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Use And Abuse Of Religion And Nationalism

The conflict of intertwined forces of nationalism and religion with similar opposing forces has been the cause of many horrendous wars during the last millennium. These unfortunate conflicts keep repeating themselves in varying degrees and last week we witnessed the flaring of one such incident at Dambulla which the government commendably doused out soon. The [...]

Mystery Surrounds UNDP Allegations

By Dinouk Colombage The mystery surrounding claims made by Allan Poston, the technical advisor for the UN Development Program’s(UNDP) mine action, that unexploded cluster bombs had been discovered in the North, deepened with the UNDP head office in New York saying it has not received an official report on the claims. Sandra Macharia, communications specialist [...]

Sri Lanka Says No To IOC

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Sri Lankan government has rejected an offer from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to upgrade the facilities at the Sapugaskanda oil refinery. Petroleum Resources Minister Susil Premjayantha said that the government will require USD 400 million to upgrade the Sapugaskanda refinery and USD 1.5 billion to build a new one. [...]

Four Sri Lankan Allies Out Of UNHRC

  China And Russia Not There For UPR By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema Four countries that voted against the US backed resolution on Sri Lanka at the 19th UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva are to move out of the Council in June this year. Two of Sri Lanka’s key allies, China and Russia [...]

Dambulla Mosque Cannot Be Relocated – SLMC

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) decided yesterday that its stand on the mosque in Dambulla is that the mosque must remain at its current location. The decision was taken following over 3 hours of deliberations which also saw heated arguments among the SLMC members. SLMC leader Rauf Hakeem speaking to [...]

GTF stands in solidarity with the Muslims in Sri Lanka

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), in a statement, has strongly condemns the Sri Lankan Government’s complicity in the orders for the removal of the Muslim mosque in Dambulla, central Sri Lanka. GTF is profoundly disturbed by the attacks on the mosque by a minority, yet in their thousands as reported, of extremist Sri Lankan Buddhists [...]

Irish MP Wants UK To Act On Lanka

An Irish parliamentarian has asked the British government to use its not inconsiderable international influence to advocate a patient approach in Sri Lanka. Ian Paisley Jnr, a Member of Parliament for North Antrim, said Britain must also refuse to rush in with international declarations and resolutions that will not work, but to promote the model [...]

Tea Prices Up And Demand High At The Auctions

  Industry Has a Bright Future-Analyst By Dinouk Colombage Tea prices at the Colombo auctions have increased after the weakening of the rupee and demand high. “Tea prices have seen an increase due to the rupee devaluation, however, there has been no change to the level of demand,”  Oshan de Silva, marketing executive of Forbes and [...]

Hambantota Not Totally Free

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Hambantota port will not be completely free of charge as handling charges will be levied from ships calling in at the port, a port official said. Hambantota Port Chief Engineer Agil Hewageegana told The Sunday Leader that a handling fee varying from 12 percent to 20 percent less than the [...]

Bakers To Decide On Pricing

By Raisa Wickrematunge President of the All Ceylon Bakery Owner’s Association (ACBOA) N. K. Jayawardena said that there would be a meeting to decide how much the price of bread would increase by. Jayawardena said the prices of bread looked likely to increase from between LKR 3 to LKR 5, depending on the outcome of [...]

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