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  • A dastardly attack carried out by thugs on the UNP meeting in Colombo.

     A.J.M. Muzammil  The same government that boldly claimed they will have no problems winning the upcoming Colombo Municipal Council Elections has now resorted to brutality and thuggery in a desperate attempt to stifle the will of the people. The government has realized the futility of its attempts to deceive the citizens of Colombo through breaking […]

  • CPI(M) Asks Govt to Address Plight of Sri Lankan Tamils

    Voicing concern over the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka post the conflict, the CPI(M) today asked the government to play a more active role in rehabilitating and relocating them as per India’s commitment under the peace accord between the two countries.The demand was made through a memorandum submitted by a CPI(M) delegation to Finance […]

  • Bishop worries about reconciliation

    Attitude of welcoming different opinions and thinking of others ‘is decreasing now’ Peace and minority rights are illusory even two years after the end of a 30-year civil war, the secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference said September 3.“Minority rights were not respected by the majority of the people. Most of them do not like […]

  • In the assassin’s mind

    ‘Satanic Force’ contained over 1,000 names of women raped, men butchered by IPKF Jaya Menon, Material Objects (MO) 124 and 125 are now just piles of paper gathering dust in a court vault. But they helped enlist an army of fighters, and assassins, for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. ‘Satanic Force’, two large volumes […]

  • ‘Panic’ in Jaffna over Grease Devils

    Charles HavilandMilitary believes former Tamil Tigers were behind some of the crowd violence An opposition MP in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka says many people there are in a state of panic and afraid to go out at night because of the security forces’ behaviour. Reports say the police and army beat up 20 people […]

  • Tamil Mothers: Help us find our children

    Melani Manel PereraThe appeal launched for the World Day of the disappeared. The women are asking the government to investigate a case without looking at ethnicity or religion. With 12 thousand missing persons, Sri Lanka is the second country with the highest number of disappearances in the world.  “Help us to find our children, without […]

  • Katunayake EPZ employees move court against police

    Chitra WeerarathneTwo employees of Nortel Lanka Private Limited, Katunayake, had filed a fundamental rights violation application, in the Supreme Court, alleging assault, illegal arrest, illegal detention and denial of their freedom of expression by officers of the Seeduwa and Katunayake police.They had alleged that they, along with their colleagues, protested against the intention of the […]

  • Tamil youth tortured by security forces in Jaffna Read more >

    Tamil youth tortured by security forces in Jaffna

    Those who were taken into Army custody from their homes in Navathurai mercilessly assaulted: limbs brokenThe residents of Navathurai district Jaffna who were involved in a conflict with the Army over the grease devil menace , and were later taken into custody by the Army from their homes on the 22nd night had been assaulted […]

  • NLAC condemns Police, CID intimidation of FTZGSEU in Katunayake

    Lal GunesekeraThe National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) condemned the unwarranted action of the Police and CID in searching the offices of the trade unions that agitated against the abortive Private Sector Pensions Bill (PSPB) at Katunayake.Joint Secretary of the Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) Anton Marcus brought to the notice of […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • TNA’s ultimatum to government

    Negotiating a political arrangement for post-conflict Sri Lanka can be considered daunting for Sri Lanka as it is for the US to resolve its debt crisis. The hard stand taken by the TNA even after three decades of death, destruction and untold suffering by the Tamil people is comparable to the unyielding stand taken by […]

  • Call to publish report on FTZ clash

    Trade union leaders representing workers of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has called on the authorities to publish the report of the presidential commission that investigated recent unrest in the FTZ.President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed one-man commission chaired by retired judge Mahanama Thilakaratne after a young FTZ worker was shot dead by the police. The killing […]

  • Sri Lanka a divided nation, under authoritarian rule- Chandrika

    Former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Sunday that she still ‘agonizes’ over not using full presidential powers or authoritarian rule to implement the then draft constitution that would have ended dictatorial presidential rule.“I still agonize over this, over and over again as to whether I should have used full presidential powers or authoritarian […]

  • Tamils sceptical of development, voting in Sri Lanka’s war-weary north

    By Shihar Aneez Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils say President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s post-war development and infrastructure projects in the former war zone in the island’s north have yet to address their real concerns and have not excluded their participation.Sri Lanka’s northern cities hold local polls for the first time in many years on Saturday amid opposition […]

  • Sri Lanka should take immediate steps to resettle IDPs: Jaya

    Chennai, Jul 21.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today asked the Sri Lankan government to take immediate steps to resettle Internally Displaced persons, who are currently housed in temporary shelters in the island nation. She conveyed her concern over their plight to the island nation’s envoy to India, Prasad Kariyawasam, who called on her at the […]

  • Is the Ministry of Higher Education violating the University Act? Read more >

    Is the Ministry of Higher Education violating the University Act?

    There are positive signs in the direction that the trade union action of the university teachers would come to an end soon. However, the fundamental issues raised by the University Teachers’ Association remain unresolved although the government responded positively to their demands on salaries and working conditions. The fundamentals are incorporated in the demand for […]

  • Sri Lanka Killing Fields – India taks a position

    ”There are two underlying messages to Sri Lanka in the statement. One is India’s stance that in addressing Tamil grievances, the Sri Lanka government “must move towards a new system of institutional reforms, where the Tamil people will have a feeling that they are equal citizens of Sri Lanka, and they can lead and live […]

  • Photo evidence of  gov violence  against teachers Read more >

    Photo evidence of gov violence against teachers

    ”Herein are pictures depicting how the participants in the protests launched on the 6th by the Lanka Teachers’ Association were mercilessly attacked by grade 9 Johnny’s goons and gangs.” ( see photos below the post) It is not only a Sinhala adage but also a respected tradition practiced by the Sinhalese that teachers are on par […]

  • Southern universities hold anti-SL government demonstration in Jaffna

    Teachers associations of universities in the south of the island of Sri Lanka held an anti-SL government demonstration and meeting in Jaffna on Friday that was also participated by teachers of the University of Jaffna. It was an impressive demonstration and meeting held in Jaffna in recent times, news sources in Jaffna said. Their demonstration […]

  • Teachers Attacked In Kurunegala

    Three persons were injured today when a protest organized by JVP affiliated Ceylon Teacher Services Union (CTSU) in Kurunegala was attacked by a group of thugs.The protest was organized by the CTSU opposite the Wayamba Province office of the Education Department Cooperative Society (EDCS) against the taking over the EDCS administration by the government.The EDCS […]

  • PSC’s observations on selected NGOs

    July 3, 2011/by C.A.ChandrapremaIn the course of their deliberations, the Parliamentary Select Committee on NGOs made certain observations on selected organisations which we publish below. It should be borne in mind that the interim report of the PSC on NGOs was signed by the UPFA, the UNP and the JVPNational Peace CouncilIt is reported that […]

  • Sri Lanka: Rajapakse and the return of dissent July 2011

    The Rajapakse regime’s tested strategy of responding to all criticism through the propagation of and identification of conspiracies, scapegoats and ‘traitors’ might now be reaching its limits – dissent is seeping into the body politic. Himal, July 2011 The last two months in Sri Lanka have seen increasing international pressure coupled with domestic struggles against […]

  • FTZ workers file FR petition before SC

    By S.S.SelvanayagamTen workers of the Katunayake Free Trade Zone (FTZ) filed a fundamental rights violation petition yesterday before the Supreme Court against the impugned police assault on the peaceful demonstrators within the FTZ on May 30.In their petition filed through their instructing Attorney-at-Law Gowry Shangary Thavarasha, they cited the Police OICs of Katunayake and Seeduwa […]

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