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The Northern Provincial Council Election – Analysis

The Northern Provincial Council Election – Analysis

     The provincial council system in Sri Lanka was established in 1987 consequent to the Indo-Lanka Accord concluded between Sri Lanka and India in the same year. One provincial council was set up for the Northern and Eastern Provinces, according to the 13th Amendment …

13th Amendment is not a football

13th Amendment is not a football

    There are two things fundamentally wrong with the 13th Amendment.  The first is its illegality, as has been cogently pointed out by the late Justice Raja Wanasundera.  Notwithstanding its illegality and the highly objectionable circumstances in which it was birthed, ‘legality’ was conferred …

The absence of political will to eliminate thuggery

The absence of political will to eliminate thuggery

    For a law enforcement agency the elimination of thuggery is one of the simplest things to do. For thugs are cowards and they crawl and beg for mercy whenever they find that there is a strong enough will on the part of the …

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth

Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth

    There must have been a huge sigh of relief among government circles in Colombo at the conclusion of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting in London on April 26. Although Canada did raise the unwelcome subject of human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, …

Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s ‘Little England’

Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s ‘Little England’

    It is certainly my cup of tea. I love the beaches. I love the big city rush so don’t get me wrong. However there are always days in one’s life when all that one wants is to get away from the maddening crowds, …

The rule of law in Sri Lanka

The rule of law in Sri Lanka

   The impeachment of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was the single most contentious political issue in Sri Lanka in late 2012 and early 2013. Can a decision of a court of law be considered binding if the executive opposes and disregards it? What is …

SRI LANKA: Inter-religious integration—Inclusion not intrusion

SRI LANKA: Inter-religious integration—Inclusion not intrusion

     Bishop Duleep de Chickera:  Over the past months Sri Lankans have been educated on two Arabic words: halal and haram (that which is permissible and not permissible). Unfortunately the circumstances of learning have been an unprecedented antagonism towards the Muslim community much deeper …

A peaceful environment to live without fear

A peaceful environment to live without fear

   ”Towards a peaceful environment to live with confidence, without fear of crime and violence”. –Vision of the Sri Lanka Police Every month, the President issues a statement declaring the inadequacy of the Police in Sri Lanka. The declaration goes unnoticed; yet the portrayal of …

Inquire Indian War Crimes In Sri Lanka

Inquire Indian War Crimes In Sri Lanka

    If India demands Sri Lanka holds a “credible investigation”. Sri Lanka must oblige India. Firstly, it must cover India’s role in creating, training, financing and supporting the LTTE as a terrorist movement and India’s war crimes committed on Sri Lankan citizens by the …

A Whirlwind Culinary Tour of Sri Lanka, Where Coconut Reigns Supreme

A Whirlwind Culinary Tour of Sri Lanka, Where Coconut Reigns Supreme

       On a trip across Southeast Asia to document sustainable food practices, the team from Perennial Plate stops for some delectable treats in Sri Lanka. While Sri Lanka and India share many of the same flavors, the cuisine on this tiny island is …