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Monthly Archives: October, 2012

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Sri Lanka’s judiciary: An ominous attack unsettles the country’s judges – The Economists

TENSIONS have grown in Sri Lanka between the executive and a beleaguered judiciary. They have prompted government claims of an international plot to pit...

Indian PM Meets TNA Leaders; Says India Fully With SL Tamils

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today affirmed India's commitment for a political solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue during a meeting with TNA leaders,...

GoSL should assure safety of exile Sri Lankan journalists and efforts should be made to bring them back – IFJ

from left: Poddala Jayantha, Kasun Yapa, Sanath Balasuriya, Athula Vithnge - leading FOE activist in Exile today IFJ Report: Media Freedom Needs Closer Attention...

Key political risks to watch in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa is under fire from the UN Human Rights Council, which adopted a...

Government’s Action Plan full of holes as UPR approaches

The War widows in Sri Lanka Dr. Jehan Perera The government has done a considerable amount of background work in preparation for the forthcoming session...

An assault on the judiciary amid rising dissent

 Harim Peiris Last weekend, Judicial Services Commission (JSC) Secretary Manjula Tilakaratne was brutally assaulted by an armed gang outside S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavina, where...

TNA’s expectations and fears ahead of India visit

On the eve of a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation’s departure for an important visit to India, a senior leader in the group said...

Immediate justice for the physical assault on Manjula Tillekaratne, Secretary of the JSC is essentional – ICJ

The Sri Lankan government must immediately provide justice for the physical assault on Manjula Tillekaratne, Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission in Sri Lanka,...

Attacks on Judiciary are attacks on people – Friday Forum statement

Daily Mirror Cartoon The independence of the judiciary in Sri Lanka has seen consistent erosion for decades. The unprecedented public statement by the Judicial...

FSP complains of deliberate delays by police on burnt oil attack

Atygalla after the black oil attack JVP breakaway faction, the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), yesterday claimed that the Jaffna police purposely delayed them when...

Widespread protests bring judicial system to standstill

Lawyers protest The work on High Court, District Courts and the Magistrate Courts throughout the island came to a standstill yesterday due to the...

Attack on JSC Secy:Judges call emergency general meeting; Lawyers march against the attack

Black flags at the main court complex, Colombo, 08.10.12 ( more photos at the end)District Judges and Magistrates are to be called for an...

UNDP report: Govt.’s heavy reliance on indirect taxation eroding governance; State urged to act with concerns on education and healthcare mounting

Poor governance is holding back post-conflict Sri Lanka from healing wounds and realising equitable growth, says the Sri Lanka Human Development Reports 2012, compiled...

Education Officials Commissioned as Brevet Colonels

School Principals become military officers Under the guidance of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 23 Class 1 Principals of Sri Lanka...

All judges, lawyers to boycott courts countrywide today Following goon attack on JSC Secy.

Sri Lanka judges boycott courts over political interference ( File photo: July 2012)Judges and lawyers will boycott courts today in protest against yesterday’s assault...

Soldiers Occupying Homes of Displaced Prevents Resettlement of IDP’s

 MA Sumanthiran M.PYour home is your castle. By this abiding legal tradition, many ‘castles’ in Sri Lanka are under siege. During the War many...

Attack on Manjula Thilekaratne approved by a higher office

The attack on the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) Secretary Manjula Thilekaratne by four persons this morning had been carried out with the intervention of...

JSC secretary assaulted ;District Judges and Magistrates decide to halt work .

Well wishers at the hospitalThe secretary of the Judicial Services Commission Manjula Thilakarathne has been assaulted by a group of four unidentified men in...

Divineguma Bill: Signs of authoritarianism – Editorial, The Sunday Times

Moves to set up a Divineguma Department estimated to be worth more than Rs. 80 billion by bringing together the existing Samurdhi Authority, the...

FUTA march generates hate attacks: Minister should apologise

Vickramabahu KarunaratneThe FUTA protest march was a success. Its success could be measured from the hate generated in the government camp. Minister...

Divineguma Bill: tyranny will become an everyday experience

Tisaranee Gunasekara“…when the plague begins, it’s easy for people to see the first blackbird as a harbinger. But when it lands on...

SLMC betrayal: Muslims should return to mainstream parties

SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem addressing an election campaign rally. Latheef FarookIt was deliberate deception and calculated betrayal by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.�This is...

Night club dancer’s rights plea: Counsel tells SC her arrest was aimed at harassing restaurant owner

When the Supreme Court took up the rights plea of night club dancer Nirosha Wimalaratne alis Dilani on Thursday, her Counsel told court the...

Constitutional crisis: Provincial power-grab, potshots at the judiciary, and contrived

Protest poster of Rajapaksha family tree ''The controversial Divineguma Bill is the most blatant exercise in having the provincial cake and eating it....

‘This is the land of the Sinhalese. If you accept that you can stay, if not, you can go!’

Warring to Police!by SLB How maitri (compassion) and ahimsa (non-violence) ended in a shower of stones!‘My teacher is the Buddha. His teaching is about...

SL tops SAARC region in Human Development

An UNDP Human Development report said yesterday the country secured first place in terms of Human Development among SAARC countries. According to the report,...

Sri Lanka resumes printing money to sterilize forex sales

Sri Lanka's central bank has sterilized a foreign exchange sale injecting 8.0 billion rupees in one-month money into the banking system, ending several weeks...

EC warns of further depreciation of rupee, trouble in garment sector

A senior advisor to the European Commission (EC) has said that the exchange rate would stabilize at Rs. 138 per US dollar within the...

Frederic Janz- Case dismissed: death threats not persecution

A Sri Lankan newspaper editor - threatened by a senior government official and brother to the President that she would be killed -...
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Aung San Suu Kyi turns 76: How did ‘Burma’s Gandhi’ fall from grace in the eyes of the world?

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Kandaketiya judgement and continuing custodial deaths in Sri Lanka

Image: Protest against killing of Sandun Malinga. On the May 7, 2014 Sandun Malinga, a 17 year old boy and four others with him were...