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The Sri Lanka Air Force which was set up with the vision of ‘ensuring national security through effective employment of air power’ celebrates its 64th anniversary on March 2 (tomorrow).  Its journey throughout the last 64 years since the inception has been significantly proved very constructive on the country’s national security as well as numerous other sectors.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 02:06

Mr. Samaraweera has fashioned a trident, a three pronged policy on human rights, accountability and reconciliation which undermines Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, national security and national interest. What are the three prongs of the trident?

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The government formed by President Maithripala Sirisena with a United National Party (UNP) dominated cabinet led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe passed the fifty-day mark yesterday, the half-way point in its self-proclaimed ‘100-day’ plan to usher in a different era for the country.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The delay in implementing the electoral reforms has given rise to several questions as to whether the coming election should be held under the existing electoral system; the present preference voting system or whether it should be replaced with a mixed system. According to the agenda of the 100-Day program of the new government, electoral reform has been given priority. Before...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week, raised eyebrows by publicly accusing several Sinhala language newspapers of being in the payroll of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and attempting to create communal disharmony. Stating that he would be calling a meeting of media heads and their owners...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

We refer to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe’s recent interview with The Australian (23/2/2015) criticizing the Australian Government’s policy of allowing Sri Lanka to handle its internal issues without foreign intervention. In this interview, Wickremesinghe has criticized Australia, along with other nations that had backed Sri Lanka’s move to establish its own domestic instrumentalities to resolve the human rights issues...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

A familiar name to music lovers in Sri Lanka and across the world – Rohan and Ishan De Lanerolle have without doubt carved out a firm niche for themselves, and in the hearts of fans as part of the contemporary Sri Lankan music scene. With a journey beginning in 2009, the De Lanerolle Brothers with their wide-tonal range and perfect harmony...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

This month public sector workers were able to reap the benefits given by the interim budget of 2015 with rupees 5000 being added to their salaries by way of an allowance. However in his budget speech Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake merely requested private sector employers to increase salaries by rupees 2500 thereby helping the national...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Passports or rather diplomatic passports is a term which attracted much attention in the media in the last few weeks when former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife, Shashi Weerawansa was taken into custody for improperly obtaining a diplomatic passport and presenting forged documents. Later a travel ban was imposed by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya preventing her from leaving the...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The voice of people is the voice of god, so declared the famous saying in the Western political thoughts, probably harking back to the days of French Revolution. The people assembled at Nugegoda rally, strange enough appeared, to express the similar sentiments, a cry for a just cause: bring back our Mahinda to us. It was certainly not for a...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

It was the first week of August in 2013. An unexpected news item was received by media that one time Police Spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakody’s service has been suspended. SSP Jayakody who had gone on a foreign tour had not returned as due and the Police Department had to suspend his services. However, media found out that he had received asylum in...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The secret - A flower is beautiful and attractive because it looks and smiles, but speaks not a word. Beautiful girls retain their beauty while they keep their mouths shut. Not a regime change, but regime reversal - We did not change a regime. We have merely turned it upside down.  We have affected a regime reversal. Earlier we had MR regime. Now we have RM regime. I mean Ranil Maithri regime.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is suffering from an identity crisis.  The signs are all over the place.  The SLFP has more Members of Parliament than any other party, and yet finds itself in the Opposition.  The man who secured the support of a majority of voters is the leader of the SLFP, and yet neither he nor the...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena was in India this week mending diplomatic fences there but all eyes were focused on Nugegoda on Wednesday where a campaign to compel the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to nominate Mahinda Rajapaksa as its prime ministerial candidate was launched.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

It was indeed a rude shock to learn that Asanga Abeygoonasekera, who was the Director at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, had been removed as he had been considered a ‘Political Appointee’, this brings up the question as to the matter of defining who a political appointee is; is it a person who has been appointed only...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

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