Archive for June 8th, 2014

Navi Pillai’s Controversial Picks: Sandra Beidas – South Sudan’s expelled UN officer & Dame Silvia Cartwright to lead investigation on Sri Lanka

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge When the country given independence in July 2011 by the West declares a UN Human Rights Officer, a persona non grata and expels her from the newly independent country in 2012, it is unusual news. Her crime, South Sudan declared was ‘unethical reporting’ as she had doctored records. Somalia too had banned […]

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Goodbye Mahbubul Alam Dangoria

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

By Nava Thakuria It was a December evening of 2001, when I first met Mahbubul Alam, veteran journalist of Bangladesh, in the office The Independent, a prominent English daily newspaper published from Dhaka. In fact, he was the first Bangladeshi editor, whom I knew and occasionally talked to him from my home city (Guwahati of […]

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The Demise of the Valachchenai Paper Factory marks the Ruin of our Great Industries: What has to be done?

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

By Garvin Karunaratne I was sad to read about the demise of the Valachchenai Paper Factory in the Ceylon  Today of 18 th May. It detailed how the machinery is being sold for scrap. In fact I was rather surprised to read of this demise because  in August 2012 the Sunday Observer  reported that Valachchenai will soon be […]

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Sri Lanka Missing Persons Commission: 40,000-225,000 accused of being killed but only 18,590 missing complaints filed

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge The Presidential Commission to investigate cases of Missing Persons was appointed on 14th August 2013 its mandate was to cover alleged abductions or disappearances during the period June10, 1990 to May 19, 2009. Its mandate was thereafter extended to cover period from 1983 to 2009. The 3 member commission headed by Maxwell […]

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Future of Kerosene lamps for Sri Lankans if GOSL gives Sampoor coal power plant to India

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge The debate on Sampoor coal power plant has re-emerged following discussions with newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. When solid facts have been placed giving valid reasons for why Sri Lanka should not put the final signature to the coal power plant agreement there are another set of people pushing for […]

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Putin Speaks Out On Ukraine, Crimea And US Relations-“We do not intend to revive the Russian Empire”

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Video Of Interview Vladimir Putin faced a barrage of tricky questions from French media ahead of his meeting with world leaders at the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings. Here are his best replies on key issues: Ukraine, Crimea and relations with the US. Transcript QUESTION (via interpreter): Good afternoon Mr President. Good afternoon, President […]

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