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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
There is light at the end of the tunnel they say and liars will eventually get exposed. Not bad news at all. The position taken by the Tony Abbot Government is commendable. ‘Increasingly shrill’ was what Scott Morrison Australia’s Immigration Minister called critics. Having visited Sri Lanka and toured North Sri Lanka he was in a better position to declare…
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
When Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison walked the red carpet for a last-minute pageantry ceremony where he gifted two patrol boats, the Sri Lankan Navy band couldn’t have performed a better song – the Waltzing Matilda.Referred to as the ‘unofficial anthem of Australia’, the ballad narrates the story of an itinerant worker who captures a sheep to eat,
Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00
Beedi can be identified as the cheapest smoking tobacco product in Sri Lanka and its minimum price is Rs.2 and its maximum price is Rs.3.50. The cheapest cigarettes type is Rs.10 and its maximum price is Rs.34. Although beedi is the cheapest form of tobacco smoking, 97% of the total tobacco smokers are smoking cigarettes in Sri Lanka. In the…
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
It has been clear for some time now that the positions adopted by the present regime and the UNP on the issue of accountability are somewhat similar in their ultimate effect; for fundamentally, the UNP does not critique the armed forces. We know that it is only a critique of the armed forces, or greater suspicion of its actions, that
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
Local Government officials in Aluthgama have now commenced activities to re-establish communication between communities that were affected due to the unrest in Aluthgama last month.Apart from damages to property and lives, the unrest also created a considerable gap between Sinhalese and Muslims who had been living in the area for decades. While reconstruction and rehabilitation works have gained momentum,
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00
For a government which had been very vocal in their quest for the missing Malaysian jetliner MH370, the silence over the treacherous high sea transfer of asylum seekers is deafeningTony Abbott, Australia’s Prime Minister has been teetering on his government’s proverbial plank of Immigration policy since of late. For a government which rose to power largely because it promised
Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

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