Day: 3 January 2020

British toxic waste containers at Colombo Port: UK team due soon

By Ifham Nizam The British government was having discussions with the Sri Lankan Ministries of Justice and Foreign Relations on a case filed over containers of hazardous waste from UK dumped here, a top government official said, Central Environmental Authority (CEA) Managing Director Hemantha Jayasinghe told The Island that United Kingdom Environmental Agency officials would …

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Cabinet to focus on TNA leader’s house allocation

The Public Administration Ministry is planning to submit a note to the Cabinet seeking clarification on action regarding the allocation of a government house by the former government for the lifetime use of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan, an official said yesterday. The previous government had approved a Cabinet paper allowing Mr. Sampanthan …

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Tamils are welcome only so long as they agree that this is a Sinhalese country

Planting Sinhalese, encouraging mixed marriages, etc. through financial rewards  The oath was given on a different sheet of paper for each language. The mischief was that the oaths were different in the Sinhalese and Tamil languages. While the English and Sinhalese seemed innocuous, the Tamil version reflecting the world view of the new government, got …

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Failure of successive governments to implement their promises

Two Issues That Will Continue To Trouble  By Jehan Perera – Jehan Perera One of the striking features of the presidential election was the division of the country’s electoral map along ethnic lines. Over the weekend I was in Vavuniya to take part in an inter-religious exchange visit. Three groups consisting of religious clergy, civil society leaders, …

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