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Smart Patriotism, Jagath Jayasuriya & The War Heroes Of Rathupaswala
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 17:24:01 ]

By V. Kanthaiya – “Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in.” ~ By an anonymous victim of nationalism Sri Lankans were being well entertained by the Jagath Jayasuriya “issue’ during the last two weeks. First it was the foreign media who reported it, then the Lankan media picked it up and increased the hype,


Eradication Of Corruption: Ignoring Harsha’s Warning May Be Catastrophic To Yahapalana Government
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 17:19:47 ]

By W A Wijewardena – A lamenting Deputy Minister Dr Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, in an emotion filled intervention during a live television discussion programme, blasted the whole administration system of the country. His charge was that from top to bottom and from one side to the other, known to strategic planners as viewing from a 360̊ dimension,


Good Governance And Corruption
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 10:03 ]

By Lionel Bopage – Good Governance a key challenge Sri Lanka has faced and spectacularly failed to deliver for most of its modern history. This challenge is not only about individuals, but systemic, spread across all spheres: socio-economic, political, judicial, cultural, arts and science. Most countries across the world have also suffered the scourge of corruption, some have succeeded in p


Tamil Question: No Heroes, No Traitors
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 9:53 ]

By Vishwamithra1984 – “Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.” ~Bertrand Ru


The Donoughmore Heritage – Roll Back On Equality & The Challenge Of Identity Politics
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 9:49 ]

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole – This paper celebrates the 85 years of universal suffrage in Sri Lanka that came with the Donoughmore Constitution in 1931 with its


Video: Gnanasara Charged For Obstructing Police And Damaging State Properties
[ Tuesday, 31-01-2017 6:55 ]

ඥානසාර Buddhist monk Galagoda Atte Gnanasara who thretened police officers and used ‘Sudda Sinhala filth’ in June 2012 at Pinnaduwa was charged fo


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Smart Patriotism, Jagath Jayasuriya & The War Heroes Of Rathupaswala
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 17:24 ]

By V. Kanthaiya – “Nationalism does nothing but teach you to hate people you never met, and to take pride in accomplishments you had no part in.” ~ By an anonymous victim of nationalism Sri Lankans were being well entertained by the Jagath Jayasuriya “issue’ during the last two weeks. First it was the foreign media who reported it, then the Lankan media picked it up and increased the hype,

Eradication Of Corruption: Ignoring Harsha’s Warning May Be Catastrophic To Yahapalana Government
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 17:19 ]

By W A Wijewardena – A lamenting Deputy Minister Dr Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, in an emotion filled intervention during a live television discussion programme, blasted the whole administration system of the country. His charge was that from top to bottom and from one side to the other, known to strategic planners as viewing from a 360̊ dimension,

Significance Of Vision 2025 Goes Beyond Economic Development
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 17:15 ]

By Jehan Perera – Much was expected of the government when it came to power in 2015. An immediate boost to the economic growth rate was anticipated but this has failed to materialize. The failure to attract foreign investments has been a notable disappointment. This has been attributed to the uncertain policy environment with the government not being of one mind in creating the necessary environment

Eradication Of Corruption: Ignoring Harsha’s Warning May Be Catastrophic To Yahapalana Government
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 17:14 ]

By W A Wijewardena – A lamenting Deputy Minister Dr Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development, in an emotion filled intervention during a live television discussion programme, blasted the whole administration system of the country. His charge was that from top to bottom and from one side to the other, known to strategic planners as viewing from a 360̊ dimension, ha

The (Official) SLFP, Devolution & The Constitution
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 17:07 ]

By Dayan Jayatilleka – Three cheers for the official SLFP’s written proposals for Constitutional change. They are not merely desirable; they are the only changes currently possible. The SLFP has rejected the abolition of the executive Presidency, more especially in the context of devolution. It has upheld the unitary state, rejected the amalgamation of Provinces and the abolition of the powers of th

Transferring Weeratunga And Palpita To Hospital: Remove Prison Doctor – Activists Tell Government
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 16:56 ]

A number of civil society activists has written to the Secretary of the Ministry of Health demanding the transfer of acting Chief Medical Officer of Welikada Prison Dr. Nirmalie Thenuwara considering her behaviour regarding former Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga and former Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Anusha Palpita. “Her actions regarding the two men

The Sunday Leader Reverts To Pro-Rajapaksa Camp – Paper Not Printed For Third Consecutive Week
[ Monday, 11-09-2017 16:35 ]

With the fall from glory in sight for the Ravi Karunanayake–Arjuna Aloysius empire, the curtain may be finally coming down regrettably, for The Sunday Leader, which had not been able to print its edition from August 27 to September 3. Asanga and Mahinda Sources at The Sunday Leader told Colombo Telegraph that with the removal of the portfolio from the infamous Minister, who in 2015 June to

Monks In Politics Should Avoid The Three Poisons
[ Friday, 03-02-2017 8:42 ]

By Shyamon Jayasinghe – Buddhist monks have by, now, been accepted or at least tolerated by our society as simultaneous political players. Soon after the assassination of SWRD Bandaranaike by a Buddhist monk and the revelation that high profile Sangha like Buddharakkita were behind the conspiracy, Sri Lankan society began to openly repudiate the very idea of the saffron community being seen

CBK Drops Bombshell, Says No Need For War Crimes Probe
[ Friday, 03-02-2017 8:38 ]

Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts appeared to face more setbacks, with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga dropping a bombshell and ruling out the involvement of courts to probe war crimes committing during the final stages of the war in 2009. Kumaratunga, who is also the head of the Office for the National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) said that what is urgent now

MR’s opportune return
[ Thursday, 02-02-2017 10:13 ]

Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa will no longer be hiding behind his couriers of the joint opposition (JO). Last week, he emerged from the shadows of Abeyaramaya to boldly announce at a rally in Nugegoda that after coming to power, he would recover billions that have allegedly been looted by the incumbent government. His rally at Nugegoda was said to be a very expensive affair: going by the expenses

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Blessing or Curse?
[ Monday, 19-09-2016 8:53 ]

Given the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, local residents in different parts of the country have – in the absence of sufficient government action against the insurgents – taken up arms to defend themselves. While in some provinces such vigilantes are accused of abuse and harassment, an example in the North Eastern Province of Badakhshan seemingly had positive effects. But even in this example the threat

Giant pandas rebound off endangered list
[ Tuesday, 06-09-2016 9:55 ]

The giant panda is no longer an endangered species, following decades of work by conservationists to save it. The official status of the much-loved animal has been changed from "endangered" to "vulnerable" because of a population rebound in China. The change was announced as part of an update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. But the update als

Japan knife attack leaves 19 dead
[ Tuesday, 26-07-2016 10:49 ]

Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara. Such attacks are extremely rare in Japan - the incident is the worst mass killing in decades. Police have arrested a local man, said to be a former employee of the centre, who went to a nearby police station and allegedly admitted to the attack. He reportedly said he wanted

Attack in Nice: 80 Dead
[ Friday, 15-07-2016 11:00 ]

At least 80 people were killed Thursday night when a truck careened through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French city of Nice. French President François Hollande has said the attack, which also left 18 people in critical condition and dozens more injured, was likely an act of terrorism. According to eyewitness accounts, bodies were sent flying into t

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President responded positively: GMOA
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 9:06 ]

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said President Maithripala Sirisena had given a positive response to its demands during the discussion its members had with the President yesterday afternoon. During the discussion, the GMOA had put forward some issues including their strong opposition to the South Asian Institution of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), Economic and Technology Cooperative Agreement

Govt. opposes Indian bridge, tunnel link to Sri Lanka
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:38 ]

Leader of the House University Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella told media yesterday that Sri Lankan government was against India’s plans to build a bridge between Rameshwaram of Southern India and Thalaimannar. Commenting on Indian Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari’s Wednesday statement to the Lok Sabha that India was set to build a sea bridge and tunnel connecting Sri Lanka,

Govt urged to put ‘the right people in the right place along with the right system’
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:32 ]

The 2016 budget does not tally with the economic policy statement laid out by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently and the government needs to start putting the "right people in the right place along with the right system," to genuinely implement reforms to put the country in order, internationally renowned economist Prof. Razeen Sally said. "Sri Lanka's high exposure to external debt has widened her curre

UK-led foreign coalition in overdrive to help GOSL
[ Saturday, 19-12-2015 8:28 ]

Battle against corruption An international coalition led by Britain is now helping the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government stamp out corruption. Deputy British High Commissioner Laura Davies said that the UK would work closely with the US, Australia and Switzerland to help the new administration. Davies is also accredited to the Maldives. Davies said that the UK was in the process of enhancing Sri Lanka’s