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  • Kandasamy (1947) Somapala (1980) and Roshen Rathnasekera (2011) are the ‘June Heroes’ of working class struggle

    By Dr. Vickramabahu KarunaratneMany decades ago in1947 June 5, comrade Velupillai Kandasamy a young member of the GCSU, was killed while participating in a demonstration. He was a clerical officer of the department of health and sanitary services and was killed by police firing ordered by the British police superintendent Robins. He was participating in […]

  • UN urged to protect Lanka right to strike

    The Sri Lanka government is accused of ordering police attack against the FTZ workersA group of powerful trade union federations representing workers in the apparel industry and the health sector have complained to the United Nations seeking an intervention against the restrictions imposed by the government on trade union activity.In a complaint to the International […]

  • Govt. locks horns with UNP over security firm

     11 June 2011/ By Yohan Perera Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardene and UNP National Organizer Ravi Karunanayake had a show down in Parliament yesterday over the payment of salaries to security personnel working for a state owned security firm, ‘Rakna Arakshana Lanka Ltd’.Mr. Karunanayake, during question time in the House, raised a supplementary question and […]

  • Five hundred days since the forced disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda

    by Basil Fernando Five hundred days after the disappearance of journalist and cartoonist, Prageeth Eknaligoda, the family and friends of Prageeth as well as media organizations and human rights organizations took to the streets to demand for inquiries into his disappearance. A serious transformation has taken place in the criminal justice system of Sri Lanka. […]

  • ICEU informs WFTU of brutal police attack

    June 9, 2011/ by Dasun EdirisingheThe Inter Company Employees’ Union (ICEU) has written to the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), in Athens, about the police attack on a workers’ protest, which killed one employee and injured more than 300 at the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Katunayake.General Secretary of the ICEU Janaka Adikari said […]

  • Gotabhaya grooms private army in the north – attack on Fr. C.G> Jeyakumar

    10 June 2011In order to absolve the Sri Lanka Army occupying the Tamil country from international accusations, but at the same time to continue terrorisation and subjugation of Tamils, genocidal Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary and presidential sibling Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has formed a private army in the north consisting of military intelligence personal and some members […]

  • Sitrampalam receives dead-dog threat

    10 June 2011,A dog shot by gun and packed in a bag was put into the well of the house of Professor S.K. Sitrampalam in Thirunelvealy, Jaffna, on Thursday night. The emeritus Professor of Archaeology of the University of Jaffna and Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) stalwart recently gave an interview to a Tamil daily […]

  • Galle Face land sale corrupt – UNP

    Minister Rajapaksa told the parliament that the land was sold to foreign firms for the full priceThe main opposition in Sri Lanka has accused the government of corruption and not following proper procedure in selling a prime land in Galle Face, Colombo.The United National Party said while the deputy minister says the land was leased […]

  • Katunayake clash: 82 police personnel transferred

    09 June 2011/ By Supun DiasEighty two police personnel including the Katunayake OIC have been transferred, pending investigations being carried out by the CID on the clash between the police and Free Trade Zone (FTZ) workers on May 30, police media spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said yesterday. He said these transfers were a temporary measure and […]

  • 300 Tamils disappear in Batticaloa during SLA rule, alleges TNA

    09 June 2011,More than three hundred youths of both sexes have been reported disappeared after abduction in the Batticaloa district since the eastern province was brought under the control of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA), said Mr.P. Selvarasa, district Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian during the debate on the extending the State of Emergency for […]

  • Sri Lanka opposition speaks out on rule of law

    June 07, 2011Sri Lanka’s main opposition which contributed to the systematic breakdown of rule of law and limiting the freedoms of the people, has spoken out against the growing lawlessness and attacks on unarmed sections of the population.Deputy leader of the main opposition United National Party Karu Jayasuriya said goons connected to the state ruling […]

  • Govt. admits irregularities in arms deals

     08 June 2011/ By Kelum Bandara andYohan Perera The government yesterday admitted in Parliament that the Presidential Commission headed by Justice Shirani Thilakawardane submitted its report on irregularities in the purchase of arms, ammunition and other equipment for the Army, the Navy and the Air Force,but declined to reveal further details citing security concerns.but declined […]

  • Journalists other than from state media chased out from requiem mass

    04 June 2011 Journalists who had gone to cover the last rights for Roshen Chanaka, who was killed by police shooting at a demonstration held against the government’s attempt to bring in a ‘pensions bill’ for private sector employees amidst their opposition, have been denied entry to the church where the mass is to be […]

  • KP: Role and Status

    Why, the New LTTE Leader Kumaran Padmanathan (KP) represent the Sri Lankan Government as the Spokesperson?by Gunadeera Rajakaruna So through lack of awareness, lack of concern or simply because it suites a particular argument to hold on to power, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is misleading the general public in […]

  • Govt. will get tough with conspirators

    Says JVP wants to topple govt with FTZ, pension issuesMonday, 06 June 2011 The government yesterday blamed the leftist JVP of a conspiracy to topple the government and charged that it would not be reluctant to take legal action against those who engaged in such conspiracies.Issuing a statement the government Information Department stated that “State […]

  • SL Army in Jaffna defies judiciary, restarts photo registration

     04 June 2011Sri Lanka Army occupying Jaffna has restarted its terrorising mission of photo registration of people in Jaffna peninsula. Some times back, when the ‘obligatory’ SL military registration of the people in Jaffna was challenged in the courts by the Tamil National Alliance, the SLA said in the courts that it had stopped the […]

  • Slain FTZ worker laid to rest amidst controversy over funeral arrangements

     by Leon BerengerThe funeral of the slain Free Trade Zone (FTZ) worker, 22-year-old Roshen Shanaka was held amidst a large gathering and under tight security at the Gal Oluwa, St. Augustines Church in Minuwangoda yesterday evening.Thousands of mourners ranging from factory hands, schoolchildren to friends, relatives and others flocked to the tiny church from early […]

  • Detention of persons arrested for 48 hours continues

    Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act extendedBy Chandani KirindeThe Government has extended the operation of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act which provides for the extension of the period of detention of persons arrested without a warrant and enables the Attorney General (AG) to directly file indictment in the High Court in certain cases […]

  • Government, the master of illusion

    By Kishali Pinto JayawardeneThis week, a friend speaking to me on the phone, paused when I remarked that it took ordinary workers to teach this administration, its most telling lesson since it was returned to power post war, while the intelligentsia cowered under their beds, (metaporically speaking), except for some rare exceptions. I was then […]

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