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Cuba has welcomed as “fair” a US decision to remove it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it should never have been on the list in the first place. The move comes amid a normalisation of ties between the US and Cuba. The Caribbean country’s presence on the list alongside Syria, Iran and Sudan...  
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The struggle for true political emancipation in Jaffna began with the formation of ‘Ceylon Youth Congress’ around 1926.  Its base was made of young educated middle class youth from Jaffna who studied in Indian Universities and in the newly founded University College in Ceylon as Sri Lanka was known with a considerable support from senior high school students.  They...
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‘Sri Lanka: The New Country,’ by Padma Rao Sundarji, published by Harper-Collins, reviewed by Pramit Pal Chaudhuri Sri Lanka’s A-9 highway connects Kandy in the south, site of the holiest Buddhist shrine of the country, with Jaffna, the main urban centre of the north. The A-9 serves as a template for Padma Rao Sundarji in her important attempt to...
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Not everyone remembers the cook who takes the trouble to prepare a good meal for them. Not everyone wonders why ants are a common sight at a commoner’s house but are rarely seen rich man’s mansion. Not everyone is a poet and yet among the contemporary poets not everyone can grasp humanity the way Lakshantha Athukorala does. Commenting on Lakshantha’s...
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When did I first here about annaasi (pineapple)?  When did I first see a kadalagotta (a paper cone filled with un-shelled peanuts)?  The answer to both questions would take me to the 1970s.  That’s a childhood thing for most Sri Lankans.  The two words are not spoken of in the same breath.    Were not, to be precise. Now...
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‘We have the skeleton of a philosophy but, as you know, it’s primarily a philosophy committed to its lack of commitment to the very ideas it puts forward.’Howard Male’s novel Etc Etc Amen is stimulating and entertaining on a number of levels. Male says: “It’s a love story, a hate story, a murder mystery, a suicide mystery, a...
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In Mathematics, a ratio compares values. In other words, a ratio says how much of one thing there is compared to another. For example, if we have 3 blue balls and 1 red ball, we say that the ratio of blue balls to red is 3:1. Over two thousand years ago, the Greek mathematician Euclid, also known as the Father…
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Sri Lanka’s Prime Impostor Ranil has dismissed calls for his resignation after a bill proposed by his government was defeated in Parliament. “Mine is a minority government. If the majority does not agree with us, that is their problem. This is a hell of a how do you do,” the prime impostor exclaimed indignantly.
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I am disturbed.  I am disturbed by all the attention that Mahinda Rajapaksa is getting.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the man.  In fact you might remember me offering honorary Kolombianship to him not too long ago, what with him having a name like Percy and for all his yakko-talk letting us Kolombians have it all.  Still, he’s not…
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I love dreams.  What I love more is sharing my dreams with others.  This is my latest dream.  It’s about a king and a hero, a hero-king if you will. He was a hero because not only did he defeat the nation’s enemies, he recovered fully the territorial integrity of the country.  He brought it under a single flag, as...
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Do you want to learn politics? Then learn to see all the faults in others and think yourself as the purest hero.
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I was most disturbed that the proposed 19th amendment does not seem to take seriously the commitment in the President’s election manifesto to ensure the independence of the Public Service. Two dangerous provisions remain from the past. The first is that Ministry Secretaries shall be appointed by the President (though, according to the amendment introduced in the Supreme Court, only...
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Is the Government planning to release the Sinhala Maha Vidyalaya in Jaffna to the private individuals or companies, instead of giving bit back to the Sinhala children and their teachers who have been compelled to do their studies in Anuradhapura and Kurunegala among other places? This issue has surfaced in the light of the Government’s decision to...
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The present efforts directed at amending the Constitution by clipping the wings of the Executive Presidency are entirely without merit, for constitution-making is not only about law but is also linked to politics. It is completely absurd to think that the Executive Presidency has given rise to the constitutional excesses eroding democratic values. It is fundamentally wrong to portray...
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It is easy to be a scientist when people trust you.  After completing my PhD in Analytical Chemistry in the 5th ranked university in the USA on this subject, I went to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) for postdoctoral training.  I mention my ‘research experience’ in these institutes just to illustrate what’s lacking here in Sri Lanka. After joining my PhD...
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Allegations of corruption in governance are taking center-stage in the run-up to the much awaited 19th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka.  All signs portend that this amendment will not go through parliament as smoothly as the Presidential Election did.  The various constituent parties that form the government are showing more interest in political power for...
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Most mornings it’s the same. At the breakfast table Uruguayan-born author, Eduardo Galeano, 72, and his wife, Helena Villagra, discuss their dreams from the night before. “Mine are always stupid,” says Galeano. “Usually I don’t remember them and when I do, they are about silly things like missing planes and bureaucratic troubles. But my wife has these beautiful dreams.” One…
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The Uruguayan author and journalist Eduardo Galeano, one of Latin America’s leading anti-capitalist voices, has died of cancer at the age of 74 in Montevideo. His death on Monday was confirmed by the weekly publication Brecha, where he was a contributor. “The world and Latin America have lost a maestro of the liberation of the people,” said Bolivian president Evo...
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A serial killer is an individual who has murdered three or more people over a period of more than a month, with down time between the murders, and whose motivation for killing is largely based on psychological gratification. Most of the serial killers suffer from Anti-Social Personality Disorder and could appear normal and charming. Sometimes they are highly...
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Mandan Town has many popular schools which have produced top academics, politicians and scoundrels. There are a few lesser-known schools near the coastal belt of this town which are known for producing students with integrity. The rich have never got on well with the poor in Mandana Town. This is one reason why there is so much tension and violence...
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