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The Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) plans an awareness campaign among school students and their parents regarding what it claims is a concerted effort to privatize the country’s education system. IUSF Convener Najith Indika claimed the awareness campaign will be initiated in a few weeks as part of a wide-ranging program by university students to get their message across to the...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 02:22

The three-month-old Maithripala Sirisena–Ranil Wickremesinghe administration is struggling to achieve stability in governing the country and its latest move is introducing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which has become the focus of attention in legal and political circles.Unlike the preceding 17th and 18th Amendments which only altered some aspects of the Constitution, the 19th Amendment seeks to completely...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

The United States of America has a huge HR problem. Actually it has two HR problems to deal with. The first refers to its problematic fascination with ‘human rights’ issues all over the world even as the very eyes that scour the world and note rights abuses do not see Washington’s own violations and complicity in other violations.

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Christians have recalled and celebrated the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus every Sunday from the earliest times, often secretly in hiding in the catacombs. With the passing of a couple of centuries and the cessation of persecutions in Rome, the Church had more freedom and got organized. The “Mystery of Christ” – the unfathomable truths of the prophecies of the...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

New Year shoppers have the assurance of being protected from the gimmicks of traders this festive season because the authorities have taken several measures to tighten the screws on cheats.  According to the Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), Rumy Marzook, 7,500 errant traders were apprehended by the CAA last month. When queried regarding the plans of the CAA during...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Imagine having to pay for every bottle of drinking water. Water, a product that’s currently a free resource, might soon come with price tags. For some companies, it already has. Nestlé, a leading nutrition, health and wellness company is well on its way to bottle and sell fresh drinking water, depriving communities surrounding its factory of the very same.

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

The recent conflict in Yemen has made the migrant workers from the other countries to flee Yemen to their homelands. The Nation queried about the situation of the Sri Lankan migrants in Yemen since the situation in Yemen was reported to be worsening as air strikes were launched by Saudi Arabia while the Iran-backed group of rebels, Houthis were attempting...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

My father, late Professor Sucharita Gamlath was one of the most prolific scholars of his time. During his lifetime, he continuously demonstrated his acumen in a range of fields, fulfilling the roles of author, teacher, literary critic, linguist, and political activist contemporaneously. He certainly needs no introduction among the general public of Sri Lanka. Since his demise on March 30 (2013), there...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Review of “Revolution of the Era:The Inside story of how Maithri Defeated Mahinda” by Asoka Abeygunarwardana How David slew Goliath or how the opposition managed the impossible despite of itself (The translator’s job is to translate. It is up to others to review a work, but in this case, my role as translator...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Cemetery and the office - Do  not fear death. After all, the cemetery is a better place than the office. U and V - Uyangoda is much better than Viyangoda. Viyan - Viyangoda knows nothing and that is why he can talk endlessly. Wimal’s speech - A friend of mine asked, ‘What do you think about Wimal’s speeches?’ I said, ‘Beautiful, as attractive as...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Ranil Wickremesinghe, when he addressed and briefly responded to questions from heads of media institutions and editors, was clear, precise and quite articulate.  He articulated the Government’s strategy, progress made and what’s in the pipeline on three broad subjects: reconciliation, corruption and the ‘100 Days’ Program’. When asked if corruption allegations predating the Mahinda era would also be taken up, he...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision last week to expand the Cabinet of Ministers to enable the inclusion of parliamentarians from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) adds another dimension to the country’s already volatile political equation.The ‘official’ reason for this change – which effectively means that the President will be flouting one of his key election promises of limiting the Cabinet to...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

The Janatha Vimukthi Permuna (JVP) is seen as a party in recent years that has been outspoken with regards to government corruption and fraud. Since the conclusion of the Presidential Election the party has been more active in this regard with party member and Convener of the Voice against Corruption Wasantha Samarasinghe taking the forefront to ensure action is taken...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

A gazette notification to ban five chemicals including glyphosate was imposed last Wednesday (March 25). This came with the appointment of committee headed by Jathika Hela Uruma (JHU) Member of Parliament Ven. Athuraliy, Rathana Thera to explore ways of preventing Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka.

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

The 100-Day program promised during the election campaign of the then common candidate has failed to deliver some of the vital elements of its composition. Overdue tasks of the 100-day program are establishing of  Independent Commissions, National Audit Bill and the RTI Bill,Code of Conduct to be  introduced and passed in the Parliament according to the stipulated time frame...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

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