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Many of Sri Lanka’s opposition movements that have sprung up in more recent times especially in the South, movements which seek to construct an alternative discourse, appear to be oscillating somewhat ambivalently between the ready desire to affect course-correction and the very reluctant ambition of initiating regime-change. Those which have the greatest potential of affecting regime-change

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

The sudden death of a doctor while undergoing cosmetic surgery has raised serious concerns regarding the licensing of medical specialists in the country and is an issue which requires urgent remedial measures.
The death occurred during preparation for cosmetic surgery at a private clinic by a doctor who claimed to be a “specialist”. These credentials are now being questioned:

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

The people of the Dry Zone of the country are suffering from a severe water shortage due to the prolonged drought. According to the statistics available on Disaster Management Centre, 1,620,602 persons of 468,329 families living in 13 districts are affected from the drought and its impacts, as at August 11. The most affected areas of the country are agricultural area which is serious

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

The interim COPE report had revealed a lot of shortcomings in several government institutions. We used to publish annual reports and by the time they come out some of the details that are there are dated. So in the last annual reports, we mentioned that we would publish quarterly reports, which means that the details would be more current and that the public

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

Recently, several ‘left wing’ members of parliament held a meeting to explore the possibility of forming a common front against Bodu Bala Sena and its General Secretary, the firebrand monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera. While this may have been seen as an attempt to control the activities of the movement, it also emphasizes the level of bankruptcy the left movement had

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

Recent commentary on the outbreak of the First World War has highlighted the link between the political and military spheres, in which military mobilization timetables exercised a negative influence over the political positions of governments. Interestingly, there are echoes of the same phenomenon in South Asia today. Moreover, India’s “two front” problem is similar to

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

Sri Lanka continues to grapple with dengue as the disease keeps claiming more lives every month, especially during the rainy season. In the first half of 2014 alone, this ‘deadly disease of the tropics’ infected 20,610 people, in comparison to 32,063 in 2013. According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, 60 percent of dengue cases in the country are from the

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

The annual Journalism Awards for Excellence-2013 conducted by the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka (TEGOSL) and the Sri Lanka Press Institute was held on August 05 (Tuesday)  at Mount Lavinia Hotel. ‘The Nation’ Photo-journalist Rukshan Abeywansha won the award for Best Photo-Journalist. Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya (The youngest member in The Nation family) who is in-charge of the ‘Free’

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 02:00

We, the undersigned former intelligence officers want to share with you our concern about the evidence adduced so far to blame Russia for the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. We are retired from government services and none of us is on the payroll of CNN, Fox News, or any other outlet. We intend this memorandum to provide a fresh,

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

It behooves me to express my views about the contents of the article written by Emily Howie, that Sri Lanka is a “refugee-producing country”. (Guardian Australia) Emily claims to be a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Law Centre, who is using statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts - for support rather than illumination!

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

The date for the Uva Provincial Council elections have been announced but it is clear that the poll is merely a dress rehearsal for the major national elections - presidential and general - which are both due in 2016 but are very likely to be held next year, with the presidential election taking precedence.That has thrown up the scenario of the ‘common

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

Director General, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Anusha Palpita says that all mobile service providers have been given time till end of this year to streamline the process of SIM card issuance and to ensure that their respective dealers do not issue cards under the name of an existing customer without his or her knowledge, or consent

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

One year has passed after the unrest pertaining to the water contamination issue in Rathupaswala, Weliweriya. But, the issue has once again come to the limelight thanks to the interim report of the Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) which was made public last Tuesday (5).The COPE in its interim report had indicated

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

Far from being a powerful one, there is something unsettling, something eerie, about an image that captures the likes of Ranil Wickremasinghe, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Sarath Fonseka, Shirani Bandaranayake and Udaya Gammanpila who come together, and that too, for a seminar promoting the need to abolish the Executive Presidency (EP). Such a coalition (if it ever is one) appears to

Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

The battle lines are being drawn for the last in a series of provincial council elections. The polls in the Uva province in September will serve as a crucial barometer to both the government and the opposition who are keen to test the political waters before the general and presidential elections.The two national elections are due only in 2016. However, there

Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

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