Taxation policy needs to be reviewed: DEW

Published : 12:00 am  December 20, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  552 views  |  

  Senior Minister of Human Resources D.E.W Gunasekera who is also the General Secretary of the Communist Party, points out the importance of revising the existing taxation policy, the trend in declining Government revenue and its impact on the economy as well as the need of foreign remittances to undergo drastic changes. Following are excerpts from the interview: Q: How do you rate this Budget? A: This is the ninth Budget of this Government. We have had an average of 6% GDP. Certain years, except in one year, it came down as a result of the external economic recession. Two years it exceeded 8%. This is something unprecedented in the economic history since independence. As a result we have... 


Nelson Mandela, a legend of all time

Published : 12:00 am  December 14, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  550 views  |  

By Dr. Sulakshi Thelikorala The definition of a “freedom fighter” is made confusing in the contemporary world. It is often argued that one person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist. Yet, the best examples of freedom fighters came from an era of post-colonialism, with the rise of nationalism and patriotic movements in Asia and Africa led by renowned world leaders fighting for the right of land against the imperial powers. Amongst them stood Nelson Mandela, a real freedom fighter, and one of the best of our times. Nelson Mandela was the pioneer in the Anti-Apartheid Movement, protecting curtailed rights of the majority black population in South Africa. Mandela passed away... 


Tough Australian policy fails to discourage asylum seekers

Published : 12:00 am  December 14, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,149 views  |  

IRIN: Heightened border surveillance in Sri Lanka, as well as recent agreements between Australia and Sri Lanka to divert and deport would-be asylum seekers, have slashed the number of Sri Lankans reaching Australia’s shores by boat, say Australian authorities. Yet these measures have failed to discourage an increasing number – mostly from the island’s former conflict zones in the north and east – from attempting the dangerous journey. “In 2013 (up to 7 November) close to 2,000 Sri Lankan asylum seekers arrived by sea in Australian territories such as Christmas Island, Ashmore Reef and Cocos (Keeling) Islands, according to Australia’s Customs and Border Protection office. In 2012,... 


Youth urge Government to act against corruption

Published : 12:00 am  December 14, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,121 views  |  

  Youth in Sri Lanka request the Government to rightfully enforce the law against politicians, public officials and all other parties accused of engaging in corrupt activities irrespective of their wealth and social status giving it maximum publicity so that society is well aware of corrupt individuals. They have requested in writing to establish a national level anti-corruption policy which will not waver according to party politics and take steps to inculcate the importance of a value-based life and existence without corruption through the education system. They handed over petition to Youth Affairs Ministry Secretary, A.K. Thilakarathna after parading through streets of Colombo shouting... 


Letters to the Editor….

Published : 12:00 am  December 12, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  673 views  |  

Alternate thinking to ‘Alternate Thinking’ This is in response to the article published in the Daily FT on 5 December titled ‘David Cameron: Should be condemned or commended?’ in the ‘My View – Alternate Thinking’ column by Harsha Gunasena. I don’t usually waste my time replying such puerile outpourings but on this occasion I was moved by the sheer shock of knowing such mindsets existed within our boundaries. Mr. Gunasena, David Cameron is just another cheap politician from a line that begins long before Miliband, all clothed in a fancy educations and brought up in a glass bubble and taught to ‘hold pandang’ to the Americans. Where is your national spirit, gratitude to a leader... 


Campaigning for right to information

Published : 12:00 am  December 12, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  407 views  |  

By D.C. Ranatunga On 9 December 2009, we were waiting in the lounge of Inter-Continental (as The Kingsbury was then known) for our visitor from India. We noticed a not-so-tall person in a white shirt and trousers, wearing sandals, coming towards us. He was the one we were waiting for. The simple, most unassuming Arvind Kejriwal greeted us in traditional style with a friendly smile. The anti-corruption crusader was to be the Chief Guest at the National Integrity Award – the annual flagship event of Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL). I was reminded of this incident when I read the AFP report from New Delhi that Kejriwal, as Leader of the newly-formed Aadmi Party (Common People’s Party),... 


Pillay slams electronic surveillance, armed drones in HR Day message

Published : 12:00 am  December 11, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  381 views  |  

UN Human Rights Chief says new technologies not above international law States must ensure their application, says Pillay Future deployment of ‘killer robots’ pose “deeply troubling” legal and ethical questions, says UN Rights Chief Continued vigilance is needed to ensure that new technologies advance rather than destroy human rights and in spite of the scale of these changes existing international laws governing the conduct of armed conflict remain applicable and states must ensure that they are applied, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said in a statement issued to mark Human Rights Day yesterday. Pillay said modern technology has changed the way human rights work... 


Sri Lanka: Indebtedness, militarisation and the threat against all human rights

Published : 12:00 am  December 11, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  504 views  |  

A statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission to mark Human Rights Day International Human Rights Day is a day for the celebration of human dignity. It is an appropriate date to take stock of what progress, if any, has been made in the promotion and protection of human rights in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, there is no progress to record and, instead, what is quite visible is the Government’s rejection of all responsibility to protect any of the human rights. Extrajudicial killings The Government has not made any attempt to discontinue with extrajudicial killings. Instead, a permissiveness for such extrajudicial killings is being demonstrated continuously. The killing of persons after arrest... 


Nelson Mandela: From apartheid fighter to President and unifier

Published : 12:00 am  December 7, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  827 views  |  

Reuters: Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war. “The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come,” Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994. “We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.” In 1993, Mandela was awarded the Nobel... 


Unfair impeachment in six hours

Published : 12:00 am  December 7, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  423 views  |  

By Lawyers for Justice Can anyone believe that the entire inquiry proper was concluded within six hours –about five hours of one continuous sitting, for examining and recording the evidence of 16 witnesses and marking over 1,000 pages of documents, and 20 minutes for considering and approving the final report. The Chief Justice of the country was summarily dismissed without a fair trial, in secrecy, in her absence, on the findings of a partial panel, without the four Opposition members, and after denying her right to a legitimate defence, contrary to all principles of natural justice? The final determining panel of seven was one-sided, of only Government ministers. How was it possible to finish... 


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