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President Mahinda Rajapaksa spoke at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, held in New York, USA. President Rajapaksa spoke on the theme ‘Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda’. He also spoke of addressing multiple challenges and creating an equitable world. The following are excerpts of the speech.
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
Barack Obama, President of the United States of America addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations last week.  He made a long and impassioned speech, touching on key global issues, but as expected justifying everything that the USA has done and does and making a case for ‘more of the same whether you like it or not’.    The man…
Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00
On the face of it, the referendum held last week on the future of Scotland and therefore the future of the British union, has some relevance for Sri Lanka.  After all it was about separation.  This is why it excited the Eelamist commentariat.  The fact that the Scottish people chose, by majority, to remain in the union need not dampen…
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
A day before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Chinese journalists based in New Delhi. He expressed confidence in building ties between India and China, referring to the age old connection between the two lands, even coining a new term to describe his ambitions for the Sino-Indian ties. “If I have to describe…
Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00
Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces the twin challenges of external pressure for an international probe into allegations of war crimes and internal pressure over the dialogue process with the Tamil National Alliance. In his first interview since meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May, he spoke to Suhasini Haidar of ‘The Hindu’ about the UNHRC resolution and the possibility
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Election fever is hotting up with the Uva Provincial Council polls just days away. Party leaders who met on September 7 to draw up the agenda for the first week of sittings for this month decided that two days of sittings should be dropped to facilitate the absence of members whose services were needed very much in the two districts…
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The Uva Provincial Election is just a few weeks away. The election has attracted some attention despite not being a national election since it has been injected with national importance due to the omnipresent discussion on the next presidential election. The government and various opposition parties are considering the election as a litmus test for the upcoming presidential election
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in his celebrated novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ describes the signing of an agreement between two warring parties, the liberals and conservatives.  Colonel Aureliano Buendia, rebel leader, is surrounded by his lawyers.  The draft document is not a give-and-take agreement, but an absolute surrender. The fact is pointed out to him: ‘But Colonel, if we agree
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00
The fourth annual defense seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Army was held in Colombo amid much pageantry and fanfare. In the words of the Army itself, the event was ‘aimed at inspiring discourse on the rise of Nations after a conflict with the objective of showcasing Sri Lanka’s progress in development and reconciliation’.The three-day gathering having concluded has
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
Parliament last week could have been just another week without anything special to talk about but for a special lecture organized by the Sri Lanka Parliamentary Journalists’ Association (SLPJA). The lecture was delivered on Wednesday (20) by Prof Rohan Gunaratna, head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S. Rajaratnam
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
Elephants are majestic creatures.  They are also beasts of burden.  They give stature to pageants.  Those who have tusks are especially valuable to the point that they are hunted, killed and divested of their prized ‘possessions’.   They also enhance status of owners.  Elephants are sought then for a variety of reasons.  There are therefore laws about acquisition.  Whether these a
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
Last week’s sitting of Parliament was a lackluster affair except for Badulla District UNP MP Harin Fernando resigning and K. Velayuthan filling the vacancy. Fernando’s resignation and his party’s plans to field him as the chief ministerial candidate in the forthcoming elections to the Uva Provincial council had been announced some weeks ago, thus it was no hard news.
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
Ask anyone the question ‘Are you a racist?’ and the answer would be ‘no’.  You can replace racist with communalist, fundamentalist, extremist, chauvinist or any other derogatory term and you’ll get the same answer.  ‘No’.  You can ask ‘Are you arrogant, jealous, wicked, deceitful etc etc’ and you will still get ‘no’.  No one ever does anything wrong.
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00
Some eight years ago I titled a note for these columns, ‘Holocaust in Palestine’. It carried a lot of ‘facts and figures’. Those particulars have been reinforced since.The assault on Gaza in 2008 brought Barack Obama ‘the Nobel Peace Prize’ for his service to that act of genocide; he simply looked away and stayed mum like a good boy. Several…
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00
‘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.
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
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
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
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…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
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…
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
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
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
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…
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

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