Monthly archives: April, 2013

Casinos conflict with culture of Sri Lanka – Relocate them elsewhere

– by Shenali Waduge – The religious texts of Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam all explicitly prohibit and discourages gambling and other such related vices. Nevertheless, numerous casinos have been operating in Sri Lanka over the years. It has now emerged that one of the world’s biggest and most famous casino operators is eyeing on setting…



Possible electricity tariff reduction

Against the backdrop of widespread public outrage against the recent electricity tariff hike, Power and Energy Ministry officials said yesterday that there “would be a possibility of bringing down electricity prices for the low income category.”…



Ban Hate Speech – Begin with the Bible and Koran

  – by Shenali Waduge – Everybody looked forward to the Rally for Unity – a vigil held in Colombo on 28 April 2013 to oppose hate speech. The event was marred and exposed by the reporting of BBC’s Charles Haviland who showed the hypocrisy of the entire exercise “About 500 people have marched through…



Prabakaran kept India out of Sri Lanka – why are we not doing the same?

  – by Shenali Waduge – India admits that initial training for Tamil militant groups including LTTE was given by India and that training continued from post 1983 to 1987 which is why the Indian Government took pains to remove details of India’s training from the Jain Commission report. Be that as it may, Prabakaran…



Carr rules out Sri Lanka CHOGM boycott

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he will not boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka over allegations of human rights violations. Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser called for Australia to skip the conference, which is scheduled to be held in November, following reports of the…



No Confidence Motion against Pavithra

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has intensified its campaign against the electricity tariff hike by handing over a No –Confidence Motion in Parliament against Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, informed sources said yesterday….



Sri Lanka’s position understood at Commonwealth – GL at meetings in Hambantota

Despite the well planned and persistent attempts, in some quarters, to re-canvass the decision to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November this year, the government has been able to defeat those efforts and it is a matter for satisfaction that justice has been done, Minister of External Affairs…



Couple die on Southern Expressway accident

A couple died when the van they were travelling, plunged from a bridge close to the Baddegama interchange on the Southern Expressway yesterday morning. The victims were identified as Piyasena Rubasinghe, 77, elder brother of former Information Director and President’s Media Coordinator Ariya Rubasinghe and his wife Chandra, 60….



Railway strike called off again

Railway trade unions have decided to temporarily suspended their scheduled strike from midnight today, demanding a pay raise, after discussion with transport authorities….



Sri Lanka, India discuss maritime boundary issues

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – Beijing: Sri Lanka and India have had more talks on issues relating to the Maritime Boundary Line dividing both countries, the Sri Lanka Navy said on Friday….



Duminda meets MR

Duminda Silva who left Nawaloka Hospital a short while ago went straight to President’s House to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a private radio channel that belongs to his brother said….



Cancel CHOGM – Disband the Commonwealth – Honor Reparations for 50 plus nations

  – by Shenali Waduge – The decision to hold the 23rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting or CHOGM in Sri Lanka was endorsed by a proposal made in 2009 by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the CHOGM summit held in Trinidad and Tobago. But in an “All together chorus” the bandwagon of…



Anglo-American Belgian culpability for the murders of African martyr Patrice Lumumba and UN Chief Dag Hammerskjold

  They plundered nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America. They divided nations and people. They ransacked nations, brutally murdered and quelled every effort made by indigenous people to safeguard their lands from Western European intruders. They did this carrying the Bible in one hand and the sword in the other. They left these nations…



Two Japanese Naval Ships arrive at the Port of Colombo

Two Japanese naval ships, Akebono DD- 108 and Hamagiri DD- 155, arrived at the Port of Colombo for logistics requirements on 25th April 2013. The ships were en route for Counter Piracy Operations off the Coast of Somaliya and in the Gulf of Aden. They were welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in accordance with…



Who are the Presstitutes?

– by Shenali Waduge – Press-titutes is a term coined by Gerald Celente combining the words Press + Prostitute and has been defined by the Urban Dictionary as “a member of the media who will alter their story and reporting based on financial interests or other ties with usually partisan individuals or groups”. An alternate…



New Democratic Party campaign to pressure government to boycott Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka

– Submitted by Walter Jayawardhana – OTTAWA – The NDP is putting pressure on the Harper government to boycott this year’s Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka as a protest against the country’s human rights record….