Monthly Archives: January 2019

Struggle to meet political ends

Struggle to meet political ends

Sri Lanka’s premier Tamil party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), is caught in a cleft stick. On the one hand, it has to cooperate with and need be prop up the United National Front (UNF) government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Tamils see Wickremesinghe as …

Grave secrets from a troubled past

Grave secrets from a troubled past

From 10 feet away, it looked like a grin, the row of teeth stretching from ear to ear. Freshly dug out from many layers of soil, the mud-covered skeleton lay on its spine, awaiting a number. “That would be 283,” says W.R.A.S. Rajapaksa. He is …

LTTE suspect arrested  over Kadirgamar’s killing

LTTE suspect arrested over Kadirgamar’s killing

German authorities say they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of Sri Lanka’s foreign minister. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that police arrested 39-year-old Navanithan G. in southwestern Germany Wednesday and searched his home. …

Political Crisis Threatens Justice Efforts

Political Crisis Threatens Justice Efforts

Human Rights Watch released the ‘World Report 2019’, reviewing human rights practices in more than 100 countries. HRW states that Sri Lanka’s political upheaval undermined stalled processes aimed at providing truth and justice for abuses from the country’s civil war. After Maithripala Sirisena won the …

The making of a new Constitution

The making of a new Constitution

The Constitutional Expert Committee’s report, which was tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament on Friday abolishes the powerful Executive Presidency and replaces it by a Westminster style parliamentary system with a powerful Prime Minister and a ceremonial President. As per the report which can be …

Sri Lankan schoolgirl produces environment-friendly disposable lunch boxes

Sri Lankan schoolgirl produces environment-friendly disposable lunch boxes

Sri Lanka, like most countries around the world, has a problem with producing huge amounts of plastic waste. On a daily basis, many Sri Lankans use polythene ‘lunch sheets’ to wrap and transport their meals – and then throw the plastic away. But now a …

Why are they retiring at 55?

Why are they retiring at 55?

Points to be considered for the extension of the retirement age of the members of the Security Forces. The reviewing of the retirement age of the Security Force personnel has to be looked in a very objective manner, analyzing the overall benefits to the Security …

Our support was on principle

Our support was on principle

Member of the European Parliament and the Friends of the European Parliament in the European Parliament Hon. Geoffrey Van Orden met with the Leader of the National National Alliance Mr. Sampanthan on 02 January 2019 in Colombo. Apprising the Honorable Member of recent political developments …

Plantation union discussing deal with companies Recent media reports indicate that Sri Lankan plantation unions are preparing to drop workers’ demands for a 100 percent daily wage increase and impose a new collective agreement as part of a backroom deal with companies. Citing a senior …

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Another year starts and with it, new hopes and aspirations, a faint desire that sprouts in every human heart that speaks of happiness, prosperity and goodness to come. Begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself, and believe that there is a loving …