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Provincial Council Elections for the Uva Province concluded yesterday, with almost  60 percent of the total registered voters casting the ballot. Department of Elections reports show that 690,966 in the Badulla District and 323,764 in the Monaragala District were eligible to vote at yesterday’s election.Six-hundred and seventeen candidates from registered political parties and independent groups were in the fray to elect 32 members.

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

A major project to expand agriculture production in Kilinochchi is in the pipeline with plans to include 4,000 acres of land, government officials said.  Agriculture has been the main source of income for hundreds of families in Kilinochchi for years. The sector was one of the most affected in the North and the Wanni, owing to the conflict situation and the

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

This supposed science project by a schoolgirl goes to the extent of highlighting just much sugar is infused in many of the soft drinks we consume. While this project may seem as an isolated incident, governments across the world are realizing that sugar content may not be all that is quoted in labels.India for instance, has asked US soft

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Just half a can of Coca Cola will exceed daily recommended sugar levels if new guidelines - backed by experts - are introduced.The new move would see the daily recommended sugar intake slashed to just 14g a day - the equivalent of three sugar cubes.It comes amid calls to ban sugary foods from schools as part of a radical new plan

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Walking down 22nd lane, Colpetty on Friday 29, for Comrade Bala’s funeral, was a walk-down memory lane. It was after a ‘lapse’ of 34 years; a lapse, I say, because I never cared to pay a visit to the ‘Mahagedara’ and the great trade unionist, BalaTampoe, ever since I left the General Council of CMU in the late 1970s which coincided with my resignation from

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Five years after the end of the Eelam War, the major constituent party of the country’s principal Tamil political grouping, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) last week passed a resolution at its annual convention in Vavuniya again calling for the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.The move represents a significant shift in the stance of the ITAK, the

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

The newly put up posters, banners and cutouts of candidates at the upcoming Uva Provincial Council elections greet you at several places as you enter the Province.In fact, these cutouts and banners make the province look fresher compared to the trees that have grown dull due to Mother Nature’s wrath.The two districts are buzzing with political activities. The environment

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Mary Nona of Kiulayaya, Siyambalanduwa is a feeble woman of over 80 years. Yet, she stands at the roadside with a dented vessel and a plastic bucket waiting for her quota of water. The water she is so eagerly awaiting for is being distributed by the local government and various other groups daily as a relief for drought affected families. “We are

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Elections bring out the worst in people, we are compelled to conclude. Perhaps, following from that oft-quoted quotable-quote ‘power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely’, both power-aspirant and power-holder are either corrupt or are just a shade off corruption that a touch here and there is too tempting. Naturally, incumbents, having tasted power, fight to keep it. Their ‘bad’ is more

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Next Saturday, the otherwise almost forgotten Uva province, home to the Badulla and Moneragala districts, will go to the polls to elect its provincial councilors. It is an election that is supposed to be a barometer of public opinion before the presidential and general elections that are expected next year.

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Minister Wimal Weerawansa, a controversial character in the Sri Lanka political arena, began his politics from the People’s Liberation Front known as JVP and played a main role there before he suddenly decided to form his own party. National Freedom Front (Jathika Nidahas Peramuna). It is one of the youngest parties in Sri Lanka. His party is affiliated to one

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought an international observer’s presence at the talks with the Sri Lankan Government.Responding to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s interview to The Hindu published on Thursday in which he said his government was open for talks with the TNA. The leader of the Alliance, Sampanthan said: “We are prepared to talk to him anytime,

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Nimalka Fernando asked an interesting question when Thilini was arrested by the Police. Thilini is the woman who responded to alleged lewd remarks by a person called Selva by slapping him repeatedly (all caught on camera). Nimalka asked if the police arrest all men who beat up women.Now a situation of domestic abuse is more complicated that an insulted

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Last week, the main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) resurrected a practice that had been the norm before the current Indian government came into office: rushing to New Delhi to meet the Indian Prime Minister and air their grievances against the administration in Colombo.

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Mavai Senathirajah, who took over the leadership of the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi from R. Sampanthan, on September 6 (yesterday) spoke to The Nation on several issues including the position of the party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on the invitation extended by the Government for talks.He stated that the TNA was not averse for talks

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

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