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  • Politics ruined independent bodies – CJ

    By Saroj Pathirana Efforts to reduce the sweeping powers of the executive president failed due to the actions of Sri Lanka’s opposition, says the chief justice. CJ Asoka de Silva said the status quo of the 1978 constitution that authorised the executive president to make all senior appointments to the judiciary was re-established by the […]

  • UN Panel report: Much at stake for Sri Lanka

        * Banging Ban Ki-moon as Bakamoona may not be the best course as diplomatic blunders contributed to this crisis    * Russia and China will go thus far and no further for Lanka, while India may take neutral stand By Our Political Editor Ministers have been “grounded”. A directive from President Mahinda Rajapaksa says they […]

  • The Darusman (UN) Report was inevitable due to colossal failure by the Rajapaksas

    The mysterious leaking in Colombo of the Darusman (UN) Report was accompanied by a carefully choreographed outbreak of patriotic-hysteria. The President, in a hyperbolic-excess, declared his willingness to brave the electric chair  By Tisaranee Gunasekara “The illusion of destiny extracts a remarkably heavy price”. — Amartya Sen (Identity and Violence) The mysterious leaking in Colombo […]

  • Ban-Ki-moon is against us but the UN is with us – Vasudeva Nanayakkara

    by Steve A. Morrell The United Nations (UN) is being used by Western imperialist powers which have been acting in an acrimonious manner against Sri Lanka, National Languages and Social Integration Minister, Vasudeva Nanayakkara charged last week. “They are scheming to put Sri Lanka and the Government into difficulty by making baseless war crimes allegations”, […]

  • Diplomatic Engagement -not street demos

    This brings us to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). It is a pity that some organisations and individuals declined to give evidence before the LLRC. By doing so, they have made the same mistake that the Government made in not engaging with the UNSG’s panel. The composition of the LLRC includes some outstanding […]

  • A CONSCIENCELESS NATION

    Even as Sri Lankans cry foul and engage in a finger-pointing, tongue wagging, mud-slinging exercise against UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, none of us, and that includes the entire local and foreign media in Sri Lanka were present in the hinterlands of the Wanni or anywhere near the Nandikadal lagoon as the war drew to […]

  • Sri Lanka says UN panel report has ingredients of LTTE remnants

    Saturday, 23 April 2011 Sri Lanka says the UN panel of Expert report on Sri Lanka has the ingredients of the LTTE remnants and the Tamil Diaspora. Sri Lanka Government spokesman Media minister  Keheliya Rambukwella  said that skeletons of various statements and utterances made by the LTTE rumps and the Diaspora during the last stages […]

  • Sri Lanka financial professional writes to president to stop ‘pension bill’

    Apr 23, 2011 (LBO) – A much respected retired Sri Lankan business executive, financial professional, Chandra Jayaratne, has written President Mahinda Rajapaksa to stop state plans to build a controversial pension fund by dipping its hands into the salaries of private sector workers.Jayarante has been actively campaigning to improve the liberties of all the people […]

  • ‘Srebrenica moment’

    Weiss says that with the release [leak] of UN report on Sri Lanka’s war crimes, the parallel, with the mass execution of 8000 Muslim boys and men by the Bosnian Serb army and how the horror reached the world from David Rohde, an US reporter, who had hiked through front lines to reach the outskirts […]

  • Jaya demands war crimes trial of Rajapaksa

    PTI, CHENNAI:AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Friday demanded that the government take ‘immediate steps’ to make Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa stand trial for alleged war crimes during the conflict between the Lankan armed forces and the LTTE following a UN report. “The UN Panel report is very clear. It lists out the war crimes of […]

  • SL occupation of hospitals, schools harm resettlement in Vanni – TNA MP

    2 April 2011 Tamil National Alliance parliamentarian from Vanni, S. Sritharan, has blamed the occupying Sri Lanka Army in Vanni for continuing to occupy public buildings, including primary hospitals and schools, causing severe hardships to resettling civilians. The accusation by the TNA MP comes following District Development Committee (DDC) meeting held in Jaffna on Tuesday, […]

  • Sri Lanka: Cry From The Graves? – Analysis

    April 22, 2011/By Sivanendran The end of the three decade old civil war that pitted the government against the LTTE and divided the population created a reasonable expectation that Sri Lanka would be able to reach reconciliation and healing, which would pave the way for rapid economic progress. But alas the country appears to be […]

  • UN Panel Report on final battle in Sri Lanka

    : Acid Test for UN and International Community to Act Decisivelyby Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah (April 21, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) In the light of the UN Panel of Expert’s report, with a view to moving forward with its recommendations, a convergence of opinions from the international community, in support of an international independent mechanism, leading […]

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    By V Suresh Will a UN report lie? Will an Expert Panel specially set up by the UN Secretary General to examine allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity be biased, partisan, project half truths and deliberately malign a state? The questions may be startling to many of us; but to the Government of […]

  • SLFP expresses disapproval of penal report

    Suraj A Bandara Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) expressed its disapproval on the allegations made against the Government in the three-member experts panel report of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on civilian casualties during the last stages of the humanitarian offensive against the LTTE. SLFP General Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha rejected the findings of the […]

  • Female Secretary of Mannar district sexually molested: Minister turns hooligan forcibly removes the suspects from police custody

    20.April.2011After the Mannar Headquarters police took into custody three youths as suspects on a complaint made to the police by a female District Secretary that she was sexually molested, the Minister for Industries and trade, Rishard Badurdeen and his supporters had raided the police station and forcibly removed the three suspects in police custody and […]

  • New university entrants to undergo leadership training at military camps

    by Dasun Edirisinghe Students who qualify for university education will have to undergo leadership training at a military establishment, Higher Education Ministry Secretary Dr. Sunil Jayaratne said. The new scheme would come into effect from May 23 for the next academic year and it would be compulsory for all students, he said. The training programme […]

  • USA, UK behind KI-MOON’S terror panel against Lanka, says JHU

    The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said that the report compiled by the panel of experts appointed by the UN Secretary General, is his personal diplomatic terrorist operation. The JHU expressed this view at a media briefing convened yesterday. “The opinions voiced against Sri Lanka were defeated at the United Nations General Assembly. At such a […]

  • Members of the UN Expert Panel were bribed – SL minister

    The report on Sri Lanka which was submitted by the UN Expert Panel appointed by the General Secretary Ban Ki Moon was prepared under the influence of bribes by LTTE sympathizers according to the National Freedom Front Leader, Minister Wimal Weerawansa.  He claimed that according to information that has been received, the LTTE supporting Tamil […]

  • Theatre of the absurd that passes for governance in Sri Lanka

    Finally, who ever has heard of Rain, the South Korean songster who takes precedence over our great leader in the Time Poll of the 100 most influential personalities in the world? An official government release on this stresses that the president is the leading politician in the poll. Now at number 2, he has seen […]

  • SRI LANKA: Development and law — noon-day darkness in the country

    Basil FernandoCan there be development in the modern context without law? This is a relevant question in today’s context where is lot of talk of development on one hand but where there is lawlessness in the country. Can development and lawlessness co-exist? In answering this question it is better to have a glance at the […]

  • Implement panel recommendations:UNP

    The UNP said today that the government should turn the UN report into a  favorable one by implementing some of the recommendations made by the panel  in their report. UNP Deputy Chairman Lakshman Kiriella told a news conference today that  the government should follow Israel which adopted a similar approach when  they were charged of […]

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