Lanka’s Foreign Policy Is For Its Own Interests Not Others

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on Vesak Day that Sri Lanka’s security on land or in the Indian Ocean is linked and it is indivisible with India would have by now sparked off intense debate with sharp criticism from the ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO) if not for the surprising and unannounced meeting between the [...]

EU Keeps Close Watch On CTA Post GSP

by Easwaran Rutnam With the granting of GSP plus to Sri Lanka the European Union (EU) is keeping a close watch on the new Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) which will replace the highly controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Tung-Laï Margue said that the EU has [...]

No One Can Point Fingers At The Military – Fonseka

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka claims he is a happy man who does not take any issue to heart, but despite his positive attitude he is disgruntled that the corruption committed by the previous government is still not investigated and those responsible punished. He says the Rajapaksa’s are wolves in sheep skin, but they will never [...]

Terrorism Of GMOA And Its Hypocrisy

by A. B. Sosa The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) in recent times has been dictating to the democratically elected government to nationalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) on the premise that those graduating from it on completion of a five-year Medical Degree course lack clinical and forensic experience. They also [...]

While Ministries Argue Who Pays The Taxes

Construction Of The Operating Theatre Suspended by Nirmala Kannangara Astonishing revelations have now come to light how the final stage of civil constructions of the proposed operating theater complex at the Homagama Base Hospital had come to a complete standstill for the past several months due to the Health Ministry’s failure to waive off the [...]

Move To Safeguard Political Colleagues

Wildlife Minister’s letter to Cabinet Secretary requesting the cabinet sub-committee report to be tabled at the cabinet meeting in order to give elephants for religious activities and Cabinet Sub-Committee recommendation to ‘solve’ the legal issues faced by the elephant traffickers by Nirmala Kannangara Speculation is rife as to why the Cabinet of Ministers granted permission [...]

Sri Pada Turns Into A Dumping Ground

by Ifham Nizam Unless strict action is immediately taken to ban plastics and polythene, Sri Lanka will continue to suffer number of garbage related issues, environmentalists and scientists warn. Many expressed concern last week after it was reported that more than a million plastic bottles were collected from Sri Pada area which was discarded by [...]

Celebrating And Observing Vesak

On festivals of great religions, people sincerely wish the world: Peace, joy, happiness and other good sentiments though knowing very well that some kind of horrendous human massacre is happening near or far. It is a tragedy that even though today, where most countries are democratic and the great majority of people are against such [...]

Human Rights Still An Issue

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The country is once again preparing to celebrate the liberation of the country by defeating the LTTE terrorists after a war that devastated the country for nearly 30 years. However, it is still questionable as to how much freedom we still enjoy despite the war  coming to an end. This is a [...]

They Wanted To Silence Lasantha – Sonali Samarasinghe

The widespread belief in the politically-motivated killings of journalists in Sri Lanka is predicated on a deadly irony: the hidden hand has always been visible, but the fingerprints have gone missing. The two most widely publicized killings relate to IPS UN Bureau Chief in Colombo, Richard de Zoysa, 30, in February 1990, and the Editor-in-Chief [...]

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