23rd March 2016

Those Who Converged at Hyde Park Rally Were “Horapalana Activists” Who Received Patronage Under Rajapaksa Regime

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The Hypocritical Independence Square Protest of the Colombo Coffee Shop Liberals/Radicals Hyde Park Rally is Part of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Intimidatory Tactics to Cowe the Judiciary Into Submission Inaction of Present Govt in Countering Opposition Propaganda and Mud Slinging By Dr.Sujata Gamage Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka writes that the joint Opposition crowd that gathered at Hyde Park on 17 March represents leftists, anti-imperialists and progressives in the Right vs. Left, Reactionary vs. Progressive and Pro-imperialist vs. Patriotic anti-imperialist divides. The crowd certainly was a formidable one but not the kind to which he alludes. Those who converged at Hyde Park represent the pyramid of patronage that the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa cultivated so skilfully during his decade in power. The top of the pyramid may have cost the […]

PWF demands release of Sri Lankan Tamil from Tiruchi camp

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Dhayabara Raj continues his fast demanding release from camp Makkal Nala Kootani members staging a protest demanding release of arrested Sri Lankan Tamils in front of Tiruchi Central prison on Tuesday.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj Even as Sri Lankan Tamil Dhayabara Raj lodged in the Special Camp here continued his fast demanding release, members of the People’s Welfare Front (PWF) staged an agitation seeking the release of the Sri Lankan Tamil. The PWF, comprising the Left parties, Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, had called for an agitation in front of the Tiruchi Central Prison on Tuesday demanding the release of the fasting Dhayabara Raj from the Special Camp here. Accordingly, members of the front assembled near the jail corner and took out […]

Harrison Ford wants to return to Sri Lanka

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Hollywood star Harrison Ford says he would like to return to Sri Lanka where he shot one of the Indiana Jones movies. He said this in a Q & A hosted by Entertainment Weekly on Tumblr which produced some fascinating results. The legendary actor answered a variety of questions related to his various roles, including Han Solo and Indiana Jones. He discusses his relationship with cast and crew of The Force Awakens and his character’s emotional demise in the film. He also gave some intriguing, and sometimes hilarious insights, into acting, filmmaking and his personal life. http://www.starwarsunderworld.com/2016/03/highlights-from-harrison-fords-ew.html By: Benjamin Hart Earlier today Entertainment Weekly hosted a Q & A with Harrison Ford on Tumblr which produced some fascinating results. The legendary actor answered a variety […]

Sri Lankan Tamil refugee’s family released

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In a late-evening development on Tuesday, the State government ordered the release of Sri Lankan Tamil refugee K. Dhayabararaj’s family from the special quarantine detention camp at Mandapam in Ramanathapuram district. As the indefinite fast of the family demanding release entered the sixth day, the authorities released Udayakala and her three children amid allegations that their detention was unlawful, police sources said. Mr. Dhayabararaj, who is held at the Tiruchi special camp, had alleged that his family was being illegally detained in the special quarantine camp that lacked basic amenities. He claimed that the health condition of his wife who required an emergency surgery was declining. Since no dole (financial aid of Rs. 100 per day) was paid, his family had to starve for several […]

Australian High Commissioner visits Northern Province

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Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson visited the Northern Province on 16-18 March to meet with key government interlocutors and inspect Australian-supported development projects. In Jaffna, Hutchesson had productive discussions on the political, economic and development situation in the North with Governor Reginald Cooray, Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, Security Forces Commander, Jaffna, Major-General Mahesh Senanayake, District Secretary Jaffna, N. Vethanayahan and the Bishop of Jaffna, the Right Reverend Justin Gnanapragasam. During his visit, the High Commissioner also opened the Advanced eLearning Unit at the Northern Province Trilingual Learning Centre. The Australian Government supported the establishment of the Unit through The Asia Foundation, as part of a broader package of assistance to the Northern Provincial Council. The Unit will help to break down language barriers, with around […]

Intoxicant racket between Lanka, England busted

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A Pakistani national who led a large scale intoxicant racket between Sri Lanka and England with the help of top officers of the Colombo Central Mail Exchange was arrested by Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officers. CID officers found 14 kilos of intoxicants in the suspect’s possession. The officers busted the racket following investigations conducted at the Colombo Central Mail Exchange. Investigations revealed that once the intoxicants arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport, the drugs were collected in vehicles belonging to the Colombo Central Mail Exchange and distributed among drug peddlers. CID’s Forged Currency Bureau OIC who was tip-offed about a parcel of intoxicants which was to arrive in Sri Lanka from Karachchi, Pakistan via Express Mail Service, had deployed CID officers at the Central Mail […]

No foreign judges?

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President Maithripala Sirisena has recently said at a gathering of judicial officers that he won’t accept foreign judges in any investigation into human rights violations here. Stating that he has his faith in local judges and judicial administrators he has stressed the need to ensure judicial independence. President Sirisena may have his faith in the judiciary. But, the question is whether the discerning public is on the same page as he on this score. Didn’t the champions of good governance who threw in their lot with Sirisena at the last presidential election apportion the blame for the 18th Amendment to the judiciary, which they said, had not stood firm? Didn’t they rake the then Chief Justice over the coals for having prepared the ground for […]

The need for reassurance beyond resettlement

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One of the crucial factors of the post war scenario was the resettlement of those who were displaced during various stages of the war over the past 30 years. But, the resettlement of those who were moved out of their homes during the final stages of the war gained prominence over those who left their homes years ago, for the simple reason that the newly displaced people had lost almost everything that they had and were therefore dependent on whatever assistance they got through the Government and the Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) that worked for the welfare of the war affected people. Even today, the issue of resettlement is one of the key issues discussed when looking at solving the long- term and short-term needs of […]