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Ceylon’s colonization by the British rule had a sizeable impact on what we now deem as cultural and social norms in Sri Lanka today. When the British established themselves in this country, they brought in their morals and culture which contrasted dramatically with what we Sri Lankans practised pre-colonization. 

 

In terms of article (2) (h) of Chapter VI under the title “Directive Principles of State Policy and Fundamental Duties” of the Constitution of Sri Lanka, State is pledged to establish in Sri Lanka a Democratic Socialist Society the objective of which includes the complete eradication of illiteracy and the assurance to all persons of the right to universal and equal access to education at all levels. The educational policy of Yahapalanaya is based on above principle. 

 
The lack of decisive progress  reflects a lack of capacity or willingness of the State to prosecute and punish perpetrators when they are linked to security forces. 
 

Just after Chandrika Kumaratunga came to power there was a spate of strikes. The phenomenon was celebrated at first by the then Government as an indication of increased space for the expression of democratic freedoms. 

 

As Sri Lanka gets placed, once again, on the Human Rights Council agenda this month, it is difficult to ignore the significant shifts -- internal and external -- that have taken place since Sri Lanka was last on the Council’s agenda in September 2015.

 

Case No. B 85/17 concerning the assassination attempt targeting Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Jaffna district MP M. A. Sumanthiran was taken up at the Kilinochchi courts before Kilinochchi District Judge A. A. Anandarajah on February 27, 2017.

 
Even as Sri Lanka prepares to co-sponsor a UN resolution at the ongoing Human Rights Council session, seeking more time to fulfil its obligations, the country’s Tamil leadership has called for a time-table and strict monitoring of government initiatives.  
 

Leader of the Opposition and the senior citizen of Tamil Nationalism R. ww in an adjournment motion has made some interesting points   

 

Sri Lanka will raise at least US $ 450 million from a syndicated loan for which the government has selected six banks, a media report said. Bloomberg Newswires said Bank of Baroda, Deutsche Bank, Indian Bank, Qatar National Bank, SBI and SMBC would arrange the loan.

 
Any discussion on claims which contain words such as ‘traditional’ or ‘historical’ can make sense only if assertions are backed by facts and not by myths. They should be buttressed by a corpus of evidence that are coherent and wholesome, and are not marked by the errors of selectivity. 
 


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