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Opposition to vote against Casino gazette

October 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

October 18, 2013, 9:47 pm

By Ajith Alahakoon

The Opposition has decided to vote against two gazette  notifications for setting up of casino and gaming centres when they are taken up  in Parliament on Thursday (24).

Some government members have also expressed opposition to the  gazettes and the Jathika Hela Urumaya is scheduled to announce its position next  Monday.

KP alleges TNA hardliners trying to cause chaos

October 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Chava PS resolution to rebuild LTTE cemeteries

October 18, 2013, 9:46 pm

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Velupillai Prabhakaran’s successor, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, aka  KP, yesterday said that hardliners in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would  try to cause new issues to derail the ongoing reconciliation process.

Tamil-Muslim Rapprochement Is The Need Of The Hour

October 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

By Aboobacker Rameez –

Aboobacker Rameez

The recent months of Sri Lankan politics have witnessed Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sweeping overwhelmingly the Northern Provincial election (NPC) held for the first time in the history of Sri Lankan politics. Surprisingly, the new chief minister, CV Wigneswaran, recently taking oath before the president sent shockwaves to rabbles and those who opposed the NPC election in the South, while displaying a potent political gesture to the Southern political leaders, especially the government.

The appointment of Mr Azmin Ayoob, a member of People Movement for Good Governance’s (PMGG) party under the bonus seat of the TNA and his inclusion as an advisory council member of a ministry of NPC and the first visit that the NPC Chief Minster took along with his TNA delegation to Jaffna Mohammadiya Mosque yesterday underlines an unprecedented symbolic political gesture extended towards the Muslims by the TNA to build bridges between the Tamils and Muslims in the North and the East. It was reported that CM highlighted the urgent need of the Tamil Muslim rapprochement at the meeting. Violence against Muslims including their forceful eviction from Northern Province, the intermittent killings of Muslims even at the Mosques in the Eastern province committed by the Tamil armed rebels and the resultant reaction of Muslims with the support of government forces in1990s served to drive a wedge between the Tamils and Muslims during the height of the war. This has deepened the Tamil and Muslim political schism at the national and regional level. However, the latest turn of events that occurred in the post war era heralded a scenario that posited the renewal of Tamil and Muslim rapprochement in the North and East.

In Nimalaruban’s Case The De Facto CJ Holds That Inquiry Into A Prison Death Will Encourage Prisoners To Riot – AHRC

October 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm

The Asian Human Rights Commission appeals to the Bar Association and the general public to pay attention and to make intervention to stop this scandalous situation manifested in the case of Ganeshan Nimalaruban and which is also developing as the general trend in the Supreme Court.


Issuing a statement the AHRC said; “The Asian Human Rights Commission categorically states that the dismissal of the petition on behalf of Ganeshan Nimalaruban is absolutely wrong and is a clear denial of the rights of the petitioner as a parent. It is also a denial of the rights of the citizens as a whole as this mode of conduct of a judicial inquiry sets a precedent which would be detrimental to every future case that may come before a court.”

State Chauvinism & The Tamil National Question

October 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm


| by Nesan Shankar Raji
( October 17, 2013, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) The 1987 Indian imposed 13th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution under the ill-fated Indo-Lanka Accord was never something that both the Tamil groups (LTTE, EROS, TELO, EPRLF and PLOTE) and the Sinhalese chauvinist political lobby were able to digest nor were they willing to except for obvious reasons. In other words both the Indian former Indian Premier late Rajiv Gandhi and late Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayawardene knew as did their advisors that the 13th Amendment was fundamentally flawed and a flawed “expanding theory”.
The Indian administration at that time under late Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi made full use of the Sri Lankan Tamil political crisis for their own strategic, economic and political advantage. Given that India had close ties to Russia (former USSR); India did not want the West particularly the USA or Britain interfering in internal Sri Lankan state political affairs or for either the USA or Britain establishing an Air Force or Naval base in Trincomalee or Jaffna being their own back yard.

One week- Two oath ceremonies for lucky Vigneswaran

October 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm
Posted by Sri Lanka Guardian
 | by Janaka Alahapperuma
( October 17, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Newly elected Chief Minister of the Northern Province C.V.Vigneshwaran was sworn in once again for more ministerial portfolios of the provincial council this morning (17 Oct) at the Presidential Secretariat. The Chief Minister took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa. This is the first time in history that a chief minister took oaths twice in a week. Earlier Wigneswaran was sworn in as the Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister on the 11th of October.

Sham Death Sentence to Tangalle Killers for Prince Charles’ Benefit!

October 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm


( October 17, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Yet another government sham is being planned under which Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana and the other six accused in the killing of British tourist Khurram Shaikh and the raping of his female companion are to be indicted today (17) and the court hearing against them is to conclude before the Colombo CHOGM, with the accused being ‘sentenced to death.’

Indian policeman’s tattoo helps reunite Mumbai family

October 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Indian police commando, Ganesh Raghunath Dhangade (R), shows a tattoo to his family in Thane district on the outskirts of Mumbai on October 16, 2013. Mr Dhangade’s mother (left) screamed for joy when she realised who he was

A policeman in the Indian city of Mumbai who became lost in a crowded railway station as a child has been reunited with his family after 24 years, thanks to a distinctive tattoo.

Ganesh Raghunath Dhangade was six when he was separated from his parents as he boarded a train.

Mumbai gang-rape victim collapses while giving evidence

October 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Women protest against the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai The attack on a photojournalist in Mumbai has triggered widespread protests

A woman who was gang-raped in the Indian city of Mumbai in August has fainted in court while giving evidence.

The photojournalist, who was attacked while on assignment in a deserted mill, was taken to a local hospital.

London Mayor Boris Johnson sparks Chinese interest

October 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

By Celia Hatton BBC News, Beijing

London Mayor Boris Johnson views the Shanghai skyline from The Bund as he arrives in the Chinese city for the second part of a week long visit to China to promote trade between the far east and London, 16 October 2013 Mr Johnson has been attracting much attention over the course of his trip

Boris Johnson rode a rental bicycle through crowds of admirers, travelled on the Beijing subway and made a speech which mentioned Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and James Bond. Along the way, the mayor of London managed to impress legions of young fans in China.

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