Archive for March, 2018

WHO IS MOST UNPOPULAR IN SRI LANKA – PRIME MINISTER MR RANIL WICKREMASINGHE OR PRESIDENT MR MAITHREEPALA SIRISENA

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

By M D P DISSANAYAKE Currently all guns are directed at the Hon Prime Minister Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe.   President Maithreepala Sirisena is occupying the highest office of the land at the behest of Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe. In the most recently held local government elections, Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe’s  political wing was placed second, in spite of Bond Scam […]

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NO CONFIDENCE MOTION: QUOVADIS J.O?

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Sugath Samarasinghe I do not understand the strategy of the JO in moving this No Confidence Motion against Ranil Wickramasinghe. What is their ultimate goal, I wonder? Immediately after the victory of Israel after their famous Six Day War where they trounced the braggart UAR in 1967, a journalist asked Israeli General Moshe Dayan, What […]

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No confidence motion against Ranil should have first initiated by the UNP long ago and not by the JO?

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Sudath Gunasekara 31. 3. 2018. Though already it is too late, the country must thank the JO for presenting a no–confidence motion at least now against the clumsiest and one tracked minded Prime Minister. He is a classic example of a true product of Black Whites” planted by the British to destroy the Sinhala Buddhist […]

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YAHAPALANA ELECTIONS AND ‘REGIME CHANGE’ Part 8

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS February 2018 saw the third Yahapalana election take place. This was the long postponed local government elections, which for the first time   were all held on the same day, making it feel like a general election. The elections were contested on a political party basis with UNP, SLFP, UPFA, JVP, and TNA fighting […]

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Endangered Nations and Endangered Cultures

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

R Chandrasoma Few countries in the world are now in peril because of the marauding spirit of powerful neighbours. This is a recent turn in history –across the centuries powerful nations were imbued with an expansionist spirit that spelt doom for those fated to be close to the ‘hegemonic power’. Protracted wars resulted when neighbours […]

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Former UN Rep Exposes Sri Lanka’s Hidden Viceroy

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

එළිය Eliya Former UN Rep Exposes Sri Lanka's Hidden Viceroy Former UN Rep Exposes Sri Lanka's Hidden Viceroy2018.03.13 Posted by එළිය Eliya on 20. mars 2018

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Is Coffee Cancer-Causing? California Judge thinks so!

Saturday, March 31st, 2018

Courtesy dailysocialbuzz.com Soon when you are in California and enjoying your cup of joe, you might have to stare at a cancer warning too.  According to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle, coffee makers were not able to present proper grounds at trial to prevail. There is a variety of evidence leading to believe […]

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Yahapalana, land and Trimble

Friday, March 30th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Sri Lanka‘s land and property ownership issues need careful and urgent appraisal, said economist Sumanasiri Liyanage. No country can achieve fast growth ensuring prosperity for all without proper ownership of land and property. One serious constraint to both industrial and agricultural development is the unavailability of land, said Sanderatne. There is an urgent […]

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Avoiding ‘religious’ violence in Sri Lanka

Friday, March 30th, 2018

By ASOKA BANDARAGE Courtesy Asia Times On the night of February 22, four drunken Muslim youths traveling on a three-wheeler in Sri Lanka’s Kandy district beat up a Sinhala Buddhist truck driver because he had not allowed them to overtake his truck. The police arrested the assailants but released them on bail. Although intelligence officers had warned […]

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The correct way to apply  the “Precautionary Principle”  is to re-approve glyphosate.

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Bodhi Dhanapala, Quebec, Canada I read with some degree of amusement the opinion piece by Dr. Saroj Jayasinghe and  a colleague, published in news media, where they urge to continue the ban on glyphosate with no mention of the harm to farmers as well as the plantations. This herbicide is a class-II  hazard (but not […]

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Gotabhaya Rajapaksa speaking at Kuliyapitiya Viyathmaga conference March 2018

Friday, March 30th, 2018

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How Shady Was Cambridge Analytica?

Friday, March 30th, 2018

By APRIL GLASER Courtesy slate.com Considering the work its parent company did trying to win Caribbean elections … potentially pretty shady. CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Concordia Summit. When Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, was suspended by the political-data firm last week […]

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Geneva: A shift in the government’s discourse

Friday, March 30th, 2018

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island March 30, 2018, 12:00 pm The UNHRC session this month in Geneva succeeded in punching through to the news pages, despite the overwhelming dominance of stories about the no-confidence motion. However, there was no acknowledgement of the two most important aspects. The first was from the government delegation or […]

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SLFP MPs cannot oppose no-confidence against PM – Lakshman Yapa

Friday, March 30th, 2018

By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana State Minister of Public Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says that MPs of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) cannot oppose the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He stated that a committee was appointed to look into the Central Bank bond scam and submit a report, during an SLFP Central […]

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BASHING OF MUSLIMS IN SRI LANKA

Friday, March 30th, 2018

Dr Sarath Obeysekera I am in London these days and keep reading web news about No confidence Motion against PM and previously the skirmish in Digana .I have very close friends I London and Sri Lanka who are Muslims .When we meet again I find it little embarrassing to face them. Whether I like it […]

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President Sirisena took three years and three months to realize that Ranil is not fit to do anything?

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Dr Sudath Gunasekara 29.3.2918. Anyway the whole country must thank him for taking the Central Bank from Ranil at least after three years and putting it once again under the Finance Ministry. Actually he should have not allowed its transfer from the M/F at the very outset as it is unconventional and suspicious too (although […]

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YAHAPALANA AND THE ECONOMY Part 7

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

KAMALIKA PIERIS Yahapalana wishes to kill the Shipping Agent” sector of the shipping industry of Sri Lanka. Yahapalana announced in its 2017 budget that Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act, No. 51 of 1979 and the Merchants Shipping Act, No. 52 of 1971 will be amended. Restrictions on foreign ownership of shipping agencies and the freight […]

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NO CONFIDENCE MOTION  VIS-A-VIS JOINT OPPOSITION STRATEGY

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

By M D P DISSANAYAKE The No Confidence Motion primarily has two purposes.  Firstly to unseat the Prime Minister.  Secondly to form the next government. UNSEATING THE PRIME MINISTER: RW is a fighter.  He became Prime Minister three times, but on two occasions, including the current tenure, he got into hot water.  First time he lost his job.  This time […]

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While Termites Split the House Mosquitoes Feast on and Attack Householders

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Dilrook Kannangara (The foregoing has no resemblance to any country or persons. Any similarity is only coincidental.) A house stands along busy east-west Indian Ocean Drive. Its occupants have lived there as long as they can remember. They have no other first or second home. However, they are not the only living beings in the […]

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NAVY SINKS KP,S SHIP WITH BULLET PROOF VEHCILES USED BY EX PRESIDENTS

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Dr Sarath Obeysekera When I read above news item I remembered the story about the Buller Proof Vehicle of President of Ranasinghe Premadasa , After the bombing of Parliament by JVP ,where Minister Athulathmudali got hurt cabinet has decided to bomb and bullet proofing of the room in Senate House where cabinet Meeting was held […]

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Indian Ocean geopolitics and its impact on Sri Lanka

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

By Neville Ladduwahetty Courtesy The Island March 29, 2018, 10:14 pm I write to express my appreciation to Prof. Gamini Keerawella (Prof. Emeritus, University of Peradeniya), for publishing excerpts of a keynote address titled “Indian Ocean: Maritime Security” delivered by him at the Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (The Island, March 16-17, 2018). His address was […]

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How Iraq War destabilized the world and why the neocons aren’t finished yet

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Rania Khalek is an American journalist, writer and political commentator based in the Middle East Published time: 26 Mar, 2018 16:37 Get short URL The Iraq War architects have been thoroughly rehabilitated and are planning their next adventure, even as the catastrophic ramifications of their crimes continue to reverberate around the world. Last week marked […]

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In northern Sumatra, there are a lot of descendants of Sinhalese transmigrated by the Dutch there to work in plantations

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Alvin Trisnadi Courtesy:  QUORA Actually Sri Lanka /Ceylon was once part of Dutch dominion in Asia. It was seized by VOC from the Portuguese, and the Dutch ruled for over a century (1640–1796) until replaced by the British. In northern Sumatra, there are a lot of descendants of Sinhalese transmigrated by the Dutch there to work […]

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පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයන් හි බලය පිහිටුවීම – අගමැතිට එරෙහි විශ්වාස භංගය, අල්ලස හා වරප්‍ර‍සාද ලංකා දේශපාලනය අස්ථාවර කළා   

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය/කැෆේ සංවිධානය ජාතික දේශපාලනයේ අස්ථාවරභාවය විසින් පළාත් පාලන ආයතනයන් හි ඉහළ තනතුරු සදහා පත් කිරීම් වියවුලක් බවට පත් වී ඇතැයි කැෆේ සංවිධානයේ විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂ කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන් මහතා නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් පවසයි.  පලාත් පාලන ආයතන 340 ක ඡන්ද විමසීමපැවති අතර, එයින් පළාත් පාලන ආයතන 170 කම එක් දේශපාලන පක්ෂයකට සභාවේ 50% කට වැඩි සභික සංඛ්‍යාවක් […]

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The great betrayal of Theravada Buddhism?

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

By Prof. M. M. J. Marasinghe B.A. (Hon.) (Cey.); Ph.D.(B’ham);D.Litt.(Hons.(Kelaniya) Former Professor and Head, department of Pali and Buddhist Studies; Vice Chancellor,(1987- 1993, University of Kalaniya Courtesy  The Island Buddhism was introduced into this Island during the reign of King Devanampiya tissa in the third century B.C. by the mission of Venerable Thera Mahinda. The Mahindian […]

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Furthering Community Self-Interests and Undermining National Interests: The Primary Objective of the Tamil and Muslim Non-Indigenous Settler Communities of Sri Lanka

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Dr. Daya Hewapathirane HISTORY OF THE TAMIL COMMUNITY OF SRI LANKA    Tamils and Muslims living in Sri Lanka, amount to a total of about 24% of the country’s total population. They are descendants of groups of individuals, exclusively males, who initially arrived in this island at different times in the past for various purposes, and […]

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Why should all countries except Muslim-majority countries be multi-cultural, multi-ethnic or multi-faith

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

If there are international laws, international standards & application of international laws & standards equally to all, then one ethnic group cannot claim to be exclusive from its application where they are a majority but demand & enjoy these standards where they are a minority. Multiculturalism became a liberal fad that is fast losing its […]

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SLFP proposes ‘broader national’ govt. without Ranil as Premier

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy  The Island March 27, 2018, 11:03 pm The SLFP yesterday proposed a broader coalition sans UNP leader and PM Wickremesinghe to implement President Maithripala Sirisena’s 2015 mandate. Addressing a packed SLFP auditorium at T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S. B. Dissanayake said the no-confidence motion (NCM) moved […]

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UNP crisis, SLFP choices & Sri Lanka’s endless political karmic cycle

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy  The Island March 27, 2018, 8:43 pm A great liberal of the Kennedy era and top intellectual of the JFK administration, Arthur Schlesinger famously wrote that the US was doomed to fail in Vietnam because US policy in Vietnam was trapped in an eight sided box. Similarly UNP is trapped in […]

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JO alleges MPs offered Rs. 100 mn each to vote against no-faith motion

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy  The Island March 27, 2018, 11:04 pm Members of parliament have been offered as much as Rs. 100 mn each to oppose the no-confidence motion (NCM) moved against Prime Minister and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, Joint Opposition (JO) heavyweight MP Dallas Alahapperuma alleges. Matara District MP Alahapperuma said so at a public […]

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