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Liberals for Gota? Politics at the hour of populism/s - By Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana

2019-08-21 08:43:00

As the SLPP National Convention was taking place in Colombo, an intriguing dialogue was taking place on a social media platform between two people this writer seldom agrees with, but nonetheless acknowledges their commitment to their convictions,..


Nobel laureate Amartya Sen slams decision to revoke occupied Kashmir’s special status

2019-08-20 21:28:00

Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has slammed the Narendra Modi-led government’s decision to revoke occupied Kashmir’s special status, saying that India had ’’lost the reputation’’ of being the world’s first non-Western country to adopt a democratic system...


Sri Lanka names war veteran as army chief, U.S., U.N. critical of decision

2019-08-20 16:45:00

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of serious human rights violations...


Controversies fore amidst Avant Garde case as opinions scuffle between CID and AG

2019-08-18 13:26:00

About four years later, the Avant Garde issue has come to the fore again. The IMO 8107036 MV Avant Garde was seized by the Navy on October 6, 2015, along with automatic, semi-automatic firearms and ammunition, off the coast of Galle Harbor...


Nehru and Patel: Rivals or comrades?

2019-08-17 13:30:00

The best biography of Vallabhbhai Patel has been written by Rajmohan Gandhi. Based on full access to Patel’s own papers, it is a rich account of his life and struggles, set against the context of the historical forces which shaped them...


Modi’s Speech Highlights How Closely He’s Working With RSS

2019-08-17 12:20:00

The thrice-banned RSS (once during British times) is the new establishment. Courtesy its acolyte, Prime Minister Narendra Modi...


Greenland: Trump warned that island cannot be bought from Denmark

2019-08-17 09:39:00

Greenland has said it is ’’not for sale’’ after President Donald Trump stated that he would like the US to buy the world’s biggest island...


Palestinian infants and children are dying!

2019-08-16 17:20:00

’’There are no new Palestinian patients,’’ said Dr. Raz Somech, the director of general pediatrics at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan. “Many of them are being sent to Jordan or Egypt, and many more don’t even make it to those places...


Sri Lanka needs a president hungry for success, not power

2019-08-16 13:33:00

The late John F. Kennedy described politics as a “noble adventure, an adventure in which one joins hands with the masses for the service of man”. Not that the Kennedys didn’t play “politricks” in their heyday...


Is Sri Lanka on the road to authoritarianism?

2019-08-15 14:10:00

The announcement in Colombo on Sunday by former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa that his brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa will be his party’s presidential candidate in the election due to be held before December 8 electrifies the politics in the island country...


Diaspora not spared in Sri Lanka

2019-08-14 20:06:00

What is a diaspora? The terminology originated from ancient Greek, meaning to “scatter / spread”. It defines a scattered population separated from its indigenous territories, in an unknown host territory where they are cordially welcomed...


Sri Lanka’s Muslims ’demonised’ after Easter bombings

2019-08-13 13:23:00

Until a few months ago, Mohammed Iliyas, was doing a thriving business in his hardware shop in western Sri Lanka. Now trade has plummeted and his losses are mounting...


My God not Gotabaya as President of Sri Lanka

2019-08-12 16:45:00

Mangala Samaraweera may be only a fashion designer but he was pretty serious when he in a FB posting said- Truth be told, the entire Rajapaksa family represents thuggery, corruption, deception and a flagrant disdain for democratic values and independent institutions...


Voice of Mayawati disappears, while Pandits woo

2019-08-10 23:50:00

Upon abolishing political autonomy given to Kashmir state of India via revoking sector 370 of the Constitution, the future of a whole subcontinent is being steered to the edge of a mass decimation...


Modi’s act of tyranny in Kashmir will soon be the blueprint for all of India

2019-08-10 14:08:00

The Hindu-supremacist government of India, headed by Narendra Modi, has just carried out a coup of India’s constitution and with Kashmir’s autonomy...


Not Just J&K, Even Congress Lost Its ‘Special Status’ in Opposition Within 48 Hours

2019-08-09 19:45:00

The Gandhi family appears to be losing its grip on the party with the continuing delay in choosing a successor to Rahul Gandhi...


Bolsonaro has blessed ‘brutal’ assault on Amazon, sacked scientist warns

2019-08-09 15:20:00

Illegal loggers are ramping up a “brutal, fast” assault on the Brazilian Amazon with the blessing of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, the sacked head of the government agency tasked with monitoring deforestation has warned...


Re-emergence of Islamic Radicalism - A warning

2019-08-09 15:00:00

From the inception of Islam, each and every groups and sects of Islam has been threatening and oppressing the people who do not accept the conditions imposed by Islam...


Indian transgender couple tie knot in landmark ‘rainbow wedding’

2019-08-08 19:54:00

An Indian transgender couple who both underwent sex re-assignment have tied the knot in a traditional Bengali ceremony, in what is believed to be the state’s first “rainbow wedding”...


Kashmir: Pakistan will ‘go to any extent’ to protect Kashmiris

2019-08-07 14:09:00

Pakistan has vowed to take any measure necessary to “stand by” people in Kashmir, where an unprecedented communications blackout continues a day after the Indian government said it would revoke the territory’s special status and divide it in two...


Peace and harmony through literature: Buddhism and Thirukkural

2019-08-06 00:22:00

It is a great pleasure and privilege for me to have this opportunity to deliver the valedictory speech at this international conference on ‘Peace and harmony through literature: Thirukkural,’ a universal literature. Thank you for inviting me...


’Something resembling hell’: How does the rest of the world view the UK?

2019-08-05 14:10:00

Three years after the referendum, and hovering on the brink of a no-deal Brexit, international journalists share their thoughts...


Why a Gota Presidency is bad for Sri Lanka

2019-08-05 13:36:00

Two menaces have stalked Sri Lanka since our independence. One is communal politics to win elections and the other is stoking racial resentments. Mahinda Rajapaksa and family did just that to stay in power and finally people got sick of them and threw them out in disgust...


England would be better off without Scotland, Tory candidate said

2019-08-05 08:32:00

Conservative vying to win back Bedford seat said taxpayers south of the border are ‘fleeced’ by Scots...


Sri Lanka: Why it’s time to return to this up and coming travel destination

2019-08-04 08:51:00

Walking along a dirt road on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast late one afternoon in 2013, I met an elderly woman pottering in her garden...


Murals by Jean Arasanayagam seen and read through an Australian Eye

2019-08-03 11:36:00

In the early morning on the beach in Tasmania the water is puckered by wind. The sun has created a drawbridge across the sea and onto the silver sand. Occasional bunches of crinkled seaweed rest in their shadows and the serenity is palpable...


Scientists ’create world’s first human-monkey hybrid’ in controversial trial

2019-08-03 11:08:00

Scientists claim to have created the world’s first human-monkey hybrid using groundbreaking scientific techniques...


Human Rights Laws – UN Envoy’s Responsibility

2019-08-02 16:00:00

I recently said to a Tamil Teacher - not to mark rights and wrongs but to connect ‘what’ (happened) with ‘why’ (it happened). Often we resort to this when we do not have comfort for our pain through other pathways. Knowing why helps cure the causes within our control. Other causes do not result in deep pain...


Illegal Migrants or Natural Gypsies?

2019-08-02 15:26:00

All of us have relations when we are born. As per my mind, a relationship is a pathway that connects our body to Oneness in another...


Black July 1983 - 36th Year of Remembrance

2019-08-01 09:59:00

’’Stop the Cycle of Violence and Genocide against Tamils in Sri Lanka,’’ panel discussion by BTF in association with APPG for Tamils...