“From the moment disturbances broke out in Ampara and Kandy, the government has been trying to lay the blame for these incidents on the SLPP. We have already issued two statements pointing out among other things that these Sinhala-Muslim disturbances which are now increasing in frequency, were first started several years ago to destabilize the Rajapaksa government and that the reason why the present Government never appointed a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the incidents that began in 2012 and culminated in the Aluthgama disturbances 2014, is because all the perpetrators are among the founders of the present Government,” Peiris said in a statement. “A section of the international media has been helping the Government in its propaganda effort. Recently, the London based Guardian in an article on the Kandy incidents quoted Alan Keenan of the International Crisis group who said that this violence can be related to ‘the growing strength of the Rajapaksa led opposition’ and that these clashes were being motivated by ‘a need to look for new enemies to unite the Sinhalese and to win votes’. Despite the efforts of various interested parties, nobody in this country, particularly the Muslim community believes these stories anymore,”Peiris said.Peiris said the position of the SLPP on the incidents that have been occurring from time to time over the past several years is firstly that that all those responsible for the violence should be brought to book, and secondly that a Presidential Commission of Inquiry should be appointed to inquire into all such incidents going back to 2012. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna says it wants a Presidential Commission of Inquiry to investigate several incidents which had taken place since 2012.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Chairman Professor G.L.Peiris said that sections of the international media have continued to amplify and broadcast the Sri Lanka Government’s propaganda that the Joint Opposition or the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna was responsible for the recent Sinhala-Muslim disturbances in Kandy. He said despite this the Government keeps trying to pin the blame for the incidents on the SLPP, in the hope that they will be able to motivate the Muslim people to vote en masse with the present Government as they did in January 2015.
2015 Brock finalist: Mikel Ghelfi, Trimbach, Switzerland (PhD student, Chemistry) Brock University’s 2015 3MT finalistsBrock’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) finals were held last month as part of the 10th annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference.The 3MT® contest encourages students to talk about their research and explain why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. The challenge is that this must be accomplished in three minutes or less, while using only one PowerPoint slide.Watch all of the videos from the five finalists listed below by CLICKING HERE2015 Brock champion: Matthew Nikitczuk, St. Catharines (Master’s student, Earth Sciences)Matthew’s research focuses on a particular type of micro-fossil that eats volcanic glass. The implications of the study allow for new insight into early life on earth, as well as beyond it.WATCH HERE2015 Brock runner-up: Natalie Trojanowski, Niagara Falls (Master’s student, Health Sciences)Natalie’s presentation focuses on the inefficiency of a specific protein within those suffering from muscular dystrophy. She will highlight how diet could be used to improve the efficiency of the protein and as a result conserve muscle strength in muscular dystrophy patients.WATCH HERE2015 Brock finalist: Hasam Madarati, Mississauga (Master’s student, Biotechnology)Hasam’s research focuses on studying wet, water-filled cells in the body responsible for transferring protein from one cell to another. He hopes to use this to better understand the intake of fatty foods and keep people healthy.WATCH HERE2015 Brock finalist: Emma Stares, Wellington, New Zealand (PhD student, Chemistry)Emma will present on improved MRI scans and her proposal to develop a new family of contrast agents that are safer for patients and will produce more early and accurate disease diagnosis.WATCH HERE Mikel is focusing on Vitamin E. Specifically, he will highlight a Vitamin E analogue he created that offers new insight into the movement and interaction the protein has with the cell membrane. The analogue is already gaining interest from brain disease researchers.WATCH HERE