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The Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government of cohabitation came into office just over two months on a slogan of good governance or ‘yahapaalanaya’. They promised a political culture free of corruption and abuse of power. Now, that pledge is facing its first real test.Embroiled in the controversy is Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran. It is claimed that a firm linked to...

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Dear Mr Prime Minister, I join my compatriots in extending a warm welcome to you to Sri Lanka. Almost 28 years have passed since Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi (RG) visited this island. As you are well aware, his visit was shrouded with some extremely complex and unpleasant issues during the periods immediately prior to, during and after his visit.

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The much talked about Port City project has finally halted ‘temporarily’ after serious allegations were made that the project has commenced violating regulations and disregarding the legal framework required for mega investment projects and concerns expressed regarding the impact it might have on the environment, impacts which have already taken place. When it was suspended the company China...

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Despite the change in government the crisis in the country’s higher education sector continues. Some officials who were in charge under the previous government have resigned from their posts. However, changes at the top has not resulted in a change in the system, critics claim. The Open University students launched a token strike in Nugegoda on Wednesday (March 11) since the...

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Villagers of Anawilundawa continue to conduct a satyagraha campaign against the construction of a roofing sheet factory in the vicinity of the Anawilundawa bird sanctuary. The residents in large numbers had also previously launched a protest led by Chief Incumbent of the Sri Saddananda Privena Wilpotha Pemananda Thera opposing the factory.

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Australia   Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has been teetering on his government’s proverbial plank of Immigration policy since of late. In a politically flinty speech he says that Australia was a country built on immigration and was “much the richer for it”.  Scathing revelations of Human Rights abuses at  Manus Island  where manu asylum seekers are detained seem...

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Chairman of the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) Clement Sabbagh lauded efforts taken by the new government to bring about sweeping changes in the gem and jewelry industry. Speaking at a press briefing hosted past week to commemorate the official launch of the ICA Congress in Sri Lanka this year, he praised the government...

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The award ceremony of the colorful routine annual spectacles of the year, Inter Regiment Drill and Band Competition was held last Tuesday (March 10) at the Sri Lanka Artillery grounds at Panagoda Army Cantonment attended by Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva as the Chief...

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Hawks and dogs
A hawk thinks, “If I am a dog I will not have to fly in this empty  sky. I’ll run through the jungles and over the meadows, hide in the bushes and swim in the rivers.” A dog thinks, “ If I am a hawk I’ll be as free as a bird and fly over the hills...

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St. Anthony’s Shrine at the Kachchathivu Island celebrated its annual feast of the patron-saint of seafarers last Sunday (march 01) attended by thousands of devotees. The whole event as usual was assisted by the Sri Lanka Navy. The devotees from Rameshwaram were not only the fisher folk, but from several other professions. Sri Lankans who attended the event also represented...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

The British School in Colombo has been accused of engaging in unethical educational practices by trying to force some students to sit for their International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination as private candidates rather than from the school. The students concerned had reportedly underperformed at the recently held ‘mock examinations’ and it is...

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I have my doubts over the authenticity of the constitutional reforms document of the Maithripala Sirisena government. It has not been published yet in a government website. It can be portrayed as the weakest and most regressive document in the constitutional discourse in Sri Lanka in the last three decades or so. It is regressive when it is compared with the...

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As the general election draws near, it appears as if the understanding between the two major political parties, the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is slowly dissipating as both parties contemplate the prospect of wresting control of Parliament.This week, the SLFP was reportedly insisting on enacting electoral reforms along with proposed amendments to...

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Former Minister Festus Perera is a known and respected politician who has served the country in many ways. He is still being remembered everywhere in the country not only the fisheries sector. His political legacy was later taken up by his wife and several years ago, their son Niroshan Perera committed himself to shoulder it. Today in the present government...

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World Wildlife Day fell on March 3. The day is meant to focus attention towards wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trafficking, a topic that has often been spoken of in Sri Lanka, since environmentalists claim there is an unprecedented spike in the illegal wildlife trade, threatening the existence of numerous species.

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