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A strategic LTTE-TNA miscalculation and events leading to eelam war IV

August 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm


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The Marga Institute and Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies  (CHA) recently launched Issues of Truth and Accountability Narrative iii Last  Stages of the War in Sri Lanka at the BMICH. Among the invitees were many  diplomats and members of the civil society. From left: Canadian High  Commissioner, Shelley Whiting, and European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka and  the Maldives, David Daly, along with diplomatic representatives from South  Africa and Australia.

The Veddas of Sri Lanka

August 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm


August 19, 2014, 7:59 pm

By Professor Malkanthi Chandrasekera

Senior Professor of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of  Peradeniya and Vice Chancellor, South Asian Institute of Technology and  Medicine, Malabe

Did the ‘Welfare State’ produce the ‘Warfare State’?

August 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm


August 19, 2014, 7:56 pm

by G. H. Peiris

The extract from the article titled ‘From Welfare State to a  Warfare State’ by Dr. Usvatte-aratchi (The Island, 15 August 2014) reproduced  below is both amusing as well as topically relevant.

Sajith UNP Dy Leader once again soon

August 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm


August 19, 2014, 10:44 pm

By Akitha Perera

UNP’s Hamban-tota District MP Sajith Premadasa would be  appointed the party’s Deputy Leader at its next Working Committee meeting, a  senior UNP MP told The Island yesterday.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would propose MP Premadasa’s  name to the post of Deputy Leader so as to ensure no other names would be  proposed by anyone, the senior MP said adding that Premadasa would be elected to  the post unanimously.

The Irish island that children learn to leave

August 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm

By John Murphy BBC Radio 4, Crossing Continents

Sheep on Achill Island

The economic crisis of 2008 drove hundreds of thousands of young Irish people from their homeland in search of work – as a result some rural communities are on the verge of dying out.

Sri Lanka visa ban won’t stop UN inquiry – Navi Pillay

August 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka’s president said that only Sri Lankan authorities could investigate allegations of war crimes

The United Nations has insisted its investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka will go ahead despite being told it will be denied visas.

There is a growing sense that Imran Khan has bitten off more than he can chew-Ajai Shukla BS

August 19, 2014 at 12:37 am


Ajai Shukla

Ajai Shukla

On the Pakistani street, there is again talk of a military coup. Threatened with a massive civil agitation against rigged elections last year, last week a needlessly panicked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif invoked Article 245 of the Constitution to draft the Army to quell the protests. With thousands of political activists (their numbers varying wildly depending upon whom one asks) camping in Islamabad and demanding the prime minister’s ouster, the Lion of Punjab let out a pitiful mewl and sent his brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, to Rawalpindi to supplicate before the Army chief, General Raheel Sharif. In this charade it is clear who is the sheriff – as always in Pakistan, the Army will have the final word on how this political confrontation is resolved.

Educationalist, veteran civil activist Varatharajan passes away

August 19, 2014 at 12:28 am

[TamilNet, Monday, 18 August 2014, 20:32 GMT] Sinnathurai Varatharajan, a popular teacher of economics, who stood with his people throughout his life, has passed away in Jaffna on Monday due to cancer-related complications at the age of 63. With his extensive knowledge on the economic potentials in the Tamil homeland, both in the North and East, Mr Varatharajan paid a particular attention to the demographic genocide being committed against the Eezham Tamils in the North and East. Apart from serving his people as an educationalist, Mr Varatharajan stepped in as a grassroots civil activist whenever his people faced a challenging time under outside occupations. Eezham Tamils are a distinct nation with their own sovereignty in the unified North and East of the island was his political stand and he advocated a confederal model as the minimum acceptable solution.

Tamil woman under SL military training dies in Jaffna, cause of death concealed

August 19, 2014 at 12:25 am

[TamilNet, Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:51 GMT] A 26-year-old Tamil woman from Mullaiththeevu, who was conscripted by the occupying SL military was admitted to Jaffna Teaching Hospital this week and died at the hospital on Thursday after a mysterious vaginal illness. The victim, Ajantha Prasath, a mother of a 6-year-old girl was from Chelvapuram in Oddu-chuddaan in Vanni.  The lone poverty-stricken mother, living with her parents, was deceived with a ‘job offer’ by the SL military three months ago on 22nd May, was under military training at Palaali base. Ajantha died of ‘vaginal cancer’ according to the controversial director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Mrs Bavany Pasupathirajah, who attended a ‘press conference’ organised by the so-called Civil Military Coordination Office on Saturday.  The dead body was burnt at Ponnakar burial grounds on Friday. The family was told on Saturday that their daughter passed away due to cancer.

Occupying SL military demolishes mosque in Trincomalee

August 19, 2014 at 12:22 am

[TamilNet, Sunday, 17 August 2014, 23:38 GMT] The occupying Sri Lankan military has demolished a mosque situated at Karumalai-oottu in Trincomalee Town and Gravets division within the past 2 days, Muslim fishermen from Trincomalee said. The mosque, established in 1926 and registered as a Jumma Mosque in 1947, has been seized by the SL military, which demarcated the area as ‘High Security Zone’ in 2009.  The land where the mosque is situated comes under the 1200 acres of lands from Prima flourmill to Karumalai-oottu, including Ve’l’lai-ma’nal and Clappenburg Bay, which are being given to China under a ‘defence related development’ project by Colombo.

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