Bangkok Painted Red

By Faraz Shauketaly Thailand’s capital was this morning engulfed by a sea of red as thousands upon thousands gathered in the city from all parts of Thailand. Dressed in red t-shirts the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship started their demonstration at around 10 am local time from the outskirts of Bangkok. A convoy of [...]

Top Real Estate Broker Admits Dodging Taxes

By Michael Hardy The Sunday Leader has uncovered shocking new evidence of how expatriate-owned real estate brokers help foreigners buy valuable property on the island without paying the mandatory 100 percent transfer tax that was enacted in 2005. Over the past decade, foreigners have bought up massive swaths of Sri Lankan beachfront property, displacing local [...]

Imbroglio Over Quartz Exports

Government has been turning a blind eye by allowing for the export of vein quartz needed by the micro-chip industry overseas, in lump or chip form, as opposed to exporting the same in the  more value added powdered form, a charge it denies. Rex Stewart, Managing Director Ceylon Quartz Industries (Pvt.) Ltd., an exporter of [...]

“I Am Being Treated Worse Than A Common Criminal”- General Sarath Fonseka

By Our Political Editor Imprisoned in a Naval apartment for over six weeks, the beleaguered Retired General Sarath Fonseka says that he is being treated worse than a common criminal. “I am incarcerated within these walls for daring to uphold democracy and good governance. The treatment afforded to me is shocking and a common criminal [...]

Happiness From A Newspaper……

By Ranee Mohamed We read gossip, politics and advertisements in newspapers. That is what I thought newspapers were for. But now I have a new respect for newspapers because your newspaper changed my life and wiped the tears of my three daughters Lakshmi (29), Suneetha Kumari (24) and Kasara Madurangi,” said K.A.H.A. Malani of 12/1 [...]

Opposition Is Loyalty

by Indi Samarajiva (www.indi.ca) If you lie long enough does it become the truth? Or do people just fall asleep? The new charge (like the old charge) is that opposition is treason. Well, it’s not. Loyal opposition is a vital service to the country. The lie is conflating opposition to Mahinda with opposition to Sri [...]

Towards Global Duty Free Regime

As a middle income state, if we have to compete with countries classified as L.D.C.s, we need market access. We don’t consider G.S.P. Plus as a concession as it creates a level playing field for our exports with other L.D.C.s that have market access,” Joint Apparel Association Forum of Sri Lanka Secretary General Rohan Masakorala [...]

Soul Rhythm That Kept Talent Alive

They called it Soul Rhythm II and they were more than mere good souls that performed at the Bishop’s College Auditorium. So captivating was their performance that for one moment they were mistaken as professional musicians. True, there were the professionals who appeared as guests artistes. Umara and Umaria for example enriched the dark night [...]

Home

by Indi Samarajiva (www.indi.ca) Drove out to Wattala, splashed some ocean water over my forehead. Colombo hangs all hazy in the distance. The beach is a golden bronze. The boys play the drums and sing old Sinhala songs, the girls wait patiently while we get drunk and play water polo in the pool. Peg it [...]

Sri Lankan Tamil Issues – Pawns in Power Politics

by A Sivapathasundaram (www.sivam.co.uk) India’s Involvement The political as well as armed struggle by the Tamils against the political and economic domination of the Sinhalese following Sri Lanka’s independence from the British in 1948 was once an internal issue concerning only the populace of Sri Lanka. India, the neighbouring giant always held a ‘hands off’ [...]

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