Archive for April 24th, 2018

Why the Vesak was advanced to April?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Mahinda Karunaratne The Vesak poya falls naturally on the 29th May which by means that the Vesak should be in the month of May according to Julian calendar we follow worldwide. From time and memory there had been no shifting of Vesak (or even Poson) festival. Since the Yahapaalana govt. came in to power, it […]

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Removing Tamil Tigers from Terrorist List

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Ira de Silva Ontario, Canada Mr. Jack MacLaren MPP, Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Queens Park Ontario.  Dear Sir:  I have just watched the video of your statement in the legislature at Queens Park and read a comment in the Toronto Sun of April 12,2018 bylined Bonokoski in which he sums up your attitude as “naive, foolish thinking”. My […]

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Pakistan: Minorities under Collusive Terror 

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Tushar Ranjan Mohanty Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management At least two members of the Christian community, Rashid Khalid and Azhar Iqbal, were killed and another five were injured in a firing incident near a church in the Essa Nagri area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on April 15, 2018. Quetta’s Deputy Inspector General […]

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What Naseby actually told President

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

RAJEEWA JAYAWEERA Courtesy The Island According to media reports, President Sirisena met with British Peer Lord Naseby during his visit to the UK to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). A long-standing friend of Sri Lanka with an involvement of over 50 years, he started the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka in 1975 […]

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‘Error of the moon’?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Editorial Courtesy The Island April 24, 2018, 12:00 pm Winston Churchill famously dubbed Russia a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. How would one describe Sri Lanka, under the yahapalana government? One may call it a tangle, wrapped in a jumble, inside a muddle. Anything King Midas touched got transmuted into solid gold, we […]

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The Opposition’s 20-A dilemmas

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Dr. DAYAN JAYATILLEKA Courtesy The Island It’s the arithmetic, stupid! A no-confidence motion against the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Sampanthan, is logical and legitimate, neither because he is a Tamil nationalist nor because he propped up Ranil in the no-faith motion on the bond scam, but because he, unlike his TULF predecessor in the […]

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Where have all the suspects gone- Far, Far, away!!!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Courtesy The Daily Mirror 1. Do we hear loud whispers asking where have all the suspects gone? Far, far away we are told!!! Should we ask why??? Arjuna Mahendran was last known to have been in Singapore, Udayanga in Dubai, Jaliya only the good Lord knows!!! We’ll definitely need to keep an eye on that […]

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WHAT’S NEXT & WHO’S NEXT AFTER YAHAPALANAYA?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka Courtesy The Daily Mirror Ecrasez l’infame!”—Crush the loathsome thing!” – Voltaire   Neoliberalism is almost dead in Sri Lanka, and its Government is dying. The choice that is before us is which type/variety of Populism:Right, Left, Centre or Centre-Left? Even if the JVP’s 20th amendment is supported by the UNP, TNA and misguided/manipulated […]

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What MR got right and this Govt. could not!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Ranga Jayasuriya Courtesy The Daily Mirror Reading the Sunday newspapers, I stumbled upon two stories. One was about ‘resettlement experts’ making a hue and cry that the third phase of Central Expressway would cause mass displacement. From a people’s point of view, we are heading for disaster,” one complains. According to the statistics cited, 6,432 […]

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PM behind JVP’s proposal to remove executive presidency – PHU

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror While stating that the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) is against the proposal of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to remove the executive presidency, General Secretary of the PHU Upul Wijesekara said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was behind the JVP’s proposal. Addressing a news conference, he said premier Wickremesinghe anticipated centralizing […]

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Scarcity of funds: Bond market likely to collapse, says Bandula

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Sheain Fernandopulle Courtesy The Daily Mirror While claiming that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka lacked sufficient funds to pay back the Treasury bonds and bills before their date of expiry, MP Bandula Gunawardana said the bond market could collapse due to the prevailing situation. Addressing a news briefing, he said the government needs to pay […]

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The March of Folly Destroying Continuity

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today When I served on the National Human Resources Development Council, I chaired a committee to recommend new ways of working in the public sector. We looked at several issues, but amongst them one that resonated with the Organization of Professional Associations, whom I was asked to meet to take […]

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Sri Lanka slams reports of Chinese militarization of Hambantota Port

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Editor  Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, April 23 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has strongly denied reports of Chinese militarization of the Chinese funded Hambantota Port, in southern Sri Lanka, and stressed the Sri Lankan Navy was the sole military force responsible for the security of the Port. During discussions with China’s Ambassador to Sri […]

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Pakistan expresses interest in building hi-tech heart hospital in Sri Lanka

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Editor  Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, April 24 (newsin.asia) – A group of investors from Pakistan, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday have expressed interest to construct a state of the art hospital in the island country to perform heart surgeries and to build two tourism zones as well as to construct a low-cost new housing scheme. The […]

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Lankan Tamil leader spells out what Tamils need to do to secure their rights

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Editor Courtesy NewsIn.Asia  Colombo, April 25 (newsin.asia): The leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), R.Sampanthan, told Tamils on Tuesday what they should do secure their rights within a united Sri Lanka. Launching a Tamil language book Or Inapprachanaiyum Ou Oppandhamum” (An Ethnic Question and An Accord) on the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987 written by T.Ramakrishnan Associate […]

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IGP explains delay in bringing Udayanga to Sri Lanka

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

By Yusuf Ariff Courtesy Adaderana IGP Pujith Jayasundara says Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga has been arrested in Abu Dhabi by the authorities in that country according to their laws and regarding an offense committed there. Our investigations are being carried out within the scope of his activities as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to […]

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