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Sirisena waved at his wife when he left to work in the paddy field. He used a bicycle. He even rang the bell in his bicycle when he got close to the tarred road. This is probably to get the attention of passersby on the road and his wife who didn’t bother to respond to his calls and gestures.
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Mainstream media often criticizes social media due to the hazards it is associated with. They seem to be somewhat reluctant to emphasize its advantages. However, contemporary artistes who don’t make the grade and fail to receive the attention of mainstream media, try to find a way to promote themselves in these much criticized social media. It is surprising how social...
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She stood barefoot on the scorching hot paved road, a Pottu smack in the middle of her forehead. For her 51 years she had not aged too well. Born to the estate, years of tea plucking have taken its toll on Mahespari. With no one to call her own save for her brother, with whom she lives, Mahespari is married…
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Every morning visitors can witness the fishermen of Balapitiya trudging along the Maduganga (A river known as Maduganga) dragging their boats behind them on their way to the sea. The cause for such a strenuous task and uncommon sight even before they begin their day is due to the delta being filled up with sand. The sand banks make...
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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins to build a relationship with Sri Lanka's new leadership, the one thing he needs to be wary of is the extremist Tamil position in the island nation. Modi made history by becoming the first Indian prime minister to visit Sri Lanka after 1987 when Rajiv Gandhi went to Colombo to sign a pact to…
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“History is what our ancestors made and what they wished to do then affected what they did. What we wish to have will affect what we do now. The future we are yet to enter will be history in no time and what we plan now and allow to happen will make the future generations curse us or praise.”
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The new clause 26 of the proposed constitutional amendment allows private broadcasters to ignore the Election Commission’s media guidelines if the broadcaster informs the EC in advance of its intention to support a particular political party of its choice. The first version of this text even allowed the State broadcaster to take a partisan position during the election,...
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This was a sudden change. Nobody knew of this. Even some UNPers did not know anything about this Cabinet expansion. As a result, eight UNP ministers’ portfolios were divided and given to new SLFP Cabinet ministers. Twenty- six SLFP parliamentarians were absorbed into the Cabinet. Moderate citizen understand one thing very clearly is that this change is not going to...
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Speech made by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, former Executive Director LKIIRSS on “Counter-radicalism Policies and Strategies: Lessons Learned and Future Steps” at annual Strategic Studies Summit held in Antalya, Turkey 24th March 2015. Organized by Strategic Studies Network (SSN) and the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM).  The theme of this year’s Summit was “Building Partnership”...
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The United States and the European Union are preparing to end the war which they waged against Serbia in 1999. After having amputated it from Kosovo, they are now seeking to take Voïvodine. In order to do so, they are currently modifying its population, setting up a new team in power in neighboring Croatia, and buying up all the Serbian…
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The international coalition led by Saudi Arabia along with ten other Sunni states on March 26 launched a military operation against the Houthi rebels that are controlling the better part of Yemen. In the first three days of the conflict Aden claimed the lives more than 60 people and, according to statements being made in Riyadh, the bloodshed shall be…
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While attention has been focused in recent weeks on the role of Russia and President Vladimir Putin in brokering a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the Russian president has made time for two crucial state missions—one to Cyprus and one to Egypt. What they both share in common is a border on the shore of the eastern Mediterranean Sea,...
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It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Monsanto. The company agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. It also paid out a string of lawsuit settlements totaling $350,000 as a result of its GMOs tainting wheat in seven US states. Such amounts represent little…
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With the death of Singapore’s founding leader, Lee Kuan Yew, China lost a figure who, in the eyes of Communist Party leaders, showed that economic prosperity could be achieved under crisply efficient one-party rule, immunized from the temptations of liberal democracy.
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On February 28, 2015 bloggers who had contributed to the social and political ‘change’ that took place in Sri Lanka in January 2015 were feted at a program titled ‘Nelum Yaya’.  The event was held at the Media Ministry and was organized by the ‘Nelum Yaya Sahrada Samuhaya’ or ‘Nelum Yaya Collective’.  The organizers were upfront about their objectives: ‘to…
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Review of Udayasiri Wickramaratne’s ‘චිත්රපටයකට සැබෑ පෙම් යුවලක්  ඕනෑ කර තිබේ’ (‘Chitrapatayakata sabae pem yuvalak ona kara thibe’ or ‘True lovers needed for a film’) Udayasiri Wickramaratne’s literary versatility is well known.  This creative copywriter also writes and directs plays, writes short stories and novels, is a poet and an author of several regular newspaper columns.  He also writes commentaries…
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Many are the works of fiction, some by world famous writers such as D. H. Lawrence, on the subject of Jesus. Yet this book is one with a difference. It seeks to unravel the enigma that was Jesus of Nazareth by a probe into his subconscious mind, the latent ever simmering mirror of the innermost self from which the external...
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Citi Sri Lanka took a pioneering turn in celebrating International Women’s Day by inviting Mind Adventures’ to perform an original theater production, ‘Wonder Woman’, scripted and directed by celebrated theatre personality Tracy Holsinger. Citi Sri Lanka joined Citibankers from around the world to honor women in the forefront of progress and diversity under the theme ‘Connecting Women. Inspiring Change.
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Abuse of ‘Mafia’ - Costa Nostra, the Sicilian syndicate dedicated to keeping all crime in the family has complained to the Italian government about the abuse of the term ‘Mafia’ by the Sri Lankan media. The complaint stated that a Mafiosi was a dedicated professional criminal with scruples and committed to upholding family values while the Sri Lankan criminals were…
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Those who don’t understand the truth about Kolombia, Kolumbianness and Kolombians just cannot understand the political reality of Sri Lanka.  There are people who are asking some strange questions.  Some are asking, for example, how Ranil gets to call the shots when the people actually voted for someone else.  Well, Maithripala himself has provided a clue. A few weeks ago,...
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