Emmerson’s Hard Hitting Statement Puts Govt. On Back Foot

by Our Political Correspondent A hard-hitting statement issued by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson, on Friday put the government on the back foot. Speaking to reporters on Friday at the end of a visit to Sri Lanka, Emmerson said [...]

A Blatant Lack Of Regard For The Natural Environment Of The Country

by Ifham Nizam Short-sighted development projects of every calibre has immensely contributed to degrading the overall quality of Sri Lanka’s air, soil and water including flora and fauna, Environment Foundation Limited environmental scientists point out . They say the energy sector is no exception with a CO2 contribution of 40.6% out of the entire CO2 [...]

Controversy Over Kerawalapitiya LNG Plant Tender

 Minister Patali says he cannot be taken for a ride by Ifham Nizam Standard Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) spelled out its stance at a briefing to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management (CCEM), to set aside five tender bidders selected for the construction of the 300 MW Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Combined Cycle Plant [...]

Uma Oya Project: More Moves To Grab Public Money

by Ifham Nizam The Uma Oya contractor, FARAB Energy and Water Project Company, an Iranian company, is responsible for carrying out the project. It  is an insured company  and  should take steps to use its insurance money rather than trying to grab public money, environmentalists and scientists claim. Environmentalist Dr. Ravindra Kariyawasam says that a [...]

Welikada Prison Riot: No Compensation Despite Cabinet Approval

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Despite  cabinet approval compensation has not yet been paid to the victims of the Welikada prison riot. Prisons Reforms Minister D.M. Swaminathan told The Sunday Leader the government will ensure the victims of the incident get justice. He said his Ministry had been instructed to pay compensation to the victims as cabinet had approved [...]

Top Cricket Board Official Behind Inhuman Act

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya A top Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board official is allegedly behind the order given last week to force temporary staff, employed to work at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa, to remove and return their pants to get paid, The Sunday Leader learns. SLC sources also said that while Sports Minister Dayasiri [...]

Battle To Save Dambulla Temple

by   Dileesha Abesundara The Rangiri Dambulla Temple has a significant place in world history and it was declared a world heritage site in 1991. However, today there is great controversy surrounding the Rangiri Dambulla Viharaya and some are trying to make this issue a political tool. According to the Archaeology Act, the Dambulla temple was [...]

Mount Residents Up-In-Arms

by Ifham Nizam Residents in Mount Lavinia are continuing a battle against illegal contructions in the area. The Mount Lavinia Residents Association said their campaign to save Mount Lavinia is not against the construction of apartment buildings in the area but against the failure to follow proper procedure. “We are for sustainable development where the [...]

IDPs In Jaffna Still Facing Dire Issues

by Ifham Nizam Muslim religious leaders point out that despite nearly 27 years have lapsed since the forcible eviction of the Northern Muslims by the Liberation Tigers  of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 1990, overnight from their homes and traditional habitats and they have been living scattered in many places in the South. They said that [...]

New Constitution To Determine The Fate Of The Displaced

by Melanie Manel Perera If the people’s right to live and the right to protect their environment is constitutionally accepted, the issues of the ‘displaced’ will only be a temporary thing. The people’s dignity and rights will also be safeguarded. In such an environment, not only will the country’s development progress, but a sense of [...]

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