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Udayanga’s Sins Sparks Off DPL Pow-Wow

by Camelia Nathaniel and Ashanthi Warunasuriya Although Udayanga Weeratunga, Sri Lanka’s former Envoy to Russia, is being investigated by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID)  with regard to the acquisition of MiG-27 fighter jets from Ukraine and accused of supplying weapons to Ukrainian anti-government forces in that country, according to FCID sources, there is no [...]

The Way To Success: Splendiferous Living Or Simplicity And Austerity?

Despite the many grand visions politicians have for taking Sri Lanka into modern paradisiacal realms – the latest being Singapore – the state is yet to provide some of the basic amenities required for a community: such as a hygienic and safe environment in addition to food, clothing and shelter. During the Rajapaksa regime we [...]

Broader Consultations Sought As Cabinet Approves OMP

by Easwaran Rutnam A section of local civil society had written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs urging broader consultations as the government looked to establish an Office on Missing Persons (OMP). Cabinet last week approved establishing an Office on Missing Persons, in line with the expectations of the international community. The government said there [...]

Gaining Democracy And Losing Reliefs

by Wimalanath Weerarathne Civilians are the main driving force behind all the victories of the present government. Some of the civilians are representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Their main intention is not fighting to gain the economic benefits but to establish democracy in the country. During the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime, the media also [...]

Illegal Constructions, Main Cause For Flood Disaster – Gamini Jayawickrema Perera

By Camelia Nathaniel and Ashanthi Warunasuriya Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said that the reason for most of these natural disasters is that people have encroached on nature and have abused the resources. In an interview with The Sunday Leader on the recent floods in the country, he said that one [...]

Steps Taken To Provide Relief In A Regulated Manner – Anura PriyadarshanaYapa

By Camelia Nathaniel and Ashanthi Warunasuriya The President has stopped all illegal constructions and land fillings and it has prevented this recent disaster from escalating into a calamity, says Minister for Disaster Management,AnuraPriyadarshanaYapa. Pointing out the necessity of providing housing and property for those who have lost their dwellings due to the floods, the minister [...]

Nazeer Under Fire

by Easwaran Rutnam Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed is under fire from all quarters of society following his outburst at a Navy officer recently during which he even accidentally hit a child. State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said the actions of the Chief Minister was unacceptable and that if he had any concerns [...]

Govt. Must Monitor All Relief Funds And Prevent Swindling – Dharmalingam Siddharthan

By Camelia Nathaniel and Ashanthi Warunasuriya PLOTE leader and TNA MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan said that the recent floods are a good reminder to the government that proper management of development is needed to prevent such situations in the future. He said that roads and railway lines as well as development projects are being done without [...]

Blame Game Begins After Flood Waters Recede

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The deadly flood that ravaged almost all districts in the country including Colombo, Gampaha, Kilinochchi, Kalutara, Uva, Awissawella and the up-country, will go down in the history as one of the worst natural disasters this country has faced after the 1989 floods and the 2004 tsunami. After the devastation that affected both [...]

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