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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.

Editorial -island.lk

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.

A man called ‘Ceylon’: My tenuous link to the First World War

August 29, 2014 at 10:35 pm

August 29, 2014, 6:36 pm

On all these ships he sailed on he was the only man from Ceylon  and so he was called “Ceylon” by his shipmates on every one.

By Somasiri Devendra

One day, around noon, two schoolboys were walking home from  school. It must have been about 1883, and the boys were from S. Thomas’ College  at Mutwal. Kotahena and Mutwal were, then, the home of upper-middle-class  people, many of them Burghers.

Three soldiers remanded

August 29, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Yaldevi sleeping berth attack:


August 29, 2014, 9:58 pm

By Norman Palihawadana

The Galgamuwa Magistrate yesterday remanded three soldiers till  September 05 for assaulting an officer in charge of the sleeping berth of  Yaldevi train on Thursday night (August 28).

Work with existing powers before asking for more devolution

August 29, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Basil tells TNA August 29, 2014, 9:43 pm The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) should work with the  existing powers before demanding more devolution, Sri Lanka’s Economic  Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said on Thursday, according to The Hindu  newspaper. “They have not done anything yet,” he said, addressing the meda  on the sidelines of a press conference to announce a new bank loan scheme  launched by his ministry.

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