10th February 2016

Politics Of Locating ‘Tamil Women’ In Post-War Context

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By Anushka Kahandagama – Gender Sensitivity has been an important topic in Sri Lankan academic circles as well as many other scholarly spaces for decades. As a result of immense efforts by feminists as well as civil society activists, we as a society have achieved women’s rights to a considerable level. However, politics of locating woman in the post-war Sri Lanka is not a space of innocence. In the dialogue forums where women have been locating in war and post-war spaces, the attention is centered on ‘war-widows’. Under war conditions, women become duel victims; due to sexual harassments by enemy soldiers and losing men related their lives. Nation states are bio-politicized and patriarchal. In simple, in a society which breached based on ethnicity and religion, […]

Tamil People Are Deprived Of Their Lands – S. Thavarajah

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By Camelia Nathaniel The land issue in the Northern Province is the most pressing issue that needs to be addressed and the government’s approach in dealing with this issue has been deemed slow. The leader of the opposition of the Northern Provincial Council and senior member of the EPDP, S. Thavarajah said that since the conclusion of the war in May 2009, there is no security threat in the country. In an interview with The Sunday Leader he said that the security forces are still in occupation of the lands of the people while the people are still in temporary shelters. Thavarajah added that it would be acceptable or justified if these lands were being utilised for national security purposes. However he said that these […]

X Factor star Roshani meets her Sri Lankan birth mother

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‘It’s weird loving someone so much that you don’t know’: X Factor star Roshani meets her Sri Lankan birth mother in an emotional reunion 28 YEARS after she was adopted Roshani Priddis was adopted in 1987 when she was six-weeks-old  Her Sri Lankan mother violet gave her up due to extreme poverty  Ms Priddis lived a comfortable life in Tamworth, New South Wales  But with the support of her Australian parents, decided to find Violet  The X Factor star’s meeting with her mother was filmed by 60 Minutes  The emotional reunion followed the death of Ms Priddis’ Australian mother  By LAURA HOUSE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA At just six-weeks-old, Roshani Priddis was adopted by Australian couple Bruce and Narelle Priddis after her Sri Lankan mother […]

Ex-President sees appointment of Fonseka as MP becoming legal issue

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the appointment of leader of the Democratic Party and former Army Commander Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka as an MP via the National List would become a legal issue. Rajapaksa said it was likely that a member of the UNP would raise objections and resort to legal action. He said Dr. Ravinath Fernando, taken into custody along with his son Yoshitha on money laundering charges had been transferred to the Bogambara prison as he was scheduled to sit an examination at the Peradeniya University.

Dy Speaker says Mahinda and his group disrupting parliament sessions an act of terrorism

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By Saman Indrajith Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala said that disruption of Parliament sessions by the Joint Opposition was an act of terrorism. Addressing a press conference at his office in the Parliamentary Complex soon after the House was adjourned abruptly following a protest staged by MPs of the Joint Opposition, the Deputy Speaker said: The terrorists used to disrupt parliament by shooting and bombing. Today, the Joint Opposition disrupted the session. The objective of both of them was same. That makes them same and what they did today was an act of terrorism. Sumathipala said accepting of the Joint Opposition as an independent group was an internal problem of the Opposition and they should sort it out within the Opposition. Asking the Speaker to sort […]

Govt. gets to make call on hybrid court: Zeid

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Urges Sri Lankans to fully understand the resolution, insists adoption was not a weakness, hybrid court should not be  allowed to dominate discourse   Opposition playing a game to endanger future peace and stability of country  The world wants Sri Lanka to be a success story, judicial system needs upgrade  Wants more lands released, military in north reduced and minorities recognised in new Constitution By Uditha Jayasinghe Taking the wind out of ultra-nationalist sails, the UN Human Rights Chief yesterday acknowledged it is up to the Sri Lankan Government to implement a hybrid court including international judges to address allegations of war crimes, but insisted any justice mechanism should focus on victims of the country’s three-decade conflict. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHRC) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein […]

MP Gunewardena’s wallet discovered with all the valuable documents still intact. was it a Publicity stunt?

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Leader of Joint Opposition Dinesh Gunewardena who is begging for recognition in the parliament made the head lines claiming that his wallet was pickpocket while he was participating at a coconut dashing ritual organized by the Joint Opposition. The report of picking MP Gunewardena’s wallet went viral on Saturday (6) while he was participating at a coconut dashing ritual organized by the Joint Opposition at Seenigama Devale premises. MP Gunewardena’s wallet was later discovered at a shop close to the Devale premises, with all the valuable documents still intact, which should have been a minor incident but become front page news storiesdue to him accusing the current government of poor law and order. He claimed that “Today the government has betrayed the Nation by humiliating the sovereignty of […]

Govt pick-pocketing country – Dinesh Gunawardena (MP desperate to be recognized)

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BY Buddhi Prabodha Karunaratne The Joint Opposition is currently engaged in a desperate campaign to be recognized as an independent party of the opposition with the backing of former President and Kurunegala MP, Mahinda Rajapaksa. Leader of the Joint Opposition, MP Dinesh Gunawardena in an interview with Ceylon Today said, they would continue the struggle to be recognized as an independent group in Parliament. Excerpts:?Why is the Joint Opposition asking for recognition as an independent group in Parliament? A: The MPs who represent the Joint Opposition are acting as the true opposition in Parliament. The duty undertaken by the Joint Opposition is to closely examine the bills tabled by the government and highlight the points to be reconsidered. People did not vote the United Peoples’ […]