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The newly put up posters, banners and cutouts of candidates at the upcoming Uva Provincial Council elections greet you at several places as you enter the Province.In fact, these cutouts and banners make the province look fresher compared to the trees that have grown dull due to Mother Nature’s wrath.The two districts are buzzing with political activities. The environment
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Mary Nona of Kiulayaya, Siyambalanduwa is a feeble woman of over 80 years. Yet, she stands at the roadside with a dented vessel and a plastic bucket waiting for her quota of water. The water she is so eagerly awaiting for is being distributed by the local government and various other groups daily as a relief for drought affected families.…
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
Elections bring out the worst in people, we are compelled to conclude. Perhaps, following from that oft-quoted quotable-quote ‘power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely’, both power-aspirant and power-holder are either corrupt or are just a shade off corruption that a touch here and there is too tempting. Naturally, incumbents, having tasted power, fight to keep it. Their ‘bad’ is more
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought an international observer’s presence at the talks with the Sri Lankan Government.Responding to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s interview to The Hindu published on Thursday in which he said his government was open for talks with the TNA. The leader of the Alliance, Sampanthan said: “We are prepared to talk to him anytime,
Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Nimalka Fernando asked an interesting question when Thilini was arrested by the Police. Thilini is the woman who responded to alleged lewd remarks by a person called Selva by slapping him repeatedly (all caught on camera). Nimalka asked if the police arrest all men who beat up women.Now a situation of domestic abuse is more complicated that an insulted

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
The proposed The Department of Registration of Persons has commenced a pilot project in the Southern Province to collect information of the public with a view of introducing the Electronic National Identity Card (E-NIC).The project commenced on August 29 in 27 Grama Niladhari Divisions of the Province where officials had commenced receiving applications and information.
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) seized cosmetics products valued at Rs. 1 million from a popular salon at Isipathana Mawatha during a raid conducted on Thursday. Although many of the cosmetics had been expired, the labels had been removed while in some of the others it was altered to indicate an extended expiry date. Some of the cosmetics had
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
Starbucks customers and activists came out to participate in a demonstration calling on the company to stop sourcing milk from cows fed genetically modified crops. GMO Inside, a campaign led by Green America, a national consumer advocacy group, held this demonstration as part of a national campaign to increase awareness and visibility around the issue of genetically modified crops used
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is to issue a gazette notification which specifies the regulations governing the storage of expired products.The Gazette Notification which came into effect on August 15 makes note of the modes of storage by various retailers while banning the unwarranted storage of expired products.
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
A concerned consumer took to the social media sites, Facebook and Twitter past week to complain about finding a worm in a lunch parcel which he had bought from a well-known and popular bakery at Wellawatte. The consumer narrated of how he found a dead worm/leech (seen in the photographs) in the parcel of chicken fried rice which he had…
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
The Indian Government is planning the most radical overhaul of key consumer laws in decades to keep pace with a changing marketplace – from botched online shopping experiences and shoddy haircuts at salons to exploding mobile phones.The Ram Vilas Paswan, headed Consumer Affairs Ministry, has decided to amend the Consumer Protection Act 1986 to create a proposed National
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
Addiction is when something you enjoy – like eating chocolate, for example – becomes an obsession. You indulge so much that it begins to have a negative impact on your life.That’s why it’s so easy for many people to become addicted to drugs. The euphoria of the first experience takes over and the user stays high so much they can’t…
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
Which of the following would make you stop chewing down if you spied one while you were in a restaurant? A rodent, a cockroach, flies or ants?In an Orkin Poll, 61 percent of people said they’d keep eating if a fly landed on their food, but you shouldn’t! The fly is the worst offender!Yes - the lowly fly. And it…
Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00
The outgoing United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Navi Pillay has recently written that the conflict in Syria is “no longer a quarrel in a far away country.” This comment comes after a UN report which said that 191,000 named and listed individuals have died in the conflict from March 2011 to April 2014. Undoubtedly, there are tens of…
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00
There was a time, especially during the latter half of his stint as Chief Justice, when one felt that anything was possible with Sarath N. Silva. For a brief moment, even his critics were confused; for some of his decisions began to irk the rulers quite severely. That shrewdest of all contemporary politicians (perhaps after President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Minister
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00
Sri Lanka has come a long way since it ended the 30-year-old war by a humanitarian operation to safeguard thousands innocent civilians held by the world’s one of the dangerous guerilla organizations; Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The country took a different turn after the LTTE was defeated and the gates to the North were wide open for
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00
However much it is stated that beef is unhealthy to eat, people still have it even daily.  It may be in the form of beef burgers, stakes, roast or cooked. The reasons why beef is unhealthy to eat are far too many to mention here, but a few are as follows.Supermarkets sell beef at unbelievable prices to keep the
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00
The last time you experienced worrisome medical symptoms did you look for advice online before consulting a health-care professional? If so, you’re not alone. Consumers are increasingly turning to forums, video-sharing sites, and peer support groups to gather anecdotal information and advice, which may distract them from more reliable and trustworthy sources.
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00
Computer power cords are meant to provide juice to your device; they aren’t meant to melt or catch fire. So when that happens, it’s time for a recall. Such is the case for Hewlett-Packard.The computer company recalled six million LS-15 AC power cords in the United States and Canada because they can overheat, posing a potential fire and burn hazard,
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00
Zara has been busy apologizing today after shoppers noticed a blue-and-white horizontally striped children’s pajama top with a yellow sheriff’s star reminded them of something else, something a bit more controversial than an officer of the law — the uniform Nazis forced Jewish concentration camp prisoners to wear during the Holocaust.
Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

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