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Imthiaz won’t contest polls

UNP member and former Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar says he will not contest any future election. Speaking at an event in Beruwala today (Sunday) Bakeer Markar however said he will continue to support the UNP and Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa. He was speaking at an event attended by Premadasa, UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya and other [...]

GTF backs LLRC recommendations

In a rare show of support to a commission appointed by the government, a leading Tamil diaspora group on Sunday said it supported the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and called for its implementation. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), an organization based in Britain with support groups in several other countries, [...]

Underage girls abused, raped

The police received complaints of two girls being raped in Suriyawewa yesterday, the police media unit said today. According to the police, a 15 year old girl and 13 year old girl were raped by two men in Weharagalapelessa, Suriyawewa. The police said that the two men have been arrested over the incident. Meanwhile in [...]

Can An American Resolution Help Reconciliation?

EDITORIAL   While the debate is on in the UNHRC assembly in Geneva, on the streets of Sri Lanka and even on the streets of some cities in Europe, the objectives of the American sponsored Resolution on alleged human rights violations by Sri Lankan armed forces, appear to be lost on most of those concerned, [...]

LIOC Fuel Suspended

By Indika Sri Aravinda and Raisa Wickrematunge The government has ordered the suspension of the distribution of fuel from the Trincomalee Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) Tank farm. The suspension follows the discovery of water mixed with diesel in a bowser which transported fuel from the tank farm to a petrol shed in Mount Lavinia [...]

Moves To Remove Sajith

By Indika Sri Aravinda There are moves to remove UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa from his post following an incident which occurred in Panadura last Thursday, UNP sources said. According to them, the UNP Parliamentary Group will meet on Tuesday to discuss the incident and the action that needs to be taken against some UNP [...]

UNHRC: Manmohan To Decide On Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday reportedly assured the DMK in Tamil Nadu that he would talk to External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and take appropriate action on a request of the party to support a resolution to be moved by the U.S., France and Norway against Sri Lanka in the U.N. Human Rights [...]

Life Getting Worse For Most People

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The constantly increasing cost of living has resulted in a majority of households living in the red every month. The Census and Statistics Department states that the average monthly expenditure of a household for January this year was recorded at Rs. 43,311.57 while the average income according to the last Household [...]

Mutilating Measures Of An Invidious Rule

“…countries that won a war but ‘lost the peace’: gratuitously wasting the opportunities afforded them by their victory” Tony Judt (Reappraisals) By Tisaranee Gunasekara                     Creating incredible illusions to conceal insupportable realities is the Rajapaksa way. In this dystopian world, zero equals 8,000+; when prices go [...]

What About Our Rights?

Families and friends of Muslims killed by the LTTE in Kattankudy during the war staged a demonstration outside the UN office in Colombo demanding that the UN Human Rights Council discuss atrocities committed by the LTTE.                                                  Picture by Thusitha Kumara

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