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Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker Fears New Laws By Trump


Raj was granted asylum in 2011 because of rules that allow for waivers for people who provided aid to terrorists under duress Now the Trump administration is debating whether to rescind the waivers that have allowed Raj, and tens of thousands of others Some immigration hardliners are concerned the exemptions could allow terrorists to slip [...]

Will The ‘Minorities’ Come Together, Then Stand Up For Their Collective Rights?

Rohana Wijeweera  and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike

by N Sathiya Moorthy  ‘Minorities’ in the country seeking equal rights would not want to give one another the same even among themselves Though post-Independence, the common refrain of Sri Lankan Tamil (SLT) leaders is that the Sinhalas would not give equal rights The Muslims and Upcountry Tamils, could co-exist within a larger minorities group, [...]

Life And Times Of Sri Lanka’s Oldest Leprosy Hospital


by Smriti Daniel The leprosy hospital at Hendala was erected in 1708 and is one of the oldest in South Asia By necessity, the hospital was self-contained  Leprosy is a chronic, progressive infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae Edward de Alwis was born in 1928, the youngest of nine siblings. He was only 14 [...]

Secrecy, Secret To Absolute Power: Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole

Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole

by  N. Vivekanandan  The Managers’ Forum, Jaffna It is the urge to hold on to power that has set this good governance government off course by including corrupt persons in the cabinet The right to information is therefore most important and is the greatest development in Sri Lanka’s progress towards democracy Hoole inclined to the [...]

Reforms Without Referendum, Or Referendum Without Reforms?

M. A. Sumanthiran, Mano Ganesan and Dinesh Gunawardena

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  Thus, no national newspaper (read: English) got to highlight a recent statement of Upcountry Tamil leader and Minister, Mano Ganesan Mano Ganesan indicated that the ‘Big Two’, namely the UNP and the SLFP, were happy to confine the constitutional reforms processes near-exclusively to electoral reforms SLFP representative at the meeting made [...]

Non Chemical Weed Management Increases Crop By 20%

Mahendra Peiris

by Ifham Nizam  In Sri Lanka, the project collaborates with the Tea Smallholder Development Authority (TSHDA) on training smallholder farmers. The Sunday Leader visited the demo plot at Hapugastenne estate on non-chemical weed management continued to serve as training site for smallholders At least 30,000 smallholders in the project area will make improvements in tea [...]

Sellamma Returns Home After Army Occupation


The police have identified several students of Mahanama College Colombo who misbehaved at a girl’s school during the ‘big match’ season The students had also assaulted a person inside the school premises Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam ordered a full report on the incident We first met 83 year old grandmother Sellamma when she was [...]

People Mourn Victims Of London Terror Attack


A police officer stands guard at Scotland Yard, headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police in London, Britain, on March 23, 2017.     - (Xinhua/Han Yan)     Experts On Terrorism Stress Need for ‘Stiff Upper Lip’ After London Attack LONDON, March 23 (Xinhua) — The re-opening of London’s famous Westminster Bridge less than 24 hours after Britain’s bad [...]

Closer China-U.S. Collaboration Boon For World

Xi Jinping and Donald Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had a very important telephone conversation They pledged to push China-U.S. relationship to greater heights Some U.S. politicians have accused China of stealing jobs from the United States  BEIJING, (Xinhua) — The world is watching closely whether China and the United States are able to open a new chapter [...]

British Gov’t Reveals Tax Rises For Strong Economy

Philip Hammond

The British economy is expected to grow 2 percent this year Public borrowing will be 16.4 billion pounds lower than expected The Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR), expects the economy to be the same size in 2021 as before LONDON, (Xinhua) — British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond on Wednesday unveiled his spring budget, raising taxes [...]

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