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Chinese journalist Gao Yu faces trial for leaking state secrets

November 20, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Celia Hatton By Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing

Chinese journalist Gao Yu, who served a seven-year prison sentence for disclosing 'state secrets' looks on in Hong Kong, 05 February 2007 Gao Yu says she was forced to admit to the crime of leaking state secrets

Chinese journalist Gao Yu goes on trial on Friday accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document. She faces a life sentence. What has Ms Gao done to anger Chinese leaders?

‘Historic’ US storm returns to snow-covered north-east

November 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

A man walks along a snow-covered street in Buffalo, New York, on 20 November 2014 Parts of Buffalo, New York, were buried in up to 5ft of snow

A fierce storm is bringing more snow to parts of the US north-east, with officials warning residents to be prepared for 3ft (1m) of new snow.

Obama offer to 5m illegal migrants

November 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Migrants head north to the US Many migrants head north to the US by train

Nearly five million people living illegally in the US can escape deportation under sweeping changes to the US immigration system.

Hawala Part 4: ‘Putting an end to hawala is next to impossible’

November 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm
In our ongoing series on hawala money, we have dealt with various aspects regarding this menace. With such huge remittances into India done through hawala channels, the menace has grown bigger and what is worrying is that it has become a safe channel even for criminals and terrorists.

Former LTTE member reported missing in Jaffna

November 20, 2014 at 12:29 am

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 19 November 2014, 11:05 GMT] 31-year-old Anthonimuthu Anton Jeyaron has been reported missing since Monday, according to a complaint by his wife in Jaffna on Tuesday. The incident comes amidst Sri Lanka Army stepping up harassment of former LTTE members before Tamil Eelam Heroes Day on 27 November. The Sri Lanka Army had earlier released Mr Jeyaron after so-called rehabilitation, his wife further said. He had been in Vanni till May 2009 and surrendered to the SL military at the end of the war.

Celebrations break out at Thangachimadam-D. J. Walter Scott

November 20, 2014 at 12:18 am


Relatives celebrate at Thangachimadam after five fishermen were freed on Wednesday. Photo: L. Balachandar
The Hindu Relatives celebrate at Thangachimadam after five fishermen were freed on Wednesday. Photo: L. Balachandar

The families of fishermen thank Centre, State

40-year-old deemed ‘juvenile’ retrospectively-Krishnadas Rajagopal

November 20, 2014 at 12:08 am

Dilshad was 16 at the time of the murder; hence, legally protected under the Juvenile Act, 2000

After trial and conviction spanning 24 years, the Supreme Court on Wednesday found it was left with limited options to punish a 40-year-old murder convict — to scold him or to refer him to the local Juvenile Justice Board for a brief stint at a home for delinquent teenagers. Dilshad alias Pappu committed the murder on December 27, 1990. In the next two decades, he stood trial for murder and was convicted. His appeal before the High Court was also dismissed. In 2010, Dilshad appealed the Supreme Court, challenging his conviction.

Editorial – island.lk

November 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Power corrupts

November 19, 2014, 7:36 pm

Power corrupts as Lord Acton has famously said. But, it is not  only political power that corrupts; the public supply of electricity also does.  The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is a glaring example. Even some ministers  have shed light on its crooked power deals.

Now, it is reported that the participation of 25 CEB engineers  at a recent conference organised by the Association of the Electricity Supply  Industry in East Asia and the Western Pacific, in South Korea, has cost the  public Rs. 20 million. They are also reported to have undertaken to hold the  next conference here at a cost of Rs. 500 mn. But, the CEB claims it has no  funds to replace old transformers!

Withlove.lk connects Sri Lankan expats with loved ones

November 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm


November 19, 2014, 7:10 pm

Having understood the need for greater connectivity between Sri Lankans  living overseas and their loved ones back home, Sri Lanka’s pioneer online music  website Ananmanan.lk has launched a new e-commerce website www.withlove.lk.

Withlove.lk and Ananmanan.lk are part of MJ Innovations Pvt Ltd based in  Colombo Sri Lanka and is spearheaded by the dynamic and young CEO, Milinda  Jayasinghe. Withlove.lk has drawn synergies from its parent company, the  founding organization behind the pioneering Sri Lankan online music platform,  Ananmanan.lk which has been ranked No. 1 with a large fan following since 2003.

$45bn worth ITC Group’s investment in SL spurred by Indian authorities

November 19, 2014 at 11:12 pm


November 19, 2014, 12:00 pm article_image By Sanath Nanayakkare Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Investment Promotion Minister  Luxman Yapa Abeywardene and ITC Chairman Y.C. Deveshwar view a model of the ITC  Colombo One—the luxury hotel and residences to be built overlooking the Galle  face Green, Colombo. – Pic by Dharmasena Weliwita ‘We were encouraged by Indian authorities at the highest level to make a  significant investment in Sri Lanka and that is one of the reasons we have  decided to make an outlay of US $300 million in our maiden overseas foray in the  hospitality sector, Y.C. Deveshwar, Chairman ITC Ltd. said in Colombo yesterday.

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