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Yearly Archives: 2012

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Tamil polity and LLRC report

 The report of the LLRC would count as amongst the most important public documents that investigates and analyses the causes of the ethnic...

University system and its discontents

 Dhanuka Bandara - Last Friday the march organised by the students’ union of University of Peradeniya was aborted by the police at the Galaha...

Ganeshan lashes out at UPFA

Pabodha Hettige -  Democratic People’s Front (DPF) leader Mano Ganeshan yesterday accused the government of failing to address the legitimate grievances of Tamil speaking...

Extravagance – National Pride to Continue in 2012 as well ? -Brief analysis of Corrupt Public Expenditure in SL

Just few months ago, in response to a public outcry for more accountability and transparency in the use of public funds, the State Council,...

Sri Lanka: The New Year Wish List- 2012

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights CommissionAll Sri Lankans will wish that the coming year will not be like the last one...

Jana Aragala group leader Kumara Mahattaya’s wife, children arrested ( later released)

 Authorities have arrested the wife and children of Premakumar Gunaratnam alias Kumara Mahattaya, the JVP dissident group’s exiled leader.Defence authorities apprehended them at the...

EPDP accused of post-2006 killings as SLFP-EPDP feud escalates in Jaffna

  Pandemonium prevailed and Police was called to manage the altercation during a Jaffna Municipal Council meeting Friday when Nishanthan, an ex-member of the...

ITAK activists threatened by SLA intelligence operatives in Mullaiththeevu

  Activists of the Ilangkai Thamizh Arasuk Kadchi (ITAK) in Mullaiththeevu of Vanni, who were engaged in organizing party activities this week have been...

SL ‘special agents’ ransack human rights activist’s apartment in Colombo

  Sri Lankan investigation officers claiming to be from the ‘Special Unit’ on Wednesday evening ransacked an apartment where a Tamil human rights activist...

LLRC Report gives badly needed breathing space for Rajapaksa govt

 -  Col R Hariharan- The Rajapaksa government should be happy with the report of the Commission of Inquiry on Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation (LLRC)...

LLRC Report vital in reconciliation process – Minister Wimal Weerawansa

Uditha Kumarasinghe - Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the approach adopted by the LLRC Report is of paramount...

Using the LLRC report as a consensus mechanism

 (Kishali Pinto Jayawardene  ) A careful and sober reading of the Report of Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) reveals its many...

LTTE plans second armed struggle! Military intelligence uncovers details

Tissa Ravindra Perera  -  Intelligence authorities have uncovered a plan to resurrect the LTTE through an attempt to register an organisation for displaced in...

LLRC and India After LLRC report, new Indo-Lanka dispute looming over devolution of power

In these columns last week, I reported that matters arising from the military defeat of Tiger guerrillas in May 2009 would be one of...

A/L mess-up, – Ministers and officials play blame game as 300,000 students agonise over the outcome

Another cause for serious concern deals literally with Sri Lanka's new generation, some 300,000 of them who sat the General Certificate of Education (Advanced...

Reign of terror by ruling- party mafia politicos – Deadly attack on tourist couple in Tangalle poses threat to hopes of tourism boom

ST Political Editor - The New Year dawns with some dim forebodings for Sri Lankans in many spheres of activity. Two years and seven...

Sampanthan assures Sampur’s IDPs of resettlement soon

 Sinniah Gurunathan - Trinco corr. - Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and Trincomalee district Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan paid his first visit to Sampur, after...

Sound of axe rings death knell for Lanka’s forests – 2011 ends and 2012 begins with the destruction of yet another mangrove forest.

Malaka Rodrigo - The past year, 2011, was declared International Year of Forests by the United Nations. The message was sent out to all...

PS member’s death: Was it a killing due to an underworld clash?

Pushpakumara Mallawaarachchi ) Police are probing whether a dispute in the underworld led to the killing of a UPFA Pradeshiya Sabha member in the...

Ministries and MOD appointed to oversee CAs of institutions taken over by Govt

Chandani Kirinde -The Defence and Urban Development Ministry has been assigned with the task of monitoring and supervising of activities carried out by the...

Muslim peace secretariat funds under scrutiny: Rs 45.7 m spent sans details

Member and founder Secretary General of Peace Secretariat for Muslims (PSM), A. Javid Yusuf has charged that various financial and other irregularities have taken...

Short-term prospects and long-term perspectives

(Nimal Sanderatne  )Global economic conditions will determine to a large extent Sri Lanka's economic performance in 2012. Although global economic developments are beyond the...

President to meet his partners against LLRC

 (Sanjaya Nallaperuma) President Rajapaksa is to meet representatives of the constituent parties of United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) next week to discuss the Lessons...

COPE; NO ACTION TALK ONLY

The government has not taken any action so far though the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) has found damning evidence of financial irregularities in...

Reflection on 2011 -Daily Mirror Editorial

''Indeed we appear to have created two societies - the rich and ruling elite comprising less than 15 percent of the population but...

LLRC Report: Sri Lanka’s Ghosts of War

''The report is a valuable document, but regarding the war’s terrible final weeks, it is largely an apologia for the army. The commission...

UNP takes exception to JJ’s devolution comment: *Land and police power to provinces

(Ravi Ladduwahetty)  The UNP yesterday dissociated itself from its Deputy Secretary General Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena’s view, expressed in an interview with this newspaper yesterday,...

LLRC report covers all relevant ground – Australian MP

(Disna MUDALIGE ) The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report sets the framework for practical reconciliation in Sri Lanka, said Australian Member of...

President going back on his word: TNA

(B.M. MURSHIDEEN ) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has expressed its disappointment over the statement by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the devolution of...

Corruption as a tool of Rajapaksa rule

(Tisaranee Gunasekara)  In October this year, President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka used his constitutional powers to grant a special pardon to a politician...
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Sri Lankan Brigadier threatens medical staff in Sampathnuwara, Mullaitivu : “Bloody Tamil, I will kill you all”

Brigadier K. K. S. Parakum of Mechanized Infantry Regiment has entered the Sampathnuwara District Hospital a few days ago and threatened the medical staff...
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Sovereign default risks to rise further in 2021; Sri Lanka among the high risk countries: Goldman Sachs

LONDON (Reuters) - Sovereign default risks are on course to rise further in 2021, with Iraq, Sri Lanka, Angola and Gabon at high probability...

UNESCO writes to Sri Lanka Govt on the “LankaGama road” being built across World Heritage property “Sinharaja Forest Reserve”

Image: Sinharaja Forest Reserve © Ko Hon Chiu Vincent / Ko Hon Chiu Vincen. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre has received numerous emails with third-party...

Amnesty International writes to Pompeo: Raise Human Rights issues with Rajapaksas

Dear Secretary Pompeo: I am writing on behalf of Amnesty International and our 10 million members, supporters and activists worldwide. Founded in 1961, Amnesty International is...