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Dr. Palitha Kohona

Nimal Siripala de Silva

Richard Boucher

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A sign of crisis: two major Sri Lankan parties to form a grand coalition

The decision of the two main Sri Lankan parties—the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and opposition United National Party (UNP)—to establish an alliance is a sign of the island’s deepening political crisis amid a renewed civil war. A formal memorandum of understanding (MoU) is due to be signed on October 23, after weeks of discussions between the two parties. The agreement was announced last Thursday after UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe met with President Mahinda Rajapakse. The UNP’s main policy body—the working committee—signed off on the plan on Monday.

Darkness in Bangladesh

By Vanipati - Syndicate Features

Indians who are only too familiar with the problem of electricity shortage will hardly be surprised to hear that that in the neighbouring Bangladesh and Pakistan the issue has often brought people to the streets. Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan, and several cities and towns across Bangladesh have seen violent demonstrations and road blockades in the past couple of months. Protests in Bangladesh have resulted in deaths and at least in one instance a local member of parliament was beaten up by irate crowds that wanted improved electricity and water supplies. All this sounds very familiar to us here in India and to those of us living in the nation’s capital, Delhi. For residents of East Delhi, long power outages have become a norm both in summer and winter. South Delhi localities experience a different phenomenon.

Ruhuna undergraduates complete internships with SriLankan Airlines

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Airlines the winner of Silver Award in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Community Leadershp Awards this year has undertaken enhancing the employability of graduates in providing internships to a third group of undergraduates from the University of Ruhuna, giving them training and on-the-job experience, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. Sunil Dissanayake, Head of Human Resources at SriLankan, said: "This programme is an integral part of SriLankan Airlines’ efforts to uplift education wherever possible for students of all ages. We at the National Carrier consider this to be part of our responsibility to the nation, and we are extremely pleased with the manner in which these young men and women have gathered new skills during their time with us."

Richard Boucher in Sri Lanka to bring Government and Tamil Tigers as equal partners for political solution

Richard BoucherDaya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in the United States Department of State Richard Boucher is now in Sri Lanka for a two day official visit, 19-20 October, to bring pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka to open a dialogue with the separatist Tamil Tigers (LTTE) and exercise restraint in wake of the latter’s military offensive in the southern parts of the country at a time the State Department for the first time declared that the minority Tamils have a right for self rule and a right to their homeland. Boucher, during a press briefing during his last visit to Sri Lanka, on June 1 in Colombo, pronounced that the Tamil minority has the right to a homeland. U.S. Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone, the Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, endorsed Boucher’s sentiments on the floor of the House in mid September, a couple of days after he met Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa in New York.


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