Prince: A royal pain

Horror, much like most other genres, elicits laughter when it fails. Failed comedy, on the other hand, leaves the viewer horrified. This was my experience of watching Anudeep KV’s Sivakarthikeyan starrer ‘Prince.’

Sardar: What Cobra could have been - a competently made spy thriller

Having seen the teaser for PS Mithran’s latest release ‘Sardar’, I had braced myself for a repeat viewing of ‘Cobra’ released earlier this Summer. The film’s star Karthi appears in multiple disguises and costumes - which was also Cobra’s primary marketing point - and I was overcome with flashbacks to rolling my eyes and sighing with the Vikram starrer. Thankfully, ‘Sardar’ is a better feature in almost every aspect.

Will Sri Lanka go bust?

In a bid to increase government revenues, Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry unveiled a 150% increase on annual taxes for casinos, from Rs 200 million to Rs 500 million, as well as the introduction of an entrance for locals of 200 US dollars. The finance ministry also laid out a raft of reforms to existing taxes. Bottles of liquor will be taxed at 75%, cigarettes at 85%, and a 40% income tax from those companies. These reforms follow sweeping reforms of Sri Lanka’s income tax, which are aimed at garnering support from the International Monetary Fund for a $2.9 billion loan. The income tax will see...

13 years after the massacres, bodies discovered in Mullaitivu

More than 13 years after the Sri Lankan military massacred tens of thousands of Tamils in Mullaitivu, human remains have been discovered in the district earlier this month. The Mullaitivu District Judge has ordered Forensic Medical Officers to conduct an investigation on the remains, which were discovered in a private site in Ananthapuram, Puthukudiyiruppu. The remains have been sent to Mullaitivu Hospital for investigation. Puthukudiyiruppu came under heavy bombardment by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the final stages of the armed conflict in 2009. Tens of thousands were killed as...

Bail granted for four suspects detained over alleged plot to murder Sumanthiran

The Colombo High Court granted bail to four persons who were detained under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) over an alleged assassination attempt on Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran last week. The four suspects had been detained since February 2017. Senior Counsel K.S. Ratnavale with Ranitha Gnanaraja, Suranga Bandara and Suwathikka Ravichandran appeared on behalf of the suspects, who are all residents of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu. The four accused were initially arrested by Sri Lankan police in February 2017 in regard to the alleged assassination...

Kokuvil Hindu College massacre by IPKF commemorated

The 35th anniversary event of the Kokuvil Hindu College massacre by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IKPF) was held in Jaffna on Monday. The commemoration was in front of the entrance of Kokuvil Hindu College on Kankesanturai Road and organized by the relatives of victims. On 10 October, there were widespread aerial attacks and artillery attacks across Jaffna by the Indian military. More than one thousand people from Kokuvil east and Annaikoddai had taken refuge in Kokuvil Hindu College, flying white flags at the entrances. On 24 October, Indian forces moving in heavy military vehicles along...

Drugs and economic crisis fuel rise of robberies in Jaffna

The Sri Lankan police stationed in Jaffna said that cases of theft and robberies are on the rise in the peninsula, as the economic crisis in Sri Lanka and a surge of illegal drug use has plagued the North-East. In all of 2021, 23 robbery incidents and 74 theft incidents were reported in the Kankesanthurai, Parutthurai, Valvettithurai, Ilawalai, Nelliadi, Thellipalai, Achuveli, Palali police stations. However, in this year so far, 34 robbery incidents and 87 theft incidents have been reported in the same areas. Last year, 64 robbery incidents and 234 theft incidents were reported in the police...

‘You are taking us for jokers!’ – MA Sumanthiran slams 22nd Amendment

On Friday, Sri Lankan parliament passed the 22 nd amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution aimed at curbing the powers of the executive presidency. The 22 nd amendment passed with a two-thirds majority gaining 174 votes during its third reading. Responding to the passage of the bill, Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe applauded the amendment stating: "This amendment will not only help bring about the system change demanded by Sri Lankans it will also help in securing an IMF programme and other international assistance to rebuild the economy," Despite this, opposition MPs and human...

Rishi Sunak - Will Britain's new Prime Minister deliver justice for Tamils?

Rishi Sunak is set to become the next Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, after winning the Conservative Party leadership contest earlier today. In August of this year, Sunak reaffirmed his commitment to justice for mass atrocities committed in Sri Lanka and discussed the possibility of applying targeted sanctions on Sri Lankan officials just as the UK has on Russians.

Has inflation peaked in Sri Lanka?

Almost half of the Sri Lankan population has been forced to live under the poverty line, but Sri Lanka Central Bank Governor, Nandalal Weerasinghe has reassured the public that he expects inflation to ease and claimed that inflation peaked in September, hitting over 70%. According to the Sri Lankan government’s statistics department, the inflation rate has accelerated to 73.7% in September, up from 70.2% in August. Across this period, annual food price inflation increased from 84.6% to 85.8%. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food...

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