Communal Politics – The bane of a nation!

Published : 12:01 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  385 views  |  

By Hilmy Ahamed It is unfortunate that Sri Lankans have begun to vote on ethnic considerations. Politicians from minority communities, except those aligned to the TNA have continued to exploit the political opportunities and ensure their wellbeing–always. The nexus between the TNA and the United National Party can be labeled as “nothing better”. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) are branded as amongst the worst wheeler-dealers. Is the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) joining the race? The declaration of the next presidential or general elections would bring out the contest amongst the two main political alliances to bid for allegiance of these sectarian... 


‘Australia’s G20 Agenda’

Published : 12:00 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

By Tony Abbott In a few days, the leaders of G20 economies will arrive in Australia for the Brisbane Summit. Six years ago, the impacts of the global financial crisis reverberated throughout the world. While those crisis years are behind us, we still struggle with its legacy of debt and joblessness. The challenge for G20 leaders is clear – to lift growth, boost jobs and strengthen financial resilience. We need to encourage demand to ward off the deflation that threatens the major economies of Europe.   Finding new momentum The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde has urged us to find new momentum with more growth, more jobs, better growth and better jobs.... 


Elevating Sri Lanka-Kenya trade ties

Published : 12:00 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  312 views  |  

Following is the speech by the Secretary of Industry and Commerce Anura Siriwardena at the first meeting of the Trade Committee Meeting with Kenya, held from 11-12 November in Colombo   Your Excellency Nelson Ndirangu, Ambassador of Kenya, distinguished delegates both from Kenya and Sri Lanka, ladies and gentlemen, it is a great pleasure and privilege for me to welcome the distinguished delegation of Kenya led by Ambassador of Kenya Nelson Ndirangu to the first meeting of the Trade Committee Meeting between Sri Lanka and Kenya. I am confident that today’s meeting would be a historic event for both Sri Lanka and Kenya as it is expected to pave the way for enhanced trade, economic and commercial... 


Nearly third of Cabinet charged with crimes, despite Modi pledge

Published : 12:00 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  311 views  |  

Reuters: Attempted murder, waging war on the state, criminal intimidation and fraud are some of the charges on the rap sheets of ministers Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed to the Cabinet on Sunday, jarring with his pledge to clean up politics. Seven of 21 new ministers face prosecution, taking the total in the 66-member Cabinet to almost one third, a higher proportion than before the weekend expansion. At least five people in the Cabinet have been charged with serious offences such as rape and rioting. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said any suggestions there were criminals in the Cabinet were “completely baseless”. “These are cases arising out of criminal accusations, not cases out... 


New road names: Way to heaven!

Published : 12:16 am  November 11, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  528 views  |  

Several persons and organisations have expressed strong disapproval of the prevalent (mad) frenzy of renaming roads. In my view, this is in one of the most vulgar aspects of politics of today. The names of roads and Government buildings change so fast now even the residents are not sure which road they live in! A road after all is a permanent feature and its value is based on its recognisability. We don’t hear of roads names in stable countries like the UK, USA, Singapore or even in India ever changing in this manner. We know that all this is politically-motivated and is one way in which the Government is cunningly subverting various social and political factors which could stand against them.... 


MR’s third term: Reference to Supreme Court

Published : 12:00 am  November 10, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  522 views  |  

By H.K. Seneviratne The Registrar of the Supreme Court by letter dated 2nd  November 2014 addressed to the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka has stated   His Lordship the Hon. Chief Justice has directed the Registrar of the Supreme Court to inform the President of the Bar Association that His Excellency the President in terms of Article 129 (1) of the Constitution, has referred to the Supreme Court  the following questions for its consideration and for an opinion to be submitted to His Excellency on or before  10th November2014 :- “(a). Whether in terms of Article 31 (3A)(a)(i) of the Constitution, as amended by the 18th Amendment, I, as the incumbent President, serving my... 


GOSL hits back at UNHRC Chief

Published : 12:00 am  November 10, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  406 views  |  

Following the news release on 7 November 2014 by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning disinformation designed to discredit the UN investigation on Sri Lanka, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva Ravinatha Aryasinha has sent the following communication to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also copying it to the President of the Human Rights Council Baudelaire Ndong Ella,. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein High Commissioner for Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Geneva Dear High Commissioner, I write with reference to the news release by your office dated 7 November 2014 titled ‘Zeid condemns persistent disinformation... 


Supreme Court cannot become party to a political trick

Published : 12:10 am  November 8, 2014  |  Category: MAIN IMAGE, Opinion and Issues  |  3 Comments  |  1,276 views  |  
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According to a letter written to the Bar Association by the Registrar of the Supreme Court, the President of Sri Lanka has, under Article 129(1) of the Constitution, referred two questions to the Supreme Court for its consideration. The Court has been asked to submit its opinion to the President on or before the 10th of November 2014. A careful reading of the two questions, posed in the letter as (a) and (b), makes it clear that what is being attempted is a political trick; the Court’s opinion has been requested in order to give credence to the political scheme. The Supreme Court needs to refuse to submit an opinion in terms of this request for the following reasons: As Article 129(1) of the... 


How to pick the common candidate

Published : 12:00 am  November 8, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  570 views  |  

A common opposition candidate is commonly regarded as a good idea but on second glance isn’t necessarily so. It can be a good idea but only in one set of circumstances. That is if the common candidate is capable of securing the largest number of votes against the incumbent, thereby ensuring a real race for the presidency, which can restore some balance to the political system also by acting as a springboard for an opposition victory at the parliamentary election or a referendum. Thus the real question that should be posed is who the candidate would be who can get the most votes. On the surface it would seem that this would be the candidate who can secure the endorsement of the largest number... 


Sri Lanka landslide deaths linked to early warning failures

Published : 12:00 am  November 8, 2014  |  Category: Opinion and Issues  |  Leave a Comment  |  428 views  |  

  Thomson Reuters Foundation: Four days before the village of Meeriyabedda was swept by a landslide that killed at least 10 people, district officials received early warning that the area was in danger – but those warnings were not effectively relayed to villagers, officials said this week. Closing such gaps in early warning systems is becoming increasingly crucial as Sri Lanka is hit by a growing number of disasters caused by extreme weather linked to climate change, experts say. During the third week of October, after heavy rainfall, the National Building Resources Organisation (NBRO) issued warnings that the region around Meeriyabedda was in danger of landslides, including a specific... 


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