardian) Former SAS officers were allowed by the British government to train security forces in Sri Lanka around the time of the 1980s Golden Temple massacre, recently released government documents show.

The disclosure comes days after documents emerged appearing to show that SAS officers were involved in training Indian troops in the months leading up to the raid on the Amritsar temple, the Sikh religion’s holiest site, in June 1984.

U.S. government support for Bar Association of Sri Lanka

January 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

Thu, Jan 16, 2014, 08:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 16, Colombo:  The United States Embassy in Colombo today announced its new program, through its development arm, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to support the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.

With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, USAID will sponsor a Bar Association program entitled “Civil Society Initiatives to Support the Rule of Law.” 

Around 1,600 unlicensed quacks operating as western doctors in Sri Lanka

January 16, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Thu, Jan 16, 2014, 08:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 16, Colombo: The trade union of Sri Lanka’s state sector doctors says that a large number of persons without licenses operating as doctors island wide.

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said that it has found around 1,600 quacks posing as doctors of western medicine without a license and issue medicines to patients in the country.

Central Coordinator of the GMOA, Dr. Hasitha Aluthge told media that raids were carried out in six provinces to crack down on the quacks.

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