Archive for January 18th, 2012

Expansion of Presidential Duties

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Prof. Hudson McLean  The recent Presidential Decree of enforcing a minimum US$100.00/night/room for incoming foreign tourists have antoganized many foreign tourists. Many have compared this un-Democratic Decree to the old Soviet system, and to Cuba.  This certainly is a negative backword, self-defeating move by the President, who might look at other serious affairs of governing […]

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Family bandyism

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

by S L Gunasekara Courtesy The Island  January 17, 2012, 6:00 pm Our late colonial masters, the British, have an institutionalized system of “ƒ”¹…”family bandyism’. Their Head of State will always be from one family. When the mother Elizabeth dies it will be her eldest son or failing him his eldest son or failing a […]

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The karawala-mallun of addressing citizenship anomalies

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Written by Malinda Seneviratne There is a number that scrambles the number 13. That number is 54, and, worse, it is a number that references an increasing trend, leading to further scrambling. Yes, I am talking about the 13th Amendment to the constitution, with “ƒ”¹…”54′ referring to the percentage of Tamils living outside the so-called […]

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Thirteen minus not thirteen plus

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

By Nalin de Silva Courtesy The Island  The thirteenth amendment was forced on us by India following the infamous Indo Sri Lanka Accord, without considering the historical, cultural and geographical background and the Sinhala opinion. India for a long time had acted without listening to the Sinhala majority, without even taking into consideration the importance […]

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