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The Sri Lanka Air Force which was set up with the vision of ‘ensuring national security through effective employment of air power’ celebrates its 64th anniversary on March 2 (tomorrow).  Its journey throughout the last 64 years since the inception has been significantly proved very constructive on the country’s national security as well as numerous other sectors.
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 02:06
Mr. Samaraweera has fashioned a trident, a three pronged policy on human rights, accountability and reconciliation which undermines Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, national security and national interest. What are the three prongs of the trident?
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The delay in implementing the electoral reforms has given rise to several questions as to whether the coming election should be held under the existing electoral system; the present preference voting system or whether it should be replaced with a mixed system. According to the agenda of the 100-Day program of the new government, electoral reform has been given priority.…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week, raised eyebrows by publicly accusing several Sinhala language newspapers of being in the payroll of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and attempting to create communal disharmony. Stating that he would be calling a meeting of media heads and their owners...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
We refer to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe’s recent interview with The Australian (23/2/2015) criticizing the Australian Government’s policy of allowing Sri Lanka to handle its internal issues without foreign intervention. In this interview, Wickremesinghe has criticized Australia, along with other nations that had backed Sri Lanka’s move to establish its own domestic instrumentalities to resolve the human…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
A familiar name to music lovers in Sri Lanka and across the world – Rohan and Ishan De Lanerolle have without doubt carved out a firm niche for themselves, and in the hearts of fans as part of the contemporary Sri Lankan music scene. With a journey beginning in 2009, the De Lanerolle Brothers with their wide-tonal range and perfect…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
This month public sector workers were able to reap the benefits given by the interim budget of 2015 with rupees 5000 being added to their salaries by way of an allowance. However in his budget speech Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake merely requested private sector employers to increase salaries by rupees 2500 thereby helping the national...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
Passports or rather diplomatic passports is a term which attracted much attention in the media in the last few weeks when former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife, Shashi Weerawansa was taken into custody for improperly obtaining a diplomatic passport and presenting forged documents. Later a travel ban was imposed by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya preventing her from leaving the...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
The voice of people is the voice of god, so declared the famous saying in the Western political thoughts, probably harking back to the days of French Revolution. The people assembled at Nugegoda rally, strange enough appeared, to express the similar sentiments, a cry for a just cause: bring back our Mahinda to us. It was certainly not for a...
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00
It was the first week of August in 2013. An unexpected news item was received by media that one time Police Spokesperson SSP Prishantha Jayakody’s service has been suspended. SSP Jayakody who had gone on a foreign tour had not returned as due and the Police Department had to suspend his services. However, media found out that he had received…
Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The secret - A flower is beautiful and attractive because it looks and smiles, but speaks not a word. Beautiful girls retain their beauty while they keep their mouths shut. Not a regime change, but regime reversal - We did not change a regime. We have merely turned it upside down.  We have affected a regime reversal. Earlier we had MR regime. Now we have RM regime. I mean Ranil Maithri regime.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is suffering from an identity crisis.  The signs are all over the place.  The SLFP has more Members of Parliament than any other party, and yet finds itself in the Opposition.  The man who secured the support of a majority of voters is the leader of the SLFP, and yet neither he nor the...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
It was indeed a rude shock to learn that Asanga Abeygoonasekera, who was the Director at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, had been removed as he had been considered a ‘Political Appointee’, this brings up the question as to the matter of defining who a political appointee is; is it a person who has been appointed only...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
Ragging, a social problem, which has increased the risk of suicide in universities, continues to rise. This is due to responsible authorities failing to provide a fitting solution to end this problem. The latest victim of this menace was Amali Chathurika, a 23-year-old student of Sabaragamuwa University. According to the victim’s mother, the daughter committed...
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00
The focus of the Police has once again turned on full face helmets which became a contentious issue last year with many criminals donning such helmets in a bid to conceal their identity. While the Police were determined to implement the law prohibiting such helmets, this decision was, however, met with much opposition from many parties.
Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Memories
Jorge Luis Borges once wrote about someone he once encountered thus: ‘His memory was wonderful. He could reconstruct all his dreams, all his half dreams. He told me, “I alone have more memories than all mankind has probably had since the world has been the world.”  And again “My dreams are like you people’s waking hours”.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

A group of essentially one-man parties have organized a rally.  They’ve invited the 5.8 million who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa in a losing cause on January 8, 2015 to attend.   They have asked for a show of force.  Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila are all fiery speakers no doubt, but in terms of political endowments such as membership,...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
Just as I predicted in my last column the political hyenas with bared incisors are  baying for blood. In truth, they are riding the crest of a vitriolic wave of vendetta that has become a practised blood sport following every election. Yes, the sewer-rats too appear to be experiencing a field day as they set off on a frenzied stampede...
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
The Colombo Port City, the single biggest private sector development in the history of Sri Lanka which has attracted a lot of criticism for the past few months regarding its status, is now halted according to the government, due to unresolved environmental problems pertaining to the surroundings of the project. However, it was reported on February 13 (Friday)...
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
Last week the Police announced that it will be taking a much harsher stance against child endangerment due to the sudden and somewhat strange increase of child deaths since the beginning of 2015. According to the Police, four such deaths have occurred just within last two weeks that can be mainly linked to parental neglect and inattentiveness.
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

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