Sri Lanka: Under Appreciation And More

By Rajeewa Jayaweera I read with interest the two part article titled ‘Sri Lanka: Under Appreciation And More’ in The Sunday Leader of 26 October 26 and November 2. The article justifies India’s past actions describing them as nothing but virtuous and portraying Sri Lanka as the villain. The article also goes to great lengths [...]

Superman Modi Meets His Challenge On Wednesday At Kathmandu

China’s president Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been shadow-boxing recently on the sidelines of international conferences for political influence, economic gains and attempting to leave behind the stamp of the two emergent Asian powers. Last week they were in Canberra for the APEC Summit hosted by Australia. Xi Jinping towered over [...]

Marking Children’s Day

 People participate in an event marking Universal Children’s Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 20, 2014. Universal Children’s Day, which falls on Nov. 20 every year, marks the anniversary of the day when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the [...]

Tragedy At Leadership Training?

By Camelia Nathaniel The leadership training programme has come under fire due to the unfortunate incident where undergraduate V. K. D. R. Kaushalya Vijithalal (19) had a fall on Saturday (8 November) when undergoing leadership training at the Kalattawa Military Camp, Anuradhapura, and sustained spinal injuries. The military has also come under criticism by several [...]

Do We Enjoy Universal Adult Franchise?

By Dr Devanesan Nesiah We did enjoy full adult voting rights in our island for 18 years after the far reaching Donoughmore reforms of 1931 (reaching further than many of our leaders, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim asked for or even wanted). But two Acts of 1949, among the earliest post-independence legislation, took away citizenship and [...]

Fighting Polio

A Yemeni child receives a polio vaccine during a nationwide polio immunization campaign targeting 11.6 million children aged between one and fifteen years old, in Sanaa, Yemen. (Xinhua/Hani Ali)   Rwanda Rallies World Against “Genocide Denial” KIGALI,  (Xinhua) — Rwanda sought to rally the world for a new struggle against genocide denial, following a report [...]

A Mass Wedding

A new couple pose for photos during a group wedding ceremony in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China’s Fujian Province. A group wedding ceremony was held where several couples got married. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun) ——————————— French President’s Popularity Hits All-Time Low PARIS, (Xinhua) — French President Francois Hollande suffered a severe setback after his approval rating hit [...]

The Human Tragedy Of Koslanda…

By Nirmala Kannangara  - Pictures by Lalith Perera Following last week’s Haldummulla catastrophe where more than 100 is believed to have buried alive leaving more than 75 children vulnerable and five deaths, accusations have now been leveled against the Haldummulla Divisional Secretary and Maskeliya Plantations for not taking action against the, landslide warning report submitted [...]

Protesting For Her Rights

Riot police detain a student during a march demanding Education Ministry to listen to their petition for nationalizing Arts and Social Sciences University in Santiago, capital of Chile, on Oct. 28, 2014. (Xinhua/Jorge Villegas)          ———————————————         Xi says Asian Countries’ CooperationP promising BEIJING, (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi [...]

Canada On Alert

A policeman patrols along the departure hall with dog at the Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 22, 2014. After the shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, provinces across Canada stepped up the security measures including airports have been heightened their security levels in response to the terrorist [...]

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