2nd August 2014

Student today, Mourinho tomorrow – An Interview with Ragesh Nambiar

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Student today, Mourinho tomorrow – An Interview with Ragesh Nambiar  (from Tamil Student Initiative blog – The Spaghetti Incident) Given that the World Cup has just recently come to a close, we thought it would be good to bring in someone with a bit more football expertise. Luckily enough, we managed to find someone with exactly that. Ragesh Nambiar, head coach of the Tamil Eelam football team and coach at Chelsea FC, sat down with us and gave us a quick interview speaking about his path through the exciting world of professional football. TSI: So to start things off, we just wanted to get to know a bit more about you. Where did you go university, were you a big part of the Tamil scene? […]

How our politicians are abusing power!

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Natasha Hariharan speaks out about how our politicians are abusing power Q: What’s the good, bad and ugly here, in Sri Lanka? A: While infrastructure is being strengthened around the country, natural resources are being utilised efficiently, foreign investment is forging ahead and tourism is flourishing, the country’s debt is massive. Sri Lanka is being forced to implement lenders’ expectations. There’s also an increase in human and drug trafficking, which has resulted in the abuse of women and children. Politicians are also abusing power with unlawful activity, with corruption and loopholes in the law reflecting negatively on the nation. There’s also the ugly spectre of religious intolerance. Q: What changes do you see, in the context of nation building and reconciliation? A: The war-affected areas in the north and east […]

Rampant militarisation of state apparatus

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Sri Lankan army is reluctant to recover from its victory hangover, not realising that the resulting anxiety among its people threatens the relief that came at the end of the civil war Early in July, Sri Lanka’s Defence Ministry sent out a rather short letter to non-governmental organisations asking them to stop, with immediate effect, engaging in “unauthorised activities”. The July 7 letter, which renewed concerns over freedom of speech, was issued by the National Secretariat for Non Governmental Organisations functioning under the Ministry of Defence. The Secretariat’s unconventional list of unauthorised activities” comprised press conferences, workshops, training for journalists and dissemination of press releases. Earlier a wing of the Ministry of Social Services, the Secretariat was brought under the purview of the Defence Ministry […]

Will Minister Ranawaka be a honest Buddhist?

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Minister Champika Ranawaka has said that he will reveal details about illegal secret transactions and other corrupt deals committed by government politicians and senior government officials, on 5 August 2014. He is a leading Minster of the Mahinda government and a close associate of the President Rajapaksha. The minister has compiled a book titled, ‘Power and political power’, which records in detail, with evidence, how politicians and officials in power and the petroleum sector were responsible for many acts of sabotage and irregularities causing massive losses to the government.  He has a Minister was unable to stop these fraudulent acts of these politicians and senior government officials as they were Mahinda government supporters.This book contains information on how, while he was minister, certain officials, with tacit support […]