Monthly Archives: June 2012


Mass christening of baby elephants held in Sri Lanka

10JUNE2012: 15 baby elephants born at Sri Lanka’s biggest elephant orphanage were christened in a mass service today.
The event, which is the biggest so far held at the Pinnawala orphanage saw the baby elephants being given names chosen from thousands of visitors suggestions.
Some were given western sounding names such as Elvina, whilst others now carry […]

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By | Published on June 14, 2012 at 4:51 am

The long arm of the Sri Lankan government – the harassment of Matthew Lee

The UN should not be taking the side of the bullies, nor should they be adding to the confusion and speculation by failing to renew Lee’s accreditation. As for the UNCA; their role is to stand up for its members, not to expel them and we can see no justification for the continuation of this […]

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By Sri Lanka Campaign For Peace & Justice | Published on June 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Whither Sri Lanka after four decades of being a Republic?

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord Acton (1834-1902) Letter
This column dedicated to the notion of fulfilling the aspirations of Sri Lankan society turns its spotlight on the aspirations of Sri
Lankans to be governed by a constitution that is geared towards ensuring a happy existence in Sri Lanka.
A discussion was held on […]

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By Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe | Published on June 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Surrendering airwaves & liberty to nepotism

A Governance Analysis of Frequency Allocation & TV Rights in Present Sri Lanka
Frequency Allocation- A Grand Corruption?
Understanding the state capture by Kleptocrats does not require a dedicated study; it is easily recognizable. For the benefit of keen
students of governance, let me begin this article with the definition of Kleptocracy: “A form of political and government […]

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By JC Weliamuna | Published on June 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

SRI LANKA: Bane of lost IDs after wartime

 
COLOMBO, 6 June 2012 (IRIN) – Three years after conflict ended in northern Sri Lanka, many thousands of civilians remain separated from their ID cards and other official documents lost in the heat of battle and are consequently unable to access a range of essential government services.
RUNNING FOR YOUR LIFE
From 2008 until the war was […]

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By IRIN | Published on June 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Untapped potential for unity and joint problem solving

Ill feeling towards President Rajapakse
The inability of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver his speech at the opening session of the Commonwealth Business Council
in London last week was a replay of the scuttling of the President’s intention to address the Oxford Union last year. On that occasion there was strong manifestation of ill feeling and even […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on June 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm


Issues

elephants bathing2 pinnawela

Mass christening of baby elephants held in Sri Lanka

10JUNE2012: 15 baby elephants born at Sri Lanka’s biggest elephant orphanage were christened in a mass service today. Two baby elephants play in the water under ...

Issues

United Nations - New York - June 04 2012 - Matthew Russell Lee of Inner City Press, first blogger accredited by the UN as a correspondent and long time UNCA Board member is the man accused of harassment of media colleagues at the UN by five big media members that are seeking his expulsion from the United Nations Correspondents Association. Matthew Lee is accused of write about the UNCA President Giampaolo Pioli receiving money for rent by the Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative Palitha Kohona. ..Credit: Luiz Rampelotto/Europa Newswire.

The long arm of the Sri Lankan government – the harassment of Matthew Lee

The UN should not be taking the side of the bullies, nor should they be adding to the confusion and speculation by failing to renew ...

Issues

Forty years ago this week, at the auspicious time of 12:34 p.m. at the Navarangahala on 22nd May 1972, a new constitution was signed into law, creating the Republic of Sri Lanka. Photo shows then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike

Whither Sri Lanka after four decades of being a Republic?

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord Acton (1834-1902) Letter This column dedicated to the notion of fulfilling the aspirations of Sri Lankan ...

Issues

Talk about lucrative: NFL rights fees are going up for networks that put words in fans' ears.

Surrendering airwaves & liberty to nepotism

A Governance Analysis of Frequency Allocation & TV Rights in Present Sri Lanka Frequency Allocation- A Grand Corruption? Understanding the state capture by Kleptocrats does not require ...

News

Sri Lankan security forces check identity papers of bus passengers in Colombo as part of stepped up security amid fears of more rebel attacks. Image taken from worldpress.org (File photo 2007)

SRI LANKA: Bane of lost IDs after wartime

  When paper is a valuable currency. Photo: Amantha Perera/IRIN COLOMBO, 6 June 2012 (IRIN) – Three years after conflict ended in northern Sri Lanka, many thousands ...

Opinion

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was in London for the Diamond Jubilee celebration of Queen Elizabeth II being welcomed by the Queen when he attended the luncheon hosted by Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma in honour of the Queen at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on Wednesday JUNE 6, 2012. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma were also there.

Untapped potential for unity and joint problem solving

Ill feeling towards President Rajapakse The inability of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to deliver his speech at the opening session of the Commonwealth Business Council President Mahinda Rajapaksa ...