“When petrol is purchased at Rs.102 and sold for Rs.162, why does the Petroleum corporation run at a loss?”. “Where did that money go?”. These were some of the uncomfortable questions asked by Minister of Science and Technology Patali Champika Ranawaka at the launch of his book “Power and Power” at the SLFI auditorium yesterday. People should be made aware as to why a liter of diesel is imported at Rs. 103 but sold at Rs. 125. Similarly, a petrol liter is imported at Rs. 97 or Rs 100 and sold at Rs. 162 or Rs 170. The public has a right to know what happens to the petroleum tax levied from them, Ranawaka further said. He also mentioned that even though the estimated loss […]
6th August 2014
By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Authorities in Sri Lanka are clamping down on the activities of civil society groups, who accuse the government of trying to discourage survivors of the country’s civil war from giving evidence to a U.N. war crimes investigation. Accusations of atrocities have been rife since the end in May 2009 of conflict between ethnic Tamil separatist rebels and government forces that killed more than 100,000 people. Tens of thousands are unaccounted for. In March, the U.N. Human Rights Council voted to investigate accusations of abuses during the 26-year-long war, saying President Mahinda Rajapaksa had failed to investigate properly. The vote has angered the government, which says it will not cooperate or grant visas to U.N. […]
We might be deluded into thinking all politics is local, but a tactless article published in the Ministry of Defence website, has proved otherwise and has served to prod home Newton’s Third Law of Motion in no uncertain terms, with the equal and opposite reaction continuing to reverberate in Tamil Nadu and New Delhi. The Sri Lankan Government might consider itself invincible in the home front courtesy a non-existent Opposition, the over-extended euphoria of defeating a terror outfit and ending a thirty-year war, and the many post war developments, not just on the economic front. However, its Achilles heel continues to be exposed in its serial foreign relations faux pas. The latest fiasco is the ‘derogatory’ article in the official website of the Ministry of Defence, […]
The Sri Lankan cartoon faux pas has revived the slackening pan-Tamil mood in Tamil Nadu, says N Sathiya Moorthy. In what could be seen as inexplicable and disproportionate over-reaction to a Sri Lankan faux pas, a section of the Tamil film industry over the weekend called for shutting down the nation’s deputy high commission for southern India at Chennai. Like the rest of the state, including the otherwise critical political Opposition, the film industry was protesting an inappropriate depiction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a cartoon on the Sri Lankan defence ministry’s official website. The cartoon had accompanied controversial Sri Lankan commentator Shenali Waduge’s analysis, ‘How meaningful are Jayalalithaa’s love letters to Narendra Modi?’ shared with some private websites. But their […]
By Norman Palihawadana Tangalle Paradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Vidana Pathirane convicted of the murder of British national Khuram Sheikh and sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment by Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Walgama recently was not being given any work involving hard labour at the Welikada Prison in clear violation of the verdict, prison sources said. “It is sheer discrimination as other prisoners who have been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment are made to do hard labour,” they said. Meanwhile, the Attorney General has filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal seeking an enhanced punishment to those convicted in the British national’s murder on the grounds the High Court verdict was insufficient.
Over 80 vehicles carrying United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporters have camped near Kandeketiya Vidyalaya, after traveling from Mahiyanganaya violating election laws and elections commissioners directives banning rallies and vehicle parades during the last two days of the nominations period states Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE). CaFFE also states a group had threatened election officials, including Kurunegala Deputy Elections Commissioner Namal Thalanganama and policemen near Loggal Oya. It has urged the Commissioner of Elections and DIG Badulla to take steps to disperse these people who are blatantly violating their directives. CaFFE reminds that the Department of Elections issuing a circular (PCE/2014/UVA/4B) on July 31, 2014 asked political parties, government officers and law enforcement authorities to prevent processions and vehicle parades during the elections period, […]
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that there was significant potential for trade between Pakistan and Sri Lanka particularly after the Free Trade Agreement 2005 became operational. The Prime Minister was talking to Sri Lankan Secretary for External Affairs Mrs Kshenuka D. Senewiratune, who called on him here. He emphasized the importance of relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Pakistan had helped Sri lanka to kill more than 40,000 minority Tamil community in may 2009. The Prime Minister said it was a matter of great satisfaction that the last session of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Joint Economic Commission had agreed to activate the four Joint Working Groups on Trade, Investment, Auto Sector and Customs cooperation. Mrs Senewiratune said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka had […]