Over 12,000 estate workers deprived of EPF, ETF, gratuity amounting to Rs 1,888 mn

Shocking case of dereliction of duty by bureaucrats: By Shamindra Ferdinando Estate workers have not been able to secure arrears of EPF, ETF and gratuity payments amounting to Rs 1,888 mn due to the absence of a proper mechanism to implement recommendations made by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), The non-implementation of recommendations made by the HRCSL in August 2019 pertaining to 12,000 workers of the Janatha Estate Development Board (JEDB), Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation (SLSPC), and Elkaduwa Plantations Limited had been inquired into by the…

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UNP takes to streets calling for national policy; Champika joins

Rating the United National Party (UNP) Sathyagraha held at Hyde Park a success, its Deputy Leader Runwa Wijewardene said today was the beginning of a giant effort to bring in all political parties together and formulate a national policy to resurrect Sri Lanka’s economy. “This is just a beginning as far as we are concerned. Our effort was to bring in all parties together and formulate a national policy to enable economic resurgence. We have had a successful beginning,” Mr. Wijewardena said. “Our effort today is to build up a…

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Analysts see geopolitical designs behind India’s largesse

Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s claim this week that there were no conditions attached to the US$ 1 billion Indian credit line was met with outright scepticism by economists while others called for caution, at least going forward. “It’s a game of chess and India has checkmated us in such a fashion that we don’t have any moves other than to shake their hand and go ahead with them unless we want our kings killed,” said a retired commander of the Armed Forces and maritime defence analyst, wryly. He did not…

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RETURNED WAR REFUGEES FLEE BACK TO TAMIL NADU

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan For the first time in the history of South Asia, people fled to another country citing the economic crisis and have sought asylum. In this instance, 16 Sri Lankan Tamil families fled to Tamil Nadu, just 23 km across The Palk Strait, while the Tamil Nadu Government is working on an action plan to repatriate thousands of the Sri Lankan war refugees residing in several camps in India, even some residing in the state of Odisha as stateless for two decades or so.  The Government of…

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PM says rulers are ‘sensitive’ to public woes

By Gagani Weerakoon An All Party Conference (APC), convened by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, on the request of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, was held last Wednesday (23), at the President’s House, but the main Opposition, the Jathika Jana Balawegaya and some Tamil political parties boycotted it.   The APC took place in the backdrop of the ordinary people collapsing and dying while waiting in queues to obtain gas, kerosene, petrol or diesel and starting to kill each other in their distress.  The President while clarifying that “the APC is a…

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Hill Country Tamils sends letter of appeal to British PM Boris Johnson

ByD.B.S. Jeyaraj  The total population of Tamils – both Sri Lankan and Indian -is 3,113, 247. Of these 1,611,036 Tamils are living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. Another 1,502,211 Tamils live outside the Northern and Eastern Provinces  TPA leader Mano Ganesan who is the driving force behind the initiative told this Column that a letter of appeal along with the aspirational document was to be sent to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British premier Boris Johnson   The Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) has taken the initiative in…

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Prez Gotha takes TNA for ride again

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a discussion with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called for unity to build the country.  President Rajapaksa stated that as the leader of the entire nation, he will pay his attention to all the citizens equally. The President made these remarks when he met with TNA memebrs at the Presidential Secretariat, today (25). The President further said that the government is working on a number of issues, including the release of suspects held in long-term detention, taking further actions regarding suspects who have not been…

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SL’s changes to PTA superficial – HRW

Human Rights Watch alleges the Sri Lankan government’s changes to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) are superficial. In a statement, it says government has attempted to dodge growing international pressure to end abuses under its notorious PTA by rushing cosmetic amendments through parliament this week. United Nations human rights experts and the European Union have also recognized that the revisions do not address the law’s most abusive provisions. In its hurry to pass the amendments, the government skipped committee hearings that would have allowed input from rights groups, missing…

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Lives can’t be measured by money, certificates – Sritharan

By Eunice Ruth A missing person’s life cannot be measured by a sum of Rs 100,000 and a certificate. Justice must be served, and the Justice Minister should take the necessary steps, according to Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP S. Sritharan. During a public event in Pachilaipalli, he said Justice Minister Ali Sabry should not accept everything the Government says nor should he be overly supportive of the Government. Sritharan stated that Justice Minister recently presented a proposal to the Cabinet which approved issuing death or disappearance certificates for the…

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CWC loses confidence in President Boycotted APC over fertilizer issue

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) led by State Minister Jeevan Thondaman has lost confidence in President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, party officials told Daily Mirror. Sources said that the CWC was irked over the president’s decision taken last year to ban the import of chemical fertilizer despite strong objections raised by the party. CWC sources told Daily Mirror that one of the main reasons the CWC boycotted the All Party Conference held this week, was because of the impact the fertilizer ban had on the estate community. The CWC was also not…

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Sri Lanka should set up a currency board to stop rupee depreciation: US economist

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka should set up a currency board to stop further currency falls, US economist Steve Hanke has said as the island’s currency collapsed from 203 to 290 to the US dollar in an attempt to float the currency which has not yet succeeded. “Since January 1st 2022, the Sri Lankan rupee has depreciated ~26% against the USD. #SriLanka’s severe balance of payments crisis and recent fuel price hikes are sinking LKA,” Hanke, who is professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a…

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Talks between President and TNA will never achieve any outcome.

A discussion between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) got underway this morning (March 25) which will never achieve any outcome.. The meeting is taking place at the Presidential Secretariat. The Tamils have been invited to talk when ever the country is in trouble with Human Rights issues to coverup the faults by the government which continues to discriminate the minority Tamils. Reportedly, the discussion is focusing on a number of issues including the formulation of a new constitution which will not give space for equal rights…

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