Long Marches Of Mao Zedong And Rajapaksa

The Padayatra that was launched on Thursday by supporters of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was in the tradition of the Long March of Mao Zedong and also probably of the not-so-long March of Che Guevara. These marches – long or short – have the basic objective of rallying support of the countryside to their beleaguered [...]

Key Files In ‘White Van’ Probe Stolen

by Kasun Pussewala Important files related to the investigations on the ‘white van’ abductions have been stolen from the Trincomalee navy camp. The files were connected to Lieutenant Commodore K. C. Welagedara, a key witness on the ‘white van’ abductions said to have been committed when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President. The files, which were stored [...]

Helping Children With Special Needs

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya We got down at Waragoda junction in Kelaniya which is situated near the famous Thorana junction on the Colombo – Kandy highway. The place we wanted to explore was situated quite close to the junction. It looked like an ordinary house but as we stepped inside, we started to witness the uniqueness [...]

Government To Face UN Committee On Racial Discrimination

by Easwaran Rutnam The government is to face allegations of racial discrimination when it appears before a UN Committee in August. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is meeting in Geneva from August 2 to 26, during which it will review Sri Lanka from August 15-16. Sri Lanka is among 177 [...]

Nation Of Tragicomedies

by Wimalanath Weerarathne Sri Lanka is a country of never-ending tragicomedies. President Maithripala Sirisena who was supposedly the ‘Common Candidate’ at the 2015 January 8 Presidential Election, has yet again forgotten that he was supposed to be non-partisan and above petty party politics if he was to the ultimate – challenge and defeat the then [...]

We Stick To Our Pledges Despite Obstacles – Mahinda Amaraweera

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The two-year agreement between the UNP and the SLFP on the national government shall be extended to five years as the country has to move forward, says Fisheries Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says. According to the minister, several major development projects are scheduled to commence during 2017/18. He says that it would bring [...]

Gotabhaya Next Presidential Candidate – Mahindananda Aluthgamage

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Gotabhaya Rajapaksa will be the next presidential candidate if the executive presidency is not abolished, MP Mahindananda Aluthgamage says. Pointing out the serious damage the government has done to the country within just one year, the parliamentarian says the Joint Opposition will fight against corruptions of the government despite government’s oppressive attitude [...]

Masses Well Aware Of Rajapaksa Dictatorship – Ranjan Ramanayake

by  Ifham Nizam Sri Lanka has gained the lost reputation due to the good governance policy of the government, says Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, Ranjan Ramanayake. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, Ramanayake says that the new UNP-SLFP government has commenced the investigations on the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunge and Prageeth [...]

Debt Burden Should Be Reduced – R. Sampanthan

by Thushari Nathaniel Opposition Leader and Leader of the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan, says that to ensure success in development, the debt burden of the country should be reduced and eventually eliminated. He also points out that the government should minimize wastage through extravagant spending and ensure that corruption is eliminated. In an interview [...]

Hands Off The Media!

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya Media freedom is a topic much bandied-about, yet, despite countless discussions, many believe we are yet to make much headway in the right direction. The previous regime had many issues with regards to media freedom. Since the Yahapalana government had assured drastic changes to the then culture of oppression, many hoped that [...]

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