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As the sole survivor from Friday’s (December 12) Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) plane crash at Hokandara, Athurugiriya, fights for his life in hospital, members the Court of Inquiry appointed by the Air Force Commander have commenced the arduous task of piecing together what exactly happened.
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
The next Presidential Election has pitted two candidates both belonging to the same party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party. One is sitting and the other a choice from circumstances, arising from the divisive and divided opposing parties and groups who got united for the common purpose to defeat Rajapaksa’s family empire and their foothold in Sri Lanka, while seeking...
Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00
Jaffna District Parliamentarian and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Douglas Devananda, says that he welcomed the Supreme Court determination that allowed President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Presidential polls for the third time since he was the only leader to provide a dignified peace to the country where all people are treated equal.
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
As mentioned last week, after much soul searching I had decided to request Kosher (Jewish) meals on my flights to Colombo from Calgary. Buddhism and Judaism, it should be noted, count heavily on the concept of guilt to keep the flock in line. We all ARE guilty of something or will be sometime in the future. Buddhists also have to....
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
The world was told that the UN investigation would be transparent and fair. The modus operandi behind blank UNHRC war crimes forms given by TNA to LTTE cadres to obtain signatures does not exactly fit into the category of transparent or fair. The arrest of an LTTE un-rehabilitated cadre by Sri Lankan State authorities has put the cat out of...
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
Sun Master was born in Pooneryn as Avalpullei Wijendran in1975 and then moved to Vavuniya after his education. He started giving tuition to the youth in Vavuniya and gained immense popularity in the area.He had been a member of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF). During the war, he has been an advisor of the LTTE Political Wing...
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
GENEVA (7 November 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday criticized the continuing attacks by the Sri Lankan Government on the integrity of the UN Human Rights Office’s ongoing investigation into alleged grave human rights violations and abuses in Sri Lanka, and condemned the intimidation of human rights defenders and individuals who may…
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
Following the News Release on November 7, 2014 by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning disinformation designed to discredit the UN investigation on Sri Lanka, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva has sent a communiqué  to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
‘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,
Full Article Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00
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
Full Article Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00
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
Full Article Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00
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…
Full Article Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00
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
Full Article Sunday, 01 December 2013 00:00
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
Full Article Sunday, 29 September 2013 00:00
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.
Full Article Sunday, 29 September 2013 00:00
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
Full Article Sunday, 18 August 2013 00:00
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.
Full Article Sunday, 18 August 2013 00:00
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…
Full Article Sunday, 11 August 2013 00:00
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’…
Full Article Sunday, 04 August 2013 00:00
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,
Full Article Sunday, 04 August 2013 00:00

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