Saturday, 07th March 2015 For the 30-year duration of Sri Lanka’s civil war, the Jaffna peninsula was a Tamil Tiger stronghold. Now its natural beauty is superceding the brutal terror of the past. Whenever I told anyone in Sri Lanka that I was making the long trek to Jaffna, the northern town which is the […]

No compromise on 100 Day Program – Ajith P Perera Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By  Chamara Sumanapala By  Chamara Sumanapala Ajith P Perera is a United National Party Member of Parliament from Kalutara District. He was a foremost critic of the former government and after the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President, he was appointed […]

RTI Bill should cover private sector and NGOs Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By  The Nation The government’s Right to Information (RTI) Bill should be expanded to cover private companies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), activists have pointed out. It has been pointed out that the RTI Draft Bill, which is currently being discussed before being presented […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited the United States and Britain as part of the push to have the March report postponed. He also wrote to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ZeidRa’ad Al Hussein acknowledging some incidents did take place during the war and expressed interest to obtain technical assistance […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Camelia Nathaniel Sri Lanka has opened up its highways construction sector to India, ending a near monopoly of Chinese companies. On February 11, the cabinet approved a proposal by Highways Minister Kabir Hashim to explore the possibility of entering into agreements with Indian agencies to execute road construction projects and signing […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Kalyananda Godage Our relations with China go back to more than a thousand five hundred years. We do have a deep-rooted relationship based on trust and mutual interests. In recent times we were one of the first countries to recognise the Peoples Republic of China. We supported China’s re-entry to […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Chandani Kirinde When the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Amendment) Act was taken up in Parliament for debate on Tuesday, both Government and Opposition legislators welcomed the new laws to impose heavy fines on those violating international fishing regulations. The EU-IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) fishing ban which was announced on […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Uditha Kumarasinghe No more blowing trumpets, no more singing hosannas excepting that a new media culture has seen the light of day. Any political party can reach out to any state media and will be given the opportunity to air their views unlike during the former regime, so said Chief […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 By Indika Sri Aravinda The Government has decided to review dual citizenships granted to over 2000 people and most of it will be cancelled. The Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs John Amaraunga said that a special committee will be appointed to review dual citizenships granted by the […]

Sunday, 22nd February 2015 The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is meant to bring back the 17th Amendment with improvements, while doing away with the arbitrary nature of the 18th Amendment. The 19th Amendment is said to remove certain dictatorial powers afforded to the Executive. The 19th Amendment will also instate the independence to the […]