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Tragedy Of Indian Politics Today: Tail Wagging The Dog

The imbroglio that resulted among the New Delhi government, the Tamil Nadu state led by its Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalitha and the Supreme Court caused a constitutional crisis which was stalled by the ruling of the Supreme Court but unless the basic issues that precipitated the crisis are resolved, it is likely to repeat itself. [...]

On Forgiving And Forgetting

By Dr. Devanesan Nesiah Pre-Independence, our Island was among the most peaceful lands in Asia. For some centuries there had been no large-scale ethnic riots in our Island, apart from the anti-Muslim riots of 1915. Even the 1915 riots lacked the scale and brutality of some of the anti- Tamil, JVP led and state led [...]

Police Name Harry J

Forged letter supplied to a Gibraltar based bank By Faraz Shauketaly Businessman Harry Jayawardena has been named by the Sri Lanka Police’s Commercial Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in connection with a complaint that a forged document was supplied to the Gibraltar based bank ‘S G Hambros’. The businessman, who has been [...]

Cost Inflation, Inability To Offer Rebates, Reasons

NCCSL To Ask GoSL To Reintroduce THC The Shipping Committee of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) will ask the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to reintroduce the terminal handling charge (THC) related to ocean freight, to be collected locally. That was scrapped from this year as per a Budget 2014 proposal, [...]

India Bans ‘No Fire Zone’ Film

The controversial documentary ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ has been refused a censor certificate for release in theaters by the Indian Central Board of Film Certification. In response, Callum Macrae, the documentary’s director has decided to make it available free online in India. The film will also be available free in [...]

Heroin’s Ugly Face

By Nirmala Kannangara in Negombo - Pictures by Asoka Fernando Negombo seems to be the worst heroin affected area in the country after Kolonnawa where the hapless residents are caught between politicians and police. Unlike in the ‘kasippu’ (illicit liquor) era, where the police nabbed the illicit liquor dealers, today the police nab only the drug [...]

Polls Chief Gets Tough On Demo

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has ordered legal action to be taken against a group of people who staged a protest in Weligama yesterday. The protest was staged by employees of the Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha against the police, after the police seized a truck belonging to the local council on the basis it was used for [...]

We Are Not Terrorists – Anandi Saseetharan

By Easwaran Rutnam Northern Provincial Council member Anandi Saseetharan, wife of former LTTE Trincomalee District political head S. Elilan, has been very active on the human rights issue ahead of the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. Saseetharan visited Geneva recently to draw attention to, what she says are the concerns of Tamils in [...]

DIESEL ‘LOBBY’ Costing Country Rs 40 Billion A Year

By Faraz Shauketaly The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is contracted to pay up to Rs 40 Billion per annum in so-called ‘capacity charges’ to operators of diesel power plants. A capacity charge is also referred to as a ‘standing by’ charge – whereby a payment is made to the operator irrespective of whether the plant [...]

To Earn A Living…

Two young boys were captured by our photographer collecting fish eggs from fish unloaded off boats in Negambo last week to sell and make a living. Fishermen in the area said that it has now become a common sight to see young boys collecting fish eggs on a weekday morning to do business instead of [...]

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