TNA Wants Autonomous State – Suresh Premachandran

By Camelia Nathanial Having won the majority of the seats in the concluded Northern Provincial Council elections, the TNA is sceptical about the intentions of the government and their sincerity in addressing the concerns of the Tamil people. TNA parliamentarian Suresh Premachandran, in an interview with The Sunday Leader, stated that the government is simply [...]

An Exaggerated Appearance Of Ethnic Polarisation

By Dr Jehan Perera The results of the three provincial council elections held last week show a sharp contrast between the choices of the voters in the Northern Province and those in the Central and Northwestern provinces. In the Northern Province the vote against the government was by a majority of about 80 percent whereas [...]

Politicos Respond To TNA Win

By Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) secured what analysts termed an impressive victory at the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections last weekend. The European Union said the victory will create an opportunity for the TNA and the government to work together for the Northern Province. Political and civil society representatives expressed their views [...]

Don’t Bully Us, Says President

President Mahinda Rajapksa says Western countries should stop bullying Sri Lanka just because its a small country. In an interview with Al-Jazeera aired yesterday, the President said that fingers are always pointed at the government when there is an incident but yet when similar incidents occur in the West it is seen as something isolated. [...]

Ceylinco Sussex Schools Controversy Rages

The Finance Company focused on obtaining redress Sports Club complains of failure to settle dues on debentures By Faraz Shauketaly A sports club that had placed monies on deposit with the Ceylinco Sussex Schools company has complained that K A S Jayatissa’s company Sussex Educational Services has failed – again – to honour its commitments. [...]

Public Caning Mooted

By Indika Sri Aravinda The Ministry of Child Development and Women’s affairs is to propose caning in public for child abusers and rapists. Minister Tissa Karaliyadda said that Sri Lanka has seen a drastic increase in reports of child abuse and rape. He said that on earlier occasions he had called for tougher laws to [...]

North-South Politics: Give Time A Chance

The sweeping electoral victories of the ruling UPFA in the North Western and Central provinces are indeed remarkable considering the prevalent high cost of living – a factor which is not conducive to victory of ruling parties. The margins of victory in both provinces rubbish whatever criticisms made to slight the victories. In the Northern [...]

Apsara Reddy Upfront & Personal

Print media journalist and TV host extraordinaire, Apsara Reddy has taken the Indian 4th estate by storm. Her chat show is controversial as much as it is highly rated and her popularity grows – her success appears to be rather more remarkable when one considers that she is one of India’s better-known transgender subjects. Apsara [...]

Red Lights Start Blinking At Rajapaksa Govt

Pillay issues deadline and hints of international probe Warning signal for governing party at PC polls “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” – Martin Luther [...]

The Clock Starts Ticking

Pillay’s 27 point update draws strong reactions HR chief counters reference to UNHCR baseline survey Government hits back By Easwaran Rutnam The government was put on notice last week by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay to either effectively address human rights related concerns by March 2014 or face an international investigation. [...]

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