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Niel Kromash of US State Department’s Asian desk has repeated the wonky big brotherly sentiments expressed by the US Secretary of the State, John Kerry that the USA will help Sri Lanka to heal her wounds in regard to the ethnic conflicts. The USA is the last choice for any country in the world to turn to seek advice for...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Speaking last week in Pretoria, former UK Environment Minister Owen Paterson described critics of GMOs as comprising part of a privileged class that increasingly fetishizes food and seeks to turn their personal preferences into policy proscriptions for the rest of us. He called them backward-looking and regressive. He claimed their policies would condemn billions to hunger, poverty and...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Sri Lanka on Tuesday accepted India’s request to revive talks between the fishing communities of the two countries, days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the country. Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y K Sinha on Tuesday met Fisheries Minister Joseph Michael Perera and asked for the revival of talks between the representatives of the fishing…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said has received a cable of thanks from President Maithripala Sirisena of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in reply to His Majesty’s congratulatory cable on the occasion of him being elected as President of the Republic.
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Mahatma Gandhi is most famous as the father of his nation’s independence, and as an ethical philosopher, but it is also worthwhile to remember his contributions to economics. This is especially important today, as it becomes more and more clear that our present economic system is completely unsustainable. Today it is obvious that “shopping as a way of life” and...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Killing of Boris Nemtsov, a strong critic of Putin in Moscow is shocking, sad and highly difficult to figure out, who killed? Why was he killed? And what will be its political fallout for Putin and for Russia as a whole? This is a microcosmic view. In fact the killing may have deeper meaning. It may have relations with the...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
As a nation we had enough opportunities, but lost or missed most of them due to our political system that had nurtured Political egoism complicated by leadership cults, which left us with a set of political parties and leaders, who have either neglected or forgotten the main issues. It is a verdict people can give regarding any issue. If there...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
The concept of national government often came up for discussion in the past. Such a concept calls for the establishment of a system where everyone “works together”. This can happen at any time. National government is not a new concept. Some argue that, a national government will not highlight a winner, but it defines everyone as the winner.
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Iraq’s army has shot down two British planes as they were carrying weapons for the ISIS terrorists in Al-Anbar Province, a senior lawmaker disclosed on Monday. “The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIS,” Head of the...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
The US airstrikes initiated in September 2014 directed against Iraq and Syria under the pretext of going after the Islamic State are part of a scenario of military escalation extending from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to Central and South Asia.Since August 2014, the US Air Force with the support of a coalition of more than 20 countries has…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
On the surface, Obama has “declared war” on the ISIS.  He says that we must defeat them in Iraq and in Syria so that the group does not spread.  But when it comes to airstrikes, the Obama administration has had an “Iraq first” policy.  This has put the ISIS on a defensive posture in Iraq, but this has actually encouraged…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
TEHRAN (FNA) - A group of Iraqi popular forces known as Al-Hashad Al-Shabi shot down the US Army helicopter that was carrying weapons for the ISIL in the western parts of Al-Baqdadi region in Al-Anbar province on Thursday.  Last week, Head of the Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Committee, Hakem al-Zameli announced that the helicopters of the US-led anti-ISIL…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
It is with utter disgust and disdain that through The Nation newspaper I wish to challenge the government, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the minister supervising police affairs John Amaratunga over the ruling to outlaw the safety of motorcyclists and force them to wear half protection helmets just because the law-enforcement authority needs a scapegoat to cover up...
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Dr. William Chester Minor, who contributed more than ten to twelve thousand words to compile the first Oxford English Dictionary (OED), was born in Manepay east coast of Ceylon in June 1834, where his parents were living as American Missionaries. A Surgeon of the Yale University he contributed to the first compiling of the OED while he was an inmate…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Winston Churchill ‘fell in love’ with Clementine Hozier in 1904. However, it was their next meeting nearly four years later on the ides of March in 1908 that was destine making for both of them. He was 33 and about to be a Cabinet Minister and she was 22 the impoverished daughter of an earl. He had been attracted to…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Last night, I met a man from Norway, polite and friendly, the husband of a friend who asked me what I do during my spare time. I said I read. He wanted to know what kind of magazines (as I am a designer) I read. I said, at present I am reading ’Ho Chi Minh Thought”. I read Sinhala newspapers…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
SEC headhunts - The Securities Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka is seeking an individual to assume duties as the Director General. Anyone who has a Grade 8 education will be eligible. Ability to read will be an added advantage. Individuals with the ability to read and write will be given preference over others.
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
Criticism is an integral part of democracy and a (said to be) free society, I agree.    Kolombia is not a democracy though and I’ll be damned if we ever become one.  We are not a free society because in this society there are Kolombians and there are those other guys, the riff-raff, the yakkos, the baiyas or the watchamacallits.  It…
Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00
In a way, it is a very crucial time that our nation is experiencing. People gave a verdict that they cannot stand high handed behavior of the politicians anymore. For the first time the whole nation participated in the process. Another important aspect that was established during the last Presidential Election was the consensus that had been achieved. Except for...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The wealthy aren’t paying enough in federal taxes.So said 68 percent of respondents to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. Sixty percent of respondents also said that the middle class is paying too much in federal taxes, and 41 percent held that belief about low-income households. President Obama outlined last month a proposal to raise the capital gains tax on those…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
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