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SL military deploys clustered-houses for Sinhala colonisation in Jaffna

August 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 August 2014, 23:34 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military, which has fenced off several thousands of acres of lands belonging to Eezham Tamils and have bulldozed the public and private buildings, has now started to put up clustered houses, says Deputy Chairman of Valikaamam North Piratheasa Chapai (PS) Sageevan Sanmugalingam, who is also the president Valikaamam North Uprooted People’s Welfare Society.  The people who have visited their properties along the line of the fence, which has been put up from Vasaavi’laan West to Achchuveali, also confirmed the report.  SL military deployed clustered houses are visible from the fence bordering the occupied Sinhala Military Zone (SMZ) in Valikaamam North. 

No general elections in Sri Lanka at least for another year

August 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Tue, Aug 19, 2014, 10:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has affirmed that there will be no General Election at least for another year.

President Rajapaksa has announced this while addressing the Parliamentary Team meeting last night (18) at Presidential Secretariat Office, national news agency Lankapuvath reported.

Sri Lanka last held general elections in April 2010.

Editorial – island.lk

August 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

TNA twisting the knife?

August 19, 2014, 8:04 pm

In an unexpected turn of events, a group of 33 TNA Provincial  Councillors has written to the outgoing UNHRC Chief Navi Pillay calling for  expanding the UNHRC war crimes probe to inquire into the atrocities allegedly  committed by the SLFP and UNP governments against the Tamils since 1974. Their  objective, as stated in their letter, is to have the UN ascertain whether  genocide was committed here. They want the UNHRC to operate from Tamil Nadu in  conducting the probe as Sri Lanka has refused to cooperate. (They seem to have  forgotten that India, too, has denied the UNHRC permission to use its soil for  the war crimes investigation against Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu has no say in the  matter.)

Floods and droughts in Sri Lanka – a sustainable solution

August 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm


August 19, 2014, 12:00 pm

Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri

Continued from yesterday

Kalu Ganga surplus water

Next to Mahaweli, Kalu Ganga discharges the highest amount of  water to the sea. A power plant with capacity 70 MW has been built on one of its  tributaries Kukule Ganga. Originally, the plan was to build a large reservoir  there by constructing a high dam, with the view to taking water to the  South-East along a canal referred to as the South-East Dry Zone (SEDZ) canal,  comprising part tunnel and part open duct, and running along the 120 m contour.  Since there had been public protests because of the large extent of land getting  inundated including Kalawana Town and also due to environmental concerns being  close to the UNESCO Heritage site Sinharaja Forest, the original proposal was  dropped. Hence, only a small pond for operating the power plant as a  run-of-the-river system was built at the site.

Hidden Dangers of certain Private Sector Health Services

August 19, 2014 at 7:38 pm


August 19, 2014, 8:28 pm

I am deeply grateful to Dr. Upali Illangasekera, a highly  respected physician and teacher of Medicine, for the observations he has made in  a communication titled ‘Gymnasia and Hidden Dangers’ published in The Island of  19 August 2014. I sincerely hope that the authorities of the health care system,  those providing the services referred to by Dr. Ilangasekera, and the general  public will devote attention to the warnings from such an authoritative and well  intentioned source. However, without in any way intending to divert attention  from what he has said, I would, as a layman, point to another potentially  disastrous danger associated with the conditions in the cluster of private  sector ‘Channelled Consultancy’ service outlets located adjacent to the western  gateway of the bustling city centre of Kandy where Dr. Illangasekera himself has  served over many years.

‘Fake’ journals are becoming popular among Sri Lankan scholars!

August 19, 2014 at 7:36 pm


August 19, 2014, 8:29 pm

In my searches for journal articles written about Sri Lanka  during the last few weeks, I have found several articles written on different  topics in a range of disciplines, some of which were published in online  journals the credibility of which is dubious. It is therefore important to know  how to identify credible journals for the publication of scholarly articles.

The pressure on university academics, especially younger ones,  to publish has become a reality in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere in the world, due to  the use of publications as a criterion for evaluating applications for  promotion.

Cops seeking justice’ – A response

August 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm

August 19, 2014, 8:28 pm

The Editorial in The Island of 30th July 2014, and a feature  article in the Sunday Lankadipa of 3rd August 2014 among other Newspapers and TV  broadcasts have highlighted action taken against Police Constable Sumith  Kumarawansa, attached to the Borella Police Station. These news items call to  question several aspects in the administration of the Police Department.

On the one hand there are allegations of insubordination,  disobedience to orders, neglect of duty and passing information to the media,  against constable Sumith. On the other hand constable Sumit levels allegations  of harassment and corruption against Senior Police Officers.

Rainwater harvesting and storage: Solving drinking water problem and preventing CKDU

August 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm

August 19, 2014, 8:26 pm


By Ranjit Mulleriyawa

The recent drought has caused untold hardship to people in the  dry zone depriving them of even drinking water. Still, when a sudden shower of  rain did fall on these parched lands, what did we see? Precious rainwater-one of  the cleanest forms of drinking water- running off the roofs of houses while the  people living within were thirsting for this same commodity. Some areas (such as  Mihintale) received over 100 mm of rain within a few hours last Saturday  (Aug.16th). If only the residents in these drought stricken villages had the  means to collect and store this water running off their roofs, their problem  would have been solved.

Unite against the west

August 19, 2014 at 7:25 pm


August 19, 2014, 8:00 pm

By Nalin de Silva

What is the most important function of a government of any  country? The governments whether elected according to western democracy or not  have to look after the security of the state and maintain the sovereignty of the  nation. The other functions of the governments include providing health,  education, employment, food, childcare, and maintaining democracy, freedom of  expression, individual rights are all secondary. What is the use of democracy if  we can elect only stooges of the west as the Presidents, Prime Ministers etc.? 

Panel discussion on India under Modi:

August 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm


Relevance for the region and the world

Some notes and afterthoughts

August 19, 2014, 8:02 pm


(From L) Prof. Supun Das Gupta, Dr. Shehadari Chari , H.M. G. S.  Palihakkara,Dr. Subramaniam Swamy,Dr. Surath Prabhu and Prof. Madhave Nalapat

By Jagath C. Savanadasa

It was a rare occasion and Colombo’s intellectual elite was  present in full strength – indeed a wide variety of them including some leading  politicians from both sides of the divide not an ideological divide as in the  old days but divided by the parties they represented. The business community  somewhat unusually was there in a big way perhaps in anticipation of the  economic information they could gather, besides a host of academics and  professionals.

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