The 'evil spirits' of cricket

Sri Lankan cricket fans will be relieved to know that the sport's governing body is no longer troubled by 'evil spirits'. The newly elected chief of Sri Lanka Cricket, Upali Dharmadasa, declared the body free of the ghoulish beings that had allegedly plagued it, after a special pooja (religious service) was conducted. The spirits are evil indeed. Recent times have seen allegations of corruptions, financial mis-management, systemic political interfering and the military take over of cricket stadia . Reassuring any fans that maybe harbouring a degree of cynicism, Dharmadasa said, "I am a...

British Tamil hotelier shot in Trincomalee

A British Tamil business man, Kandiah Rajagopal, who owned a hotel in Trincomalee, was shot and injured off Vihara Road, near a Sri Lankan army base, on Tuesday. The shooting, having occurred despite the overbearing military presence in the North-East, is the latest in a string of attacks on foreign nationals . The shooting of Rajagopal, a hotelier, comes as several other hotel owners, including foreign investers, have accused the government of arbitarily demolishing hotels in the Unawatuna region, reported the British newspaper, The Telegraph - 'Sri Lankan government accused over bulldozed...

Exam excellence defies oppression

Facing the pervasive climate of fear and militarisation with resilience and defiance, Tamil students in the North-East have exceled at recent national exams. Topping the national GCE mathematics examination in Sri Lanka, Kamalavasan, from Uduppitti American Mission College, achieved 3 As (3.1167 z points). The second highest grade nationally in Science was achieved by another Tamil student - Sanjayan. Their success has been praised by the Tamil nation the world over, from their home towns, to their peers across the diaspora. [more]

Ministry of Defence to oversee acquired businesses

After the appointment of “Competent Authorities” to handle the running of 37 enterprises taken over by the government, it has now been announced that the Defence and Urban Development Ministry will oversee five of these institutions. The move comes as the government appointed several different ministries to oversee the running of the “ Competent Authorities ” and the enterprises they are now running. The other enterprises will be handled by other ministries, namely the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Productivity Promotion and the Ministry of Finance and Planning. The “...

Diaspora groups pledge to continue fight for justice in 2012

Tamil diaspora organisations across the world pledged " renewed commitment to work together to bring justice and peace " to Tamils in Sri Lanka, in a statement released to coincide with the new year. Reiterating their united stance against the " pogroms, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide " faced by the Tamil nation at the hands of the Sri Lankan government, they resolved to continue the campaign for an independent, international investigation into crimes committed during the armed conflict. The full list of signatories included: Australian Tamil Congress, British Tamil Conservatives, British Tamil Forum, Canadian Tamil Congress, Center for War Victims & Human Rights (Canada), Global Tamil Forum, Ilankai Tamil Sangam (USA), Maison du Tamil Eelam (France), National Council of Canadian Tamils, Norwegian Council of Eelam Tamils, Swedish Tamils Forum, Tamils For Labour, Tamils For Obama, Tamil Forum Malaysia, Thamil Creative Writers Association (Canada), Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam, United States Tamil Political Action Council and USA World Thamil Organization.

‘Political pressure’ leads to uncontested cricket board elections

Elections for the Sri Lankan Cricket board ended farcically, after all opponents bar one withdrew from the first elections held for seven years. The only post that was contested was for that of assistant treasurer. Mohan de Silva, one of the candidates for vice-president, told reporters that along with other opposition candidates, "We were carrying out a successful campaign in the beginning until we came under political pressure ." He went on to say , "Most of our member clubs and associations brought to our notice that there was undue pressure put on them to change the delegates [who would vote]." "This is not an election held for a government institution. This is an independent institution. So it becomes a farce. Therefore all of us decided this election is not conducted in a free and fair manner. " "We had a lot of hope that we are returning to democracy with the election. But all that hope is shattered." Businessman Upali Dharmadasa, who was president of Sri lanka Cricket (SLC) from 1996-1998, was re-elected to the post on Tuesday after the other candidate Thilanga Sumathipala withdrew at the last minute. A source told AFP that, "Thilanga was hoping to lead SLC, but he did not have the blessings of the government and without that he did not want to be a candidate." Sri Lanka Cricket has been under pressure from the International Cricket Council to hold elections, after issuing a directive calling for all national boards to have held independent elections free from political interference, before June 2012. Since 2004, Sri Lanka Cricket has been run by nine interim committees, all of which have been government appointed.

Reaching for the stars...

Sri Lanka will today sign an agreement to build the tallest tower in South Asia. The Lotus Tower Building will be 350 metres tall and situated in the heart of Colombo. The tower will provide ‘facilities for 50 television services, 50 broadcasting services and ten telecommunication providers’. It will be 11 storeys high and a revolving restaurant will take up the fourth floor. Construction will be managed by a government-owned company, run by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. The proposed tower will be financed by Chinese state-owned Exim Bank, which will provide a $100 million loan.

More rape incidents of tourists emerge

Following an “attempted rape” of a 23-year old Swedish tourist in Negombo, further details of rape and sexual harassment of foreign tourists in Sri Lanka in the last few months have been revealed by the Sunday Times . According to an eyewitness , during the murder of 32-year old British tourist, Shaikah Zaman, his Russian girlfriend was also raped, with the eyewitness commenting the attackers, " stripped and raped her mercilessly although she was bleeding from her head. Later I saw Zaman [British tourist] lying on the lawn next to the restaurant but did not know whether he was dead or alive...

'Tanglish' Gaana song goes viral

‘Why this kolaveri di?’, a song sung almost exclusively in 'Tanglish' (a mix of Tamil and English) to a Gaana backdrop, has become a worldwide viral sensation. Posted on Youtube on the 16th November it has been viewed over 30 million times. Appealing to Tamil youth and youth across the world, the song was spread rapidly through social networks, with the hashtag, #kolaveri, being the most popular Indian trends on Twitter. The speed of its success led to the video receiving Youtube's, 'Recently Most Popular Gold Medal Award' in early December 2011, and being named CNN's 'Top Song of 2011' . [...

Teacher trade unions unite against transfer scheme

Three of the most prominent teacher trade unions, the Ceylon Tamil Teachers Association, Ceylon Democratic Teachers Union and Ceylon Islamic Teachers Association, came together against the proposed transfer scheme in the East, reported Tamilnet . In a letter to the Eastern Provincial Minister of Education, Wimalaweera Dissanayake, the trade unions protested that they had not been consulted on the transfers made till now, and ultimately the transfer scheme would violate their 'fundamental rights', as well being set up on a racial basis.

Pages