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Monthly Archives: May, 2012

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Tamil Nadu leaders have to understand the changes that have taken place in the political firmament of Sri Lanka

By Col. R. Hariharan May Day celebrations in Sri Lanka this year saw an unusual sight. R Sampanthan, the septuagenarian leader fighting for Sri...

The message from the Jaffna May Day Rally from the TNA and for the TNA

by N. Sathiya MoorthyThere is a message from the Jaffna rally, both from the TNA and for the TNA. Sampanthan used the occasion once...

Democracy, Good Governance, Human Rights and the Effective Implementation of the LLRC Report

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1991 in a contribution titled “Human development and human dignity” stated that “Respect...

GL writes to Indian CMs ahead of his US visit

Lalith in charge of LLRC implementation mechanismIn the wake of an Indian parliamentary delegation visiting Sri Lanka on a fact-finding mission, External Affairs Minister...

LTTE Flag: Clips came from Defence Ministry- ITN

ITN Chairman Rosmand Senaratne has informed UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake that the video clips telecast on his TV channel showing a group of...

Regime’s Sinhala Buddhist chauvinism is the main factor providing it mass suppor

by Dr. Vickramabahu KarunararatneThe economic consequences of the decisions made by the Mahinda regime, to satisfy the international money lenders, are becoming intolerable.  Apart...

Order the Armed Forces to stop their atrocious activates against the people – Anandasangaree

MR & SangareeYour ExcellencyI refer to the recent incident in Trincomalee in which youth, young girls and elders were arbitrarily and unjustly arrested and...

Sinhala GA officially orders Buddhist construction at Thirukkeatheesvaram

Occupying Sri Lanka’s Sinhala Government Agent of the Mannaar district of the country of Eezham Tamils, AK Sarath Savindra on Friday sent official orders...

Sumangala Thero justifies the violence against Mosque

''The people of this country have resorted to protests to win their rights. We live in a country where even a letter written to...

Scholar urges Sri Lankan expats to stay calm over racial tensions back home

M.I.M Rizvi MufthiA Sri Lankan Islamic scholar currently visiting the Kingdom said racial tensions following an attack on Dambulla mosque in Sri Lanka had...

Sri Lanka has its own home-grown solutions

''Certain countries in the West are intent on a regime change in Sri Lanka. This is not because they prefer the UNP or...

EU wants fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka

The European Union has called for a fair trial for long term detainees in Sri Lanka. Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations...

Ministry rejects Kunanayakam claims

The external affairs ministry has rejected claims that it has sent a letter to the permanent representative at the UN in Geneva Thamara Kunanayakam,...

Jaffna May Day: Chances taken and opportunities missed

''Political leaders should also note that Mr. Sampanthan, who was very much on the LTTE hit list, is treading a difficult path, bravely...

Stirring a dangerous cauldron of religious hatred

By Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  Religious fundamentalists of all faiths have just one attribute in common. The beliefs that they profess are a mere cloak,...

Nothing tangible after LLRC Says, Chair, EU Delegation to SA

No concrete steps have been taken by the Sri Lankan Government since the report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was released,...

Mobs, Monks and the Problems of Political-Buddhism

By Kalana SenaratneIt is always a curious and odd little matter, to witness how even Buddhists become so obsessively attached to ‘sacred’ lands and...

The economic reality is not that rosy

Last Friday, the price of a 12.5 kilogramme cylinder of LPG cooking gas was increased by Rs. 350. What cost the consumer earlier was...

LLRC recommendations goes to another committte

The monotony of an otherwise drab  (weekly cabinet meeting) session was first broken by External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris. He hurriedly circulated a 'supplementary...

Fears for Tamil detainees in Sri Lanka

File photo:Tamil prisoners in Sri LankaA key Tamil opposition politician in Sri Lanka says he fears for the safety of dozens of people arrested...

Tamara rejects transfer, hits out at ministry .

Tamara fights minister Samarasinghe Sri Lanka has paid a heavy price for the lack of cohesion as it was essential to project an image...

EU parliamentary delegation press govt on LLRC, political solution

Jean Lambert The visiting European Parliament delegation while...

Transmission frequency reserved for TNL illegally allocated to another

In separate letters addressed to Lalith Weeratunga, Chairman and Anusha Palpita Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, the Chairman of...

All-party delegation gives report on Sri Lankan visit to PM

A multi-party parliamentary delegation that visited Sri Lanka submitted a report today on the condition of ethnic Tamils to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who...

Sampanthan carrying national flag should be highlighted-JHU

In what appears to be a significant change of their stance, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday said that everyone should appreciate the sole...

Tamils for Obama to Clinton: Stop Rape in Sri Lanka

Secretary Clinton spoke to the UN Security Council in September 2009 and urged the members to take a stand against sexual...

Buddhist fascism in Sri Lanka?

It sounds like an oxymoron, but it is starting to smell that way. The...

‘Burmese Lessons’ for Sri Lanka

''If there is any direct lesson for Sri Lanka from Burma, it is not to emulate the past but the present and hopefully...

Tamara won’t quit Geneva, stage set for new dispute

Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva, Tamara Kunanayakam, has flatly rejected an offer to move her to either Cuba, where she was previously stationed,...

Parts of Batticaloa are worse than Vanni in ‘normalcy’

While the West and India have stopped talking about the East, and try to project an image that ‘normalcy’ has returned to the East...
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Sri Lanka’s Fake News Circular: The laws mentioned could be misused by police to stifle the freedom of expression rights – BASL

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Sri Lanka: Pandemic-related Domestic Violence; Victims don’t often get the desired help

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Sri Lanka collective appeal : Protect Freedom of Expression and Vulnerable groups in dealing with the Pandemic

Issuing a statement a collective of 54 groups and 72 individuals say that "A rights-based approach to deal with the pandemic is essential and...

Sri Lanka: Instead of repealing the PTA the scope of the Act was broadened – Helena Dalli, EU Equality Commissioner

The European Union enjoys and values the broad and multifaceted relationship it has developed with Sri Lanka over the past decades. The European Union’s...