Government can’t be toppled when the working masses are with it: President

Published : 12:00 am  May 3, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  291 views  |  

No treacherous element in the country or foreign force can change the Government as long as the working masses are with the Government, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. “The working masses have been able to celebrate May Day under one banner due to their commitment and dedication. We are reaping the benefits of the resilience and the commitment of the working masses,” the President said. The President was addressing the UPFA May Day rally at Campbell Park in Borella on 1 May. “The Government will not bow down to any pressure and is not prepared to reverse the ongoing efforts to build the country under any circumstances,” the President stated. “We will never bow down and no one can... 


“Continuing violations of Commonwealth Charter by the Chair-in-office”

Published : 12:00 am  May 1, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  731 views  |  

UNP MP Mangala Samaraweera writes to Commonwealth Secretary General His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma Secretary General of the Commonwealth Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom Your Excellency, It is as a matter of great urgency that we are compelled to bring to your attention the continuous flaunting of Commonwealth values by the current Chair of your esteemed organisation and the failure of the Commonwealth to take meaningful steps to rectify this dire situation. The most recent incident of State-orchestrated violence occurred in the home district of the Commonwealth’s present Chairman in office Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, when five Parliamentarians of... 


Tackling unemployment and inequality to revive growth

Published : 12:00 am  May 1, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  572 views  |  

Following is the statement by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder to the International Monetary and Financial Committee and Development Committee last month Weak labour markets and increasing inequality cause recovery to falter A massive global jobs gap which opened at the height of the financial crisis continues to widen and will do so in the years ahead unless growth both accelerates and is also job-rich. Weakness of global demand is holding back employment creation and wages which in turn is feeding back to retard recovery further. One consequence is a slowing of the pace of poverty reduction in the developing world. The global economy is not yet on a path to strong, sustainable and balanced... 


Torture over Buddha tattoo

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  665 views  |  

The arrest, jailing and the deportation of a British woman over a tattoo has seriously harmed Sri Lanka’s image as a peaceful, tolerant and a visitor-friendly nation. The 37-year-old woman tourist, Naomi Coleman, was allowed into the country, but it seems a taxi driver at the airport drove her to the police station after a dispute over the fare. A chain of events kicked in and there are allegations that police demanded bribes to set her free. She makes a more serious allegation that a “lawyer” extorted Rs. 5,000 from her, but did not represent her and she was also not allowed a hearing. These are very serious allegations and merits intervention by the Chief Justice. It will not be difficult... 


“Our fight is for all Sri Lankans”: BBS CEO

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, Columnists, Opinion  |  7 Comments  |  3,966 views  |  
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 Asserts BBS fight is against wrongdoings and corruption in Sri Lanka Wants resettlement to take place for all people, not only Muslims Says Sinhala Buddhists true minority in danger and live in fear Charges media creating unnecessary hatred towards BBS Requests Sinhala Buddhists to refrain from gaming, clubbing, consuming alcohol The controversial Bodu Bala Organisation says banning casinos will only worsen the situation. “Our great kings used the same means as ways of increasing country’s income. People in a country with true Buddhist practices will not engage in casinos, gaming and similar activities,” asserts Dilantha Withanage, Chief Executive Officer of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). “There... 


Korean growth experience and its relevance to Sri Lanka today

Published : 12:00 am  April 28, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion, W. A. Wijewardena  |  5 Comments  |  4,629 views  |  
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Learning by sharing experiences with KDI School Professor Jin Park of the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, a reputed research and higher learning institution in South Korea, recently delivered a lecture under Global Development Learning Network or GDLN Seminar Series on Lessons from Korea’s Development to participants in a host of Asian countries including Sri Lanka. The program is delivered under its distance learning training system and its local host has been the Colombo based Distance Learning Centre, popularly known as DLC. In this lecture series, the participants get an opportunity to interact with the resource person to seek clarifications, record their dissent if any or comment... 


Eran urges Speaker to act against Mattala mob

Published : 12:00 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  4,935 views  |  

UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne has urged Speaker to act against Mattala mob which attacked a group of Opposition MPs who were on an inspection tour of sea and air ports in Hambantota recently. “I request that appropriate action be taken against the UPFA Mayor of Hambantota, the other individuals who were part of the unlawful assembly acting in furtherance of the said breaches of parliamentary privileges, and the police officers who aided and abetted by their inaction, including the police spokesperson, who also demonstrably aided and abetted the breaches by his subsequent interest in attempting to cover up the police inaction and the breaches, by trifling the criminal acts which took place,”... 


Why I have little sympathy for the Buddha tattoo tourist

Published : 12:00 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  622 views  |  

There’s no excuse for tourists getting in trouble in Sri Lanka for cultural insensitivity – just do a little research before travelling By Amantha Perera The Guardian: The arrest and pending deportation of a 37-year-old British nurse, Naomi Coleman, from Sri Lanka for sporting a tattoo of a meditating Buddha on her right arm has once again raised the issue of tourists being woefully unaware of religious and cultural sensitivities in places they visit. Coleman was still being held a day after her arrest and deportation order. She told the media that she had visited the country twice before and had had no problems regarding the tattoo. This time it was spotted before she could leave the... 


SAPRI clears the air on its ‘Religious Harmony’ program

Published : 12:00 am  April 26, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  359 views  |  

Following is a release from the South Asia Policy & Research Institute (SAPRI) in relation to its ‘Religious Harmony – Building an Inclusive Society’ program The South Asia Policy & Research Institute (SAPRI) has noted that several diverse and speculative views have been expressed with regard to our program for ‘Religious Harmony – Building an Inclusive Society’. We therefore, wish to clarify the reasons that led us to initiate the project. SAPRI is a South Asian organisation which formulates policy and engages in advocacy on subjects of importance to the region. It is a non-political, non-governmental, regional organisation. Its Board is comprised of eminent Sri Lankan... 


Faiszer Musthapha takes on BBS

Published : 12:00 am  April 24, 2014  |  Category: Opinion  |  2 Comments  |  1,536 views  |  

By Faiszer Musthapha I wish to convey my grave anguish and great concern in regard to the action of misguided elements which is calculated to vilify Islam and the Muslim community and thereby endanger the harmonious relations that have prevailed in this country between the Muslims and other communities. In this context, I am gravely perturbed by the statement made by the Rev.Galaboda Athe Gnanasara, the Secretary of the BBS who was portrayed on television. This is a grotesque distortion of the Holy Quran which contains no such injunction and this fabrication is calculated to arouse the feelings of the Muslims. The Holy Quran, to us Muslims, is the word of God and our undisputed guide. The above... 


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