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Cheap labour from IDPs of Sri Lanka changing the labour terrain

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By Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe (August 29, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Working class of Sri Lanka is facing new challenges following the defeat of the Tamil liberation struggle and the capitalist re-unification of the state structure. In the latest development, the garment factory owners struggling to survive amidst the loss of GSP Plus tax concessions from European Union are in a mass recruitment drive of Tamil girls among IDPs for cheap labour in factories. Anton Marcus, President of the Progressive Free Trade Zone and Apparel Union told the Sunday Times, “After many years of war, the people in these areas are ignorant of workers rights, wages and so on and are easy prey for the apparel operators. Most of the big names currently touring the north and east are known to be serious violators of labour laws. There is a huge dearth of factory hands at the moment because many are leaving owing to poor wages and working and living conditions. Therefore the apparel bosses have swit

The article that made The Economist barred entry to Sri Lanka

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(August 21, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity ) The following article was published in 'The Economist' on August 19. It is a half-baked unprofessional journalistic piece, that portrays half truth regarding present situation in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. But it is published in prestigious The Economist that can have an influence in the minds of the possible investors in Sri Lanka. Overall image created by the article is that Sri Lanka under Mahinda Rajapaksa regime is anti-Tamil, undemocratic, corrupt and nepotist although the country is recovering and on the development path under his rule. The article ended with the following sentence. The country may be developing after the war, but democracy still looks frail. Sri Lanka Customs has stopped release of all the copies of The Economist magazine, says the distributor in the island Vijitha Yapa Bookshop. The government is yet to clarify if it is a formal confiscation under the draconian emergency regulations. Si

A massive online campaign by the Avaaz community in Brazil won a stunning victory against corruption.

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(August 19, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  This is an email received by us and it describes a people's struggle in Brazil that achieved victory. The "clean record" law was a bold proposal that banned any politician convicted of crimes like corruption and money laundering from running for office. With nearly 25% of the Congress under investigation for corruption, most said it would never pass. But after Avaaz launched the largest online campaign in Brazilian history , helping to build a petition of over 2 million signatures, 500,000 online actions, and tens of thousands of phone calls, we won! Avaaz members fought corrupt congressmen daily as they tried every trick in the book to kill, delay, amend, and weaken the bill, and won the day every time. The bill passed Congress, and already over 330 candidates for office face disqualification ! One Brazilian member wrote to us when the law was passed, saying: I have never been as proud of the Brazilian peopl

Being positive of Sri Lanka government's KP operation

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(August 07, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  According to pro-government Business Today of Sri Lanka, 'Kumaran Pathmanathan was the international chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE). He was the mastermind behind the arms procurement, shipping and financial networks of the LTTE abroad.' Notably, he is not linked in with any direct crime like the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, although the pro-government media often said so previously. KP is currently in the custody of the Government, says the Business Today, although the government contradicts this idea. However, KP says in Business Today interview "Even I do not know when I will be released. My life is like this but I do not care about that." He adds. "The Government has given me security but I am under house arrest." One year ago on August 5, 2009, Thambiaiya Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias “KP” was taken into custody in Kuala Lumpur at First Tune Hotel on 3

Who fathered Sakvithi, the Sri Lankan fraudster

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Sakvithi poses a photo with the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He is believed to taken to meet him by senior journalist Edwin Ariyadasa who was an accomplice of Sakvithi. Ariyadasa is also in this photo (August 07, 2010, Colombo -   Lanka Polity )  Many may get angry when we start this piece saying that Sri Lanka's ill-famous fraudster Sakvithi Ranasinghe was a past student of D.S. Senanayaka College, Colombo, as reported.  This proves that any such schools that try to maintain 'royal' standards covering almost all their recurrent expenditure with tax payers' monies can produce ruling social elite as well as thieves like this.  Of course, there is little difference between a thief and a elite person in this country. Business giant Lalith Kothalawala, one time Sri Lankan Bill Gates collapsed into Sakvithi Ranasinghe's level in single night is the best proof for this.  Sakvithi is a symbol of the ideal of most Sri Lankans. This symbol was shown to us in one