Monthly Archives: September 2017

BBS is planning a new journey with all races and religions

BBS is planning a new journey with all races and religions

Admitting that his organisation set certain wrong examples in the past, but having understood their mistake the BBS is planning a new journey in collaboration with all races and religions, said the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera. Participating …

Democracy makes radicalism and extremism bloom

Democracy makes radicalism and extremism bloom

Just as in Sinhalese-majority South Sri Lanka, where the political scenario is changing as compared to what it was at the time of the landmark Presidential election in January 2015, in the Tamil-majority Northern Province also, significant political changes are taking place. And just as …

IMF urges Government to implement structural reforms

IMF urges Government to implement structural reforms

A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Jaewoo Lee visited Colombo during September 18-29, 2017 to hold discussions on the third review of the Sri Lankan authorities’ economic program that is being supported by a three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) . …

Federal system is the best system for a multi-ethnic state

Federal system is the best system for a multi-ethnic state

Dr. Nirmala Chandrahasan.                                                The landmark judgment of the three-bench Supreme Court in Chandrasoma v Senathiraja and Thurairajasingham has given a ruling that …

People think Sri Lankan Tamils mean only those of the North and East

People think Sri Lankan Tamils mean only those of the North and East

Both Sri Lanka’s ethnic Sinhalese majority and the Tamil minority think of themselves as original, indigenous inhabitants of the island—an important prop to their political claims and counterclaims. But there is one group of Tamils who are relatively recent arrivals, and whose status has suffered …

EU confident SL will honour commitments

EU confident SL will honour commitments

The European Union (EU) expressed confidence in the ability of the Sri Lankan Government in continuing to honour commitments arising from GSP+ requirements despite the apparent slow progress in some areas of concern. European Commissioner Christos Stylianides expressed these views upon meeting Foreign Affairs Minister …

Media cannot be trusted to explain decisions

Media cannot be trusted to explain decisions

Judges can no longer rely on the media to explain court decisions and should instead use the “golden opportunity” of social media to communicate directly with the public, the retiring Victorian supreme court chief justice Marilyn Warren has said. Warren was the first female chief …

Those connected to enforced disappearances should be identified

Those connected to enforced disappearances should be identified

Vanni District Parliamentarian and Leader of Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) – constituent of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Selvam Adaikkalanathan said those connected to enforced disappearances should be identified, inquired and punished through the mechanisms of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP). “We are …

Vaiko alleges heckling

Vaiko alleges heckling

A group of Sri Lankans, most of them allegedly former defence personnel, heckled MDMK general secretary Vaiko soon after he completed his address during a debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, he alleged.After concluding his address for the second time, a group …

Implications of new Inland Revenue Act

Implications of new Inland Revenue Act

By Nisha Arunatilake and Priyanka Jayawardena:        Earlier this month, the Parliament passed a new Inland Revenue Act, effective from 1 April 2018. How will the new tax regime affect the tax revenue and what will be the tax burden on Sri Lankan …