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

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…

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PWF demands release of Sri Lankan Tamil from Tiruchi camp

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…

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Harrison Ford wants to return to Sri Lanka

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…

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Sri Lankan Tamil refugee’s family released

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.…

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Australian High Commissioner visits Northern Province

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…

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Intoxicant racket between Lanka, England busted

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.…

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No foreign judges?

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…

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The need for reassurance beyond resettlement

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…

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