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Neville Laduwahetty, writes on the 19 April issue of The Island an article under the headline “War crimes: A comment on what experts say” … with illustrations and emphasises in the text added by Thuppahi.The comments presented below are in response to an edited and abbreviated version of a legal opinion by...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

She halts, looks back, and waves at him again.He smiles back, the cheerless window framing his face. The train is too crowded to wave back; so he smiles, fingering the little silver cross she gave him that morning. “God loves you,” she sobbed. “I love you.”

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

Senasinghe the apologist - Deputy Minister Sherlock Senasinghe has finally admitted that he acted like a donkey in a horse corral immediately after the election of Maitripala Sirisena as the President of Sri Lanka. “I know I made a lot of baseless allegations that hurt people and their families.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

As I have said before, I didn’t mind Mahinda that much.  In fact, at one point when it seemed like he was Ruler for Life. I even recommended that he be made an honorary Kolombian, provided of course that he dropped ‘Mahendra’ for his other and much-better sounding name ‘Percy’.  Gota was different.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

Durability - Unspoken words are more durable than spoken words. Speeches - According to the above, it can be said that political speeches are meant for vanishing into thin air.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

Now it is almost official: Parliament will be dissolved within the month, possibly after the passage of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution that will usher in electoral reforms and a general election will be held in a few weeks. The poll though, will be held on the proportional representation (PR) basis.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

The debate over Victory Day versus Remembrance Day is surreal. Certainly, there should be a day of remembrance for all those who died in the war. The problem arises when it is confused with Victory Day and worse still the latter is renamed as Remembrance Day. Why should anyone’s feelings be hurt by the celebration of May 19th as...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

Arjuna Ranatunga is the Minister for Ports and Shipping in the Maithripala Sirisena administration. However, he is a renowned cricket star who pioneered Sri Lanka Cricket team to win the World Cup in 1996.  Giving an exclusive interview to The Nation, Ranatunga said that the previous government led...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s disingenuity index regarding the Rajapaksa family’s alleged ill-gotten wealth stashed in foreign banks took a sharp upturn a few days ago with the latest tally he presented to the public.That number is now a whopping, colossal, and downright...

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

The talk between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was cordial and friendly, and that cool atmosphere had reigned throughout the discussion. In another words, it was a meeting between a party’s leader and a patron. The patron was the former leader of the party, and present leader was the general secretary of the same party.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 02:06

Sometime late last year Maithripala Sirisena effectively left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).   As predicted, he was installed as the leader of the party he ‘left’ the moment he was elected President.  He became the leader of a party whose entire membership almost campaigned against him.  It certainly didn’t make for ideal leader-follower relations.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

Even as the dust settles on the 19th Amendment, the main political parties are scrambling to have the next amendment, the 20th Amendment tailored to their reaspective needs in view of the general election that is expected to be called, possibly in late May or June.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

A factory involved in extracting lead from used batteries has been accused of illegally dumping in several areas in Puttalam, hazardous waste resulting from the extraction process, thereby causing extreme damage to the region’s environment and putting the lives of area residents at risk. Research conducted by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) meanwhile...

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

Mobile communication devices such as mobile phones and tablets have become an inseparable part of our daily life. In addition to the main intended task, communication, these devises can effectively be used to improve health of communities and to reduce the burden of major health issues such as maternal and child health.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

In an article published in The Nation last Saturday (May 2), Gunadasa Amarasekara comments on and questions the state of reconciliation today. He accuses President Maithripala Sirisena of violating the Constitution by allowing the national anthem to be sung in Tamil. He then accuses the Opposition and even the general citizenry of pleading ignorance with this.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

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