Category: Press

Indo-Lanka relations under the second term of Modi

In the backdrop of Chinese foothold in SL and proposed US SOFA Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and several other leaders in the region for the inaugural of his second five-year term highlighting the ‘neighbourhood first’ policy of the government. Indo-Lanka relations are at a high now, despite New Delhi’s…

The New Year message of togetherness from multi-ethnic East

Second phase of the Ekata Sitimu (Let’s be together) national program commenced in Batticaloa Several programs under the National Food Production Program launched by Sugeeswara Senadhira A new meaning to communal harmony and coexistence emerged from the multi-ethnic Eastern Province on the eve of Aluth Avurudda, when an unparalleled integrated public service was launched in…

Undue delays, denial of justice

There were shocking revelations about the inadequacy of legal provisions to release prisoners who are unable to pay small fines or remand prisoners who are unable to deposit money or sureties to fulfill bail conditions. According to some lawmakers, more than 50% of the prisoners and remanded suspects languishing behind bars in abject surroundings due…

War on drugs continues

By Sugeeswara Senadhira,  Symbolically, an important fortress of drug lords will be reduced to ashes today (1 April), when more than 1,000 kilograms of heroin, cocaine, and other illicit drugs will be transported to a warehouse in Sapugaskanda, where they will be diluted in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and…

Strength in unity at UNHRC

By Sugeeswara Senadhira. The government delegation comprises of Foreign Minister and members nominated by the President displayed that the consensual delegation could face the challenges at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva in a stronger footing in the face of UN human rights chief’s warning that Sri Lanka could slip back to…

Can the Govt punish itself ?

By Sugeeswara Senadhira President Maithripala Sirisena, known for his explosive disclosures, dropped another bombshell last week by stating that there was no possibility to punish those who are guilty of the Central Bank Bonds scam as long as the culprits are in power. He pointed out that even though the Presidential Commission appointed by him…

CC must be like Caesar’s wife, above suspicion

by Sugeeswara Senadhira It is very unfortunate that the Constitutional Council (CC) which was once hailed as the biggest achievement of the Yahapalana government has been maligned, challenged and questioned today. This high authority which has powers to appoint/nominate the Supreme Court judges as well as the judges of Court of Appeal and other courts, chairpersons…

Telling the truth is no crime

Achievements, failures and wrongdoings of four years Sugeeswara Senadhira The National Day of a nation is the most appropriate occasion to review the progresses made and the failures, if any. Accordingly, President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to list out the achievements and outline the failures as well as some misdeeds of the government cannot be faulted.…

Hang them not, or hang them?

By Sugeeswara Senadhira While President Maithripala Sirisena reiterated very sternly that he would carry out the death penalty for major convicted drug offences who continue the illicit drug trade while in the death cell. He declared that he had entrusted the Armed Forces, Police and the Civil Defence Force with the task of eradicating the…

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