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Old habits die hard, it seems.  Chandrika Kumaratunga was late.  As always.   It might have been a good thing though because two other    veterans could get in more than a few words edgewise.

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

A fact, largely unappreciated in Sri Lanka’s post-war political discourse, is the attempt made by the Tamil polity to reach out to the Sinhalese. It could be because the latter expect the Tamils to reach out, as the defeated reach out to the victorious; or, because believing in the prominent place that should be afforded to their language and religion,

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

In a move that caught many by surprise the government last week announced it was appointing three ‘international experts’ to advise the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons. It is a step that calls into question the government’s long-term stance on the issue.The announcement itself was a low-key affair. It was attributed to an unnamed

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The research titled ‘Parliament should have a formula for regulating cigarettes’ conducted by Verité Research is a comprehensive academic analysis of the tobacco tax system in Sri Lanka and the consequent losses of revenue for the government.
On a more cynical note it seems that Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) runs on a government subsidy.

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The Department of Motor Traffic (DMT) has initiated moves to implement an official endorsement for drivers involved in passenger transport service. DMT Commissioner General, S.H. Harischandra in an interview with The Nation stated that the move was initiated as part of a process to develop the standard of local drivers. He also briefed on the introduction of new road signs

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The West reacted sharply against Russia over the downing of the Malaysian Boeing. That is justified: Even if investigators conclude that separatists in Donetsk are not to blame, Russia helped create a situation in which such a thing is even possible in southern and eastern Ukraine. However, threatening and isolating Russia is unlikely to improve the problem.

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) recently revealed that an alarming 95% of abuses reported on children are carried out by persons known to them, including their relatives.
Children are often victims of abuse, assaults and sexual harassment simply because of the assumption that they do not have a way to voice their problems and their issues.

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what’s likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report; the entire thing,

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The struggle between Sri Lankan governments and NGOs is by no means a novel development; and their relationship, especially during the past decade, has been extremely tensed. The immediate aftermath of the tsunami disaster in December 2004 brought these tensions to the surface, with the JVP, for example, waging war against the NGOs largely due to its anti-imperialist ideology...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

The public spat between United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Harin Fernando and ex-UNPer and now Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera during a television talk show last week highlights the changing trends in the local political landscape.Such incidents are not entirely new. There is the anecdote of how M. S. Themis, returned to Parliament after the 1956...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

In 2011, just after Kumar Sangakkara stepped down from the captaincy of the Sri Lanka cricket team, a protest was organized through facebook to demand him back as captain. This was organized in the backdrop of the dramatic fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt. Thousands said online that they will join the gathering at Independent Square. Not even...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

Commissioner of Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (HRC), Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa states that the commission has sent a proposal to amend the current Human Rights Act in a way that it could give more powers to the HRC. In an interview with The Nation Dr. Mahanamahewa stated that currently the HRC could only provide recommendations. However, he said that the...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

‘Mandarins’ could refer to the officially adopted form of the Chinese language or to the fruit we all know. Here it refers to a term, adopted somewhat scornfully by those who failed to join it, to the members of the Ceylon Civil Service (CCS). The Cambridge Dictionary puts it thus: ‘A person who has a very important job...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

One month after the unrest, Dharga Town is now buzzing with a lot of reconstruction activities. The houses and shops that were damaged are being renovated and rebuilt by the security personnel.On the outside, everything looks calm, though there is still a significant security presence. Those affected have slowly started to move on with their lives, but the memories of...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

‘The Nation’ editorial staff wishes to express its deepest gratitude to all those who in numerous ways heeded our call to help our dear friend and colleague as he struggles to recover from serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, including contusion on his spine.  Rukshan, who underwent multiple surgeries at Asiri Central Hospital and spent several weeks in the

Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

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