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Govt. plans extra spending despite deficit woes

 ■ Supplementary budget worth Rs. 14 b before Parliament ■Sluggish revenue, high imports widen budget gap; full year target under threat ■January-April deficit already 61% of...

Demands of University Dons: Who’s gone Cuckoo?

By Amal S. KumaragePresident Rajapaksa conferred with honorary Doctorate by University of Moscow in Russia,One can only thank Mr. C.A.Chandraprema for choosing an apt...

Sri Lanka: Land, Class and Ethnicity

by Sunil BastianLand and land policy has received much attention in recent times. There are numerous discussions and activism around land policy. For example,...

US buyer severs ties with Lankan supplier over labour issues

The Free Trade Zones and General Services Employees Union (FTZGSEU) says that the recent decision by US retailer J Crew to pull...

Farmers protest against Army interference

Farmer associations in Kanthale carried out an agitation near Kantale tank today (5th) morning complaining that the Army is interfering in affairs of farmer...

‘Patrimony of the Rich’ to the ‘Inheritance of the Poor’:

6% of GDP in State Investment for Education by Ahilan Kadirgamar In presenting the recommendations of the Special Committee...

Universities Need To Be Given Better Resources As Higher Education Is An Investment In Human Capital

Arts Faculty,University of Sri Jayewardenepuraby Prof.Wiswa WarnapalaAt the beginning, university education in Sri Lanka began as a middle class preserve, as it, in the...

Z-score muddle: 1,675 students complain to HRC .

Students protest all over the country The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka has received as many as 1,675 complaints from students whose Z-scores...

Breaking the Ghostly Silence on Rape

 Public awareness and advocacy can help save young childrenBy Amantha Perera - It was the ghostly silence that struck him hardest as he walked through...

FUTA Wants Govt to prioritise and invest in education

by Dr.Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri 6% of GDP for Education: Who is telling the truth?Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is asking the government to...

The writing on the campus wall

Ahilan Kadirgamar As with most other societies ravaged by civil war, Sri Lanka’s public institutions have all suffered. Beginning in the late colonial period...

The Murder Of The Press

By  Tirantha  Walaliyadda PC Governments that fear the free media are governments on the defensive and as such are vulnerable. It is the media that keeps...

Colombo destroys education of Tamil youth in North, teachers complain

More than 11% of the schools in the Northern Province remain closed due to Sri Lanka military occupation, say teachers in Jaffna citing statistics...

Academics want new contract with government

Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) president Dr. Nirmal Dewasiri said that the academics wished enter into a new contract with the government in...

SL military has grabbed 5,210 acres of land in Mannaar, say protestors

Providing details of private and public lands being appropriated by the SL military in Mannaar district, Tamil activists, who came together for a protest...

Protect Children From Sex Perverts, Editorial SL

There is undoubtedly a  horrendous mounting crime wave in the country – politically motivated killings, homicides for personal reasons, abductions, rapes and crimes committed...

Report on Katunayake police shooting still not released – Unionists

Although a formal request had been made to Secretary to President Lalith Weeratunga to make public the Mahanama Tillekeratne report on the killing of...

University teachers launch strike today, FUTA chief threatened again

University teachers will launch an indefinite strike today as their talks with the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga have failed.Yesterday’s discussion chaired by...

Decision to strike as last resort is part of Trade Union Action Campaign to Protect State Universities-FUTA

Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) is dismayed by the statements issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the CVCD (Committee of Vice...

Sri Lanka: Surveillance and intimidation of Dr Nirmal Dewasiri

 Mr Nirmal Dewasiri Since 19 June 2012, human rights defender and Teachers Union leader Dr Nirmal Dewasiri has been subjected to surveillance and intimidation.Nirmal...

Court says rights of students violated

Delivering the judgment in the Z-score case Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake said a mere statement that the decision of the University Grants Commission (UGC)...

Education is next in importance to freedom and justice – SC

UGC asked to calculate Z-score separately for two syllabiThe Supreme Court yesterday declared null and void the August 2011 GCE (A/L) examination Z-score. The...

A 24 hour strike by CEB union

About 15,000 employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board will engage in a 24 hour strike action from midnight on the 3rd.The decision to carry...

A draft left programme: Part II Lanka’s economic options in the age of the New Depression

Dr. DavidDr. Kumar DavidPart I, last week, discussed the political background, international tensions and a few class related issues and made an evaluation of...

Lanka’s labour rights significantly improve, says US official – Review of GSP petition at advanced stage

FTZ protest suppressed Michael Delaney, Assistant United States Trade Representative for South and Central Areas Affairs, yesterday (14) told journalists in Colombo that significant...

Non-academics blame UGC for continuation of their strike

Co-President, University Trade Union Joint Committee (UTUJC) R. M. Chandrapala, (centre) addresses the media with Co-President of the UTUJC P. M. J. R. Fernando,...

Universities paralysed for sixth day

Academic activities and all examinations in universities countrywide were disrupted for the sixth consecutive day yesterday due to the all-out strike launched by the...

Formulate Drug Policy without delay Supreme Court orders Health Minister, Secretary:

The Supreme Court on June 6, 2012 directed the Minister of Health and the Secretary to the Ministry to formulate without delay, the national...

Talks fail, Uni. non-academics strike

University non-academic staff, including administrative officers, will go on strike from today (06) as yesterday’s discussion with Higher Education Ministry officials failed.  President of...

TU leader of CEB threatened with death

Ranjan Jayalal The Committee Member of the CEB Joint Trade Union Alliance Ranjan Jayalal has been threatened that he and all his family members...
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