These days Customs Officers are detecting ethanol, heroin and other dangerous and contraband goods successfully. The credit specially goes to the government. If the government is well aware that none of its politicians would have been involved, a free and fair investigation should be conducted. It should have a ‘trust’ in its members.
In a national newspaper of February 11, Eric J. de Silva has in a rousing article highlighted the President’s War on Drugs. He has convincingly surfaced the existing drug menace that is surely and steadily pushing this country to the precipice of a calamity akin to the war that this nation bravely endured for three decades.
The upcoming elections to the two Provincial Councils would be the barometer to feel the pulse of the people for the ruling regime to push ahead for a presidential election during the current year. The Opposition and the Government members are all agog at the outcome of these elections where laws are transgressed and violence committed.
Shanthi Muttukrishna (1966 – 2014) was Senior Lecturer, University College Cork and University College London and a Past Pupil of St Bridget’s Convent Colombo and Methodist Girls’ High School Point Pedro.Professor David De Kretser – Monash University (Melbourne) and Former Governor of Victoria (2006-2011), Australia
Facebook has been under considerable attack during the last few weeks due to several suicides and reported cyber crimes arising from its misuse. This is a stark reminder that any tool can be used for good and evil, and social media is no exception. Sadly, sensationalizing the negative impacts is much easier than promoting the positive outcomes or taking preventive
New York is considered the city that never sleeps, Paris, the city of lights. In this manner of defining cities with qualities that impress our imagination, human civilizations celebrate ‘urbanisms’ as core to their efforts of building ‘culture’. Venice is a city that captures the imagination of westerner and easterner alike for the descriptivism and glorification it has earned through
Sri Lanka’s largest online ticket provider, TicketsLK, which is one of the main brands of Ridgecrest Group, is now increasing its presence on the silver screen by bringing you the best Box Office movies.TicketsLK has partnered with the giants of the movie world to bring down the best movies for movie lovers in Sri Lanka.
‘Comedy Festival 2014’, a unique night of comedy entertainment focusing on standup comedy talent in Sri Lanka, is set to make waves amongst Sri Lankans looking for a different form of entertainment. The event, organized by the event company Tranquil Events, will be held on June 27, 2014 at Park Street Mews. Hosted by renowned local author Ashok Ferrey, four…
There is much talk in the university circuits about an advertisement which shows a young ‘graduate’ at an interview who claims that her ambition is to complete her master’s at 21 and become a senior executive at 25 (and the interview board is duly impressed). This is not the only advert that attempts to lure the middleclass to various newfangled…
The common belief is that private hospitals are the safest option when seeking medical help. Many prefer paying a large amount for the comforts and better care and treatment that private hospitals advertise. In fact, many avoid government hospitals like the plague, believing they are only for those who cannot afford the option.
In one’s life time a person is sure to be a volunteer for a good cause at some juncture. Today in Sri Lanka volunteerism appears to be thriving and promotes goodness and improves the quality of human life. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development and socialization in a person. Volunteerism can happen in any shape or form. Perhaps even…
The Palau Ujong (Island at the End) was a forgotten piece of land before Sir Stamford Raffles established a trading post in 1819. This island, along with three scores of much smaller islands around it later became Singapore. The British valued Singapore for its strategic location in both economic and security terms. It was to be a gateway to the…
I moved to Shanghai – one of China’s largest and richest cities - from Mumbai, India about a year ago. The year flew by real fast and it’s been a great ride so far. Shanghai is one of the fastest developing cities in the world, with structural and cultural changes taking place at terrific speeds all around. This city has…
The campaign to ban cattle slaughter in the country has gained renewed strength due to agitations by Buddhist groups such as the Sinhala Ravaya organization. The campaign resulted in the death of one Buddhist monk last year, while a fast-unto-death campaign launched by three monks from the Sinhala Ravaya in front of the Fort Railway Station, was called off after
A ‘proud’ claimant to be there at the scene within a few hours of the tragedy in the night of March 12th in 1928, was my grandma. She described the labors of hundreds of volunteers in rescuing injured passengers and an exaggerated story of a few unscrupulous characters in the area using knives to sever fingers with their gold rings,…
Sinhala is a very powerful language with a wide vocabulary that if the radio, television presenters, writers or literates wished they could summersault with words, says this veteran lyricist, writer and journalist. “It is pathetic to see how poor they are in language while they have the potential unlike people who speak any other language,” said Bandara Eheliyagoda. He
Pornography, often abbreviated ‘porn’ or ‘porno’ in informal usage has become mainstream, with easy access to the Internet. Pornography is no more restricted to magazines and CDs which are secretly sold or exchanged. This can be the reason why pornographic material raids are more frequently in the news. Last week it was reported that two persons allegedly involved in
A long dormant interest in men’s headgear (wear?) was revived when TV news began displaying the unusual hats worn, as official dress, by quite a few African Heads of State. Nigeria’s, delightfully named President, Goodluck Jonatahan is never seen without his tall black felt hat incongruously topping his multicolored robe. President Museveni of Uganda
I was hidden in the closet. The edges of the clothes tickling my ears as I maintained a squatted position beneath the silky fabrics. “Junior,” the familiar voice echoed throughout the house as I felt a sense of fear and adventure. I heard voices downstairs and began to make myself comfortable. Dark and moist in my brand new confines,
Facebook is a social media site used by persons of all ages. From urban areas to villages wherever internet is available it is impossible to find a person who does not have a Facebook account. However it has become a topic of much debate in Sri Lanka recently as the site has been linked to the deaths of a number