Suresh Anandi Gajan and Sivaji push UNHRC

Northern politician Gajen Ponnambalam also spoke at the discussion as did several NGOs and Permanent Representatives of foreign Governments. (Colombo Gazette) A group of Tamil politicians attending the discussion on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva today, called on the Council to push for justice for the victims of the war.Tamil National Alliance members Suresh Premachandran, Anandi Saseetharan and M.K. Sivajilingham expressed disappointment with the efforts of the new Government in addressing accountability. read more

Sublime Leinster coach raves about Brian ODriscolls stunning return

first_imgBRIAN O’DRISCOLL SHONE in his first outing since the British and Irish Lions’ Second Test defeat to Australia in Melbourne.The outside centre, playing in his final season [he swears] at the province, put in an ageless display as he cut through the Cardiff Blues defence like a sabre. He showed soft hands, and great awareness, to tee up Sean Cronin’s opening try in the 34 — 20 victory and made three stunning line breaks.The 34-year-old had the home crowd on their feet on numerous occasions and was able to enjoy the final minutes of the bonus point win on the sidelines, clenching his fist as Ian Madigan dived over for try number four.The highlight of O’Driscoll’s night was a burst from inside his own half and a delightfully floated pass to Rob Kearney. Cardiff’s Rhys Patchell grappled Kearney to the ground and first on the scene, as makeshift scrumhalf, was O’Driscoll. The move came to nothing after an over-zealous touch judge threw his oar in to award a defensive lineout. O’Driscoll was given a rapturous applause as Brendan Macken replaced him with seven minutes to go.“He was brilliant.” Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor told ”Some of his touches were sublime. He has certainly [proved] all of those people that thought he might not have been as valuable as he has previously been wrong.”Here are some of O’Driscoll’s best moments: YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12Leinster have two league wins, a draw and a loss from their opening four fixtures and an away date with Munster next on the agenda. O’Connor called the 14-point win ‘the best brand of rugby’ Leinster have played all season.He added, “Scarlets was satisfying and elements of Ospreys were satisfying but, to play the way we played, I was disappointed with the first half in the sense that we left three or four tries out there and left Cardiff in the contest.”As it happened: Leinster v Cardiff Blues, RaboDirect Pro12VIDEO: Matt O’Connor confirms Gibbes’ departure to Clermontlast_img read more