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Old habits die hard, it seems.  Chandrika Kumaratunga was late.  As always.   It might have been a good thing though because two other    veterans could get in more than a few words edgewise.
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
A fact, largely unappreciated in Sri Lanka’s post-war political discourse, is the attempt made by the Tamil polity to reach out to the Sinhalese. It could be because the latter expect the Tamils to reach out, as the defeated reach out to the victorious; or, because believing in the prominent place that should be afforded to their language and religion,
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
The research titled ‘Parliament should have a formula for regulating cigarettes’ conducted by Verité Research is a comprehensive academic analysis of the tobacco tax system in Sri Lanka and the consequent losses of revenue for the government.On a more cynical note it seems that Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) runs on a government subsidy.
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
The West reacted sharply against Russia over the downing of the Malaysian Boeing. That is justified: Even if investigators conclude that separatists in Donetsk are not to blame, Russia helped create a situation in which such a thing is even possible in southern and eastern Ukraine. However, threatening and isolating Russia is unlikely to improve the problem.
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) recently revealed that an alarming 95% of abuses reported on children are carried out by persons known to them, including their relatives. Children are often victims of abuse, assaults and sexual harassment simply because of the assumption that they do not have a way to voice their problems and their issues.
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what’s likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report; the entire thing,
Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00
The struggle between Sri Lankan governments and NGOs is by no means a novel development; and their relationship, especially during the past decade, has been extremely tensed. The immediate aftermath of the tsunami disaster in December 2004 brought these tensions to the surface, with the JVP, for example, waging war against the NGOs largely due to its anti-imperialist ideology...
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
In 2011, just after Kumar Sangakkara stepped down from the captaincy of the Sri Lanka cricket team, a protest was organized through facebook to demand him back as captain. This was organized in the backdrop of the dramatic fall of Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt. Thousands said online that they will join the gathering at Independent Square.…
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
Commissioner of Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (HRC), Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa states that the commission has sent a proposal to amend the current Human Rights Act in a way that it could give more powers to the HRC. In an interview with The Nation Dr. Mahanamahewa stated that currently the HRC could only provide recommendations. However, he said that the...
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
‘Mandarins’ could refer to the officially adopted form of the Chinese language or to the fruit we all know. Here it refers to a term, adopted somewhat scornfully by those who failed to join it, to the members of the Ceylon Civil Service (CCS). The Cambridge Dictionary puts it thus: ‘A person who has a very important job...
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
One month after the unrest, Dharga Town is now buzzing with a lot of reconstruction activities. The houses and shops that were damaged are being renovated and rebuilt by the security personnel.On the outside, everything looks calm, though there is still a significant security presence. Those affected have slowly started to move on with their lives, but the memories of...
Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00
‘The Nation’ editorial staff wishes to express its deepest gratitude to all those who in numerous ways heeded our call to help our dear friend and colleague as he struggles to recover from serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident, including contusion on his spine.  Rukshan, who underwent multiple surgeries at Asiri Central Hospital and spent several weeks in the
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Some wondered whether the recent visit of Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s Deputy President, amounted to unwarranted intervention. Some thought he was a mediator. For some others, he was just a tourist. Minister Wimal Weerawansa informed the Lankadeepa newspaper that there was no problem in Ramaphosa having a cup of tea or watching a cricket match.
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Following persistent protests from Opposition Lawmaker and economist Dr Harsha de Silva, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has relaxed its regulation on the ‘safety sticker’ which was supposed to come into effect by August 1. In a startling new gazette notification issued by the CAA, commodities such as soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and even water and frizzy drink bottles were to…
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
The UAE government has announced the lifting of the ban on Sri Lanka’s export of chicken and eggs to the UAE market with immediate effect. The UAE had previously imposed a blanket ban on Asian countries including Sri Lanka, covering the export of chicken meat and eggs due to Notifiable Avian Influenza (NAI).
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
A new study published today in a journal of the American Society for Microbiology indicates that the fungus found in contaminated yogurt cups was a strain that can make animals, including humans, sick when it’s eaten.“While information disseminated in the popular press would suggest this fungal contaminant poses little or no risk to consumers,” the researchers note,
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) warned consumers and physicians Wednesday that some over-the-counter acne products can cause rare, but sometimes life-threatening reactions.The agency said that over the last 40 years it has received 131 reports from users and manufacturers about adverse reactions to products like Proactiv, Neutrogena, MaxClarity, Oxy, Ambi, Aveeno,
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Health Ministry banned 19 food essences starting from July 1 this year. The 19 food essences and additives were detailed in a notification by the Ministry. According to a media communiqué issued by the Ministry, the banned food essences and additives include Aloin, Berberine, Beta-Azarone and Cinnamyl Anthracillate, Cade Oil,
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Expired dates worth Rs. 4 million and weighing over 25.5 metric tons were seized by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) on Thursday (10) from a storehouse in Orugodawatta.Officials said that the stock of dates was infested with worms. CAA officials told The Nation that the said stock of dates was imported from Dubai.
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
(AFP) Switzerland is to ban imports of live pigs and pork from several EU countries in a bid to stop an African swine fever outbreak from reaching the country.Imports from Bulgaria and Romania and some parts of Latvia and Croatia will be banned as of Wednesday, Swiss food safety authorities said on Tuesday.
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

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