By Meera Srinivasan In September 1989, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province lost one of its most prominent human rights defenders following the death of Rajani Thiranagama, who was gunned down, reportedly by the rebel Tigers. A human rights activist and feminist, Rajani is best known for her contribution to the The Broken Palmyra — a book […]
Persons in Civilian Attire Claiming to be “CID Officials”Monitor Rajini Thiranagama Commemorative Seminar Held in Jaffna.
Amidst a division of opinion, Sajith Premadasa is to be re-appointed Deputy Leader of the UNP today. Informed sources said that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe in keeping with his pledge to give Premadasa more responsibility would be proposing Premadasa for the vacant post of Deputy Leader at today’s Working Committee(WC), meeting which would be preceded […]
“Yaazh Devi”Express Train Travelled From Pallai to Jaffna on Test run Along Re-constructed Northern Railway Line After 24 Years
After 24 years, the “Yaazh Devi express train travelled from Palai to Jaffna yesterday on the recently-restored northern railway line. The express train made a test run from Pallai to the newly constructed Jaffna Railway Station on Monday prior to resuming services next month after a 24-year gap. The train left Palai at 10:30 a.m. […]
TNA’s Chief Constituent the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi Files Affidavit in Supreme Court Affirming it is for Federal State within United Sri Lanka.
By Chitra Weerarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has recently filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, explaining their election manifesto during the recent provincial council polls, in the Northern Province. The affidavit says that the position of the Illankai Thamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), of which the TNA is the main constituent, concerning a political […]
UNP Gen Secy Tissa Attanayake Resigns from Leadership Council Blaming Ravi Karunayake for Insulting and Threatening him
By Dharisha Bastians UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake resigned from the UNP Leadership Council yesterday, heightening fears that the party was set to suffer yet another internal crisis soon after its electoral gains in the Uva Province over the weekend. Attanayake in a letter to UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he was disillusioned […]
NGO run in Sri Lanka by UK Based Alliraja Subaskaran the Jaffna Born Controversial Owner of “Lycamobile”is not Registered with Sri Lanka Govt.
By a Special Correspondent Out of 1,428 registered Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the island, no one would find the organization – Gnanam Foundation (GF), UK, listed in there. However, it is actively operating in the island. GF is no relation to another foundation bearing the famed surname of the famed philanthropist, the late A.Y.S. […]
By C. A. Chandraprema In The Sunday Island the week before last, this writer posed the question Whether Harin Fernando was going to be the UNP’s new political superstar. (Political Watch 14/9/2014) In the view of this writer, the UNP had managed to get only 25% and 26% of the vote respectively at the Southern […]
Four of Seven Berths in Hambantota Port Development Project -Phase 2 to be Given to Chinese Joint Venture.
By Namini Wijedasa The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has agreed to hand over four out of seven berths from the second phase of the Hambantota Port development to a Chinese joint venture that includes a company that is also getting vast tracts of prime property on the Colombo Port City artificial island. Authoritative sources said […]
Large Number of “Unspecified”Agreements Signed by Sri Lanka with China Apart from the Official 27 Accords.
A large, unspecified number of other agreements were signed this week between China and Sri Lanka in addition to the 27 accords that were entered into in the presence of the Presidents of the two countries, authoritative government sources said.“There was another list of agreements that were concluded on the sidelines of the visit,” said […]
New Gazette Notification Gives More Sweeping Concessions to Chinese Firms Building the Colombo Port City Artificial Island Project.
A gazette notification containing tax concessions to Chinese firms building the Colombo Port City artificial island has been cancelled and a new one granting even broader terms has been issued. This includes a complete, eight-year waiver of corporate income tax for China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), which is the contractor for engineering, procurement and […]
Chinese Media Prevent Sri Lankan Media from Adequately Covering Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Visit to Sri Lanka.
The local media corps had a rotten time covering the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping this week. Wherever they went, a posse of Chinese journalists elbowed them out of the picture. It started at the airport where local journalists were bundled onto two trucks from which they could take pictures and video footage for […]
Reference to “Terrorists” Changed to “Militants” in Draft Law by Rauff Hakeem at Behest of MA Sumanthiran Alleges Douglas Devananda.
A reported change of the word “terrorists” to “militants” in a law that will allow land and property owners in the once war-ravaged north and east to reclaim ownership has triggered a controversy. Minister Douglas Devananda, leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), raised issue at Thursday’s weekly ministerial meeting. He alleged that the […]
56 Km Railway Track from Pallai to Kankesanthurai Being Laid out Without Stations, Platforms being Constructed or Maintenance Staff Provided.
By Ravi Ladduwahetty The government’s ambitious programme of launching the Northern railway line spanning 56 km from Pallai to Kankesanturai on 24 September would be heading for a major disaster with none of the key infrastructure such as railway stations and maintenance staff in place even as of now, a key railway union claimed. “This […]
Uva Poll Shows the only Logical Option for UPFA Govt is to go in for an Early Presidential Election.
(Text of an Editorial Appearing in “The Island” of September 22nd 2014 Under the heading”A thundering slap”) The people of Uva have given the ruling UPFA a thundering slap plus a reduced majority to rule their province. The government has, in spite of all its polls law violations, election bribes and abuse of state resources, […]
(Text of Statement Issued by the United National Party after the conclusion of elections to the Uva Provincial Council) The first salvos of a freedom struggle that eventually brought down imperialist rule in Sri Lanka were heard in the far corners of Uva-Wellassa nearly 200 years ago. Resonating that same heroic spirit, that yearning for […]
BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA 1. Analysts, commentators and readers in general should check the results of the 1982 Presidential election. Despite an 8 % growth rate, the Mahaweli program, and the deprivation of Mrs B’s civic rights, the great JRJ Jayewardene won only 52+% of the vote, in what is regarded as a great victory. […]
What Must Never be Forgotten is That the UPFA Won, Not Lost in Uva, While the UNP Lost, Not Won in Uva.
BY DR DAYAN JAYATILLEKA THE MORNING AFTER UVA: GOVT AND OPPOSITION AT THE CROSSROADS Perhaps the fundamental thing about the Uva result is that it demonstrates that the fundamentally democratic system –most importantly the electoral mechanism and the Commission of Elections– is working, notwithstanding the incidents of coercive electioneering. The Uva election achieved certain things […]
Bandarawela UNP Mayor Chaminda Wijesiri Attacked inside Police Station by Deputy Ministers Hemal Gunasekara and Arundika Fernando with Minister Pushpakumara and Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardana watching.
By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Bandarawela Mayor Chaminda Wijesiri was rushed to the Badulla Hospital from Diyathalawa Base Hospital after a clash had taken place allegedly at the Bandarawela Police station last evening. A minor argument at a polling station had been reportedly turned into a serious fight between the two major parties United People’s Freedom Alliance […]
Govt Wins Uva Province with Reduced Voter Base:Out of 34 Council Seats the UPFA Gets 19 Including 2 Bonus Seats; UNP Wins 13 and JVP Gets 2.
The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has won the Uva Provincial Council elections securing the highest number of seats in the two districts during yesterday’s elections, according the results released so far. Accordingly, the UPFA had secured 19 seats including two bonus seats in the Provincial Council while the UNP secured 13 seats and […]
Justin Trudeau Offers a Chance to Meet Him,Senior Liberal Party Advisers and Former US First Lady and Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
A Message to Canadians from Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau Pack your bags,——————–, and bring your big idea for Canada ……………..because you could win a chance to pitch it to me and one of my senior advisors over breakfast in Ottawa, on October 6. But wait, there’s more. If you win, we’re not just going […]
With Beijing-New Delhi Relations Improving Under Xi Jinping-Narendra Modi Equation Will China need Sri Lanka Anymore?
By C. A. Chandraprema The reason why Indo-Sri Lanka relations were on a particularly good footing during the Bandaranaike era between 1956-1965 and 1970-1977 is because under the Bandaranaikes Sri Lanka had a foreign and domestic policy that was identical to India’s. During that period, both India and Sri Lanka had the same friends overseas. […]
Sam Wijesinha was a Repository of Sri Lanka’s Political Lore with names,facts and Figures at his Fingertips.
by Manik de Silva The early sixties were a good time to break into journalism for a just-out-of- school teenager as I was at that time. My father spoke to Esmond Wickremesinghe and I was given a kind of `learn the ropes’ job on the then Ceylon Observer under Denzil Peiris. I didn’t expect to […]
(Full Text of Prof. Carlo Fonseka’s speech Scheduled to be Delivered at the Rajani Thiranagama Commemoration Meeting in Jaffna on September 20th 2014) There is no other word to characterize her: Dr. Rajani Rajasingham Thiranagama was the NOBLEST of all my pupils. There were others who were cognitively smarter than her, but morally and ethically […]
Will Pro-Independence Scottish Diaspora Continue Struggle for Free Scotland from Abroad like Pro-Tamil Eelam Tamil Diaspora?
By Lucien Rajakarunanayake The Scottish people have decided to be stuck in the United Kingdom. They have taken the cue from David Cameron who, in the final round of hectic campaigning for the NO vote, pleaded with them that even if they don’t like the “f…ing Tories,” they don’t abandon the Union. Many a politician […]
Two out of Every Five Scots and Scotland’s Biggest City Glascow Have Voted to Leave the United Kingdom.
(Text of an editorial Appearing in “The Hindu”of September 20th 2014 under the heading “Not a simple ‘no’ from Scotland”) It would be prudent not to read Scotland’s ‘no’ to independence as a plain and simple ‘yes’ to continue with the status quo. The latest verdict is very unlike the ‘no’ vote in the 2011 […]
British Prime Minister David Cameron “Delighted” Over Scotland Voting “No”to Independence from the UK
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he is “delighted” that Scotland’s referendum returned a no vote to independence from the United Kingdom. “It would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end,” he said. Mr. Cameron defended the decision to go ahead with the poll, saying “it is right to […]
Despite failing to win independence in the referendum he brought about, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has nevertheless emerged a winner. Even before voting began, the three main parties in Westminster had already made a last-minute promise to hand over more powers to the devolved Parliament in Edinburgh, Holyrood, if Scots rejected independence. In his […]
by Chitravina N. Ravikiran The galaxy of music has lost one of its most glittering stars in the death of Mandolin U. Shrinivas. That his remarkable achievements immortalised him even as a teenager is small consolation for the tragedy of losing him at the age of 45. Every superlative offered to him seemed redundant in […]
Listening to Classical Music by a Symphony Orchestra in the Place where Richard de Zoysa was Bludgeoned to Death by the Police.
By Kumbhakarna It was a very pleasant Friday evening. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo, a symphony orchestra was playing film music opposite the World Trade Centre twin towers. Conducted by Lakshman Joseph de Saram, the internationally-known film music composer, (Machan, Bel Ami, Ira Mediyama, Akasa Kusum) the orchestra played in the open air to […]
Musical Prodigy “Mandolin” Shrinivas who Charmed Listeners with his Divine Music Dies of Liver Failure at the age of 45
By B.Kolappan U. Shrinivas, who cast a spell on audiences with his Western instrument, the mandolin, died here on Friday. He was only 45. Mandolin Shrinivas, as he came to be known, had been ailing for a while. He reportedly was being treated for liver failure at the Apollo Hospital. He had lately received a […]
Scotland Rejects Independence in Historic Referendum Opting to Remain as part of the United Kingdom with Fresh Devolution of More Powers.
By Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on […]
Scotland will vote to stay in the United Kingdom after rejecting independence, the BBC has predicted. With 29 out of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the “No” side has 55% of the vote, with the “Yes” campaign on 45%. By 06:00 BST , the “No” campaign had more than 1,737,000 […]
On the Spot Report by Dharisha Bastians in the Uva Province Inside the Nayabedda Estate in Bandarawela, a rosy sunset casts shadows on the large cut-out of a movie-star like politician, poised precariously on the roof of Sivalingam Thangaraj’s home. Until last month, Thangaraj’s hut had no roof and only brightly-coloured plastic sheeting mounted on […]
Pakistani Espionage Agency Inter-Services Agency Financed Bodu Bala Sena to make Muslims in Sri Lanka feel Insecure says “Rediff”
The birth of the Bodu Bala Sena, an extremist Singhalese Buddhist nationalist organisation in Colombo in 2012 was a significant event. The organisation was formed to enforce Buddhist supremacy in Sri Lanka, mainly targeting Christians and Muslims in the country. The formation of this organisation was a turning point for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, which had […]
Uva Election Survey Conducted by US Embassy Forecasts the UNP Winning Badulla District and Being Edged out Narrowly by UPFA in Moneragala District
By C.A.Chandraprema As far as provincial elections go, the UNP seems to be doing much better in Uva than at any previous election since 2005. Due to the much spoken of violence in the Moneragala district, the impression has been conveyed to the rest of the country that the government is facing an uphill struggle […]
Interest in Learning Hindi Language Grows Among Tamils in North Due to Sustained Efforts of Indian Consulate in Jaffna.
By P.K.Balachandran A passion for Hindi film music and the Hindi language is commonplace in Sri Lanka. But Jaffna, the stronghold of Tamil nationalism, has been an exception to this rule. The Tamil-speaking North is one place in the island nation, where Hindi films are not shown, Hindi soaps are not watched, and Hindi songs […]
Goa Born Blessed Joseph Vaz who went as Missionary to Sri Lanka Worked Miracle of Rain in 1693 During Drought in the Kandyan Kingdom.
Pope Francis’ approval of the votes of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops in favor of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz attains special significance in the wake of the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father to Sri. Lanka in January 2015. Bl. Vaz was born in Goa, India, in 1651. As a priest […]
Vishnu Vasu’s Documentary Poem “Butterfly” is a Remarkable Tribute to the Lost Innocence of Child Soldiers
by Kamaya Jayatissa “When I’m gone, release me. Let me go. I have so many things to see and do.” – Excerpt from ‘Butterfly’ Even today too little is been said about them. Yet, they lived as fighters and died as children in a war they knew nothing about, in a war they had nothing […]
Alex Salmond Urges Seizure of Extraordinary Chance for a “New Dawn for Scotland” By Voters at Referendum.
By Severin Carrell Alex Salmond urged tens of thousands of yes activists to “get to it” by seizing the extraordinary chance for a “new dawn for Scotland”, as the final batch of polls before the vote confirmed the referendum hung on a knife-edge. To chants of “yes we can”, the first minister urged more than […]
As the yes and no campaigns make their final push in the battle for Scotland’s future, minds are turning to polling day. What happens after polling stations close on Thursday? And when will the final result be known? Polling stations in Scotland will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday 18 September for the […]
Sri Lanka Visit of Pope Francis Brings Publicity to Govt While Providing Voice to Suffering Tamil Minority.
by Paolo Affatato “Don’t force political issues on the Pope, don’t use his visit to Sri Lanka for political ends”: the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, sent out a clear appeal to the Sri Lankan government and the opposition. Francis’ visit to the country (13-15 January 2015) comes right before the presidential elections. Given […]
Pope Francis “Bends” Vatican Rules to Confirm that he will Canonise Blessed Joseph Vaz as the First Ever Saint in of Sri Lanka.
Pope Francis has approved Blessed Joseph Vaz (1651-1711) as Sri Lanka’s first saint, reports from the Vatican said yesterday. Reports said that the Pope had bent Vatican rules to bypass confirmation of a miracle in order to approve Blessed Joseph Vaz as a saint. Francis will now canonise Joseph Vaz, a 17th century missionary, during […]
Theme for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka was launched at the press conference held today (12th September, 2014) at the Archbishop’s House Auditorium by Rev. Fr, Cyril Gamini, Director, Media Secretariat for the Pope’s visit to Sri Lanka. “Abide in Love”, the theme of Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka has its roots in […]
Scottish Referendum Vote on Independence is a Historic Turning Point for Britain and the Whole of Europe.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens The Scottish referendum vote on independence is a historic turning point for Britain and the whole of Europe. With the result of the September 18 ballot too close to call, a recent poll for the first time showing the Yes camp holding a majority triggered a crisis in ruling […]
Compiled by KATRIN BENNHOLD with Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura contributing reporting from London and Bernadette Murphy contributing research from Paris. Scotland has been England’s junior partner in the United Kingdom since 1707. But three centuries is no time at all in the view of many Scots, who regularly re-enact 14th century sword battles they had with […]
Urban Resilience is Important to Sri Lanka Because more than half the CountryPopulation will live in Cities by 2020.
By Gotabhaya Rajapaksa (Text of Speech deliverd by Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the workshop on Urban Resilience organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme at the Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla on 16th September 2014) It gives me great pleasure to address you all this morning at this workshop on Urban Resilience organised […]
Northern Provincial Council must work with Govt for Development like Colombo Municipal Council says Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran is not cooperating on development work carried out by the Government, and this is affecting the ordinary people in the North. Speaking at a UN Habitat program today, Rajapaksa said that political differences between Municipalities and […]
Was Anagarika Dharmapala who held Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan in Great Esteem a “Racist” as Portrayed by Some?
by Mala Hewavitarne Weerasekera It is opportune at this moment that a true understanding of the Anagarika and his message to the people is properly conveyed. His clarion call to the Sinhala People is in grave danger of being misinterpreted and misused by elements who are out to cause religious and racial disharmony. First, let […]
Beijing’s Regime Change Change Plan in North Korea Shows that Mahinda Rajapaksa has to fear China more than the USA or India.
By Upul Joseph Fernando Way back in 1963, Prime Minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, was hailed by the China media as the ‘Angel of Peace’ when she carried with her a set proposals to prevent a possible Indo-China war. While in China she signed the maritime agreement. Her proposals to prevent an Indo-China war was severely criticized […]
By Vishwamithra 1984 An Open letter to the Uva voter- “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~T. S. Eliot In a column, dated July 26, 2011, published in a worldwide website this writer, under a different pseudonym wrote thus: “A people battered for more […]
Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary Developed through Efforts of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa Must be Named “Gota-Abhaya Boomiya” in his Honour.
By G.A.D.Sirimal At the ceremonial opening of the Bellanwila Development Project, by President Mahinda Rjapaksa, it was magnanimous on the part of the Chief Incumbent of Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya Bellanwila Wimalarathana, to pay a glorious compliment to Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development Authority for successfully completing the project which […]
USA Led West Must Realise that Powerful Nations such as China,Russia,India,Japan and Australia are Against UNHRC Probe on Sri Lanka.
By N Sathiya Moorthy The joint statement issued at the end of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, praises internal mechanisms in Sri Lanka, in terms of ethnic reconciliation and accountability issues. PM Abe in particular underscored the need for continuing the dialogue among political stake-holders in Sri Lanka, […]
By Dr.Sanjiva Wijesinha (Text of the eulogy delivered at the service of Celebration of the life of former Ombudsman and Parliament Secretary -General Mr.Sam Wijesinha on 9th September 2014 by his son Dr. Sanjiva Wijesinha) Sam Wijesinha: 27 June 1921 – 31 August 2014 Sam Wijesinha Your presence here today – and the many letters, […]
Northern Provincial Council Spends only 345.34 Million Rupees up to 31st August this Year014 out of 1,891 Million Rs Allocated by Govt for the Year 2014
By Franklin R. Satyapalan Northern Province Governor, Major General (Retd) G. A. Chandrasiri has advised the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) to spend Rs. 1.38 billion already allocated by the government for projects beneficial to the people in the region. Finance and Planning Ministry Secretary, Dr. P. B. Jayasundara who was in Jaffna last Friday met […]
“Ralahamy Rides Again”:Popular Plays of H.C.N de Lanerolle Staged in the “Ceylon”Era Compiled into Book by his son Primal.
By Gamini Seneviratne `It’s been a long time. Now, at last, the celebrated home-grown stage plays of half a century ago, all out of print, have been published in a single volume. Ralahamy Rides Again, the title of this book, was the last of the plays written and produced by H C N de Lanerolle […]
“Civil War”Escalates in Sri Lanka Cricket with President Dharmadasa in one camp and Vice-President Mohan de Silva and Secretary Nishantha Ranatunge in the Other.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was plunged into chaos this week with heated exchanges between the most senior officials in the sport who are now threatening to rip SLC apart at a very crucial time, according to highly placed sources at SLC headquarters. SLC President Jayantha Dharmadasa slammed Vice President Mohan De Silva in an official […]
Out of 330 Cases of Election Law Violations and Election Violence in Uva for 37 days,253 were Committed in Moneragala District Alone.
By Faizer Shaheid Moneragala has become the cynosure of all eyes ever since nominations for the upcoming Uva Provincial Council Elections concluded on 6 August, and then, all hell broke loose with election related violence erupting exponentially. By 11 September, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) reported a total of 259 election law violations […]
Resolutions Adopted by Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi can Cause Turmoil by Encouraging Separatist Sentiments Charges Def Secy Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
by Shamindra Ferdinando Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday alleged that the majority of resolutions adopted at the 15th National Convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) held in Vavuniya recently were meant to cause fresh political turmoil. Therefore, a tangible campaign was necessary to neutralise the ITAK’s threat , he said. The ITAK is […]
Untested Ranil-Sajith Alliance Pales into Insignificance when Compared to Proven -JRJ-Premadasa Combination
By Vishwamithra 1984 “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” ~Edmund Burke With Sajith Premadasa getting on board the platform of the United National Party at the Uva PC election campaign, there were huge a sighs of relief, some from […]
Sri Lankan-born Rajan Anandan, the Head of Google India, has been ranked as India’s Top Multi National Corporation (MNC) Chief Executive Officer. Rajan is the son of endurance swimmer and multi-Guinness record holder, the late Kumar Anandan, and Manel Anandan (nee Samaraweera). He is an MIT and Stanford alumni, and previously worked for McKinsey, Microsoft […]
President Mahinda Rajapaksa Exclusively Interviewed by Dr.Subramanian Swamy’s Daughter Suhasini Haidar for “The Hindu”
Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue process with the Tamil National Alliance. In his first interview since meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, he spoke to Suhasini Haidar about the UNHRC resolution and […]
Fact -Finding Mission from Organization of Islamic Cooperation to Visit Sri Lanka and Probe Extent of Anti- Muslim Sentiment in Island
By Dharisha Bastians When the Sri Lankan Government pins its hopes too dearly on a particular thing, it is almost a certainty that disappointment, disillusionment and bitter resentment are soon to follow. Major expectations were placed on Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, mere mortal and new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, successor to Navi […]
By Iresha Umagiliya Any Sri Lankan would be familiar with this delicacy, in my case, from my younger days, I remember my father calling up the Otters Club to reserve lamprais every Sunday morning for the entire family. In most cases, a limited number of packs are made each time and put up for sale. […]
By Vishwamithra 1984 “Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.” ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld Jathika Hela Urumaya seems to have awakened from their deep slumber. All of a sudden they seem to perceive only the negatives of the incumbent regime of which they are still an integral part. For eleven long years, they have […]
By K.S.Sivakumaran Thanks to the Directors Guild for Lankan Cinema, we now have an opportunity to see international films of artistic quality in our own city. They deserve to be congratulated. Although I had problems in entering the theatres as a Press Pass holder, I managed to see a few films. Two films could not […]
By Upul Joseph Fernando Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi visited Japan much before the Japanese Premier, Shinzo Abe came to Sri Lanka. Modi and Abe centred their discussions on the Chinese expansion in Asia. Had Sri Lankan affairs surfaced during those talks, it would certainly have been India’s fear on the pattern China was flexing […]
Latest Poll About Sep 18 Scotland Referendum Indicates Narrow Margin in Favour of Scottish Independence.
By Neil Irwin If you had told someone in 2012 that in just two years hence, the eurozone would remain bonded together but the United Kingdom might not, they would have thought you insane. But here we are. It’s been a good three centuries, but now Scotland may want out of the United Kingdom. The […]
Sep 12 Liquor Ban In India’s Kerala State May Help Sri Lanka Boost its Tourist Industry by Siphoning Away Potential Tourists From “God’s Own Country”..
by M.Sarita Varma Even as all the bars in Kerala get ready to shut down from September 12, there is a fear that the hospitality business in the neighbouring Sri Lanka is getting ready to steal a march over Kerala’s Rs 22,000-crore tourism business. The new liquor policy that is guiding the state towards total […]
“Special Bureau of Reconciliation”Being set up in Sri Lanka in the Larger Interests of National Reconciliation,Peace and Harmony.
By Ravinatha P.Aryasinha (Full Text of Statement by H.E. Mr. Ravinatha P. Aryasinha Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka and Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on September 8th 2014) Mr. President, Mr. High Commissioner, 1. Sri Lanka associates itself with the statements delivered by Iran […]
Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi Thanks the USA and Diaspora for UNHRC Resolution and says it will Assist International Inquiry in all Possible Ways.
(Press Release issued by the TNA Media office providing text of Fifteen Resolutions passed at the 15th National Convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi held at Vavuniya on 5, 6, 7 September 2014) Resolution 1 The 15th National Convention of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi which met in Vauniya on 5, 6, 7 September […]
By K. Thirukumaran Ammah: Since god cannot be everywhere, Everyone here has this most selfless person in her or his own lives. Her passing is irreplaceable and all the more difficult to bear when she had not thought of seeing this day so soon a mere few weeks ago. She borne the 4 of us […]
Can the new State President Dr.Thamizhisai Soundararajan “Capture”Tamil Nadu for the BJP from the Dravidian Parties?
by N Sathiya Moorthy. The BJP’s new Tamil Nadu president, Dr Tamizhisai Soundararajan, a medical doctor whose septuagenarian father, Kumari Anandan, was a TN Congress chief and continues to be a loyal party leader, is the ‘most wanted woman’ in Amma’s Tamil Nadu. Barring the Congress and the communist rivals in national politics, almost every […]
“Maavai” Senathirajah Elected Unanimously as Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi President at 15th Party Convention in Vavuniya.
By D.B.S.Jeyaraj 71 Year old Somasundaram Senathirajah popularly known as “Maavai” Senathirajah was unanimously elected as the President of the premier Tamil political party the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) at the party convention held in Vavuniya today (September 6 2014). Senathirajah who was earlier the General secretary of the ITAK replaces veteran Trincomalee district […]
Sgt.Piyasena:The Ex-Soldier who set Himself on Fire to Protest the UN War Crimes Inquiry Against Sri Lanka.
BY FAIZER SHAHEID Anger and frustration surrounding war crimes allegations has haunted many a man, but it never went to the extent of self-immolation as done by former military Staff Sergeant T.V. Piyasena. Known to be a man of deep patriotism, Staff Sergeant T.V. Piyasena, 72 years of age at the time of his demise, […]
BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN In Tamil Nadu, anything that is pro Sri Lankan stirs up the four major student bodies –Maatram Maanavar Ilaiyor Iyakkam, Free Tamil Eelam Students Organization, Tamil Youth and Students Association and Progressive Students Front. Kaththi and Pulipaarvai and Lanka links According to Indian media, Kaththi is running into a major storm […]
By N Sathiya Moorthy Now that there are budding hopes to the possible revival of political discussions between the Government/SLFP and the TNA, for finding a negotiated settlement to devolution-driven ethnic issue, both sides need to re-visit the past and ensure that they do not commit the same old mistakes all over again. It does […]
While Ranil Agrees to make Sajith UNP Deputy Leader, Party Stalwarts Loyal to Wickremesinghe Resent Rapprochement with Premadasa
After weeks of hemming and hawing, Sajith Premadasa will now become the Deputy Leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP). Their leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told a largely attended 63rd anniversary rally of the party in Passara that he would give prominence to Sajith Premadasa when appointing a Deputy Leader. He said that he […]
by Shirley. W. Somanader Travel before the trains A measure of the efficiency of communication between a place and the outside world is the ease of accessibility to the Capital city. In terms of this measure, the isolation of the Batticaloa district, as late as the first quarter of the Twentieth century is expressed, by […]
What the Tamils got From the UNP-FP Accord in 1965 were District Councils and not Regional Devolution.
by Bradman Weerakoon Neville Jayaweera’s Memoir on his period of service as Government Agent Jaffna between August 1963 and 1966 is as Michael Roberts says in his Foreword a veritable feast of information to be mined. This was a defining phase of our history. It saw the Tamil resentment in the North on account of […]
President Rajapaksa Should Throw out the Present “Bahubootha”Constitution Lock,Stock and Barrel and Replace it with a new Democratic one.
By Somapala Gunadheera Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has argued in last Sunday’s Island, that despite the implementation of the 18th amendment, President Rajapaksa became constitutionally disqualified to seek a third term on the very day he was elected for a second term. Justice Silva’s argument is, the day President Rajapaksa was elected for […]
The Names of Bala Tampoe and Sam Wijesinha are Synonymous with the Island’s Trade Union Movement and Legislature Respectively
by Rajan Philips The week belonged to BalaTampoe, to the honouring of one of Lanka’s most unique post-independence personas, who passed away on September 1, which ironically is Labour Day in some western countries that do not celebrate May Day because of its revolutionary connotations. On May Day this year, Mr. Tampoe was photographed taking […]
“Indian Govt Dealing Directly with the TNA which Acted as an LTTE Mouthpieceis Jeopardising Indo-Lanka Relations”-Jathika Hela Urumaya
By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lankan government was expecting the new BJP government to respond positively towards Sri Lanka government’s policies, especially towards Tamil national issue of the country. However, the recent statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka has clouded […]
“We want a Meaningful Power Sharing Arrangement for the Northern and Eastern Provinces as Envisaged in the 13th Amendment”-Muslim Congress
By Fathima Razik The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which led to the creation of provincial councils as well as making Sinhala and Tamil as official languages with English as the link language was passed in parliament on 14 November 1987. Since then, this amendment has been a vexed issue with its […]
Northern Chief Minister Wigneswaran Needs Permission from Northern Governor Chandrasiri to meet Indian PM Modi in New Delhi.
by Meera Srinivasan Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran should take the permission of the Governor before leaving for New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sri Lanka’s Cabinet spokesperson said here on Thursday.
Launch of International Film Festival of Colombo is a Pivotal Moment in the History of Cinema in Sri Lanka.
By Asoka Handagama Sri Lanka is a part of the world and the world a part of Sri Lanka. (Speech made by Asoka Handagama , Director of the International Film Festival of Colombo at the opening ceremony) Good evening ladies and gentleman. We are gathered here to witness a pivotal moment in the history of […]
Obituary: Joan Rivers, born June 8 1933, died September 4 2014 Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81, was best known for her acerbic, backbiting humour. Tiny and sharp-boned with candyfloss blonde hair and talon-like fingernails, she started her routines with her catchphrase “Can we talk?” and maintained that she only asked “the questions that […]
Acerbic Joan Rivers Described Actor Russell Crowe as “a Fucking Shit” and Then Apologised “I’m sorry I Fucking Swore”.
By Michael Carlson The quintessential acerbic Noo Yawker, the comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81, was identified by the rasping, fingernails-on-the-blackboard voice, which added a frisson to her signature phrase, “Can we talk?” As she aged, her face and her countless cosmetic operations became another trademark, but her cutting wit, often aimed at […]
Tamil Nadu Mechanized Fishing Boats Seized by Sri Lankan Navy are Mostly Owned by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s Friend Sashikala and ex-DMK Minister TR Baalu.
BY S VENKAT NARAYAN NEW DELHI, September 4: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Chairman of the ruling party’s national strategic committee Dr Subramanian Swamy says the mechanised fishing boats seized by the Sri Lankan Navy from Tamil Nadu fishermen actually belong to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) […]
“We will Criticise Rajapaksa Regime and be in Govt Because our 12 Demands are Accepted”says Wimal weerawansa.
By Chamitha Kuruppu The National Freedom Front used the upcoming election to get its 12 demands implemented by the Government, says Party Leader Wimal Weerawansa. Minister Weerawansa, who threatened to pull out of the Government, now claims his party will continue to work with the Rajapaksa regime as it has agreed to implement the NFF’s […]
By Dr.Henry Kissinger Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. To these troubles are added a resurgence of tensions with Russia and a relationship with China divided between pledges of cooperation and public recrimination. The concept […]
By Izeth Hussain 85TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF MERVYN DE SILVA – SEPT 5TH Mervyn de Silva was the quintessential Sri Lankan journalist of our time. As such he deserves something more than the usual obituary tributes. Perhaps a monograph, perhaps in the course of time a book, but in any case an examination of what […]
Narendra Modi’s BJP Govt Does a Volte face by Re-setting Policy on Sri Lanka in favour of Rajapaksa Regime.
BY SAM RAJAPPA There has been a reset in India’s Sri Lanka policy which is at variance with what Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj had stated in public in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Addressing an election rally in Chennai on 13 April and another in Ramanathapuram on 17 April, Modi said […]
The prestigious US newspaper “The New York Times”carried an Editorial under the heading”sri Lanka’s Intransigience”on August 23rd 2014.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Washington,Mr.Prasad Kariyawasam responded to it by writing to the newspaper on August 26th 2014 complaining that there were “insensitive assertions about my country” in the editorial. This was published by the NYT on September […]
By Vishwamithra 1984 “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” ~ Muhammad Ali When liberal values are under attack, the first to react to the attack almost always happens to be the […]
BY PRASAD GUNEWARDENE Three decades ago when I was assigned to cover the trade union rounds with my colleague D. B. S. Jeyaraj for ‘The island’ newspaper, by the then Editor, Gamini Weerakoon, we both were in regular contact with trade union leaders like BalaTampoe, Alavi Moulana, Sirinal De Mel and Gamini Lokuge to name […]
Sam Wijesinha’s Official Career Has Been Characterised with Absolute Integrity and Tempered with Humanity.
By Tissa Devendra (Sam Wijesinha ,Former Secretary General of Parliament and Ombudsman passed away at the age of 93 on Aug 31st in Colombo.An address by distinguished civil servant Tissa Devendra on the occasion of a book on Mr. Wijesinha being released when he turned 90 is published here as tribute) Hon. Prime Minister, Mr. […]
Nonagenarian Trade Unionist Bala Tampoe Completes 65 years as General Secretary of Ceylon Mercantile Union
by Maheen Senanayake Given a platform to mark his 65th year of service to the CMU, veteran trade unionist Bala Tampoe of Friday used the no frills occasion to trace the progress of the union rather than his own. “Most decisively it was in 1922, the year in which I was born, just four years […]
5 JVP and 4 UNP Offices Destroyed in “Ninja”Attacks in Wellawaya and Moneragala Within 24 Hours by Gunmen in Unmarked Vehicles.
Moneragala ‘ninja’ attackers move to Wellawaya – 4UNP offices and 5 JVP offices destroyed Where are the high powered police motorbikes? – Road blocks still not in place Nine election offices of opposition political parties have been attacked in Wellawaya and Moneragala between August 29 and 30. Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) observes […]
Akhila Ilankai Tamil Mahasabha Leader Dr.K.Vigneswaran Criticises Govt,Army,LTTE and UN for Conduct During War at Colombo Collquium.
By Shamindra Ferdinando Former EPDP MP, Dr. K. Vigneswaran on Friday (Aug 29) alleged that LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran had facilitated the then Premier, Mahinda Rajapaksa’s victory at the Nov. 17, 2005 presidential election as he believed the new president would create a situation conducive for him to speedily achieve Eelam. One-time Chief Secretary of […]
Former Secretary General of Parliament and Ombudsman Sam Wijesinha passed away at the age of 93 last evening (Aug 31st) in Colombo.He also served as Chairman of the Human Task Force and the Chancellor of the Open University of Sri Lanka. Sam Wijesinha had a distinguished record of public service in a career spanning more […]
“The TNA is not LTTE or Agents of the LTTE Promoting a Separate State in Sri Lanka”-M.A.Sumanthiran M.P.
By Kelum Bandara While saying that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution provided the unit of devolution, Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran in an interview with the “Daily Mirror” said that the TNA rejected the 13A as it was fundamentally flawed citing External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris. However, he said that the […]
TNA Leadership is Yet to Prove That Its Word Counts in All Matters Concerning the Tamil Community and Polity in Sri Lanka.
By N Sathiya Moorthy If the Indian position on Sri Lanka’s ethnic issue under the post-poll Narendra Modi leadership has deviated from those of predecessor governments, including the immediate-past Manmohan Singh dispensation, it is here. Or, so would it seem. “The Prime Minister urged all stake-holders in Sri Lanka to engage constructively, in a spirit […]