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  • Of guns and ballots – Violence in Sri Lankan politics

    A fatal firefight between rival factions of Sri Lanka’s ruling party in a Colombo suburb, has trained the spotlight on the island’s gun culture in politics.Police said four people were killed in the gun battle in Kolonowa. Police detained one suspect and seized several fire arms, including two automatic assault rifles. Now, concerned citizens have […]

  • Employing thugs as Presidential advisors

    Kshama Ranavana An advisor to the President is dead and a Member of Parliament is critically injured.  Also amongst the dead and injured are supporters of the Presidential advisor and the parliamentarian.This incident, where the politicians and their henchmen openly resorted to a shoot-out in broad day light, only proves a common known fact; that […]

  • Army to monitor activities of VIP thugs: Gota

    Amid allegations of increased criminal activities by thugs backed by politicians, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to use army personnel to keep a tab on such activities.“Personal feuds have led to political rivalries, which in turn end up jeopardising law and order. The tragic events at Mulleriyawa have underlined the need to get tough […]

  • Insecurity will be the common condition in the Rajapaksa security state

    Tisaranee Gunasekara“Wherever law ends, tyranny begins”. John Locke (Two Treatises of Government)People’s security (is) no longer a problem”, pronounced Defence Secretary and Presidential-Sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on the campaign trail (www.defence.lk – 4.10.2011).Perhaps he should tell that to the family of Gayan Saranga, the latest victim of extra-judicial killing or; to Dr, Nonis, the Register of […]

  • Hon. M.P.Duminda suporter shot Bharatha in the head’ says the driver of Bharatha who escaped death

     Hemantha RandunuThe driver of the slain Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, relaying the saga of the Kolonnawa tragedy after narrowly escaping death, said that Duminda Silva got down from the vehicle at the Walpola junction and proceed to assault his boss.“Sir fell immediately. Then one of the persons who was near Duminda shot Bharatha Mahattaya […]

  • Junior officers barred from carrying firearms when meeting their seniors

    Gayan Kumara WeerasinghaThe Police Department is to issue a communique shortly instructing all junior cadres to refrain from carrying firearms on their person when they meet senior police officers.This is consequent to a recent shooting that took place at Maha Oya, where Chief Inspector Jayathilaka shot his superior ASP Sisira Kumara, before shooting himself. “When […]

  • Ravaya journalist challenges Gotabaya’s politics

    .Ravaya journalist and media activist Lasantha Ruhunage has complained to the elections commissioner on campaigning activities of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.The journalist has told BBC Sandeshaya that he informed the polls chief against Mr. Rajapaksa who visited Slave Island to support UPFA mayoral candidate Milinda Moragoda on 3rd October. “Defence Secretary requested the people to […]

  • Militarization of Sri Lanka by a Rajapaksised military is the Ruling Family’s desideratum

     Tisaranee Gunasekara “power without compassion, might without morality, strength without sight” -Martin Luther King (Speech on 4.4.1967)The incident is indicative of the Rajapaksas’ will to control; it also demonstrates that the spirit of resistance is still alive in Lankan society.A group of university-academics issued a statement protesting a decision by the Higher Education Ministry to […]

  • Mervyn does it again (becoming violent )

    Norman Palihawadana A member of the Dharmaloka College Kelaniya Parent-Teacher Association who had been severely critical of a lottery that the school was planning to introduce to raise funds for the college swimming pool was severely warned by Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva.The critical comments were originally made over a private radio. The Minister visited […]

  • Court summons investigators in Sudarman Radaliyagoda case

    Courts have summoned the investigating officers in the scrap iron case against ITN journalist Sudarman Radaliyagoda. Colombo additional magistrate Tikiri Jayatilake today (Oct. 03) ordered all officers, past and present, who had probed the charge against Radaliyagoda to be present on October 17.  The court was told that the investigation was first handled by Colombo Fraud […]

  • Sri Lankans In Wikileaks

    A picture emerges from the WikiLeaks cables of a Sri Lanka where all is not as it seems. Mahinda Rajapaksa, contrary, to his caricature as a Sinhala extremist, emerges as a relative moderate, even in the eyes of an Archbishop. The cables also reveal broad awareness of human rights violations within the government and of […]

  • Civil Defence Committees to be resurrected

    Lumbini KarandanaDefence Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday declared that reactivating Civil Defence Committees (CDC) which had been a great source of help to the country in the final phase of war had become necessary to eradicate crime.“The CDC helped in no small measure to eradicate terrorism from the country two years ago. Now it is needed […]

  • Not mere nitpicking on parliamentary process

    Kishali Pinto Jayawardene Public distrust of this administration’s attacks on civil rights is best evidenced by the bizarre sequence of events that took place this month over the extension of the Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions Act. First enacted in 2005 (Act No 15 of 2005) and thereafter extended in 2007 (Act No 42 of 2007) […]

  • Might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice, fairplay – MR

    “Whilst clash of ideas, opinions and values continue we have clearly to recognize that dialogue, deliberation and consensus offer the only viable means for resolving differences. The might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice and fairplay,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 66th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday. […]

  • new Regulations under PTA :dishonest and wholly incongruent with the President’s promises to Parliament

    CPA Statement on the new Regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act23 September 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) condemns the government’s decision to perpetuate a number of the most widely used Emergency Regulations, such as those relating to detainees, purported ‘surrendees’ and local authorities, in the form of regulations under […]

  • BASL wants action against cop violence inside court complex

    The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday demanded an impartial inquiry into an alleged attack by police in the Jaffna Courts complex last Monday (19).A senior spokesperson for the BASL told The Island that those responsible should be brought to justice without delay. The BASL threw its weight behind members of the legal profession […]

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    COPE says huge losses at state institutions

    Kalum bandaraThe parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has revealed that the government has lost a staggering Rs.10 billion due to the mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption at 24 state institutions from 2010 up to now, the Daily Mirror learns. This is in addition to the annual losses incurred by some of these institutions. COPE has […]

  • ‘Freedom of expression situation is in peril’ – AHRC

    The situation of the freedom of expression in the country is in peril, the Asian Human Rights Commission warns, pointing to the recent assault of VFM managing director Ruwan Sugathadasa. The AHRC says in a statement that the government has shown no interest in prosecuting the alleged perpetrators of the incident.“The situation of the freedom […]

  • ‘What we have now is plain and utter corruption’

    ”These new regulations enforce an equal chilling of freedom of expression and information and constraints on general liberties. What is the practical and legal justification for this? And when we talk of post rehabilitation detainees being monitored, is this accompanied by intimidation or threats ”Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  A State has an undoubted duty as well […]

  • Mervyn makes waves (in taking law onto his hands)

    ”Nevertheless the president would know better than most that giving certain kinds of people an inch leads to their grabbing a mile and Mervyn Silva belongs to that breed. Laughing at their antics and allowing them to preen in the glare of publicity is certainly not the best way of controlling them.” The irrepressible Mervyn […]

  • MR vows to haul PSC before Cabinet Read more >

    MR vows to haul PSC before Cabinet

    Kelum BandaraThe Cabinet and the Public Service Commission (PSC) are on a collision course over the government’s decision to absorb acting principals with required educational and professional qualifications into the permanent cadre, informed sources said yesterday. The situation took a turn for the worse on Wednesday with President Mahinda Rajapaksa even vowing to haul the […]

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