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It had to happen that way, and the break was only possible with a serious split within the regime. The moment had come for members of the SLFP to take the plunge. And when finally Mr. Wasantha Senanayake, MP, crossed over (the first member of the brave ‘suicide squad’) and mentioned that he knew who the common candidate was, the...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Former Chairman of the Panadura Urban Council and first Chairman of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Nandana Gunathileke was the first notable figure to resign from the ruling UPFA Government states that many irregularities were taking place and they were unattended by the party leadership. The veteran politician began his politics from the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna where he ended…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
The normally intransigent Tamil National Alliance has suddenly started acting as if they care about presidential politics in Sri Lanka. The president, deputy president and at least one of the deputy secretaries of the TNA have been making coy statements about who the Alliance will support if a presidential election were to be held next year. Wow, the TNA seem...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
About a year and a half back, in an article titled “The Spirit of Giving”, I mentioned that Sri Lanka is a nation of givers. Well, apparently hardcore statistics also seem to indicate that as well. In this year’s World Giving Index (WGI) that has just been published, Sri Lanka as a nation ranks #9 overall in a survey done…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
A consumer wrote to The Nation newspaper recently inquiring about a labeling on Biscuit Pudding product which was purchased on  November 16, but the label stated that the item as being manufactured on 17th  instead.When The Nation Consumer Desk inquired from the management of Perera & Sons, the General Manager, Parakrama Dassanayake acknowledged the error and cited that it had…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
The Consumer Affairs Department has moved a Cabinet proposal to bring e-commerce through all electronic modes, including through e-tailers such as Flipkart, Amazon, makemytrip, bookmyshow, and even direct selling under the Consumer Protection Law (CPL). Moreover, if tele-shoppers and e-tailers fail to take back defective items and return the amount paid by a customer within a month even after a…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Consumers used to having the ability to make hotel cancellations the day of arrival for free had better get their wallets out next time they try to do so at Hilton or Marriott hotels. The two chains are apparently taking a lesson from the airline industry and implementing a fee for last-minute reservation cancellations. The New York Times reports that...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
A new research by the San Diego Health Sciences department at the University of California has revealed that Triclosan, an antimicrobial commonly found in soaps pose health hazards such as liver fibrosis and cancer.  The research findings which was released on Science Daily on November 17 discloses that despite its widespread use, presents a valid risk of liver toxicity for…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
While you’re munching on sticks of margarine and snorfing down packaged snacks, is there a nagging feeling tugging at your brain? Like there’s something you have to remember but… It’s gone, and one group of researchers says it’s that consumption of Trans fats that can do some damage to your memory. The study was presented this week at the American...
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
Early days. Remember that. Keep in mind also that in a 40-day run each day counts and that ‘early’ can quickly bleed into ‘late’ and ‘too late’. That said, let’s consider Maithripala Sirisena’s press conference on Friday November 20, 2014 where he announced he would be the ‘common candidate’ of the Opposition.
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00
‘Why don’t you write anything about the common candidate?’ This is a question that was put to me by several people over the last few days. ‘What can I say?’ was the only response I could offer. There’s nothing to say, really. The Rajapaksa Regime (not the UPFA) has been asking a question in a derisive tone. Well, that question…
Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Tilvin Silva of the JVP made an interesting point at the commemoration of comrades slain in 1988-89: ‘Mahinda has already run half the race.’  The constitution favors incumbent.  Authorities turn a blind eye on the abuse of state resources and indeed the institutional arrangement is so poor in terms of checks and balances that this is a ‘given’.  Citizens have, sadly,...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
Jaffna District Parliamentarian and General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), Douglas Devananda, says that he welcomed the Supreme Court determination that allowed President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the Presidential polls for the third time since he was the only leader to provide a dignified peace to the country where all people are treated equal.
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
As mentioned last week, after much soul searching I had decided to request Kosher (Jewish) meals on my flights to Colombo from Calgary. Buddhism and Judaism, it should be noted, count heavily on the concept of guilt to keep the flock in line. We all ARE guilty of something or will be sometime in the future. Buddhists also have to....
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00
One of the striking features of a country as beautiful as New Zealand is just how laid back the natives are. It’s almost as if they are horizontal. They are generally chatty and would even crack jokes with a stranger. Being friendly is just part of their nature.The Kiwis have a phenomena they call the ‘Number 8 wire’. The ‘Number…
Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Twenty-five years ago a man was killed. He was one of some 60,000 who had been killed in those gruesome days of the late eighties. It is reported that he had been tortured and shot. It is reported that he was still alive when he was tossed into the incinerator at the General Cemetery, Borella. This was at the tail end...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
The world was told that the UN investigation would be transparent and fair. The modus operandi behind blank UNHRC war crimes forms given by TNA to LTTE cadres to obtain signatures does not exactly fit into the category of transparent or fair. The arrest of an LTTE un-rehabilitated cadre by Sri Lankan State authorities has put the cat out of...
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
Sun Master was born in Pooneryn as Avalpullei Wijendran in1975 and then moved to Vavuniya after his education. He started giving tuition to the youth in Vavuniya and gained immense popularity in the area.He had been a member of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF). During the war, he has been an advisor of the LTTE Political Wing...
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
GENEVA (7 November 2014) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday criticized the continuing attacks by the Sri Lankan Government on the integrity of the UN Human Rights Office’s ongoing investigation into alleged grave human rights violations and abuses in Sri Lanka, and condemned the intimidation of human rights defenders and individuals who may…
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00
Following the News Release on November 7, 2014 by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning disinformation designed to discredit the UN investigation on Sri Lanka, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva has sent a communiqué  to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

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