Sri Lanka Brief
2012January
  • Talks fail, Uni. non-academics strike

    University non-academic staff, including administrative officers, will go on strike from today (06) as yesterday’s discussion with Higher Education Ministry officials failed.  President of the Inter University Trade Union Federation R. M. Chandrapala told The Island that they decided to launch an all out strike against the government’s failure to provide a solution to longstanding […]

  • Sri Lanka official has ‘no idea’ of reporter’s fate Read more >

    Sri Lanka official has ‘no idea’ of reporter’s fate

    confused evidence By Charles HavilandA senior Sri Lankan official has said that he has no idea about the whereabouts of a disappeared journalist seven months after saying he believed the man was alive and living abroad.  Human rights activists say that the remarks of former Attorney-General Mohan Peiris betray insensitivity to the plight of missing […]

  • SLFP committee to propose mechanism to implement LLRC

    The SLFP has appointed a four-member committee to prepare a report proposing the mechanism to implement recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).SLFP General Secretary, Minister Maithripala Sirisena said the party’s Central Committee has appointed a committee comprising Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Prof. G.L. Peiris and Basil Rajapaksa and President’s Counsel Saliya […]

  • Pope Benedict to express concern over Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph’s safety to President Rajapaksa at Vatican Read more >

    Pope Benedict to express concern over Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph’s safety to President Rajapaksa at Vatican

    Rev Rayappu Joseph by D.B. S. Jeyaraj His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is expected to express concerns over the personal safety of most reverend Rayappu Joseph the Catholic Bishop of Mannar-Vavuniya diocese in Sri Lanka when Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa calls on him at the Vatican later this week.President Rajapaksa scheduled to visit Britain on […]

  • UNP appoints committee to probe EPF Read more >

    UNP appoints committee to probe EPF

    The UNP has appointed a committee to study and make proposals on the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) monies that have been lost due to bad investments in the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).  Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe has appointed a committee headed by party general secretary Tissa Attanayake including parliamentarians Ravi Karunanayaka and Dr. […]

  • TESO meeting should help create Eelam: Karunanidhi Read more >

    TESO meeting should help create Eelam: Karunanidhi

    on his 88 B’day The Tamil Eelam Supporters Association (TESO) conference slated for August 5 in Villupuram should help create a separate Eelam for Tamils in Sri Lanka, TESO chairman and DMK president M. Karunanidhi said on Sunday.  Addressing a public meeting in connection with his 88 birthday, Mr Karunanidhi said that Tamils were discriminated […]

  • The real risk of loosing the US gsp trade concession Read more >

    The real risk of loosing the US gsp trade concession

    With approximately 5 percent of Sri Lanka’s exports to the Unites States benefitting from its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) many senior figures in the Office of the United States Trade Representative are baffled by its dogged defence of this concession. One senior trade representative expected an outright rebuff by the Sri Lankan government when […]

  • The ‘ Atonomist – secessionist continuation’ in Tamil politics Read more >

    The ‘ Atonomist – secessionist continuation’ in Tamil politics

    Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Professor Urmila Phadnis the late doyenne of Lankanology in Indian academia was utterly discerning when she concluded over two decades ago in her last book (‘Ethnicity and nation-building in South Asia’) that Lankan Tamil ‘sub-nationalism’ was unique in the region in that it alone displayed an ‘autonomist-secessionist continuum’.It was with shock and […]

  • Sampanthan’s deft throwing down of a gauntlet Read more >

    Sampanthan’s deft throwing down of a gauntlet

    We carry elsewhere in this newspaper excerpts from the text of the speech made by ITAK leader R. Sampanthan at the ITAK annual sessions in Batticoloa. Now, this was one speech that upped the ante, as the reader is bound to agree after perusing the facts.In short, as has been analyzed also in other articles […]

  • The Controversial speech by the TNA leader Sampanthan?

    ”All Gotabhaya needs right now is time. The longer the TNA delays its actions the greater the chance of Tamils being outnumbered in their homeland. So time is not on our side. Please read the attached full version of Sampanthan’s speech.”The TNA leader, Mr.Sampanthan, delivered the attached speech at the 14th Annual ITAK convention (May […]

  • Understanding Sampanthan’s speech at the ITAK convention

    Mr. R. Sampanthan, the leader of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK, aka the Federal Party), gave a fine speech at the party’s national convention held in Batticaloa recently. His speech has raised the hackles of the opinion-makers in the Sinhalese community.Let us put some context to understanding Sampanthan’s speech: the elected leaders of the […]

  • Sampanthan’s speech and the reconciliation roadblock Read more >

    Sampanthan’s speech and the reconciliation roadblock

    ”Elsewhere he says, “Our acceptance of this position does not mean that in the event our right to internal self determination is continuously denied, we will not claim our right under international law to external self determination.”  By Lasanda Kurukulasuriya  Recent developments point to an increasingly intractable situation developing in the ongoing effort towards national […]

  • War anniversary: Healing needed Read more >

    War anniversary: Healing needed

    Some years back, a Colombo-based journalist was seated outside a tea boutique near the Naga Vihara in Jaffna waiting to board a bus to the Jaffna airport and take a return flight to Colombo. All the roads were closed as the President was visiting that morning on an election tour which included a visit to […]

  • EPF has 8.43 % stake in loss-making TFC Read more >

    EPF has 8.43 % stake in loss-making TFC

    Questions continue to be raised by the public on the soundness of The Finance Company (TFC) and why the state-owned National Savings Bank (NSB) decided to buy shares in the loss-making company after TFC’s results released this week showed a Rs 196.7 million loss in the last financial year ending March 31, 2012, analysts said.The […]

  • Govt. violating the rights of the people Read more >

    Govt. violating the rights of the people

     ”Is this a clear message by the government to the judiciary to say the least – “we appointed you and you better look after our interests at all instances and if you step out of line this is the fate that you or your members of the family would be faced with”?” By Upul Jayasuriya […]

  • TU leader of CEB threatened with death Read more >

    TU leader of CEB threatened with death

    Ranjan Jayalal The Committee Member of the CEB Joint Trade Union Alliance Ranjan Jayalal has been threatened that he and all his family members would be killed if he didn’t stop all his trade union activities immediately.  The threat has been carried out at 8.39 p.m. on the 29th using a mobile phone having the […]

  • CID requests list of Mosques and Madrasas Read more >

    CID requests list of Mosques and Madrasas

    anti Muslim protest in SL The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) requested a list of all the mosques and madrasas in the country from the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs, sources from the Department told Ceylon Today. An ethnic-Muslim officer has visited the Department yesterday and verbally requested the documentation, and the department has […]

  • Sampanthan’s Batticaloa speech, an utter confusion Read more >

    Sampanthan’s Batticaloa speech, an utter confusion

    This perplexity in this speech seems to be a result of an attempt to pacify both the extremism still prevails among Tamil people, as among other communities, and the present day reality. By M.S.M.Ayub“Our acceptance of this position does not mean ……that, in the event our right to internal self-determination is continuously denied, we will not […]

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    Pahalagama Somaratana Thera is one of the few Sri Lankan Buddhist monks to have been found guilty of child abuse inside or outside the country. But if Children’s Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda is to be believed, child abuse in religious establishments by both Buddhist and Christian clergy in Sri Lanka is rampant.Yet according to figures […]

  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa on disappearances in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Gotabaya Rajapaksa on disappearances in Sri Lanka

    Charles Haviland   In March after making a feature on enforced disappearances for the BBC, I made a further radio broadcast for our From Our Own Correspondent programme, later expanded for Groundviews, saying that I hoped Sri Lanka’s top leaders would be able to give answers about the fate of recent victims of enforced disappearance in […]

  • Democracy Deficit and Citizens’ Initiatives Read more >

    Democracy Deficit and Citizens’ Initiatives

    The rule of law is the cornerstone of a democratic state. The basic rights of the people will suffer when the people lose confidence in the mechanisms of law enforcement and justice. We have seen several instances in our country of the law being applied differently to different people.NOTEBOOK OF A NOBODY  BY SHANIE ‘Peace’ […]

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