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    Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s remarks that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s call for economic sanctions against Sri Lanka were politically motivated, has once again brought the question of sanctions back into public consciousness — unfortunately. Tamil Nadu’s politicians, — the likes of Vaiko, who, though shrewd, are not famous for their economic reasoning […]

  • A ‘charge sheet’ to National Human Rights Commission

    ”Several victims and their families have complained to us that HRC inquiries end up as a form of harassment and punishment to them. Complainants turn up on days and times the HRC invites them to come for inquiries, only to find that relevant state officials summoned by the HRC do not turn up, without any […]

  • UN expects ‘something further’ on SL Read more >

    UN expects ‘something further’ on SL

    Expert Panel with UNSG Says panel report could still go to UNHRCSunil JayasiriClaiming that the Expert Panel report on Sri Lanka known as the Darusman report has not been formally submitted to the Human Rights Council yet, the UN said it expected to see that concerned Member States would “take it up and push for […]

  • Dearth of teachers in former conflict zone hampers education Read more >

    Dearth of teachers in former conflict zone hampers education

     As thousands of students begin uninterrupted schooling after a lapse of years, education officials in Sri Lanka’s former northern conflict zone are facing a shortage of teachers.John Edward Solemn, assistant education director of Vavuniya South, an educational division, said the lack of teachers, especially in rural schools and in the subjects of English, mathematics and […]

  • Sri Lankan minister criticises SM Krishna Read more >

    Sri Lankan minister criticises SM Krishna

    Weerawansa A Sri Lankan minister on Tuesday criticised the External Affairs Minister SM Krishna’s suggestion for investigation into alleged human rights abuses in the island during the final battle with the LTTE.“The Indian foreign minister has said that human rights abuses in Sri Lanka need investigation. I would like to tell him that investigation must […]

  • Protest on Kuganathan assault escalates amid eyewash arrest Read more >

    Protest on Kuganathan assault escalates amid eyewash arrest

    More than 200 media workers, politicians and activists from North and South joined hands at Jaffna Bus Station staging a protest Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. till noon against the brutal assault last month on Gnanasundaram Kuganathan, the chief news editor of Uthayan daily in Jaffna and against the prevailing suppression of freedom of expression in […]

  • Lanka does not have claim on Katchatheevu: BJP Read more >

    Lanka does not have claim on Katchatheevu: BJP

    Questioning the legitimacy of the Indo-Sri Lanka accord on Katchatheevu with the island nation “dishonouring” the agreement, BJP state president Pon Radhakrishnan on Monday pitched for scrapping the accord.“Sri Lanka is unwilling to accept the agreement. It has ruthlessly been killing the Tamil Nadu fishermen…. and there is no point in India honouring the accord. […]

  • Truth and Accountability: The Last Stages of the War in Sri Lanka Read more >

    Truth and Accountability: The Last Stages of the War in Sri Lanka

    Doyen of Sri Lanka ’s civil society intellectuals sharply criticizes the Darusman Report  Godfrey Gunatilleke, one of Sri Lanka’s and South Asia’s most respected intellectuals, a distinguished former civil servant, and founder of the country’s oldest independent think-tank, the MARGA Institute, made a sharply critical evaluation of the UNSG’s advisory Panel Report in an extended […]

  • FTZ unions protest CID intrusion

    Complains to President and Police ChiefSusitha R. Fernando The proposed Private Pensions Bill was shelved following massive trade union campaigns and a killing of a Katunayake FTZ worker last May, but trade unions have complained to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the IGP over recent intrusions by the CID.Trade union representatives said CID officers raided, intimidated […]

  • United Nations: weak leaders wanted Read more >

    United Nations: weak leaders wanted

    ”In its last annual report, Human Rights Watch wrote “far from condemning repression, Ban sometimes went out of his way to portray oppressive governments in a positive light”. China, Burma, Sri Lanka have benefited from Mr Ban’s lax hand. To save his legacy he must refresh his top team with people who understand the UN’s […]

  • Cardinal warns of ‘isolation’ Read more >

    Cardinal warns of ‘isolation’

    The leader of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka has warned that the country risks being isolated in the face of international criticism. In his sermon to hundreds of thousands of Catholics on their annual pilgrimage to Madhu church, Mannar, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith called upon the authorities to come up with a “learned response” to […]

  • 6 media groups off to Jaffna to protest Kuhanathan assault Read more >

    6 media groups off to Jaffna to protest Kuhanathan assault

    Representatives of six media groups in the South left for Jaffna this morning (Aug. 15) to hold a protest to condemn the assault of ‘Udayan’ news editor Gnanasundaram Kuhanathan.  Led by the Free Media Movement, these media groups will hold an agitation and signature collection for a petition against the government in Jaffna town tomorrow. […]

  • Political Solution to ethnic discontent is essential precondition for sustainable economic development of the north and east Read more >

    Political Solution to ethnic discontent is essential precondition for sustainable economic development of the north and east

     Nimal SanderatneThe Sri Lankan economy has functioned with only part of its potential capacity for the good part of its last three decades. Although some economic activities prevailed despite the war, most of the region was a battle zone rather than a thriving economy. This applied to all three sectors of the northern and eastern […]

  • Madu pilgrims inconvenienced by Police action . Read more >

    Madu pilgrims inconvenienced by Police action .

    Thousands of Catholic pilgrims heading for the Madu feast from the South were inconvenienced today when the Police in Mannar ordered that no private buses will be able to travel to the area and passengers could travel only by state run buses.The move prompted a strike by the Private Bus Owners Association in Mannar until […]

  • UK, Netherlands join fight against Koppe’s EU Court filing Read more >

    UK, Netherlands join fight against Koppe’s EU Court filing

    United Kingdom applied to the General Court of the European Union (CVRIA) for leave to intervene in the case (T 208/11) against the ban on the Liberation Tigers filed by Victor Koppe, attorney from Amsterdam-based Bohler Advocaten representing the LTTE, legal sources in Amsterdam said. The case is against the Council of the European Union’s […]

  • Grease Devil’ attacks sow panic in rural Sri Lanka Read more >

    Grease Devil’ attacks sow panic in rural Sri Lanka

    ‘The story we hear is he comes and bites young women’s necks and breasts’ Panic over nighttime assaults blamed on “grease devils” has struck across rural Sri Lanka, leading to the deaths of at least three people this week, prompting women to stay indoors and men to arm themselves, police and local media said.photo: police and […]

  • Sri Lanka police request public not to be vigilantes Read more >

    Sri Lanka police request public not to be vigilantes

     Sri Lanka police today requested the general public not take law into their own hands but let the law enforcement personnel to handle situations after clashes erupted in several cities and people attacked individuals suspected of assaulting women under the guise of ghosts called “Grease Devils”.photo:  Police Headquaters issued this picture which was saved in […]

  • GOSL rejects Interactive dialogue on LLRC report at UNHRC Read more >

    GOSL rejects Interactive dialogue on LLRC report at UNHRC

    The latest diplomatic blunder with the United States comes at a time when relations between Washington and Colombo have hit a new low. Beginning last Monday, the External Affairs Ministry has become proactive to canvass members of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Briefing notes have been sent out to the country’s diplomatic missions […]

  • After petrol, a big cement scandal Read more >

    After petrol, a big cement scandal

    Contractors warn buildings could collapse because of low-quality stocks Chris Kamalendran Hard on the heels of contaminated fuel that ruined over two thousand motor vehicles, a large quantity of cement imported from Pakistan by the Sri Lanka National Co-operatives Board has been surreptitiously released to the market without quality certification, the Customs revealed yesterday.The Customs […]

  • ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’ at a stand still after Northern elections Read more >

    ‘Uthuru Vasanthaya’ at a stand still after Northern elections

    Mushroom projects initiated by the Government targeting the Provincial Council elections recently have been abandoned after the election, it is reported.Projects on electricity supply, drinking water development, and housing plus land allocations have been deserted with the removal of heavy machinery and equipment.  Action on fast development on these essential projects before the election has […]

  • 59,501 war widows in North Read more >

    59,501 war widows in North

    There are 59,501 war widows in the North, said Minister of Women’s Affairs Tissa Karalliyedde yesterday (Aug. 12).He gave the detail to parliament in response to a question by UNP’s Sajith Premadasa.He also said that his ministry was compiling a database of widows at divisional secretariat division level. Consultancy services are taking place for these […]

  • Muslim war widows left without help in Sri Lanka . Read more >

    Muslim war widows left without help in Sri Lanka .

    Three years since the end of the war, these women are homeless, jobless or without any kind of assistance. Many have lost children, killed by Tamil rebels. Some complain that they are discriminated based on their religion.“We live miserable lives, without a home, work or someone to take care of us. We have been abandoned,” […]

  • Army Camps in closed schools Read more >

    Army Camps in closed schools

    ‘Lanka’ newspaper reveals that the Ministry of Defence has taken steps to set up Army camps in schools which have been recommended as ineffective by the Ministry of Education. At the Attadassi Junior School at Watagedara, Thihagoda in Matara District an Army camp of 3rd Gemunu Regiment ‘B” Group is being established.  The Campaign for Safeguarding […]

  • EPRLF Thurairatnam condemns Tamil ministers for failing to confront Sinhalacisation in East Read more >

    EPRLF Thurairatnam condemns Tamil ministers for failing to confront Sinhalacisation in East

    R.Thurairatnam The Sri Lankan government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa is actively engaged in destroying historic places of worship and illegally acquiring lands belonging to Eezham Tamils and it is a pity to note some Tamil collaborators with ministerial positions in Rajapaksa government have no backbone in opposing the landgrab and the Sinhalicisation, said R.Thurairatnam, Eastern […]

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