Monthly Archives: December 2015

Securities regulator arrested for misappropriation

Securities regulator arrested for misappropriation

A top securities regulator was arrested on Friday in Sri Lanka on suspicion of financial misappropriation, a police spokesman said. Dhammika Perera, the deputy director of the Sri Lankan Securities and Exchange Commission, is now under compulsory leave. He was arrested by the Financial Crime …

Individuals who provided political and military leadership to the war effort being hauled up before various inquiries

Individuals who provided political and military leadership to the war effort being hauled up before various inquiries

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa claims senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions. Speaking in Parliament today for the first time since he was elected as an …

Indian govt set to reject India-Pakistan cricket series

Indian govt set to reject India-Pakistan cricket series

The BJP-led government in Indian has signaled to the country’s cricket board that it is not in favor of a Pakistan-India cricket series even at a neutral venue like Sri Lanka, Indian media reported on Friday. “The government has given us an indication that public …

Medics without Ethics

Medics without Ethics

“To develop a graduate who will contribute to fulfil the health requirements of the individual and of the community with competence, compassion and care” -Mission statement – Handbook (2014) for Students of Colombo Medical Faculty. I respect the medical profession when it respects the “Oath …

Ending politics of remission

Ending politics of remission

The verdict of a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on legal questions relating to grant of remission to life convicts exposes the haste with which the Tamil Nadu government acted in February 2014 in seeking to release the seven persons serving life terms for …

Panel to draft new constitution

Panel to draft new constitution

The Sri Lankan cabinet sub-committee for drafting a new Constitution for the island nation, which was formed on Wednesday, has two Tamils – D.M.Swaminathan, Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement; and Mano Ganeshan, Minister for National Dialogue. While Swaminathan is a Ceylon Tamil from Jaffna, Ganeshan …

Sorry, no doctors. They’re on strike over tax perks for their cars

Sorry, no doctors. They’re on strike over tax perks for their cars

Thousands of doctors in Sri Lanka’s state-run hospitals went on strike Thursday to demand the government reinstate their right to import tax-free cars after withdrawing the perk in the latest budget. Sri Lanka imposes import taxes of between 200 and 300 percent on cars, but …

Light-based ‘Li-Fi’ beams data 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

Light-based ‘Li-Fi’ beams data 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

A developing technology called Li-Fi promises Wi-Fi speeds 100 times faster than conventional technology using the visible light spectrum. Do you find those blazing-fast MU-MIMO 802.11ac routers still too darn pokey? One start-up hopes to turn your light bulb into a data transfer connection capable …

A socialist perspective to defend Sri Lankan plantation workers

A socialist perspective to defend Sri Lankan plantation workers

More than 200,000 plantation workers in Sri Lanka have been forced to work for an unprecedented nine months without a new wage contract, after the previous one expired in March. The Planters’ Association (PA) has rejected, not only a new daily wage of 1,000 rupees …

Prime Minister warns of slower growth on global slowdown

Prime Minister warns of slower growth on global slowdown

Sri Lanka is likely to see sluggish economic growth, slow foreign inflows, and a possible reduction in commodity export revenue in 2016 due to the global slowdown, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned on Wednesday. Analysts and economists said the country’s rupee currency and balance-of-payments (BOP) …