Archive for September 7th, 2018

Separatist political battles fought in  the fields of  history

Friday, September 7th, 2018

H. L. D. Mahindapala One of the imperatives that drives the Tamil separatist lobby is the yearning to be on the side of history that makes them look and  sound great. They need this appearance of greatness most of all to sustain their claim for a separate state — their modern political  agenda.  Without this […]

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THE JVP HAS TABLED THE 20A:  THE ‘FINAL BATTLE’ FOR THE FUTURE OF SRI LANKA HAS BEGUN

Friday, September 7th, 2018

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA It has happened as was to have been foreseen.  A morally, intellectually and financially bankrupt Government has played its last hand to try and stay in power beyond 2020.  I have argued in previous articles that, the JVP with 4 members in Parliament will not even dream of bringing a constitutional amendment if […]

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TOUGH TIME FOR THE MAOISTS

Friday, September 7th, 2018

ALI SUKHANVER When we talk of the present political change in Pakistan, it is not only the change of faces; it is the change of system, change of philosophy and change of traditions leading to an overall change in behaviour and attitude of the whole nation. Astonishingly this revolutionary transformation of the society is so […]

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President dreams of Death Row Delight

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Courtesy The Island September 7, 2018, 9:51 pm Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders. – Albert Camus There is a new interest in the Death Penalty. It comes from President Sirisena himself. Speaking at the parliament premises this week, he said the Death Penalty should be the punishment to those who misused public […]

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The Joint Opposition’s show of force

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island September 7, 2018, 12:00 pm On Wednesday, as I left my house at around 2.30 pm to see how the Joint Opposition’s protest was working out, the streets of Colombo had about the same amount of traffic as one would see on holidays. Yet Wednesday was a normal working […]

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SF: Cabinet never discussed how to counter war crimes allegations …responds to PM’s 2030 leadership change move

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island September 7, 2018, 11:01 pm Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, yesterday, acknowledged that there hadn’t been any Cabinet discussion on how Sri Lanka should respond to Geneva allegations of war crimes against the country. Sri Lanka brought the war to a successful conclusion in […]

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A Magul Maduwa at Temple Trees

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Editorial Courtesy The Island Saturday 8th September, 2018 The government has reportedly decided against hiring out the Temple Trees (TT) banquet hall hereafter following a controversy over MP Chathura Senaratne’s recent wedding there. This decision has left one baffled. The public, we believe, was not aware that the TT banquet hall could be hired as a […]

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Westworld riddled with Buddhist tropes

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Damitha Nipunajith and Sajitha Prematunge Courtesy The Island Based on the 1973 movie Westworld, written and directed by best selling author Michael Crichton, HBO’s Westworld is a thought-provoking modern science fiction TV series. The action-packed series with plot twists to boot, is way ahead of its time in how it tackles the yin and yang […]

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US$ 9 million from USAID for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Sri Lanka

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, September 7 (newsin.asia): The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the USAID Development Credit Authority (DCA), Hatton National Bank PLC and Sampath Bank PLC have announced a new partnership for a program of up to US $9 million for local financing available to private, micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) throughout […]

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Terms of Reference for setting up Indian Ocean Rim Association Working Group on Maritime Security finalized

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, September 7 (newsin.asia): The member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) met in Colombo on  September 4 and 5 and finalized the Terms of Reference (ToR) to set up a  Working Group on Maritime Safety and Security. At the 17th Council of Ministers held in Durban, South Africa in 2017, it […]

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Muslim groups call for female circumcision to be medicalised

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Courtesy The Daily Mirror A number of Sri Lankan Muslim groups have called on the government to medicalise female circumcision. In representations made to the Parliamentary Committee on Women and Gender, members of the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulama, All Ceylon YMMA Conference, Centre for Islamic Studies and United Religions Initiative urged the Health Ministry to […]

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AG instructs IGP to take legal action against Maheshwaran

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Tharindu Jayawardane Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Attorney General today instructed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara to take legal action under the Penal Code against UNP MP and former state minister Vijayakala Maheswaran, who made controversial statement on resurgence of the LTTE. A senior Police officer said the AG had instructed to take legal action […]

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March of Folly Sri Lankan Foreign Policy

Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha Courtesy Ceylon Today When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he responded that he thought it would be a good idea. One is tempted to say the same with regard to Sri Lankan foreign policy, but that would be to ignore what was an extraordinarily impressive profile in the […]

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Gotabaya on lessons the world failed to learn from Sri Lanka’s war

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that unfortunately due to an incorrect opinion regarding the country’s war against terrorism in the international community, Sri Lanka was not able to give a host of lessons to the world on ending war and the post-war development activities of the military. I regret that due to […]

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Gammanpila files petition against 20th Amendment

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana UPFA MP Udaya Gammanpila has filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which was presented by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) leader claims in his application claims that the draft bill is in violation of the Constitution […]

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JO accuses UNP MP of ‘poisoning’ milk packets given to supporters

Friday, September 7th, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana The Joint Opposition today accused a Parliamentarian of the United National Party (UNP) of ‘poisoning’ the milk packets given to their supporters at the ‘Jana Balaya Colombata’ rally on Wednesday. MP Mujibur Rahman is behind the incident of group of participants of Jana Balaya being hospitalized due to food poisoning after consuming milk […]

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