Swearing by the LTTE, or what!

By N Sathiya Moorthy TNA parliamentarian S. Koteswaran may not be speaking for Alliance leadership, but his sudden poll-ever realisation that the four-party combine (not so, any more) was a creation of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran needs to be taken with a bagful of salt and more. That Koteswaran or none else had mentioned the [...]

Ekneligoda, Sugirtharajan and 24th January

By Ruki Fernando For several years, the Free Media Movement (FMM) of Sri Lanka and free expression advocates has dubbed January as “Black January”. This was in the context of large number of journalists killed, disappeared, assaulted, as well as attacks on media institutions – all in January. 24th is one such Black day in January. [...]

March to freedom or return to fear?

By Mangala Samaraweera The National Unity Government ushered in through a historic and revolutionary election in January 2015 has recently marked three years in office. As the Government attains this milestone, our achievements are many, but the road ahead of us remains as long and challenging as ever, and Sri Lanka stands again at the [...]

The Indian Ocean does not need an Indian Cold War

By Trevor  Jayetileke A Cold War in the Indian Ocean will not be in the best interests of any country in the Indian Ocean and  this  applies to India as well and will certainly derail its own plans for a “India Made” revival. Spending time on a reckless  exercise might turn counter productive and even fragment [...]

Nurture bipartisanship to resolve national issues

By the National Peace Council Sri Lanka currently has a Government of national unity comprising the two largest political parties, the UNP and SLFP, which have hitherto been rivals for political power. As can be expected the forthcoming local government elections have aggravated the tensions between them.  It is customary that those who seek to win [...]

Language issue crops up in case involving Prof. Hoole

N. Lohahayalan, Jaffna Correspondent On Thursday 14.12.2017, Mullaitivu Magistrate Mohammed S.M. Samsuddin declared Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole of the Election Commission not guilty of the offence of speeding on 26.06.2017 at 80 kmph where the limit was 70 mph. According to the court records of case no. 23388 and eye-witness testimony, the incident occurred [...]

Rebellion in India’s Supreme Court

By Vidyadharan MP Last Friday, four senior most judges of India’s Supreme Court stunned the nation. And may be the judicial world. Ignoring judicial protocol, which barred the judges other than the Chief Justice of India from communicating with the media directly on institutional issues, these judges called the media to the official accommodation of [...]

A cry for justice nine years after Lasantha’s murder

By Easwaran Rutnam Monday January 8th marks nine years since the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader Lasantha Wickremetunga. Speaking at an event last month, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the media never questioned him on the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunga. Tomorrow, January 8th, the Prime Minister and his Government will most certainly be questioned why even [...]

China extends its reach into India’s backyard

On the first day of the new year, the Chinese and Sri Lankan flags were hoisted to the same height over the Hambantota port in the Indian Ocean nation. It was the first time the Chinese flag had risen over the loss-making facility which Sri Lanka formally handed over to a Chinese state firm in [...]

Still fighting over a British period battle!

By Vidyadharan MP Incidents like what happened recently in Maharashtra, one of India’s politically and economically important states, may not happen anywhere else in the world except India. The state, which had convincingly elected a BJP alliance government in the 2014 October assembly elections, witnessed unexpected violence and disruption early this week over an insignificant, [...]

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