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Making Lanka The Hub Of Heroin?

Last week’s exposure in The Sunday Leader of allegations made against some notorious drug peddlers who are also alleged to be involved in crimes ranging from murder and extortion reveals the deterioration of the state of law and order in the country. Even more dangerous than the crimes wreaked on citizens, particularly law abiding citizens, is the [...]

International Human Rights: Dispelling The Myths

By Radhika Coomaraswamy Asian Values And The Asian Way? Human rights, rooted in the United Nations Charter, to which all the countries on earth are signatories, is the only universal language we really have to protect individuals and to fight for justice. Every Asian country in the United Nations voted for the Universal Declaration of [...]

Drug Barons Have A Field Day

By Camelia Nathaniel While the government has come in for severe criticism lately for their alleged involvement with several drug dealers and operators, many high ranking politicians too had been implicated in some of the huge drug rackets that had been brought to light in the recent past. Formerly, drugs were smuggled into the country [...]

Addicted To Drugs, Danger And Death

By Nirmala Kannangara in Negombo- Pictures by LalithPerera Negombo, the once peaceful ‘Little Rome’ has now become a hub of heroin peddling and a preferred focal point for prostitution, its law abiding citizens alleged. According to the residents, there is no law and order in Negombo as the Police have deliberately failed to discharge their [...]

Power sharing a sine qua non – Hasan Ali

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which led to the creation of provincial councils as well as making Sinhala and Tamil as official languages with English as the link language was passed in parliament on 14 November 1987. Since then, this amendment has been a vexed issue with its implementation being mired in [...]

Indian Govt Shouldn’t Have Dealt Directly With TNA – Udaya Gammanpila

The Sri Lankan government was expecting the new BJP government to respond positively towards Sri Lanka government’s policies, especially towards Tamil national issue of the country. However, the recent statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka has clouded those hopes of the [...]

Gun Culture The Order Of The Day!

By Camelia Nathaniel The number of crimes committed with the use of weapons has increased across the country in the recent past, and there have been many instances where persons had been shot at, with these illegal weapons, sometimes over trivial, personal disputes. Investigations are underway with special focus in the Western Province, and the [...]

Civil Society Can Support But Not Replace Problem- Solving By Government

By Dr Jehan Perera The Secretariat for Muslims has issued a report, which gives details of anti-Muslim incidents that occurred in the first half of the year.  The report has an introduction that states “The general deterioration of relations at all levels is illustrated by the manner in which a mother was refused entrance to [...]

Sri Lanka’s Social Fabric In Tatters

As incidents of crime escalate By Fathima Razik The recent incidents where children have been victims of crime – one being where the father of a child had dashed his one and half year old daughter on a rock, in the Magal-kanda area in Beruwela, due to a dispute with his wife as they had [...]

Sowing Devastations Proposed Seed Act

By Nirmala Kannangara The proposed Seed Act is to sow devastation amongst farmers. Under the proposed Act, farmers’ right to sell, preserve, exchange, breed and improve the quality of seeds will be proscribed and the sole authority of these activities will be given to multi-national seed companies. The draft Seed and Planting Material Act No….. [...]

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