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News Archive for Apr 2013

Casinos conflict with culture of Sri Lanka – Relocate them elsewhere
Shenali Waduge
The religious texts of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam all explicitly prohibit and discourages gambling and other such related vices. Nevertheless, numerous casinos have been operating in Sri Lanka over the years. It has now emerged that one of the world’s biggest and most famous casino operators is eyeing on setting up a mega casino complex in the heart of Colombo. A common census amongst the 3 main communities of Sri Lanka would like that due respect must be given to the cultures and values most of us still wish to uphold and would like to propose that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/13)

The forum expresses disappointment over Canadian Government stance on Sri Lanka
CANADIAN SOUTH ASIAN FOR PEACE UNITY FORUM PRESS RELEASE
We observed Prime Minister Stephen Harper's stint at possibly changing the venue for November, 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka.  We also observed Foreign Minister John Baird's immature biased statements highlighting a misguided Canadian foreign policy.  It is further appalling to understand the real driving force behind this current trend that wishes to cause unnecessary harm to a tiny nation that is slowly recovering from a post colonial conflict which lasted over 30 odd years. True reconciliation starts with all actors and characters... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/13)

“Thank you, US. Sri Lanka has more than two provinces that need help”
Asada M Erpini
A news report titled “U.S. support for community development in Eastern Sri Lanka”, which appeared in the media on 30 April, talks of the assistance given by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build a public market and a bus station in Batticaloa. It mentions further that USAID previously supported Pollumalai through healthcare improvement programs and community services. To accompany the story, there is naturally the picture of the gleaming US Ambassador, who obviously will be a darling of the people of the Eastern Province. Sri Lankans are grateful to the US, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/13)

Questions on the “Chef”- Student “Kumar” Enigma
Kanthar P Balanathan
28th April 2013 Mr Trevor Grant Spokesman Tamil Refugee Council Dear Mr Trevor Grant It has befitted crucial to write, as stories emanating from the Tamil quadrants have reached beyond veracity. I am a SriLankan born Tamil, but a patriotic Australian, and I can confidently affirm that I comprehend our (Tamil & Sinhalese) culture, customs and behavioural patterns more than anyone else outside our ethnic group or in any NGOs. I would like to discuss with you on the matter of SriLanka, “Kumar”, and “Refugees” in general, and I appreciate a reply from you. If I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

Prabakaran kept India out of Sri Lanka - why are we not doing the same?
 Shenali Waduge
India admits that initial training for Tamil militant groups including LTTE was given by India and that training continued from post 1983 to 1987 which is why the Indian Government took pains to remove details of India’s training from the Jain Commission report. Be that as it may, Prabakaran never trusted India and ensured India was always kept in its place though India was able to fool successive Sri Lankan Governments and probably continues to do so. Ironically, if ever patriotic Sri Lankan needs to be thankful at all to Prabakaran – that is for keeping India... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

How to handle Western Media
S de Silve - London
Well, I have been a consistent critic of the incompetencies of the GoSL in the past in the handling of Western media.  However when the GoSL does it much better I need to applaud that  too – and there is a lesson here for all Sri Lankan representatives abroad on how to handle the media. I refer to the Interview between the   cabinet spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella and BBC’s international correspondent - Lyse Doucet: See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22325775 That is the way the situation should be handled, Not in a servile manner nor in an unnecessarily confrontational... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

Ban Hate Speech – Begin with the Bible and Koran
Shenali Waduge
Everybody looked forward to the Rally for Unity – a vigil held in Colombo on 28 April 2013 to oppose hate speech. The event was marred and exposed by the reporting of BBC’s Charles Haviland who showed the hypocrisy of the entire exercise “About 500 people have marched through the centre of the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, protesting against a recent wave of ethnic hatred which has seen hardline Buddhists targeting the Muslim minority”. So if the theme in arranging a unity rally was to target one group (without the possible knowledge of the participants) what can... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

The TNA And Pro-Eelamist Diaspora Are Singing In Unison Calling For Venue Change Of CHOGM Which points To An Anti Government Conspiracy Involved!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
April 30th 2013 It seems to be a travesty of justice that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been tolerated as Parliamentarian and given any political rights in Sri Lanka as these are the very same deadbeats who once openly supported and carried banners for the treacherous terror group the Tamil Tigers until they were destroyed by the Government and the TNA began chirping  different tunes to cover their derrieres. Once the terrorists were put down it appears to have been a great oversight on the part of the GOSL to have given any leeway to the TNA knowing fully... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa to Eye Boycott of Summit
 Mahinda Gunasekera Tambrook Drive Agincourt, Canada
April 27, 2013 The Editor Globe and Mail Toronto Dear Editor, Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa to Eye Boycott of Summit Your news report of April 26th speaks of Canada's failure to convince other Commonwealth members at the Ministerial Action Group in London to move the venue of the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting from Sri Lanka which was selected at the prior CHOGM sessions to host it. The move by the Conservative led Government of Canada supported by the other federal political parties who are also vying for votes of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

Harper in Commonwealth staredown
Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
 April 27, 2013  The Editor The Ottawa Citizen  Sir: It was only yesterday (April 26) that you reported that 'UN reviews Canada's record on rights.  Will bring up murders of aboriginal women.' And today you report that 'Harper in Commonwealth staredown. Canada likely to boycott meeting in Sri Lanka over human rights record.'  Good.  A hypocritical Canada should stay away from the Commonwealth Summit as the Summit will do good without Canada's presence.  Canada talks of human rights violations in Sri Lanka when we had difficulty to acknowledge the classic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa to Eye Boycott of Summit
Ira de Silva London, Ontario Canada
The Editor Globe & Mail Toronto, Ontario. Dear Sir:                             Re: Sri Lankan Abuses Spur Ottawa - April 27,2013 The news report states that Mr. Harper's representatives emerged from the meeting of the Ministerial Action Group in London on Friday, April 26th, miffed because Canada was out voted and did not succeed in it's myopic, inaccurate and vindictive opinions on Sri Lanka. The current Canadian Government has been spewing hatred and objections against Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/13)

Islamic Genocide of Buddhists In Bangladesh – Part 1
Posted by Hla Oo at 1:10 PM
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (hereafter CHT), an area of 13,295 square kilometers, is the south eastern part of Bangladesh, bordering the Arakan and Chin States of Burma, and Tripura and Mizoram States of India. From the time immemorial the CHT have been the home of thirteen indigenous ethnic groups. They collectively identify themselves as the Jumma people, the first peoples of the CHT. They are Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Tanchangya, Mro, Murung, Lushai, Khumi, Chak, Khyang, Bawm, Pankhua, and Reang.... -Full Story-
(hlaoo1980.blogspot.co.uk - 29/04/13)

Islamic Genocide of Buddhists In Bangladesh – Part 2
Hla Oo-s Blog
The Bengali Muslim Settlers are land less Bengali speaking Muslims from the plain land districts of Bangladesh, majority are from Chittagong, Noakhali, Comilla, and Sylhet districts. The Bangladesh Government and the Military lured the poor Bengali Muslim families with money and promise of empty land in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)... -Full Story-
(hlaoo1980.blogspot.co.uk - 29/04/13)

Islamic Genocide of Buddhists In Bangladesh – Part 3
Hla Oo-s Blog
Chittipudi Chakma, 6 months, daughter of Manek Kumar Chakma was killed by the Bengali Muslim settlers on 2 February 1992 at Malya massacre. Two bombs exploded on a passenger boat. The explosion killed a passenger and seriously injured the driver of the boat. The survivors swam ashore, but the armed Bengali Muslim settlers were awaiting for them and attacked the indigenous passengers - men, women and children. About 30 indigenous people were killed.... -Full Story-
(hlaoo1980.blogspot.co.uk - 29/04/13)

Islamic Genocide of Buddhists In Bangladesh – Part 4
Hla Oo-s Blog
This monk was injured by the Bangladesh Army. The Bangladesh Army attacked his village and temple during the Matiranga, Panchari massacres on 30 April - 1 May 1986, they destroyed the temple, Buddha images and Buddhist texts. This monk like many others had to seek refuge in Tripura, India. The destruction of Jumma peoples-s religious and cultural life in the CHT have been a marked feature of the CHT conflict since the early 1970s. The Jumma peoples of the CHT are Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Animists. These religious groupings reflect ethnic differences.... -Full Story-
(hlaoo1980.blogspot.co.uk - 29/04/13)

Islamic Genocide of Buddhists In Bangladesh – Part 5
Hla Oo-s Blog
On 8 May 1986, The Bangladesh Army motivated by religious fanaticism attacked "Navajyoti Buddhist Vihara" (Navajyoti Buddhist Temple) at Lalyaghona Village in Baghaichari Upazilla (sub district), destroyed and desecrated the temple by breaking down one of the images. It-s part of the systematic pattern of the Bangladesh military-s attack against the religious minorities of the country. Religious fundamentalism and intolerance to the religious minorities are on the rise in Bangladesh in general and military in... -Full Story-
(hlaoo1980.blogspot.co.uk - 29/04/13)

How Harper’s ancestors "kill the Indian in the child"
Herold Leelawardena
A Canadian Indian Michael Cachagee did spent 12 years in three different schools from 1944, Associated Press said as he said: "I was beaten. I was put in tubs of hot water. I suffered great pains of hunger. I was force-fed rotten food." Michael Cachagee added: "The intent was to destroy the Indian." It is also a known fact that some of the students in residential schools were sexually abused. Such was the cruelty and ill-treatment inflicted on The First Nation of Canada in the so-called ‘residential schools’.  Lifting children from native Indian families and planting them... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

Moving Commonwealth Summit from Sri Lanka
Ira de Silva London, Canada  
Mr. Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister, has been saying that he would prefer Sri Lanka to not hold the Commonwealth summit since before the last meeting in Australia in 2011. It is not just a "hint", it has been his stated policy that he would not go to Colombo unless the GOSL met with his long list of "conditions". It is important to note that the list of those calling for the meeting to be moved are the same countries that did their very best to save the leadership of the LTTE in 2009.   Since 2009... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

Scientists on brink of HIV cure Researchers believe that there will be a breakthrough in finding a cure for HIV “within months”.
By Jake Wallis Simons
Danish scientists are expecting results that will show that “finding a mass-distributable and affordable cure to HIV is possible”. They are conducting clinical trials to test a “novel strategy” in which the HIV virus is stripped from human DNA and destroyed permanently by the immune system. The move would represent a dramatic step forward in the attempt to find a cure for the virus, which causes Aids.... -Full Story-
(telegraph.co.uk - 28/04/13)

Is the Quran Hate Propaganda?What the Holiest Book of Islam Really says about Non-Muslims
The Religion of Peace.com
On September 25, 2002, a group of armed Islamists in Karachi, Pakistan entered the office of a Christian charity, tied seven workers to chairs and then brutally murdered them. According to Muslim witnesses, the Muslims "showed no haste. They took a good 15 minutes in segregating the Christians and making sure that each one of their targets received the most horrific death." The killing of non-Muslim humanitarian workers by devout followers of Islam occurs quite often. While there is rarely any celebration on the part of other Muslims, neither is there much outrage expressed by a... -Full Story-
(thereligionofpeace.com - 28/04/13)

Arahant Mahinda-Redactor of the Buddhapujawa in Sinhala Buddhism
Reviewed by Dr.P.G. Punchihewa
by Prof.Suwanda H.J. Sugunasiri Nalanda Publishing Canada. Available for free download at http//tspace.library.utoronto.ca Reviewed by Dr.P.G. Punchihewa Prof .S.H.J.Sugunasiri ,one time member of the academic staff of the then University of Vidyodaya, Sri Lanka since migrating to Canada, some years back, has been contributing much to the promotion of Buddhism in Canada as well as outside in many ways. He was the founder of Nalanda College of Buddhist Studies, Canada, the first Canadian seat of learning approved by the Government of Canada as a non profit organization for the systematic study of Buddhism, the President... -Full Story-
(The Island - 28/04/13)

SATHAN SETH BIMA
Video Producer - Rachika De Silva
Singer - Sriya Kariyawasam / Pradeep Muthukudaarachch / Dilum Neranjana Lyrics - Dhammika Hettiarachchi Music - Pasindu Chamara Mix & Master - Rachika De Silva Camara - Daham Kuruppu / Kasun Madhuranga Editor - Daham Kuruppu... -Full Story-
(youtube.com - 28/04/13)

Dayan's gods and theories that failed
H. L. D. Mahindapala
My friend Dayan Jayatileka 's latest book Long War, Cold Peace is exactly what I anticipated it to be: 1. overloaded with quotes from the Marxist mafia; 2. an equal measure of theoretical puffery; 3. self-contradictions; 4. self-congratulatory passages; 5. the least amount analysis of the historical roots that preceded the official declaration of war by the Tamil leadership in 1976; 6. total blackout of the internal dynamics of the mono-ethnic extremism of peninsular politics, propelled by the Jaffna jingoist elite; 7. Vellahlaism -- the most powerful driving force in Sri Lankan politics, greater than even Marxism,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

Why the 13 th Amendment is inimical for our development and how it will create a separate State
By Garvin Karunaratne Former Government Agent Matara District..
 I have in several of my Papers detailed as to  Why the 13 th Amendment should be abolished. I have detailed my experiences in my eighteen years’ service in the Administrative Service implementing development programmes islandwide. To state briefly if I were to work in either the agricultural marketing sector, the agrarian extension sector or the small industries sector I will not be able to achieve any target purely because the subjects are devolved(not decentralized) and the implementation of any policy determined by the Minister working at the Centre, on policies... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

Canada's Persistence In Haranguing Sri Lanka Over the CHOGM Meeting Leaves Much To Be Desired.
Insight By Sunil Kumar
April 30th 2013 While it is the prerogative of the Canadian Government to launch any attack on Sri Lanka's "appalling" record on democratic accountability based on how Canada percieves it, perhaps in a myopic and distorted perspective relative to assumed "human rights abuses", Canada has also chosen to create controversies which merely intensify world opinion over the Commonwealth's decision to allow Colombo to host the CHOGM meeting later this year.   It also seems quite authoritative as well as unilateral on Canada's part tantamount to being bourgeoisie and arrogant despite the lack of tangible... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

Cancel CHOGM - Disband the Commonwealth – Honor Reparations for 50 plus nations
Shenali Waduge
The decision to hold the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting or CHOGM in Sri Lanka was endorsed by a proposal made in 2009 by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the CHOGM summit held in Trinidad and Tobago. But in an “All together chorus” the bandwagon of almost the same people supporting the LTTE are now demanding CHOGM boycott of Colombo. All we can say is if it makes everyone sleep a little better cancel the CHOGM and disband it all together. The Commonwealth only means revisiting all the crimes and atrocities committed by the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

Bodu Bala Sena and Mrs. Chandrika
C. Wijeyawickrema
I have always felt sympathetic toward the three Bandaranayake children because their father was killed cruelly and they suffered tremendously in their younger days because of that.  Mrs. B could not handle them well as a single mother because she also got forced into politics by the circumstances. There was a baby sitter like person to whom the guiding of the young Anura was entrusted, but I was told by an eye witness that in the old senate building cafeteria Anura was secretly given a glass of whiskey or brandy. It was this “secret treatment” that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

Bodu Bala Sena and the global context of Islamophobia
Chandre Dharmawardana
The Bodu-Bala Sena (BBS) is a political movement crystallizing mainly around Sinhala-Buddhist advocates of strong anti-Islamism. The knee-jerk reaction of opportunist political observers is to regard this as an example of a majoritarian populace behaving brutally, after having `caused Sinhala-Tamil terror’ by allegedly provoking the Tamils with ‘Sinhala-only’ discrimination. The BBS has also provided fodder for anti-government critics as well as the usual `I told you so’ liberals who believe that mass movements can be corrected by a little bit of sermonizing by `good monks’ holding vigils around the Lipton circus.`Candle-light vigils’, which are more typical of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

I can demonstrate how to save energy but cannot force you unless you want to. How many men could make a donkey drink?
Dr Hector Perera       London
Energy like gas and electricity do not come for nothing, they cost you something, and somebody has to pay. Fortunately the energy from sun comes for free but cannot harness enough for nothing unless there are right equipments. For countries such as Sri Lanka no energy is used to warm their houses because of the natural warmth from the sun but for countries such as England and other places energy has to be spent to keep the houses warm. Apart from keeping the houses warm, they need energy for another important issue that is for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/13)

The Boston Bombing Web of Lies
By Julie Lévesque
As with many “terrorism” related events since 9/11, the Boston bombing official narrative proves to be a web of lies as important facts are revealed. It turns out that the FBI has lied about its knowledge of the alleged suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, already being presented as guilty not only in the mainstream press but by the President himself. According to the suspects’ mother, the FBI had been following them for years: The FBI originally feigned ignorance over the identity of the two Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as they appealed to an unwitting... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 28/04/13)

US domestic security turned massive failure’
RT
Since 9/11 the United States spent over $700 billion on national security but as the Boston tragedy showed the money went to nothing, American lawyer Jesselyn Radack told RT. The former ethics adviser to the United States Department of Justice believes Washington will increase surveillance after this attack, which would be myopic. RT: The US said it will charge the Boston bombing suspect with – possession of weapons of mass destruction, what is that?... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 28/04/13)

West is using possibility of chemical weapons to encourage intervention in Syria
RT
The US and UK are using the possibility of chemical weapons in Syria to increase the prospect of intervention in the country, anti-war activist Lindsey German told RT. She called the latest piece of evidence against Syria’s chemical weapons use “dubious.” Even US President Barack Obama has stated that intelligence assessments proving that such weapons had been used by the Syrian regime were still “preliminary.” He did, however, stress that the deployment of chemical weapons by the Syrian government was a “game changer.”... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 27/04/13)

Tsarnaevs’ mother ‘on terror watch list’, accuses police of murdering son
RT
The mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Zubeidat Tsarnaev, had been added to a federal terrorism database about 18 months before the attack, according to US officials. The news comes after she accused US police of murdering her son. The CIA reportedly put Zubeidat on the classified Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database (TIDE) at the same time that her 26-year-old son Tamerlan was added.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 27/04/13)

Who are the Presstitutes?
Shenali Waduge
Press-titutes is a term coined by Gerald Celente combining the words Press + Prostitute and has been defined by the Urban Dictionary as “a member of the media who will alter their story and reporting based on financial interests or other ties with usually partisan individuals or groups”. An alternate definition of a presstitute is one who “screws” the general public by intentionally submitting false or misleading information to the Press”. Yet another definition has been “an individual reporter or news broadcaster, or a media news group, who reports to be unbiased, but is in fact tailoring... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/13)

The Allegations And Cooked Up Stories Continue Fuelling The Flames Of Conjecture But Where's The Proof?
LankaWeb Weekly Editorial
April 28th 2013    What a climate of lies and innuendo !!! one might surmise in some cases of expatriate Tamils visiting Sri Lanka  and returning to their adopted domiciles  when stories of capture, torture and mistreatment which somehow cannot be substantiated with proof  surface yet sufficient to fuel all the flames of accusations against a Government which tries its utmost to reconcile with all expatriate as well as residential Tamils but never gets due credit.   And of course for the enemies of the State it is yet another golden opportunity to jump to the chance of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/13)

Anglo-American Belgian culpability for the murders of African martyr Patrice Lumumba and UN Chief Dag Hammerskjold
Shenali Waduge Sri Lanka
They plundered nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America. They divided nations and people. They ransacked nations, brutally murdered and quelled every effort made by indigenous people to safeguard their lands from Western European intruders. They did this carrying the Bible in one hand and the sword in the other. They left these nations claiming to have given independence but devising deceitful ways to continue to strangulate these nations with democratic mantras. They offered not a single apology for the crimes against humanity, genocide, enslavement plunder and continue to ignore calls for reparations and apology. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/13)

Prelude to intervention? Damascus claims Al-Qaeda used chemical rocket in Aleppo attack
RT
Damascus has claimed that Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists used a chemical rocket – possibly smuggled from Turkey – to attack Aleppo last month. But Western nations accused Damascus of using chemical weapons, and are mulling a military intervention. Turkey, a nation openly hostile to the Syrian government, has joined the chorus of voices saying that the Aleppo incident crosses the so-called ‘red line.’ "We have been hearing allegations of the use of chemical weapons for quite some time now and these new findings take things to another level. They are very alarming," Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Levent Gumrukcu said on Friday.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 26/04/13)

White House says the US may use military force against Syria
RT
The White House says President Barack Obama may approve using military force against the Syrian government. On Friday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the administration has a number of options with regards to handling reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, and those include using military force among other possibilities. Fielding a question from the media during the afternoon presser, Carney said he could not speculate on what action if any Pres. Obama would pursue against Assad, but said “as a general principal the United States retains the ability to act unilaterally.”... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 26/04/13)

LIFE ABROAD – Part 25 :Penny Pinchers
Dr. Tilak Fernando
Two of the most hilarious experiences within a month of my arrival in London had slipped away from my memory, and thought of refreshing it in part 25. Shah was an Indian teacher who had come on a work permit to Britain and settled down with his family (two young children) in his mortgaged house. In his three bed room house he decided to rent two rooms on the first floor to students to recover his mortgage payments and all four of them cramped into the double bed room downstairs. Shah never believed in heating the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/13)

Armed forces have every right to acquire any land in the country
Asada M Erpini
 It is time that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) accepts, whether the Tamil group likes it or not, that private lands have to be given over to the state if the latter considers it necessary.  The report in the media on 25 April titled “Major Tamil party in Sri Lanka threatens continuous protest against land acquisition in North” confirms that that the members of the TNA, especially the TNA parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran, believe that the TNA should have one set of rules and is entitled to special privileges and concessions while the rest of Sri Lanka,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/13)

THE FUNDING OF THE NGOs by the WEST
From Defence Column of Keerthi Warankualsuriya  of Sunday Divaina
The traitorous role played by the countries like the USA, Switzerland , Germany, Norway, Sweden , the UK and France in aiding and abetting anti – Sri Lankan NGO forces is now exposed. In May 2009 the terrorists  were  defeated in Sri Lanka. Yet , the ‘international community’ did not back down. They have pumped in a sum of Rs 171.23 million to the National Peace Council and  Rs 174.7 million to the Transparency International  and millions to the Centre for Policy Alternative. The majority I Sri Lanka does not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/13)

Russian elections monitor fined for failing to report foreign funding
RT
A Moscow magistrate has fined the GOLOS association of election monitors and its executive director after establishing the NGO had received foreign funding but failed to register as a foreign agent as required by a recently introduced law. GOLOS will have to pay a 300,000 roubles fine and its executive director Liliya Shibanova was ordered to pay a 100,000 roubles fine (about $10,000 and $3,300 respectively).... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 25/04/13)

Putin on Boston bombings: We suffered from terrorists almost never labeled such in the West
RT
The deadly bombing of Boston Marathon confirms Russia’s position that terrorists are a common threat to all nations and must never be supported for political gains, says Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin was commenting in Moscow during his annual Q&A session on the flood of comments in the US, many of them from common people, which blamed Russia, where the suspects in the bombing were born, over the crime. “Common fold in the US are not to be blamed, they don’t understand what is happening. Here I am addressing them and our citizens to say that Russia is a... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 25/04/13)

Boston bombing suspect goes silent, parents vow to seek the truth in the US
RT
The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, stopped talking to investigators when read his Miranda rights. Tsarnaev-s parents met US diplomats in Russia, and his father plans to go to the US to “find out the truth." The 19-year-old Tsarnaev, who is recovering in a Boston hospital from a gunshot wound, was questioned by police for 16 hours before he went silent after a magistrate judge and a representative from the US Attorney-s office read him his constitutional rights, AP reported, citing two anonymous officials.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 25/04/13)

‘There is absolutely no way eurozone could last forever’ – MEP
RT
Eurozone is coming to pieces and a north and south split is inevitable, the leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage told RT. Once it happens the question will be what is the EU for? The member of the European Parliament thinks he knows the answer. RT: The European Parliament is now discussing an anti-crisis plan, which has already been used for Cyprus. They are to decide whether or not to use it in other European economies. Should other countries be worried? Nigel Farage: Investors should be worried all over. I’ve been pondering for years what would happen... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 25/04/13)

Stephen Harper on Terrorism
Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
24 April 2013 The Editor  THE OTTAWA  CITIZEN Sir: Not being a political-scientist you have confused me with your reporting in the news item, Anti-terror bill debate wraps up, when you say: “In the House of Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said terrorist threats were unfortunately a part of the global reality.  ‘Our Government is committed to working…with our police and security agencies to ensure we do everything we can to keep Canada safe’. Harper said.” Where you lost me was it is this same Prime Minister who... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/13)

Hon President Mahinda Roajapakse - You are missing the Boat and the Plot
Nandana Wijeratne.
The writings on the wall are very clear - The President and his Government are going in the wrong direction. What we cannot understand is who is leading him in that wrong direction? Surely a man who managed to fight off all the foreign pressures during the war whilst brother did the needful in steering the troops cannot be this misled? We then come to 2 of man's greatest enemies - Money and Power. Sometimes a mix or a cocktail of both intoxicates the senses. This is probably where the fault lies.  The Government needs to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/04/13)

John Argue of Amnesty International, Your speaking at the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam Fund raiser
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
23 April 2013 John Argue Amnesty International Dear John: Since I am opposed to any bunch of ugly-separatists trying to break up Sri Lanka for their mythical mono-ethnic, racist, Tamil separatist state, Eelam, I suppose you owe me an explanation, how you ended up at the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam fund raiser at the Scarborough City Centre over the weekend. The bottom line is, you speaking at that gathering from behind a lectern which proudly exhibited their logo of Sri Lanka with their well demarcated swath of land of their... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/13)

විදුලි ගාස්තු සංශෝධනය
පාඨලී චම්පික රණවක
2013 යෝජිත විදුලි ගාස්තු සංශෝධනය පිළිබඳ විදුලිබල ඇමැතිනී පවිත‍්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මැතිණිය විසින්, පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දී කරනා ලද ප‍්‍රකාශයක් මාධ්‍යවල ඵල වී ඇත. ඒ මගින් හිටපු විදුලිබල ඇමැති ලෙස මේ ගාස්තු වැඩි කිරීම යෝජනා කළේ මා විසින් බවට ඇ`ගැවෙන ප‍්‍රකාශ හා වාර්තා ඵල වී තිබේ. පළමුව කිවයුත්තේ 2013 විදුලිබල ගාස්තු සංශෝධනය පිළිබඳ කිසිඳු යෝජනාවක් මවිසින් කැබිනට් මණ්ඩලයට හෝ ජනාධිපතිතුමාට හෝ ලංකා විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලයට සිදු නොකළ බවය. එවැන්නක් කර ඇතිනම් එය ලිඛිතව පෙන්නා දෙන ලෙස  ඕනෑම අයෙකුට අභියෝග කරමි. විදුලි අයක‍්‍රමය පිළිබඳ විදුලිබල පනතට අනුව බලතල ඇත්තේ මහජන උපයෝගිතා කොමිසමට වන අතර, ප‍්‍රතිපත්ති සැකසීම පමණක් ඇමැතිවරයා විසින් සිදු කරනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/13)

US preoccupation with Sri Lanka
By Neville Ladduwahetty  Courtesy ISLAND
US preoccupation with Sri Lanka’s internal affairs is a cause for concern. Every incident has prompted a comment from the US. If the office of a newspaper is attacked, it is an attack on the independence of the media despite the fact that any number of possibilities not connected with media freedom exists for such attacks. While issues such as increase in electricity tariffs, transfers of judges and concerns over religious tensions have elicited comment, the following are repeated on a regular basis: progress on reconciliation; delays in implementing the National Plan of Action;... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/13)

A Blessed Decade of Divine Leadership by Khalifa of Islam
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.
His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, is the fifth Khalifa (Caliph) of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Elected to this lifelong position on 22nd April 2003, he serves as the worldwide spiritual and administrative head of an international religious organisation with tens of millions of members spread across 200 countries.  His Holiness is the world’s leading Muslim figure promoting peace and inter-religious harmony. Through his sermons, lectures, books, and personal meetings, His Holiness has continually advocated the worship of God Almighty and serving humanity. He also continually advocates for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/13)

BOSTON TRUTH: The “Chechen Connection”, Al Qaeda and the Boston Marathon Bombings
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
Nine thousand heavily armed police including SWAT teams were deployed in a manhunt to capture a 19 year old student at U-Mass, after his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the alleged Boston Marathon terror mastermind was shot dead by police allegedly after a car chase and shoot out with police. Prior to the conduct of a police investigation, the 19 year old student has already been designated as “guilty”. The fundamental legal principle of “innocence until proven guilty” has been scrapped. In the words of President Obama (a graduate of Harvard Law School), the Boston 19 year... -Full Story-
(globalresearch.ca - 24/04/13)

Bodu Bala Sena and the ‘Bodu’ Buddhists
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
            It is amazing that an idea that began with relatively unknown four monks and a layman one year ago has become a movement with world-wide publicity and jealousy. Malinda Seneviratne, the young journalist is correct when he said at the Young Journalists meeting that there must have been a fertile ground developing in Sri Lanka for years for BBS idea to take root this strongly and this quickly. Every entity is scared: from Dayan Jayatileke to Jehan Perera, from Kumar David to Sarath Amunugama.  Politicians of all colours are getting exposed like the proverbial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/13)

Further thoughts on CKDu
Ben Silva
Thanks to Dr A Wijesekara for supplying information and thanks to Lankaweb for highlighting the issue. Arsenic and Cadmium levels of healthy people living in endemic areas appear to be double (approximately) that of the control group. This suggest that people living in endemic areas are subjected to high levels of Cd and As, that are known toxins, causing kidney failure.  Due to this high level of exposure, some may succumb to CKD. The probability could be calculated easily if one knows the number of people who are suffering from CKDu and the population in the relevant... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/13)

Stand up! Who says coming up Shariah schools is not a threat?
Leela
On 19/04/2013, in the mixed section of Sri Lanka Gazette, a notice appeared under the no 767. It was placed by the UNP Trinco District Parliamentarian S.M. Thawfeek, to inform the general public that he intend to present two acts in the parliament to form two Arabic schools namely 'Ealvaniyah' and 'Abu Hurairah'. Now unless one digs deep in to it and look for motives, there isn’t much to this pending parliament act to form two schools. Said notice says: Under section 48(1) of the Standing Orders of Sri Lanka Parliament, S.M. Thawfeek MP had declared the purpose... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/13)

Lessons from Boston
Ratanapala
23 Apr 2013  Two immigrant boys , apparently from Chechnya, detonated two home made bombs at the Boston Marathon last Monday. Today just a week later one is dead and the other arrested by the deployment of no less than 27000 law enforcement officers in heavy body armor and armed to their teeth – and at a cost of over one Billion Dollars! The whole world saw for a moment what America really is – A Police State!  The media in US – CNN, Fox News and in the UK  the BBC the Biased Broadcasting Corporation were... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/13)

Sri Lankan Reflections on Siva
Romesh Jayaratnam Kandy
As a Sri Lankan, I reflect on Siva, the Lord Most High. I enumerate several of his names, allude to His grace and describe his ancient shrine in Trincomalee, East Sri Lanka. The intent is to celebrate His place in the Sri Lankan Tamil inheritance. Siva presides over our destiny amidst our turbulent history. The Names of Siva Siva, God almighty, has many names in the Hindu tradition. The 9th century Tamil text, the Tiruvachakam, uses several to designate him. Amongst others, Siva is called the First (Munnon), the Great One (Periyon), the Ancient One (Pazhaiyon),... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/13)

Cunning efforts to implement Sharia in Sri Lanka
Nandana Wijeratne
The gazette notification of 19 April 2013 under Standing Order No.48 proposes a Bill that when carefully reading shows the cunning method of legally implementing Sharia laws into the school system which invariably will lead towards a very critical atmosphere in Sri Lanka. Since our legislatures belonging to the Sinhala Buddhist are either asleep or busy accepting any proposal that comes with it monetary gains, their weaknesses are being exposed to the maximum at the cost of the country. Shocking betrayal of the land, the heritage, the older culture and the people are taking place under our... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/13)

Did the FBI just bungle the Boston bomb plot, or did it actually create it?
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
The following release was issued 21 April by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC) in the United States. It sheds light on FBI activities that warrant close examination given it is now known the FBI had tracked the older of the two Boston suspects for 3-5 years, and that Russian intelligence had explicitly warned the FBI about him. For the past 20 years, the FBI has used informants and agent-provocateurs to induce Muslims and others to plan terrorist bombings, and in many cases it is known that the FBI actually supplied weapons, money,... -Full Story-
(cecaust.com.au - 23/04/13)

Russia And China Stand Firm While India Keeps Wavering On East-West Alignment
By Dr. Sawraj Singh
The new leadership in China is making clear the priorities of China in the emerging global scenario. It seems that the Chinese have given a clear signal that their relations with Russia are most important for them. China no longer accepts America’s status as the only superpower of the world. China considers itself as the leading country of Asia. Therefore, it no longer recognizes Japan as the leading country of Asia. Moreover, just like the USA and Europe, China sees Japan as a declining power. These countries have already reached the peak of their power... -Full Story-
(thelinkpaper.ca - 23/04/13)

Say NO to carbide in bananas which induces cancer
Shenali Waduge
We all love to eat bananas and Sri Lanka is famous for a unique variety of them and their taste has stood above the most nations of the world. We eat a lot of bananas in Sri Lanka. However, profiteers have found inventive ways to use hazardous chemicals that artificially ripens fruit causing numerous health hazards. Should we be surprised that cancers are on the rise? Moreover, we why should we pay and get cancers and suffer other health hazards which end up a great source of income to Shylocks in both the food and health industry?... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/13)

WHO report on Kidney disease-lnvestigation and Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Aetiology in Sri Lanka -Final Report
lnvestigation and Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Aetiology in Sri Lanka -Final Report
You don't have to argue any more. It is written in very simple language in black and white. As, Cd, Pb and other elements in urine - Arsenic excretion in urine was significantly higher in the  healthy subjects in the endemic are(mean 92.443, median 36.99, min 0.02, max 966.29 Microg/g) compared to those living in the controlled area. However, urine Arsenic excretion in CKDu subjects was significantly lower compared with urine AS excretion in normal subjects in the endemic area. In subjects with CKDu ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/13)

Check your Own Electricity Bill
Dear Readers
Now you can check your own electricity bill. Please use the attached excel file "Electricity Bill" and enter your no of electricity units. Then you can calculate your own electricity bill using New Tariff & Old Tariff rates. http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items12/Electricity Bill.xlsx... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/13)

Time to rethink Origin of Life theory, says SL astrobiologist
Sudha Nambudiri, TNN
KOCHI: Thirty-years ago when Sri Lankan astrobiologist Chandra Wickramasinghe suggested that human life started from outside earth, it was greeted by waves of criticism. In fact, his findings were published amidst a lot of criticism, but Wickramasinghe continued to work on his theory that the first "seeds of life" were deposited on earth from space four billion years ago. Now his years of effort has found credence with another group of astrophysicists from John Hopkins University coming out with fresh evidence that comets dust contains water and carbon compounds.... -Full Story-
(articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com - 22/04/13)

THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING!!!
Mahinda Weerasinghe-The Author of the Origin of species according to the Buddha
Erik Solheim’s Book “Politics are to will” launched on March 5th, 2013, was dearth of facts or substance and rather hollow to my taste.  If anything was to be gained by it, was the ’DATES’ of some specific historical moments. But as to; how and why the ’peace facilitation’ went haywire, remains unanswered and blurred. That is if one disregards Solheim’s off the cuff accusations of, Thorbjørn Jagland  which is for the most unsubstantiated claptrap.  Jagland in fact was not just anybody. He served as Prime Minster... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/13)

Sri Lanka : The logic of electricity tariffs and spiraling cost of living
Shenali Waduge
Every Government has adopted the policy that having voted them into power it is the public who must foot the bill for their corrupt and luxurious living. The 60% hike in electricity comes with the certainty that everything running on electricity will also see a steep rise – do politicians and political appointees in the public service even care what this would mean to the masses given that they do not pay taxes? The country has suffered dearly for 30 years. It is no small time and throughout this period it was the public and the armed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/13)

CKD and agrochemicals- This article is in response to article by Dr. Dr. Anura Wijesekara
Ben Silva
Even after the WHO report, which made a link between CKDS and agrochemicals, persons such as Dr Dr. Anura Wijesekara , still attempt to deny the link. He is trying to confuse matters further by  introducing “ Lysenkoism “. It is better  for Dr AW, to see how scientists tried to show that asbestos and cigarette smoking are harmless. I agree with Dr Wijesekara that decisions need to be evidence based, as I am a strong believer of evidence based decision making, which is the foundation of science. However I would say that probability and consequences also need... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/13)

Arsenic, Kidney diseases and what to do about it.
by Anura Alahakone, USA
I would like to make some comments on the article entitled `Arsenic and Lysenkoism' published by Dr. Anura Wijesekera in the Lankaweb (20-April)-2013). Dr. Wijesekera lists a number of possible causes proposed by various scientsts regarding `Chronic Kidney disease of Unkonwn origin' (CKDU).  However, I think he has failed to mention one of the simplest and most plausible explanations (and the associated cure) for CKDU given by a reputed scientist that appeared in the Daily News, and indeed even in the Lankaweb (http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2012/09/08/ncp-kidney-disease-thinking-outside-the-box/) on September 8th, 2012. The explanation suggested by Professor Chandre Dharmawardana in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/13)

Mother of Reyyaz Salley and Azath Salley
Reyyaz Salley
Hajiyani Mrs. Khairunnisa Salley answered the call of Allah on 16 April 2013, four days after her 72nd birthday. She hailed from one of the deeply rooted strong political families in Sri Lanka. She was the wife of Mr. M.S.M. Salley, popularly known as Communist Salley for his sincere commitment towards Communist Ideology. Of the eight children she bore two became popular personalities in public services in Sri Lanka. One of them is Reyyaz Salley (Trustee of Devatagaha Masjid) and the other, Azath Salley, the former Deputy Mayor of Colombo and presently the leader of The Muslim... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/13)

Something rotten is happening in our country
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai,
We have been hearing some bizarre news recently. We have heard of husbands killing their own wives out of jealousy or for another woman, but how can we reconcile the fact the man killed not only his wife, but also the children including an infant? We used to hear of drunken fathers killing the or own children, but recent news states not only the mother but also the grandmother got together with the mother to kill a child and to dump the body in some swamp. Horrible! It took a father who is an army... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/13)

Do not cut trees
Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai,
It is amazing how a few misinformed  persons could almost cause havoc  by almost cutting down almost 10,000 eucalyptus trees to pay the EPF and ETF of the employees! How short sighted can a person who is associated with the very department which should protect eh environment is amazing! ( news inDialy Mirror of April 20th) The public must accolade and support the action of the chairman of the Rattota –.  Ambanganga  Pradeshiya  sabha for refusing to allow such dastardly action. Though far away from Colombo, we must be aware that this sort of short... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/13)

BRITAIN: THE WORLDS WORST MASS MURDERER
Here for the first time the true genocide rap sheet of Britain is revealed in all its gory.
This is What the British Channel 4 will not show you An epic tale of Britain-s role in enslaving people all over the world and engaging in crimes against humanity. No question of accountability or reconciliation with victims of British colonialism... -Full Story-
(worldsworstmassmurderer.blogspot.co.uk - 21/04/13)

Study: Moore-s Law suggests life existed before Earth was formed
By JohnThomas Didymus
Scientists Richard Gordon and Alexei Sharov have suggested that if the rate of increase in the complexity of biological systems in the course of evolutionary history followed Moore-s Law then life existed before the Earth was formed. Moore-s Law posits that the complexity of computers increases exponentially at a rate of about double the transistors per integrated circuit every two years. Theoretical calculations based on Moore-s Law yield results that coincide with the invention of the first microchips in the 1960s.... -Full Story-
(digitaljournal.com - 21/04/13)

The brutal story of British empire continues to this day
Richard Gott The Guardian,
All around the world, from Sierra Leone to Sri Lanka, the violent legacy of colonialism can still be witnessed.Many of the present conflicts in the world take place in the former colonial territories that Britain abandoned, exhausted and impoverished, in the years after the second world war. This disastrous imperial legacy is still highly visible, and it is one of the reasons why the British empire continues to provoke such harsh debate. If Britain made such a success of its colonies, why are so many in an unholy mess half a century later, major sources... -Full Story-
(guardian.co.uk - 21/04/13)

Midnight in the Congo-The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjold
By Lisa Pease
The CIA has long since acknowledged responsibility for plotting the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the popular and charismatic leader of the Congo. But documents have recently surfaced that indicate the CIA may well have been involved in the death of another leader as well, U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold. Hammarskjold died in a plane crash enroute to meet Moise Tshombe, leader of the breakaway (and mineral-rich) province of Katanga. At the time of his death, there was a great deal of speculation that Hammarskjold had been assassinated to prevent the U.N. from bringing Katanga back under the rule... -Full Story-
(ctka.net - 21/04/13)

Reaping the Whirlwind-A Violent Act Again in a Violent Nation
by DAVE LINDORFF
I ran the Boston Marathon back in 1968, and, my feet covered with blisters inside my Keds sneakers, dragged across the finish line to meet my waiting uncle at a time of about 3 hours and 40 minutes. It was close enough to the time that the current bombing happened in this year’s race — about four hours from the starting gun — that had I been running it this year, I might still been near enough to the finish line to have heard the blasts. That really brings home to me the horror of what... -Full Story-
(counterpunch.org - 21/04/13)

India has no right to preach to Sri Lanka on human rights when its own record is dismal
Asada M Erpini
 India keeps on preaching to Sri Lanka on human rights violations and the need for giving the Tamils in Sri Lanka an opportunity to live with basic rights. The chorus is led by none other than India’s Prime Minister who said on 08 March, ‘India is "worried" about the fate of Tamils in Sri Lanka and wants them to live with "dignity and self respect”’. On 06 March, addressing the Indian Parliament, the gentleman said further that, “his government very seriously takes the sentiments expressed by members of the parliament on the issue of human rights... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/13)

UN silent on US/NATO crimes but goes after Third World nations and leaders
Shenali Waduge
The West has a history of invading nations, forcibly occupying them, plundering nations of their resources and saying thank you by designing systems that would keep people divided and dependent on them because they make the laws and they are the judges for the very crimes they have committed. For over 500 years nations were forcibly occupied and plundered – this was called colonialism. Country after country was forcibly invaded on the excuse of sheltering terrorists – this they called military intervention. The grounds for this have been subtly camouflaged in a theory approved by the UN... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/13)

Shift IPL out of Chennai
Asada M Erpini
 A report in the media on 20 April, 2013 states that the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs in the 2013 version is likely to be shifted out of Chennai.  The possibility of the IPL matches being moved out of Chennai will be welcomed by all lovers of the T20 cricket. The franchise holders will have the opportunity of selecting the best 11 to take on their opponents and T20 fans will see talented cricketers fighting it out without having to worry about protests, possible assaults and disruptions of the game by unruly, ignorant and uncivilised mobs.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/13)

Arsenic and Lysenkoism
Dr. Anura Wijesekara Registrar of Pesticides Sri Lanka
 Lysenkoism  Russian Scientist N.I. Vavilov was the pioneer who introduced the centers of crop diversity to the world.  He was also the scientist who made us aware of the potential value of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) and need for their conservation.  This great scientist died in prison!  He died in prison because one of his contemporaries, Trofim Lysenko, was seeking popularity! Lysenko did not agree with Vavilov, he argued that plants acquire characteristics and persuaded then Russian head of state, Joseph Starling that Vavilov was wrong.  Lysenko with his political backing succeeded... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/13)

Homegrown terror: FBI thought Chechens would only attack Russians
RT
The Tsarnaev brothers managed to slip through the US security net and commit the Boston attack because of oversights in American intelligence, experts told RT. This act of “homegrown” terror has raised serious questions about the role of the FBI. The US press has traditionally portrayed Chechen terrorism as a specifically Russian issue, and as such assumed that they would not be hostile toward the US, journalist Neil Clark told RT in an interview.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 20/04/13)

Boston Marathon suspects Islamic terrorists, not Chechen separatists
By Steven Emerson
Editor-s note: Terror expert Steve Emerson spoke with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly Friday about suspects possible motives in the Boston Marathon terror attacks. The following is a summary of the information he shared with her: Emerson-s Investigative Project on Terrorism reviewed videos posted on the YouTube channels of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. Both brothers had YouTube channels in the United States and in Russia. Emerson-s group reviewed about half of the 22 videos posted on the U.S. channel. The videos were viewed by a small number of people. One video received... -Full Story-
(foxnews.com - 20/04/13)

What Sri Lanka Is Today And What It's Not !
Insight By Sunil Kumar
April 19th, 2013 The North of Sri Lanka the focal point of this item needs to be viewed in an entirely different perspective relative to realities that prevail there as opposed to the negative portrayals presented by many who refuse to accept the astounding progress the Nation has made as it contravenes what they once envisioned it as a platform for their personal agendas not conducive to the overall well being of the nation as a whole resulting in frustrations beyond the realm of conceding towards the comon good and this is an eye opener... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/13)

Monks came forward and saved Buddhism in Sri Lanka in the past while it was driven out from India
by Leela
Nalanda is believed to be the world’s first University and the largest Buddhist one at that. Situated in east of Patna in India it accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey in its heyday. Subjects covered included science, astronomy, medicine and chiefly metaphysics and philosophy. Nagarjuna, a Mahayana philosopher and Dharmapala, the Brahmin scholar taught there. Hieun-Tsang, famous Chinese traveller and scholar stayed there. The university library had been the most renowned repository of Buddhist knowledge anywhere and its collection was said to comprise hundreds of thousands of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/13)

‘Wesak Day’ - May 25, 2013 Proclaimed by the Mayor of Toronto
Buddhist Council of Canada
We are pleased to announce that His Worship Rob Ford, the Mayor of Toronto, has declared May 25th, 2013 as ‘Wesak Day’. May Full Moon is celebrated around the world, and this is the first time that Wesak has been formally recognized at any level of government anywhere in Canada. The Proclamation, made at the request of the Buddhist Council of Canada, notes, “Recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, Wesak Day provides an opportunity for Buddhists to promote the message of compassion, peace, goodwill and devotion to humanity.” In his note to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/13)

Playing big brother to Sri Lanka is not in New Delhi-s interest, says ex-RAW official
Rhik Kundu, TNN
BANGALORE: Jyoti Sinha, a former research and analysis wing official, played an important role in increasing India-s influence in neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka during the NDA regime (1999-2004). He is also considered the architect of Indian influence in Sri Lanka from 2001-2004. The former IPS official spoke to TOI on the Tamil issue during his recent visit to Bangalore for a lecture on Latest developments in Sri Lanka: India-s Interest and Concerns. Excerpts from an exclusive interview:... -Full Story-
(articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com - 19/04/13)

ඉහළ කොත්මලේ හිස් කළේ නඩත්තු කටයුතු සඳහා පමණයි. බලාගාරයේ කිසිදු දෝෂයක් නැහැ - ලංකා විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය
මාධ්‍ය අංශය - විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යාංශය
 සති කිහිපයකට පෙර ඉහළ කොත්මලේ ජලාශයේ සහ බලාගාරයේ ප‍්‍රධාන උමං මාර්ගයේ ජලය ඉවත් කරනු ලැබුවේ බලාගාරය තුළ රොන්මඩ තැන්පත්වීමෙන් බලාගාරය අක‍්‍රීය වූ නිසා බවට පැතිර ගිය ප‍්‍රවෘත්තියෙහි කිසිදුු සත්‍යතාවක් නොමැති බවට ලංකා විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය පවසයි.  ඉහළ කොත්මලේ ජල විදුලි ව්‍යාපෘතියේ ඉදිකිරීම් කටයුතු සිදුකරනු ලැබුවේ ජපන් සමාගමක් මගින් වන අතර ලංකා විදුලිබල මණ්ඩලය සමග ජපන් සමාගම ඇතිකරගත් අදාළ කොන්ත‍්‍රාත්තුවේ පරිදි ඉදිකිරීම් කටයුතු නිමකිරීමෙන් පසු වසරක වගකීම් කාලයකට අදාළ සමාගම බැඳී සිටී. මෙම වසරක කාලසීමාව මේ වනවිට ඉක්ම යාමට ආසන්න බැවින් බලාගාරයේ සියලූ යන්ත‍්‍ර හා ඉදිකිරීම්වල ඇති අඩුපාඩු සැකසීම මෙම සමාගමේ වගකීමයි. ඔවුන්ට මෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/13)

RED RAIN CELLS FROM SRI LANKA UNUSUALLY HIGH IN URANIUM SAY STUDIES IN JAPAN
by Walter Jayawardhana
The latest research done on the Red Rain cells collected in the North Central, Uva and Southern Provinces of Sri Lanka has concluded that the outer layers of the cells are unusually high in uranium. A research paper published in the Journal of Cosmology by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe ,Professor Takafumi Matsui, Nori Miyake and others have said, “We report the results of a preliminary Transform Electron Microscopy study of the red rain cells that shows them to have outer cell walls unusually rich in uranium, and a nuclear region with a strong deficit or absence of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/13)

CKD and chemicals
Ranjith Soysa
It is indeed encouraging to hear about the steps taken by the government in implementing regulations to control the use of agricultural chemicals. The government is said to be guided by the WHO reports indicating direct links of the use of chemicals by the farmers to the incidence of CKD. However, it is relevant and very important to mention the role played by Kelaniya University team of researchers who were guided by the Natha Deviyo in tracking the arsenic contents of the chemicals and the adverse reactions it created in given type of water. Dr Priyanthi Senanayake,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/13)

Breaching the Buddhist First Precept – Denying water to Animals at Mattala Airport is morally indefensible and defiles Sri Lanka’s national image
Shenali Waduge
"Oh! Great King, the birds of the air and the beasts have an equal right to live and move about in any part of this land as thou.  The land belongs to the peoples and all other beings and thou art only the guardian of it." This call based on fundamental Buddhist tenets of love and compassion for all living beings, was made by Arahant Mahinda to King Devanampiyatissa in their very first encounter over 2300 years ago, and effectively put a stop to the deer hunt of the King at the base of the Mihintale Rock.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/13)

SPAIN EXPRESSES WHOLE HEARTED SUPPORT DURING VISIT OF MINISTER DINESH GUNAWARDENA:MoUs to be signed for further cooperation
Embassy of Sri Lanka Paris, France
Spanish Ministers and Members of the Congress expressed their whole hearted support to Sri Lanka in further accelerating the rapid pace of development taking place in the country. Minister of Water Supply and Drainage and Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena, who is on a visit to Spain, met with the President of the Commission on Agriculture, Food and Environment, Jose Ignacio Llorens Torres and six senior Members of the Commission, all of whom are Members of the Congress representing all political parties in Spain, to further consolidate the areas of cooperation between the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/13)

LIFE ABROAD - Part 24:LOST DREAM!
Dr.Tilak Fernando
The closing down of the Ceylon Students Centre was a big sledge hammer blow to the students and the Sri Lankan expatriates who used to enjoy typical Sri Lankan cuisine at an extremely reasonable price which also saved time in preparing insipid meals by students on their own lodgings. From a Sri Lankan government perspective it was a great loss of opportunity as an investment by allowing it to slip away at a time when a loan had already been arranged to purchase the freehold of the Student Centre through the Natwest Bank. New concept The vacuum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/13)

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka embarks on extensive local and international Awareness Programme to portray accurate picture of Sri Lankan Economy
Press Release-Communications Department  Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 01, Sri Lanka.
In the recent times, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has observed an aggressive and well funded misinformation campaign that is being carried out by various groups with dubious agendas, both locally and internationally to tarnish the political image and true economic successes of Sri Lanka. The Central Bank also notes with concern, that if such campaign continues without a counter campaign to correct the misconceptions it may have the potential to create a highly detrimental image for Sri Lanka, and erode the growing confidence of international investors in Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/13)

The CIA, Belgium and the Assassination of an African Hero
By Kevin Whitelaw
"The day will come when history will speak... Africa will write its own history... it will be a history of glory and dignity." - Patrice Lumumba It was the height of the Cold War when Sidney Gottlieb arrived in Congo in September 1960. The CIA man was toting a vial of poison. His target: the toothbrush of Patrice Lumumba, Congo-s charismatic first prime minister, who was also feared to be a rabid Communist.... -Full Story-
(thenewblackmagazine.com - 18/04/13)

The Assassination of Patrice Lumuba
Congo, Decolonization
this shows how easy how we blacks are easily manipulated by white all just because of power and money. and&65279; we are still paying for this till today... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 18/04/13)

Israeli police head to US to aid in Boston Marathon bombing investigation
RT
The investigation into Monday’s deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon has officially gone international: law enforcement officials from Israel have been sent to the United States to assist in the probe. Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino says he has dispatched officials to Boston, Massachusetts, where they will meet with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and other authorities, the Times of Israel Reports.... -Full Story-
(rt.com - 18/04/13)

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF SRI LANKA- Northern Province Elections
Daya Hettirachchi Toronto Canada
Your Excellency  Mahinda Rajapaksa   President of Republic of Sri Lanka Colombo Sri Lanka. Apr.15 2013 Your Excellency.  Northern Province Elections Sri Lanka recently faced the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution for the second consecutive year. This 2013 resolution had acknowledged and welcomed the LLRC report and the upcoming provincial elections in the North of Sri Lanka.   Sri Lanka will be on Geneva agenda for years to come if the government fails to implement them. In keeping with the dignity of the government and as a civilized nation Sri Lanka appointed... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

No Surrender to Fear
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
17 April 2013 The Editor THE OTTAWA CITIZEN Sir: You editorial ‘No Surrender to Fear’ was spot on.   But defeating terrorism has its down side.  The self-appointed Human Rights Police like Amnesty International and Human RightsWatch will be lurking around the corner to haul those  who defeat terrorism in front of International War Crimes Courts.  This is exactly what is happening to Sri Lanka. For defeating the Tamil Tiger terrorists, the most ruthless in the world single handed, who were trained by India in 32 military... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

Remarks by US Ambassador in Sri Lanka & Boston bomb blasts
P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne  
The US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Michele J Sisson addressing Foreign Correspondents last week, had warned that if Sri Lanka does not show progress in reconciliation matters the country could see a return to war. She signalled about other options by the so called International Community as well. Sri Lanka did not comply to requests made by the US and her acolytes during the war. Therefore, they are still fuming over that. Why should Sri Lanka dance to US tune now?   With regard to the threat to USAID Funding cuts, the Governor of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

BOSTON ONLY TWO BOMBS AND HUNDREDs OF BOMB BLASTS IN SRI LANKA UNTIL 19 MAY 2009
Malin Abeyatunge
Our sympathies are with kith & kin of the three (reports 4 now) victims of the Boston Bomb Blast and  many others who were injured. But Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria who experience daily bombs blasts and Sri Lanka up to 19 May 2009 experiencing daily bomb blasts by LTTE terrorists should have no sympathy with America nor they will condemn the brutal act because of America’s double standards on terrorism. Before  2009 every other day is a bomb blast by LTTE suicide bombers. Bombs planted by LTTE in Colombo and its suburbs, North, North Central Province and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

Ex-CJ’s passport IMPOUNDED
Vijayani Edirisinghe Daily News
* To foil flight to escape bribery probe * Used time buying tactics when called for submissions The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption impounded the passport of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake to prevent her from escaping to a foreign country until the probe into the allegations of bribery and corruption against her is concluded. The Commission has taken this decision in keeping with the legal powers vested in it and had communicated it to Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera, on April 11. The order to impound the passport... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

It was Shirani B that was the political appointee - Sarath N. Silva
The Daily News
Mine was not a political appointment, it was that of Shirani Bandaranayake, says former Chief Justice Sarath. N. Silva. “In 1996, I was not appointed as Chief Justice and I held the office of Attorney General. The appointment made in 1996 which was vehemently opposed as having been made on political considerations was that of Shirani Bandaranayake, to the Supreme Court. She was appointed at the age of 39 to the Supreme Court directly from the academic staff of the University. It was alleged that she was appointed at the behest of Professor G. L.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

Government of Sri Lanka never received any direct USAID funding to make 20 per cent cut in US aid - Central Bank Governor:
By Shamindra Ferdinando The Island
Central Bank Governor Ajith Nervad Cabraal yesterday said claims being made in some quarters that the government was facing a 20 per cent cut in US aid, were hightly exaggerated as USAID funds had always been channeled through various NGOs and civil society organizations. The Governor was responding to media reports which quoted US Secretary John Kerry as having proposed a 20 per cent cut in aid. The US announcement was made in the wake of the State Department offering two grants, each amounting to $ 500,000 for two projects aimed at promoting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

Jeyaraj’s widow compares Weliweriya blast with Boston attack
By Shamindra Ferdinando  Courtesy Island.lk
April 16, 2013, 10:09 pm UPFA MP Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, yesterday said that the terrorist attack on the Boston marathon was the first attack on a sporting event in the world since the assassination of her husband, Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, as he was about to flag off a marathon at Weliweriya, Gampaha on the morning of April 6, 2008. The Weliweriya blast claimed the lives of 12 persons, including Minister Fernandopulle, who held the highways and road development portfolios at the time of his demise and athlete K. A. Karunarathne, the former national... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

Shirani sworn in as acting CJ- Where is your dress code lady?
Justice Shirani Thillakawardene was sworn in as Acting Chief Justice yesterday. Thillakawardene takes oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa, while presidential secretary Lalith Weeratunga looks on (Pic by Sudath Silva) In recent incident in courts, a lady witness  has been reprimanded for failing to observe the dress code. In Sri Lanka, court dress is worn by both judges and counsels. Judges wear black gowns in the District Court, High Court Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka while counsel only wear black gowns in the latter three courts. Both judges and counsel dress in white and black, white... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

Animal rights activists are upset about illegal sale of whale meat in the EU
Press release - ProWal
Radolfzell/Copenhagen, April 17th, 2013 - During the last weeks pilot whale blubber, coming from the Faroe Islands, was regularly offered on the ferryboat "Norrona", owned by the steamship company Smyril-Line, as per reports from the dolphin and whale protection organization ProWal. Andreas Morlok, CEO of ProWal is disgusted: "The pilot whale blubber is not labeled as such in the restaurant of the ferry. The guest has no idea what exactly is being offered to him. the chef only gives information by word when asked, that the dish the guest is consuming is actually pilot whale... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

Save Pali, ancient classical Indian language of Buddhism in India
by Prof. Dr. Siddharth Singh,The Buddhist Channel, Apr 16, 2013
New Delhi, India -- The Government of India has recently removed Pali - an ancient classical language - as a subject from the main examination of the Civil Services (popularly known as Indian Administrative Services i.e. IAS) of India, 2013, which were  under the purview of the UPSC (Union Public service Commission). The presence of Pali in this competitive examination was one of the major reasons that attracted many youngsters to opt for Pali and Buddhist Studies. The examination was touted as a major lifeline of the language, and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

‘A Day without Water: Managing Sri Lanka’s Water Resource’
Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo. April 30, 2013, 2.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Water security has acquired a prominent place in the global political, economic and security discourse given its indispensability to life on earth, development, energy and sanitation. Increasing demand for water with rapid water pollution on one hand and consequences of the climate change on the other is going to be one of the greatest challenges faced by us in the coming decade. Rapid economic growth in the developing countries has very high environmental costs. Unsustainable practices to spur economic growth have deteriorated... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

PRESIDENT OF THE SPANISH SENATE COMMENDS SRI LANKA’S DEVELOPMENT:Minister Dinesh Gunawardena strengthens Sri Lanka-Spain ties
MEDIA RELEASE Embassy of Sri Lanka Paris, France
The President of the Senate of Spain, Pio Garcia Escudero commended the rapid growth and development taking place across Sri Lanka and hailed the cordial ties that exist between Spain and Sri Lanka, during his meeting with the Minister of Water Supply and Drainage and Chief Government Whip, Dinesh Gunawardena in Madrid, Spain. Minister Gunawardena who is also the President of the Sri Lanka-Spain Parliamentary Friendship Association noted Sri Lanka’s economic growth rate as being one of the fastest in Asia, and highlighted several areas of cooperation that have hitherto remained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/13)

India's Union Minister V. Narayanasamy commenting on Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Asoka Weerasinghe  Kings Grove Crescent. Gloucester . Ontario . K1J . 6G1 . Canada
15 April, 2013. Union Minister V. Narayanasamy Lokh Sabha MP in the Indian Parliament representing Pondicherry 28, Tugghlak Crescent . New Delhi 10 011, India  Dear Velu Narayanasamy: The Hindu reports that you had said, “Gotabaya remarks on India’s role unacceptable”.   He got you under your skin I see. “As far as India is concerned Indira and Rajiv Gandhi supported Tamils. We even lost Rajiv Gandhi (assassinated by members of the LTTE), who sent India Peace Keeping Force to help Tamils.  Rajapaksa’s statement is unacceptable. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/13)

DUPLICITOUS US BULLYING OF SRI LANKA IN THE GUISE OF PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS
Lakshman I. Keerthisinghe LLB, LLM. MPhil Attorney-at-Law
I detest that man, who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another - Homer Illiad (Deciet) US President Barack Obama US Ambassador Michele Sison It was reported in recent media reports that US Ambassador Michele Sison in an address to the Foreign Correspondents Association in Colombo spoke “about the next steps for US engagement with Sri Lanka”. This was in the aftermath of the second US-backed resolution at the Human Rights Council in Geneva... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/13)

TESO to move Supreme Court against 1974 agreement on Katchatheevu
By PTI (Courtesy Economic Times)
CHENNAI: Holding that there was no legislation for ceding Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka in 1974, DMK-backed TESO today said it would move the Supreme Court against the agreement. The TESO meeting, headed by DMK president M Karunanidhi adopted a resolution in this regard, saying the islet was ceded by India to Sri Lanka despite the then DMK Government's opposition. TESO pointed out that whenever a part of the country has to be ceded to another nation, it has to be done through a legislation after getting nod of both Houses of Parliament. "As far... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/13)

End of the Supremacy Dream of Delhi?
Dr Sudath Gunasekara. (SLAS) Ex-Ministry Secretary and one time President Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association.  15.4.2013
Most political and economic analysts the world over like Samuel Huntington, the renowned Harvard professor who has predicted in his “The Clash of Civilization and the Remaking of the World Order” (1997)  have opined that tomorrow once again, as it had been in the golden past, belongs to the East and not to the West, Among the leading countries in the east India and China have been identified by them as the two countries contending for the top slot. With its giant size,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/13)

What Can Finland Offer to China, which China has not got? LTTE-Tamil Nadu prepared the Nokia India foundation & decapitation in 2005, to fund their Terrorism in Sri Lanka.
Prof. Hudson McLean
To those who follow LankaWeb, and the contributors, to include the Government of Sri Lanka, the first leaders who brought a global terrorist organization to an end, led by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and brother Colonel Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Secretary of Defence, will appreciate the warped mentality of the Tamil psyche. http://english.cri.cn/6909/2013/04/10/2561s758574.htm Sauli Niinistö President of Finland takes "The Long Road to China", offering opportunities in Finland to the Chinese investors. Politically correct hand-shakes and smiles will not bring neither Chinese honey nor money to Finland. Actually potential Chinese investors led by a team from HuaWei... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/13)

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Garment Exports to USA Worth a Paltry $350 Million Net Export Earnings While Measly USAID Has No Benefit for Most
Dilrook Kannangara 
US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a cut of 20% in USAID to Sri Lanka. It is obviously good news to Sri Lankans as USAID amounts to a worthless aid value going only to Tamils and next to nothing to ethnic Sinhalese. May be it is time Sri Lankan government said no to USAID which is racially discriminatory. However, there is a bigger misconception about USA which is Sri Lanka’s largest export destination. Most exports are garments. According to US data, 40% of Sri Lankan garment exports go to USA. With total garment exports about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/13)

Do you know what is inside the food you eat?
Shenali Waduge
To feed 7billion people in the world is not easy. Yet, billion people remain malnourished. At least 8 million die every year of hunger-related diarrhea, pneumonia and other illnesses and a child dies of hunger every 11 seconds. 6 multinational companies dominate the agricultural input market owning the world’s seed, pesticide and biotect industries and are in cahoots – signaling dangers because the fate of food and farming lie in their hands. Monsanto, DOW, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and DuPont thus control the global seed, pesticide and agricultural biotechnology markets giving them unprecedented power over world agriculture. They control... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/13)

Glenda Jackson on the Death of Margaret Thatcher: I had to speak out to stop history being re-written
“Glenda Jackson let rip with an attack on Thatcher and her “heinous” legacy that had the Tories gasping as if a drunk had gate-crashed their wake.” The Mirror, Brian Reade
Lankaweb Strongly recommend you to watch this Video. Highly Educational presentation with speaker-s comment... -Full Story-
(informationclearinghouse.info - 15/04/13)

BEHIND THE TAMIL INVASION
Larry Pickering
It was 4pm on a Friday late last month. Alex (we will call him that) sat in his car at the gate of a property north of Yarra Glen on the outskirts of Melbourne. It was drizzling in rain and he was waiting for a Tamil businessman he knew as Tirku who had insisted he meet a Hindu High Priest from Sri Lanka... Alex had no idea why. A silver Prado pulled up and Alex followed it up a dirt path to a modest weatherboard house. Tirku assisted a small tubby bloke in orange robes from the car.... -Full Story-
(pickeringpost.com - 15/04/13)

India Responsible for the Misery of Tamils in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu
Dilrook Kannangara
When the Defence Secretary said India is responsible for the misery of Tamils, he was not mincing his words. However, there is a greater meaning in what he said which attracted a prompt response from an Indian politician. Tamils in India have suffered enormously under the Indian Union and India knows it better than anyone else. Tens of thousands of Tamils from India illegally migrate to Sri Lanka every year. They are running away from Indian misery to Sri Lanka. Thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils leave Sri Lanka alleging persecution. But they avoid India which is just... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Has India Lost its Marbles with USA?
Prof. Hudson McLean
John Kerry the new American Secretary of State, has moved sharp towards kissing the hands of the new Chinese leadership with speed, to help neuter Kim Jong-un, the boy-wonder of North Korea. Parallel to that, Kerry has also made positive remarks towards Sri Lanka, a good friend of China. Russia, in a surprising move has publicly endorsed the American stand-point against North Korea, and confirmed its in closeness socio-political-economical with China. Its no secret that, China, by default, almost owns USA economically, and USA needs to play its cards with respect with the Chinese Banker. This... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

“We want Eelam: We’ll call it ISGA for now” - TNA
Asada M Erpini 
 Poor Sri Lanka paid such a heavy price to get back to the peaceful state that prevailed in the country before federalists, separatists, Eelamists and others of their ilk started demanding for an ever-increasing piece of the pie. May 2009 is a watershed in the history of the island nation, when those who were in the forefront in destroying the country were sent from the Nadhikadal lagoons to where they really belonged.   Yet, the call for separation is alive and kicking, as is clear from the report in Nation on 14 April. The Bishop of Mannar,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

What is the best tactical move to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka given the geopolitical forces that currently menace us?
R Chandrasoma
 The conventional thinking is that threats to our survival are rooted in politics and that effective strategies to thwart such dangers must necessarily be of a political nature - in the wise choice of external relations or revamped internal moves to appease or mollify the discontented within. This is standard thinking but it does not apply when dangers are imminent and our enemies sense weakness . It is clear - even obvious - that our enemies will use the famous and time-tested tactic of fomenting rebellion by giving all encouragement to minorities with declared discontents. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

China's Government Structure- Meritocracy at its best?
By Dr. Nath Amerakone, Sri Lanka
A recent editorial in The Island Journal of 12th April, 2013  entitled "A Criminals' Paradise" reveals the true situation of politics in our country. The Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) of Sri Lanka has discussed this subject on a number of occasions: The dilemma of Professionals who have to accommodate administrative manipulations by politicians for their survival. What then is the way out of this mess? The solution lies in a change of the system of government. Western form of democracry criminalizes politics. Success in elections call for popularity among the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Colombo Telegraph website and Bodu Bala Sena
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
One Dr. Sarath  Buddhadasa (SB) was given an opportunity by Lankaweb to print his writing on Boru Bana Sena. This is important because Lankaweb is the only non-governmental website that publishes essays written in support of Sinhala Buddhists and against the 13-A. This SB had his piece already printed by Colombo Telegraph which is so anti-Sinhala Buddhist. I do not know who runs this Colombo T, but it cannot say it is impartial. My guess is that it is a Christian agency of Colombo black-whites who want to create a Tamil Eelam in Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

UN, a tool of Western colonialism
Chaminda Perera (This interview was given before the UNHRC vote in Geneva) Courtesy The Daily News 
Professor Nalin Kumara De Silva is a well known analyst and theoretical physicist who has expressed his candid views on many controversial issues ranging from the Arsenic issue to terrorism. An opponent of what he calls Western cultural dominance, Professor Silva says that members of the Tamil community do not have any problem merely because of being Tamil. He insisted that there should be cultural interaction between the Sinhala and Tamil communities. While stressing that there is no language barrier, Professor Silva insisted that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Sri Lanka’s First Family celebrates New Year at Carlton House
By Janaka Alahapperuma
When the entire country is gripped in a happy and festive mood, Sri Lankans celebrated the traditional “Aluth Avurudda”- Sinhala and Hindu New Year in usual grand style. According to the reports, Sinhala and Tamil people throughout the country enthusiastically got ready to celebrate it. This is the fourth National New Year the whole country is celebrating in an environment of peace and tranquility since the total eradication of terrorism. The Sinhala and Hindu New Year is a great cultural festival that has been observed by all Sri Lankans from ancient times. Every year it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Anti SL govt. protest by Muslims in UK
by Sujeeva Nivunhella in London Courtesy: Sunday Island
 The Sri Lankan Muslim community in the United Kingdom did not participate in a demonstration staged by a group of Muslims opposite the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week. The protesters warned of Jihad (holy war) if Buddhists and the Sri Lankan government continued "to oppress Muslims". However, they said that if the Sri Lankan government wants peace, they will be happy to have a dialogue. A demonstrator, Abu Yusuf, said although Sri Lanka is thousands of miles away, every problem a Muslim faces in any part of the world is another Muslim’s concern.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

SEVEN WONDERS OF THE BUDDHIST WORLD- FULL DOCUMENTARY !
... -Full Story- (youtube.com - 14/04/13)

Energy, money and time saving cooking by applying simple principles of science.
Dr Hector Perera         London
Now it the time of the most traditional times of the year, Sinhala Awrudu season then the people would like to resort to traditional ways doing all things including cooking. Its nothing like preparing ‘Kiribath’ on firewood stoves because it’s the traditional way Sri Lankans have been preparing this festive seasonal food. Honestly I cannot describe the happy atmosphere created during this time of the year but let me show some energy saving cooking ideas by gas fires because some people have gas cooking facility than firewood cooking. By definition cooking means to prepare food... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Navi Pillai a misfit at UNHRC
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The saga of the anti-Sri Lankan Resolution, which snaked its way through the hands of the power-brokers in the corridors of the UNHRC in Geneva, has a rather intriguing history: it reveals more about the machinations of big power politics and the moral and institutional failure of the UN to uphold the scales of justice evenly than about any uncommon failure of Sri Lanka either in the battlefield or off it. Since May 2009 the UNHRC has been used by the big powers of the West exactly the way Colin Powell used the Security Council to demonize... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Way Forward : China-India-Russia strategic geopolitical alliance
Shenali Waduge
Should the 3 powers of Asia combine to make a formidable global force? Its not a bad idea – in fact it’s an excellent idea and would provide Asia and inadvertently the world the balance of power and stability that is lacking. Against a declining West, Asia’s 3 formidable power houses are best placed to challenge USA’s supremacy but the only issue is India’s mixed signals and its colonial-servant attitude in bowing to Western dictates. Yet, given the current world scenarios, Russia, China and India should combine and together as a common block enforce their demands to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Has Sri Lanka Become a Colony Again?
Ira de Silva London, Canada
Reading the various news reports in the Sri Lankan and Indian media recently, could and would the GOSL confirm that it is still responsible for governance or has it been delegated to the U.S. and India? Has Sri Lanka become a "colony" again? After the infamous Indo-Lanka Agreement of 1987 and the 13th Amendment that was forced on Sri Lanka so Rajiv Gandhi could win votes in Tamil Nadu, there was the spectacle of J. Dixit, the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, strutting around attempting to behave as if he was the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Was life for Tamils better under LTTE?
Shenali Waduge
Given that separation of Sri Lanka is out of the question the Tamils had 2 choices before them. To be ruled under a defacto armed LTTE or to remain under sovereign Sri Lanka ruled by a democratically elected Government that comprised representatives of all ethnic groups. The Tamils did live under the LTTE for well over 25years and the Tamil political party the Tamil National Alliance openly declared that the LTTE was the “sole representative of the Tamils” not once but several times. In so doing the TNA lumped all the Tamils en masse into a terrorist... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

“Boru Bana Sena” are 21st Century Devadattas Whose Bahaviour is Undoubtedly Against Buddhism and Sinhalese
by Dr. Sarath Buddhadasa
 We entered Peradeniya university way back in the late 1970s with the hope of creating a future for our families and also to enjoy life while contributing to the progress of society, since it was the people of this country who sustained us in the universities by way of direct and indirect taxes paid to the government to provide us free education. However, all our hopes and dreams were shattered with the birth of LTTE terrorism and Pirabaharan and his inhuman partners almost destroying our social and economic fabric. We were fortunate that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/13)

Wijedasa Rajapakse and Bodu Bala Sena
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
Wijedasa Rajapakse (WR) wanted to bring a law to remove monks from politics.  What did this Sinhala Buddhist (he says he talks as a Sinhala Buddhist) do to Sinhala Buddhists? Does he not consider that putting a halal label even to a tooth brush or a spoon made out of a coconut shell and women covering their faces with only two holes for the eyes as unreasonable acts? Did he know that Ven. Soma came to politics because laymen and women like him were scared of opening their mouths for fear of death? Does he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/13)

“Illegal to be non-Muslim in Maldives”- Correction
Asada M Erpini
A homosexual blogger from Maldives, who now lives in exile in Sri Lanka, is implied to have said that ......... Dear Editor, My name is Hilath Rasheed and I am the subject of an article on your website written about me by Asada M Erpini titled “Illegal to be non-Muslim in Sri Lanka”. It seems that Mr. Erpini has misinterpreted my comments to The Independent newspaper. As the first commentator to your article pointed out, I was referring to Maldives, not Sri Lanka. I was saying that it is illegal to be non-Muslim in Maldives. Maldives'... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/13)

Karunanidhi reiterates demand for abolishing death penalty
Courtesy The Hindu
Renewing his demand for abolishing death penalty, DMK chief M. Karunanidhi on Saturday made a fresh pitch for a state cabinet meeting to adopt a resolution recommending commutation of the death sentence awarded to three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. “Our stand is that capital punishment should be abolished and should be taken off the law book,” Mr. Karunanidhi said, recalling his remarks that the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan should be commuted on humanitarian grounds. “If the state government has to approach the problem truly, it should not just stop after adopting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/13)

8 fishermen saved by ICG from Lankan navy
By Express News Service - KARAIKAL/RAMANATHAPURAM .(The New Indian Express)
A day after eight fishermen of Nagapattinam district were assaulted by the Lankan navy off the coast of Kodiyakarai, another mid-sea confrontation unfolded on Friday where as many as 46 fishermen detained by the Sri Lankan navy were brought back to  the Karaikal Marg port after Indian Coast Guard (ICG) personnel intervened and held a series of talks with their Lankan counterparts. Sources said, 46 fishermen in five boats from various hamlets in the district ventured in to sea on Thursday. While they were fishing in the sea off... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/13)

The Secret of the Seven Sisters- A four-part series that reveals how a secret pact formed a cartel that controls the world>s oil.
Source: Al Jazeera
On August 28, 1928, in the Scottish highlands, began the secret story of oil. Three men had an appointment at Achnacarry Castle - a Dutchman, an American and an Englishman. The Dutchman was Henry Deterding, a man nicknamed the Napoleon of Oil, having exploited a find in Sumatra. He joined forces with a rich ship owner and painted Shell salesman and together the two men founded Royal Dutch Shell. The American was Walter C. Teagle and he represents the Standard Oil Company, founded by John D. Rockefeller at the age of 31 - the... -Full Story-
(aljazeera.com - 13/04/13)

India's retired diplomat Hardeep Puri flays Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa brothers
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1. Canada
11 April 2013 (Editor of The Hindu.  Sir, kindly forward this letter to Mr. Hardeep S. Puri.  AW) OPEN LETTER Mr. Hardeep S. Puri    Recently Retired Senior Indian Diplomat, Class of  1974  Senior Diplomat at Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, December 1984 – March 1988, New Delhi, India Dear Hardeep Puri: Strange it may sound; there seem to be no ending of the smart Alec Indian diplomats coming out of the wood work, flaying their arms at Sri Lanka.  The present President of India Shri Pranab... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

WIMAL WEERAWANSA SHOULD MOVE HIS APPLICATION AGAINST THE 13A NOW
Jayantha Liyanage, General Secretary, Sinhala Jathika Peramuna (SJP),
Minister Wimal Weerawansa (WW) early this year on one Friday said that he is going to move an SC application against the 13A. But two days later on Monday he said that he is not going to move it because he belongs to one PSC committee therefore it would not be good to do so. But when he said that he would move an application against the 13A, on Friday then the application set must have been ready on that Friday – 3 sets of the application for the three SC... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

Army inquiry to civilian deaths is a joke, according to TNA
Asada M Erpini
 The response of Suresh Premachandran, an MP of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to the report of the army inquiry, as mentioned in the media on 11 April, is hardly surprising. Leaving the genuineness, objectivity and the veracity of the inquiry by the armed forces aside, the TNA stance has always been anti-Sri Lankan and anti-armed forces.  Is it possible for the TNA to cite a single action or incident that would suggest even vaguely that it ever did anything to safeguard the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka? All that Sri Lanka hears and reads... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

“US ready to support Sri Lanka”, says Kerry
Asada M Erpini     
For a change, the statement by the US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, on the occasion of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, as reported on 12 April, does not seem to have the usual innuendos and the threats that emanated from the likes of Hilary Rodham Clinton and her underlings Robert Blake, Patricia A. Butenis and Michele J. Sison It is only after May 2009 that Sri Lankans have been able to celebrate any event of cultural or religious significance without the fear or risk of getting blasted by an LTTE bomb. It... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

The bond of Buddha and all that it conveys is a bond between India and Sri Lanka which nothing can break
MEDIA RELEASE Information Technology Division - Ministry of External Affairs Sri Lanka
Inaugurating an exhibition of photographs titled ‘Buddhist Heritage of Sri Lanka: a shared culture with India’ at the India International Centre in New Delhi on 9 April, Foreign Secretary of India Ranjan Mathai, quoting from a speech made by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during a visit to Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, in 1950, said that the bond of Buddha and all that it conveys is a bond between India and Sri Lanka which nothing can break. Elaborating on the shared culture of India and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

Trouble in paradise: The darker side of the Maldives
Courtesy: The Independent (UK)
Public lashings. Religious extremists seizing power. A gay blogger with his throat slashed. Few of the million annual visitors to the Maldives will recognise the hellish side of these heavenly islands Hilath Rasheed, the first openly gay and secular blogger in the Maldives, was about to walk through his front door one afternoon last year when he felt the box-cutter slice through his neck. It took a moment to notice the blood pouring down his shirt. As his attackers sauntered off, Hilath staggered to the main road, clutching the loose skin over his throat with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

Avuruddha Celebrations in Malaysia
Avuruddha Celebrations in Malaysia
  Sunday, 7 April 2013; 11.30am            Sanghika Dana in Memory of Departed Loved Ones Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields Sunday, 7 April 2013, 5.00pm            Transference of Merits to Departed Loved Ones Sinhala Buddhist Cemetery, Loke Yew Sunday, 14 April 2013; 7.30am            Avuruddha Blessing Service and Exchange of Gifts Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields Sri Lanka Buddhist Temple, Sentul Sunday, 21 April 2013; 10.00am          Sri Lankan Musical Performance Buddhist Maha Vihara, Brickfields Saturday, 27 April 2013; 5.00pm         A Pictorial Journey of the Malaysian Sinhalese Malaysian Sinhalese Association, Brickfields Saturday, 27 April 2013;... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

British Airways resuming flights after 15 years sends a strong message of confidence in Sri Lanka – Dr Chris Nonis
Media Release The High Commission of Sri Lanka London
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis said that the fact that British Airways, the UK’s National carrier and third largest airline in Europe, has taken the decision to resume flights to Sri Lanka is an excellent index of their substantial confidence in Sri Lanka and its future growth potential.  (From L to R)  H.E. Dr. Chris Nonis , High Commissioner for  Sri Lanka to the UK with Mr. Keith Williams, Chief Executive Officer in British Airways, at the Sri Lanka High Commission. British Airways suspended... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

19 Lankan Tamil refugees reprieved, will not be sent back to Sri Lanka
Karthick S (Courtesy Times of India)
CHENNAI: About 19 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who feared deportation after they being stranded in Dubai can breathe easy with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Thursday refuting reports that they would be sent back home. "UNHCR is looking for a solution to resettle the 19 refugees in other countries. We have full cooperation from the UAE government and there is no threat of the refugees being sent back to Sri Lanka," said Babar Baloch, spokesperson for UNHCR in Geneva. There were reports earlier that the refugees who reached Dubai... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

Tamil Nadu’s IPL overreach -Only the Ministry of Home Affairs can regulate the entry of foreigners into India
Shivprasad Swaminathan Courtesy the Hindu
Designating the letter written by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to the Prime Minister as communicating a “decision” to “ban” Sri Lankan players, officials and support staff from participating in any Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket game in Chennai would be imprecise. Rather, it is a putative ban; a statement of intent by the Government of Tamil Nadu to ban the Sri Lankan nationals on a future date should they set foot in the State. The letter sought to justify the proposed ban on the grounds that the presence of the Lankans would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

‘Buddhist philosophies are a way of life’
Courtesy: Buddhist Channel
CHENNAI , India -- A day-long national seminar titled ‘Philosophical Revisit to Buddhism in Tamil Nadu’ was organised by the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, here on Wednesday. The seminar focused on how Buddhism forayed into Tamil Nadu.  Inaugurating the seminar D Raja, MP and National Secretary of the Communist Party of India, said, “Earlier all the Dalit colonies in northern Tamil Nadu had the photos of Buddha and Ambedkar. During my early years as a school student, I came to know about Buddha and Ambedkar through their birth anniversaries celebrated by the people of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/13)

The Trojan Horses Theory of the Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: How True!
by Garvin Karunaratne Former SLAS- Government Agent, Matara
Our Defence Secretary has said well of Trojan Horses type of activity by foreign sources. He has referred to Non Governmental  Organizations(NGO).  To my thinking these nefarious activities have been done by Governments as well. Sri Lanka is an unfortunate country  in terms of foreign interference. In the 1971 JVP Rebellion it was established that the North Korean Government played a role in it and its Embassy was  closed down and the Ambassador and staff deported. It was found that the N.Korean Embassy had withdrawn and spent a colossal sum... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

Rajapakse’s Dilemma : Allegiance to China – National Traitor – Face War Crimes
Shenali Waduge
The plot thickens. The “friends” of Rajapakse’s are increasing and their baits are not hard to read into. The choices before Rajapakse seem few and their lobbies appear in the form of India and Japan on the instructions of the US. Essentially the President must be mindful of the traps being laid before him. These are no “friends” – The Presidnet must remember the fates of one time “friends” of the US – Saddam, Mubarak and Gaddafi. Let us look at some of these options Rajapakse is being lured into accepting. For eliminating a terrorist movement the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

It was an astonishment that a gentleman from TGTE has replied
Kanthar P Balanathan
29th March 2013  Dear Mr…R.N,  It was an astonishment that a gentleman from TGTE has replied. My document was directed to Rudrakumaran of TGTE, however, may be he hasn’t got the courtesy or mannerism to reply, but asked you to reply. Thank you for your reply, which has given an opportunity to communicate with you guys up in the stratosphere.  Please read this letter and you are welcome to reply me if you do disagree on relatable and germane matters.  I think it is time for me to come clean and open to TGTE. My name... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

“DANNO DANITH” ! REPLY TO EDWARD GUNAWARDENA’S REPLY ON JAFFNA LIBRARY FIRE
By Gamini Gunawardane
It is unfortunate that the editor of ‘Sunday Island’ on 3rd March, had decided to close further discussion on this matter in his Paper. Yet, since Edward has raised some new issues, there is a need for a clarification. Hence this piece. But now since the urgency of the matter is lost, I took my time to formulate this reply leisurely, as the matter is now only of parochial interest. It has now become a credibility issue.  In my comment I stated that Tyrell Goonatilleke was not the head of the CID at the time in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

Bravo Rajpal, Editor Daily News – Sri Lanka has finally found a balanced editor
Nandana Wijeratne
This note is written to shower appreciation at the new editor of the Daily News who has done the impossible – bring balance to Sri Lanka’s media. We all know that the Daily News is the state newspaper and space for Ministers and their virtuous ways always get prominence. But the entry of Rajpal Abeynaike has certainly turned the Daily News around – it is readable, it is laid out better and more importantly it is giving balance. What a relief. Many complain of press freedom but take the private newspapers. The writers are the same and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke and the ‘only’ word
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
I saw an Ada Derana video clip of April 10, where Dr. J was talking in Sinhala at the meeting of Sri Lanka Young Journalists Movement. First he asked whose country is Sri Lanka.  And he said all kinds of Bala Senas and Ravayas are telling it is the country of the Sinhala Buddhists. He said, on the face of it that is true. But the question, he said is, whether it is the country of the Sinhala Buddhists only (pamanak). He said Sri Lanka should be for all and the minorities must feel secure.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

The Letter in the West Australian -How naïve can Australia be?
R Bandarage, Cottesloe WA
 How naïve can Australia be? Its four years since the Sri Lankan military crushed the Tamil Tigers. Since then there has not been a single terrorist event. The county is flourishing with new ports, road infrastructure and development projects. The recent Australian parliamentary delegation led by Julie Bishop confirmed how stable and secure Sri Lanka today is.  Tamils are the majority race in the capital city, Colombo and they control business and commerce. They hold positions in the government. . Yet, the international Tamil Tiger lobby together with their Western allies demonise the Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

Buddhist Fundamentalist Attacks On Christians And Other Minority Religions In Sri Lanka, Deplorable.
In Retrospect By Sarath Kumara
April 10th, 2013   While Sri Lanka is currently  in reconciliation mode for all the ethnic strife of the LTTE insurgency there seems to be a very distressing issue which has surfaced in post LTTE Sri Lanka which is not only shameful but also totally unacceptable while even contravening the teaching of the Lord Budda ~ Sri Lanka being predominantly a Buddhist country but a nation where there has been much tolerance for generations notwithstanding the provocations of organised terrorism for which an appropriate resolution was found but at the end of it there... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

LIFE ABROAD - Part 23:SRI LANKAN LOSS – ARABIAN GAIN
Dr.Tilak Fernando
After the evacuation of residents during the Second World War there had not been any habitation at Hyde Park Gardens, West London, except for a row of stables. Subsequently, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) High Commission moved to No.13 Hyde Park Gardens, followed by the German Ambassador (to No.14) as Sri Lanka’s neighbour. The whole of the Hyde Park Estate was later acquired by an Architect named Donald Hamilton who refurbished buildings and disposed of them through (his) David Hamilton & Co. It was presumed that he ran into some personal or financial difficulties later and committed suicide by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/13)

Sri Lanka blames India for protracted war - India responsible for Lanka’s 30-year war - Defence Secretary
Courtesy : Government Information Department
Sri Lanka Wednesday blamed India for the Tamil separatist war which dragged for 30 years on the island. The information department quoted Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as telling the local media that India could never absolve itself of the responsibility for creating terrorism in Sri Lanka. Had the then Indian government acted with responsibility, Sri Lanka wouldn’t have experienced a 30-year war, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said on Tuesday. People of all communities would have been still suffering the horrors of war, if not for the eradication of terrorism in May 2009,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/13)

Kuragala Buddhist Heritage and Archaeological Sites Must be Reinstated
Dilrook Kannangara 
What happens in Kuragala is a national shame. Ancient Buddhist monastery, archaeological sites, Devanagala rock inscription and the historical tunnel have been claimed by a Muslim sect as belonging to Arabs in the past. They argue an Arabic sage lived and died at the location close to a thousand years ago. These claims are silly as there is well documented evidence to say the entire Kuragala surrounds around the Buddhist Stupa belonged to a historically significant Buddhist archaeological site. Muslim devotees have completely defaced the site by putting up Arabic writings and Arabic flags, damaging ancient artefacts,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/13)

Interim Self Government – Demand of TNA
Asada M Erpini
Interim Self Government? The expression sounds eerily familiar. Ah! Yes, that is the Eelam by another name that the LTTE proposed in 2003. Oddly enough, that had one more word: it was called Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA), and now, ten years later, a member of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the LTTE progeny, seems to be going a step further in asking for an Interim Self Government, according to media reports of 10 April. And, who, may I ask, is the magnanimous donor that the TNA MP Saravanabavan thinks is going to bestow on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/13)

India gave LTTE Rs 50 lakh as compensation for Indo-Lanka pact
B Sivakumar, TNN Courtesy The Times of India
CHENNAI: Did India compensate the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after the 1987 Indo-Lanka pact and the dispatch of Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka? The US administration believed so, according to a cable sent by its embassy here and released by Wikileaks. A cable dated April 5, 1988 cites newspaper reports, which quoted J N Dixit, then Indian envoy to Sri Lanka that a stipend was agreed upon and was to be paid to the LTTE by the Indian government in view of the tax loss it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/13)

Golden Key depositors claim AG not issuing extradition order
By  Srian Obeyesekere Courtesy The Nation
The Golden Key Depositors Union (GKDU) yesterday claimed that the Attorney General had failed to issue an extradition order on the second suspect Sicille Kotelawala despite a court ruling. President, GKDU, Dushyanthi Hapugoda, speaking to ‘The Nation’ said, “No extradition order has been issued by the Attorney General’s Department despite a High Court order dating back to one and a half years ago. This is I believe because the Attorney General, Palitha Fernando’s wife happened to work at Golden Key at one time. This factor has influenced the non extradition in such a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/13)

Is the Nokia India "honey-pot" multi-million $$$$ Tax Scam planned by Tamil Nadu Terrorists?
Tax officials raid Nokia campuses in Chennai & Lots of Questions!
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-28/nokia-says-indian-court-grants-stay-on-unpaid-tax-demand.html 2013/01/09/india_nokia_tax_demand/ 1. Place Tax bill for UK£340m 2. Barter loudly for 20 minutes, with much hand waving and posturing 3. Settle on bill for £24.50 plus £1,000 in cash to each inspector for their "expenses" CHENNAI: Income Tax officials are raiding the premises of Finnish handset maker Nokia here in Chennai. A team of 20 officials reached the Nokia plant in Sriperumbudur and the Nokia offices in Chennai an hour ago. CHENNAI has edged past China as a unitwise volume producer of Nokia cellphones. In fact,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/13)

DMK’s Rajaram asked diplomat whether U.S. would back Tamil Nadu secession
M. Kalyanaraman B. Kolappan Courtesy The Hindu
A week into the Emergency when the relationship between the Congress government at the Centre and the DMK government in Tamil Nadu was becoming increasingly hostile, Labour and Housing Minister K. Rajaram asked a U.S. diplomatic representative in Chennai whether the U.S. would give assistance to the State if it decided to secede from India. In a diplomatic cable dated July 3, 1975, obtained by WikiLeaks (1975NEWDE08889_b, secret), the representative said his direct answer to this question was that the U.S. would not support such a move. “This was an internal affair... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/13)

Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha and his Christian-Marxist friends
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
Service of a monk The monk Ven. Sobitha (S) did lot of great service to Sri Lanka, especially to the Sinhala Buddhist cause. He was never a racist; he was presenting the reasonable path. A true Buddhist monk cannot be discriminating against any other living being or destroy or harm even a tree or an insect without a valid reason. He was very active and at times emotional and was no fake monk. Once he asked from Kumar Ponnambalam “Can you tell us what special problems Tamils in Sri Lanka are facing which are not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/13)

In Sri Lanka: Who are the Racists?
Shenali Waduge
Mass media have a power far more than Governments to tilt public opinion to their line of thinking using a plethora of modes at both international and local levels with a dangerous ability to make mountains out of molehills. The scope of their manipulation is phenomenal and profit driven. Humans are sensitive to emotional blackmail and fall victim to either mind conditioning or the human weakness of money and power. Media stands guilty of portraying situations in worse scenarios for its own gains and is largely accountable for creating tense situations in a country. Sri Lanka is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/13)

“U.S. engagement with Sri Lanka robust and multifaceted”
Asada M Erpini 
The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka has come out with the typical diplomatic jargon that does not mean anything worthwhile, and which also could be interpreted to mean any viewpoint depending on one’s position. She is reported in the media on 09 April, to have said that the dealings with Sri Lanka are “robust and multifaceted”. The report adds that the lady said, the “relationship is not limited to a single agenda, but represents a truly multidimensional approach driven not by any short-term agenda but by long-term goals”.  First and foremost, the writer is reminded of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/13)

Indian parliamentarians in Sri Lanka
Special Correspondent Courtesy the Hindu
Five parliamentarians from India, who arrived here Monday night, met Speaker of the Sri Lankan Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa and External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka G.L. Peiris on Tuesday, it is reliably learnt. However, sources with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) — which organized the trip — refused to divulge details of the agenda or the outcome of the meetings. After spending the morning at the Parliament, the delegation proceeded to Jaffna to review ongoing projects supported by the Indian government, particularly the housing initiative. The delegation includes Saugata... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/13)

THE ONGOING POLITICAL PROCESS IN PAKISTAN
PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
 The General Elections 2013 shall give a new colour to the history of Pakistan. Now-a-days one could feel a great hustle and bustle among all political sections of society in Pakistan because it is the very first time that a politically elected democratic government successfully completed its tenure. The results of the upcoming elections would show, up to what level, the previous government succeeded in fulfilling the expectations of the people of Pakistan. Elections do not mean just stamping a piece of paper and thrusting it into the ballot box; elections mean far more. Since very... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/13)

LTTE could have threatened Karunanidhi, U.S. surmises
R. K. Radhakrishnan (Courtesy the Hindu)
Tamil Tigers might have threatened the then Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, in 1989 “with a significant increase in the level of militant violence in Tamil Nadu” if he did not “boost their cause,” the United States surmised. “While all agree that it would be counterproductive for Karunanidhi to continue overt support for the several losers among the Sri Lankan Tamil political groups, his energetic and unwavering and totally uncritical agreement with the LTTE’s every move is raising numerous eyebrows, and alienating members of his own party... One extreme view, to which we do... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/13)

Agreements that Betrayed Sri Lanka:Post-Tsunami Operational Management Structure (P-TOMS)
Shenali Waduge
Since 1987 there have been a series of secretly signed agreements that have proven detrimental to the country. Silence of biased media to expose and inform the public to generate enough momentum against these agreements has meant nationalist lobbies have had to step in to fill the void. For all its past records, the JVP must be mentioned for its role in bringing to the attention of the masses important agreements that would with time provide the ground to divide the nation. The Indo-Lanka Accord, 2002 ceasefire agreement, ISGA and the PTOMS will go down as a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/13)

MYANMAR’S DILEMMA: THE MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
The Muslim community associated with Myanmar or former Burma, known as Rohingya Muslims are not indigenous to Myanmar. They are a relatively recent migrant community of Myanmar. Most of these Muslims are illicit immigrants who migrated from Muslim neighborhood regions of Bengal India during the British colonial period and later from East Pakistan or the present Bangladesh. The Myanmar government s of the past and present  do not consider Rohingya Muslims as legitimate citizens of Myanmar. The people of Myanmar consider the Rohingya people as illegal immigrants. Myanmar’s Muslims account for an estimated 04% of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/13)

On Line Petition Replace the Editor of the ‘Island’
It is an unfortunate that the Press of this country, particularly in the English language mainstream, has consistently failed to conform to the general principles of journalism followed in democratic countries. Most of the politically and economically influential people in Sri Lanka as well as those living overseas rely primarily on English language newspapers.  It was observed by the Press Commission (1964) headed by Justice K.D. de Silva that existing local newspapers did not hesitate to fabricate, suppress, slant or distort news and views whenever it suited them and they were further guilty of anti — national and anti - Buddhist... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/04/13)

Sri Lanka reacts strongly to TN Assembly resolution
By PTI
Sri Lanka on Monday reacted strongly to the recent Tamil Nadu assembly resolution against it, saying it was “disturbing” and asked the critics to visit the country to see the progress on the ground instead of going by “exaggerated” allegations of human rights abuses. The Tamil Nadu Assembly had on March 27, unanimously adopted a resolution urging the Centre to stop treating Sri Lanka as a friendly nation and to slap sanctions on it while demanding a referendum for a separate Tamil Eelam. “We would like to invite all those who make unfounded and exaggerated allegations as... -Full Story-
(m.thehindu.com - 08/04/13)

DMK WITHDREW FROM THE UPA FOR ITS EXPEDIENCY AND NOT THAT THE WORST HAS BEFALLEN THE TAMILS
by Walter Jayawardhana
 The lead op-ed piece published by the Hindu in its latest edition said the resignation of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam from the United Progressive Alliance government is more likely that the party has used the Sri Lankan crisis to push for a separation from the UPA, because it is politically expedient for it to do so. After all, what is happening in 2013 — or even what happened in 2012 — is not the worst that has befallen the Tamils of Sri Lanka  Manoj  Joshi writing the editorial said , “ The DMK wanted the UPA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/13)

Ahmadiyya Khalifa appeals for an end to inequality.
By A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at – Sri Lanka.
 A recent Press Release issued by our Press Department U.K., stated that His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad appeals for an end to inequality. The World Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (Jama’at) and Fifth Khalifa, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad has spoken at length about the perilous state of the world and the impending threat of a nuclear war. Whilst delivering the keynote address, on the occasion of the 10th Annual Peace Symposium at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London recently, His Holiness warned of catastrophic consequences if true justice at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/13)

Closer Economic Ties with India is an Economic Disaster
Dilrook Kannangara
The speech delivered by Asanga Abeyagoonaskera, Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKIIRSS) at the Annual Asian Relations Conference Organised by the Indian Council for World Affairs contains many inaccuracies. (http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=75924) On a superficial analysis, India has a fast growing economy; currently ranked 9th in the world in terms of the GDP and tipped to become the third largest. On the face of it, one may argue it is beneficial to enhance trade ties with India. However, upon closer examination it becomes obvious closer economic ties with India leads to the total destruction of the Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

Agreements that betrayed Sri Lanka : 2002 Ceasefire Agreement
Shenali Waduge
Winning hearts and minds of terrorists, mentality of surrender, advocating theory of “unwinnable war” and policy of appeasing, reducing the country to a pariah state, knowingly giving a terrorist organization status on par with a sovereign state and a democratic government were the characteristics of those led by Ranil Wickremasinghe that went on to sign 2002 infamous ceasefire agreement today described as one of the greatest betrayals of the nation. The supporters of the ceasefire were those that equated the removal of checkpoints giving them freedom of movement as a victory for freedom and peace to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

Is Bodu Bala Sena the only ‘Extremist’ organisation in Sri Lanka?
Asada M Erpini
“Extremist organisations are disturbing the harmony among different ethnic and religious groups.” “Ban the extremist organisations”, goes a call attributed to another group in Sri Lanka. The media are awash with the threat reportedly caused by these “extremist” groups.  The writer has no special affiliation to or any antagonism towards Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), which has been in the news in a big way recently, or the Jathika Hela Urumaya that is often referred to as the “monk party” by the media. To refer to BBS, another media forum uses the expression “controversial Buddhist extremist” group.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

Give It A Break Tamil Nadu, Neither You Nor India Have A Right To Intimidate Sri Lanka The Way You Do Constantly!
Insight By Sunil Kumar
April 7th, 2013 The haranguing of Sri Lanka by Tamil Nadu politicos at every given opportunity and India acquiescing based on the dependency of certain top dog ruling party personalities who would rather dance to Tamil Nadu tunes than acknowledge the incongruesness of it all needs to be highlighted and brought to a halt if India truly wants relations between the two neighbour nations to be cordial and friendly from every perspective! It seems somewhat of a worthless double standard on the part of the Indian hierarchy to oppose only certain issues related to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

President to appoint probe Commission Matale mass grave -JVP also wants govt. to release 1995 report on all extra judicial killings
 By Ravi Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island
April 7, 2013, 10:03 pm Following the discovery of a mass grave near the Matale hospital and the controversy surrounding it, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to appoint a commission to probe it. Presidential Spokesman Mohan Samaranayake told The Island yesterday that the President would appoint the Commission this week. He said the President’s decision follows the last November’s discovery of 154 skeletal remains from the Matale grave. "The President has decided to appoint a Special Presidential Commission regarding this all-important matter and he informed me of his decision this morning," Samaranayake said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

Open a Buddhist Desk at Sri Lanka External Affairs Ministry
Shenali Waduge
Nations and nation systems did not emerge without a history. Nations like Sri Lanka have a rich cultural and historical heritage they should not feel shy about. The modern day liberal secularists would profane a different notion but against the heritage of the past what have these liberals given for history to remember? International diplomacy is much more than the gun boat diplomacy currently pursued. The softer approach is far more binding and reaps greater benefits. The cultural ties will secure diplomatic bonds that include people that are ideal in the current context of global hostility. Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

French President Hollande Seeks to Outdo Sarkozy in Excluding Muslim Women from French Society
Press Release Dr. Nazreen Nawaz Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir
Not content with arresting and imposing fines on Muslim women wearing niqab as well as expulsion of modestly dressed Muslim girls and women from schools and government jobs; Associated Press and other media outlets reported on Monday the 1st of April that French President Francoise Holland expressed his wish to see a broadening of the headscarf ban in France into the private sector. His comments followed a ruling in March by France's top court that a privately-run nursery had unfairly sacked a Muslim woman... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

Vaiko, HRW oppose UAE move to deport refugees to Lanka
By Express News Service - CHENNAI / COLOMBO Courtesy the New Indian Express
MDMK general secretary Vaiko and New York-based Human Rights Watch made separate calls to assist 19 Tamils being readied to be deported to Colombo from the United Arab Emirates. In a telephonic conversation, Vaiko reminded Manmohan Singh of his letter a few days ago on the issue of 19 Sri Lankans who were earlier given asylum by the UAE government but were now poised to be deported to Colombo. India should intervene in the matter and ensure that they are not sent to Sri Lanka, he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

රට නඟන නිල් රැල්ල සාමාජිකයින් දස ලක්ෂයේ ඉලක්කය දෙගුණයක් ඉක්මවා ගිහින්
මාධ්‍ය අංශය  විදුලිබල හා බලශක්ති අමාත්‍යංශය
පක්ෂයටත් වඩා ඉදිරියට ගිහින් නායකත්ව පුහුණු වැඩසටහනක් කරන එකම ආසනය ඇහැලියගොඩ ආසනයයි - අමාත්‍ය බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ රට නඟන නිල් රැල්ල වැඩසටහනේ අපේක්ෂාව සාමාජිකයින් දශලක්ෂයක් වුණත් අද වන විට එය දෙගුණයක් ඉක්මවා ගොස් ඉතා ම සාර්ථකව බිම්මට්ටමින් කි‍්‍රයාත්මක වී ඇතැයි ආර්ථික සංවර්ධන අමාත්‍ය, ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ ජාතික සංවිධායක බැසිල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පවසයි.  ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂයට සංඛ්‍යාත්මකව සාමාජිකයන් වැඩිකර ගැනීම ම පමණක් ප‍්‍රමාණවත් නොවන බවත් එම සාමාජිකයන් ගුණාත්මකව සංවර්ධනය කළ යුතුය යන්න අතිගරු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ අපේක්ෂාව බවත් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා පැවසුවේ ඇහැලියගොඩ ආසනයේ ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්ෂ ක‍්‍රියාකාරිකයින් වෙනුවෙන් පවත්වනු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/13)

Dhimmitude: Historical Consequences of Jihad
Dr. N.S. Rajaram
Islamic conquests resulted in a multitude of second-class citizens known as Dhimmis and a state of mind called ‘dhimmitude’. It is characterized by victims of Jihad going into denial and flatter their tormentors.Islam, we are told is a ‘complete and completed system,’ ordained by God and conveyed to humanity by His Final Prophet Muhammad. The Word of God (The Quran) and the Acts of Muhammad (The Hadits) lay down the rules—sacred as well as secular—for all people and for all times. These are binding on believers as well as non-believers. This may appear strange until one... -Full Story-
(folks.co.in - 07/04/13)

Sri Lankan Navy arrests 30 more Indian fishermen
PTI
Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 30 more Indian fishermen for allegedly poaching in the country’s waters, taking the total number of those captured to 56 in the last two days. After the arrest of 26 Indian fishermen and seizing six trawlers on Friday, another batch of 30 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their six trawlers seized by the Sri Lanka Navy on Saturday night, officials said Sunday. Sri Lankan Navy spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the 30 Indian fishermen and their trawlers were nabbed on Saturday night off Talaimannar in Jaffna peninsula for entering Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 07/04/13)

Jayalalithaa urges SC to allow use of Tamil as official language in HC
PTI
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday urged the Centre and Supreme Court to reconsider their stand against authorising Tamil as official language in Madras High Court and said administration of justice needs to be taken closer to the people. A recent communication from the Centre had indicated that the long standing request of the state was considered by Supreme Court, but after due deliberations, it reiterated its earlier resolutions “not” to approve the proposal, she said.... -Full Story-
(indiatvnews.com - 07/04/13)

Sri Lanka orders probe into mass grave
AFP
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka-s president on Sunday ordered an investigation into a mass grave dating back to a period when thousands of people disappeared during a crackdown on Marxist rebels, his spokesman said. Mohan Samaranayake said President Mahinda Rajapakse will in the next two days announce an expert panel to probe the grave where over 150 skeletal remains were found at the central town of Matale last November. "This inquiry will be in addition to ongoing police investigations," Samaranayake told AFP.... -Full Story-
(Times of India - 07/04/13)

DMK members to meet Commonwealth representatives
PTI
CHENNAI: DMK today said its MPs and members of pro-Tamil TESO backed by it will meet envoys of Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group of countries, scheduled to meet at London on April 26, to demand that the CHOGM should not be held in Sri Lanka. DMK, which has been opposing Sri Lanka as the venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) slated for November, said in a statement that its representatives will call on the CMAG members to press their demand.... -Full Story-
(articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com - 07/04/13)

Kath Noble’s cry of victory for America on its resolution against Sri Lanka
By Charles.S.Perera
Kath Noble in her article “ Sri Lanka’s defeat “ to the Island on 27 March, 2013, states , “The UN Human Rights Council sessions ended last week with the passage of another resolution on Sri Lanka. It was a victory for the United States, which secured 25 votes in favour compared to 13 against, with eight abstentions and the representative from Gabon being recorded as AWOL.” Any one from West would readily claim that the passing of the US Resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC in Geneva, is a victory to the USA and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/13)

Agreements that Betrayed Sri Lanka: Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA)
Shenali Waduge
Ranil Wickremasinghe won parliamentary elections in December 2001 and within 2 months signed the ceasefire agreement placing a terrorist organization on par with a democratic government and virtually allowing the LTTE a carte blanche – an agreement like the Indo-Lanka Accord withheld from the People of Sri Lanka and even Ranil Wickremasinghe’s own cabinet. President Kumaratunga remained President from 1994 and it was on 1st November 2003 that the LTTE submitted proposals for an interim self-governing authority (ISGA) that would more or less legally seal what the ceasefire had provisionally established. The race between UNF and President... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/13)

Was the Colonial Encounter an unmitigated disaster for the peoples of Sri Lanka?
R Chandrasoma
It is commonly supposed that Asiatic nations - Sri Lanka  being a kind of archetype in this respect - suffered hugely due to  the predation of European nations in the first flush of imperial power. There is no doubt that Portugal was a marauding menace in the sixteenth century and that this first encounter with a rough and brutal European nation was calamitous for us. Let us not forget, however, that much of the misery was  locally engendered in that our rulers of the time not merely misjudged the White Invader but openly sought his patronage in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/13)

Stop exporting elephants from Sri Lanka as gifts - it debases our humanity and Buddhist heritage
Shenali Waduge
No ruler of Sri Lanka can afford to ignore Buddhist injunctions which used to form the moral and ethical framework of governance of this country under our pre-colonial Sinhalese Kings.   One of the most celebrated injunctions conveyed by a monk to a King in recorded history is that moving plea made by Arahant Mahinda to King Devanampiyatissa in their very first encounter at Mihintale about 2300 years ago, in the following words: "Oh! Great King, the birds of the air and the beasts have an equal right to live and move about in any part of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/13)

President will not brook outside interference
By Uditha Kumarasinghe Courtesy The Sunday Observer
Despite his Marxist convictions which fostered his political life, at a nationally important moment he took a decisive step to support the UPFA Government to free the country from the clutches of terrorism. Minister Wimal Weerawansa is a born orator who could hold his audience spellbound for hours on end. As Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister, today he has faced the challenge of providing shelter to the homeless in the country. The Minister in an interview with the Sunday Observer said whatever... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/13)

Christian denigration of Buddhism and conversion of the vulnerable
by  J. Goonetilleke
Creating violence and then moralising is one of the WMDs used by the Christian church to destabilise native societies. The Karen rebels in Burma and Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka were well supported by the Christian church. They were in the forefront supporting the Tigers internationally. Their propaganda machines depicted the war as a fight between Buddhists and Hindus. It was not unusual to use a caricature of a Buddhist monk with an AK-47 in one hand and a grenade in the other as a tool to denigrate Buddhism in articles written in western media. This was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/13)

Sri Lanka heals from civil war –
 Amy Karafin
Posted on March 24, 2013 by IS “Over and over again I would see evidence of the civil war, which began in 1983 and continued until 2009. During that time, militants seeking a separate Tamil state in the north and east (an area including the largely Tamil Jaffna peninsula) were pitted against the government, which had, since independence from the British in 1948, become dominated by pro-Sinhalese policies.” – Amy Karafin As soon as I arrived at the temple, an old man caught my eye and directed me to the inner sanctum. It was hot outside, and the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/13)

“Win-win situation between India and Sri Lanka” and historical, cultural and ethnic links
 Asada M  Erpini
A media report dated 04 April quotes a spokesman of India’s Ministry of External Affairs as saying, “India, Sri Lanka relationship is a 'win-win situation’”. The next day, a widely-read local English daily reported, “The President (of India) said India-Sri Lanka bilateral relationship is based on shared historical, cultural and ethnic ties and it has always been close and cordial”. The latter also stated that India could not remain untouched by developments in Sri Lanka.  What hogwash and hollow and interfering rubbish!  If one were to look at the ‘win-win’ situation between India and Sri Lanka, about... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/13)

A kind reminder to H.E. President and his government !
By citizen Mahinda
In the year 2005, the greater majority of Sinhela Buddhists voted you in to power with vested interests despite many international and local conspiracies to destabilize the country and to subject it to LTTE.  Even with the thin majority in 2005,  you delivered what we Sinhela Buddhist majority wanted in your first term that is eradicating LTTE menace from this motherland which is nobler than heaven to us. You did a perfect job despite pressures from various pressures and cronies who were trying to prevent it from the west, that stuff we still remember and phrase... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/13)

Will you say the same for Sri Lanka?
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
 5 April 2013  Hon. John Baird, PC., MP Minister of Foreign Affairs House of Commons Ottawa  Dear Minister:  It is 5:30 in the morning, and I just read the Ottawa Citizen's news item "Butt out, Baird warns Iran", on page 5.  Buried in the middle of the news item I found you say, "But we should be very clear that Iran's interference in some of its neighbours' internal political affairs is something that's distinctly unhelpful, and it's never motivated by good."  Here is the deal Minister.   I... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/13)

MATTALA AND HAMBANTOTA TO POSITION SRI LANKA AS A LOGISTICS HUB - DR CHRIS NONIS AT THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC FORUM, UK
Media Release  High Commission of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  Dr. Chris Nonis spoke on the Ambassadors Panel of the Global Economic Forum 2013, UK, and highlighted the geo-strategic positioning of Sri Lanka at the nexus between shipping and aviation routes of the West and the East, and the substantial infrastructure development in the country in the post-conflict era. He spoke of the recently inaugurated Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, along with the Hambantota Port, which will help to position Sri Lanka as a logistics hub within the Indian Ocean. Dr. Nonis also spoke of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/13)

'I am the only alternative' - Sarath Fonseka
P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne
Sarath Fonseka (SF), the leader of the Democratic Party had said, after his party was registered, that, 'His outfit is the only alternative to a corrupt govt as well as a bankrupt Opposition'. Unfortunately, he had realised about the bankrupt Opposition a bit late. During the last Presidential elections the Opposition was in a limbo without a candidate. After the war both  President Rajapakse and Sarath Fonseka were at the height of their popularity. So the Oppositon used one diamond to cut another diamond. The election defeat was a disaster for him. All his backers deserted him. There are nearly 60... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/13)

Himalayan Blunder
By Inderjit Badhwar- an Author, Adventurer and former Chief Editor –‘ India Today
I n voting against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC for a second time, New Delhi made a pusillanimous display of Pax Indiana's opacity in a region crucial to its geopolitical stability and security. And New Delhi has missed out on or deliberately ignored crucial home truths. Inderjit Badhwar First of these is that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a diehard nationalist who so far resisted the terrific pressure he has been under from the JVP and JHU for "being an Indian stooge." His base of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/13)

India kept in loop on war against LTTE: Sri Lanka
Courtesy the Pioneer
Sri Lanka has claimed India  was always kept informed about the progress of the war against the LTTE. This was disclosed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, on Monday while addressing delegates participating in an international literary festival being held at Galle in the island nation. “A special bilateral committee was set up at the highest level, including then Senior Presidential Adviser Basil Rajapaksa, Secretary to President Lalith Weeratunga and myself as Defence Secretary from the Sri Lankan side, and former National Security Adviser MK Narayanan, then Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and then... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/13)

India should have sought Sri Lankas suspension from Commonwealth: BJP
CHENNAI: Expressing support to the cause of protecting Sri Lankan Tamils, BJP today said India should have demanded Sri Lankas suspension from the Commonwealth for alleged human rights violations and urged the country not to participate in the next CHOGM. "India should have taken the initiative to bring to the notice of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group over the violation of human rights and sought the suspension of Sri Lanka," senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said, addressing a party meeting here.... -Full Story- (articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com - 05/04/13)

The many Balachandrans of Jaffna
P. Jayaram
The killing of Prabakaran’s son allegedly by Sri Lankan forces has evoked horror, but there can be no forgetting the children who were the LTTE’s cannon fodder Way back in 1994, four Colombo-based Indian journalists and the Sinhalese correspondent of an international news agency got a rare permission to visit Jaffna. Rare because, at that time, the northern peninsula was almost totally controlled by the Tamil Tigers, who had driven out the government forces in conventional battles. Journalists required permission from both sides to the island’s festering conflict — the government and the LTTE — as well... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 05/04/13)

Geneva, Morning After: A necessary Rethink
Susantha Goonatilake
The week we lost at Geneva was the week the rest of the world was asking uncomfortable questions on the 10th anniversary of the western invasion of Iraq. And Kashmir was on lockdown as the population protested Indian atrocities there, including killings and rape.  It was not only Western channels like CNN and BBC but also most of their serious newspapers that were questioning the Iraq warlast week. 10 years ago, the USwas still in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union and considered the world’s sole superpower. In the Iraq invasion,the US returned to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/13)

Why All the Fuss about Militarisation in Sri Lanka When Singapore is the Second Most Militarised Nation on Earth
Dilrook Kannangara
Old and new colonials in the west, India and the NGO cabal are up in arms over what they call militarisation of Sri Lanka and parts thereof. There is no logical reason for their nonsensical concerns. Sri Lanka ranks low (rank 41) in global militarisation ranking. Global Militarization Index and rankings are conducted by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion. http://www.bicc.de/old-site/index.php?page=ranking-table?year=2011&sort=rank_asc Quoted from the Bonn International Centre for Conversion declaration on the Global Militarization Index; “the GMI compares, for example, a country’s military expenditure with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its health expenditure. It contrasts the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/13)

April 5, 1971: Miscommunication proved fatal for JVP
Janaka Perera
 Friday April 5 marks the 42nd anniversary of JVP insurgency of 1971.  The uprising became a watershed in Sri Lanka’s post-independence politics.  It was the island’s first armed insurrection against an elected government. If not for a fatal error the insurgents made the country’s history would have taken a far different course.  The JVP High Command on April 2 had decided to attack all police stations on the night of April 5 but the cadres at Wellawaya had mistaken it for a pre-dawn strike on the same day. The premature attack alerted the government.   In Colombo,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/13)

Supreme Court orders: Sell the Golden Key Credit Card Compan directors’ assets to pay depositors
by Chitra Weerarathne Courtesy The  Island
The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to expeditiously realise the personal assets, including shares belonging to the Key Director of the Golden Key Credit Card Company, since they had violated the bail conditions, as per Supreme Court and High Court orders, relevant to them, whereby they agreed to contribute their personal assets towards the settlement of the security deposit balances. The Directors are J. L. B. Kotalawala, Mrs. S. P. C. Kotalawala, S. K. M. Perera, J. Z. N. Fernando, D. G. S. R. Sumanasekera, A. D. Jegasoothy,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/13)

What you should know about GMO (Genetically Modified Foods)
Shenali Waduge
Some facts: Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are now in over 30,000 food products 92.5% of arable land around the world is GMO free The first genetically modified food item, a tomato, appeared in the United States in 1994 and in Britain in 1996 The risk is especially great when crops meant for human consumption are grown near crops altered and grown for specialized pharmaceutical needs. The four countries that grow 90% of GMOs worldwide are the US (53%), Argentina (18%), Brazil (11.5%) and Canada (6.1%). There are 13.3 million farmers cultivating GM crops. The vast majority are smallholders... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/13)

Angler lands two big bass at once, including one trying to swallow the other After bizarre catch, he gently pulls fish apart and sets them free
by Pete Thomas
A fisherman at Lake Austin, presumably in Texas, recently caught two keeper-size largemouth bass without even casting a line. But the bizarre twist to this story is that one of the lunkers had half-swallowed the other, even though it was about the same size. After pulling the bass aboard, the angler gently pulled them apart, set them free, and watched them swim away (see video).... -Full Story-
(fieldandstream.com - 04/04/13)

Revamp the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs
Shenali Waduge
The UNHRC has concluded. 2 Resolutions have been passed both sponsored by US and backed by India. Many continue to ask what went wrong. Many wonder inspite of defeating a terrorist organization why the nation has been turned into and treated as a pariah state. Never has Sri Lanka had to suffer such humiliation despite being the only nation to have defeated terrorism. Our lessons are clear. We have failed to tackle the world and that failure lies at the doorstep of the Ministry of External Affairs tasked to make the world informed of Sri Lanka’s progress.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/13)

Lowbrow Kollywood Joins The Tamil Nadu Joker Troupe
Janaka Yagirala
For someone to know the difference between highbrow and lowbrow, one must only watch an episode each of "Yes Prime Minister" and "Dirk Gently". For someone who cannot figure it out like a typical Kollywood die hard fan willing to self immolate, reading the rest of this would be a waste of time! It is enlightening to see people do something different for a change, like propped up cine heroes (who would defecate in their pants had it been in real life) skip a meal to lower their cholesterol. In the case of anorexic heroines (real life... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/13)

Gotabhaya, Defence Secretary on 13th Amendment
P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne
During recent times Tamil Nadu had shown its animosity towards Sri Lanka in various ways. The latest being that Sri Lankan cricketers are not allowed to participate in the IPL games in Chennai. Thus Tamil Nadu had created a 'crisis' and is dictating terms to the Central government. New Delhi appears to be at the mercy of Tamil Nadu. With regard to Jayalalithaa's and Karunanidhi's intimidating demands, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, the Defence Secy, recently indicated that they are flogging a dead horse and instead asked them to fight for Eelam in Tamil Nadu. He had also added that the Tamil Nadu crisis had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/13)

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleke and regime change in Sri Lanka
C. Wijeyawickrema, LL.B., Ph.D.
            According to Carlo Fonseka, who once asked Professors K.N.O. Dharmadasa and Buddhadasa Hewavitharana, “Who is a black-white,” Dayan Jayatilleke (DJ) is the Harold Laski of modern Sri Lanka.  Now that the big peace mudalali, Kumar Rupasinghe, is fighting with Norway for money not paid back, DJ has become an agent openly promoting a kind of regime change project in Sri Lanka from within.  DJ is like a moving target or a slippery snake, and he will never agree to an open debate. His two recent interviews with Daily Mirror and Derana 360 are not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/13)

Stealing bank deposits now official policy; if you don’t want to be robbed, demand Glass-Steagall
Citizens Electoral Council of Australia
No bank deposits anywhere are safe following the disastrous Cyprus “bail-in” using confiscated deposits, because this is now the standard for all future bank rescues. In further evidence to that effect, it has now emerged that the confiscation of deposits in Cyprus was planned well in advance by the economic authorities in the European Commission, the Bank of England (BOE), and U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), spelt out in a 10 December 2012 joint BOE-FDIC paper, Resolving Globally Active, Systemically Important, Financial Institutions. A form of deposit confiscation has already hit over one... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/13)

Searching for Steele
Broadcast: 02/04/2013 Reporter: Trevor Bormann (narrator)
Ten years after the start of the Iraq war, profound questions persist about the rationale for it, and the way it was waged. Among the most enduring – how did battalions of Iraqi police commandos become such a brutal, deadly force? According to a fifteen month investigation by The Guardian and BBC Arabic, the Pentagon sent a US veteran of the "dirty wars" in Central America to oversee sectarian police commando units in Iraq that set up secret detention and torture centres to get information from insurgents. These units conducted some of the worst... -Full Story-
(abc.net.au - 03/04/13)

Eelaam is a Church funded LTTE-driven Pan-Christian Political Agenda
Shenali Waduge
Abrahamic religions and the violence, expansionism and advocacy of conversion are nothing that can be kept hidden or denied. “Spreading the Good” has led to purging of territories and their wealth and excommunicating natives and their unique cultures. Current fears associated with the repetition of past colonial crimes needs to be empathized in view of the objective of both Christianity and Islam competing for world hegemony. The Church is Christianity’s first soldier and it is becoming more and more evident that behind most terrorists’ activities the Abrahamic religions prevail. LTTE was simply a pawn of the Church... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/13)

Does USA have any right to pose as a champion of human rights?
Asada M Erpini
 Two nauseating news items related to the USA not paying any attention to human rights, now or in its shameful past, appeared in Mail Online on 02 April 2013. These reports came a mere ten days after the all-pious and mighty US sponsored a resolution at the UNHRC sessions in Geneva on 21 March against Sri Lanka for the latter’s violations of the human rights of Tamil civilians during the liberation war. The fact that disappoints all peace-loving Sri Lankans is that it is the very same war that brought peace to the island nation and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/13)

OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA - WAYWARD & CAPRICIOUS BEHAVIOUR OF SRILANKAN TAMILS & TAMIL DIASPORA
Kanthar P Balanathan Melbourne Australia
19th January 2013 HE Mr Barack Obama The President of the USA The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500   Your Excellency, WAYWARD & CAPRICIOUS BEHAVIOUR OF SRILANKAN TAMILS & TAMIL DIASPORA  As a Tamil SriLankan Australian, although I prefer to identify me as an Australian, and not Tamil, it has befallen necessary to write this letter to the White House, after reading the various political divergences USA & Canada has taken against SriLanka over the last few years. I am a very senior person who has worked in the UK,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/13)

Evangelical Intrusions - Tripura, a case study by Sandhya Jain
Dr MK Teng
The study undertaken by Sandhya Jain , published by Rupa-co, New Delhi, in an attractively designed volume, titled “ Evangelical Intrusions- Tripura, a case study” is the first systematic and in-depth inquiry into the evangelical intervention in the religious cultures of the tribal societies and indigenous peoples of India to “ coerce the entire tribal populace to convert to a millenarian tradition.” The study is a bold attempt to investigate into “concerted efforts by several western evangelical denominations to achieve their objective of complete conversion” of the tribal peoples and the inability of the Indian state... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/13)

Using NGOs to coerce nations
Sandhya Jain
Non-Western nations have long known that non-governmental organizations, ostensibly set up to provide humanitarian services to citizens in their respective countries, such as against police or other public authorities, fighting poverty or environmental degradation, are funded by foreign regimes to serve their agendas. They are in that sense a tool of coercive diplomacy, or war by other means. Some weeks ago, Egypt, frontrunner of the aborted Arab Spring, clamped down on foreign NGOs and refused to license eight US civil groups, including the election-monitoring Carter Centre, prior to the presidential polls. Under Egyptian law, NGOs cannot operate... -Full Story-
(ibtl.in - 02/04/13)

Being pursued by Frankenstein
Editorial Island  April 2, 2013,
The US and Europe erupted in jubilation when Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was dragged out of a culvert, paraded on streets and put to a violent death by the western-backed rebels in 2011. They may have thought that by ousting him they would be able to install a puppet regime in Tripoli and control Libya and its oil resources. British Prime Minster David Cameron and the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy flew to Tripoli during the closing stages of the war with Gaddafi still at large. They were given a rousing welcome and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/13)

A brief history of the Muslims of Sri Lanka
By Kamalika Pieris
Sri Lanka, known to the ancients as Ceylon, has been recorded in history books as a country that has had many visitations from foreign travellers throughout the ages. The people are mainly Buddhist, with a complex mixture of Hindus, Muslims, Roman Catholics and other Christian denominations. The main race are the Sinhalese while the Tamils, Muslims and Burghers (Anglo-Sri Lankans) form the remaining. The Muslims of Sri Lanka are a very small minority amounting to approximately 10% of a total population of 16 Million people. They claim descendancy from the Arab traders, who made Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/13)

The Muslims and Sri Lanka
By Kamalika Pieris .
The first wave of Muslims to arrive in Sri Lanka came from West Asia. Therefore let us briefly look at the Muslim achievements in West Asia. Islam originated in the Arab Peninsula, where the Prophet Mohammed preached in 622 AD. Islamic religious teachings are held in the Koran and the Islamic social life is guided by the Islamic Sharia Law. The Arabs, once converted to Islam, went on an expansionist spree which eventually swallowed up Egypt, Syria, Persia, Iraq and finally, in 711 AD, Spain. Virtually all those countries had their own civilisations prior to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/13)

Aggressive Evangelisation and North-East
Satyameva Jayate
Some of you may remember my recent posts from the north-east in which I had highlighted my concerns re. aggressive missionary activities in the region. Many of you would also know that there is a considerable amount of literature and news-paper reports on how foreign aid is being funnelled into anti-national activities in this part of India – at least some of it, finding its way to the numerous terrorist organisations active in the border states. Below are two first-hand accounts and one short extract that underline the magnitude of the problem and the gravity of the situation.... -Full Story-
(satyameva-jayate.org - 02/04/13)

It-s official, Christian missionaries donate billions to Indian NGOs
Source: IBTL
What has been asserted time and again by nationalist organisations and has been emphatically refuted by self-proclaimed liberals, is now out in the open. The latest report of the Home Ministry shows that more than Rs 10,000 crore was pumped into India during 2009-2010, mostly from the USA and Europes Christian organisations to NGOs in India. The report, approved by Union Home Secretary RK Singh in January 2012, revealed that major donors from abroad and receivers in India are Christian Missionaries and Church-sponsored NGOs. The four largest donors are all evangelical christian organisations who have a prophessed goal... -Full Story-
(ibtl.in - 02/04/13)

Response to BJP’s Yaswant Singh Lok Sabha speech on Sri Lanka
Shenali Waduge
The speech by former foreign minister Mr. Yashwant Singh recently to the members of the Lok Sabha was moving and drew attention to genocide of Tamils by Sri Lanka with a 7 point plan proposed by the BJP. The validity of these accusations needs to be analyzed. http://www.youtube.com/embed/y1y412wIsUc Let us take Mr. Yaswant Singh’s recommendations first 1.       Urge SL to withdraw its army from the North – war ended 4 years ago. SL should already have had law and order. Let them not run the north on a daily basis. Sri Lanka’s Response a.       Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/13)

Rift among lawyers after induction of new BASL President
P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne
CJ Mohan Pieris had not been invited for the convocation held on Saturday at Navarangahala to induct the new BASL president. Instead, the UNP dominated BASL, had asked a 'pretender' to grace the occassion. Impeached CJ Shiranie Bandaranayke with bankrupt politicians had sat at the High Table. As expected a great majority of the PC's and senior lawyers had not participated. The Attorney General, senior Judges and seniors from the Attorney General's Dept had boycotted the 'get together'. So it had turned out to be an an anti-govt, pro-Eelam, bankrupt politicians 'evening party'.   After this... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/13)

Tamil Nadu game plan to take over Sri Lanka
From a Well wisher
 What is the Tamil Problem ?  Do they have a Problem ?  In India, starting from the 1920s, Tamil Nadu tried hard to form a Coalition with other Dravidian states in the South of India and break away.  This did not work out since the other states refused to be led by Tamil Nadu.    Also, in 1963 PM Nehru passed a very strong anti-Secessionist Law. TN then realised they can never have a separate state in India.  So attention was turned to Sri Lanka.  Then known as Ceylon, the island had a good climate, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/13)

British peer reveals MI6 role in Lumumba killing
Courtesy The Hindu
The British intelligence services may have just had one of their best-kept secrets blown: their role in the abduction and assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister whose Pan-African nationalism and pro-Moscow leanings alarmed the West. For more than 50 years, rumours have swirled over allegations of British involvement in Lumumba’s brutal murder in 1961, but nothing has ever been proved — leaving the CIA and its Belgian peers alone to take the rap for what a Belgian writer has described as “the most important assassination of the 20th century.” Now, in a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/13)

Top Ambassadors witnessing Mannar IDP plight first-hand-Seven visiting Ambassadors and a 1st Secy sympathise on the sad state
PRESS COMMUNIQUE – MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY & COMMERCE, SRI LANKA
A delegation consisting of seven top Ambassadors to Sri Lanka -and a First Secretary- witnessed the plight of Muslim IDP settlements in the Mannar region when they toured the region on 30 March. The delegation, led by HE Abdulaziz Bin Abdurrahman Al-Jammaz (UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka), consisted of several diplomats. They were the Ambassadors to Sri Lanka from Iraq (HE Kahtan Taha Khalaf), Iran (HE Dr. Mohammad Nabi Hassani), Palestine (HE Anwar al-Agha), Pakistan (High Commissioner Maj Gen (R) HE Qasim Qureshi), Turkey (HE Ä°skender K. Okyay),... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/13)

DMK, PMK slam doctor’s arrest
Doctors’ association threatens to stage protest even if permission is denied
DMK president M. Karunanidhi and PMK leader S. Ramadoss on Saturday condemned the arrest of a senior doctor and former professor of the Madras Medical College, Dr Karunanidhi, and demanded that the case against him be withdrawn. In a statement here, the DMK leader said the crime of Dr, Karunanidhi was that he had asked a security officer not to enter the room occupied by Tamil newspaper baron Sivanthi Adithan with his boots on. “The doctor was arrested and hurriedly remanded to the Puzhal prison. This happened... -Full Story-
(thehindu.com - 01/04/13)

Economic Collapse – American Riots Will Be The Worst In The World!
Videos For Truth
“The Anger Phase is coming” (and other videos) that demonstrate the problems Americans, and other citizens of the world are forced to face, due to these criminals who have taken the entire world to the edge of a cliff, and also find out who they are.... -Full Story-
(videosfortruth.com - 01/04/13)

LEGAL PRETENDERS PROSTITUTE LAW FOR EELAM PROJECT
Sri Lanka News
* Top legal eagles, all top ranking judges, PCs boycott proceedings, evening party * ‘Convocation’-provocation aiming for ‘Eelam without one shot’ An attempt to pass off the impeached disgraced Chief Justice as the ‘43rd Chief Justice of the country’ with one speaker expressly stating that she remains Chief Justice, unraveled badly at the Navarangahala on Saturday. The appointed Chief Justice Mohan Peiris was not invited. Former Supreme Court judge C. Vigneshwaran speaking at the Bar Association of Sri Lanka annual ‘convocation’ held at Navarangahala, took the stupendously seditious position that the parliament of Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/13)


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