Thursday, 28th August 2014

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The other day in Parliament, the JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake armed with a document revealed to one and all that the happenings at the country’s Foreign Service leave much to be desired. He lambasted the government and took up cudgels with the Minister of External Affairs using Foreign Service for political appointees sans experience and expertise.
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
Rereading the autobiography of Lee Lacocca who saved Chrysler, Ford and many others from bankruptcy in nineteen eighties speaks of his childhood schooling and how his ninth grade teacher, “had us to turn in a theme paper of five hundred words every Monday morning. By the end of the year, we had learned how to express ourselves in writing.
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
The Earth is the only planet where life exists. As of now, this is the only planet in the solar system, where there are the living. The humans, animals, birds of the air, the creatures above and under the Earth, the insects, the fish in water, the reptiles, the plants, etc. They dwel1 in this planet and human beings are...
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
Fixed Deposit interest rates have declined to a very low ebb. In fact, the rates now stand at a lowly single digit. This position is, by far, detrimental especially to those who have deposited their Provident Funds in Fixed Deposits, and the middle class citizenry. To them it is a ‘lifeline’, and their expectations to receive a healthy return...
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
A noteworthy decision of the highest Court has been delivered to reduce the sacrificial animals during religious festivals. The respect of all citizens are with the Highest Court to have not banned the ritual practice as it has been practiced for more than 100 years, but left it to individuals, religious places and related organizations to make decisions of their…
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
A series of raids were conducted by the Consumer Affairs Authority at various food stores where not only rotten items are stocked but also various other mixtures are added to food stuff which are a threat to human life because of its toxic items which are injurious to health. There may be so many other places where things like these…
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
Dr. Mark Antony Fernando’s article (The Nation of August 3, 2014) has revived appreciative memories of persons who were fortunate to witness the first productions of Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra though not attached to the University. In recent times, a person who is better known as a spokesman for criminals, had written a lengthy article condemning Maname and...
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
I don’t like policy of President Vladimir Putin because I feel that he began a fight between brothers. Almost every Russian, at least in European part, has a part of family or friends in Ukraine. This fact is very significant. We must look at the whole quarrel in a people’s perspective rather than a politician’s perspective.
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
Frantic revelations in educational failures haven’t still been conceded by the so-called ‘conceited Brahmins’ both in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and as a result of which there is a mass scale deterioration of values and virtues, tenets and precepts in molding the character of the child who is going to be a useful citizen...
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
The Memorial Pillar [LENS p.1/3/7] now stuck in a corner next to the Public Library was originally in Galle Face. It was dismantled during WW II as it could provide enemy ships a bearing from which they could bombard Colombo.
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
On TNL last Nana Pahana discussion Bhikkhu Bandarawela Amithnanda Thera responding to a inquiry from a lady over telephone from London uttered that, while governments have done much to develop the country, the maintenance of Parakrama Samudraya and other reservoirs and canals has been neglected that the people in the NCP and in most areas of Hambantota...
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
The vegetable market at Fifth Cross Street, Pettah, coming under Federation of Self Employment (FoSE) has been often shown on TV for the different, tricks the vendors do on their weighing machines fleecing the people. As a result of it, a small weighing machine has been kept in a corner of the Police Guardroom near the...
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
The kidnapping of a four-year-old boy from Katugampola drewn the sympathetic attention of the whole country. The tears of the parents brought out the tears of all the soft-hearted people emotionally. The Police deployed four teams to investigate who succcessfully traced the boy and apprehended the kidnappers.A few villagers have seen the culprits on two motorcycles at close proximity of…
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
The Head of the Central Bank in a lengthy testimony in national newspaper on July 18 has made an attempt in textbook language to justify the prevailing interest rates, which has caused a loss of income mainly to retired persons. All his utterances are politically dressed as he has to justify his creeping into a position that should have been…
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
A news item in a national newspaper on July 17, 2014 reveals that “A top business delegation that arrived from Netherlands will invest and promote health and lifestyle, water and agricultural fields in Sri Lanka.” It would have been more prudent initially that such an investment assessment was entrusted to a Committee of Sri Lankan academics and recognized persons to…
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
“Eeee-yah, Hyah”. I can hear a little girl’s voice. She is soaked with sweat. There is determination in her face. Then I hear another voice, a male voice. He encourages her. “That’s a good shot” he says. “Punch hard” he says. But it’s just a dream. I woke up and realized that it is the memories of my early childhood...
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
I brought to the notice of the Colombo Municipal Council in ‘The Nation’ of  01.06.2014 by my letter ‘Non-functioning traffic fights’ about the non-functioning of the traffic lights that were installed weeks before the CHOGM in front of Lake House. Though over four weeks have elapsed, the CMC itself is not functioning to activate them. 
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00
The current dengue menace has reached uncontrollable proportions and the age old saying, “Survival of the fittest” now comes to mind. We, as citizens cannot be complacent as the situation has reached a dangerous stage where we must be ready for a do or die battle. Who is the fitter - Man or the Mosquito? Let’s take a peep into…
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00
To fulfill their day-to-day needs consumers flock to shops to buy the essentials. Earlier the place of shopping demonstrated the social class of them. Now it has taken a different turn. Now the attraction is for supermarkets where most of the consumers visit them mainly due to the benefit of convenience they enjoy. Supermarkets supply multitude of...
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00
Israel is pummeling and smashing the Gaza under the eyes of the world.  But, the US, which has been so concerned about the final stages of the war on terror in Sri Lanka, is maintaining a deadly silence.  In fact, some of the US leaders are endorsing the Israel stand.  Whom is the US trying to fool?
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

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