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Issues related to President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term of office was settled this week when the Supreme Court decided he could do so, even as former Chief Justice Sarath Silva lamented that, with the decision of the country’s highest court now known, ‘nothing more could be done’.  The opposition is still engaged in its search for the...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Tilvin Silva of the JVP made an interesting point at the commemoration of comrades slain in 1988-89: ‘Mahinda has already run half the race.’  The constitution favors incumbent.  Authorities turn a blind eye on the abuse of state resources and indeed the institutional arrangement is so poor in terms of checks and balances that this is a ‘given’.  Citizens have, sadly,...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Jaffna District Parliamentarian and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Douglas Devananda, says that he welcomed the Supreme Court determination that allowed President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Presidential polls for the third time since he was the only leader to provide a dignified peace to the country where all people are treated equal.

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

As mentioned last week, after much soul searching I had decided to request Kosher (Jewish) meals on my flights to Colombo from Calgary. Buddhism and Judaism, it should be noted, count heavily on the concept of guilt to keep the flock in line. We all ARE guilty of something or will be sometime in the future. Buddhists also have to....

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

One of the striking features of a country as beautiful as New Zealand is just how laid back the natives are. It’s almost as if they are horizontal. They are generally chatty and would even crack jokes with a stranger. Being friendly is just part of their nature.
The Kiwis have a phenomena they call the ‘Number 8 wire’. The ‘Number 8 wire’ is a legend named after a type of fencing wire that farmers used to tie hooks, aerials, etc.

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Twenty-five years ago a man was killed. He was one of some 60,000 who had been killed in those gruesome days of the late eighties. It is reported that he had been tortured and shot. It is reported that he was still alive when he was tossed into the incinerator at the General Cemetery, Borella. This was at the tail end...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

The rumblings of dissent within the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), instigated mostly by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) pale into insignificance in comparison to those that are being now felt in the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) which is in the throes of another crisis.Hopes of the UNP faithful and indeed, for...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

The world was told that the UN investigation would be transparent and fair. The modus operandi behind blank UNHRC war crimes forms given by TNA to LTTE cadres to obtain signatures does not exactly fit into the category of transparent or fair. The arrest of an LTTE un-rehabilitated cadre by Sri Lankan State authorities has put the cat out of...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

Sun Master was born in Pooneryn as Avalpullei Wijendran in1975 and then moved to Vavuniya after his education. He started giving tuition to the youth in Vavuniya and gained immense popularity in the area.He had been a member of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF). During the war, he has been an advisor of the LTTE Political Wing...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

GENEVA (7 November 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday criticized the continuing attacks by the Sri Lankan Government on the integrity of the UN Human Rights Office’s ongoing investigation into alleged grave human rights violations and abuses in Sri Lanka, and condemned the intimidation of human rights defenders and individuals who may wish to cooperate...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

Following the News Release on November 7, 2014 by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning disinformation designed to discredit the UN investigation on Sri Lanka, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva has sent a communiqué  to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

Sitting near a window in the corner of the hall, Mylvaganam Kokilan (33) stares vacantly into space. However, when asked for his story, he speaks quietly but clearly, almost in a matter-of-fact tone. He lost his mother, aunt and uncle in the Meeriyabedda landslide. Mylvaganam stays in Kosgama as he works there. “My mother phones me every morning before I go...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

Nowadays with so many diets, dietary restrictions, food allergies and the monthly finding of the super food, we are constantly bombarded and niggled into choosing a particular type of food over others.So, whenever one books a flight that is over a few hours duration, the question invariably pops, “Do you require special meals?” Unfortunately, the question is never whether you...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

Saturated fat has been demonized since the 1980s as the main cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD). On the back of this, health professionals began recommending a reduction in saturated fat intake and an increase in refined carbs or polyunsaturated fats as an alternative. The Food industry scrambled immediately and began hawking low fat almost anything. Eggs, cheese, milk and butter...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

When your parents were young, no one was concerned about foods that cause cancer. The research was very young at the time, but there were also far less processed foods on the market. People ate healthier and more pure foods, because that was what was available to them.

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

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