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Understanding State Racism

October 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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by Izeth Hussain

The greatest enemy of the Sinhalese is not the Tamil or the  Muslim or the Indian or the Westerner. The greatest enemy of the Sinhalese is  the Sinhalese State racist. As I explained in my article Reflections on State  Racism in The Island of October 12 the Sinhalese State racist has his hands on  the levers of State power, and he can deploy State power together with his  associates both within and outside the network of the State. Because of the  enormous State power that he can wield, he is an infinitely more noxious  creature than the average Sinhalese racist. His ostensible enemies are the  Tamils, the Muslims, the Indians and the Westerners. But he has harmed the  Sinhalese most of all. And, unless he is stopped from proceeding merrily with  his further depredations, he can even bring about the break-up of Sri Lanka.

Much ado about CHOGM

October 18, 2013 at 5:00 pm

October 18, 2013, 8:32 pm
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Much has been said concerning Sri Lanka hosting the approaching  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A significant part of the  discussion has been with regard to Canada’s decision to boycott CHOGM. In his  official statement Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that:

Sub-Inspectors of Police in the vintage era

October 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

October 18, 2013, 8:22 pm
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by Bandula Seneviratne

The period referred to as the vintage era was between 1955 and  1965. During this period, the post of Sub-Inspector of Police was a much sought  after Job. To apply for the post, young men who passed the S.S.C. (Senior School  Certificate) exam with English as a subject was a pre-requisite. There were also  physical requirements of height and the girth of the chest deflated, were  compulsory. Applicants who fialed to meet those requirements were rejected.

British House of Lords pound on Lanka’s human rights record during C’wealth debate

October 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

 

October 18, 2013, 9:54 pm

The members of the House of Lords of the British parliament on  Thursday pounded on Sri Lanka’s human rights issues during the debate on the  future of the Commonwealth, in light of Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads  of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November, according to a story published by the  Lankapage news website.

The Lankapage story filed from London said: Lord Richard Luce  introducing the debate said Sri Lanka’s human rights record in recent times has  been disappointing and the UK government has made it clear that it expects to  see at CHOGM concrete progress on human rights, judicial independence, free and  fair regional elections and proper access and freedom of movement for civil  society and the media.

Police to act against orphanage warden if evidence surfaces

October 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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The Police Media Unit yesterday said that action could be taken  against the chief Warden of the Etambagaskada Temple Orphanage, in Vavuniya,  only if there was evidence of sexual abuse of the wards.

Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said that they were in the  process of recording statements from the wards. There were 22 of them in the  orphanage.

Lankans guzzle 234 mn litres of firewater

October 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

 govt. rakes in a cool  Rs. 565 mn as tax

October 18, 2013, 9:49 pm

By Ajith Alahakoon

Sri Lankans have consumed 234,019,903 liters of liquor last  year, according to the statistics published in the latest Administrative Report  of the Commissioner General of Excise.

The report says that the government has earned a tax revenue of  Rs. 565,188,544 from both foreign and local liquor during the year.

Sri Lankans have guzzled 1,515,439 litres of gin, 123,556,629  litres of beer, 1,114,000 litres of whisky, 6,794,382 litres of brandy,  17,325,918 litres of toddy and 82,169,059 litres of arrack.

The report says only statistics provided by the licenced liquor  industry have been taken into account in arriving at the aforesaid figures.

 

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Packer confirms investing in gambling resort

October 18, 2013 at 4:50 pm

October 18, 2013, 9:48 pm
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Australian gaming billionaire James Packer yesterday confirmed  to the Australian Stock Exchange that he would invest USD 400 million in a  five-star gambling resort in Sri Lanka, according to international media  reports.

Opposition to vote against Casino gazette

October 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

October 18, 2013, 9:47 pm

By Ajith Alahakoon

The Opposition has decided to vote against two gazette  notifications for setting up of casino and gaming centres when they are taken up  in Parliament on Thursday (24).

Some government members have also expressed opposition to the  gazettes and the Jathika Hela Urumaya is scheduled to announce its position next  Monday.

KP alleges TNA hardliners trying to cause chaos

October 18, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Chava PS resolution to rebuild LTTE cemeteries

October 18, 2013, 9:46 pm
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By Shamindra Ferdinando

Velupillai Prabhakaran’s successor, Selvarasa Pathmanathan, aka  KP, yesterday said that hardliners in the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) would  try to cause new issues to derail the ongoing reconciliation process.

Tamil-Muslim Rapprochement Is The Need Of The Hour

October 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm

By Aboobacker Rameez –

Aboobacker Rameez

The recent months of Sri Lankan politics have witnessed Tamil National Alliance (TNA) sweeping overwhelmingly the Northern Provincial election (NPC) held for the first time in the history of Sri Lankan politics. Surprisingly, the new chief minister, CV Wigneswaran, recently taking oath before the president sent shockwaves to rabbles and those who opposed the NPC election in the South, while displaying a potent political gesture to the Southern political leaders, especially the government.

The appointment of Mr Azmin Ayoob, a member of People Movement for Good Governance’s (PMGG) party under the bonus seat of the TNA and his inclusion as an advisory council member of a ministry of NPC and the first visit that the NPC Chief Minster took along with his TNA delegation to Jaffna Mohammadiya Mosque yesterday underlines an unprecedented symbolic political gesture extended towards the Muslims by the TNA to build bridges between the Tamils and Muslims in the North and the East. It was reported that CM highlighted the urgent need of the Tamil Muslim rapprochement at the meeting. Violence against Muslims including their forceful eviction from Northern Province, the intermittent killings of Muslims even at the Mosques in the Eastern province committed by the Tamil armed rebels and the resultant reaction of Muslims with the support of government forces in1990s served to drive a wedge between the Tamils and Muslims during the height of the war. This has deepened the Tamil and Muslim political schism at the national and regional level. However, the latest turn of events that occurred in the post war era heralded a scenario that posited the renewal of Tamil and Muslim rapprochement in the North and East.


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