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The Arrogance of Power

A Friday Forum Press Release   The Arrogance of Power The story of a plane, a pilot and a puppy would not ordinarily interest the average Sunday newspaper reader.  Add to this an account of an angry and vicious outburst by a powerful public official and you have an explosion which raises issues that should [...]

‘Ere, Yer A Right Doughnut!

By Faraz Shauketaly Aaah! It really is superb. The roast lamb, the Yorkshire pudding, the vegetables and the roast potatoes were superb. Well what does one expect. I was back home. Although the winds had been poorly behaved and the rains came down in greater than normal quantities and caused flooding, it really was good [...]

Death Certificates For Missing People

By Dinouk Colombage Families in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi have been provided with death certificates for their missing relatives without a proper inquiry being conducted, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said. Premachandran alleged that two weeks ago over 30 families, all of whom had reported relatives as missing, were called to the Mullaitivu police station by the [...]

Sri Lanka Tells Australian Navy To Turn Back Illegal Vessels

By Dinouk Colombage In a move to cut back on the growing number of illegal asylum seekers, the Sri Lankan navy has requested that its Australian counterparts send back all illegal boats. Navy spokesperson, Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya, said that they have frequently requested that the Australia navy turn back the illegal immigrants as it would [...]

CPC Loses Appeal In London: Must Pay US$ 162 Million +

By Faraz Shauketaly The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has lost its appeal in a British Court against Standard Chartered Bank. The Court ruled against the state-owned petroleum company which has a near-monopoly status in the country. The ruling in London means that the CPC must now pay US$ 162 million plus interest to Standard Chartered [...]

Uni Academics In Moratuwa And Ruhuna Threatened

By Indika Sri Aravinda Academics attached to the Moratuwa and Ruhuna universities have been threatened, the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA) said. President of FUTA Dr Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said that some lecturers are even monitored by military intelligence officers. He said that despite the government inviting lecturers who are on protest to return [...]

Mannar: Demonstrate Commitment To Judicial Independence

On Friday July 22, lawyers and judges stayed away from courts around the country protesting against the alleged threat to the Magistrate of Mannar over the telephone by Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Trade and Commerce.  Also connected to this allegation is the attack on the Mannar courts complex by a mob said to be in [...]

Lawyers Unite To Punish Minister

The Bar Council of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka resolved yesterday to intervene in the case filed by 7 senior lawyers and support the call for Minister Rishad Bathiudeen to be punished for contempt over acts to intimidate the Mannar Magistrate.

LLRC Action Plan Calls For Police To Be Independent

By Dinouk Colombage Sri Lanka’s National Plan of action to implement the recommendations of the LLRC has called for the police department to be de-linked from the institutions dealing with the armed forces. However, if this recommendation is to go forward it will need the approval of the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee. The National Plan [...]

Duminda Silva Discharged From Hospital

By Indika Sri Aravinda Parliamentarian Duminda Silva has been discharged from the Singapore hospital where he was receiving medical treatment following the Mulleriyawa shooting last October. According to well informed sources Silva was discharged from the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore as his health condition had improved. Last week the CID informed court that it [...]

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