Monthly Archives: May 2016

Tamil diaspora told to compromise

Tamil diaspora told to compromise

Sri Lanka’s vibrant Tamil community in Britain has been gently advised to be ready for political compromises if it is serious about constitutional reforms in the island nation. The time has come for the Tamils to stop being rigid on political issues, a meeting of …

The Channel 4 allegations are a good example of your Government’s total mismanagement

The Channel 4 allegations are a good example of your Government’s total mismanagement

My dear Mahinda, I still vividly recall the first time I met you. It was at the SLFP Party Headquarters on Darley Road in June 1988, which I attended in my capacity as the new SLFP organiser for Matara. I also remember being moved by …

Navy building Church on request by Bishop of Jaffna Diocese

Navy building Church on request by Bishop of Jaffna Diocese

The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) on Sunday dismissed reports that it planned to build a naval facility on the Katchatheevu islet, which was ceded by India to Sri Lanka during the June 1974 bilateral agreement. Talking to The Hindu, SLN Commander Vice-Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne termed …

Beyoncé clothing range is made by ‘sweat shop labourers

Beyoncé clothing range is made by ‘sweat shop labourers

Beyoncé’s new range of women’s sportswear is made using sweat shop labourers who earn as little as £4.30 a day, it has been reported. The American pop star’s Ivy Park gym gear is sold by Top Shop, the high street fashion retailer owned by Sir Philip …

Report on Constitutional Reforms to be handed over

Report on Constitutional Reforms to be handed over

The Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms will hand over it’s report to Prime Minister this month. Mr. Lal Wijenayake, Chairman of the committee said that once the report is handed over, it will be made available to the public on www.yourconstitution.lk. The decision to hand …

Vaddukoddai resolution triggers divergent views

Vaddukoddai resolution triggers divergent views

In a strange coincidence, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan will participate together in a public event on Saturday, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Vaddukoddai resolution. The two leaders will be in the ancient Indian city of …

Remembrance of victims

Remembrance of victims

Northern Provincial Governor Reginald Cooray said that the Events to mark the remembrance of victims of the final war not illegal. He made these remarks during a news briefing held on Friday (May 13) in Colombo. He stated that he had learnt the events to mark …

I am not for separation

I am not for separation

Addressing a book launch in Colombo on Thursday (May 12), the Chief Minister reiterated that the federal system of government was not separatism, adding that the Northern Provincial Council had been constantly ignored and disregarded by the direct influence of the Central Government. Northern Province …

US Ambassador to UN discusses accountability

US Ambassador to UN discusses accountability

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power met with former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, currently Chairperson of Sri Lanka’s Office of National Unity Reconciliation (ONUR), and Mano Tittawella, Secretary-General for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, on May 11, 2016, at the Sri …

GSP+: the European Union and Sri Lanka’s preferential trade status

GSP+: the European Union and Sri Lanka’s preferential trade status

Before too long the European Union will make a decision about the return of “GSP+” preferential trading status to Sri Lanka. We urge the European Union to make its decision based upon three tests: the extent to which the Government of Sri Lanka is respecting …