» 05/05/2008, 00.00
Melani Manel Perera
Food crisis: people want Colombo to adopt new policies
Farmers’ and consumers’ organisations meet to denounce Sri Lanka’s worrisome situation. The island nation is being affected more than other countries’ by the rise in food prices. Alternative economic policies are proposed to encourage small producers rather than private monopolies.
23/04/2009 SRI LANKA
Dead or alive, Tamil Tiger leader’s fate sealed
Sri Lanka’s army says it knows where LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is in hiding. Sri Lankans wonder about Tiger leader’s future with most hoping he gets killed. Political analyst Sarath Fernando says rebels must surrender but Tamil must continue the struggle for their rights.
13/02/2010 SRI LANKA
Supreme Buddhist Leaders: Social confusion will lead Sri Lanka to destruction
The four Supreme Leaders invite Buddhist monks not remain silent in the face of the chaos which began after the arrest of General Fonseka by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Convened on 18 February a special assembly of monks to discuss the current situation and contribute to the democratic progress of the country.
10/09/2009 SRI LANKA
Civil society in Sri Lanka: freedom for Tamil refugees and true democracy
Demonstration in Colombo of the newborn People's Movement for Freedom and Democracy. The movement brings together Christian leaders of the island, human rights activist and NGO workers. They are demanding the release of refugees, more power to local governments and an economic policy that protects workers.
25/01/2010 SRI LANKA
People from all religions pray for an end to election violence
An inter-faith gathering brings together 3,000 Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims in Colombo to pray for a peaceful election. Opposition candidate Sarath Fonseka gets major endorsements. There is talk of coup if outgoing President Rajapaksa loses.
The Thai monarchy celebrates rice, engine of the national economy
Ploughing Ceremony Day was held yesterday in the Royal Palace, a festival of hope for a plentiful harvest. The cereal is one of the most important national products and is one of the symbols of tradition. Buddhist religious: "It is a national glory". Environmentalist warns: safeguard nature to preserve crops.
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