Month: August 2013

Weliweriya factory closed again

FILE PHOTO The Weliweriya factory, which resumed work yesterday after a controversial water contamination issue had to be closed down again due to objection by the villagers….

Over 100 Kg of heroin seized; Street value put at Rs. 1 billion

A massive haul of heroin, weighing more than 100 kilos, was discovered inside a 40-foot container at the Rank Container Terminal in Orugodawatta. The haul, with a street value of over Rs. 1,000 million was the biggest ever in the history of Sri Lanka, Customs Revenue Task Force Director Mali Piyasena, told The Island. He…

Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal ruling stopping Animal Sacrifice strengthens hope for Moral Leadership

  – by Shenali D Waduge – Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal ruling delivered on August 29, 2013 has rightfully banned the slaughter of animals for religious purposes and ruled that the police had every right to prevent such animal slaughter from taking place indicating that freedom of religion cannot overrule or overturn existing country…

In Meeting with President Rajapaksa, UNHRC’s Navi Pillay Acknowledges Post-War Progress

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Navanethem Pillay, when she called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, acknowledged the post-war progress that has been made in Sri Lanka….

New Zealand Foreign Minister Calls on President Rajapaksa

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Mr. Murray McCully called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (Aug. 29) evening. During the meeting, Mr. McCully told President Rajapaksa that New Zealand stands ready to assist Sri Lanka further develop the country’s dairy sector….

Weliweriya incident:top army officers relieved from posts

Army Commander Daya Rathnayake has ordered to relieve a Brigadier and three Lieutenant Colonels from their appointments to facilitate the further inquiries on the Weliweriya incident as recommended by the Court of Inquiry, the army announced. Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that those officers have been placed under respective regimental centres pending further disciplinary…

Century and half old Telegram service terminated

The government will abolish the telegram service in the country from October this year as telecommunication facilities have reached over 95 percent of the population. The Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministry jointly with the Department of Posts took this decision as the number of persons using this service has seen a sharp drop during the…

New World Bank Country Director Sees High Potential in Sri Lanka

The World Bank’s new country director assigned to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Ms. Françoise Clottes, said she sees “high potential” in Sri Lanka. Ms. Clottes made this observation when she met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (Aug. 28) evening….

Navi Pillay can meet LTTE Mahaveer widow but not families of civilians killed by LTTE

– by Shenali D Waduge – pix by Reuters The UN Human Rights head is now in Sri Lanka and visiting the country’s North to see for herself the developments since the fall of the LTTE. Much prominence has been given to her meeting with a Mahaveer widow. Leaving aside that her ‘missing’ husband is…

Fonterra resumes operations in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — New Zealand diary giant Fonterra said Wednesday that it has resumed operations in Sri Lanka after temporarily closing its plant out of concern for the safety of its staff….

Pillay goes off track

The visiting UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navaneetham Pillay had no right whatsoever to dictate how Sri Lanka should organise its defence affairs; they would flatly reject it if she had the temerity to do so, the government said yesterday….

Tamil ethnic bias and potential conflict of interest disqualifies Navi Pillay from conducting investigations against Sri Lanka

  – by Shenali D Waduge – Ms. Navanethem “Navi” Pillay has impressive credentials.  A South African of Indian Tamil origin, she is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She was also the first non-white woman on the High Court of South Africa, and she has also served as a judge of the…

Lessons for Sri Lanka from the Libyan experience

  – by Shenali D Waduge – It is not difficult to conclude that Western imperial powers are mapping out their war master plan for economic and political domination across regions. They are openly and covertly interfering in domestic affairs, they are now even openly arming opposition groups, their motive is to destabalize governments that…

Navi Pillay visits former war zone

UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has visited Jaffna to meet relatives of people who disappeared at the end of the war. According to the BBC Tamil families complained to her about missing relatives, military land grabs and life without basic facilities….

Sri Lanka and Belarus to Establish Inter-Parliamentary Associations

Sri Lanka and Belarus today agreed to establish an inter-parliamentary association to ensure cooperation between the Parliaments of the two countries. Such an agreement was reached with several objectives: To enhance mutual understanding in political, economic and social sectors; to ensure mutual cooperation in international fora; and to further cooperation in economic, trade and business…

Sri Lanka rupee falls to near 1-year low on importer dollar demand

COLOMBO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The Sri Lankan rupee fell to a near one-year low against the dollar on Monday due to importer demand for the greenback amid renewed selling of government bonds by foreign investors….