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Hirunika’s Action Puts Govt. To The Test

Defender jeep abduction by Easwaran Rutnam The government was last week put to the test on its good governance policies following an incident involving parliamentarian of  the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) Hirunika Premachandra. As the government looked to bury the notorious ‘white van abduction’ years, it was forced to deal with an [...]

PTA To Be Repealed

by Easwaran Rutnam Moves to repeal draconian anti-terrorism laws are gathering pace as Sri Lanka prepares to provide an update to the UN Human Rights Council on the implementation of the resolution on Sri Lanka adopted by the Council this year. Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha told The Sunday Leader that a committee is in the process of [...]

FCID Commences Probe On Krrish Deal

By Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema The police Financial Crimes Investigations Department (FCID) has commenced an investigation into the controversial Krrish Transworks Colombo (Pvt) Limited project that was initiated during the former Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Several VVIPs of the former regime are hence expected to be interrogated by the FCID in the next few weeks. The US$ [...]

New Year Hope: Tail Shouldn’t Wag The Dog

Dark clouds were hovering over Sri Lanka as 2014 ended threatening grave crises for the country and people but eight days after the New Year dawned the major threat was removed enabling even moves to counter other crises. One such threat was the UNHRC resolution over alleged war crimes and human rights violations which may [...]

American Elephant In Sri Lankan Drawing Room?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy As expected, the American diplomatic traffic to Sri Lanka has increased since the Maithri-Ranil duo came to power in January. Introduction of personalities, personalities and more personalities apart, there is now a need to take bilateral relations forward, if either or both sides seek to make a productive use of the [...]

Decisive Year Ahead For Accountability Process

by Easwaran Rutnam The year 2016 will be a decisive year for the accountability process in Sri Lanka as the government needs to show progress by June. Sri Lanka has already been listed on the agenda for the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by when the government will be expected [...]

From The Cave Into A Greener Economy

by Wimalanath Weerarathne The analogy of the cave is presented by the Greek philosopher Plato in his celebrated work The Republic to compare ‘the effect of education and the lack of it on our nature’. So when a ruler climbs out of his cave or comfort zone and is ready for self-criticism, that shows the [...]

Fonseka Reapplies For US Green Card

by Camelia Nathaniel Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has reapplied for a US Green Card after his earlier card had expired and he was denied entry to the US. Earlier it was reported that the US Embassy in Colombo had rejected a visa application by Fonseka. A source close to Fonseka said that his green card [...]

Now We Have An Independent Judiciary and Impartial Media – Harshana Rajakaruna

By Camelia Nathaniel Parliamentarian and Chairman of the Young Professionals’ Organisation of the UNP, Harshana Rajakaruna says Sri Lankan people rejected the nepotism based governance of the previous regime on January eighth. He pointed out that vast majority of the people in the country had to face discrimination during the previous regime, and even the [...]

SF Likely To Be Questioned

by Vimukthi Yapa Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka is likely to be questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in the probe into the assassination of the founding editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge. The CID is in the process of getting military intelligence member, Kandegedara Piyawansa back for interrogation in relation to Wickrematunge’s murder. [...]

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