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Keith Noyahr Abduction; Hickory Dickory, Gota In The Dock

Keith Noyahr Abduction; Hickory Dickory, Gota In The Dock

In a dramatic turn of events the investigation into the abduction of Keith Noyahr, the Criminal Investigation Department has found that the abductors had made phone calls to Gotabaya Rajapaksa just after the abduction. Using the newly imported equipment the CID has managed to trace the call log details of the abductors’ and Gotabaya Rajapaksa. […]

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Renewed Commitment Required To Overcome Present Gloom 

By Jehan Perera – A year ago a contractor whom I spoke to rejoiced that corruption was much reduced under the new government. He said that the minister in charge of his area of work had merely asked for a donation to be made to support a public institution. Though this donation had nothing to […]

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SAITM & Private Medical Schools: One Bad Start Should Not Lead To Throwing Away A Good Idea

By W. A Wijewardena – Opposition to SAITM SAITM, the abbreviation for Sri Lanka’s newest private university, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine, has been denoting a derogatory meaning in Sri Lankans’ present local vocabulary. It is a private initiative, done at private costs, to offer a solution to one of Sri Lanka’s chronic […]

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Army Takes On CBK Over Sexual Abuse Allegations

The Army has categorically refuted the statement made by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga over her allegations that there was widespread sexual exploitation by the army against Tamil women in the former war torn areas. In a statement, the Army Headquarters said that it noted with ‘dismay’ on the utterance made by Kumaratunga, who is also […]

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Two More Army Officers Remanded Over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3. The latest arrest comes, just hours after the CID arrested three other army personnel including […]

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Irregular Appointment Of High Court judge Threatens Independence Of The Judiciary

By Mahinda Rajapaksa – The Judicial Services Association of Sri Lanka has strongly objected to the appointment of Mr Ramanathan Kannan a lawyer practicing at the private bar in Batticaloa, as a High Court Judge. The accepted practice in this country is that virtually all the judges serving on the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal […]

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The Crisis Of Constitution-Making 

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Sri Lanka needs constitutional change but not a change of Constitution. A little Political Economy and a touch of class can help in comprehending what’s going on and why. Why a new Constitution/Referendum while an economic crisis looms? Because the economic crisis stems from the same mindset and agenda as the drive for […]

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The Profound Impact Of Caste In Contemporary Sri Lanka

By Basil Fernando – It is a basic tenet of social sciences that a person’s environment has a profound impact on every aspect of their social behaviour, as well as the overall social psyche. When discussing the maladies that affect Sri Lanka, the main topic is usually the failure of politicians and other responsible parties […]

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The Lure Of ‘Alternative Facts’ & The Danger Of Democratic Deconsolidation

By Tisaranee Gunasekara – “Social implosion handed opportunities to those who spotted a basic weakness in the theory and practice of representative democracy.” ~ John Keane (The Life and Death of Democracy) President Donald Trump’s senior counsellor Kellyanne Convey came up with a superb Orwellian term when she dubbed Presidential spokesman Sean Spencer’s outright lies about […]

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Thomas More On Religious Freedom In The Island Of Utopia (Ceylon?): Part X

By Laksiri Fernando – “This is one of their most ancient laws, that no man ought to be punished for his religion.” – Thomas More In the context of Sri Lanka’s current debates on religion and religious freedom, it is interesting to relate what Thomas More said about religious practices and freedoms in the Island […]

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