Month: February 2013

Government cannot take over issuance of Halal certification – Keheliya

The Government today stated that it could not take over the responsibility of the issuance of the Halal Certification, Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today….

Kariyawasam released on personal bail

The husband of ousted Chief Justice Pradeep Kariyawasam who was the Chairman of National Savings Bank was released on personal bail by the Colombo Magistrate Court today….

Solution to Halal /Certificate & labels in Sri Lanka

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….

Basil Rajapaksa appointed SLFP national organizer

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa has been appointed as the National Organizer of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) at the central committee meeting, sources said….

Minister Sirisena complains of vicious media campaign against him

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…

Sri Lanka objects to new resolution at UNHRC

Sri Lanka today strongly objected to any unfair, biased and unjust approach that may be adopted by the UN Human Rights Council with regard to the protection and promotion of Human Rights in Sri Lanka….

Why are our children disgracing the country by joining the anti-Sri Lanka lobbies?

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…

Fearing stir, 75 Sri Lankan pilgrims abort TN trip

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….

Accountability needed for rights violations in Sri Lanka: India

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….

Fiery balloon accident kills 19 tourists in Egypt

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…

No community should live segregated or isolated – Sri Lanka President

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….

TESO plans protest at Sri Lankan Deputy Mission

DMK-backed Tamil Eelam Supporters’ Organisation (TESO) today announced holding a series of events over the Lankan Tamils issue, including picketing of the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commission in Chennai on March 5….

Support US backed resolution against Sri Lanka, says DMK

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….

Canada PM says won’t back off Commonwealth summit boycott

Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday held firm on his threat to boycott the Commonwealth summit in Colombo later this year, rejecting calls to make nice with Sri Lanka….

Sri Lanka protests screening of Channel 4 documentary in UN premises in Geneva : DIABOLICAL !

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….

Forty eight hour detention rule did not apply to Sirisena’s son – Gayantha

Despite widespread objections, the government extended the period of detention of suspects, without being produced in court, to 48 hours, but the rule did not apply to Ministers’ children, the UNP said yesterday….