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Mass Rapes To Mass Protests: Violence Against Women In 2016

From historic convictions to impunity for gang rapes, 2016 has been a year of highs and lows when it comes to efforts to stem violence against women. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It’s a day to reflect on the pain and resilience of survivors. And it’s a [...]

UN Maintains Status Quo On War Probe

By Easwaran Rutnam The United Nations is maintaining its status quo on Sri Lanka with regard to the investigations on incidents related to the war. The government had said recently there was no pressure on Sri Lanka with regard to the accountability process. There is also a feeling that the policy on Sri Lanka may [...]

Ravi Curbs The Licence To Kill

The decision of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to hike fines for seven traffic offences, although it is not much of a revenue collection move, is a logical step to reduce the slaughter of citizens on our roads. Successive governments and tragic police chiefs have tried out various devices to save lives of citizens but not [...]

Fidel Castro Dies At 90

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday, his younger brother announced to the nation. He was 90. A towering figure of the second half of the 20th Century, Castro had been in [...]

Will The Good Times Come To Sri Lankans?

Do parliamentarians live up to the people’s expectations?   They do that for want of political power – including all the benefits they could get for themselves Shouldn’t they be all keen to perform their duties and responsibilities in a dignified and decorous manner with dedication? As in the Army, Navy, or Air Force, in [...]

Southee’s All Round Effort Keeps Kiwis Ahead

New Zealand vs Pakistan Second Test – Hamilton An impressive all-round performance from Tim Southee helped New Zealand take control of the second Test against Pakistan at the end of day two in Hamilton. After hitting a quickfire 29 from 28 balls – with five fours and a six – as New Zealand posted 271 [...]

Investigators Helpless Over Alles’ Deal

 ‘All are equal but some are more equal than others’ by Nirmala Kannangara The former parliamentarian’s influence extends beyond the three powerful Rajapaksa brothers who visited him in remand prison. Although the RADA funds had been disbursed for the Jaya Lanka housing project, not a single house had been constructed neither in Vavuniya nor in [...]

Claims Of Military Coup, False

- Dr. Kavinda Jayawardana UNP MP and National Youth Front Chairman, Dr. Kavinda Jayawardana is of the view that the youth in the country stand to benefit from the government’s efforts the most. “The youth have been given a ladder and it is up to them to climb up that ladder. As young upcoming leaders it [...]

Move To Privatise State Institutions

– Wasantha Samarasinghe The Voice Against Corruption movement says the government has no plan to rebuild the economy.Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) member and Voice Against Corruption convener Wasantha Samarasinghe says the government is only interested in filling their pockets and privatising all state institutions. He says now is the time for change in the country [...]

Revenue Vs. Expenditure

Budget 2017  by Wiraj Silva One of the main hurdles for accelerating growth has been the lack of fiscal discipline which was exhibited candidly during the numerous budgets under the Rajapaksa regime  The government anticipates to bring in Rs. 140 billion of new revenue in 2016 Sri Lanka now has one of the lowest tax revenue-to-GDP [...]

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