Archive for August 29th, 2015

How much moral petrol is left in Ranil’s car?

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

H. L. D. Mahindapala Ranil Wickremesinghe beat all odds and topped the list of preferences – a feat that was considered impossible earlier. At the base level, shorn off the rhetoric and the tinsel, it is an achievement  that reflects the combination of national, international – and even some anti-national – forces. It has triumphed […]

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ICRC Sri Lanka during final phase of war

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Shenali D Waduge The ICRC started operations in Sri Lanka in 1989, an invitation extended by late President Premadasa following his tryst with the LTTE and with LTTE expanding its terror ICRC was able to expand its operations too. What is noteworthy is that ICRC established its offices in areas that were held by LTTE […]

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UNP hamstrung by presidential interference

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Courtesy Island August 29, 2015, 6:23 pm We are now nearing the end of the second week after the parliamentary election with no cabinet of ministers. UNP chairman Malik Samarawickrema announced September 2 as the date on which the cabinet may be sworn in and SLFP general secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that September 4 would […]

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“O that way madness lies; let me shun that;” -King Lear

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

by Gnana Moonesinghe Courtesy Island In the absence of justice what is sovereignty but organized robbery. Saint Augustine Political concepts – national government, unity government, coalition government, constructive opposition so many of them are flying around! Confusion galore – genuine misunderstanding or misperception of the content of these concepts and or a deliberate infusion of mix up […]

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පිස්සන්ගේ රාජ්ය

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ විසිනි. ම‌ුන්ගේ හිතේ අපිට පිස්සු කියලා. අපිව කොටු කරලා,  බෙහෙත් දිදී  තියාගෙන ඉන්නවා. නැගිටපල්ලා මිනිසුනේ නැගිටපල්ලා. අපිත් මිනිස්සු, අපිටත් අයිතියක් තියෙනවා. මොකක්ද මේ හැම තිස්සෙම ,බෙහෙත් බෙහෙත් බෙහෙත්. කාටද ඔ්නි බෙහෙත් අපිට බෙහෙත් දෙන එකාටයි බෙහෙත් ඔ්නි. අල්ල ගනින් ඔ්කව; දොස්තරයා. මූ මොන දොස්තරයෙක්ද? ගැට ගහපන් ගැට ගහපන් මූ මොන දොස්තරයෙක්ද? මූයි ලෙඩා, […]

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ලංඩන් මහකොමසාරිස් සංගක්කාර: ලංකාවේ දුෂ්ඨ ත්‍රිකෝණය -වැසිකිළි දුර්‌ඝන්‌ධය නොහොත් ලොවින් එකෙක් එක් දෙයකට සමත් වීම

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම මාරියෝ පෙරේරා විසින් ලංකාවෙබ් අඩවියට සංගක්කාර මාතෘකාව යටතේ ලියන ලද ලිපියක් කියවූ පසු මෙම සටහන ලිවීමට මට සිතුනේ එය ලංකාවේ දුෂ්ට ත්‍රිකෝණයට අදාල කදිම උදාහරණයක් වන නිසාය. විශේෂයෙන් 1978 ට පසු වසංගතයක් ලෙස බෝවී ඇති දුෂ්ට ත්‍රිකෝණය යනු -නිලධාරියා-දේශපාලකයා-එන් ජී ඕ කාරයා- යන තුන් කොටස එකතුව ලංකාවේ කරගෙන යන දූෂණ හා විනාශයය. කුමාර් […]

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Prime Ministerial Headaches

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

BY MALINDA SENEVIRATNE  This should have been easy.  It has been easy all these years.  Hold election, release results, count numbers, pick the leader of the party which returned the most candidates to Parliament and appoint him/her as Prime Minister.  Then Parliament convenes, the Speaker is elected, the Leader of the Opposition is selected and […]

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Journalist Hiten Mahanta passes away

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

By NJ Thakuria Northeast India based journalist Hiten Mahanta passed away on 29 August 2015 at GNRC (six mile) hospital. His last moment came on 7.25 AM of Saturday. According to the doctors the immediate cause of his death was the cardiac arrest. An honest, brave and acclaimed journalist, Mahanta suffered multiple head injuries as […]

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From Jan. 08 to Aug. 17 and after: The Mahinda movement and future of Sinhala nationalism

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

 DR. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy Island “…of battles won or lost—but waged—against the enemy.”  (Che Guevara: ‘Message to the Tricontinental’) The Mahinda Movement hoped for, believed in and fought determinedly for a victory at the August 17th election, but beneath the rousing nationalist romanticism there was always a tougher-minded realization that what was being waged was a […]

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New US strategy to probe war crimes in spite of the comprehensive report of the LLRC

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

RANJITH SOYSA The stance taken by the US and the West will change in relation to the type of resolution to be tabled at the forthcoming UN Human Rights parley. Now, it is very clear that the US and the West were not attempting to search for accountability but for them it was an issue […]

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“President distracted by party matters” – Ven Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya Courtesy The Nation I am appalled by what’s happening in the political arena in the first few days after the General Election,” Leader of the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ), Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera told ‘The Nation’.  The Thero, who played a major role in the movement to field a ‘common candidate’ […]

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“I am appalled!” Ven. Sobitha Thera

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

By Deepal Warnakulasuriya  Courtesy The Nation Good Governance loses out to expedience President should have remained neutral Politicians have betrayed our trust Expressing disappointment over the unprecedented delay in appointing the Cabinet, Ven Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera told The Nation that he was appalled by what has been happening in the political arena in the post-election […]

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Smaller parties in UPFA plan new Alliance

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

By W.K. Prasad Manju Courtesy Ceylon Today Several political parties and organizations connected to the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have opened discussions to establish a new political alliance targeting the upcoming Local Government Elections. Leader of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya and UPFA Colombo District Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila told Ceylon Today that discussions are underway regarding the […]

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Government of Sri Lanka Says No need to present report on missing persons to UNHRC

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Courtesy The  Nation The Government is unlikely to present the interim report, compiled by the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons (PCICRMP), at next month’s session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. Speaking to The Nation, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said the question of presenting the interim report […]

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SLFP empowers President to decide on Ministers, posts

Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Courtesy Adaderana The Central Committee of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today decided to authorize President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Chairman of the party, to appoint SLFP Ministers to the National Government as well as the Opposition Leader, Chief Opposition Whip and Deputy Speaker. The proposal was approved at the SLFP central committee meeting […]

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