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Galle Face pavement cracked days after laying

September 14, 2014 at 12:23 am

September 13, 2014, 8:08 pm article_image by Maheen Senanayake Pedestrians walking along the stretch of newly-laid pavement on  the seaside across the old Parliament have begun to notice that the reddish  brick pavement blocks laid only days ago have already cracked.

CA President, senior judge denied appointment due to quashing PSC findings – Upul

September 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

September 13, 2014, 8:01 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

Calling for judicial appointments to be made on the basis of  merit and seniority, the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL)  Upul Jayasuriya says that the senior most Judge in the Court of Appeal had been  overlooked in appointing the President of the Court because of a particular  judgement he had delivered.

CEB in a dilemma, more fisher-folk demand infrastructure development

September 14, 2014 at 12:17 am

In Norochcholai

September 13, 2014, 8:02 pm

By Ifham Nizam

Though the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) recently settled the  grievances of a section of the Norochcholai-based fishing community through a  Rs. 100 million Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project, the institution  is now facing fresh problems with more fisher-folk demanding infrastructure  development estimated to cost another Rs. 500 million, The Sunday Island learns.

Islamic State: Can its savagery be explained?

September 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm


Islamic State fighters surround captured Iraqi soldiers (14/06/14)

Since the sudden appearance of the extremist Sunni Islamic State (IS), the group has seized headlines with a shocking level of blood-letting and cruelty – but can its savagery be explained, asks Fawaz A Gerges.

The memory of hell among the sunflowers

September 13, 2014 at 11:22 pm

By Darius Bazargan BBC News

The wreckages of the Malaysia Airlines jet (18 July 2014)

Nearly 300 people died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine two months ago, possibly downed by a missile. Rescue workers, local residents and journalists rushed to the site – what they saw had a deep and lasting impact.

Scottish independence: Thousands on the streets for weekend campaign

September 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm

The BBC’s James Cook speaks to both sides on the final weekend of campaigning

Thousands of supporters of both sides in the Scottish referendum debate have taken to the streets on the final weekend before the vote.

The pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign claimed Saturday would be the “biggest day of national campaigning” Scotland has ever seen.

The Better Together campaign claimed there would be “a thousand events all across Scotland today”.

David Haines’s ‘evil murder’ condemned by PM

September 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

David Cameron’s tweet “really authenticates” the video – Andy Moore reports

The murder of David Haines was an “act of pure evil”, David Cameron has said after the release of a video appearing to show the UK hostage’s beheading.

The 44-year-old aid worker, from Perth, was kidnapped in Syria in 2013. He was being held by Islamic State militants who have already killed two Americans.

The latest video also includes a threat to kill a second British hostage.

Inside Ratan Tata’s vehicle for investment-Abhineet Kumar | Mumbai BS

September 13, 2014 at 12:03 am

The registered address of RNT Associates is 12, Bakhtavar, Mumbai. If that doesn’t ring a bell, this surely will: The firm was registered by Ratan Tata in 2009, three years before he retired as chairman of Tata Sons.
The only other director in the firm is Tata’s long-time lieutenant R K Krishna Kumar, who holds a token stake, according to registration documents sourced from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

Powers may have double talk but those who struggle should not

September 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm

[TamilNet, Thursday, 11 September 2014, 16:32 GMT] “I am convinced that if Ukraine solved its domestic problems without the use of armed forces, without the bloodshed there over the past month, without the use of heavy artillery… this tragedy would not have happened,” said Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu to visiting Malaysian defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein on Wednesday, while discussing MH 17 investigation. Whether Russia would speak in the same line and would advise its BRICS partners, especially New Delhi, to take the line in the investigation on the crimes of Sri Lanka and in the decades long militarised genocide against Eezham Tamils is what world humanity wishes to know, said Tamil activists for alternative politics in the island.

IC responsible to bring OISL to North and East: Tamil politicians

September 12, 2014 at 11:52 pm

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 September 2014, 23:18 GMT] Tamil politicians who met the British Deputy High Commissioner Lara Levis, who was on a trip to North and East, urged the diplomat to pass a message to her government and the international community to exert maximum pressure on Colombo to allow the Geneva-based OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) to visit the homeland of Eelam Tamils in the North and East of the island. “The Deputy High Commissioner, who listened to our complaints on the human rights violations of the Tamil people, was silent. We urged her to impress upon her government and the international community to enable the OISL to visit the island,” TNA parliamentarian P Selvarasa from Batticaloa said.

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