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Joint Opposition Back To Square One With MR »

Basil pushes for a clean break with the SLFP SLFP vows stern action against errant members UNP silent on Rajapaksas’ actions despite pending probes India concerned over government’s path The…

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Government’s Volte-Face On Gampaha Water Project »

Controversial Chinese Co. behind Norochcholai offered major contract by Good Governance Administration by Nirmala Kannangara and Ifham Nizam Although the unsolicited contract policy followed by the Rajapaksa administration was highly…

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Reform Not With Codes Of Ethics But Removing Perks »

by Gamini Weerakoon The recently issued Code of Ethics for Parliamentarians is an attempt to shore-up the devastation brought upon the image of our legislators by none other than the…

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Complicity In Local Corruption »

by Emil van der Poorten I have, more times than I care to count, made extensive reference to the corruption in the local government here: the Tumpane Pradeshiya Sabha (TPS),…

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Viola Perera »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Woman activists in Sri Lanka have been functioning amidst numerous difficulties during the last few years. But Viola Perera is one of the many activists who continued…

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Lest You Forget, The A5N Is Only Two Weeks Away »

THERE’S cause for apprehension as Sri Lanka rugby readies to defend its’ Asian Five Nations Div.1 champions title. The continent’s principal rugby competition kicks-off in Kuala Lumpur on May 8;…

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MR Lackey DIG To Spill The Beans? »

Wasim Thajudeen Murder Case: By Nirmala Kannangara Following the arrest of the former OIC, Narahenpita Police Crime Branch, for concealing…

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MS In Pow-Wow With LG Reps »

President Maithripala Sirisena has convened United National Party (UNP) and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) representatives of local government bodies…

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PTA To Be Effective Until New Law Is Enacted »

by  Camelia Nathaniel The infamous Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act No. 48 of 1979 will be repealed, but will…

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MR, JVP Ignore Govt. Bid For Reforms »

The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) said although the committee had sent written invitations to Former President Mahinda…

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MP Aluthgamage In Money Laundering Soup »

Following a request made by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to the courts seeking permission to check bank accounts of…

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Positive Changes Less Apparent In N&E – UK »

For those devoted to human rights work, Sri Lanka brought hope as well as despair, United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth…

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Mahinda To Be Offered Top-Notch Position? »

by Ranjith Gunawardena President Maithripala Sirisena-led United People’s Freedom Alliance is to consider a proposal by UPFA local government councillors…

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Environmentalists Scoff At Sri Lanka’s Duplicity »

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by  Ifham Nizam In the wake of Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha signing the Paris Agreement at the…

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Lanka Geared To Adhere To Paris Climate Change Agreement »

by Amavasya Sirisena A high-powered delegation led by Minister of Science, Technology and Research Susil Premajayantha on behalf of President…

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Organ-ised Crime In Colombo Hospitals? »

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Crossborder Kidney  Racket : by Hafsa Sabry The Colombo Hulftsdorp Court has issued an arrest warrant on one of the seven Indian nationals arrested in connection with kidney transplants being carried out in some private hospitals. The suspect had escaped from the Mirihana detention camp.…

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Panama Papers Expose Sri Lanka’s Loopholes »

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CBSL requests for original documents from the Panamanian Central Bank by Amavasya Sirisena The exposures of Panama Papers, which have stirred up many a hornet’s nest in Sri Lanka and elsewhere, will result in investigations by both the country’s banking watchdog as well as Sri…

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Tug-Of-War For Power Purchasing »

Norochcholai Power Plant now is at its full capacity

by Ifham Nizam Sri Lanka’s utility and power Sector regulator – the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) – has opposed a move by Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to proceed with emergency purchasing of electricity from independent power producers (IPP), pointing out that catchments…

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Sri Lanka’s Improvement In Human Rights Situation Lauded »

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Some concerns remain, warns UK FCO by Paul Young Although Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) signaled its willingness to address the long-standing allegations against the island of past human rights abuses and violations, some positive changes that the GoSL made in the north and east…

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Trade Union Action Adding To CEB Woes »

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by Ifham Nizam The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has faced a number of issues in the recent past, and has been regarded as a struggling institution going from bad to worse. The Board had problems with the first coal-fired power plant in Norochcholai with two…

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Good Governance Deprives Justice For Kumar Guneratnam? »

Kumar Guneratnam being taken to remand custody

by Camelia Nathaniel Kumar Guneratnam has been a citizen of Sri Lanka by descent. He studied at Kegalla St. Mary’s College and Pinnawala Central College and subsequently was selected to the Engineering Faculty of University of Peradeniya. From the year 1982 he has been engaged…

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Ports Authority Sinks Billions To Keep Hambantota White Elephant Afloat »

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by Nirmala Kannangara The government is considering issuing shares of the Hambantota Port to the Chinese companies from whom  loans were acquired for the project in order to prevent further staggering losses being incurred by the white elephant project, it is learnt. The Sri Lanka…

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Truth Beyond Commissions: A Reflection »

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by Bishop Duleep de Chickera On the 31st of March a small gathering at the Bar Association Auditorium in Colombo, heard a wise and timely presentation on restorative justice and constitutionalism by a visiting lawyer from South Africa. On that occasion Mr Howard Varney, a guest…

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Much To Be Done For Victims Of Conflict Still Seeking Justice »

Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri and Dr. Jehan Perera

Transitional Justice by Camelia Nathaniel Although the government under President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised a domestic investigation into allegations of atrocities, until 2015 no credible mechanism of justice was carried out. For over five years since the end of the war, those affected were still seeking…

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May Day: Political Muscle Flexing, Sore Throats And Tired Feet »

May Day is still one week away but in Sri Lanka preparations are on to ‘Celebrate’ May Day not as an event to mark International…

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May Day: Galvanising The Working Masses »

President Maithripala Sirisena, the Chief Guest at the 2015 UPFA May Day rally

by Wimalanath Weeraratne Sri Lanka is a country of spectators. Sri Lankans don’t question. We only criticise amongst friends after consuming a good shot of…

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Sri Lanka Has Lots Of Untapped Export Potential »

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the former’s recent visit to China

Needs FTAs to boost exports in future – Former CCC Chairman Chandra Jayaratne by Amavasya Sirisena Although many do not believe, Sri Lanka will have…

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Govt. Should Not Fish For Opposition MPs – Brito Fernando »

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By Camelia Nathaniel Brito Fernando, President of the Families of the Disappeared, says that the government is under the impression that just like the Rajapaksa…

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Cabinet Portfolios A Bait To Catch Pro-Rajapaksa MPs – Sunanda Deshapriya »

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by Camelia Nathaniel Parliament has been converted into a Constitutional Assembly, and according to veteran journalist and social activist Sunanda Deshapriya, this is a positive…

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Govt. Has Gone Back On Their Promises – Pubudu Jagoda »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Propaganda Secretary Pubudu Jagoda says that the current good governance regime made a lot of promises to…

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Possibility Of All MPs Getting Ministerial Posts – Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri »

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by Camelia Nathaniel Renowned academic Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Devasiri says that there is no need for a large cabinet, which the present government is building,…

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Mixed Signals Over VAT Hike »

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by Hafsa Sabry Although some tax experts and economists commend the government for taking bold steps to increase taxes, some point out that the government…

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Alerts Ahead Of ‘Mayday Call?’ »

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Former President Mahinda  Rajapaksa

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Media reports have indicated that President Maithripala Sirisena was not taken into (full) confidence before the government under his name announced…

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Government’s Volte-Face On Gampaha Water Project

Controversial Chinese Co. behind Norochcholai offered major contract by Good Governance Administration by Nirmala Kannangara and Ifham Nizam Although the unsolicited contract policy followed by the Rajapaksa administration was highly criticized by the then Opposition UNP,…

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Organ-ised Crime In Colombo Hospitals?

Crossborder Kidney  Racket : by Hafsa Sabry The Colombo Hulftsdorp Court has issued an arrest warrant on one of the seven Indian nationals arrested in connection with kidney transplants being carried out in some private hospitals.…

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May Day: Galvanising The Working Masses

by Wimalanath Weeraratne Sri Lanka is a country of spectators. Sri Lankans don’t question. We only criticise amongst friends after consuming a good shot of intoxicants. We never even attempt to experiment on how to criticise…

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Govt. Should Not Fish For Opposition MPs – Brito Fernando

By Camelia Nathaniel Brito Fernando, President of the Families of the Disappeared, says that the government is under the impression that just like the Rajapaksa regime, they can gather support from Opposition members by offering them…

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Link Between Cousin Marriages And Health Problems

by Camelia Nathaniel A link between cousin marriages and health problems– including heart and lung problems, Harlequin ichthyosis or other Severe Skin disorders, Thalassemia and recognised syndromes such as Down’s – linked to genetic inheritance, has…

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Today Vs. Tomorrow

Choose Between Increasing Taxes Today Or Face Having To Increase In The  Future —  Dr. W. A. Wijewardena by Hafsa Sabry Sri Lanka must choose between increasing taxes and face off resultant price increases today or…

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Malinga Set For Long Absence As ‘Substantial Injury’ Confirmed

Sri Lanka Cricket’s doctors have confirmed a “substantial injury” to Lasith Malinga’s left knee, after the bowler was ruled out of both the World T20 and the ongoing IPL. The SLC medical team has not advised…

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