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Norway, Main Venue For LTTE Terror Revival

By Camelia Nathaniel After a hiatus of four years, an attempt to revive the LTTE was spearheaded by the group of Nediyawan-Irumporai. From its safe haven in Norway, a traditional base for LTTE operations, the Nediyawan-Irumporai Group is determined to plunge Sri Lanka back to conflict. Although enabled by two other factions – the Global [...]

India Keen On Heavy Projects In Sri Lanka

An Indian business delegation visiting Sri Lanka has said that large scale corporate of their team are keen on heavy projects in Sri Lanka including tourism infrastructure. The 14-member CII delegation, led by Ramesh Mutha (Mohan Mutha Exports Ltd), observed that in the post – FTA period, Indo-Lanka trade had risen rapidly. “Indian firms and [...]

Child Smugglers Arrested In Udappuwa

By Binoy Suriyaarachchi With the recent arrest of three human smugglers from Udappuwa in Mundalama, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has revealed more details leading to a child smuggling racket operating in the area over the years. The prime suspect M. Jayarooban has been arrested by the Mundalama police and was produced in Colombo [...]

Israel Business Development Office Work To Extend

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Israel in New Delhi signed an agreement during this week to extend the operations of the Israel Business Development Office in Sri Lanka (IBDO), which was initially set up in 2012. The IBDO, a joint initiative of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the State of [...]

“It Is Not A Clash With The Ruling Party” – Mohammed Muzammil, NFF Spokesman

By Camelia Nathaniel National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, Wimal Weerawansa has threatened to resign from the government if the ruling UPFA government fails to accept proposals put forward by the NFF. The Minister said that the proposals will soon be presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa [...]

Modi, Mahinda, And More…

By N Sathiya Moorthy India’s Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi, has set a healthy precedent for all of South Asia to follow by inviting all neighbourhood leaders for his inauguration, including Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka’s President should be more than willing to accept the invitation. In doing so, President Rajapaksa could be expected [...]

Forced Labour ‘Making $150bn Profit’ – ILO

Forced labour generates illegal profits of at least $150bn (£90bn; 110bn euros) a year, a study by the International Labour Organization (ILO) says. The profits are far higher than previous estimates and the ILO wants governments to tackle the problem. Some 21 million people worldwide are in forced labour, it says, with migrant workers most [...]

Power Grid Boosted By 55%

By Faraz Shauketaly The national power grid presently receiving 40% of its input from the Norochcholai coal power plant is set to receive a further boost of 300 MW of power, raising its total output to 55% by the end of July. Secretary to the Ministry, M.M.C. Ferdinando told The Sunday Leader that Engines 1 [...]

Buddhist Temple And Residents Fight Over Land

By Waruni Karunarathne Muslims in Arisamale, Pulmuddai is still in a state of flux as the Arisamale temple has claimed 500 acres of land surrounding the temple as temple property. As the survey department went to demarcate the land for the temple at the end of last year people campaigned against the move and put [...]

Good Women And Bad Women Of The Post-War Nation

By Chulani Kodikara Feminist scholarship distinguishes between two kinds of nationalisms – the first, variously referred to as emancipatory, civil, forward looking or modernizing, generally tends to locate the nation as a community of citizens within a defined territory enjoying equal status and rights, including minorities and women. As Val Moghadam points out, women’s equality [...]

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