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April 23, 2014 [GMT]
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BBS calls for Mannar Bishop's arrest
[Wednesday, 2014-04-23 20:43:03]

The Bodu Bala Sena organization today urged the government to take legal action against the Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph for his alleged links with the defeated LTTE. Dr. Dilantha Withanage CEO of the BBS said that the Bishop was instrumental to fabricating stories against Sri Lanka in the international arena. Dr.Withanage said that the General Secretary of BBS Ven. Galagoaatte Gnasara has said if the government had the backbone and if its conscience was clear it should without hesitation arrest the Mannar Bishop for atrocities committed by the now defunct terrorist outfit.

(Sundaytimes)



Wigneswaran accuses MR of reneging on pledges
[Wednesday, 2014-04-23 20:15:12]

Northern Province Chief Minister, C.V. Wigneswaran, in a hard-hitting speech delivered at the Kilinochchi District Development Council (KDDC) meeting said, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has not fulfilled any of the pledges made to him concerning the successful governance of the Northern Province. It is the first time since the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) was established in September last year that Wigneswaran presided over District Development Council in Jaffna on Monday and the second at the Cooperative Association auditorium in Kilinochchi yesterday.



Tamil parties should not take their issues to India
[Wednesday, 2014-04-23 20:06:19]

There is no point in Tamil political parties and groups complaining about their issues to India and the UN, Minister (Senior) for Human Resources, D.E.W. Gunasekera, told. Although there has been no semblance of national unity in the country since Independence in 1948, there has however been over 10 Tamil political parties and groups founded along with a whole host of Muslim parties and groups since, he added. Gunasekera reiterated that although there had been several governments during the 60-year period since Independence, the lack of national unity has been detrimental to the country's economy. This has resulted in many problems on a national level and also in the international sphere, he added.



MH370 could have landed elsewhere: reports
[Wednesday, 2014-04-23 18:41:35]

As hope fades once again in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, investigators have sparked new speculation that the plane may not have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean after all. The investigation team may have been "looking in the wrong place" and the plane could have landed elsewhere, according to a report by the Malaysian New Straits Times, quoting investigation sources. Members of the International Investigation Team based in Kuala Lumpur told the paper they may be forced to start the investigation from scratch, after 45 days of searching for the Boeing 77-200ER. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced in a press conference last month that the plane had crashed into the southern Indian Ocean.



UNP protest tomorrow over casino legislation
[Wednesday, 2014-04-23 18:35:25]

United National Party (UNP) MPs will hold a protest rally at the proposed site of the Crown Multi-Purpose Development Project at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo to show their opposition to the legislation, under which tax concessions are being granted to three major development projects. The proposed legislation is to be taken up in Parliament tomorrow and the day after. UNP MP Harsha De Silva told a news conference that MPs will gather at 10.00 a.m. tomorrow along D. R. Wijewardnene Mawatha for the protest rally.



Parents testify on Jaffna girl's death
[Wednesday, 2014-04-23 18:30:59]

The parents of a girl found dead in a well in Jaffna testified in court today and raised suspicion over two Catholic priests alleging they were the cause of her death. The mother of Jeron Consoleeta, in her testimony before the court in Jaffna, claimed she had heard her daughter speak to the priests on one occasion and claimed that both priests had said they were in love with her. Consoleetas mother had said that when she questioned her daughter about the telephone conversation she had revealed that bothe priests had asked her to marry them while one priest had even threatened her. She said that a day before her daughter was found dead she had gone out and had failed to return home even by the next morning.



Bishops denied access to Tamil political prisoners on Easter
[Tuesday, 2014-04-22 20:57:03]

The Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph has been denied access to visit Tamil political prisoners over Easter, as customary in the Catholic Church, the Uthayan reported. Bishop Rayappu Joseph who was accompanied by the Bishop of Anuradhapura to visit the Tamil detainees in Anuradhapura prison, received permission for the visit from the ministry responsible for prisons. However the bishops were informed that a senior official in the Ministry of Defence has revoked the permission and access was particularly denied to the Bishop of Mannar.



Karunanidhi accuses Jayalalithaa of shedding crocodile tears over Lankan issue
[Tuesday, 2014-04-22 20:50:19]

DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday accused Chief Minister Jayalalithaa of shedding crocodile tears for the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils, the Hindu reported. Addressing a public meeting in Chennai Central Lok Sabha constituency, Mr. Karunanidhi recalled the resolution passed by the AIADMK government led by her in the past in the Assembly, urging the Centre to take measures for the arrest and extradition of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran, the report said. She is now shedding crocodile tears for the welfare of Sri Lankan Tamils and Prabakaran, he said, reacting to Ms. Jayalalithaas charges earlier in the day that the DMK had betrayed the Sri Lankan Tamils and Tamil Nadu fishermen repeatedly.



South Korea ferry: Death toll passes 100
[Tuesday, 2014-04-22 20:39:38]

The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry that capsized last week has passed 100, as divers recovered more bodies from the sunken hull. A total of 104 people are now known to have died, but another 198 are missing, presumed trapped inside the vessel. The ferry tipped over and sank within two hours, but it is not yet clear why. Seven crew members have been detained, however, amid intense criticism of their failure to evacuate all passengers as the ship listed. Passengers were told to remain in rooms and cabin, reports suggest, amid confusion on the bridge over whether to order them to abandon ship.



Will find a solution for the fishermen issue: Rahul
[Tuesday, 2014-04-22 20:32:35]

Raising the issues faced by the Tamil Nadu fishermen, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the Congress led UPA government would find a solution for the fishermens issue immediately. We are aware of the problems faced by the fishermen. We are committed to finding a solution to this problem as soon as possible," he said. Some months ago, I met some fishermen in Mumbai. They suggested that there should be a dedicated ministry for the fishermen in this country," Gandhi said. He said a separate ministry would be set up for the fishermen as per Congress election manifesto.

(IANS)



Lanka now land of thugs says UNP
[Tuesday, 2014-04-22 20:25:06]

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) says Sri Lanka is now known the world over as a land of thugs as thugs are seen operating with Government backing, particularly in the South. UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera said that the recent attack on a group of UNP MPs in Hambantota, a stronghold of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, was clear evidence that thugs were operating with a free hand. The attack on the UNP MPs happened in a District where the Speaker of Parliament Chamal Rajapaksa was the party organizer for a long time and also a stronghold of Namal Rajapaksa, he said. Samaraweera said that the whole nation was now able to see for themselves the true face of the thug culture in Sri Lanka.



Douglas says stop digging the past
[Tuesday, 2014-04-22 20:18:35]

Minister Douglas Devananda says it is time to stop attempting to justify wrong actions of past and instead look towards the future for the betterment of the people. The Minister was speaking at the Kilinochchi District Coordinating Committee meeting which was held today in Kilinochchi under the joint chairmanship of the Minister and Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran. Minister Devananda said that meetings like the District Coordinating Committee meeting should be used to discuss solutions to issues faced by the people and not dig past political issues.



Ceding Katchathivu root cause of TN fishermen woes - Jayalalithaa
[Monday, 2014-04-21 18:14:57]

Launching a blistering attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, AIADMK supreme and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said the root cause of the problems and hardships faced by Tamil Nadu fishermen was the ceding of Katchathivu to Sri Lanka by former prime minister Indira Gandhi through the accords signed in 1974 and 1976 when DMK chief M Karunanidhi was the Chief Minister.



Govt. to limit foreign journalists' stay here
[Monday, 2014-04-21 18:04:13]

The government is considering placing a limit on the period a foreign journalist can stay in Sri Lanka, Media Minister and Government Spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella, told. "It would be unfair to permit any foreigner to live in the country for long periods, let alone journalists," he said. The minister was responding to speculation that the visa of BBC Correspondent, Charles Haviland, would not be extended. "He has stayed in the country for over five years, and we have granted him a further three-month extension on that visa. Granting him any further extension would be unreasonable," Rambukwella said.



TNA insists Tamils want autonomy
[Monday, 2014-04-21 17:49:36]

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) says the Tamils in Sri Lanka want autonomy and welcomed a call to this effect made by the National Peace Council (NPC). TNA leader R. Sampanthan says the best way the Government can avoid international pressure following the adoption of the recent resolution at the UN Human Rights Council is to agree to give Tamils autonomy. The National Peace Council had last week urged the government and other political parties in the country to urgently set up institutions to enable the Tamil people to be given a measure of autonomy.



Sonia shedding crocodile tears for TN fishermen: Jaya
[Monday, 2014-04-21 17:41:42]

Launching a blistering attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the first time during the current electioneering, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa yesterday charged her with shedding crocodile tears for Tamil Nadu fishermen on poll eve. "Sonia Gandhi is shedding crocodile tears for fishermen during elections after doing everything against Tamil fishermen and in favour of the Sri Lankan government," Jayalalithaa said at an election rally in Chennai. Stating that the Congress chief had accused her regime of not showing concern over the fishermen issue and that Centre was behind the bilateral talks between Sri Lanka and India on the matter, she said there was not an iota of truth in it.



Geneva resolution justified by H'tota attack: SF
[Monday, 2014-04-21 17:36:12]

The attack on United National Party (UNP) MPs at the Mahagampura Port is a blatant violation of human rights by this Government and is a clear justification of the Geneva resolution on Sri Lanka, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said today. He told a news conference that he was prepared to participate at any international probe being carried out by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on allegations of human rights violations in Sri Lanka.



Face of Indian saint spotted on Mississauga temple wall Top News
[Monday, 2014-04-21 16:13:03]

The little girls are staring at a white wall in a Mississauga temple, searching for the face of a saint in the shadows of the uneven plaster.
Their mother, Varsha Shivani, asks in Hindi if they can see eyes.
Vedika, 7, pauses briefly before answering, "No."
The visage in question is that of Shirdi Sai Baba, a late 19th-century spiritual leader from India. He is worshipped - among other places - in a small bungalow near Pearson airport, where soft white sheets cover the floors, and the smell of incense fills the air.
A white-robed image of Sai Baba, whose humble devotion to love and kindness has made him popular with Muslims and Hindus alike, is a common one at the temple, called Sai Dham Canada. His soft, slightly sunken eyes are featured in framed portraits on the walls, and carved into a small marble statue, positioned atop an altar where devotees direct their prayers.



No room for any injustice to any community in Sri Lanka, President assures:
[Sunday, 2014-04-20 19:23:04]

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there is no room for any community to suppress another community on the grounds of religion or ethnicity and assured that no injustice will be done to any ethnicity. Speaking at the opening of the new bridge across Batticaloa lagoon connecting Batticaloa and Ampara, the President said certain foreign elements were trying to create problems between communities and religions and destroy national harmony by spreading false rumors.



SL military attempts to recruit 1,350 Tamils as subservient workers in Jaffna
[Sunday, 2014-04-20 19:16:00]

Inviting more than 2,100 unemployed Tamil youth through village (GS) officials, the SL military establishment in Palaali staged an interview session on Thursday without revealing the real nature of the recruitment process in advance. The candidates were invited to attend the session with the offer of government jobs. But, the civil-clad military officers present at the venue came with the description of military jobs as nurses, drivers, motor vehicle repairers, farm workers, electrical workers, painters, English teachers, dance teachers, music teachers and singers. Colombo is deceiving the Tamils to become a subservient workforce to serve the occupying Sinhala military through luring unemployed youth as the earlier moves by the SL military to woo Tamils to SL military have miserably failed.


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