Archive for November 5th, 2017

Main elements of New Constitution drafted by British Solicitors in 1994

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge “A Framework for the Constitution of the Union of Ceylon” prepared in 1994 by a firm of British solicitors (Bates, Wells and Braithwaite) for the Sri Lanka Peace Support Group an entity within the Centre of Policy Alternatives. What is interesting about this proposal is that it lays out the nuts and […]

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MISLEADING INFORMATION IN USA PUBLICATION ,the country watch

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Ranjith Soysa, Spokesperson, GSLF Introduction CountryWatch (www.countrywatch.com)  is the publisher of several country-specific  data and intelligence reports apparently for the use of corporations, government agencies, universities, schools, libraries and individuals and says it provides  up-to-date news and information on each of the recognized countries of the world.” CountryWatch further claims that its management has extensive international business […]

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PRESIDENT SIRISENA MUST INVOKE ARTICLE 129 OF THE CONSTITUTION AND ASK THE SUPREME COURT FOR AN ADVISORY OPINION ON THE LEGALITY OF THE CONSTITUTION-MAKING PROCESS

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA, ‘If at any time it appears to the President of the Republic that a question of law or fact has arisen or is likely to arise which is of such a nature and of such public importance that it is expedient to obtain the opinion of the Supreme Court upon it, he may […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA Part 6

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS (Revised 07/11/17) This essay lists some new developments in China which are of interest to Sri Lanka .Firstly, China has successfully tested a high-altitude spy drone which could help it dominate a region of the Earth’s atmosphere known as ‘near space’. Scientists are trying to develop a durable ‘near space’ vehicle capable of […]

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ලේඛනයේ නැති හරක්!

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

වරුණ චන්ද්‍රකීර්ති හිල්බට් ගැන කියලා මේ කතාව කියන්නම්. මේ ලේඛකයා විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයේ ඉගෙනගත්තේ ගණිතය, සංඛ්‍යානය වගේ විෂයයන්. එහෙම ඉගෙනගත්තා කියලා කිව්වාට දන්න මහ ගණිතයක් නෑ. විශ්වවිද්‍යාලයකට ගිහිල්ලා ආවා කියන්නේ ගෝනි එළුවා බැලුවා වගේ වැඩක්නේ. ඕවාට නොගිය අයට නම් ඒක මහා වික්‍රමයක් වගේ පේනවා ඇති. ඉතින් ඇත්ත නොකියා ඉන්න එක තමයි වඩා හොඳ. ඒ හින්දා දැන් හිල්බට් […]

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Prime Minister Ranil’s colonial mentality

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

C. Wijeyawickrema Sri Lankans know Ranil is a black-white. From time to time he discloses this. He once wanted to invite Portuguese PM to come to Colombo to commemorate 500 years of Portuguese arrival. He is a vice president of some Asian Christian democratic union. But his recent statement that a president of Sri Lanka […]

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Anthony Bourdain’s CNN production is another piece of one sided misinformation about Sri Lanka

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Anjalika Silva – USA The CNN program on Sri Lanka that aired on Sunday October 29, 2017, in the USA was inadequate and inaccurate to reflect the true post war Sri Lanka. The end of the war now enters the 9th year since its brutal terrorism was crushed for peace that was not dished out […]

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යහපාලන රජය ජාතිවාදී චන්ද පොරොන්දුවක් ඉටු කරයි. ශ්‍රී පාද සමනොල අඹගමුවෙන් වෙන් කරයි.

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන් බුදුන් වහන්සේ ලංකාවට වැඩම කළ තෙවැනි ගමනේදී සුමන සමන් දෙවියන් ගේ ආරාධනයෙන් සමනොල කන්ද මස්තකයට පිවිස එහි තමන් වහන්සේ ගේ ශ්‍රී පාදය තැබූ බව ඓතිහාසික ජන ප්‍රවාදයන්හි මෙන්ම වංශකතා ප්‍රවෘත්ති වලද දැක්වෙයි.ශ්‍රී පාද මස්තකයට ළඟා වන මාර්ග නවයක් පමණ තිබේ. ඉන් ප්‍රධාන මර්ග දෙකින් එකක් රත්නපුර පළාබත්ගල හරහාද අනෙක හැටන් හරහාද වැටී ඇත. […]

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When ineptitude fuels panic

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Editorial Courtesy The Island November 5, 2017, 9:23 pm The country is experiencing a petrol shortage, which the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has attributed to panic buying owing to the recent rejection of a substandard fuel shipment. Winding queues near fuel stations remind us of the ubiquitous paan polim (‘bread queues’) under the SLFP-led United Front […]

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Constitutional evangelism and the interim report marathon

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island November 5, 2017, 9:05 pm The Government is lying to us big time and blatantly in its evangelical attempt at unethically converting Sri Lanka to a non-unitary state through a new, non-unitary Constitution, while the otherwise loudly vociferous JO did not/has so far not challenged that foundational lie in […]

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The tank, dagaba and the village

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

by P.G.Punchihewa Ph.D. Courtesy The Island November 4, 2017, 6:18 pm Nearly two million people in at least 22 districts out of 25 are reported to be affected by the continuing drought. Among the districts are Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Puttalam , Jaffna ,Kilinochchi, Mullativu ,Matale and Moneragala. Most of the large, medium and […]

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Awesome Thriphala -Aralu, bulu and nelli join statins as cholesterol busters

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi Courtesy Sunday Times  A humble but magical ‘trio’ used by ancient veda mahattayas have stunned the world of modern medicine by their ‘healing’ powers right here in Sri Lanka. The three herbal fruits — aralu, bulu and nelli — are potent fighters in the battle against high cholesterol, the Sunday Times learns. Not […]

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Vanquished to victory Nandikadaal to Orumittha Nadu

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today How did we arrive from Nandikadaal to Orumittha Nadu? Usually, it is the victor who becomes the post-war architect. It is they who persecute the defeated, get compensated for the damages incurred during the war and decide what the problem was and the appropriate solution. However, in our case after […]

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All Party Conference Constitutional process essential

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Courtesy Ceylon Today The three-day debate in the Constitutional Assembly may not help to adopt a new Constitution, but it has provided the much needed forum for a national debate on this vexed question. During and before the debate it became very clear that there was no possibility of a consensus leading to […]

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The relevance of R. Sampanthan’s speech at the ITAK Convention to present constitutional demands

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge Leaving aside arguments of ITAK/TNA links to LTTE the fact remains is that both Tamil racist leaders & LTTE fought for a separate Tamil state. Whether it is called eelam, self-autonomy, self-determination etc it all boils down to the same thing. If so it questions on what logical premise that any government […]

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Mr. Sumanthiram, tear down that federal wall!

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

H. L. D. Mahindapala In an impassioned speech delivered before the Steering Committee of the Parliament M. A. Sumanthiram, the spokesperson for the TNA, argued the case for federalism which is by far the most plausible presentation I have heard on the subject. And I must add that have heard some of the best and […]

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Hypocrite Terrorist Sambandan deserves to die as a banished traitor

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA. TNA Leader R.Sambandan is in fact a vicious tiger terrorist.  He would undoubtedly have been a frontline hardcore tiger terrorist if not for his about to die age.  He lost in the 2000 General Election by contesting as a TULF candidate and following which the LTTE making the Tamil politicians […]

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Promoting gender equality

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Dr. Tilak Fernando Courtesy Ceylon Today On 10 October 2017, South Asia’s Policy Makers gathered in Colombo to discuss the success and failures of women, who appear to be disregarded in society. A current issue under discussion in Sri Lanka is to have a guaranteed quota of 25- 30 per cent of women in politics, in […]

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LG polls: Hobson’s choice for Sirisena

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

by C.A Chandraprema Courtesy The Island The political futures of President Sirisena and the 40+ SLFP parliamentarians hangs in the balance as the LG elections process kicks off. The question that the Sirisena faction of the SLFP has to ask itself is which is worse, being labelled pro-UNP if they decide to cast in their lot […]

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Federalism – Why?

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Laksiri Warnakula ‘Making a mountain out of a mole is a lot easier than bringing a mountain that has grown high, far and wide down to the size of a mole’ Our politicians have never understood this, either because of their stupidity or their greed for power and personal gains. I for one, would put […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Part 5

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

KAMALIKA PIERIS This essay looks at the current relationship between Yahapalana government of Sri Lanka and the United States of America. From a triumphal, highly visible start in 2015, with prominent visits by Secretary of State John Kerry and other high ranking officials, the USA has now decided to go into low profile. Visits from […]

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Female Genital Mutilation: A Woman’s Right to Reject it over Religious Cultural Rights

Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge Why was Sharmila Seyyid’s invitation to the Tamil Literature Conference revoked? Simple answer is because she spoke openly against the prevalence of female genital mutilation among the Muslim community. We are boasting of democracy but the reality is that this lady who was officially invited to speak at the conference had her […]

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