Monk Galagoda Atta Gnanasara is up to his antics again. This time however the legal arm is instructed to do the needful. The front page of dailies for the past week has been carrying the latest updates of the the absconding monk. The police’s failure is attributed to the interference of a powerful minister, alleged […]
At a recent media briefing, civil organizations instrumental in establishing this government lambasted the Yahapalana leaders for not reshuffling the cabinet as per their instructions. It was following such an instruction that the military intelligence director, Brigadier Suresh Salley was removed from post. The government’s perfidious attempts to do away our country’s unitary status […] ...
Photographing snakes is not everyone’s cup of tea. Mendis Wickremesighe is one such exceptional photographer, whose life mission is to photograph Sri Lanka’s 103 snake species. From small days, snakes has fascinated him. “Most people find snakes repulsive,” he acknowledges. “Beauty is relative and for me, they are very beautiful creatures. When it’s long […] ...
Professor Maithree Wickremesighe, wife of PM Ranil Wickremesighe, said, many Sri Lankans still remain deeply conflicted and wounded because of government’s frequent failures to stem xenophobic campaigns – especially against the Tamils, Muslims and Christians in this country. She was speaking at the recent book launch, ‘Testimonies of Silent Pain’, compiled by The Social Architects. […] ...
The recent cabinet reshuffle was a joke, is the general public opinion. Ravi Karunanayaka and Mangala Samaraweera swapping places was nothing more than changing the pillow to cure the headache. While everyone was ridiculing the remedy, almost none paid attention to the changes in Arjuna Ranatunga’s portfolio. When he was stripped from the Ministry of […]
Mahendra Amarasekera is not convinced that it was the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam who assassinated Lalith Athulathmudali. Amarasekera was more than a close confidant of Athulathmudali. He was also a collaborator of the impeachment motion bought against the then president Premadasa, Assistant Secretary of the rebel Democratic United National Front and witness to his […]
India needs to change their foreign policy on Sri Lanka immediately. Their policies have not only failed, but has disastrously backfired on India, ending in a result totally unanticipated and always against India. The extent of the damage caused by their own policies to India can be measured against the success of their arch rival, […]
There are more than one way to conquer a country. We all know of Ravana’s episode, where when they failed militarily, they resorted to treachery. Since Vijaya’s time, our recorded history recounts the many times indians tried to invade Sri Lanka. They at times succeeded capturing parts or most of our country, but never the […]
Eight years ago, this time everyone in Sri Lanka stayed glued to their radios and television sets. “Any time now,” was on everyone’s lips, as we all waited eagerly for news that the terror days of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were finally over. We saw the civilians who were forcibly held hostage by […]
The Stock Market boomed into life with the successful conclusion of the war on May 2009. After stagnating for years, the rising activities were the barometric readings of the fast reviving economy. Yet, despite the massive development projects and investments taking place, the market was slowing by 2011. Investor confidence began to erode and by […]
Shyamon Jayasinghe, on 27 April, accuses this writer of cherry picking his article, ‘Why can’t Dayan see that Executive Presidency is dead and awaiting burial?’ to substantiate the discussion ‘Executive Presidency: boon or bane?’, with the writer’s view point, which he perceives as in support of Executive Presidency (EP). As such, he claims, the writer […]
Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka in his article, ‘Meethotamulla and the Fate of the Executive Presidency’, draws a parallel between the Metthatamulla tragedy and the dangers we face as a nation. More than 30 people were buried alive in garbage as a direct result of failing to address the dangers of a growing mountain of refuse. Even […]
Joint Opposition surprised many when they joined the camp opposing South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine. SAITM was established and functioned for four years during their administration. Hence, the JO attempts now to dissociate itself from SAITM is seen as playing politics and not standing by their own policies. Reasons to oppose SAITM JO […]
At the media conference held this April 05, the Amnesty International struggled to answer Shamindra Ferdinando’s questions. A subject specialist on the Geneva Resolution, Ferdinando highlighted the vast discrepancy in numbers of alleged deaths and enforced disappearances by the many factions, who insisted on trying Sri Lanka before a hybrid war crimes court. Unable to […]
Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera returned from Geneva to a hero’s welcome. It was a welcome organized by none. There was some talk of welcoming him in various informal forums, but nothing was definite. Yet, hundreds came to greet him and show their appreciation for his single handed feat. However, he insists that he was just […]
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had made a very curious statement, just before the UNHRC resolution. Apparently the Indian Government feels anguish and pain over the Sri Lankan military’s alleged war crimes against unarmed Tamils during the final phase of the war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. India, she says, is committed to […]
On March 23, a two-year extension of the highly controversial 2015 Geneva Resolutions was passed at the UNHRC, without a vote. It was passed with the co-sponsorship of 36 countries, including Sri Lanka. Thus, we have accepted that our own military committed excesses. We have also entertained the notion of a hybrid court, on the […]
The disabled soldiers have taken to the streets in protests yet again. That would make it their fourth attempt to get a pension. One would have thought an issue for disabled soldiers to take to the streets would be volatile enough to make the government shake in their shoes. Men without limbs, some prostrate in […]
Most probably, this 22nd the Homagama magistrate will order Lt. Col. Shammi Kumararatne and Lt. Col. Prabodha Siriwardena to be taken back into custody. They were first taken into CID custody along with Staff Sargent Priyantha Kumara on August 24, 2015 for the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda. After about three months, they were transferred to […]
Since Brexit, Britain has become the new pariah in Europe. Despite the much celebrated European chivalry, Theresa May is treated with the full force of chauvinism at the European forums. Amidst the warm camaraderie amongst the European leaders, May is left standing awkwardly, tugging at her sleeves, without so much as a polite smile to […]