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Ranil Wickremesinghe, when he addressed and briefly responded to questions from heads of media institutions and editors, was clear, precise and quite articulate.  He articulated the Government’s strategy, progress made and what’s in the pipeline on three broad subjects: reconciliation, corruption and the ‘100 Days’ Program’. When asked if corruption allegations predating the Mahinda era would also be taken up, he...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
The Janatha Vimukthi Permuna (JVP) is seen as a party in recent years that has been outspoken with regards to government corruption and fraud. Since the conclusion of the Presidential Election the party has been more active in this regard with party member and Convener of the Voice against Corruption Wasantha Samarasinghe taking the forefront to ensure action is taken...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
A gazette notification to ban five chemicals including glyphosate was imposed last Wednesday (March 25). This came with the appointment of committee headed by Jathika Hela Uruma (JHU) Member of Parliament Ven. Athuraliy, Rathana Thera to explore ways of preventing Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Aetiology (CKDu) in Sri Lanka.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
The 100-Day program promised during the election campaign of the then common candidate has failed to deliver some of the vital elements of its composition. Overdue tasks of the 100-day program are establishing of  Independent Commissions, National Audit Bill and the RTI Bill,Code of Conduct to be  introduced and passed in the Parliament according to the stipulated time frame...
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The Parliament is due to consider electoral reforms as a part of constitutional reform process for good governance. We consider that it is vital that the reforms be based on the needs of the people, to work for the people and with the participation of the representatives of all interest sectors of the people, as an active democracy.
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
I am addressing this letter to your good office, as a citizen and a voter to convey my opinion regarding the new national government you have just established, by appointing nine SLFP members, who were ministers in the earlier government under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. As a result, the size of the present Cabinet has now increased to 40 members...
Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Despite the best efforts of authorities, well-organized groups of Wallapatta smugglers continue to operate throughout the country, chopping down trees in their dozens as they seek to expand an already lucrative racket. The Nation learns that after a brief period of inactivity, smugglers have again commenced operations, including inside the Sinharaja Forest and the Sripada Forest Reserve, with large numbers...
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Our children and Port City - Our children, from kindergarten upwards, are learning to love a pencil case more than their motherland. This, however, is not the tragedy. This is exactly how we want them to grow up. When they grow up, they can become politician. In the very least they can find jobs in the Port City.

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00
Why should a country have more than a single version of its national anthem? This is the question that many are asking following President Maithripala Sirisena sanctioning the use of the Tamil version of ‘Sri Lanka Matha’. Those who ask this question by way of supporting the obvious answer to the rhetorical question...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
However, the school has issued a letter to parents giving its side of the story. The letter, dated March 9 and signed by its Principal, Dr. John Scarth, claims that The Nation’s article is ‘erroneous, misleading and ill-informed’. 
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
For the children of Sierra Leone, the threat of the Ebola virus has brought fear, boredom and alienation. Nine months without school has left most children sitting at home with only parents and siblings for company, as the deadly disease spreads across much of West Africa. Many families have been teaching their children by themselves...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
PATNA: There was shame in store for Bihar as images emerged of large-scale cheating by students in the state board exams. What’s worse, instead of taking strict action, the state education minister PK Shahi tried to shrug off government’s responsibility by saying, “the government is helpless to stop the dishonest practices unless parents and students cooperate for the same”.
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
It is projected that by 2050, over 70 percent of the global population will live in cities. Urbanization and urban population increase poses the biggest pressure on water resources. Rapid expansion of irrigation leads to water logging and salt accumulation in the soil. Excess use of fertilizer leads to eutrophication of water bodies, while industrial activity leads to surface and…
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
In venting his spleen on Dayan Jayatilleka my mate Siri Gamage has done a good job of recycling all the threadbare phrases, cliches and the usual litany of complaints of the Tamil lobby. He lumps Jayatilleka, Rajapaksa and the majoritarian Sinhalese into one big gang that had denied rights to the minority Tamils...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
The concerns raised by the environmentalists and the allegations made by the residents in Badulla- Bandarawela areas have caused some uncertainty about whether to go ahead with the already initiated Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project. The cave-in that occurred in the Galahitiyaya area in Ambadandegama, Bandarawela on Monday (March 16) was a disastrous incident that the residents witnessed, with the…
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
Winston Churchill made insulting an art and part of a politician repertoire. When an aristocratic woman exclaimed in horror, “Sir you are drunk!” “Yes,” he said “Drunk I am sober tomorrow, but you my dear will always be ugly”.Of his Labour adversary Clement Attlee he once claimed, “His laughs come from closer to his...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
As introduction of the Bajaj RE60 Quadricycle hangs in limbo, The Department of Motor Traffic is yet to pass judgment on the vehicle and its safety aspects. Therefore it is important that its negatives and positives are explored for public interest with many allegations regarding safety being hurled at the vehicle by various parties.
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
It is very saddening to see the good willed new government struggling to achieve the “numbers” in the future elections. All and sundry are talking about ‘winning the election” and “coming to power”. This is all the politicians are interested in and the betterment of the nation is not even mentioned in the passing!...
Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00
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.
Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00
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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