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Muslim Council deplores reports of al-Qaeda moving into Asia

September 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

September 5, 2014, 10:13 pm

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) said yesterday that it  was very concerned about news reports that Al-Qaeda was establishing its South  Asia front.

Noting that the “violent terrorist group IS” had earlier  announced that it was targeting the Indian sub-continent the MCSL said “We have  witnessed the terror and destruction that have been caused to our partners in  SAARC, Afghanistan and Pakistan by the Al-Qaeda and the destruction the Islamic  State (IS) is causing to world peace. Therefore the presence of such violent  groups should not be allowed at any cost in Sri Lanka or any of our neighbouring  countries.

ITAK betraying its founder for selfish gains – TULF Gen. Secy

September 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

September 5, 2014, 10:13 pm Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) V.  Anandasangaree says the revival of the Ilangai Tamil ArasuKadchi (ITAK) was done  at the behest of the LTTE in 2003 and, therefore, being associated with it is  tantamount to insulting the late S. J. V. Chelvanayagama, who founded the ITAK  but later changed its name to Tamil United Liberation Front.

UNP: 14,000 graduates, 10,000 officials involved in UPFA polls campaign

September 5, 2014 at 8:55 pm

September 5, 2014, 10:07 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

About 14,000 graduates recruited by the government and 10,000  Samurdhi Niyamakas had been forced to do political work for the UPFA at the  ongoing Uva Provincial Council Election, the UNP charged yesterday.

War Crimes probe: Prince al-Hussein to present oral report on Sept 24

September 5, 2014 at 8:53 pm

*GoSL has opportunity to counter allegations  in Geneva

September 5, 2014, 10:06 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Sri Lanka has decided against cooperating with the ongoing UN  investigation into alleged atrocities committed during the war against the LTTE,  but it will get an opportunity at the 27th Geneva human rights session later  this month to counter allegations against political leadership as well as the  military.

The cooked-up story-rashmi pratap

September 5, 2014 at 1:11 am
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Scotland may just decide to break free -Vidya Ram

September 5, 2014 at 12:22 am

The referendum on independence could go the ‘Yes’ way, with the poorer Scots backing it the most

September 4, 2014:

With less than two weeks to go to the Scottish referendum, there seems little doubt that the “Yes” campaign stands a fighting chance of victory. Once written off by many, particularly in England, as the voice of a discontented minority, the movement for independence has rapidly been gaining ground. After publishing a poll placing the pro-Union “Better Together” (No) campaign at just six percentage points ahead of its rival, the Times of London warned that the Union was on a “knife edge” (in early February, the polling agency YouGov had put the No campaign 22 percentage points ahead).

Editorial- Island.lk

September 5, 2014 at 12:10 am

A psycho gets his just deserts

September 4, 2014, 7:35 pm

A cold-blooded brute in the garb of a doctor has been sentenced  to death for raping and murdering a poor garment factory girl, Chamila  Dissanayake (23), at the Negombo General Hospital in November 2007. Having  sexually assaulted and strangled her to death, Dr. Indika Sudarshan Balage  plunged her body out of the sixth floor of a hospital building where he had his  apartment in a bid to make the incident look like a case of suicide.

196 Anniversary of the Kurana Methodist Society and 127th Jubilee of the Kurana Methodist Church

September 5, 2014 at 12:05 am


September 4, 2014, 7:32 pm

by S. Basil Fernando

The Kurana Methodist church is situated at Kurana-Katunayake facing the  Colombo Negombo highway. The Methodist of Kurana commemorated these dual  anniversaries from 31st August to 7th September 2014. The Message of Methodism  was first brought to Kurana in 1818 just four years after the arrival of the  first missionaries in our island in 1814. Rev Robert Newstead visited Kurana on  horse back and took the first step of spreading the message in the area. When  observing the social and cultural background of the village at that time it  becomes evident that an established religion did not prevail in the  Kurana-Katunayake area prior to 1818. It is in this context that the propagation  of Methodism in the village becomes unique.

Visiting Anuradhapura: pros and cons

September 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm


September 4, 2014, 7:31 pm

by Vijaya Jayasuriya

Anuradhapura is perhaps one fine sacred site that a Buddhist may frequent in  his long journey in ‘Samsara’ towards the ultimate goal of Nibbana as preached  by the great teacher the Buddha. Visiting the city for the umpteenth time the  other day our party happened to experience the usual set-up of serenity and  tranquility ideal for true pilgrims though sometimes hampered by ignorant  visitors.

Bala, Sam, guns and roses

September 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm


September 4, 2014, 8:24 pm

Former Secretary General of Parliament and later Ombudsman, Mr  Sam Wijesinghe passed away last Sunday, the 31st August, aged 93. The following  day, Monday the 1st of Sept, Veteran Trade Union leader Comrade Bala Tampoe  passed away aged 92. Both men led exemplary lives with unblemished integrity  which are very rare qualities found with the present day leaders. Both men were  not identified for honourary doctorates by any of our seats of learning that  lavishly dish out titles to the haughty toity.

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