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Gods above presidency - Only gods are above the executive presidency. That is why Ranil suddenly went on pilgrimage to Sri Krishna Kovil in Kerala, some people say. Denim, Saree, Gown, UNP and SLFP - The most fierce fight is not between MaithrI and Mahinda or between any other two persons, but between the denim and the saree.

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Thousands and thousands visiting ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer news.  He is arguably the most loved post-Independence leader this country has known; this despite all his many flaws, it must be added.  What is ‘news’ and continues to make news is the fact that in an opposition-less context opposition to the current regime has to materialize outside...

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00
Large-Scale corruption will continue to thrive so long as professionals – particularly auditors and lawyers (i) are not held accountable (ii) ‘named & shamed’ (iii) punished – for dereliction of duty and wrongdoing. Can any large-scale corruption occur without the complicity of professionals? Are not accountants and auditors the first line of defense against corruption in all entities dealing with…
Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

It’s an inauspicious number.  That’s ‘13’.  The Maithripala-Ranil Regime (or Ranil-Maithripala Regime if you will) is in its 13th week.  It’s the worst so far for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party (UNP). First, a proposal for obtaining 400 billion rupees through Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament. According to some constitutional experts the defeat of this kind...

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

Dr. Amarasekara is turning politics into a novel or short story. For MR politics is a teledrama. For Champika politics is a fairy tale. For Wimal politics is a folk tale. For RW politics is an absurd drama. For  Nimal Siripala politics is a court case. For Prof Nalin politics is an equation where unlike in mathematics he can obtain...

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

The United States of America has a huge HR problem. Actually it has two HR problems to deal with. The first refers to its problematic fascination with ‘human rights’ issues all over the world even as the very eyes that scour the world and note rights abuses do not see Washington’s own violations and complicity in other violations.

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Cemetery and the office - Do  not fear death. After all, the cemetery is a better place than the office. U and V - Uyangoda is much better than Viyangoda. Viyan - Viyangoda knows nothing and that is why he can talk endlessly. Wimal’s speech - A friend of mine asked, ‘What do you think about Wimal’s speeches?’ I said, ‘Beautiful, as attractive as...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Ranil Wickremesinghe, when he addressed and briefly responded to questions from heads of media institutions and editors, was clear, precise and quite articulate.  He articulated the Government’s strategy, progress made and what’s in the pipeline on three broad subjects: reconciliation, corruption and the ‘100 Days’ Program’. When asked if corruption allegations predating the Mahinda era would also be taken up, he...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
The Janatha Vimukthi Permuna (JVP) is seen as a party in recent years that has been outspoken with regards to government corruption and fraud. Since the conclusion of the Presidential Election the party has been more active in this regard with party member and Convener of the Voice against Corruption Wasantha Samarasinghe taking the forefront to ensure action is taken...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
A gazette notification to ban five chemicals including glyphosate was imposed last Wednesday (March 25). This came with the appointment of committee headed by Jathika Hela Uruma (JHU) Member of Parliament Ven. Athuraliy, Rathana Thera to explore ways of preventing Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Our children and Port City - Our children, from kindergarten upwards, are learning to love a pencil case more than their motherland. This, however, is not the tragedy. This is exactly how we want them to grow up. When they grow up, they can become politician. In the very least they can find jobs in the Port City.

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
In venting his spleen on Dayan Jayatilleka my mate Siri Gamage has done a good job of recycling all the threadbare phrases, cliches and the usual litany of complaints of the Tamil lobby. He lumps Jayatilleka, Rajapaksa and the majoritarian Sinhalese into one big gang that had denied rights to the minority Tamils...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Winston Churchill made insulting an art and part of a politician repertoire. When an aristocratic woman exclaimed in horror, “Sir you are drunk!” “Yes,” he said “Drunk I am sober tomorrow, but you my dear will always be ugly”.Of his Labour adversary Clement Attlee he once claimed, “His laughs come from closer to his...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Australia   Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has been teetering on his government’s proverbial plank of Immigration policy since of late. In a politically flinty speech he says that Australia was a country built on immigration and was “much the richer for it”.  Scathing revelations of Human Rights abuses at  Manus Island  where manu asylum seekers are detained seem...
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
Chairman of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) Clement Sabbagh lauded efforts taken by the new government to bring about sweeping changes in the gem and jewelry industry. Speaking at a press briefing hosted past week to commemorate the official launch of the ICA Congress in Sri Lanka this year, he praised the government...
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
The award ceremony of the colorful routine annual spectacles of the year, Inter Regiment Drill and Band Competition was held last Tuesday (March 10) at the Sri Lanka Artillery grounds at Panagoda Army Cantonment attended by Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva as the Chief...
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00

Hawks and dogs
A hawk thinks, “If I am a dog I will not have to fly in this empty  sky. I’ll run through the jungles and over the meadows, hide in the bushes and swim in the rivers.” A dog thinks, “ If I am a hawk I’ll be as free as a bird and fly over the hills...

Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
Twenty five years ago this month we fled Sri Lanka. We have since returned intermittently, to live and work there, and on vacation. We fled days after the bullet-riddled body of our good friend and colleague, Richard de Zoysa was found.Richard worked for the Interpress Service (IPS) at the time, and was due to take up a position abroad for…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
The British and European authorities are faced with a dilemma: How to curb the flow of youth to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Drastic measures are planned now to scrutinise every travel document at exit points: Harbors and airports after three teenage schoolgirls took advantage of the school mid-erm to sneak off to the Turkish Border and then...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Attachments - Beauty makes the world a nicer place, but our attachments to beautiful things mess things up. Government support - The government supported the National Freedom Party by remanding Shashi and helped the Frontline Socialist Party by trying to deport Kumar. The government seems to be very clever when it comes to supporting opposition parties.

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

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