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Neville Laduwahetty, writes on the 19 April issue of The Island an article under the headline “War crimes: A comment on what experts say” … with illustrations and emphasises in the text added by Thuppahi.The comments presented below are in response to an edited and abbreviated version of a legal opinion by...
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
She halts, looks back, and waves at him again.He smiles back, the cheerless window framing his face. The train is too crowded to wave back; so he smiles, fingering the little silver cross she gave him that morning. “God loves you,” she sobbed. “I love you.”
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
Senasinghe the apologist - Deputy Minister Sherlock Senasinghe has finally admitted that he acted like a donkey in a horse corral immediately after the election of Maitripala Sirisena as the President of Sri Lanka. “I know I made a lot of baseless allegations that hurt people and their families.
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
As I have said before, I didn’t mind Mahinda that much.  In fact, at one point when it seemed like he was Ruler for Life. I even recommended that he be made an honorary Kolombian, provided of course that he dropped ‘Mahendra’ for his other and much-better sounding name ‘Percy’.  Gota was different.
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

Durability - Unspoken words are more durable than spoken words. Speeches - According to the above, it can be said that political speeches are meant for vanishing into thin air.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
The debate over Victory Day versus Remembrance Day is surreal. Certainly, there should be a day of remembrance for all those who died in the war. The problem arises when it is confused with Victory Day and worse still the latter is renamed as Remembrance Day. Why should anyone’s feelings be hurt by the celebration of May 19th as...
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s disingenuity index regarding the Rajapaksa family’s alleged ill-gotten wealth stashed in foreign banks took a sharp upturn a few days ago with the latest tally he presented to the public.That number is now a whopping, colossal, and downright...
Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
The talk between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was cordial and friendly, and that cool atmosphere had reigned throughout the discussion. In another words, it was a meeting between a party’s leader and a patron. The patron was the former leader of the party, and present leader was the general secretary of the same party.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 02:06

Sometime late last year Maithripala Sirisena effectively left the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).   As predicted, he was installed as the leader of the party he ‘left’ the moment he was elected President.  He became the leader of a party whose entire membership almost campaigned against him.  It certainly didn’t make for ideal leader-follower relations.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
A factory involved in extracting lead from used batteries has been accused of illegally dumping in several areas in Puttalam, hazardous waste resulting from the extraction process, thereby causing extreme damage to the region’s environment and putting the lives of area residents at risk. Research conducted by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) meanwhile...
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
Mobile communication devices such as mobile phones and tablets have become an inseparable part of our daily life. In addition to the main intended task, communication, these devises can effectively be used to improve health of communities and to reduce the burden of major health issues such as maternal and child health.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
In an article published in The Nation last Saturday (May 2), Gunadasa Amarasekara comments on and questions the state of reconciliation today. He accuses President Maithripala Sirisena of violating the Constitution by allowing the national anthem to be sung in Tamil. He then accuses the Opposition and even the general citizenry of pleading ignorance with this.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
Despite controversy, capital punishment still enjoys widespread support in the United States. According to a 2009 Gallup poll, 65 percent of Americans support the use of the death penalty.Of course, every death penalty case comes wrapped in some degree of debate, given deep disagreement over whether the death penalty is ever moral.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
Some die young and some live long.  Some die from natural causes, some from unfortunate accidents.  Some are murdered.  Let us consider a hypothetical case of a young girl, who was battered and strangled to death at the age of 19.  Let’s assume this gruesome murder was committed about 10 years ago. 
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
It’s official.  We have a new boss.  Sorry ‘Lizabeth, we have to move on.  Time passes, things change.  Sure, we appreciate all that the English did for us and we will be eternally grateful, too.  But what was big then is small now and we must take note of dimensions.
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
Kerry on the State of the Union - “President Sira is such a simpleton. It was so easy; like stealing candy from a two year old. Now, that prime minister of yours is different kettle of fish. If you are not careful, he’ll crawl up your back. I mean that literally as well as figuratively “, US Secretary of State…
Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

A live film - She was looking at another, and not at me and acting before the cameras of his eyes. So, I got the rare chance of watching a live romantic film.

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00
Maithripala Sirisena was elected by the voters to be the President of Sri Lanka. Sirisena overcame the obstacle of the incumbency by erecting the broadest political tent the country has ever seen. It seemed as if everybody except the Rajapaksa clan were part of the Sirisena grand coalition. The grand coalition of distinct and disparate groups was a clear indication...
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
The Constitution of Sri Lanka which was introduced by former President JR Jayewardene in 1978 was amended again last week for the 19th time. Many are of the opinion that the Constitution was amended to increase the powers of the administrators or politicians and not to offer benefits for the general public. This view however can’t be made on Amendments…
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00
Finally, the 19th Amendment is passed with only one UPFA MP opposing. Perhaps he was true to what he was advocating while many others were chickening out, including the ‘law professor.’ There was an eleventh hour compromise on the Constitutional Council, but the government rightly did not budge on the appointment of Cabinet of Ministers.
Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00

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