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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

Ajith P Perera is a United National Party Member of Parliament from Kalutara District. He was a foremost critic of the former government and after the election of Maithripala Sirisena as President, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. In an exclusive interview, Perera spoke about the future of the government and the mechanism of a domestic inquiry on alleged war crimes during the war.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Ragging, a social problem, which has increased the risk of suicide in universities, continues to rise. This is due to responsible authorities failing to provide a fitting solution to end this problem. The latest victim of this menace was Amali Chathurika, a 23-year-old student of Sabaragamuwa University. According to the victim’s mother, the daughter committed...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

The focus of the Police has once again turned on full face helmets which became a contentious issue last year with many criminals donning such helmets in a bid to conceal their identity. While the Police were determined to implement the law prohibiting such helmets, this decision was, however, met with much opposition from many parties.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Memories
Jorge Luis Borges once wrote about someone he once encountered thus: ‘His memory was wonderful. He could reconstruct all his dreams, all his half dreams. He told me, “I alone have more memories than all mankind has probably had since the world has been the world.”  And again “My dreams are like you people’s waking hours”.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Just six months ago, the United National Party (UNP) was in disarray, locked in a leadership battle between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa that was driving the party on a downward spiral. Now, they are in government and the rival Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) faces that fate. This was after the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

A group of essentially one-man parties have organized a rally.  They’ve invited the 5.8 million who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa in a losing cause on January 8, 2015 to attend.   They have asked for a show of force.  Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila are all fiery speakers no doubt, but in terms of political endowments such as membership,...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Just as I predicted in my last column the political hyenas with bared incisors are  baying for blood. In truth, they are riding the crest of a vitriolic wave of vendetta that has become a practised blood sport following every election. Yes, the sewer-rats too appear to be experiencing a field day as they set off on a frenzied stampede...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

The Colombo Port City, the single biggest private sector development in the history of Sri Lanka which has attracted a lot of criticism for the past few months regarding its status, is now halted according to the government, due to unresolved environmental problems pertaining to the surroundings of the project. However, it was reported on February 13 (Friday)...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Last week the Police announced that it will be taking a much harsher stance against child endangerment due to the sudden and somewhat strange increase of child deaths since the beginning of 2015. According to the Police, four such deaths have occurred just within last two weeks that can be mainly linked to parental neglect and inattentiveness.

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

On 20 February the set task for the government according to its 100 Day program will be introducing to parliament the much awaited and fought for Right to Information (RTI) Bill. While previous attempts were made by a handful of Sri Lankan politicians to engage the parliament in introducing such a bill, it failed in two instances making Sri Lanka, along...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

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