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Monks In Politics Should Avoid The Three Poisons
[ Friday, 03-02-2017 8:42:46 ]

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Buddhist monks have by, now, been accepted or at least tolerated by our society as simultaneous political players. Soon after the assassination of SWRD Bandaranaike by a Buddhist monk and the revelation that high profile Sangha like Buddharakkita were behind the conspiracy, Sri Lankan society began to openly repudiate the very idea of the saffron community being seen


CBK Drops Bombshell, Says No Need For War Crimes Probe
[ Friday, 03-02-2017 8:38:34 ]

Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts appeared to face more setbacks, with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga dropping a bombshell and ruling out the involvement of courts to probe war crimes committing during the final stages of the war in 2009. Kumaratunga, who is also the head of the Office for the National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) said that what is urgent now


Good Governance And Corruption
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 10:03 ]

By Lionel Bopage – Good Governance a key challenge Sri Lanka has faced and spectacularly failed to deliver for most of its modern history. This challenge is not only about individuals, but systemic, spread across all spheres: socio-economic, political, judicial, cultural, arts and science. Most countries across the world have also suffered the scourge of corruption, some have succeeded in p


Tamil Question: No Heroes, No Traitors
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 9:53 ]

By Vishwamithra1984 – “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ~Bertrand Ru


The Donoughmore Heritage – Roll Back On Equality & The Challenge Of Identity Politics
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 9:49 ]

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – This paper celebrates the 85 years of universal suffrage in Sri Lanka that came with the Donoughmore Constitution in 1931 with its


Video: Gnanasara Charged For Obstructing Police And Damaging State Properties
[ Tuesday, 31-01-2017 6:55 ]

ඥානසාර Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara who thretened police officers and used ‘Sudda Sinhala filth’ in June 2012 at Pinnaduwa was charged fo


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Monks In Politics Should Avoid The Three Poisons
[ Friday, 03-02-2017 8:42 ]

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Buddhist monks have by, now, been accepted or at least tolerated by our society as simultaneous political players. Soon after the assassination of SWRD Bandaranaike by a Buddhist monk and the revelation that high profile Sangha like Buddharakkita were behind the conspiracy, Sri Lankan society began to openly repudiate the very idea of the saffron community being seen

CBK Drops Bombshell, Says No Need For War Crimes Probe
[ Friday, 03-02-2017 8:38 ]

Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts appeared to face more setbacks, with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga dropping a bombshell and ruling out the involvement of courts to probe war crimes committing during the final stages of the war in 2009. Kumaratunga, who is also the head of the Office for the National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) said that what is urgent now

MR’s opportune return
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 10:13 ]

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa will no longer be hiding behind his couriers of the joint opposition (JO). Last week, he emerged from the shadows of Abeyaramaya to boldly announce at a rally in Nugegoda that after coming to power, he would recover billions that have allegedly been looted by the incumbent government. His rally at Nugegoda was said to be a very expensive affair: going by the expenses

Special certificate a must for bus drivers from June 1: DMT
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 10:11 ]

All SLTB and private passenger bus drivers must possess a special driving certificate issued after a special training provided by the Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) with effect from June 1, Motor Traffic Department Commissioner General Jagath Chandrasiri said today. This would be along with the driving licence, he said. Addressing media at the DMT head office the Commissioner said the Gazette not

World Bank Distances Itself From Arjuna Mahendran’s Bond Scam
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 10:09 ]

The World Bank has officially distanced itself from the controversial Central Bank bond scam committed by ex-Governor Arjuna Mahendran citing that they are not aware of the international best practices to accurately calculate the potential loss in the case of the past bond auction. In a letter addressed to M. S. B Ekanayake, Secretary to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on December 7, 2016,

In Defence Of The Auditor General: The Govt. Should Not Blind Its ‘Third Eye’
[ Tuesday, 31-01-2017 13:02 ]

By W.A Wijewardena – An Auditor General under fire by political authorities The Auditor General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, a position created by its Constitution, has been of late at the receiving end from political authorities. It is reported that his performance has been subject to severe criticism by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, followed by Prime Min

Video: Gnanasara Charged For Obstructing Police And Damaging State Properties
[ Tuesday, 31-01-2017 6:55 ]

ඥානසාර Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara who thretened police officers and used ‘Sudda Sinhala filth’ in June 2012 at Pinnaduwa was charged for forcible entry to the Southern Expressway, obstructing police duties and damaging State properties. The Homagama Police on Monday has filed a charge sheet against Ganasara and two other monks namely Witharandeniye Nanda and

An Advertisement For Independence
[ Tuesday, 31-01-2017 6:44 ]

By Uditha Devapriya – Recently I was asked to suggest a good tagline for Independence Day. The selling point was the main theme engendered by February 4, freedom. Such taglines, however, are notoriously difficult to come up with, so after days of thinking and scribbling, I was given an idea to pursue: instead of freedom, we’d opt for a different theme. That theme would be the perennial pr

The LTTE Overseas Network: A Bunch Of Sadistic Idiots
[ Tuesday, 31-01-2017 6:41 ]

By Pitasanna Shanmugathas – The following is a commentary on an article written by DBS Jeyaraj in which he exposes the overseas LTTE network’s plot to assassinate TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran in two instances: December 12th of 2016 and January 13th of 2017. The plot to assassinate Sumanthiran, however, did not succeed or materialize due to certain unforeseeable circumstances. Neve

Cut On The Funds To Jaffna College And Uduvil Girls’ College: Trustees Note Serious Irregularities In Administration
[ Tuesday, 17-01-2017 8:45 ]

Colombo Telegraph now has access to a letter sent by the Trustees of Jaffna College Funds based in Boston, USA which states that the Trustees have decided to reduce the funds allocated to both Jaffna College, Vaddukoddai and Uduvil Girls’ College for the first quarter of the year 2017 by 20%. This letter, signed by The Rev Richard H. Huleatt, the President of the Trustees of Jaffna College F

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Blessing or Curse?
[ Monday, 19-09-2016 8:53 ]

Given the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, local residents in different parts of the country have – in the absence of sufficient government action against the insurgents – taken up arms to defend themselves. While in some provinces such vigilantes are accused of abuse and harassment, an example in the North Eastern Province of Badakhshan seemingly had positive effects. But even in this example the threat

Giant pandas rebound off endangered list
[ Tuesday, 06-09-2016 9:55 ]

The giant panda is no longer an endangered species, following decades of work by conservationists to save it. The official status of the much-loved animal has been changed from "endangered" to "vulnerable" because of a population rebound in China. The change was announced as part of an update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. But the update als

Japan knife attack leaves 19 dead
[ Tuesday, 26-07-2016 10:49 ]

Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. Such attacks are extremely rare in Japan - the incident is the worst mass killing in decades. Police have arrested a local man, said to be a former employee of the centre, who went to a nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack. He reportedly said he wanted

Attack in Nice: 80 Dead
[ Friday, 15-07-2016 11:00 ]

At least 80 people were killed Thursday night when a truck careened through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. French President François Hollande has said the attack, which also left 18 people in critical condition and dozens more injured, was likely an act of terrorism. According to eyewitness accounts, bodies were sent flying into t

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President responded positively: GMOA
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 9:06 ]

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said President Maithripala Sirisena had given a positive response to its demands during the discussion its members had with the President yesterday afternoon. During the discussion, the GMOA had put forward some issues including their strong opposition to the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement

Govt. opposes Indian bridge, tunnel link to Sri Lanka
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:38 ]

Leader of the House University Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told media yesterday that Sri Lankan government was against India’s plans to build a bridge between Rameshwaram of Southern India and Thalaimannar. Commenting on Indian Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari’s Wednesday statement to the Lok Sabha that India was set to build a sea bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka,

Govt urged to put ‘the right people in the right place along with the right system’
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:32 ]

The 2016 budget does not tally with the economic policy statement laid out by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently and the government needs to start putting the "right people in the right place along with the right system," to genuinely implement reforms to put the country in order, internationally renowned economist Prof. Razeen Sally said. "Sri Lanka's high exposure to external debt has widened her curre

UK-led foreign coalition in overdrive to help GOSL
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:28 ]

Battle against corruption An international coalition led by Britain is now helping the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government stamp out corruption. Deputy British High Commissioner Laura Davies said that the UK would work closely with the US, Australia and Switzerland to help the new administration. Davies is also accredited to the Maldives. Davies said that the UK was in the process of enhancing Sri Lanka’s