Monthly Archives: September 2013

Sinhala Nation & Tamil Nation

Sinhala Nation & Tamil Nation

      by Gajalakshmi Paramasivam Last night at the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum here in Sydney we had a robust discussion on Sinhala Nation, Tamil Nation and Sri Lankan Nation. This morning I read the Sri Lanka Guardian article ‘Are The Tamils And The …

Dr. Colvin R. De Silva – “One Language; Two States/Two Languages; One State

Dr. Colvin R. De Silva – “One Language; Two States/Two Languages; One State

    “Two States; Two Parties” exclaimed a wag punning on yesteryear’s famous quote of a famous man, Dr. Colvin R. De Silva – “One Language; Two States/Two Languages; One State” to describe the North-South divide of the time. What the wag was referring to, of …

There are significant challenges ahead for the Commonwealth

There are significant challenges ahead for the Commonwealth

     Minister of State for the Commonwealth, the Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, represented the UK at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers’ meeting in New York. Britain’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office in a statement on his recent meeting with Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers in New York said …

EPDP wants opposition leader position in Northern Provincial Council

EPDP wants opposition leader position in Northern Provincial Council

     The Sri Lanka government coalition partner, Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) has asked for the opposition leaders position in the Northern Provincial Council, government sources said. EPDP Leader, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Douglas Devananda has asked the government to …

Act against Sri Lanka, says Jayalalithaa

Act against Sri Lanka, says Jayalalithaa

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       India should show “greater firmness” to force Sri Lanka to stop attacking and arresting Tamil Nadu fishermen on the sea, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has said. She also urged the central government to put diplomatic pressure on Colombo …

Corporate Governance In SL Is “Crap”

Corporate Governance In SL Is “Crap”

     Corporate Governance (CG) in Sri Lanka is crap, a tax consultant told this reporter on Wednesday (September 25). The occasion was the launch of the fifth edition of CG, a joint effort of the Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Securities and Exchange …

U.N. calls on Sri Lanka to begin credible inquiry

U.N. calls on Sri Lanka to begin credible inquiry

      EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The United Nations this week called on the Sri Lankan government to institute a ‘credible’ national inquiry into alleged war crimes against the minority Tamil community, or risk a UN mandated investigation. Four years after the end of the …

Interview with Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Interview with Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER:Our guest tonight is Navi Pillay,the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She was born and raised in South Africa where she rose to become the first non-white female judge of the high court. She’s also served as a judge …

Sri Lanka receives broad cross-regional support in the HRC..

Sri Lanka receives broad cross-regional support in the HRC..

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–      Sri Lanka received strong cross-regional support in the Human Rights Council from countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America on Thursday which uniformly welcomed and commended the country`s significant progress achieved in the reconciliation process. Speaking at the General Debate …

Liberation calls Sri Lankan government to grant access to victims of human rights

Liberation calls Sri Lankan government to grant access to victims of human rights

      Liberation a non governmental organisation submitting a statement at the 24 Session Agenda item 3 A/HRC/24/NGO/111 welcomes High Commissioner Navi Pillai’s visit to Sri Lanka at the end of August. We remain concerned about the safety and security of the victims and witnesses who came forward …