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Many Parliamentarians from both the government and the opposition spoke to journalists immediately after President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered his Budget Speech on Friday (October 24). While many government MPs were unanimous in their praise for Budget 2015, calling it the best they had ever seen, opposition MPs were equally unanimous in dismissing it as a budget solely targeting the next presidential election,

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Ambassador of Japan Nobuhito Hobo formally awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation to Vice Patron of the Japan Sri Lanka Technical Cultural Association (JASTECA), Lal De Alwis on behalf of the Foreign Minister of Japan at a special ceremony held on October 13, 2014 at the Ambassador’s residence in Colombo in the presence of a distinguished gathering.

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Sententious Martial Art display, which was organized by the 62nd Division of the Sri Lanka Army was held recently at the Division premises in Vavuniya to celebrate the Division’s fourth anniversary. The Division reached its fourth milestone on September 10, and the event has been organized as a part of the anniversary celebrations.

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

It is four years since the 18th Amendment to the Constitution came into effect. It was dismissed at the time and occasionally since then as a subversion of the democratic spirit and further entrenchment of dictatorial provisions in the J R Jayewardene Constitution of 1978.Now, four years later, the 18th Amendment is in the news ago. There’s little or no

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

A European court lifting the proscription on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) this week has generated a political storm but the implications of the verdict should not be taken lightly because it allows the terrorist group to regroup and reorganize and potentially threaten Sri Lanka again.The decision runs counter to the ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards terrorism in whatever

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

The Oppositional civil society effort to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from running a third time is stupidly counterproductive. Who does it think will be the candidate if Mahinda were to be disqualified? Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, that’s who—and he will secure the support of the Buddhist clergy, the JHU, BBS, NFF, the armed forces and their families and the Sinhala Buddhist business communit

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Both the English and the Sinhala written and electronic media are inundated with speculations and narratives of the possible presidential election. The debates of a common candidate, ‘uncommon candidate’, thoughts of jumping the ship, breaking the governing coalition, unconstitutionality of a third term for the incumbent president, rivalries within the parties,

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

The fight against hunger forges ahead around the world, with 805 million people who still do not have enough to eat, a lot more still needs to be done. Throughout the world, family farmers play a crucial socio-economic, environmental and cultural role which, amid serious challenges, needs to be cherished and strengthened through innovation.Recognizing this, the United Nations designated 2014 as the 

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

We welcome accomplished individuals, based in Asia, with at least five years of professional journalism experience in any medium.  The AJF is a residential program requiring full participation throughout the three-month period. Fellows receive a return air fare, accommodation and a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Your complete application must be received by the stated deadline.

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

Ms Harshani Wijesooriya (25) of Keselgoda, Yakkala on Wednesday (15) tied nuptial knots with her dream prince whom everybody thought was dead and gone after six years of uncertainty.
Her wedding ceremony with Lance Corporal D.G Mahinda Premalal of 10 Gajaba Regiment, now a disable war hero, resident at Ragama Ranaviru Sevana, took place at Gampaha Senethma Reception Hall on a grand scale,

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The telltale signs are there: President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the North, a reduction in electricity tariffs, the United National Party (UNP) announcing a ‘Group of 20’ to run election campaigns and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) proposing constitutional amendments.These events only point towards one outcome and that is the announcement of a presidential election, expected on November 20,

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Dayan Jayatilleka in an article published in the Colombo Telegraph (How a weak opposition could still play it smart) offers that the Opposition is actually helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa secure a third term. He claims that the Opposition has picked the wrong slogan, that of ‘constitutional change’ when ‘it has little prospect of acting as a rallying cry among millions

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been loved more than any other leader because he makes sure to be close to the common people. He has a special ability to realize the aspirations of people and look for ways to assist them. Here, you see two photographs captured by our photo journalist Chamila

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Northern Province last week and attended many programs. He visited Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Delft and several other locations inspecting the development programs which were implemented by the government, just after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.President Rajapaksa, who was in Anuradhapura on Sunday morning (Oct 12), arrived in Kilinochchi to distribute

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Chairman of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), C.V.K. Sivagnanam, says that the funds allocated to the council was very much less than what the Government claimed it to be and denied accusations that the money allocated was underutilized. In a telephone interview to The Nation, Sivagnanam also spoke about the reasons behind the TNA’s absence at the recommencement ceremony

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