IUSF: Some Trying To Create Unrest

The JVP affiliated Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) has said that some elements are attempting to create unrest among university students. IUSF President Sanjeewa Bandara has told the media that while two students from the Ruhuna University were attacked by an unknown group last Friday, the IUSF head of the Ruhuna University who had visited [...]

NCPA Short Of Funds

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is faced with difficulties in caring for street children due to the lack of funds. NCPA Chairperson Anoma Dissanayake has told the media today that the Authority did not have sufficient funding to provide the children with their requirements. According to the Chairperson, the NCPA is faced with a [...]

Six Incidents Of Election Related Violence

Election monitoring group PAFFREL has stated that six incidents of election related violence have been reported since the commencement of campaigning for the local government elections in March. PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi has said that four of the incidents were inter party clashes. Police Spokesperson SP Preshantha Jayakody has told the media that the [...]

A Hard Life…

By Ranee Mohamed He is 67 years old. He has no savings, no home and nothing to call his own. This is because P. Hettiwatte, with a BA from the then Vidyalankara University has never been able to get a desk job. “I believe this was largely due to the fact that I have little [...]

Sri Lanka Another Tunisia? Not in My Book!

Much as I’d like to see the back of a regime that has taken the one time bastion of democracy in southern Asia to the cusp, in not into, the cauldron of dictatorship, I cannot, in all conscience, subscribe to the hope/prediction that Sri Lankans are going to follow the Tunisian example and rise up [...]

Sunimal Faults ICASL For Not Being Local

Vents His Spleen On Advertising Banner One of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s advisers castigated an education institute for carrying an advertising banner that depicted young men and women in Western attire. President’s Adviser on English Sunimal Fernando who was, among other things, introduced as a Royalist and having had his higher education at Cambridge, prior to [...]

English, Lingua Franca

English is the language of business, an accountant said. Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) President Sujeewa Mudalige speaking at a function in Colombo on Monday said that one may have the best of qualifications, but if one doesn’t know English, one cannot get far in life. Mudalige said that he knows of [...]

Have Countries In Conflict Learned Anything From Sudan?

By S. V. Kirubaharan in France I personally will be sad if Sudan splits. But at the same time I will be happy if we have peace in Sudan between the two sides … — Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir “We will not be happy over the division of a large Islamic country… but if [...]

LNG Purchase Sans Tenders

Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) plans to negotiate with Kuwait on a Government to Government (GtG) basis for the supply of LNG fuel for the proposed Sampur Power plant, Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera told this reporter on Wednesday. When asked why GoSL doesn’t call for tenders, which is seemingly more cost effective than [...]


Towards One World Some words on a new book By Capt. Elmo Jayawardena There is very little merit in my making any attempt to review the magnificent Towards One World by Justice Christy Weeramantry. I certainly do not have sufficient knowledge of the subjects that he is effectively addressing nor in any way can I [...]

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