‘We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,’ US State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters during the Thursday afternoon briefing last week.
Lobby correspondence is considered one of the mainstream beats of journalism in countries where parliamentary democracy prevails. The term lobby correspondent is originally British and BBC describes it as the name given to a member of small group of journalists who enjoyed privileged access to certain parts of parliament. Though reporting on legislature seemed to be a tradition that we
He was at one time the foremost Tamil leader espousing the Eelam cause, a man who fired the separatist imagination of a generation of Tamil youth, a man who went from being referred to ‘Thalapathy’ (Commander/General) by admiring supporters to ‘Thurogi’ (traitor) by the very same one-time admirers and later killed by forces he himself unleashed. He was assassinated on…
Over 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces over the past five days. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue ‘Operation Protective Edge’. The UN’s top human rights official, Navi Pillay says that the Israeli action ‘may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians’; key word ‘may’. When over half the dead are civilians, when residential…
Last week of sittings of Parliament could be termed historic. For the first time in the history of the Sri Lankan parliamentary a report of Consultative Committees was tabled on Wednesday. The report elaborates the progress of all Consultative Committees and is to be made available for the members on a monthly basis. The reports are expected to highlight the
The United States of America and its allies are a trigger happy lot. They are also heavily invested in hanging people. Sorry, that’s a crass claim. There is a caveat to all this: selective. They are ready-’n-able to shoot some people, invade some countries, drag some people to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and push through UNHRC resolutions on some…
Our Members of Parliament enjoy lots of privileges – some of those privileges are guaranteed to them by the country’s law. The Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act has enabled them to utter anything in the House and get away from being prosecuted. This provision, abused by MPs for their political gain, has however been included in the Act with the
Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka slams English language media and ‘citizen’ journalists on social media for fabricating stories about the incidents in Aluthgama Those who are eagerly bashing Sinhala Buddhists as ‘racist terrorists’ are conveniently ignoring the rise of Muslim fundamentalism within the country, Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
Would you agree if somebody tells you that our Parliamentarians (yes, they are ours for we elected them in the last election. Didn’t we?) are a bunch of freewheeling, freeloading fraudsters? I don’t, because our MPs are not freewheeling although they may take us for a ride in the guise of making law. And they are certainly not freeloading though
A special meeting of party leaders was held at the Parliamentary complex on Friday. Summoned at short notice it was so special because the intention of the meeting was to change a previously agreed plan regarding the next sitting week. Going by the previous schedule there were plans to take up for discussion a motion submitted by nine UPFA members,
It seemed that the leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe has got a shot in his arms during his recent foreign junket. He has come back more vigorously, obviously with more strength. Unlike the one who usually beats around the bush, now he is showing a readiness to take the bull by horns. It was two weeks back that
The following letter was sent to Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth on behalf of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Adolfo Pérez Esquivel and Mairead Maguire; former UN Assistant Secretary General Hans von Sponeck; current UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Richard Falk; and over 100 scholars.
It is the usual practice in the House to allocate a specific date to pass votes of condolences on the demise of MPs. This has been the tradition since its beginning. There is no specific time limit for votes of condolences. Usually the family members of the late MP are invited to Parliament, hosted at the Members’ canteen and then
If Germany can celebrate its Reunification Day, when the Berlin Wall fell and the two halves of Germany were reunited, why should Sri Lanka not celebrate the day when the LTTE’s iron curtain was destroyed, a radical evil defeated, a monster (a South Asian Hitler) slain and the island reunified after decades? Not every reunification is peaceful. In most cases
The first two days of the next sitting week of Parliament starting May 20 (Tuesday) would be very promising. The two days, Tuesday and Wednesday, have been allocated for the debate on UNP’s no-confidence motion against the government. As it had been already reported in the media, this motion of No confidence has been regarding the government’s failure to prevent…
Sri Lanka will be celebrating five years sans terrorism in the country in a matter of days. The past five years have seen many changes in the country, changes that could not have been possible, if the dreaded war that plagued the island for over 30 years continued.Sri Lanka has made strides in several fields thanks to the peaceful a
Imagine you are powerful and rich. With that if you are old what would be your worry? If you are normal your next worry would be how you would be remembered after you are gone. You might also think about how history records your presence in society. But for our Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa that would be his least worries. He
Media representatives and rights groups will come together tomorrow (May 5) to sign a public petition to legalize the Right to Information Bill. With World Press Freedom Day commemorated yesterday (May 03), media representatives and rights groups are once again abuzz calling for assurance of freedom of speech and ensure security to media personnel.
During last week, one could see many media reports highlighting the fact that the government hierarchy was planning to take disciplinary action against its MPs who were not present in the Chamber when a vote was taken regarding ‘casino bills’ on April 24 and 25.First of all it has to be mentioned here that those media reports were wrong. No…
The” Road to Human Rights Conference”, organized by the Youth Movement “Road to Human Rights”, headed by Youth Parliamentarian Ashan Perera, under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development , and supported by the Ministry of Mass Media, and ministry of Education, was held on April 25 (Friday). The event was graced by Minister of Youth…