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China – What a difference a trip makes

December 2, 2013 at 8:09 pm

David Cameron with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing David Cameron with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing

The prime minister has insisted that he will shine a spotlight on the human rights abuses of his hosts. That, of course, was the last trip not this one. After all Sri Lanka, unlike China, is not crucial to what David Cameron calls the global race.

Sri Lanka’s main opposition against Indian PM visiting country on Northern Province CM’s invitation

December 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Mon, Dec 2, 2013, 09:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) said today that it will oppose the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting the country on an invitation extended by the Northern Province Chief Minister.

A senior leader of UNP, parliamentarian John Amaratunga said the party will oppose the Indian PM accepting an invitation from the Chief Minister C.V. Vigneswaran after Singh rejected the President’s invitation to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held last month in Colombo.

Sri Lanka dissolves the defense media center

December 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Mon, Dec 2, 2013, 08:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government announced that it has dissolved a national security media center set up to provide information to media on the war during its final stages.

The Defence Ministry had dissolved the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) with effect from November 1, the President’s Media Unit said today.

Leader of Sri Lanka’s Tamil party notes two critical areas for the country’s future

December 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm


Mon, Dec 2, 2013, 12:28 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: Leader of Sri Lanka’s major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), parliamentarian R. Sampanthan says that there are two critical areas that would have an impact on the country’s future.

He told parliament that the two critical areas are “reconciliation” and “accountability”.

He explained that the two areas were important for the country’s future progress and that genuine reconciliation will not be possible without credible accountability.

UN special rapporteur on IDPs visits Sri Lanka to examine the overall situation of the displaced

December 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Mon, Dec 2, 2013, 10:26 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 02, Colombo: The special representative of the United Nations in Geneva on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday on a five-day official visit to examine the overall situation of IDPs in the country.

During his visit from 2 to 6 December, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Dr. Chaloka Beyani will meet with representatives from the Sri Lankan government, civil society and the UN, among others.

Violent Buddhist monk defies civil administration, steps up Sinhalicisation in Batticaloa

December 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 01 December 2013, 23:46 GMT]
The Chief Incumbent of Buddhist temple in Batticaloa, Ven. Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thera, who behaved violently at Ma’nmunai South-West (Paddippazhai) Divisional Secretariat, threatening the Tamil Divisional Secretary Ms Vilvaratnam continues the Sinhalicisation project at Batticaloa – Ampaa’rai border village, Kevu’liyaamadu, with the backing of the occupying Sri Lankan military. In the meantime, more Sinhalese were being brought into Kevu’liyaa-madu to occupy Tamil lands, civil sources in Batticaloa said.

Students protest against Colombo’s discriminatory closure of Jaffna University

December 2, 2013 at 7:56 pm

[TamilNet, Monday, 02 December 2013, 18:10 GMT]
The Sri Lankan State through its administration kept the universities across the island closed while the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) took place in Colombo. Except the University of Jaffna, other universities were opened before 02 December. The reason for Colombo instructing its authorities to keep the Jaffna University closed till Monday was to make sure that the students were away from the University premises during the Heroes Day, the university management in Jaffna said. When the university was opened on Monday, the students staged a demonstration inside the premises. Sinhala and Muslim students also took part in the demonstration. Hundreds of riot control police commandos of the occupying Sri Lanka were deployed around the premises.

Little boy lost finds his mother using Google Earth

December 2, 2013 at 12:14 am

By Robin Banerji BBC World Service

Saroo Brierley as a child

An Indian boy who lost his mother in 1986 has found her 25 years later from his new home in Tasmania – using satellite images.

Saroo was only five years old when he got lost. He was travelling with his older brother, working as a sweeper on India’s trains. “It was late at night. We got off the train, and I was so tired that I just took a seat at a train station, and I ended up falling asleep.”

Luo Gang: Abducted, then reunited

December 1, 2013 at 11:32 pm

By Richard Hooper BBC World Service

Luo Gang meets his birth mother

In 1990, at the age of five, Luo Gang was kidnapped and sold to a family in another part of China. Unable to remember his parents’ names or the village they lived in, he stood little chance of ever going home. But 23 years later he did.

Luo Gang had waited a long time for this bowl of noodles.

Tommy Ahlers: The software boss who says he was born to lead

December 1, 2013 at 11:12 pm

By Will Smale Business reporter, BBC

Tommy Ahlers

For someone who happily admits he isn’t very good at computer programming, Tommy Ahlers has done rather well for himself in the world of software.

The Danish entrepreneur is best known as the former boss and co-founder of ZYB, a cloud storage back-up system for mobile phone users.

The business was set up in Denmark in 2005 with only a handful of staff. Just three years later it was snapped up by mobile phone giant Vodafone for $50m (£31m).

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