Monthly Archives: December 2016

There is no clarity regarding issues

There is no clarity regarding issues

The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government’s efforts to give Sri Lanka a new constitution to address the vexed ethnic issue and strengthen democracy has hit a rough patch. While there were broad-based and transparent public consultations and sub-committees have submitted their reports to the Steering Committee presided over …

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation – unauthorised entrant?

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation – unauthorised entrant?

Authorities of the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) at the High-Security Oil Tank Farm in the Eastern Sri Lankan city of Trincomalee on Thursday stopped and questioned an official of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) who had entered the facility without prior permission. LIOC Managing …

It is up to Sri Lankan refugees to return home

It is up to Sri Lankan refugees to return home

It is up to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees to return to their home country or not, according to Pon. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping. After visiting a camp for the refugees in Gummidipoondi, on the northern outskirts of Chennai, …

Rameshwaram fishermen threatened

Rameshwaram fishermen threatened

In an ongoing tussle between the Tamil Nadu fishermen and the Sri Lankan Navy, close to 3000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were forced to return home. The fishermen recounted that they were intimidated at gun point and threatened to return, leaving behind their catch. “We were all …

Case would strengthen demand for an international judicial mechanism

Case would strengthen demand for an international judicial mechanism

Trial by jury is not suitable for politically sensitive cases in which the defendants are Security Forces personnel and the victims seeking justice are from a minority community, says the leading Sri Lankan Tamil lawyer and Member of Parliament, M.A.Sumanthiran. “Given the consistent pattern of …

Consult patriotic intellectuals?

Consult patriotic intellectuals?

The National War Heroes Front has taken up with President Maithripala Sirisena a range of contentious issues including the ongoing moves to introduce a new Constitution at the expense of Sri Lanka’s unitary status. The grouping urged President Maithripala Sirisena to ensure national security. The …

Wrong lyrics of Hail Mary

Wrong lyrics of Hail Mary

One of the largest Christmas Carol services in Sri Lanka has accidentally printed the lyrics to late rapper Tupac Shakur’s vitriolic banger, Hail Mary, instead of the traditional Catholic prayer. According to Pedestrian TV, the mishap occurred during a carol service at Colombo’s Nelum Pokuna, …

Acquittal raises credibility concerns

Acquittal raises credibility concerns

The acquittal of five persons charged with the murder of a Tamil legislator in Sri Lanka has renewed scepticism over the credibility of the country’s justice system, particularly in cases involving extra-judicial killings implicating the armed forces. Following an all-Sinhalese jury’s verdict, a Sri Lankan …

A Peaceful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year

A Peaceful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year

As you celebrate Christmas, may you experience true love. Jesus is the reason for the season and the epitome of true love. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  May your Christmas be enjoyable  and may the essence of Christmas remains always with You.

Court acquits 5 suspects in shooting

Court acquits 5 suspects in shooting

A Sri Lankan court has acquitted five suspects including three navy personnel who were accused in the shooting death of an outspoken ethnic Tamil lawmaker. Nadaraja Raviraj was shot dead in his car in 2006 during the country’s long civil war with Tamil Tiger rebels, …