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The fourth Annual Defence Seminar organized by the Sri Lanka Army and initiated on a conceptual notion of Secretary of Defense, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was concluded last week. The seminar was held over three days was attended by some 350 delegates, including 70 foreign delegates from 30 countries.
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 02:18

There are parties and there are coalitions.  We’ve seen both rise and fall, falter and prosper.  There are party candidates and there are common candidates. We’ve seen both types and both have tasted success and failure.  
Common fronts were not uncommon in the period before J R Jayewardene came up with the Second Republican Constitution in 1978 with proportional representation,

Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
Popular terms such as “accountability” and “transparency” are at times used with reference to NGOs by unscrupulous persons both within and outside the Government, to promote their own agendas, the Friday Forum accused today.Issuing a statement the Friday Forum said; “We must remember that NGOs are voluntary associations of people for purposes that they define for themselves.
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
This is undoubtedly a controversial matter and at least the Friday Forum (FF) should have refrained from jumping into this controversy while issuing its belated statement against the Defence Ministry circular intended to coerce the NGO activities. The threat to the NGOs came in early July and this is mid or rather late August!But unfortunately after all good things
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
A mystery killer is striking thousands of farming families in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province. Insidious as it is deadly, the clues to its identity may flow in the groundwater that irrigates crops and slakes thirsts.   Balmy breezes ripple through vividly green paddy fields. The fertile lands in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka present
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
When you purchase a cleaning and disinfecting product, you rely on it to do one precise function: Clean! And there is no gainsaying the fact that many of them serve the purpose they are manufactured for. But hold on a bit! Because as in many products, which effectively attain the promised result, there lies a catch!
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
The FDA’s newest study recommends pregnant women and children eat more fish. Great! Except,  according to Consumer Reports, it might be downright dangerous.Consumer Reports, perhaps best known for its roundup reviews, also does some scientific research from time to time, and they’ve got a bit of a bombshell today. Earlier this summer,
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
It goes without saying that toys are bought with the hope that it may cheer up a child. But what if we’ve been taking this nothing for granted all along. What if you were told that the toy you recently bought is replete with a highly toxic chemical that puts children at great risks?
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
In an attempt to introduce more cleaner and refined fuel, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation on Friday (22) initiated the launch of the Ultra-low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) starting from Kurunegala. Referred locally as the Lanka Super Diesel Four Star, the Petroleum Industries Minister, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa was reported to have said that the lubricant contains only 10 parts per million (ppm)
Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00
Many of Sri Lanka’s opposition movements that have sprung up in more recent times especially in the South, movements which seek to construct an alternative discourse, appear to be oscillating somewhat ambivalently between the ready desire to affect course-correction and the very reluctant ambition of initiating regime-change. Those which have the greatest potential of affecting regime-change
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
The people of the Dry Zone of the country are suffering from a severe water shortage due to the prolonged drought. According to the statistics available on Disaster Management Centre, 1,620,602 persons of 468,329 families living in 13 districts are affected from the drought and its impacts, as at August 11. The most affected areas of the country are agricultural…
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
Recently, several ‘left wing’ members of parliament held a meeting to explore the possibility of forming a common front against Bodu Bala Sena and its General Secretary, the firebrand monk Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera. While this may have been seen as an attempt to control the activities of the movement, it also emphasizes the level of bankruptcy the left movement had
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
Recent commentary on the outbreak of the First World War has highlighted the link between the political and military spheres, in which military mobilization timetables exercised a negative influence over the political positions of governments. Interestingly, there are echoes of the same phenomenon in South Asia today. Moreover, India’s “two front” problem is similar to
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
Sri Lanka continues to grapple with dengue as the disease keeps claiming more lives every month, especially during the rainy season. In the first half of 2014 alone, this ‘deadly disease of the tropics’ infected 20,610 people, in comparison to 32,063 in 2013. According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, 60 percent of dengue cases in the…
Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
The annual Journalism Awards for Excellence-2013 conducted by the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka (TEGOSL) and the Sri Lanka Press Institute was held on August 05 (Tuesday)  at Mount Lavinia Hotel. ‘The Nation’ Photo-journalist Rukshan Abeywansha won the award for Best Photo-Journalist. Shailendree Wickrama Adittiya (The youngest member in The Nation family) who is in-charge of the ‘Free’
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 02:00
We, the undersigned former intelligence officers want to share with you our concern about the evidence adduced so far to blame Russia for the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. We are retired from government services and none of us is on the payroll of CNN, Fox News, or any other outlet. We intend this memorandum to provide…
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
It behooves me to express my views about the contents of the article written by Emily Howie, that Sri Lanka is a “refugee-producing country”. (Guardian Australia) Emily claims to be a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Law Centre, who is using statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts - for support rather than illumination!
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
One year has passed after the unrest pertaining to the water contamination issue in Rathupaswala, Weliweriya. But, the issue has once again come to the limelight thanks to the interim report of the Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) which was made public last Tuesday (5).The COPE in its interim report had indicated
Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00
Far from being a powerful one, there is something unsettling, something eerie, about an image that captures the likes of Ranil Wickremasinghe, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Sarath Fonseka, Shirani Bandaranayake and Udaya Gammanpila who come together, and that too, for a seminar promoting the need to abolish the Executive Presidency (EP). Such a coalition (if it ever is one) appears to
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00
Repair works on roads in Colombo seem to continue endlessly making driving, and traveling not a so pleasant experience. While part of the roads in Colombo have seen an image makeover of sorts, most roads continue to be half done, resulting in inconvenience and huge traffic blocks in several places.While this has been the case over the past several months,
Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

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