‘Pivithuru Hetak’ movement led by Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera will launch a national policy statement at a ceremony on June 3 at Committee Room A at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Center (BMICH). Among the suggestions of this document is a national council above all administrative setups,
Students are the future of this country and the responsibility to ensure a stable future for them rests with the entire country. Every citizen in this country is entitled to ensure that these children are provided with the foundation that they need to build a strong future for themselves, and for the country.The education system does the role of
The story of the disappeared has been a very long, complicated, confusing, and is yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Five years after the war, the issue of missing persons continues to haunt the country.Thousands have been reported missing over the 30 years of war in the country and it is one of the key
Unawatuna fish are literally acting fishy, complain local fisher community. The cause could be a breakwater put up between Welle Devala Temple and Bellangala boulder by the Coast Conservation Department.In a letter addressed to the president dated November 5, the Unawatuna Peellagoda Fishermen Corporative Society informed that they were forced to change fishing routes, causing potential danger to lives as…
The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford was in the news this week after refusing to resign over allegations of alcohol abuse and the use of crack cocaine. Rob is a foolish man. No one would have known he was a junkie if he didn’t start misbehaving in public and insulting people. That is why I support our FCT Minister, Bala
If anyone has the guts to call a spade a spade it is Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa who has rightly pointed public attention to the US embassy in Colombo pursuing a political agenda. When countries had been henpecking Sri Lanka to hold elections in the name of ‘democracy’, after elections had been held the US embassy now claims
This is an exclusive interview with Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa, Attorney-at-Law, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Kotelawala Defence University, Commissioner of Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, on Syrian Crisis at a time where plethora of developments are being taken place after the alleged usage of chemical weaponries by the Syrian Government forces in the City of Jasmine – Damascus.
Anti-Muslim sentiments in Sinhalese and Tamils are not new for anyone who is conversant of this country’s history from ancient to modern times. The most recent wave came up on surface soon after the end of North East conflict had several manifestations during the last two years time and had been analyzed and discussed enough by this time and no
Despite authorities claiming that the crisis had been officially ‘resolved’, the Grandpass area remains tense, while differing viewpoints continue to be expressed regarding what exactly triggered clashes between Sinhalese Buddhists and Muslims in the area last week.The area seemed calm when The Nation visited it on Friday evening (16), with people seemingly going about their business as usual.
The subsidized rice ration [Hal potha], a legacy of WW II, was considered by the people as their ‘inheritance’. The attempt to abolish it in one stroke; trebling the price, also the elimination of the free midday meal to children, due to poor fiscal and economic planning of the Senanayake regimes of 1947/53, and further aggravated by Korean Boom caused…
In a remarkable coincidence, two weeks before the 30th anniversary of the Black July ‘83, we are coerced to discuss the 60th anniversary of another catastrophe, the August Hartal’53, the first popular uprising against a regime in the post independent Sri Lanka, that left nine dead, hundreds injured and unprecedented devastation of state property. Cabinet was embarrassed to seek ‘refuge’…
Talking of the post-Black July history is something that earns the ire of Separatists. The reason is clear. Atrocities committed by Velupillai Prabhakaran in the post-Black July history do not warrant any opportunity for separatists to justify or trivialize the conduct of the LTTE. The concept of ‘Eelam’ is inherently flawed in the first place. Adding to its inbuilt flaws,
July 29-30 marks the 26th year of Sri Lanka’s virtual ‘Finlandization’ by India. Lest some readers wonder what this term means it refers to Finland’s subservience to the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It is in other words a powerful country arrogating itself to the position of dictating policy to a smaller neighbor.
I came to Parliament because some 130,000 voters, who voted for the Elephant, marked an ‘X’ before my name. They wanted me to represent them, and represent the UNP as well; they didn’t vote for me to cross party lines or represent another party. But this is not why I resigned my Parliamentary seat.
The Vaddamarachi operation launched by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces was to protect Sri Lanka’s territorial and the political independence of Sri Lanka from Indian armed and trained terrorist groups. India unlawfully interfered in that operation with the use of force by violating Sri Lanka’s Air Space with a so called ‘Parripu drop’ forcing Sri Lanka to sign the Indo-Lanka
The Government of India, in every parliamentary debate on Sri Lanka made a categorical statement that the 1974-76 agreements on the ownership of Kachchathivu, the uninhabited island, was final and there was no possibility, reason or desire to reopen the issue On August 26, 2011, the then Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna said that the agreement with Sri…
It’s funny how a past personal experience, something that had, for all practical purposes, been left hanging in the rafters of one’s subconscious memory, can come crashing back to the forefront of one’s consciousness when something like Trayvon happens. It was an early weekend night. In Hollywood, I planned to meet a friend at one of my usual stomping grounds,
Bad news is good business. As a journalist you know this. Your editor knows this. You did not become reporter of the month in February and last year in May because you reported about those buying plots of water in Eko Atlantic City or how a Nigerian was CNN journalist of the year. In February, you happened to be in
Things seem to be moving from bad to worse, though research has been done, the WHO has made a study and given recommendations and many personages have offered ideas. The disease, though it was confined to the North Central Province is now spreading to other districts. It is my opinion that in addition to all other factors that have been
Once again India is behaving as if Sri Lanka is not a sovereign state, and trying to bully the country solely for India’s own benefit. The latest Indian claim is that it just wants to ensure a better deal for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Tamils are not citizens of India. They are Sri Lankans, who are represented in