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The gains made by the Democratic Party (DP) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) at the recently concluded elections for the Southern and Western Provincial Councils, along with modest performances by the ruling party and the main opposition party as well as a relatively lower voter turnout can be read in many ways.  One explanation has been dissatisfaction with the

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Terrorism experts have called on Sri Lanka to formulate a mechanism to dismantle the international network of the LTTE that has been active during the past five years despite its defeat in Sri Lanka.The recent developments pertaining to the revival of the organization in Sri Lanka has prompted local authorities to seek international assistance to prevent
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
During the last phase of Eelam War IV in 2008/09, the LTTE attempted an international heist that is unprecedented in world history. They used 320,000 of their own people to manufacture a picture of an ‘impending humanitarian disaste’ so that concerned international forces would intervene and impose a ceasefire or effect a rescue operation. These entrapped Tamil people were not…
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
Buy a snow blower (to remove the flake between his ears). Try and make Niagara Falls flow upwards. Prorogue parliament again to prevent details of Canadian torture in Afghanistan coming out. Meditate on Sri Lanka re-sourcing imports of $321million in Canadian wheat, lentils, etc., annually.
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
I am a follower and, to some extent a practitioner, of the truth. There are physical approaches to truth such as science and metaphysical approaches to it through the spiritual teaching of the great ones. The scientific method has a history of about 400 years and specific scientific truths generally have a shelf life of about 20. The truth spoken…
Full Article Sunday, 20 April 2014 00:00
Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, we all believe that government should be transparent and accountable, right?How should we decide where we stand on a controversial government policy? A crucial first step is to try to establish key facts in the public record.CIA chief John Brennan - the same guy who has led efforts to obstruct the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
World attention has focused on Ukraine recently. With President Victor Yanukovych making his exit and a new government formed, events shifted to Crimea, with accusations that the Russian military took over the region.Yanukovych, resurfacing in a Russian town, said he left as his life was at risk, the new regime is illegitimate, and he is still the President.
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Just when the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) had finished flexing its muscles by adopting a United States initiated resolution against Sri Lanka demanding an international inquiry, Colombo responded this week by saying that it would not co-operate with any such investigation.
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
Several miles towards Matara from the city of Galle, one arrives at the village of Koggala. It is in fact a strange ‘hybrid’ between a village and a city. A Free Trade Zone with some factories, several hotels and an airstrip give the air of modernization to the area. But, just beside these modern buildings, you can observe the villagers,
Full Article Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:36
 “How was your trip?” Ibrahim your Fulani guide asks, taking your right hand in both his hands, avoiding your eyes as he welcomes you. He has waited for close to an hour under the bridge after the SDP junction in Gwagwalada. There are no creases of impatience on his face when you see him from afar. No complaints. Only gratitude
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
Eighteen years ago, I watched a portly left-handed genius deftly guide a ball past the vacant slips to the boundary. The “little Sri Lankans”, to use the words of the late Tony Grieg, had done the impossible and beaten the mighty Australians to win the Cricket World Cup. The words little and Sri Lankan were never to be used in…
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
Consumers have been advised not to accept toffees and candies instead of balance money in groceries and retail shops.The National Movement for Protecting Consumer Rights (NMPCR) has requested consumers to demand cash the shop keeper or owner owes them instead of accepting candies.
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Workshop on ‘Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary (SPS) Standards and Export of fresh fruits and vegetables to the European Union (EU) for Food and Drug Inspectors (FDIs), Exporters, Processors and other relevant Stakeholders’ was successfully concluded recently at the Renuka City Hotel. An outcome of the workshop was the formation of a committee consisting of all stakeholders,
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
Sri Lankan Government has removed all taxes on rice imports to help improve supplies amid drought conditions in several parts of the country this year.Accordingly, the government has also urged farmers to reduce rice cultivation by 50 percent and grow crops that consume less water. If production drops this year, Sri Lanka’s rice imports could increase significantly.
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
The Ministry of Transport along with Sri Lanka Customs may withhold the number of imported full-face helmets from entering the country if it does not comply with accepted standards.Speaking at media briefing, Gamini Ekanayaka Chairman of the National Council for Road Safety cited that many full-face helmets available in the market do not comply with the required standards.
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
The Ceylon Electricity Board has cited that it would be able to provide uninterrupted supply of electricity during the festive season due to the addition of 600 megawatts to the national grid since a machine, which is part of the second stage of the Norochcholai Thermal Power station is now functioning.
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) has arrested 123 errant traders who have sold rice ignoring the certified price stipulated by the government.Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade, Johnston Fernando has instructed the investigation units of the CAA to conduct raids countrywide to arrest the errant traders who sell rice at excessive prices during the festive season.
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
IN one of the largest safety-related announcements in recent years, Toyota said on April 9 that it plans to recall nearly 6.4m vehicles, or closer to 7m if you include cars that the Japanese company produced for others, including General Motors and Subaru. The recall covers 27 models for a number of defects, some related to steering wheels and airbags. 
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
Gastritis is one of the most reoccurring and growing medical problems in Sri Lanka, which silently plagues those even in the best of health, said Dr. Sumith Rajapura from the Rajapura Weda Medura in Pelawatta. “Today Gastritis is on the increase due to a range of factors associated with the stressful and busy lifestyles,” he said. “We find that
Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00
When one considers the issues that have emerged following the Geneva resolution, it is only natural that any perceptive observer should ask the question, ‘Has a new approach to divide the country been initiated following the Geneva session?’ Such a question is prompted by a number of factors that have surfaced at the moment.
Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00

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