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China’s foreign ports:The new masters and commanders

China’s foreign ports:The new masters and commanders

     From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the …

Trouble For Muslim And Left Parties Over New Amendment

Trouble For Muslim And Left Parties Over New Amendment

    The proposed amendment to the 13th Amendment of the Constitution to dilute the powers of Provincial Councils has already begun to make ripples in the Muslim and Left parties, Colombo Telegraph understands. SLFP ministers who talked big in the last few weeks that …

THE CURSE OF THE GANDHIS

THE CURSE OF THE GANDHIS

      Both Indira Gandhi and her son, Rajiv, were murdered.  The former by her Sikh bodyguards and the latter by the LTTE whom he had nurtured, protected and nourished.  While many decry these murders as indeed any murder must be, I for one …

Rs.50 robbery suspect acquitted after 10 years

Rs.50 robbery suspect acquitted after 10 years

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       A Colombo Court today released a suspect from a case that was dragging on for ten years over the theft of Rs. 50. It transpired in Court that the suspect was reported to have been kept under remand …

An afternoon with an ex-rebel leader

An afternoon with an ex-rebel leader

        As I entered the premises of the famous Sencholai children’s home in the northern Sri Lankan district of Kilinochchi, a girl in her early twenties asked …

The feeling of defeat among the Tamils of Sri Lanka goes far deeper than the material defeat of the rebels.

The feeling of defeat among the Tamils of Sri Lanka goes far deeper than the material defeat of the rebels.

   FOUR years ago this week, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam announced that their struggle for an independent homeland in northern Sri Lanka had “reached its bitter end.” The …

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, …