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International Cricket Council Chief Executive, Dave Richardson has vehemently denied that he was referring to the administration of Sri Lanka Cricket when he said that illegal actions was the most pressing issue that had to be addressed by the ICC. "I realize that considering the continuous outrageous conduct of the individuals heading the SLC; it is natural to conclude...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Those who thought that lunacy was defeated along with Mahinda need to think again.  The other day someone forwarded me a complaint of sorts posted on Facebook, clearly by one of those people who sorely need a brain implant.  I got my driver, who has passed the A/L to translate for me.  This is the complaint: When Johnny was in...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Hatara Denama Surayo [Wimal, Gammanpila, Dinesh, Vasu] - Who likes whom?  Vasu has become a child like Gammanpila, someone told me. I told him that Gammanpila has matured like Dinesh. Then he told me that Dinesh is trying to be reborn as a Champika. Then I understood that ours was a debate which had no end.

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

Sixty-seven years after a historical juncture we call independence, we are still busy in trying to sort things out raising the inevitable uncertainty whether we have truly become independent. Just three years short of seven decades, we are supposed to have run our own affairs. If we are truly honest to ourselves, we cannot be happy. Promises have been given and conveniently broken.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

The cold weather has persisted since December 2014. There will be no let up and below freezing temperatures are to continue into early March. That is before the United Kingdom’s General Elections in May. “Now what connection has the cold weather got to do with General Elections?” you will ask.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

In the early weeks of November 2014, it seemed somewhat clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa was set to rule the country for at least another six years. But on 8th January 2015, when he finally went to cast his vote, even Mahinda appeared to have realized what the final verdict was going to be.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Nationalism is an ideology born of love of nation. It recognizes and respects a collective identity. It often results in political projects sourced in the interests of that nation. Neither patriotism nor nationalism need be recognized as the highest values.
Patriotism and nationalism are far from coterminous with chauvinism and/or racism. Chauvinism is a hierarchic narcissism.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

The debacle surrounding the sacking of Mohan Peiris as Chief Justice has brought in its wake howls of protest but the Government moved decisively last week to oust him, ending three weeks of speculation regarding the highest office in the judiciary in the country.Restoring the ‘privileges’ of the 43rd Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka were...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Sikkim was an independent Buddhist Kingdom before the glorious days of the British Empire. It is located between Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Paschim Bangla. Sikkim was a monarchy since the 1600s. It is landlocked and borders Nepal and Tibet. No need to go into its long history but the British made it a protectorate when they ruled India. Sikkim allied itself with Britain because

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

In the week following the atrocities, a wave of moral hysteria swept France. ‘Je suis Charlie’ became almost obligatory. The Hollande/Valls message was simple: Either you were for the magazine or for the terrorists. Quite a few, now as in 2001, were for neither. These included Henri Roussel, the 80-year-old founder of Hara-Kiri, the title under which Charlie...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has departed the political arena at least temporarily and his exit has left a vacuum in the two political outfits he headed, the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) from which he contested and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in which he politically matured.

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

(This article was carried in the Asian Tribune on March 27, 2014. It is reproduced here in view of the renewed initiatives being taken by the new Sri Lankan President and the government to either conduct its own independent enquiry and/cooperate with the ongoing UNHRC enquiry) Sri Lanka is facing defeat at the UNHRC as the resolution calling for an investigation....

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

Three weeks into the election, the new government has introduced an interim budget. Meanwhile, some of the promises in the 100-days-program are being carried out or have already been done. However, certain questions still remain of the 100-days-program. In this juncture,  the Frontline Socialist Party (FLSP) Politburo Member, Duminda Nagamuwa spoke to...

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

The Chief Justice of a particular country was strolling down a street in deep conversation with his friend who was the Attorney General of the same country.  They suddenly see a man stabbing to death another man.  The two friends move quickly, capture the murderer, borrow a rope from a nearby house and hang him.  All is good.  Justice is served.

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

The Institute of Indigenous Medicine together with the University of Colombo and the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka hosted ICAUST 2014 and Ayu Expo. The event was held in December under the theme ‘Ayurveda the Medicine of Today’ recently.
The keynote addresses at the conference were delivered by Prof. R.R Dwivedi of the Gujarat Ayurvedic University, India, Dr. Wasia Naveed of the...

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

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