17 April 2015.
The government has deeply associated the BBC with an industry known
mainly for corruption, bribery and contempt for human rights. The BBC Trust is “the
governing body of the BBC”, with the responsibility to ensure that the
Corporation delivers on its mission “to inform, educate and entertain.”
The Trust describes itself as “the guardian of license fee revenue”,
aiming to make the Corporation “simpler, more efficient and more
13 April 2015. The Chair of BAE Systems, Roger Carr, has just been appointed
as Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust. It's a position that comes with a lot
of prestige, and puts him right at the heart of the organisation.
26 April 2015.
Unchallenged by the BBC, Israel was allowed to lie at will as it
pounded Gaza to rubble and wiped out entire Palestinian families.
BBC's airwaves are always available for Israel's propaganda chief Mark Regev to spin his lies unchallenged.
18 April 2015
In today’s context when some of our own leaders have thought it fit to
balkanize the SLFP, it is necessary for the current leaders as well as
the Sinhala masses to be aware that the SLFP was the only Political
Party that stood for the masses of the Sinhala people- the downtrodden-
those who have suffered since the colonial period. As Rohana Wasala
recently said, “The SLFP is the only strong national party that honestly
works to promote the interests of the majority community while doing
the same for the minorities.”
Deputy Minister of Mass Media
Shantha Bandara emphasised most Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarians
who find fault with the present Government are only trying to secure
votes from Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists.
Ceylontoday, 2015-04-25 02:00:00
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BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody Obtaining
injunctions to prevent peaceful opposition protests and demonstrations
violate the freedom of speech, expression, assembly and association
guaranteed in Article 14 (1) (a) (b) (c) of the Constitution and
constitutes an affront to good governance and democracy,
Attorney-at-Law, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said.
I didn’t waste Mahinda Rajapaksa’s time by seeking appointments when he was the
President! But when he lost, I sought a meeting and was promptly told to come
early next morning to a Colombo address. Probably he carried no diary being
without an official secretary.
COLOMBO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan government on Thursday
said that there was no corruption involved in a multi billion dollar
Port City Project in the island nation.
The Sri Lankan government also said that the only concern was if the proper procedures had been followed.
உண்டாக்குபவனே ஒரு எழுத்தாளன்" - கார்ல் கிராஸ் ( பிரபல ஆஸ்திரிய
நாடகாசிரியர் கவிஞர்) விடலைப் பருவத்தின் பிந்திய பகுதிகளில் பாடசாலை
விடுமுறைகளில் ஜெயகாந்தனை தற்செயலாகவாசிக்க நேரிட்டது . மட்டக்களப்பு வாசிக சாலையில் , அதுவும் ஒரு தற்செயல் நிகழ்வாக , அவரின் முதல் நாவலான "வாழ்க்கை அழைக்கிறது" என்ற நாவலையே இரவல்
பெற்று வாசிக்க நேரிட்டது இன்னமும் பசுமையான நிகழ்வாகவே இருக்கிறது. அதுவரை
வாசித்தநாவல்களில்இல்லாத ஒருவிசித்திரஅனுபவத்தை பெற்றதனால் ,அந்த நாவலை
தொடர்ந்து இரண்டு முறை அடுத்தடுத்து வாசிக்க நேரிட்டது மட்டுமல்ல ஜெயகாந்தனை தேடி
வாசிக்க வேண்டும் என்ற ஒரு ஈர்ப்பினையும் அந்த நாவல் ஏற்படுத்தியது.
The World Bank Group's Worldwide Governance Indicators
are: voice and accountability, political stability and absence of
violence, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law and
control of corruption. The defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Sri Lankan
Presidential elections on January 8 is attributed to violations of
these indicators, most notably the control of corruption. His regime was
charged with nepotism, cronyism, abuse of financial transactions and conducting government business as if it were a "family company" (pavul samagama).
The new government led
by Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe (appointed by President
Maithripala Sirisena who won the January 8 elections) has directed much
of its energy towards investigating the charges against the Rajapaksa
regime. Undoubtedly, state monies were squandered and pocketed by
corrupt officials during the Rajapaksa government. Conclusive evidence
of massive financial wrongdoing, however, is yet t…
கூட்டமைப்பின் ஆளுகைக்குள் இருக்கும் வட மாகாணசபை இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் தமிழ்
மக்களை இனப்படுகொலை செய்துள்ளதாகவும், அது சம்பந்தமாக சர்வதேச சமூகம்
தகுந்த விசாரணை நடாத்தி அதற்குப் பொறுப்பானவர்களுக்கு தண்டனை வழங்க
வேண்டும் எனக் கோரி சமீபத்தில் தீர்மானம் ஒன்றை நிறைவேற்றியிருக்கிறது.
இந்தத் தீர்மானம் திடீரென வந்த ஒன்று
அல்ல. இந்தத் தீர்மானத்துக்கான முன்னறிவித்தலை மாகாணசபை உறுப்பினரும்,
இனப்பற்று என்ற விசம் அளவுக்கு அதிகமாக தலைக்கேறி சன்னதம் ஆடுபவருமான
எம்.கே.சிவாஜிலிங்கம் கடந்த ஆண்டே கொடுத்திருந்தார். அப்பொழுது தமிழ்
தேசியக் கூட்டமைப்புக்கு கொஞ்சமும் பிடிக்காத மகிந்த ராஜபக்ச ஜனாதிபதியாக
இருந்தார். அவர்தான் தமிழர்களை இனப்படுகொலை செய்த சூத்திரதாரி என
கூட்டமைப்பு குற்றம் சாட்டியும் வந்தது.
பிரதமர் ரணில் விக்கிரமசிங்காவிற்கும், வடக்கு மாகாணசபை முதலமைச்சர்
சி.வி.விக்னேஸ்வரனுக்கும் இடையில் ‘பனிப்போர்’ ஒன்று நிலவி வருவதாக
ஊடகங்கள் சிலாகித்து வருகின்றன. இந்தப் பிரச்சினை வடக்கிலிருந்து
இராணுவத்தை வெளியேற்றுவது சம்பந்தமாக ரணில் தெரிவித்த ஒரு கருத்துச்
சம்பந்தமாக உருவானது என்பது எல்லோருக்கும் தெரியும்.
ஜனவரி 8ஆம் திகதி
அதிகாரத்துக்கு வந்த புதிய ஜனாதிபதி மைத்திரிபால சிறிசேன நியமித்த
அரசாங்கத்தின் 100 நாள் வேலைத்திட்டத்துக்கான காலம் முடிவுக்கு வந்துள்ளது.
இந்தக் காலகட்டத்துக்குள் நாட்டு மக்களின் நன்மைக்காக அரசாங்கம்
செய்யப்போவதாக அறிவித்திருந்த வேலைத்திட்டங்கள் எதுவும்
It was none other—and no less—than Prime Minister
Wickremesinghe, who in an interesting article in the world press,
provides us with the key phrase in understanding what’s going on in this
country, how we came to be at this point, who benefits and who were
probably involved, what the agenda is and where we are headed. In a
piece published in the Japan Times, he uses the phrase: “…resetting our
strategic position in the world.” (‘Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace’, The
Japan Times, April 8, 2015).
dissension with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) heightens, the
political stage is certainly set to go for a general election with the
possibility of the present Parliament being dissolved anytime after 23
April. The SLFP crisis has forced President Maithripala Sirisena to
think of the future of his presidential administration as a section of
the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) supporting his predecessor
Mahinda Rajapaksa seems to stifle the 100-day programme initiated by
him. Chances of getting the 19th Amendment passed in the House after 20
April looks remote as a section in the SLFP demands that electoral
reforms too should be passed simultaneously, if they are to extend their
support for the constitutional changes that prune the powers of the
President. Returning from Islamabad in Pakistan President Sirisena made
an announcement in Polonnaruwa that he would get the 19th Amendment
passed in Parliament and dissolve Parliament. However, he did not
Gotabhaya Rajapakse it was who transformed Colombo from being yet
another South Asian city into one of the cleanest in the whole of Asia, a
city which we can be proud of. My ‘Gama’ is Colombo, where I was born
and bred and it is here that I have lived most of my life and I hence
remember what my city was like through the years. Without fear of
contradiction I can say it was never like this and we certainly owe it
to one man for having made the difference and that is Gotabhaya
Rajapakse and his leadership; never has Colombo been so clean and
looked so good.
The long and complicated story of the pipeline that was … and then wasn’t … and now might be.
April 10, 2015
has been trying for a while now to build buzz regarding Chinese
President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to the country — a visit that was
originally scheduled to take place last fall during Xi’s broader tour
of South Asia, but was postponed due to nationwide protests in Pakistan.
It’s still unknown precisely when Xi is meant to arrive in
Islamabad. China is keeping a tight lid on the specifics. Earlier
reports suggested a visit this week, but that hasn’t panned out. Current
expectations are for something in mid- to late-April. Despite all the
ambiguity surrounding the visit itself, Pakistani sources have
reportedly blown the lid on one of the big deliverables: China will fund
a long-stalled pipeline that would connect Iran and Pakistan, supplying
natural gas from the former to the latter.
COLOMBO: The fledgling Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government appears to be yielding ground to a resurgent former President Mahinda Rajapaksa because of internal disunity, contradictory policies and indecisive political leadership.
The first concrete sign of deep trouble appeared on Tuesday when the government’s bid to get parliament’s nod for raising the threshold of Treasury Bills by LKR 400 billion to meet vital government expenditure was defeated by 21 votes.
08 April 2015.
Obama is an insult to the Nobel Peace Prize, a bloody killer of
innocent men, women and children, and a blight on America’s reputation. 42
Funeral of 12 guests at Yemen wedding killed by US drone attack.
Ben Griffin 01 February 2014. Ben Griffin is a former SAS soldier in the British army who in 2006 refused to fight in the Iraq war.
The events that he witnessed in Iraq, and in particular the conduct of
US forces, led him to decide not to return there. He informed his
commanding officer of his intentions and also of his opinion that "Tony
Blair and the Government had lied to the country and had deceived
every British serviceman and woman serving in Iraq."
In 2013, at an Oxford University Union debate, Ben Griffin made this
speech in favour of the motion "We Will Not Fight For Queen and Country"
Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00 The 100-Day program promised during the election
campaign of the then common candidate has failed to deliver some of the
vital elements of its composition.
Overdue tasks of the 100-day
program are establishing of Independent Commissions, National Audit
Bill and the RTI Bill,Code of Conduct to be introduced and passed in
the Parliament according to the stipulated time frame and the
formulation of new election laws.
However, it should also be
noted that though some promises were not kept according to the expected
or rather promised plan, the government was able to fulfill such
promises as setting up a National Advisory Council, a Budget with
several cost of living relief measures, a salary increase, commission to
investigate corruption, implementation of the National Drug policy
within the stipulated time frame.
A tale of remarkable courage and the pain of loss Ceylontoday, 2015-04-02
Her story is one of amazing courage. She entered Velupillai Prabhakaran's
'medical college' and started training to be a doctor on the battlefield,
attending to the wounded at the tender age of 17. Now, after nearly six years
since the war between the LTTE and government forces had ended, she reminisces
about what led to her joining the LTTE, her experiences at the warfront and the
pain of personal loss. But, what is more remarkable is her courage to go on
with life, leaving behind the loss and pain in the dark corners of the past.
This is her story. Tharini was the tomboy in the family. She never conformed
to the norms of the traditional way of life that was around her. Even when she
was a toddler she was quite adventurous. "I was a curious little girl. I could
never stand still even for a minute or sit in one place unlike my classmates in
school," recalls Tharini, now 37 years old.