How The Attempt by The JVP in April 1971 To Rescue Rohana Wijeweera From Prison in Jaffna Ended in Failure

By B. Anton Jeyanathan (The writer is a retired Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Police.) The 5th of April dawned and passed without much concern or notice by the majority of the present generation who were born after the 1970′s and 1980′s, as they never experienced the atrocities committed by members of the JVP …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe Plays Politico-economic Chess With the Chinese Dragon,Indian Tiger and Trade Union Hyenas.

By Paneetha Ameresekere Three things came out of Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India last week. Those were India’s concerns over the leasing out of the Hambantota Port to the Chinese in a debt swap, India’s interest in the Trincomalee oil tank farm to counter the Chinese threat and Wickremesinghe’s keenness in getting Indian aid …

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Ranil Assured Trade Unions he Wont Sign MOU with India Without Consulting them and Got Malik Samarawickrama to do so in New Delhi

By “Sunday Times”Diplomatic Editor Some say India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi neatly cajoled his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe into swinging by New Delhi, making what was to be a private visit to attend a wedding into a one-day ‘working visit’– and then got him entrapped to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Others rubbish …

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Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Act of Treachery is Comparable to that of Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam.

BY DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA While the Ramayana narrative makes clear that a land link between India and Lanka was of decisive and devastating strategic consequence for the island of Lanka, the Romans and the British made it clear that the building of roadways was an essential part of annexation and empire building. What is true …

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Trade Unions Mount Pressure on President Sirisena in the Same Way as What Happened to Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike in 1956-59.

BY GAGANI WEERAKOON President Maithripala Sirisena appeared to have stirred the hornets’ nest by suggesting a top military post to Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who is also a Cabinet minister in Maithri-Ranil Unity Government of Yahalapanaya. While factual clarity of this ‘suggestion’ remain unconfirmed with various members of the same Cabinet issuing contradictory remarks, it …

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Full Text of Memorandum of Understanding Between India and Sri Lanka for Cooperation in Economic Projects

Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for Cooperation in Economic Projects The Government of the Republic of India (hereinafter referred to as GOI) and the Government of the Democratic Socialist of Republic Sri Lanka (hereinafter referred to as GOSL), …

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New Delhi Assures Colombothat Measures are being taken to Wean Tamil Nadu Fishermen Away from Poaching in the Territorial Waters of Sri Lanka

In what seemed an otherwise bhai-bhai friendship between the two countries, the sour point was the nagging, continuing issue of poaching in Sri Lankan waters by southern Indian fishermen. The crisis is causing an estimated Rs. Five billion loss annually to Sri Lanka. Premier Modi said on March 13, 2015, addressing Sri Lanka’s Parliament: “The …

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Anti-Lanka Resolution on GSP Plus Defeated in the European Parliament but Hurdles Still Ahead for Full Restoration

If Sri Lankans are wondering how many times Sri Lanka has won approval for a renewed duty concession to the markets of the European Union (EU) under the Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) Plus, they may be excused. This week, there was another huge hurrah for having defeated the EU parliamentary vote on a resolution …

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Secrecy and Skulduggery By Devious Drafters to Confound Scrutiny of Proposed Counter Terror Act

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene In the chaotic merry-go-round characterizing the drafting of Sri Lanka’s proposed Counter-Terror Act (CTA), the periodic surfacing of one version followed by another has given rise to unexpected horrors. Each time that a new draft emerges or should I rather say, is ‘extracted’ with great pain out of a process gripped …

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New Counter Terrorism Law Undermines Right To Information Law

By Namini Wijedasa The Counter Terrorism Act policy framework approved by the Cabinet this week has reintroduced offences originally listed under “espionage”– whilst merely removing the word “espionage” from the document. As such, the draft makes it an offence to voluntarily engage in any illegal, unlawful or unauthorised act for the purpose of gathering any …

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Over 200,000 Foreign Workers From China,India,Bangla Desh and Maldives in Sri Lanka With and Without Visas

By Kasun Warakapitiya Foreign workers, both with and without work visas, are arriving in Sri Lanka with the country facing an acute labour shortage, a cabinet minister said yesterday. Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told the Sunday Times that an estimated 200,000 strong foreign labour force was in Sri Lanka. He said …

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President Sirisena seeks Further Clarification on Resettlement Ministry’s 6,000 Prefabricated Houses Project for N-E

By Namini Wijedasa Cabinet approval on a Resettlement Ministry paper to award 6,000 prefabricated houses to the war-affected of the North and East, was held up this week, after President Maithripala Sirisena sought further clarification. Resettlement Minister D.M. Swaminathan has been promoting the initiative of steel giant ArcelorMittal since 2015. Its logistics partner is Kumarca …

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Celebrating the life of a Socialist Jesuit Priest : Fr Paul Caspersz, SJ (1925-2017)

by Rajan Philips “My legs have carried me for 90 years. Now they have earned their well-deserved rest”, he would tell his visitors at the Jesuit House in Akkara Panaha, Negombo, where he spent the last years of his life confined to his bed and a wheel chair. Now his entire mortal coil has earned …

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India and Sri Lanka Reach Mutually Beneficial Compromise on Problematic Issue of Trincomalee Oil Tanks

By P.K.Balachandran India and Sri Lanka have arrived at a compromise on the sensitive and problematic issue of the Trincomalee oil tanks, with both sides climbing down from their earlier positions but gaining some ground at the same time. As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation of Economic Projects signed in New Delhi …

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What Has Happened to Ceylon and to the Ceylonese?

By Gerard D.Muttucumaru What though the spicy breezesBlow soft o’er Ceylon’s isle; Though every prospect pleases, And only man is vile – Anglican Bishop Reginald Heber The British gave us a nation that was respected regionally and globally. In an earlier article, I stated that the leading companies in Sri Lanka today bear British names …

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US First Daughter Ivanka Trump’s First Official Visit to Germany Was a Success Until She Began Defending Her Father.

by Emily Jane Fox A group of young boys on bicycles stopped in their tracks outside of a pizza shop as Ivanka Trump drove by in a tan S.U.V., in the middle of a flashing motorcade on her trip to Germany in her new role. Throngs of police officers and Secret Service officers wove through …

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India Involved Projects in Sri Lanka Will Be Developed As Joint Ventures to Allay Fears in Island of Indian Expansion.

By P.K.Balachandran To make up for lost time and avoid delays in the execution of joint projects, India and Sri Lanka have agreed on a tight time table in respect of each of the projects mentioned in the MoU signed in New Delhi on April 25 in the presence of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and …

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Sirisena’s Proposal to Fonseka is a Warning that Govt is Planning an Escalating Assault Against Workers, Young Persons and the Poor.

By K. Ratnayake Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called upon Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to resign from the government’s ministry and return to the position of army commander. In a bid to “discipline the country,” Fonseka would be head of the country’s three armed forces for two years. Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne announced the …

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Govt is Confident Sri Lanka will Regain the GSP Plus Trade Concession From EU by May 15th.

By Charumini de Silva The Government yesterday expressed confidence that the country will regain the GSP plus trade concession by 15 May and called on the business community to make this a ‘turning point’ in the economy to increase the country’s exports to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio over 100%. “Sri Lanka overcame the biggest …

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Mahinda Rajapaksa Provides List of Wrongs Committed by Maithripala Sirisena against SLFP

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday listed a litany of wrongs that President Maithripala Sirisena had committed against the party since becoming its leader and vowed to give leadership to the opposition forces to defeat the ineffective government. He also openly defied the threats made by the SLFP’s current leadership and urged everyone to attend the …

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Jonathan Demme Who Directed Films Like “The Silence Of The Lambs” and “Philadelphia” Dies at 73 of Cancer Complications

By Ryan Gilbey Robert Jonathan Demme, film director, born 22 February 1944; died 26 April 2017 Jonathan Demme, who has died aged 73 from complications from cancer, rose from his colourful if tawdry beginnings under the aegis of the exploitation maestro Roger Corman to become one of the most eclectic, delightful and original film-makers in …

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Vinod Khanna The Villain Turned Hero Actor With Muscles and Good Looks Passes Away at 70

By Sudha G Tilak. Vinod Khanna, who has died aged 70, belonged to the second wave of Punjabi heroes who ruled Bollywood – known as “Partition Punjabis”. His family hailed from Peshawar in Pakistan and had moved to India in 1947 when the country was divided. The heroes on screen then were all swashbuckling heroes …

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Shops Closed and Transport Curtailed as Hartal is Observed Successfully in Sri Lanka’s North and East

By Meera Srinivasan Sri Lanka’s north and east shut down on Thursday following a hartal call by protesters demanding an answer from the government to questions about their missing relatives. Shops remained closed all day and transport services were minimal, media reports said. Over the last few months, families have been protesting in different places …

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Communist Party Unhappy With Joint Opposition Political Agenda Will Hold Separate May Day Rally at Viharamahadevi Open air Theatre

The main left front of the Joint Opposition (JO), the Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), indicated a break with the JO and that they will conduct a separate May Day rally and meeting at the Viharamahadevi Open Air theater on May Day instead of participating in the May Day rally of the JO, which …

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SJV Chelvanayagam Was Fortunate He Did Not Live to See the Agony of the Tamil People in Sri Lanka.

By Dr.Rajitha Senaratne (POWER SHARING IN SRI LANKA -S.J.V. Chelvanayagam Memorial lecture– delivered by Dr.Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine on 26thApril 2017) When we were political cubs, we knew of Chelvanayagam as one who was the “father” figure of Tamil Nationalism.He was one Tamil political leader who was affectionately called “Thanthai” …

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25 Senior Lawyers Including JC Weliamuna,MA Sumanthiran and Nizam Kariapper Appointed as President’s Counsel by President Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed 25 senior lawyers including TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran, J. C. Weliamuna, Upul Jayasuriya and Nizam Kariapper as President’s Counsel. A statement from the President’s office said these lawyers were appointed in recognition of their professional integrity and diligence.

Public Outcry Against Govt Proposal to Impose 28% Tax on Employees Provident Fund(EPF)

By Shamindra Ferdinando Former Ceylon Bank Employees Union President and civil society activist Rusiripala Tennakoon yesterday urged the ruling Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition and the Joint Opposition to state their position on alleged moves to impose a staggering 28 per cent tax on Employees Provident Fund (EPF). Pointing out that the JVP, which had worked overtime to …

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Sarath Fonseka Ready to Take Over Responsibility of “Disciplining”The Country if He is Given the Necessary Powers.

In the wake of a crippling petroleum strike and a wave of protests against the Government, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne made a shock announcement yesterday that President Maithripala Sirisena had requested wartime army chief Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka to take over the military as commander or Chief of Defence Staff in order to bring …

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Indian Prime Minister Raises Concerns Over China and Hambantota Port in Direct Talks With the Sri Lankan Premier

By Paneetha Ameresekere reporting from New Delhi China ranked high in Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe’s meeting with Indian Premier Narendra Modi, at Hyderabad House, New Delhi yesterday, official sources who didn’t want to be named told this reporter. Reporters were not allowed to cover these meetings, with opportunities provided only for the taking of photographs and …

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Why is Prime Minister Wickremesinghe About to Give Away Trincomalee to India?

By Dr.Dayan Jayatilleka “New Silk Road or New Great Game? India Developing New Sri Lanka Port to Combat China” (Wayne Shepard, Forbes, April 21, 2017) “Will they leave?” was the urgent question President Premadasa posed to me after having kept me behind as Varadarajah Perumal and the others left the meeting at Sucharitha in January …

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Sarath Fonseka to Be Given Top Post in Defence Establishment With Powers to “Discipline” People Engaging in Protests.

Cabinet Co-spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said today there was the possibility that Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka would be appointed to a post that would allow him to oversee all of the defense establishments in the country. While the Cabinet Co-spokesperson declined to offer more details on the powers the post would be vested with, he …

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India and Sri Lanka Sign Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi For “Cooperation in Economic Projects”Including Trinco.

By P.K.Balachandran India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation in Economic Projects” during the on-going visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India. The MoU envisages joint ventures in several areas of development. Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, welcomed the signing of the …

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“Excess” Elephants from Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to be Handed Over to Private Individuals and Religious Institutions.

Sri Lanka’s cabinet, on Wednesday granted approval to hand over some elephants from an elephant orphanage in the Central Hills of Pinnawala, to individuals and religious places under definite conditions. The Government Information Department said the maintenance of the present number of 88 elephants in a restricted land area of 30 acres at Pinnawala had …

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President Sirisena wants Sarath Fonseka to Resign as Cabinet Minister and Take Up Top Defence Post to Discipline the Country.

By Ajith Siriwardana Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said today the President Maithripala Sirisena requested Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to quit the ministerial portfolio and take up the post of army commander or overall commander for two years to discipline the country. He told the weekly Cabinet briefing that Field Marshal Fonseka was known …

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Rehabilitated EX-LTTE Cadres Protest Against Army managed Farms Providing Jobs to Them Being Transferred to Northern Provincial Council

By Ananth Palakidnar Several hundred rehabilitated ex-LTTE cadres, both men and women, presently serving in the Civil Security Department (CSD), staged a demonstration yesterday against the handing over of Army-managed agricultural farms and pre-schools to the Northern Provincial Council. The procession of ex-LTTE cadres, which commenced at the Kilinochchi Depot junction, on the A-9 highway, …

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India Gets to Develop Trinco Tank Farm in China Bay To Balance China Constructing Port City in Colombo

by Nirupama Subramanian When the visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a working lunch on Wednesday, an agreement for the development of the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm will be the hottest dish on the table. Sri Lankan and Indian government sources said the two sides will finalise an …

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Lankan PM Arrives in New Delhi to Sign Fast-tracked MOU’s While Opposition Protests Against Agreements with India

BY Suhasini Haidar & Meera Srinivasan Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday for official meetings expected to finalise an MoU on developing energy and infrastructure projects in Trincomalee, as well as fast-tracking negotiations for the upgraded Free Trade Agreement —the ETCA (Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement) — both of …

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in a National Election Can Re-unify the SLFP and Cut Into UNP Votes.

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA The victory in Round One of the French elections and his highly probable election as the new President of France on May 7th, of Emmanuel Macron, the young outsider with a neo-Centrist or ‘Alt-Centrist’ stance, underscores that the global trend goes against conventional, traditional, established Governments and Oppositions, and favors unorthodox, …

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Politically Motivated Protests Against Chinese and Indian Projects May Affect Foreign Investments in Sri Lanka

By P.K.Balachandran Agitations against major Indian and Chinese projects in Sri Lanka, trigged by a fear of domination by these powers, may adversely affect the investment climate in the island and reduce the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) at a time when Sri Lanka desperately needs FDI to tide over a severe resource crunch. …

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Our Provincial Councils are “White Elephants” Not Due to Lack of Powers But Due to Lack of Competent Persons to Run Them.

By Ranga Jayasuriya The government is reportedly considering bringing garbage disposal under a centralized authority and to legislate a law on garbage recycling. In the meantime, untended rubbish is piling up by the road side. Garbage is not funny business. A year or so back when rubbish piles heaped up in Beirut, the capital of …

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Need for International Attention For Possible Justice and Accountability is an Element Uniting North and South of Sri Lanka.

By Tejshree Thapa (The writer is a senior Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch.) The refrain I heard over and over again, travelling through Sri Lanka’s southern Sinhala belt, was this: “Politicians rise on the bodies of our dead children.” Parent after parent, across political divides, repeated this phrase. Politicians, they said, promise justice and …

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Corruption and Political Indifference Undermines Garbage Disposal Management in South Asia

By Frances Bulathsinghala Concealed from privileged city dwellers, tucked away from posh tourist resorts and invisible to policy makers are the rubbish dumps in the cities of South Asia. But the thick wall of apathy cracked on April 14 when a 300 ft high mountain of garbage, allowed to build up for years in the …

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Petroleum Coropration Strike Ends After Govt Agrees to Not Give Trincomalee Oil Tank farm to India

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) trade unionists last night decided to call off their strike which had crippled fuel distribution throughout the country. Their decision to abandon trade union action came following an assurance given by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that he would not enter into an agreement with India on the Trincomalee Oil Tank …

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None Can Protest Against Govt Dumping Garbage at any Suitable Location says Rajitha Senaratne

By Norman Palihawadane Health Minister and Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne yesterday said that the government had the power to dump garbage at any location found suitable for the purpose and none could oppose that action. Commenting on Colombo Bishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith’s warning to the government not to use police and security forces against the …

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Scientific Study Recommended Garbage Collected at Meethotamulla to be Taken by Train Daily to be Dumped in Disused Limestone Mine at Aruvaakkallu -Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

By P.K.Balachandran A scientific study of garbage disposal in Colombo done by EML Consultants Pivate Ltd.,for the Central Environment Authority (CEA) had concluded that sanitary land filling would be the only practical way of disposing Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) in Colombo, the Ministry’s former Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said here on Thursday. Speaking to Daily Express, …

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China,India and Japan in Great Game of Competing for the Harbours of Sri Lanka.

by Jeremy Luedi Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup after the end of its decades-long civil war which ended in 2009. The island nation is being courted (and courting in turn) by various major powers, each seeking a stake in …

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Sri Lanka Offers Trincomalee to India to Counter Balance Giving Hambantota to China

By Sachin Parashar NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka may find it difficult to wriggle out of China’s clutches because of the massive debt it owes to Beijing but to balance things out, it is now set to allow India to jointly develop the Trincomalee port in northeastern part of the country. Diplomatic sources said Sri Lanka …

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Protest Launched in Mullaitheevu Against Further Expansion of “SLNS Gotabhaya” Naval Base by 617 Acres

By Manekshaw The civilians in Mullaitivu have launched a protest against the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) expanding its presence in the Mullaitivu District by acquiring nearly 617 acres for the expansion of the Navy presence in the Mullaitivu District. The civilian protest is led by the Wanni Electoral District, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian, Dr. S. …

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Indo-Lanka Talks on Fishing Keep Dragging on While Tamil Nadu Trawlers Continue Destructive Poaching in Northern Waters

By Meera Srinivasan Although New Delhi and Colombo have expressed satisfaction over recent bilateral talks on the Palk Bay fishing conflict, northern Sri Lankan fishermen say a much-needed long-term solution remains elusive. Following resistance from the fisherfolk and some efforts taken by the two governments, the number of Indian trawlers coming into Sri Lankan waters …

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What Prevents President Sirisena From Acting Before Tragedy Strikes and Lives are Lost?

BY SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA The dreadful tragedy of Meethotamulla has shocked even those who usually go about minding their own business, to spin around and look back at what could possibly have led to such needless waste of human lives. In a country that faced frequent terrorist violence in its main streets for decades …

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134 Sri Lankan Soldiers Stationed as UN Peacekeepers in Haiti Abused 9 Children From 2004 to 2007 in Sex Ring

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together enough to beat back the hunger, until the U.N. peacekeepers moved in a …

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Mahinda Govt Plan to Dump Meethotamulla Garbage in Puttalam was Stopped by Politically Connected Contractors

By P.K.Balachandran The landslide disaster at Meetotamulla within Colombo city limits last Friday, in which a 300 ft high mountain of garbage came down on hapless slum dwellers killing 26 and wrecking 84 houses fully and 36 partially, could have been averted if steps had been taken to remove the dump even as late as …

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Civil Society Organizations Collective wants Govt to Probe War Crimes Allegations in Accordance with UN Resolution Co-sponsored by Lanka

By Shamindra Ferdinando The Collective of Civil Society Organizations has urged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe administration to inquire into war crimes allegations in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 co-sponsored by the government. Addressing the media at the Centre for Society and Religion (CSR), Maradana on Tuesday (April 18), Akalanka Hettiarachchi (Aluth Parapura) emphasized that all those who …

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Meethotamulla Tragedy Shows that Unless Country Buries this Govt in Electoral Avalanche First the Govt Will Bury Us

By DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA A few days after the Meethotamulla tragedy in Sri Lanka, a referendum was held in Turkey. The people of Turkey rejected Western liberal warnings and voted in favour of an executive presidency. The Meethotamulla tragedy, which occurred utterly inauspiciously as it were during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holiday, was …

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Trawling by Tamil Nadu Fishers in Palk Bay Causes Hardship for 25.000 Small Scale Fifing Families of Northern Sri Lanka

Politics, rather than science, is playing an important role in marine fisheries governance especially in South Asian countries, said Maarten Bavinck, a Dutch scientist, whose research projects include providing space for small scale fishers of India and Sri Lanka. “The dispute between India and Sri Lanka over the fishing activities in the Palk Bay remain …

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“I Never Left The Fray”- Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa In An Exclusive Interview

By Padma Rao Sundarji Mahinda Rajapaksa was President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015. He is a human rights lawyer by profession, but has been the butt of widespread outrage and criticism for alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the final stages of the 30-year long civil war against …

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Meetotamulla Is One More Tragedy of the Poor Underclass Being Victimised in the Name of Development

By Iromi Perera and Vijay Nagaraj On the afternoon of 14 April tonnes of garbage at Meethotamulla, one of the biggest dumping sites just outside Colombo, came crashing down destroying scores of homes. At the time of writing, the death toll was reportedly 26 but was expected to rise. There have been serious allegations made …

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Meetotamulla Garbage Dump Landslide Tragedy was a Disaster Waiting to Happen

By P.K.Blachandran Colombo, April 16: The landslide disaster at Meetotamulla within Colombo city limits on Friday, in which a 300 ft high mountain of garbage came down on hapless slum dwellers killing 24 and wrecking 145 houses, may have come as a surprise to the elite of Colombo who live in posh localities. But for …

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“Stop Handing Trincomalee to India”Should be Key Slogan of Joint Opposition May Day Rally

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA “The correctness or incorrectness of the ideological and political line decides everything.”(Mao) UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is mightily helped by the confusion in the ranks of the SLFP and Oppositional forces in general. The SLFP voters and the broader constituency of non-UNP (or non-hardcore UNP) voters are being …

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Has There Been Genuine National Reconciliation in Sri Lanka?

By Dr. Archana Arul If there is considerable consternation in political circles in India over what took place at the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva recently over a two-year extension for Sri Lanka to come to terms with issues of the post-conflict era, it is only understandable. Once again the international community, led by …

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” Coalition Govt of Two Major Parties is a new Experience but I Will Lead The SLFP to Victory in Future Elections” -President Sirisena

By Udeni Saman Kumara President Maithripala Sirisena in an interview with our sister paper Maubima said that people who elected him are still hopeful that the problems could be resolved through this government. “I like to unite and not to divide”, he said. Q; This is the third year since you were elected as President. …

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Current Western Outrage Over Syria Seems to be a “Set Up” as in the case of Sri Lanka’s War Against LTTE

By SANJA DE SILVA JAYATILLEKA It was not easy to watch the proceedings on Friday April 7that the UN Security Council’s emergency‘open session’ on Syria without thinking of Sri Lanka, although the actual circumstances of the UN’s engagement with the two countries are very different. Only one thing seemed alarmingly similar. It seemed like a …

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Yu Zhengsheng Returns After 2 Day Lankan Trip Without Visiting Hambantota Harbour or Signing Port Agreement.

Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the fourth most important leader in China, visited Sri Lanka this week, he was pleasantly surprised to get a very warm reception. “The warm hospitality I got was far beyond expectations,” Yu publicly declared on Thursday. Yu had come on a two-day visit as …

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China Demands Full Control of Hambantota Harbour Without any Stake for Sri Lanka Ports Authority

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan The government appears to be in hot water these days as the Chinese have demanded the complete handover of the Hambantota Port to the China Merchants Port Holdings Company, without the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) having any stake in it. The Chinese, on seeing the new amendments put forward by …

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Yahapalanaya Regime – Lunacy,Idiocy or Plain Hubris?

by Anura Gunasekera When absolute virtue is your launching pad, there is no way but down thereafter and that has been the sad story of the Yahapalanaya regime from its laboured birth. Yahapalanaya is a collage of intrinsically incompatible points of view and an uneasy cohabitation between groups and individuals who would not, normally, bed …

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Famous Film Director Vasantha Obeyesekere, Who Immortalised Real Life Stories On The Silver Screen, Is No More

Multiple award-winning film director Vasantha Obeyesekere, whose adoption of real life stories onto the big screen made him one of the biggest names in the country’s film industry, passed away last morning at a private hospital in Colombo. He was 80. In a film-making career that spanned nearly five decades, Obeyesekere won several presidential awards …

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Pre-fab Housing Project for North -East Slashed From 65,000 to 6,000 Houses Without Calling for Fresh Tenders

By Namini Wijedasa If the Government intends to slash its original proposal of 65,000 prefabricated houses down to 6,000 houses for the war-displaced, it must call a fresh tender as many more contractors will qualify for the smaller project and offer better prices, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said this week. Despite …

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India Fails to Honour Pledges Made to Sri Lanka About Preventing Indian Fishermen from Poaching in Sri Lankan Waters

By Chris Kamalendran Sri Lanka has expressed disappointment over the failure by the Indian authorities to honour the pledges made at the last round of joint Indo-Lanka talks on the fisheries issue. Fisheries Ministry Secretary Rani Adhikari, who headed the Sri Lanka delegation at the talks held on Friday in Colombo, told the Sunday Times …

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Opposition Ferments in East Against Finance Ministry Approved W.M. Mendis Project of an Ethyl Alcohol Plant In B’caloa District

By Namini Wijedasa Resistance is growing in the East to W.M. Mendis’s (WMM) proposed ethyl alcohol plant, approved by the Finance Ministry within 18 months of Maithripala Sirisena winning the presidency, on a platform that decried, among other things, “the ethanol mafia”. The Batticaloa District Coordinating Committee met on March 27 and resolved to oppose …

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Sirisena Led “Official”SLFP’s Role as UNP Tail Will Result in Being Beaten to Third Place in Polls.

by Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka What the upcoming round of sub-national elections (PCs and PSs) will decide is the respective strengths of the official SLFP and the JO/SLPP. I for one am pretty certain that the JO/Podujana Peramuna will beat the official SLFP into third place in the PS/PC elections—the reason being the official SLFP’s role …

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Despite 3 Months Renovation Costing US 50 Million $ the Katunayake Airport Runway has not been Upgraded to Accommodate Large Aircraft

By Namini Wijedasa Despite three months’ renovation work which disrupted airline schedules, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) will not upgrade the Bandaranaike International Airport’s runway in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation-accepted classification for runways capable of accommodating new large aircraft such as A380s. Notwithstanding its recent widening at a cost …

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Ravi Jayewardene Revealed His Character and Patriotism During the National Crisis of War

By Hiranthi Wijemanne It was Lao Tzu who said, “When a nation is filled with strife, then do patriots flourish.” This epitomizes Ravi Jayewardene, who in 1983 during the first manifestations of unprecedented violence and destruction, began a response to protect our motherland, threatened by separatist forces of immeasurable proportions. Ravi became a catalyst for …

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Challenges to Media freedom in Sri Lanka; The ‘New’ Government’s Performance

By Kishali Pinto-Jayawardena A common view held by many across the Commonwealth that Sri Lanka holds out a beacon of hope to the world in reversing the tide of authoritarianism underscores darker and more complex realities. Even in those early days when elation prevailed after the surprise election defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in …

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The SAITM Controversy: From Hippocrates to Hypocrisy

By Asoka N. I. Ekanayaka Emeritus Professor I share with many millions of people in this country (who may not even know what the letters SAITM stand for) a certain indifference to the SAITM controversy that seems to be occupying so much media attention at this time. I have never been a teacher in that …

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Hospitalised Wimal Weerawansa Miraculously Recovers from Illnesss and is Discharged from Hospital After Receiving Bail

National Freedom Front (NFF) leader Wimal Weerawansa has made a miraculous recovery and was discharged from the National Hospital less than four hours after being granted bail this morning. Weerawansa was taken to the Colombo Fort Magistrate Court by ambulance this morning from the Colombo National Hospital. He was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital …

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Govt Wants to Nationalise Neville Fernando Hospital but GMOA Rejects it Saying It Wants SAITM Shut down and not Govt take Over

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has rejected the solution offered by the government on the SAITM issue. Speaking to the media this evening, GMOA Secretary Dr. Navin de Zoysa said they wanted the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) shut down, not taken over by the government. He also promised that the …

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Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) and 100 trade unions launch 24 hour strike against South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

By Zahrah Imtiaz The usually crowded waiting rooms of the Colombo National Hospital (CNH) were deserted yesterday as the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) and 100 other trade unions launched the 24 hour strike against the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). Thousands of patients seeking treatment at Government hospitals were left in …

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Thousands of Patients Faced Distress as Govt Hospital Doctors Led by GMOA Held One Day Token Strike

by Dilanthi Jayamanne Thousands patients were inconvenienced by the doctors token strike yesterday. Director of the National Hospital (NHSL), Dr Anil Jasinghe said the OPD was not functioning though emergency admissions were carried out. The scheduled clinics had been cancelled. The NHSL attended to approximately 3,000 to 4,000 clinic patients daily. Routine surgeries had been …

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Prime Minister Wanting to Indianize and Tamil Naduize Sri Lanka is a Threat to the Nation

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA A country usually rolls out the red carpet for a visiting foreign dignitary but can a country turn into a carpet? Well, ours just did. We live in a time and a country in which a visiting celebrity from India can think nothing of openly criticizing and cautioning us against our …

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Issue of Sri Lankan Tamils is an Emotional and Political Subject in India

By Shashi Tharoor (Following is the address delivered by keynote speaker, Indian MP and world-famous author Dr. Shashi Tharoor at the launch of Dinesh Weerakkody’s book ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe: A Life’ on 4 April 2017) It is presumptuous for a second-term MP to congratulate a fourth-term PM, but I am emboldened by Ranil Wickremesinghe’s own graciousness …

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Present Govt Continues With Last Govt Policy of Retaining Lands of the People in the North and East for the Security Forces and Development Purposes.

By Sajeewa Chamikara One of the common practices of the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration, especially in the North and East of Sri Lanka after the end of the conflict, was the forceful encroachment of land that belonged to private owners, often from the most marginalized communities, to implement ‘development initiatives.’ According to the National Physical Plan …

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Haggling Over Joint Opposition Demand for Allocation of More Time in Debate Ends in Cancellation of UNHRC Debate and Adjournment of Parliament.

By Saman Indrajith Parliament sittings were limited to 55 minutes as the Joint Opposition (JO) MPs disrupted sessions demanding more time for them to participate in a debate on the UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka. MEP leader MP Dinesh Gunawardena said that it was unfair to allocate only 31 minutes of the 210 minutes long debate …

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Concerns About Chinese Interests in Sri Lanka Undermining Historical and Cultural Links with India -Shashi Tharoor

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 5 (newsin.asia): Former Indian junior Minister for External Affairs and UN Under Secretary General, Dr.Shashi Tharoor, has warned Sri Lankans that the Chinese, in the guise of promoting economic relations with Sri Lanka, may well end up interfering in the internal affairs of the country as the legendary Chinese Admiral Zheng …

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Chinese Companies Given Preferential Treatment Over Indian Companies to Invest in Sri Lanka Insinuates Indian MP Shashi Tharoor.

By Meera Srinivasan Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday flagged India’s concerns over China’s presence in Sri Lanka, pointing to “military intervention in the guise of trade” even in the earlier avatar of China’s Silk Road initiative. He was speaking at the launch of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s political biography, authored …

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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe Tells Parliament Navy Camps in Mullikkulam and Silaavathurai Wont be Removed.

By Saman Indrajith The government would not remove the Navy camps at Silawathura and Mullikulam as they were necessary for curbing arms and drug and human smuggling operations, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday. In answer to a question raised by SLMC MP MHM Salman, who demanded that the removal of the Navy base …

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Attempts to Undermine Rajavarothayam Sampanthan’s Positive Leadership of the Tamil National Alliance.

By Harim Peiris In Sri Lanka’s ethnically polarized political society, the political discourse of both the Sinhala and Tamil polity is sadly limited and largely restricted to being within their own respective communities, with occasional broadsides against each other. There is insufficient dialogue and engagement between the different political views, especially on the issues of …

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Sri Lankan Environmentalists Demand Protection for Wilpattu Forest Reserves From Unlawful Actions of a Rapacious Cabinet Minister.

By Harischandra Gunaratna Environmentalists are calling for action against a powerful Cabinet Minister from the Vanni electoral District for going ahead with what they call unlawful settlements in the forest reserves in and around Wilpattu in defiance of President Maithripala Sirisena’s orders. Dineth Mallikarachchi, leading environmentalist, addressing journalists at a news conference organised by the …

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s Strong Stand Against Religious Fundamentalism and Forcible Conversions.

By Ephrem Fernando The golden age of humanity was the era of the Antonines, especially that of Marcus Aurelius the second Antonine emperor. He admired the changelessness of the Roman Church. In my daily paper The Island of March 30, I read a piece which by far was the most Interesting news for me. It …

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Rajapaksa Govt Agreements with China Over Hambantota Port Unfavourable to Sri Lanka Says Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Saman Indrajith Those who built the Hambantota Port had expected all ships going past Sri Lanka to stop there for refuelling, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday. “They thought that ships would come there the way the vehicles come to the petrol shed at the Alexandra Place in Colombo for refuelling. The agreements …

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Ravi Jayawardene’s Life Must Be Celebrated for his Self-effacing nature and Lifelong Contempt for Sycophants.

By Sarath de Alwis An otherwise obvious cliché needs to be reframed to draw out the lessons from the life of Ravi Jayewardene who passed away at the age of eighty whose obsequies will be held on Thursday 6th April. It is not enough to say that he was the only son of President J. …

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Prime Minister Praised for his Patience at Launch of a Biography on Ranil Wickremesinghe

By Nisthar Cassim The launch of a biography on Ranil Wickremesinghe last night at the BMICH saw praised being heaped on the Prime Minister, who credited patience for his success but said that it was time to ensure victory for Sri Lanka by uniting for peace and development. “There are many who helped me but …

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Indian MP Sashi Tharoor Expresses in Colombo the Concerns of his Country Over China’s Presence in Sri Lanka and Growing Influence.

Indian lawmaker Dr. Shashi Tharoor yesterday voiced his country’s concerns about China’s presence in Sri Lanka as well as its growing influence in the Indian Ocean. “There are some concerns in India if China’s interests here undermine our own historical and cultural links built over generations,” Tharoor said in his keynote at the launch of …

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Military Personnel Allegedly Involved in Crimes Will Not Be Exempted from Investigations Emphasises Police Spokesperson Jayakody.

by Shamindra Ferdinando Denying the Joint Opposition’s allegations that law enforcement authorities had been targeting military personnel as well as the police over several high profile cases, police headquarters yesterday emphasised that they couldn’t be exempted from investigations. Police spokesman DIG Priyantha Jayakody said that those who believed people could be excused as they were …

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Eran Wickramaratne Discloses Details About Alleged Misuse of Public Funds by Gamini Senarath ,Ex-Chief of Staff of Mahinda Rajapaksa

Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramaratne yesterday told Parliament that no action had been taken to investigate allegations over the misuse of public funds by Gamini Senarath, the Chief of Staff of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and Piyadasa Kudabalage, who functioned as Directors of the companies associated with controversial Canwill Holdings Ltd. The …

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Allegation That Ranil Wickremesinghe Does not Have Support of Traditional Sinhala Buddhists is a Shattered Myth – Rajitha Senaratne

By Zacky Jabbar Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had won over people not by changing his attire or religion, but by his royal conduct and breeding, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday in Colombo. Senaratne , speaking at the launch of the book “Ranil Wickremesinghe – A Political Biography” by Dinesh Weerakkody at the BMICH, attended …

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Legendary Lodestar of Sri Lankan Cinema Lester James Peries Celebrates 98th Birthday Today (April 5th)

(Text of Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of April 5th 2017 Under the Heading “Lester, the Lodestar”) Today is a special day; internationally acclaimed icon of the Sri Lankan cinema, Lester James Peries, turns 98. He, in our book, is a national hero in that he almost single-handedly led the freedom struggle of the Sri …

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Where is the Pressure for Prosecutions by a Hybrid Court Coming From?

By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya After the UN Human Rights Council 34th session ended in Geneva, the US said it introduced three resolutions that were adopted with ‘broad cross regional support.’ The list included Resolution 34/1 on Sri Lanka. The statement says that ‘Sri Lanka was one of the 47 co-sponsors’ of Resolution 34/1. This assertion is …

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Ultra- Nationalist Sinhala Politicians Becoming Political Dinosaurs

By Rathindra Kuruwita The red pill and its opposite, the blue pill, are popular cultural symbols representing the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality (red pill) and the blissful ignorance of illusion (blue pill). Last week, National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa drank a cup of milk and gave up his …

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Wimal Weerawansa Arrested For Misappropriation is a Small Fish Who Could Raise the Question “WHY ME?”

By Ranga Jayasuriya Wimal Weerawansa is a destructive politician. After Anagarika Dharmapala, he is probably the most effective rabble rouser who could manage to send a sizeable portion of the population to an ethnic frenzy through his gifted oratory. His leader for a short while, Rohana Wijeweera was also a provocative orator, however, though he …

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2 Novels, 1 Short Story Collection and Two Books of Poetry Short Listed for 2016 Gratiaen Prize

By Harischandra Gunaratna The much-awaited short list of Gratiaen Prize 2016 was announced at the British Council auditorium yesterday evening at a simple ceremony. The short listed works are: 1. “Introspection”(poetry) by Jean Arasanayagam 2. “The Memory of Loss”(novel) by Rizvina Morseth de Alwis 3. “Short eats” (short stories) by Shehan Karunatilaka 4. “Stories” (novel) …

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Sri Lankan Workers Protest Outside Colombo Indian High Commission in Solidarity With Maruti Workers Convicted by New Delhi Court

By Meera Srinivasan Expressing solidarity with their counterparts across the Palk Bay, Sri Lankan trade unions on Monday protested against the “attack” on Maruti workers. With posters displaying slogans in Sinhala, Tamil and English asking the Indian State to stop “prosecuting” workers, leaders and members of different unions here gathered outside the Indian mission’s premises …

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Rishad Bathiudeen to Present Cabinet Paper Rescinding 4 Gazettes Declaring Muslim Settled Lands as Forest Reserve.

Four gazettes reportedly impacting the Northern Muslim resettlement process in Wilpattu proximity are to be rescinded. “I informed the officials that I will present a Cabinet Paper to do way with the gazettes affecting resettlement of Northern Muslim IDPs.” said Minister of Industry and Commerce and Vanni District MP Rishad Bathiudeen on 31 March in …

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Classic Howlers Caused by Faulty Usage of the English Language in Sri Lanka and India.

By R.S. Karunaratne I still follow a piece of advice given to his students by T. Max Perera who ran an English institute at Horana way back in the 1950s. One day he advised us to read advertisements published in newspapers and name boards to learn good English. Since then I have been reading advertisements …

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Govt in Beijing Demonstrates Serious Intent by Intervening Directly to “Unite”Chinese Companies Competing for Hambantota Port Control.

By Nisthar Cassim In an emphatic move, Beijing has brought together two competing bidders for the Hambantota Port to work together, reinforcing China’s serious intent on Sri Lanka though the latter is still grappling with differences of opinion on the crucial $ 1.4 billion public-private partnership (PPP) project. The Daily FT learns that the Beijing …

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Only 600 Acres of Land with Muslim Settlers Gazetted as North Wilpattu Forest Reserve says Dayasiri Jayasekera

by Zacki Jabbar The government says that only 600 acres of state land and not 100,000 acres from Muslims settled close to the northern border of the Wilpattu Forest Reserve, have been acquired by the President’s March 24, Gazette notification. Acknowledging the crucial contribution of the Muslim community to electing Maithripala Sirisena as President, Sports …

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The War of Words Between Sarath Fonseka and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa About a Death Squad Run by Military Intelligence

By Don Manu Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka fired the first shot. When CID detectives, probing the daylight killing of former editor Lasantha Wickrematunge, came to question him in January and obtain his testimony, he laid the blame squarely at the doorstep of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He claimed that a ‘death squad’ run by …

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Sri Lanka and India to Sign Memorandum of Understanding for “Cooperation in Economic Projects” With Spotlight on Trincomalee

Sri Lanka and India will jointly make investments to develop the Trincomalee Port and establish a petroleum refinery and other industries there. They will also encourage Indian companies to invest in a Container Terminal in the Port of Colombo. These are highlights of a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed this year between Sri Lanka …

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Some Provisions in the Revised Draft of New Counter Terror Act (CTA) Are More “Terrifying” than the old Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA)

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Assessed even with the kindest eye, the potential of the proposed (and revised) new Counter-Terror Act (CTA) to legally validate intrusive acts of state officers is most worrying.If this version has been sent to the Legal Draftsman’s Department for conversion into the form of a Bill as we are informed, one …

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Sri Lankan Airlines Embroiled in Another Legal Battle -This Time with Duty Free Partners (DFP)

By Namini Wijedasa SriLankan Airlines has been slapped with fresh litigation, just days after dodging an expensive legal battle with a company through which it extended leases on three A330-200 aircraft. Duty Free Partners (DFP), supplier of SriLankan’s onboard duty free products, on Friday took out an enjoining order preventing the national carrier from terminating …

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GMOA is Treating the Poor People of Sri Lanka as Expendable Civilians like the LTTE and ISIS.

by Dr A.C.Visvalingam Towards the end of its war to establish an independent state, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) did not allow civilians to move out of those areas from which it was attacking the Sri Lanka Army. It has been accused of deploying these hapless fellow citizens as human shields so as …

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