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World War One: Kenya’s forgotten heroes

August 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

The BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza examines the role played by Kenyan soldiers in World War One

Relatives of Kenyans who fought on the British side during World War One feel they have been forgotten. The BBC’s Emmanuel Igunza visited the battlefield town of Taveta, 100 years after the war began.

Othiniel Mnene walks slowly towards a grave at one corner of a cemetery that is used by the community here. He criss-crosses a beaten path and then sits down, pointing out a grave.

“That is my grandfather’s grave. He was never the same after coming back from the war,” he tells me.

Iraq crisis: Mosul dam recaptured from militants – Obama

August 18, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Why is Iraq’s Mosul dam so important? BBC News – video

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi troops have retaken Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) militants, US President Barack Obama has said.

Mr Obama said the US helped in the operation. Air strikes targeted IS around the dam, Iraq’s largest.

He said the move was a “major step forward”, and the US had begun a long-term strategy to defeat the militants.

Gretna Green: The bit of Scotland where English people go to get married

August 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

By Esther Webber BBC News

A couple with a Gretna Green sign in the foreground

Gretna Green has been a hotspot for tying the knot since the 18th Century. But why do people still choose to walk down its many aisles?

The Scottish village of Gretna Green – population 2,700 – hosts almost two weddings per person per year.

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

August 18, 2014 at 12:35 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.

“Muslims Pose A Threat In Sri Lanka”

August 18, 2014 at 12:31 am


General secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist

“Muslims Pose A Threat In Sri Lanka”
General secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) on charges of being the mastermind of many anti-Muslim riots
Pranay Sharma                 Interviews                  Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara

Just like in Burma, the recent years have seen the unrest between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority on the upswing in Sri Lanka. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secr­etary of the Sri Lankan ultra-nationalist Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)—Sinhalese for Buddhist Power Force—actually claims to perceive an international Islamic conspiracy that aims at marginalising the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. He believes his organisation can unite all the Buddhists of the island and turn them into a nationalist force, thus countering this ‘foreseen’ Islamic threat. He has been widely accused of being the mastermind of many anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka and gained notoriety for publicly avowing his racist inclinations. He answers a series of questions posed to him by Pranay Sharma.

Sri Lanka main opposition to appoint Sajith Premadasa as deputy leader – report

August 18, 2014 at 12:20 am

Sun, Aug 17, 2014, 12:57 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 17, Colombo: Senior members of Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) have reportedly held discussions regarding a proposal to appoint the rebel party senior Sajith Premadasa as the deputy leader in an attempt to unite the party that is estranged over its leadership.

Sources close to the UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has revealed that the UNP leader is considering to appoint Premadasa as the deputy leader to unite and strengthen the party before the Uva Provincial Council elections, a report in local newspaper Ceylon Today said.

Editorial- Island.lk

August 18, 2014 at 12:16 am

Plunging interest rates & senior citizen

August 16, 2014, 6:21 pm

There is no avoiding the reality that falling interest rates,  now down to a single digit in most instances, is hurting a significant segment  of the population. The majority of those affected are senior citizen belonging  to the middle class whose heart rending pleas are published on and off in the  correspondence columns of the newspapers. They have been hit by a double whammy  as the Americans call it because on one side their incomes are falling while the  cost of living, including the prices of pharmaceutical older people need more  than the young and healthy, are spiraling dizzily.

Severe decline in Fixed Deposit Interest Rates to the Middle Class and Senior Citizens in Sri Lanka

August 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

August 16, 2014, 5:44 pm

Fixed Deposit interest rates have declined to a very low ebb. In  fact, the rates now stand at a lowly single digit. This position is, by far,  detrimental especially to those who have deposited their Provident Funds in  Fixed Deposits and the middle class citizenry.

To them it is a ‘lifeline’ and their expectations to receive a  healthy return on their deposits have been thwarted.

Subway opens its doors to the public

August 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm

August 16, 2014, 5:56 pm

Nathan Wills, Franchise-Owners and Chairman, Subway Development  Pvt Ltd. Sri Lanka presenting a foot long Subway Sandwich.

Subway, the world renowned chain of restaurants widely popular  for its signature submarines made its entry to the Sri Lankan market with the  opening of the first Subway outlet at No 347, R A De Mel Mawatha, Kollupitiya on  August 12, 2014. The restaurant officially opened its doors to the public at  midday followed by an array of exciting events to mark the inception of its  journey in the Island nation. Starting from the 12th, Subway will be open to the  pubic every day from 9.00 am until 11.00 pm.

Merril accuses some Lankan tea traders of harming national interest in Russia

August 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Permitting foreigners to develop Pure Ceylon Tea labels a big  mistake

August 16, 2014, 5:41 pm

In an “I told you so” statement in the annual report of Ceylon  Tea Services PLC (CTS), Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando, has said that Lankan  tea traders had helped Russian traders to develop their own brands “much against  saner advice not to do so.”

Fernando has said that the sensible thing to do would have been  to develop jointly owned brand names and he has over the last 10 years pointed  out the dangers to the long term interest of Ceylon tea of allowing foreigners  to develop private Pure Ceylon Tea labels.

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