Thursday, 17th April 2014

Features

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prince Charles, Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma and other leaders at the inauguration of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo November 15, 2013. Picture by Sudath Silva
He who defines his conduct by ethics imprisons his song bird in a cage. - Khalil Gibran - The Prophet (on Moarlity) It was recently reported in the media that Canada has decided to suspend voluntary funds to the Commonwealth over Sri Lanka's alleged human rights issue during Sri Lanka's tenure as current chair of the Commonwealth. Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced that Canada will suspend its voluntary contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat and reallocate the funds for the next two years. The Minister further stated that Canada remains deeply concerned about the...
  • Life Abroad - Part 75:
(Nicky Karunarathna continues….) During the Hartal (general strike) organised by Marxist parties in 1953 to express public dissatisfaction over the rise in the cost of living, especially the cost of rice, a member of the GCSU ( General Clerical Services Union) Kandasamy was shot dead by Police during a protest march led by LSSP stalwarts, NM, Colvin and Lesley et al. GCSU was a powerful and a prominent confederation of workers at the time which acted as a real power tool to demand worker rights up till 1985. ‘The Old Left’ likes to look back with heroic nostalgia of the 1953 hartal as the...