Mr. Dharmasiri De Alwis

May 11, 2014 at 12:18 am

May 10, 2014, 6:15 pm

Dharmasiri De Alwis , popularly known as “Alla” among friends  and close party circles of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (L.S.S.P.), having  rendered a valuable contribution towards the furtherance of the working class  movement, passed away peacefully on 31.03.2014 at his residence in Pita Kotte at  the age of 86-years.

Selestina Rodrigo – Mrs Jeremias Dias

May 11, 2014 at 12:08 am



May 10, 2014, 3:39 pm
article_image The first building at Visakha

By Dr Harsha Boralessa (UK)

The Past Pupils Association of Visakha UK (the Association) is  now in its 31st year. A new committee and president were elected in March. In  keeping with our tradition, we started 2014 by remembering the founder of  Visakha Vidyalaya, Selestina Rodrigo. So, on the 20th of April, we held a Mal  Pahan Pooja at the London Buddhist Vihara. We were privileged that two of  Selestina Rodrigo’s great-grandchildren, as well as our families and friends,  were able to join us in this ceremony.

Golden Key wants to secure balance 50% of CIESOT shareholdingAlleging irregular transfer of shares

May 10, 2014 at 11:54 pm


May 10, 2014, 8:35 pm
by Suresh Perera

The board of directors of Golden Key (GK) is expected to move  the Supreme Court (SC) to secure ownership of the balance 50% of the  shareholding of CIESOT Pvt. Ltd., the biggest single shareholder of Ceylinco  Insurance PLC, citing the alleged irregular transfer of these shares to two  stakeholders on March 31, 2009.

Wigneswaran as common opposition candidate against MR?

May 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm


Kite flying ahead of possible presidential election in 2015

May 10, 2014, 12:00 pm

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The five-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) wants those wanting  to field a common candidate at the next presidential election to consider the  suitability of its Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran.

Genocidal Sri Lanka, abettors, appropriate urbanisation of Eezham Tamils

May 10, 2014 at 11:43 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 09 May 2014, 19:37 GMT] For nearly 500 years, the nation of Eezham Tamils has been denied of effective urbanisation of their own, by the successive colonial regimes of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British, who groomed Colombo as the only urban centre to politically and economically control the island. Genocidal Colombo’s Sinhala military and the abettors in New Delhi, Washington and Beijing now take away the Eezham Tamil right to urbanisation by building Sinhala military capitals in the so-called Palaali ‘High Security Zone’ and in Trincomalee. A nation that doesn’t have its own urban centres and control over infrastructure would be easily enslaved, commented an academic in Jaffna.

Former ICG chief denies structural genocide of Eezham Tamils

May 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm

[TamilNet, Saturday, 10 May 2014, 23:43 GMT] The current situation in Sri Lanka is not structural genocide and the Tamil diaspora was “pushing too hard” with this terminology, claimed ICG’s former President Gareth Evans at a workshop on crises, at the University of Essex, UK on Saturday. Continuing his response to a question raised from the audience on the total failure of the R2P in the island, Gareth Evans was of the opinion that the GoSL “was not behaving well” and that continued “international pressure” was required to make the government more accountable. However, when questioned by TamilNet on the applicability of the third pillar of the R2P to protect the nation of Eezham Tamils in the future from the on-going structural genocide, he was of the opinion that though it is possible that the situation might deteriorate it was “premature to be talking about Responsibility to Protect right now.”

India election: Parties wrap up marathon campaign

May 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Supporters of Narendra Modi in Robertsganj Supporters of BJP candidate Narendra Modi shield their faces as his helicopter takes off after a campaign rally in Uttar Pradesh

China media: Alibaba’s public share sale

May 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Alibaba is a dominant force in China's e-commerce market Alibaba is a dominant force in China’s e-commerce market

Media give mixed reactions to Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s decision to go for a public share sale in the US.

Detained journalist Gao Yu on China’s challenges

May 10, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Celia Hatton By Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing

File photo: Tiananmen Gate near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China The 25th anniversary of political uprisings in Tiananmen Square is politically sensitive in China

Pakistan’s deadly descent into polio contagion

May 10, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Pakistani child Sajjad (C) who was displaced with his family by fighting during Pakistan Army operations against the Taliban Pakistan is one of three countries where polio is endemic

Pakistan was close to eradicating polio 10 years ago. But conspiracy theories, a Taliban ascendancy and drive-by shootings of polio workers have reversed the gains. The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan reports from the frontline of the government’s war against the virus and the militants’ war against its vaccinators.

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