Monthly Archives: September 2012


More Sri Lankan asylum seekers return to Colombo instead of Nauru

A second group of Sri Lankan men left Christmas Island this morning, choosing instead to return to Colombo rather than be sent to Nauru while their claims for asylum were processed.
“Regular transfers to Nauru and more Sri Lankans returning home is further proof that people smugglers only sell lies and make false promises about what […]

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By | Published on September 30, 2012 at 8:36 am

Sri Lanka most cost effective tourist destination for Britons says report

Head east for long-haul value

Britons in search of winter sun will find their money stretching farthest in Sri Lanka and south-east Asia, new research has shown.

Sri Lanka is the most cost-effective long-haul destination for Britons, according to the Post Office Photo: ALAMY

The Post Office’s annual “Long Haul Report”, which compares the cost of restaurant meals, drinks […]

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By | Published on September 30, 2012 at 6:48 am

Stunned at anti India sentiment: India to discuss Kudankulam nuclear power plant with Sri Lanka –

NEW DELHI: Taken aback by what it describes as “propaganda” in Sri Lanka against the
Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India has offered to discuss the safety aspect of the pressurized water reactors with Lankan authorities. The dialogue mechanism between the two nations for cooperation on nuclear issues will include talks on Kudankulam safety when a Sri […]

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By Times of India | Published on September 30, 2012 at 6:36 am

The Menik Farm Lie: ‘Who says we are resettled’ asks an IDP

“As you know the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place in Geneva in November, 2012. It is through this the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) will examine the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. The government wants to score marks by announcing that they were able to re-settle all the IDPs who were […]

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By Nirmala Kannangara | Published on September 30, 2012 at 6:20 am

The elusive game changer in Sri Lanka’s politics

However much the Opposition in general or the United National Party in particular, tries to
dislodge the present incumbent regiment, they will not succeed unless and until they find a game-changing issue.
Deified by some
If an issue is found that has the potential for changing the game, the issue itself will find a leader to lead the […]

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By Vishnuguptha | Published on September 30, 2012 at 3:54 am

“Why can’t we all just get along”`

Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye with one another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship….So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth -Bahaullah(Unity)
This column dedicated to the fulfillment of the aspirations of Sri Lankan society turns its
spotlight […]

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By Lakshman Indranath Keerthisinghe | Published on September 29, 2012 at 5:45 am

Rajapaksas have rendered the judiciary as subservient as the armed forces or the police

“…they were cunning, ignorant and cruel like old beasts of prey and…if we let ourselves be overcome by fear or piety, they would finally destroy us”. Jose Luis Borges (Ragnarök)
The king can do no wrong’ was a foundational premise of absolute monarchy. The Rajapaksas
have taken this anti-democratic concept to the nethermost extreme. In Rajapaksa Sri […]

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By Tisaranee Gunasekara | Published on September 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Sri Lanka’s internet freedom deteriorating as world govts grow increasingly repressive online

“Countries at Risk: As part of its analysis, Freedom House identified a number of important countries that are seen as particularly vulnerable to deterioration in the coming 12 months: Azerbaijan, Libya, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka” – Report
Washington DC: Brutal attacks against bloggers, politically motivated surveillance, proactive manipulation of web content, and restrictive laws […]

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By Freedom House | Published on September 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

The government, the LLRC and what civil society can do

“The entire section of the LLRC Report that deals with the issue of missing and disappeared persons and the trauma it has wreaked on the lives of possibly tens of thousands of families has been entirely ignored by the LLRC Action Plan. As many as nine LLRC recommendations that are in paragraphs 9.43 to 9.60 […]

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By Dr. Jehan Perera | Published on September 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Reformists must criticise the ruling regime and the Rajapaksas not Ranil

The Reformists
The Reformist groups’ attempt to oust the current leader of the United National Party seems to
have experienced some serious setbacks. Ranil Wickremesinghe is still the leader; his Working Committee is still intact and as committed to him as it was at the height of the crisis. Although the Party suffered yet another humiliating electoral […]

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By Vishnuguptha | Published on September 24, 2012 at 8:06 am


Issues

boat people sri lankans return home from aus 092012

More Sri Lankan asylum seekers return to Colombo instead of Nauru

A second group of Sri Lankan men left Christmas Island this morning, choosing instead to return to Colombo rather than be sent to Nauru while ...

Travel

sri lanka tourism

Sri Lanka most cost effective tourist destination for Britons says report

Head east for long-haul value Britons in search of winter sun will find their money stretching farthest in Sri Lanka and south-east Asia, new research has ...

Issues

Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant

Stunned at anti India sentiment: India to discuss Kudankulam nuclear power plant with Sri Lanka –

NEW DELHI: Taken aback by what it describes as “propaganda” in Sri Lanka against the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant Kudankulam nuclear power plant, India has offered to ...

Human Rights

menik farm relocationsept2012

The Menik Farm Lie: ‘Who says we are resettled’ asks an IDP

“As you know the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place in Geneva in November, 2012. It is through this the United Nations Human Rights ...

Issues

Ranil meets Mahinda at Temple Trees. (File photo)

The elusive game changer in Sri Lanka’s politics

However much the Opposition in general or the United National Party in particular, tries to Frenemies? Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe (L) greets External Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris ...

Issues

Ethnic harmony

“Why can’t we all just get along”`

‘Can We All Get Along’Rodney King, whose beating by four white police officers in 1991 was captured on videotape, exacerbating racial tensions in Los Angeles, ...

Issues

Malaka Silva being released on bail

Rajapaksas have rendered the judiciary as subservient as the armed forces or the police

“…they were cunning, ignorant and cruel like old beasts of prey and…if we let ourselves be overcome by fear or piety, they would finally destroy ...

Issues

internet freedom

Sri Lanka’s internet freedom deteriorating as world govts grow increasingly repressive online

“Countries at Risk: As part of its analysis, Freedom House identified a number of important countries that are seen as particularly vulnerable to deterioration in ...

Opinion

Blake and Rajapaksa

The government, the LLRC and what civil society can do

“The entire section of the LLRC Report that deals with the issue of missing and disappeared persons and the trauma it has wreaked on the ...

Issues

ranil wick

The Reformists must criticise the ruling regime and the Rajapaksas not Ranil

The Reformists The Reformist groups’ attempt to oust the current leader of the United National Party seems to Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe (L) and Mahinda Rajapakse (in ...