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Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil with MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe…..

December 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm

December 30, 2013, 7:20 am

Colombo Mayor A.J.M. Muzammil with MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe at a function  held at Campbell Park on Saturday to announce his wife, Ferouza’s bid for the  Western Provincial Council. Mrs. Muzammil sits next to the Mayor (pic by Saman  Ranaweera)

Search for more skeletal remains continue: Forensic examinations underway In Mannar

December 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

December 28, 2013, 5:33 pm


Yesterday’s pictures of the unmarked grave site being further  dug up in search of more skeletal remains.

Text and pics by Subasinghe Bandara in Manthotai,Thiruketheeswaram,Mannar

The search for more skeletal remains was continuing at Manthotai in  the Mannar area yesterday.

Indo-Lanka ties in 2013 affected by Tamil issue – PTI

December 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

India-Sri Lanka ties in 2013 were affected by differences over alleged rights abuses in the war against the LTTE and giving political rights to Tamils, even as Colombo held provincial polls after 25 years in the Tamil-dominated north as part of reconciliation. Hosting the Commonwealth

Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November brought Sri Lanka back in international spotlight with some leaders boycotting the summit over the country’s human rights record.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh skipped the summit due to stiff opposition from political parties in Tamil Nadu, demanding a “total boycott” over the Tamil issue and their political rights, four years after the Sri Lankan troops crushed Tamil rebels fighting for a separate homeland.

Sri Lanka Navy finds GPS equipment in arrested Indian fishermen’s boats

December 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Sun, Dec 29, 2013, 09:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan Navy personnel have arrested another 22 Tamil Nadu fishermen today for allegedly poaching in Sri Lankan waters and seized their six boats, according to fisheries officials from Tamil Nadu state of India.

Sri Lankan Naval patrol craft attached to the Northern Naval Command have arrested the fishermen from Jagadapattinam in Pudukottai District of Tamil Nadu for illegally fishing in the Northern seas off Delft Island.

Sri Lankan farmers to go before Human Rights Commission against extending age limit to receive pension

December 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Sun, Dec 29, 2013, 10:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 29, Colombo: Farmers island wide will go before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) against the government’s move to extend the age limit for farmers to receive their pension to 63 years from the former limit of 60 years.

The All Ceylon Farmers’ Federation said it has initiated a process for farmers to complain to the Human Rights Commission for the violation of farmers’ rights.

Industrial estate in former Sri Lanka war zone to be opened in January 2014

December 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Sun, Dec 29, 2013, 09:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 29, Colombo:  The first stage of the Atchchuvely Industrial Estate, the first industrial zone in former war zone in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province will be completed before end of January 2014, the Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda said.

The first Green Industrial Zone in the country extending over an area of 64 acres will be developed in two stages and 24 acres will be fully developed under the first stage before the end of next month.

Sri Lankan President to visit Israel and Palestine next month

December 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Sun, Dec 29, 2013, 11:33 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 29, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa accompanied by a top delegation will leave for Israel and Palestine on an official visit in January.

During his four-day visit the President will spend two days in Israel and two days in Palestine, the state-run radio reported.

During his visit the President is scheduled to meet Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas, President’s spokesperson Mohan Samaranayake has confirmed.

Local contacts of visiting Indian journalist exposed to TID interrogators in Colombo

December 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 29 December 2013, 21:34 GMT] In one of the strongest investigations and monitoring conducted so far on a foreign journalist visiting the island, the experienced interrogators of the notorious ‘Terrorist Investigation Department’ of Colombo had not only confiscated the electronic and non-electronic possessions from the young journalist from Tamil Nadu, but also monitored and traced all his contacts from the moment he landed at Colombo airport for the second time, informed media sources in Colombo told TamilNet Sunday. In the meantime 22-year-old Maga Thamizh Prabhagaran, when contacted by TamilNet after his deportation to Chennai, said he was subjected to ‘psychological torture’ like condition at the hands of the TID interrogators in Colombo and that the TID had his Tamil book of his first visit translated when they questioned him on his affiliations.


December 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm


To establish a program to provide Technology Education stream for Advanced Level students in the Northern Province  at St. John’s College, Jaffna.


This year, the government of Sri Lanka has introduced the Technology Stream as the fourth stream for the G.C.E A/L students. The in-depth training and studies in the technical field which were limited to institutes outside schools and traditional universities for the past several years have now been introduced into the school syllabus.  

The More Things Change-Dearton Thomas Hector

December 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm


Rohit Bansal, Co-Founder & COO, Snapdeal, Chaitanya Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Juvalia & You India

Rohit Bansal, Co-Founder & COO, Snapdeal, Chaitanya Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Juvalia & You India and Dhruv Gupta, Founder & CEO, GKBOptical.com Photo: Vivan Mehra/www.indiatodayimages.com

Things did not turn out the way Mahavir Tyagi had expected. He went into Mahatma Gandhi’s room expecting a pat on the back. The evening had been a success. Residents of the girls school Gandhi and his team, including Tyagi, had visited, put their hesitation aside and jostled one another to contribute to the freedom movement. They shoved coins, currency notes, necklaces, bangles, anklets and earrings into Gandhi’s cupped hands and touched his feet. Some of it fell on the ground, some rolled under the crumpled durrie. But they combed the place and what they took back to the camp was a tidy sum.

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