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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...

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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...

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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...

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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

Some wondered whether the recent visit of Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s Deputy President, amounted to unwarranted intervention. Some thought he was a mediator. For some others, he was just a tourist. Minister Wimal Weerawansa informed the Lankadeepa newspaper that there was no problem in Ramaphosa having a cup of tea or watching a cricket match.

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South African Vice-President Cyril Ramaphosa this week joined a long list of special envoys tasked with bringing about lasting peace in Sri Lanka through ethnic reconciliation and arrived in the country on Monday, generating a domestic political controversy in the process.Peace envoys for Sri Lanka have been many and have come from different continents.

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Following persistent protests from Opposition Lawmaker and economist Dr Harsha de Silva, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has relaxed its regulation on the ‘safety sticker’ which was supposed to come into effect by August 1.
In a startling new gazette notification issued by the CAA, commodities such as soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and even water and frizzy drink bottles were to be

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The UAE government has announced the lifting of the ban on Sri Lanka’s export of chicken and eggs to the UAE market with immediate effect. The UAE had previously imposed a blanket ban on Asian countries including Sri Lanka, covering the export of chicken meat and eggs due to Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI).

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A new study published today in a journal of the American Society for Microbiology indicates that the fungus found in contaminated yogurt cups was a strain that can make animals, including humans, sick when it’s eaten.
“While information disseminated in the popular press would suggest this fungal contaminant poses little or no risk to consumers,” the researchers note,

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The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) warned consumers and physicians Wednesday that some over-the-counter acne products can cause rare, but sometimes life-threatening reactions.The agency said that over the last 40 years it has received 131 reports from users and manufacturers about adverse reactions to products like Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno,

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Health Ministry banned 19 food essences starting from July 1 this year. The 19 food essences and additives were detailed in a notification by the Ministry. According to a media communiqué issued by the Ministry, the banned food essences and additives include Aloin, Berberine, Beta-Azarone and Cinnamyl Anthracillate, Cade Oil,

Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

Expired dates worth Rs. 4 million and weighing over 25.5 metric tons were seized by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) on Thursday (10) from a storehouse in Orugodawatta.Officials said that the stock of dates was infested with worms. CAA officials told The Nation that the said stock of dates was imported from Dubai.

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