Sri Lanka: Police Denied “Hong Kong Story”

( February 27, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) “Sri Lankan police Sunday formally denied hunting nationals who sheltered fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and said their claims to the contrary could have been made to bolster asylum applications,” AFP reported while quoting the Sri Lanka police. Police said they had no interest in the two Sri Lankan men, both asylum-seekers, who in 2013 … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Police Denied “Hong Kong Story”

Srilankan Airlines takes delivery of its first A320neo

( February 27, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Srilankan Airlines has taken delivery of its first A320neo on lease from Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL), making the airline the latest operator of the type. The delivery from Airbus’ facilities in Hamburg is the first of a fleet that’ll grow to six A320neo Family. Srilankan’s A320neo is configured for 150 passengers in a two-class cabin layout … Continue reading Srilankan Airlines takes delivery of its first A320neo

Indo-Sino Diplomacy: A dialogue without strategy

India should lighten its China baggage by MK Bhadrakumar ( February 27, 2017, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) The India-China Strategic Dialogue held in Beijing last week was not productive. But Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said in his statement not less than four times that his talks with Chinese officials were “useful”. Nuances are what make diplomacy an absorbing pastime. The Chinese side assessed positively … Continue reading Indo-Sino Diplomacy: A dialogue without strategy

Sri Lanka: True Heroes — Long-buried, yet unforgotten

Monarawila Keppetipola had donated a land with a temple. Even today this temple stands well maintained with the deteriorated dingy shrine room where most paintings are invisible. The best is the old large attic on the verge of falling down at any moment leaving behind only its stone stands. by Nalini Chitra Keppetipola ( February 27, 2017, Knady, Sri Lanka Guardian) Monerawila Keppetipola Disawa’s name, … Continue reading Sri Lanka: True Heroes — Long-buried, yet unforgotten

Sri Lanka: Seven killed in prison bus shooting!

( February 27, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Seven persons were killed in a shootout between prison guards and unidentified gunmen in Kalutara this morning. A Black Maria transporting prisoners from the Kalutara Prison to the Kalutara Magistrates Courts premises came under attack when unidentified gunmen shot at it. Underworld leader ‘Samayan’ was among those killed. A prison officer also lost his life in the … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Seven killed in prison bus shooting!

Emotion and the Person in Nationalist Studies

The following essay was written by the author in 1993 for a conference in Japan and one which has appeared in Japanese in The Shinso, Jan. 1993, special edition on Nationalism Today ed. by T. Aoki, pp. 127-50; but has not seen print in English. Note that the path towards this essay was prompted by the literary piece which I  drafted in 1991: “The agony and … Continue reading Emotion and the Person in Nationalist Studies

India: Why Neduvasal Residents Protest Against Gas Exploration Project ?

by N.S.Venkataraman ( February 27, 2017, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) The writer had the opportunity to interact with the local people living in and around Neduvasal in Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu , who are protesting against the proposal to take up natural gas exploration projects in the region. The interaction took place during a two hour session with the concerned people in a programme … Continue reading India: Why Neduvasal Residents Protest Against Gas Exploration Project ?

Subtle Clues and Hints Given by Thomas More about the Island of Utopia — Part XI

The central question to my argument is: has More given any ‘clues’ as to where he has got some information in creating the island of Utopia? Yes, but not in the names of persons or places. by Laksiri Fernando ( February 27, 2017, Sydney, Sri Lanka Guardian) This short chapter is about three letters which were included in the initial publications of Thomas More’s Utopia … Continue reading Subtle Clues and Hints Given by Thomas More about the Island of Utopia — Part XI

Sri Lanka: Muslim Congress Betrayal— Muslims should join national parties

Sri Lanka’s Muslims had been averse to a community-based separate political party. It was the then UNP leaderships’ indifference towards Muslim issues that pushed them to form a party. by Latheef Farook ( February 26, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A spate of controversies involving the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has underscored the call that the Muslims in Sri Lanka should reassess their politics … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Muslim Congress Betrayal— Muslims should join national parties

Sri Lanka: Crisis of the tea industry

by Dr U.Pethiyagoda ( February 26, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) The tea industry is continually in “crisis”. This was so even 40 years ago, at which time (1975) my intimate direct contact with the industry ceased. I have however maintained my interest. I have from a long time earlier, entertained serious reservations about the viability of the industry. I must qualify my remarks by … Continue reading Sri Lanka: Crisis of the tea industry