Tuesday, 21st October 2014

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Ms Harshani Wijesooriya (25) of Keselgoda, Yakkala on Wednesday (15) tied nuptial knots with her dream prince whom everybody thought was dead and gone after six years of uncertainty.
Her wedding ceremony with Lance Corporal D.G Mahinda Premalal of 10 Gajaba Regiment, now a disable war hero, resident at Ragama Ranaviru Sevana, took place at Gampaha Senethma Reception Hall on a grand scale,

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The telltale signs are there: President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the North, a reduction in electricity tariffs, the United National Party (UNP) announcing a ‘Group of 20’ to run election campaigns and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) proposing constitutional amendments.These events only point towards one outcome and that is the announcement of a presidential election, expected on November 20,

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Dayan Jayatilleka in an article published in the Colombo Telegraph (How a weak opposition could still play it smart) offers that the Opposition is actually helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa secure a third term. He claims that the Opposition has picked the wrong slogan, that of ‘constitutional change’ when ‘it has little prospect of acting as a rallying cry among millions

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been loved more than any other leader because he makes sure to be close to the common people. He has a special ability to realize the aspirations of people and look for ways to assist them. Here, you see two photographs captured by our photo journalist Chamila

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Northern Province last week and attended many programs. He visited Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Delft and several other locations inspecting the development programs which were implemented by the government, just after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.President Rajapaksa, who was in Anuradhapura on Sunday morning (Oct 12), arrived in Kilinochchi to distribute

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), C.V.K. Sivagnanam, says that the funds allocated to the council was very much less than what the Government claimed it to be and denied accusations that the money allocated was underutilized. In a telephone interview to The Nation, Sivagnanam also spoke about the reasons behind the TNA’s absence at the recommencement ceremony

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Here’s the ‘word on the street’ or rather ‘word on the walls’ on Saturday October 18, 2014: ‘hqfrdamd ix.uh LTTE ;yku bj;a lrhs rks,a hqfrdamfhka jev wrUhs.’ (The EU lifts LTTE ban – Ranil embarks (on campaign) from Europe).’
It is a neat juxtaposition. The first part is true in part. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) annulled the EU regulations proscribing

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

“A clear contradiction in terms”, as any sane person would say.Since 1978 the Constitution which is the Supreme Law of Sri Lanka stipulated in Article 31(2) that: “No person who has been twice elected to the office of President by the People shall be qualified thereafter to be elected to such office by the People.”

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The political discourse in the country currently revolves around the next presidential elections, expected early next year, sandwiched between Christmas and the papal visit on January 13. Invariably, however, these discussions end in one topic: the so-called ‘common candidate’.The ‘common candidate’ was mooted a few months ago by several opposition and non-governmental groups

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

The revelations by the website Colombo Telegraph pointing to fraud and deceit by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in an article titled ‘Exposé: Center for Policy Alternatives defrauded and hoodwinked donors,’ (see page 5) are serious and damaging to say the least.   Obtaining funds from multiple donors for a single project, submitting invoices for workshops never held, double-billing and entering non-p

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

In a damning indictment of the controversial NGO, the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), and its all-powerful Executive Director Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, the website “Colombo Telegraph” (www.colombotelegraph.com) has exposed the organization’s scant regard for transparency and accountability as well as multiple instances of fraud and subsequent cover-up. 

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

From the central highlands of Sri Lanka comes the disturbing news of an illegal gem mine that has ploughed through roughly 75 acres of Horton Plains. The mine lies less than 10 kilometers from the
Bogawantalawa Estate. Nestled between the estate and Kirigalpoththa, the chain of mines appears like a grassland on aerial photos.

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

Whereas a complaint made by Dr. W.D Rodrigo P.C that the Respondent the Nation News Paper (sic) published a News Paper statement (sic) dated 10/11/2013 under “ Law College Rocked By Scandal” carried untrue and improper statement (sic) and committed a breach of the Code of Journalists Ethics and Whereas the Council held an inquiry into the said complaint and it is

Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

Former parliamentarian and leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), V. Anandasangaree rules out future collaboration with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) until they completely denounce the LTTE and its activities.
In an interview with The Nation, Anandasangaree alleged that the alliance should be held responsible for the atrocities committed

Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

(This is the second and final part of an essay on the dealings and thinking of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The first part of this essay was published in ‘The Nation’ on September 28, 2014 under the title ‘TNA’s truncated diplomacy?’.)
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has demonstrated an obsession with calls for interventions via foreign observers, international probes, advice by

Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

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