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Into the heart of Saradiel country

October 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

 

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Utuwankande is where the legendary Saradiel roamed and for photographer Stefan D’Silva this rocky hideout is one of those forgotten places which he feels must be documented before it falls under the tide of modernisation. Though based in Australia, Stefan has a strong passion for his roots and is currently in the process of compiling a series of books about Sri Lanka; the third of which, ‘Places Once Denied’, was launched a few months ago.

Wignes: Star of northern hopes

October 18, 2013 at 5:11 pm

 

 

Heavens be praised! At long last the whole pantheon of Hindu gods have showered their manifold blessings on Lanka’s Tamils by manifesting in the form of former Supreme Court Judge Vishwalingam Wigneswaran a messiah to lead them to the promised land.

What a contrast from the bloodthirsty demon who usurped the mantle of Tamil leadership by exterminating all who stood in his way, at whose bloody satanic altar thousands were slaughtered in a elusive quest to establish an utopian Eelam on Lankan soil.

Editorial – Island.lk

October 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Human rights as a cover

October 18, 2013, 8:30 pm

India’s participation at next month’s CHOGM in Colombo is still  in the balance and speculation is rife that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh  may skip it.

The Sri Lankan government, no doubt, deserves most of the flak  it receives and should get its act together on the human rights front instead of  venting its spleen on its critics. If not for pressure Britain has brought to  bear on it in the run-up to the Colombo CHOGM the killers of a British citizen  would have been handled with kid gloves. But, the fact remains that it is not  human rights concerns that have prompted Canada to boycott CHOGM and India to  dillydally on its participation.

Understanding State Racism

October 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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by Izeth Hussain

The greatest enemy of the Sinhalese is not the Tamil or the  Muslim or the Indian or the Westerner. The greatest enemy of the Sinhalese is  the Sinhalese State racist. As I explained in my article Reflections on State  Racism in The Island of October 12 the Sinhalese State racist has his hands on  the levers of State power, and he can deploy State power together with his  associates both within and outside the network of the State. Because of the  enormous State power that he can wield, he is an infinitely more noxious  creature than the average Sinhalese racist. His ostensible enemies are the  Tamils, the Muslims, the Indians and the Westerners. But he has harmed the  Sinhalese most of all. And, unless he is stopped from proceeding merrily with  his further depredations, he can even bring about the break-up of Sri Lanka.

Much ado about CHOGM

October 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

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Much has been said concerning Sri Lanka hosting the approaching  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A significant part of the  discussion has been with regard to Canada’s decision to boycott CHOGM. In his  official statement Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that:

Sub-Inspectors of Police in the vintage era

October 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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by Bandula Seneviratne

The period referred to as the vintage era was between 1955 and  1965. During this period, the post of Sub-Inspector of Police was a much sought  after Job. To apply for the post, young men who passed the S.S.C. (Senior School  Certificate) exam with English as a subject was a pre-requisite. There were also  physical requirements of height and the girth of the chest deflated, were  compulsory. Applicants who fialed to meet those requirements were rejected.

British House of Lords pound on Lanka’s human rights record during C’wealth debate

October 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

 

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The members of the House of Lords of the British parliament on  Thursday pounded on Sri Lanka’s human rights issues during the debate on the  future of the Commonwealth, in light of Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads  of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November, according to a story published by the  Lankapage news website.

The Lankapage story filed from London said: Lord Richard Luce  introducing the debate said Sri Lanka’s human rights record in recent times has  been disappointing and the UK government has made it clear that it expects to  see at CHOGM concrete progress on human rights, judicial independence, free and  fair regional elections and proper access and freedom of movement for civil  society and the media.

Police to act against orphanage warden if evidence surfaces

October 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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The Police Media Unit yesterday said that action could be taken  against the chief Warden of the Etambagaskada Temple Orphanage, in Vavuniya,  only if there was evidence of sexual abuse of the wards.

Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said that they were in the  process of recording statements from the wards. There were 22 of them in the  orphanage.

Lankans guzzle 234 mn litres of firewater

October 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

 govt. rakes in a cool  Rs. 565 mn as tax

October 18, 2013, 9:49 pm

By Ajith Alahakoon

Sri Lankans have consumed 234,019,903 liters of liquor last  year, according to the statistics published in the latest Administrative Report  of the Commissioner General of Excise.

The report says that the government has earned a tax revenue of  Rs. 565,188,544 from both foreign and local liquor during the year.

Sri Lankans have guzzled 1,515,439 litres of gin, 123,556,629  litres of beer, 1,114,000 litres of whisky, 6,794,382 litres of brandy,  17,325,918 litres of toddy and 82,169,059 litres of arrack.

The report says only statistics provided by the licenced liquor  industry have been taken into account in arriving at the aforesaid figures.

 

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Packer confirms investing in gambling resort

October 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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Australian gaming billionaire James Packer yesterday confirmed  to the Australian Stock Exchange that he would invest USD 400 million in a  five-star gambling resort in Sri Lanka, according to international media  reports.


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