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It had to happen that way, and the break was only possible with a serious split within the regime. The moment had come for members of the SLFP to take the plunge. And when finally Mr. Wasantha Senanayake, MP, crossed over (the first member of the brave ‘suicide squad’) and mentioned that he knew who the common candidate was, the...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

After weeks of speculation, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) left the government this week announcing that they would function as an independent group in Parliament. Cabinet minister Champika Ranawaka and Provincial minister Udaya Gammanpila also resigned their portfolios. The decision was meant to put an end to much political intrigue where many felt that the JHU would, in fact,...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Former Chairman of the Panadura Urban Council and first Chairman of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Nandana Gunathileke was the first notable figure to resign from the ruling UPFA Government states that many irregularities were taking place and they were unattended by the party leadership. The veteran politician began his politics from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna where he ended up as the General Secretary of the Front.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

The normally intransigent Tamil National Alliance has suddenly started acting as if they care about presidential politics in Sri Lanka. The president, deputy president and at least one of the deputy secretaries of the TNA have been making coy statements about who the Alliance will support if a presidential election were to be held next year. Wow, the TNA seem...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

About a year and a half back, in an article titled “The Spirit of Giving”, I mentioned that Sri Lanka is a nation of givers. Well, apparently hardcore statistics also seem to indicate that as well. In this year’s World Giving Index (WGI) that has just been published, Sri Lanka as a nation ranks #9 overall in a survey done across 135 countries.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

A consumer wrote to The Nation newspaper recently inquiring about a labeling on Biscuit Pudding product which was purchased on  November 16, but the label stated that the item as being manufactured on 17th  instead.When The Nation Consumer Desk inquired from the management of Perera & Sons, the General Manager, Parakrama Dassanayake acknowledged the error and cited that it had been due to a faulty printing mistake.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

The Consumer Affairs Department has moved a Cabinet proposal to bring e-commerce through all electronic modes, including through e-tailers such as Flipkart, Amazon, makemytrip, bookmyshow, and even direct selling under the Consumer Protection Law (CPL). Moreover, if tele-shoppers and e-tailers fail to take back defective items and return the amount paid by a customer within a month even after a request is made, action can be initiated against such players.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Consumers used to having the ability to make hotel cancellations the day of arrival for free had better get their wallets out next time they try to do so at Hilton or Marriott hotels. The two chains are apparently taking a lesson from the airline industry and implementing a fee for last-minute reservation cancellations. The New York Times reports that...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

A new research by the San Diego Health Sciences department at the University of California has revealed that Triclosan, an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps pose health hazards such as liver fibrosis and cancer.  The research findings which was released on Science Daily on November 17 discloses that despite its widespread use, presents a valid risk of liver toxicity for people as it does in mice, particularly when combined with other compounds.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

While you’re munching on sticks of margarine and snorfing down packaged snacks, is there a nagging feeling tugging at your brain? Like there’s something you have to remember but… It’s gone, and one group of researchers says it’s that consumption of Trans fats that can do some damage to your memory. The study was presented this week at the American...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Early days. Remember that. Keep in mind also that in a 40-day run each day counts and that ‘early’ can quickly bleed into ‘late’ and ‘too late’. That said, let’s consider Maithripala Sirisena’s press conference on Friday November 20, 2014 where he announced he would be the ‘common candidate’ of the Opposition.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

‘Why don’t you write anything about the common candidate?’ This is a question that was put to me by several people over the last few days. ‘What can I say?’ was the only response I could offer. There’s nothing to say, really. The Rajapaksa Regime (not the UPFA) has been asking a question in a derisive tone. Well, that question has been answered.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Issues related to President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term of office was settled this week when the Supreme Court decided he could do so, even as former Chief Justice Sarath Silva lamented that, with the decision of the country’s highest court now known, ‘nothing more could be done’.  The opposition is still engaged in its search for the...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Tilvin Silva of the JVP made an interesting point at the commemoration of comrades slain in 1988-89: ‘Mahinda has already run half the race.’  The constitution favors incumbent.  Authorities turn a blind eye on the abuse of state resources and indeed the institutional arrangement is so poor in terms of checks and balances that this is a ‘given’.  Citizens have, sadly,...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Jaffna District Parliamentarian and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Douglas Devananda, says that he welcomed the Supreme Court determination that allowed President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Presidential polls for the third time since he was the only leader to provide a dignified peace to the country where all people are treated equal.

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

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