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The Dark Side of Norochcholai
The Dark Side of Norochcholai

The term “sustainable development” has been increasingly used among the global community since the 1992 Rio Summit. To achieve this, environmental conservation, supported at a policy level, is crucial. Yet energy production is increasing to keep up with continued industrialisation, globally. Traditionally, these energy needs were fulfilled by burning hydrocarbon…

Groundviews - Oct 16 14:05 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics ]

Minorities say they\'re sidelined by Sri Lanka\'s Parliament
Minorities say they\'re sidelined by Sri Lanka\'s Parliament
Minorities say they're sidelined by Sri Lanka's Parliament

As lawmakers in Sri Lanka celebrate the 70th anniversary of the country's parliamentary democracy, one of the oldest in Asia, minorities including Tamils, Christians and Muslims remain on the fringes of society. Even with some representation in Parliament, the minorities complain they have been sidelined by the majority Buddhist Sinhalese. The Sinhalese-controlled…

AP - Oct 06 15:12 GMT - more ... [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights, History ]

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  • Sri Lankan police clash with protesters, arrest 26

    Sri Lankan police clash with protesters, arrest 26

    Police in Sri Lanka clashed Friday (Oct 6) with hundreds of supporters of the former president who were protesting plans to privatise an airport named after him, firing tear gas and water cannon and arresting 26. The US$210 million airport in Mahinda Rajapakse's home town of Hambantota in the south of the island is one of several state-owned white elephants that…

    AFP - Oct 06 15:05 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • President consolidates position as SLFP leader ahead of local polls

    President consolidates position as SLFP leader ahead of local polls

    With local government polls now ahead, President Maithripala Sirisena has embarked on an ambitious project to consolidate his position as leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Last Thursday evening, he took the unusual step of conducting one-on-one meetings with SLFP ministers, parliamentarians and chief ministers. The venue for the special event was the…

    Sunday Times - Oct 02 13:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics ]

  • Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Ranil presents interim report on new Constitution

    Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday presented an interim report on the drafting of a new Constitution, underscoring that all parties had agreed to an “indivisible state”. Addressing the Constitutional Assembly, Mr. Wickremesinghe said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) had taken the unprecedented position that they would agree with the…

    The Hindu - Sep 21 19:47 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • Sri Lanka jails Rajapakse's top aide over corruption

    Sri Lanka jails Rajapakse\'s top aide over corruption

    Sri Lankan aide to former president Mahinda Rajapakse, Lalith Weeratunga (3L), and former director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita (R) have been jailed for corruption +1 Sri Lankan aide to former president Mahinda Rajapakse, Lalith Weeratunga (3L), and former director-general of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission…

    AFP - Sep 07 10:49 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • NPC can’t support draft 20A outright: CV

    NPC can’t support draft 20A outright: CV

    Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran said yesterday that there was no possibility of them supporting the draft 20th Amendment to the Constitution outright. The Chief Minister expressed these views at a meeting held at the Provincial Council Complex in Kaithady, Jaffna. He said that the government was attempting to take over the powers of the…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 25 14:42 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, SriLanka ]

  • The Road to School

    The Road to School

    For children living in Spring Valley estate, close to Badulla, the day begins at 5:30 am, when they begin to get ready for the bus to school. The bus leaves at 6:20 am and travels for 3 kilometres. From there, it’s another 2 kilometre walk to the Spring Valley Tamil Maha Vidyalaya. The Vice Principal says a few of the children walk the entire way – a journey of…

    Groundviews - Aug 19 15:10 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Ravi, Wijeyadasa and Marapana Manifestation of Govt’s moral predicament

    Ravi, Wijeyadasa and Marapana Manifestation of Govt’s moral predicament

    Marapana and Karunanayake had already resigned whereas Wijeyadasa is still adamant even while challenging the Government unlike the other two. Marapana and Wijeyadasa were accused in 2015 for defending the suspects of the famous Avant Garde case. Both Ministers who had professional or personal links with the heads of the maritime security company, displaying a…

    Daily Mirror - Aug 18 12:59 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, WarCrimes ]

  • Sri Lanka ICTA head Muhunthan Canagey tenders resignation

    Sri Lanka ICTA head Muhunthan Canagey tenders resignation

    Sri Lanka’s head of ICTA Muhunthan Canagey has resigned on Monday after a request from the president. “I have been asked to resign by His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena which was communicated to me by the Hon. Minister Harin Fernando,” he wrote in a letter to the board and staff. His resignation is over the issue of spectrum worth USD25…

    LBO - Aug 14 15:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, SriLanka, Economy ]

  • Court orders police to take AG's advice on Gnanasara Thera

    Court orders police to take AG\'s advice on Gnanasara Thera

    The Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court today ordered the Organized Crimes Preventive Division of the Police to obtain the Attorney General's advice regarding Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galaboda Atte Gnanasara Thera. The charge relates to a complaint he had allegedly committed number of offences including obstruction of police from discharging their…

    CDN - Aug 04 15:13 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Misappropriation of Rs.70 million belonging to Krrish Company: FCID seeks AG’s advice on Namal Rajapaksa

    Misappropriation of Rs.70 million belonging to Krrish Company: FCID seeks AG’s advice on Namal Rajapaksa

    The FCID conducting investigations against Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa, concerning a misappropriation of Rs.70 million belonging to the Krrish Company yesterday informed Court that they have sought Attorney General’s advice regarding possible future legal action into the matter.MP Namal Rajapaksa was arrested for allegedly misappropriating Rs.70 million…

    CDN - Aug 01 16:07 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

    The saga of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution

    Speaking at a book launch last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the draft of Sri Lanka’s new Constitution would be ready by January 2018, yet again shifting the deadline for the challenging task his government took up after coming to power in 2015. As per earlier assurances, the government should have already debated the draft Constitution in…

    The Hindu - Jul 25 00:50 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History ]

  • NFF withdraws from Constitutional Assembly

    NFF withdraws from Constitutional Assembly

    The five Parliamentarians of National Freedom Front (NFF) informed the Speaker in writing that they will be leaving the Constitutional Assembly, today. The five NFF parliamentarians who were elected to parliament after contesting under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) handed over their letter to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya informing that they will be…

    CDN - Jul 19 17:16 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Senior policeman in Lanka held for aiding murder, rape suspect

    Senior policeman in Lanka held for aiding murder, rape suspect

    A senior police officer in Sri Lanka was arrested today for allegedly aiding and abetting a man accused of raping and killing a girl from the minority Tamil community in the northern province, officials said. Deputy Inspector General of Police Lalith Jayasinghe, who was the in-charge of the Jaffna division, landed in the police net for helping the accused flee the…

    PTI - Jul 16 00:18 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, SriLanka ]

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  • Dangerous gamble: Shielding Rajapaksas from investigations

    Dangerous gamble: Shielding Rajapaksas from investigations

    Mr Rajapaksa has had a hand in exploiting minor grievances and escalating them into crisis proportions. Indeed, many of those recent problems stem from the decisions taken during the Rajapaksa presidency -- though that does not mean they were all bad decisions. What is disingenuous however is that Mr. Rajapaksa is now behaving as if he was born yesterday and is…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 11 11:22 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, WarCrimes ]

  • Unity vital for a new Sri Lanka - EDITORIAL

    Unity vital for a new Sri Lanka - EDITORIAL

    Whatever the charges or motives and whatever pressure President Sirisena is facing, most analysts believe there is no option but to continue with the National Unity government where both major parties came together for the first time since independence in 1948. The President and the Prime Minister are still known to have a close relationship because they were the key…

    Daily Mirror - Jul 10 10:34 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

  • Sri Lanka's fugitive monk surrenders

    Sri Lanka\'s fugitive monk surrenders

    A radical Buddhist monk wanted in connection with a string of hate attacks in Sri Lanka surrendered Wednesday after four weeks on the run, police said. Galagodaatte Gnanasara gave himself up before a magistrate and was then arrested in connection with arson attacks targeting the island's minority Muslim community in recent months. Police spokesman Priyantha…

    AFP - Jun 21 13:04 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, HumanRights ]

  • Two NPC ministers found guilty resign

    Two NPC ministers found guilty resign

    The two ministers of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), found guilty by a three-member committee which investigated corruption allegations made against them had tendered their resignation. Education Minister Thambyrajah Gurukularajah tendered his resignation yesterday, while Agriculture Minister Ponnuthurai Ayngaranesan had reportedly handed over his…

    CDN - Jun 21 11:03 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, Jaffna, History ]

  • Patali is helping Gnanasara Thero remain in hiding - Tissa

    Patali is helping Gnanasara Thero remain in hiding - Tissa

    The secretary of the Lanka Sama Samaja Pakshaya (LSSP), Prof. Tissa Vitharana stated that Patali Champika, who according to Vitharana has been identified as the leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), is helping Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thero remain in hiding. Vitharana made these statements during a press conference held in Colombo, earlier today (12). …

    Adaderena - Jun 12 14:53 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

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      - Gnanasara Thera avoids court hearing citing death threats - CDN
  • Sri Lanka police arrest five over religious violence

    Sri Lanka police arrest five over religious violence

    Sri Lanka police have arrested five people including a member of a hardline Buddhist organization for instigating religious violence against Muslims and a Muslim for defaming Buddhism, police said on Sunday. More than 20 attacks on Muslims have been recorded since April 17, including arson at Muslim-owned businesses and petrol-bomb attacks on mosques, while the…

    LBO - Jun 12 13:39 GMT - more ...
    [ Tags: Politics, History, SriLanka ]

    Related:
      - Lanka makes first arrest over Muslim hate crimes - Nation
      - Elephant in Sri Lankan Buddhist procession kills monk - AP
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