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34th Session Of UNHRC: FM Mangala Samaraweera’s Speech – Full Text

34th Session Of UNHRC: FM Mangala Samaraweera’s Speech – Full Text

High-Level Segment of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 28 February 2017: Mr. President High Commissioner for Human Rights/ Madam Deputy High Commissioner Excellencies Distinguished Delegates Ladies and Gentlemen It is an honour for me to be here today at the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council which I believe […]

Police On The Hunt For Culprits Who Staged SAITM CEO Shooting

The SAITM controversy took on a new twist today, with Police accusing SAITM CEO Dr. Sameera Senaratne for staging a shooting, and the police launching a man hunt to apprehend two of Senaratne’s close associates for helping him stage the shooting. In early February, Senaratne was shot at when he was leaving the institute, but […]

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වෘකයන් අතර නග්නව හොරු සමග හෙලුවෙන්

තුෂාර වන්නිආරච්චි – ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දේශපාලනය හා ආර්ථිකය තීරණාත්මක කඩඉමකට පැමිණ තිබේ. නිදහසෙන් පසු ‍ගෙවුණු හැටනව වසර තුළ මෙරට පාලනය කළ සියලුම නායකයින්, පාලකයින් කල්පනා කරනු ලැබූයේ රටේ ආර්ථිකය හා රටේ දේශපාලනය යනු දෙකක් ලෙසය. එම නිසාම දේශපාලන තීන්දු තීරණ ගැනීමේදී රටේ ආර්ථිකය පයිසකට මායිම් නොකළෝය. එතෙක් මෙතෙක් රට පාලනය කළ සියලුම නායකයින් තම තමන්ගේ […]

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New UN Secretary-General To Visit Sri Lanka

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who is presently in Geneva to participate in the High-Level segment of the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council met UN Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres yesterday morning (27). This was the first meeting of the Minister with the new UN Secretary-General who took office in January this year. Recalling his […]

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Trying To Understand Keppapilavu: Resistance, Solidarities & Politics

By Mahendran Thiruvarangan – For the past twenty-eight days, Tamil people of Keppapilavu and Puthukkudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district including women and children have been protesting against the authoritarian occupation of their homelands by the Sri Lankan military and Air Force. These people who were displaced during the civil war wish to go back to their […]

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February 1917 & January 2015: Fake Similarities – Reply To Prof. Kumar David

By Neil Wijethilaka – Prof. Romila Tharper once said that a serious historian should have the sharp eye of a detective gathering even minute details related to the phenomenon that she studies. Hence, she advises her research students start with reading Agatha Christie. Of course no historian can collect every necessary markers as she may […]

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Essays Of A Lifetime By Professor Carlo Fonseka

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – There was a time when science was just one endeavor among many for the great scientists of the world. For example, Isaac Newton was a true polymath – a celebrated master of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics and theology1. Another polymath was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more popularly known by his […]

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Of Political Signatures That Stay And (Don’t) Go Away

By Uditha Devapriya – Politics has as much to do with the past as with the present. That’s a given. Natural. Nothing out of the blue there. It also has to do, however, with forgotten pasts and forgotten enmities, with people who come together for the flimsiest and the most expedient reasons and with people […]

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The Strategy For An Anti-Sri Lankan Constitution 

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Hon. Sampanthan’s 90 minute (written) speech during the recent adjournment debate (Feb 22) on the Constitution was ‘historicist’, in the sense that he invoked a great deal of political history. But his argument was a-historical and illogical. The Tamil nationalists, including Mr. Sampanthan himself spurned the many offers made by successive […]

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Influencing The Polity For Constitutional Reform 

By Jehan Perera – Constitutional reform is once again on the front burner of the national agenda. The election manifestos of both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2015 gave high priority to it. The government started strongly with passage of the 19th Amendment through parliament. In an unprecedented act of statesmanship […]

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