Archive for May 12th, 2018

Dr. Jayasinghe’s “No poison in my plate” syndrome and his “need to ban glyphosate”.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

By Chandre Dharmawardana Dr. Lal Jayasinghe (LJ) writing in the Island (11-05-2018)  gives three reasons that he says are put out  in opposing the ban. He is of course for the ban. The glyphosate debate in Sri Lanka is an intellectual and scientific scandal. Seemingly, Sri Lankan scientists are remaining silent about it? No, in […]

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Revise fuel price increases and rescind taxes on fuel.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA It is true that there is an upright increase in fuel prices due to a conflict situation between Iran and the United States and Israel’s indiscriminate barrage of rocket attscks on certain areas of Syria. The website CNBC.com which focuses on global commodity market situations reported on Thursday that crude […]

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“Lanka’s Yahapalanaya government has passed its shelf life”

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham/Daily Express Sri Lanka’ Good Governance regime headed by President Maithripala Sirisena came in 2015 with a promise to end  partisan politics and the abolish the Executive Presidency. But its record in the past three years shows that it is going the way previous regimes went, sacrificing ideals at the alter of political […]

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Ulterior motive of the 20th Amendment

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

By Udaya P. Gammanpila Courtesy Ceylon Today We posed five questions to the campaigners for abolition of the Executive Presidency.  Nobody came forward to reply those.  We, ourselves, replied to the question, Why does anti-Executive Presidency campaign exist only in Sri Lanka?”  It was pointed out with evidence that there was a misjudgement in Sri Lanka […]

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Discovery of retrospective wisdom

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

By Narada Courtesy Ceylon Today There is a parable that has a message for President Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe. The two have an unenviable task – matching dismal performance with exaggerated promise. The parable offers a glimmer of light to the two leaders presently groping in the darkness of demonstrated failure. A grandfather tells his grandchild: […]

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‘Novichok’ brand now a rapidly-growing trademark for Russian products

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Courtesy RT Many Russian companies are now registering products under the ‘Novichok’ trademark – the chemical the UK says poisoned ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. From sunflower oil to detergents, ‘Novichok’ is the new black. Read more ‘English tourists wanted a cocktail – we gave them one!’: Russian mixologist explains Novichok drink The […]

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Presidential blues Winning elections and staying in power

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

by arjuna ranawana Courtesy Ceylon Today The presidential and parliamentary elections are 18 months away, and one person has already declared himself a candidate for the presidency. President Maithripala Sirisena speaking at the SLFP May Day Rally in Batticaloa on Monday said that he will not retire in 2020 as ‘he has more work to do […]

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Head of the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) Ravi Waidyalankara retires ending FCID leadership crisis

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Courtesy The Island The head of the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) Ravi Waidyalankara will leave the police department on Monday ending a controversy over the leadership of the premier white-collar crime busting arm of the police, official sources said. Waidyalankara will on Monday reach the age of 60, the mandatory retirement age,  the sources […]

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Army unit to fight civil war abuse claims

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Courtesy The Island AFP: The Sri Lankan army has formed a special unit to defend itself against allegations of grave human rights abuses at the end of the island’s decades-long ethnic war. Army chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said the group would collate local and international reports, and establish the truth to clear the military’s […]

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