28th March 2015

Exemplary Lee and Raja of Singapore!

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By Manekshaw Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressing his views on the demise of his father and the founder of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew in a Channel News Asia television interview pointed out that when he entered politics, his father had told him that Singapore had prospered within a short period since it gained independence in 1965 due to the unity and integrity it maintained with the minorities in the country. Lee Kuan Yew who died at the age of 91 a few days ago on 23 March had also reminded his son that the minorities in Singapore should not be treated in the manner they were treated as Chinese when Singapore was part of Malaysia prior to its independence. Lee Kuan Yew’s far […]

Sri Lanka involved in arms sales to separatist rebel fighters in Ukraine

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By Ranga Kalansooriya – Sunday Times in its last week edition carried somewhat a disturbing headline story that brought embarrassment to Sri Lanka mainly on international theatre. The story elaborated how Sri Lanka’s formerAmbassador to Russia had allegedly involved in arms sales to separatist rebel fighters in Ukraine. This episode evolved following a formal complaint by the Ukrainian government of Petro Poroshenko lodged a formal and detailed complaint with the Sri Lanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the news story said. The accusation mainly deals with the sale of assault rifles and other small arms. Though both Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and his deputy Ajith Perera made confirming comments on this complaint, local language media did not pick up the story at its desired levels. If […]

Education essential for reconciliation – Rajiva Wijesinha

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TAMILS SQUEEZED OUT OF HIGHER EDUCATION – 1971 BY Rathindra Kuruwita Many think of truth commissions, new laws and restitution when they think of reconciliation. But in a country like Sri Lanka where there is deep rooted prejudices and mistrust among ethnicities, education can play a key role in achieving true reconciliation. Ceylon Today speaks to former State Minister of Education and former Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) Rajiva Wijesinha to speak further on using Education as a tool, in reconciliation and ethnic harmony. Q: How can we use education to achieve reconciliation? A: As we noted in the draft National Reconciliation Policy, which the last government ignored, and which this one does not seem interested in either, ‘The perception […]

Sri Lanka to switch off today for Earth Hour

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All Sri Lankans are requested to join hundreds of millions of people from around the world, by participating in the Earth Hour initiative and showing their commitment to preserving the planet. Today you will see homes, schools, businesses and iconic landmarks across the planet turn off their lights for the appointed one hour – Earth Hour; on Saturday 28 March 2015 at 8.30 p.m. This single act transcends all barriers of race, religion, culture, geography and society and will enable Sri Lankans to be a part of a global celebration of the planet. Now in its ninth year, the annual lights out event has grown from a single-city initiative in 2007 to become the world’s largest display of environmental action. Earth Hour itself does not […]

Faced with UNHRC Deadline, SriLanka Government woos Tamils

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COLOMBO: Faced with the challenge of showing  by September this year, concrete progress towards reconciliation with the Tamil minority,  the Sri Lankan government has taken several steps to take the reconciliation process forward. President Maithripala Sirisena set the ball rolling by announcing that he would give back to the Tamils of the Northern Province, 1000 acres of land and the hand back to the Tamils of the Eastern Province, more than 1000 acres. These fertile lands had been appropriated by the Lankan military and other government agencies making use of the Tamils’ inability to resist seizure. Sirisena has already handed over 425 acres  in Jaffna. Speaking at the land  handing over ceremony in Jaffna, Sirisena said that he is aware that  unsolved land issues have […]

Lanka says EU LTTE ban to remain

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The Government says it has managed to convince the European Union (EU) to maintain a ban on the LTTE despite an earlier EU court decision to lift some sanctions on the group. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said that efforts of the new Government headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had ensured the rebels remain on the latest list of banned groups issued by the EU. Perera said that Wickremesinghe had communicated with the EU on the need to ensure the rebels are banned in the EU despite the defeat of the LTTE militarily in Sri Lanka nearly six years ago. Wickremesinghe had written to the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini last November urging the EU to file an appeal against […]