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It appears that protests have become a part of our lives. Not a day passes without a protest being held in Colombo or elsewhere. Indeed it is a good sign of a vibrant democracy, so long as the state is not turned into a protestocracy or government by protesters for protesters. Sadly, this appears to be the case in Sri Lanka. 

 

Mangroves are seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, absorb carbon from the environment and reduce the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis.

 

In a major step to consolidate national unity by taking the waters of the Mahaweli to the Northern and Eastern provinces also, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday presided at a national ceremony, telecast live, to enshrine treasures and relics on the main dam of the ‘Kalu Ganga Reservoir’ of the ‘Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Multi-purpose Development Project’. 

 

My argument is that the Auditor-General should have the powers to issue surcharge notice against officers if they had acted contrary to the written law. As was stated by the President 19th Amendment was indeed a progressive step. It had specified the need for enacting the necessary enabling laws, i.e., “National Audit Bill”.  Article No. 153 (A) provides for the establishment of an Audit Service Commission, the Auditor-General as the Chairman. Article 153 B (2) provides that Parliament should provide by law for meetings of the Commission, the establishment of the Sri Lanka State Audit Service. Shouldn’t every citizen support, unite and demand to “re-make Sri Lanka” once again? National audit is a necessity.

My argument is that the Auditor-General should have the powers to issue surcharge notice against officers if they had acted contrary to the written law. As was stated by the President 19th Amendment was indeed a progressive step. It had specified the need for enacting the necessary enabling laws, i.e., “National Audit Bill”.  Article No. 153 (A) provides for the establishment of an Audit Service Commission, the Auditor-General as the Chairman. Article 153 B (2) provides that Parliament should provide by law for meetings of the Commission, the establishment of the Sri Lanka State Audit Service. Shouldn’t every citizen support, unite and demand to “re-make Sri Lanka” once again? National audit is a necessity.
 

The ethnic riots of 1983 were not the first in Sri Lanka. Nor were they the last. But Black July was indisputably a seismic event in this country’s history. Its echoes are everywhere, but some of my most meaningful encounters with it have been through the island’s literature. From the warmth and innocence of Funny Boy to the passionate and inescapably political poetry of Jean Arasanayagam, the riots are embedded in Sri Lanka’s literary consciousness.

 
Sri Lanka has invited the diaspora groups, including Tamils, to make submissions for advancing the task of reconciliation following the country's three-decade-long civil war that ended in 2009.  
 

The visit to Sri Lanka last week by US Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski has given the message that come March next year the US is likely to give a strong backing for an accountability process in Sri Lanka without the involvement of foreign judges.

 

Two points cited by the students union of the Jaffna University on the clash between two factions of students of the university on Saturday were so important that they invite attention.

 

We urge the Government, all parties and the students to come to the awareness that to go back to an ethnic conflict and a war would be a disaster for Sri Lanka and generations to come. We all need to pledge and act on the principle, Never Again Yesterday.    

 

Interesting but frightening reports are coming out from the mainstream media in India on the ongoing ideological covert operations by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria known as ISIS or ISIL or IS, in Sri Lanka. Almost all news stories are able to quote the Indian intelligence sources anonymously, while those news pieces have been dramatically decorating the imminent threats.

 


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