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Despite not having set up an all party committee on January 28 to present proposals for electoral reforms as promised in the 100-day program, on Thursday (March 5) the government announced that the next general elections would be held under a new electoral system. According to the 100-day program the government has promised to replace the current preferential voting system with...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Floating armory discovered in the Galle Harbor made headlines since several allegations were made regarding its legality. However, Leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella cleared the air stating that setting up of the companies, Rakna Lanka and Avant Garde Maritime Services and also that the recruitment of personnel and the payment of taxes and other dues had been done properly...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Twenty five years ago this month we fled Sri Lanka. We have since returned intermittently, to live and work there, and on vacation. We fled days after the bullet-riddled body of our good friend and colleague, Richard de Zoysa was found.Richard worked for the Interpress Service (IPS) at the time, and was due to take up a position abroad for the Agency.

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

The British and European authorities are faced with a dilemma: How to curb the flow of youth to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Drastic measures are planned now to scrutinise every travel document at exit points: Harbors and airports after three teenage schoolgirls took advantage of the school mid-erm to sneak off to the Turkish Border and then...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Attachments - Beauty makes the world a nicer place, but our attachments to beautiful things mess things up. Government support - The government supported the National Freedom Party by remanding Shashi and helped the Frontline Socialist Party by trying to deport Kumar. The government seems to be very clever when it comes to supporting opposition parties.

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Air Force which was set up with the vision of ‘ensuring national security through effective employment of air power’ celebrates its 64th anniversary on March 2 (tomorrow).  Its journey throughout the last 64 years since the inception has been significantly proved very constructive on the country’s national security as well as numerous other sectors.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 02:06

Mr. Samaraweera has fashioned a trident, a three pronged policy on human rights, accountability and reconciliation which undermines Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, national security and national interest. What are the three prongs of the trident?

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The government formed by President Maithripala Sirisena with a United National Party (UNP) dominated cabinet led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe passed the fifty-day mark yesterday, the half-way point in its self-proclaimed ‘100-day’ plan to usher in a different era for the country.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The delay in implementing the electoral reforms has given rise to several questions as to whether the coming election should be held under the existing electoral system; the present preference voting system or whether it should be replaced with a mixed system. According to the agenda of the 100-Day program of the new government, electoral reform has been given priority. Before...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week, raised eyebrows by publicly accusing several Sinhala language newspapers of being in the payroll of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and attempting to create communal disharmony. Stating that he would be calling a meeting of media heads and their owners...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

We refer to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe’s recent interview with The Australian (23/2/2015) criticizing the Australian Government’s policy of allowing Sri Lanka to handle its internal issues without foreign intervention. In this interview, Wickremesinghe has criticized Australia, along with other nations that had backed Sri Lanka’s move to establish its own domestic instrumentalities to resolve the human rights issues...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

A familiar name to music lovers in Sri Lanka and across the world – Rohan and Ishan De Lanerolle have without doubt carved out a firm niche for themselves, and in the hearts of fans as part of the contemporary Sri Lankan music scene. With a journey beginning in 2009, the De Lanerolle Brothers with their wide-tonal range and perfect harmony...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

This month public sector workers were able to reap the benefits given by the interim budget of 2015 with rupees 5000 being added to their salaries by way of an allowance. However in his budget speech Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake merely requested private sector employers to increase salaries by rupees 2500 thereby helping the national...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Passports or rather diplomatic passports is a term which attracted much attention in the media in the last few weeks when former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife, Shashi Weerawansa was taken into custody for improperly obtaining a diplomatic passport and presenting forged documents. Later a travel ban was imposed by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya preventing her from leaving the...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The voice of people is the voice of god, so declared the famous saying in the Western political thoughts, probably harking back to the days of French Revolution. The people assembled at Nugegoda rally, strange enough appeared, to express the similar sentiments, a cry for a just cause: bring back our Mahinda to us. It was certainly not for a...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

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