Archive for June 22nd, 2016

Sri Lanka to set up Office of Missing Persons – Now log the names of 40,000 ‘missing’ or ‘dead’  

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Shenali D Waduge An excellent opportunity has now arise to catch red handed every person who ranted about 40,000 to 100,000 being dead. They have for years been going on and on about these ‘missing’ or ‘dead’ numbers without so much as producing a single name. Now the ball is in their court to prove […]

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I never said Mahinda siphoned off money – Rajitha

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Adaderana I never said that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa siphoned off money, Minister Rajitha Senaratne says. The observation was made at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (22). I asserted that Rajapaksas were behind this, and as well as it was those who were around him involved in this,” he added. Former President […]

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Rigged Olympics: How US Hegemony Killed an Ancient Sports Icon

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Dilrook Kannangara After proof of athletes taking banned performance enhancing substances and allegations of state support for it, Russia has been banned from contesting in the Olympics. This is an absurd decision. Just because a few athletes used banned performance enhancing substances with possible state support, it shouldn’t result in disqualification of the entire team. […]

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THE “PROVINCIAL COUNCILS”

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

KAMALIKA PIERIS The Provincial Councils were set up in February 1988, under the Provincial Councils Act no 42 of 1987, as a requirement of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.  Each province had a Governor, Chief Minister and Councilors. The Governor, appointed by the President, ranked above the Chief Minister. Governor could take decisions without […]

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Indian scribe elected to global investigative forum

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Our Correspondent Guwahati: New Delhi based senior journalist Syed Nazakat has been elected to the board of directors of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), a Washington DC based international media body. Nazakat ran unopposed to become the representative for the Asia Pacific region and he would serve a two-year term in the forum. Besides […]

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Land dispute in Panama

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

RANJITH SOYSA According to reports the Police is planning to evict 50 odd farmer families from Panama if they do not vacate the lands occupied before 30th June 2016 It is indeed an act of cruelty by the Police and the other authorities for not allowing the peasant families to continue their activities on their […]

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Contemporary Issues

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Dr. Tilak S Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today A drastic social and cultural revolution has taken place in Sri Lanka over the past few decades; with peoples’ attitudes, culture, the calibre of the rulers and politicians, school teachers, parents and students alike, have taken a three hundred and sixty degree turn towards the depreciation of the […]

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The NPC Resolution and Constitutional Changes Irrationality and Dangers of Federalism in Sri Lanka:

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

M.L.WICKRAMASINGHE The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka has published its report. The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) adopted a resolution on constitutional changes. Although presented unconstitutionally NPC proposal  should be studied. It is the responsibility of all Sri Lankan citizens belonging to all ethnic groups and political ideologies to begin discussions on […]

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හෙළ අටුවා පෙරළා බුදුදහම රැකි බුද්ධඝෝෂ හිමියෝ

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

සුජීව දිසානායක උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින ක්‍රි.ව. 5 සියවස පමණ වන විට ථෙරවාදි බුදුදහම ප්‍රබල අර්බුදයකට මුහුණදී තිබුණි. ඒ මහායාන ආගමික සංකල්පයන්ගෙන් ථෙරවාදය ගිලගැනීමයි. ක්‍රි.ව. 01 සියවසේ කණිෂ්ක දවස කාශ්මීරයේදී පවත්වන්නට යෙදුණු සිව්වන ධර්ම සංගායනාවත් සමග සංස්‌කෘත භාෂාව අන් කවරදාටත් වඩා බුදුදහම ආක්‍රමණය කරන්නට විය. මේ නිසා බුදුදහම ආශ්‍රිතව තිබූ පාලි භාෂාවට ප්‍රබල තර්ජනයක්‌ මතු විය. මතු […]

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දහම නොදැන අටුවාචාරීන් වහන්සේලාට ගරහන්නෝ සාහසිකයෝය…

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

රාත්මලාන ධර්ම පර්යේෂණාලයේ හෑගොඩ විපස්‌සී හිමි බුදුරජාණන් වහන්සේ දේශනා කළ ශ්‍රී සද්ධර්මය ත්‍රිපිටකයේ සඳහන් වෙනවා. අභිධර්මය ඇතුළු විවිධ සූත්‍ර ඇතුළත් මෙහි තුන්පිටකය සමඟ නිතැතින්ම කියෑවෙන ග්‍රන්ථාවලියක්‌ තියෙනවා. එය අප හඳුන්වන්නේ අටුවාව ලෙසයි. මෙය පාලි භාෂාවෙන් හඳුන්වනු ලබන්නේ අට්‌ඨ කතා ලෙසයි. පාලි භාෂාවෙන් අට්‌ඨ කතා යන්න අටුවා” ලෙස ව්‍යවහාරයට පැමිණ තිබෙනවා. බුද්ධ දේශනාව ආශ්‍රයෙන්ම අටුවාව ගොඩනැගී තිබෙනවා. […]

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Democracy in peril

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Editorial Courtesy The Island Franchise is the linchpin of democracy as is common knowledge. It helps give expression to the popular will and install administrations people deem fit to govern them. Elections are to franchise what water is to fish. Deprived of the medium of electoral contest, franchise suffers disuse atrophy and anarchy sets in. We […]

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Unresolved Indo-Lanka issues

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island One-time head of the Law Faculty, University of Colombo, Dr Nirmala Chandrahasan last Thursday (June 16) called for tangible action on the part of the Sri Lankan government to bring in Sri Lankan refugees, living in India, particularly in the state of Tamil Nadu. Dr Chandrahasan estimated the number of […]

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Sri Lanka on UNP’s neoliberal path: Will it succeed or lead to disaster

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

By Tissa Vitarana Courtesy The Island June 21, 2016, 7:45 pm The UNP/SLFP Alliance government came together, ostensibly as a “National Unity” government, thereby escaping the restrictions placed on the number of Ministers by the 19th Amendment. It had as its main objectives (a) the establishment of good governance and (b) the changing of the Constitution […]

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Giving IMF the hindmost

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Dr Kamal Wickremasinghe Courtesy The Island The title of this commentary is derived from the 16th century proverb “Every man for himself and the devil take the hindmost”. There are at least two versions of the real meaning of the relatively obscure expression, the “hindmost” contained in the proverb: as per its usage in PHILASTER or […]

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