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Majority Tamil Councillors from North, East request OHCHR to investigate genocide

August 19, 2014 at 12:21 am

[TamilNet, Monday, 18 August 2014, 07:36 GMT] “Tamil people strongly believe that they have been, and continue to be subjected to Genocide by Sri Lanka […]  Systematic Sinhalese settlements and demographic changes with the intent to destroy the Tamil Nation are taking place. We request the OHCHR investigative team to look into the pattern of all the atrocities against the Tamil people, and to determine if Genocide has taken place,” states a joint letter by the majority of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and Tamil opposition councillors form the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC).  28 elected Eezham Tamil councillors from the 38-member Northern Provincial Council (NPC) and 5 of 11 opposition Tamil National Alliance members from the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC) have sent the letter to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay on Monday.

Relentless international pressure on Sri Lanka is absolutely harmful to country – Minister Peiris

August 19, 2014 at 12:17 am

Tue, Aug 19, 2014, 11:03 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Minister of External Affairs Prof G.L. Peiris Monday said that the relentless international pressure on Sri Lanka to probe alleged human rights violations is not only unhelpful, but is also absolutely harmful to the country.

Addressing the Defense Ministry organized Defense Seminar 2014 at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo as the Chief Guest, the Minister explained that the optics of engagement in a local process will take “the wind out of the sails” of the international process and that is the real reason there is reluctance or hesitation to engage in the local process.

Editorial- Island.lk

August 19, 2014 at 12:12 am

Promising police

August 18, 2014, 7:33 pm

Khaki-clad Rip Van Winkles have risen from their slumber once  again following two Wild-West-style shooting incidents which left a youth dead  and a schoolboy seriously injured on Sunday in Ratmalana and Wellampitiya  respectively. The gunmen came, they shot and they went whence they had come.

The police yesterday vowed to launch a special operation to  seize illegal firearms in Colombo and sought public assistance for that purpose.  People, no doubt, have to cooperate with the police. But, what have the  guardians of the law been doing all these years? They should have clamped down  on the proliferation of firearms years ago. Had they cracked down on the  underworld immediately after the conclusion of the war, their raids would have  yielded the desired results by now. Instead, they have been conducting limited  operations half-heartedly against criminal gangs.

ADB tells Sri Lanka: Focus infrastructure development on needy areas

August 19, 2014 at 12:08 am

August 18, 2014, 5:10 pm

By Ifham Nizam

The Asian Development Bank(ADB) recognizes that Sri Lanka should  prioritize its investiments in physical infrastructure development, a top ADB  official said.

Sri Widowati, Country Director, ADB – Sri Lanka Resident  Mission, speaking at the 21st Sri Lanka-Indonesia Business Council annual  general meeting in Colombo last Wednesday said Sri Lanka needs to focus on  physical infrastructure development, which she termed as the major focus in the  country’s current development strategy under the Mahinda Chintana.

Floods and droughts in Sri Lanka – a sustainable solution

August 19, 2014 at 12:04 am


August 18, 2014, 7:26 pm

Dr. Janaka Ratnasiri

Continued from yesterday

Climate change impacts

The occurrence of extreme climatic events such as droughts,  floods, land-slides, cyclones is not limited to Sri Lanka. Many countries world  over have reported such extreme events causing many casualties during the recent  past. It is the general consensus that the occurrence of such extreme events  could be due to the anticipated climate change caused by global warming  resulting from the uncontrolled emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the  atmosphere. The burning of coal in thermal power plants and oil in vehicles and  industries are the main sources of these emissions, comprising mainly carbon  dioxide.

Opposition cooperation necessary for credibility in tackling international probe

August 19, 2014 at 12:03 am


August 18, 2014, 6:48 pm

The Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph

By Jehan Perera

The government is financing more lobbying companies in the US to  change the minds of the US leadership. It has been the United States that has  been most strongly pushing for an international investigation into the conduct  of the last phase of the war. But it is not going to be so easy as influencing  the President of the United States through lobbying companies. For the  government’s efforts to be successful it has to show progress in two areas that  convinces the international community. First, it has to come up with a superior  alternative to the UN investigation that is now underway. Second, it has to show  that it is serious about practices of good governance that will support such an  alternative mechanism. However, the government is having setbacks in both areas  which is not a recipe for success, but is one for failure.

Peraka Doru Bena; Proctor son-in-law

August 18, 2014 at 11:35 pm


August 18, 2014, 7:03 pm

During the ‘70s, the Magistrate Court was an interesting place.  Most of the lawyers read anything other than the law books, they were compelled  to read. The legal profession was supposed to be a learned profession. But most  lawyers never learnt the law or had any other interest other than making money.  MW was one of the few lawyers who had some knowledge of literature and art. When  they sat around the small round table in the lawyers Chambers no juniors were  allowed to sit in those exclusive chairs, until Stanley Thilakaratne broke the  age old tradition.

Rainwater Harvesting

August 18, 2014 at 11:29 pm


August 18, 2014, 6:49 pm

Rainwater harvesting is not a new concept to Sri Lanka, even  though some organizations including NGOs are trying to promote and popularize  it. Their interest is welcome. The concept behind what our far seeing great  kings did by constructing beautiful cascading tank systems in the dry zone of  the country was nothing but rainwater harvesting on a huge scale. Those tank  systems catered to every water need of the people including drinking, bathing,  washing and most of all agriculture.

Uva: UPFA bigwigs’ references to Harin irk Shasheendra, claims UNP

August 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

August 19, 2014, 12:00 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

The UPFA’s Uva Chief Ministerial candidate Shasheendra Rajapaksa  has complained to President Mahinda Rajapaksa that some ruling party Ministers  and MPs were promoting the UNPs Chief Ministerial candidate Harin Fernando by  their actions.

NSC tells IGP to stop his men providing platforms for attacks on Muslims

August 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm

August 19, 2014, 7:47 am


By Zacki Jabbar

The National Shoora Council(NSC) has requested an urgent meeting with the  Inspector General of Police N. K. Illangakoon to discuss what it says is the  role of the Police Department in providing unlawful platforms to ridicule the  Muslims, dress code of their women, religious and cultural practices and  Mosques.

President of the NSC, Tariq Mahmud in a communication to the IGP says that a  meeting Organised by the SSP, Mt. Lavinia and held at the S. D. S Jayasinghe  Hall, Dehiwala  on August 4, 2014 on the guise of being an inter faith  dialogue had been used by four extremist Buddhist monks to incite hatred and  contempt for Muslims and Islam, in violation of the country’s laws.

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