Terrorism expert, Prof. Rohan Gunaratna says that there has been over half a dozen threats plots by the LTTE's international network targeting Sri Lanka since 2009. In an email interview with The Nation, Prof. Gunaratna said it was important that the overseas infrastructure of the LTTE was dismantled. He also expressed his views on the recent reports of LTTE revival…
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Minister Dulles Alahapperuma speaking to the media two weeks back said the finalized list of candidates for the provincial council elections included teachers, lawyers, engineers, etc and the list had the name of a scientist too. The Nation looked for this scientist which the UPFA is going to enlist for the Colombo district.
Samanmalee Gunasinghe, a council member of the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council for last one and half decades is contesting for the Provincial Council elections this time representing her party - Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna which she joined several years back as a university student.
At the moment I am working as an English teacher in Sri Lanka at the British Council, I worked at a couple of private institutes. I do private classes. I am also an actor. I am not a trained actor but I have appeared in a lot of Sri Lankan teledramas, films, television programs, international films being filmed here. I
Udara Rathnayake is another new face to the political arena. He was known as a budding artiste though his father was a known figure in the cinema industry. Udara a product of DS Senanayake College, graduated from the Sussex University, and later at the University of Colombo. Udara still in his20s says the present social system is dangerously decayed and
Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) National Organizer and its Media Spokesman, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe, after 20 years of backstage politics, has come out to contest an election this time. Warnasinghe who hailed from a family which engaged in ‘Leftist Politics’ in 70s contest the PC elections for Colombo District from the ruling United People’s
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited and I have met many people who have been very kind and friendly. I had hoped to be able to get a better picture of what is happening in the ground for myself, but unfortunately this has not been as easy as I hoped. We have been followed
I first came to Sri Lanka in 2000 by the invitation of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL), as a judge of a soloist competition. Thereafter I have been a regular visitor conducting and travelling in Sri Lanka. There is a lot of excitement in performing here in Sri Lanka. There is certain uniqueness in the SOSL. This is…
Sarath Ekanayake, assumed duties as Chief Minister of the Central Province on Friday (11). Ekanayake, who was Chief Minister earlier, was reappointed to the post once again after the United People’s Freedom Alliance’s (UPFA) victory at the recently concluded Central Provincial Council election. There was controversy surrounding his appointment as he came second in the preferential votes list, with
Former Parliamentarian and newly appointed Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekara says that there was no need to grant Police and Land powers to provincial councils, adding that they were used as propaganda acts by certain Tamil politicians.In an interview with The Nation, Jayasekara squashed speculations that he would crossover to the UNP in the event...
Parliamentarian and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) Douglas Devananda says the implementation of the 13th Amendment holds the solution to the ethnic question, and to issues pertaining to livelihood and land issues in the North.In an interview to The Nation, Devananda speaks of the issues that are faced by the people of the
Managing Director/CEO of MAS Intimates Ltd and Slimline Ltd Dian Gomes is a go-getter, a leader driven by challenges or by opposition, the latter however it may come his way. Twenty years ago he undertook a challenge to start a business venture, an apparel industry, in Pannala, readying himself for whatever came his way whether it was dealing with angry
Dr. T Publis Silva loves promoting Sri Lankan cuisine and spreading the word about healthy eating. The journey that the renowned chef commenced in 1957 as a kitchen helper has been long and illustrious. At present he holds the post of Director at Mount Lavinia Hotel, an institute which helped him cut his teeth in the hotel trade and now…
“No security issue for Tamils in Sri Lanka. They live in every nook and corner of the country safely. There are 2.2 million Tamils in Sri Lanka while 1.4 million live in the South. In Colombo alone, there are 2.58 million Tamils. Do they face any security issue? There is a safety issue for the Sinhalese and Muslims who were…
UNP Parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe insisted that the Government implements the 17th Amendment, which gives way to the restoration of independent commissions, independence of the Police and the independence of the Judiciary.In an interview to The Nation, Rajapakshe pointed out that the UNP was prepared for discussions on devolution if the Government restored the 17th Amendment.
Chamin Warnakula is a yoga teacher who stresses on the importance of pursuing yoga both mentally and physically. He stresses that a bias towards any of the two aspects of yoga can lead to great imbalances in the body and highlight flaws in an individual’s personality. The ex-cop turned yoga teacher, who shot to fame with the
Modified extracts of the APRC report made its way into the dossiers of the Mahinda Chinthana. According to Professor Tissa Vitharana, it was the 13th Amendment that inspired the APRC report in the first place – the content of which remains unknown to-date. With the 13 Amendment in a quagmire, Professor Vitharana speaks out in an interview on his disappointments…
UNP stalwart and Parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera said the Government was using the 13th Amendment as a ploy to divert the country’s attention from the burning issues of today.In an interview with The Nation, Perera said the implementation of the 17th Amendment and the abolition of the 18th Amendment were important in the current context
A visit to India by a delegation of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) prompted the Indian government to issue a statement on the dilution of the 13th Amendment. But behind the diplomatic rhetoric lies a bone of contention not to be taken lightly according to TNA MP and senior layer M.A Sumanthiran. Below are excerpts of the interview.
Frontline Socialist Party (FSP), the breakaway faction of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) admitted that differences of opinion had led to several members leaving the party. FSP Leader Senadheera Gunatilake, however, said the party was in touch with the dissidents in order to iron out differences. He also pointed out the need for its student movement to move further to