Month: February 2013
By Shenali Waduge The halal certificate and halal label issue on virtually all packaging of both locally consumerable and export related food items needs to conclude. Objections arose questioning why companies should advocate a new practice of certification method and labeling to suit a minority religion when such was non-existent for centuries….
A well planned media campaign is underway in Sri Lanka parallel to the ‘Geneva war’ to weaken and destroy the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The local media is using the ‘Pasikuda incident’ as the main tool in this campaign, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary and Health…
By Ernest Perera It saddens me to see how many of our children who are now grown up men and women holding important posts opt to take the path of ridiculing the nation that they were born in, the nation they grew up and a nation that holds good and bad memories for their parents…
Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana Fearing protests by pro-Tamil activists, a group of 75 Sri Lankan Christians cut short their pilgrimage to Velankanni and reportedly rushed back to Chennai on Sunday. The Sinhalese pilgrims were bound for the Our Lady of Health Basilica at Velankanni, when the police warned them of the protests….
Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana In the wake of fresh allegations of rights violations against ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka, India today said there should be accountability for such issues but remained evasive on the position it will take at the UN on a resolution against that country….
LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — The terror lasted less than two minutes: Smoke poured from a hot air balloon carrying sightseers on a sunrise flight over the ancient city of Luxor, it burst in a flash of flame and then plummeted about 1,000 feet to earth. A farmer watched helplessly as tourists trying to escape the…
All those who are born in Sri Lanka are the proud citizens of this nation and no community should live segregated or isolated. One who is not a patriot cannot be a good member of his or her community. We must respect humanity, as this is what that has been taught in all religions….
Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana CHENNAI: Accusing the UPA of its ‘laxity’ in playing an active role on the issue of alleged rights abuse in Sri Lanka, its key ally DMK today asked government to support a US backed resolution against the island nation at the United Nations Human Rights Council meet at Geneva in March….
The Sri Lanka Permanent Mission in Geneva has made a formal protest against the screening of the latest Channel 4 documentary film “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka” organized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FIFDH at the Palais de Nations in Geneva on March 1, 2013….