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Thousands and thousands visiting ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa is no longer news.  He is arguably the most loved post-Independence leader this country has known; this despite all his many flaws, it must be added.  What is ‘news’ and continues to make news is the fact that in an opposition-less context opposition to the current regime has to materialize outside...

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In the late 1980s the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP) was active only in 19 out of Sri Lanka’s 25 districts.  It was not present in the five districts of the North and Batticaloa District in the East. Accordingly there were 19 JVP District Secretaries. The Central Committee comprised politburo members, district secretaries and secretaries of the military wing.
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Definitions, terminologies, norms and political correctness cannot be determined by people who have built their nations and developed their political influence as a result of plundering, murdering, converting and influencing indigenous nations and people. Nevertheless that is the status quo.
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Winning a war or revolution, only to lose the subsequent peace, is one of the grim political truths of our time. In Iraq, a quick military victory over Saddam Hussein’s regime soon gave way to insurgency, civil war and the rise of the murderous Islamic State. In Libya, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, the hopes unleashed by the Arab Spring have…
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It was none other—and no less—than Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who in an interesting article in the world press, provides us with the key phrase in understanding what’s going on in this country, how we came to be at this point, who benefits and who were probably involved, what the agenda is and where we are headed.
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According to ‘Voice Against Corruption’ Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran is going to face litigation in Singapore for illegally acting as a Sri Lankan citizen. This will be an interesting phase of the continuing sordid saga surrounding Mahendran’s questionable appointment.
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Large-Scale corruption will continue to thrive so long as professionals – particularly auditors and lawyers (i) are not held accountable (ii) ‘named & shamed’ (iii) punished – for dereliction of duty and wrongdoing. Can any large-scale corruption occur without the complicity of professionals? Are not accountants and auditors the first line of defense against corruption in all entities dealing with…
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After the passage of the 19th Amendment and the dissolution of Parliament, the United National Party (UNP) will contest the next General Election seeking a mandate to set up a Constituent Assembly with the aim of drafting an entirely new Constitution, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said.
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It’s an inauspicious number.  That’s ‘13’.  The Maithripala-Ranil Regime (or Ranil-Maithripala Regime if you will) is in its 13th week.  It’s the worst so far for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party (UNP). First, a proposal for obtaining 400 billion rupees through Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament. According to some constitutional experts the defeat of this kind...

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How to win a civil war in a globalized world where insurgents skillfully exploit offshore resources? With most conflicts now being such wars, this is a question many governments are trying to answer. Few succeed, with one major exception being Sri Lanka where, after 25 years of civil war the government decisively defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)…
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CBS’ hit newsmagazine 60 Minutes devoted not one but two segments to an early-stage trial at Duke University of a cancer therapy that some patients are calling a “miracle.” It’s a genetically modified form of the polio virus, injected directly into the brains of patients with glioblastoma, a particularly deadly type of brain tumor. Eleven of the 22...
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April is a time of festivities, celebrations, the coming together of people, following of tradition, and as of late, the favorite time of the year for profit-seekers. While in the past, people of a neighborhood or village came together to play many games like Kanamutti or tug o’ war, today, these Avurudu kreeda are held by organizations that raise awareness…
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Drones play a pretty important role in the world we see today – although few of us have ever actually seen one in the flesh, almost everyone on the Internet knows they exist But what’s Sri Lanka been doing in this field? To answer that question, we decided to talk to Professor Rohan Munasinghe of the Department of Electronic and…
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Robert Neel Proctor, an American Historian of Science and Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University, while serving as a professor of the history of science at Pennsylvania State University in 1999, became the first historian to testify against the tobacco industry. I had the unique opportunity to communicate with this great writer personally and gather...
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Dr. Amarasekara is turning politics into a novel or short story. For MR politics is a teledrama. For Champika politics is a fairy tale. For Wimal politics is a folk tale. For RW politics is an absurd drama. For  Nimal Siripala politics is a court case. For Prof Nalin politics is an equation where unlike in mathematics he can obtain...

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The Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) plans an awareness campaign among school students and their parents regarding what it claims is a concerted effort to privatize the country’s education system. IUSF Convener Najith Indika claimed the awareness campaign will be initiated in a few weeks as part of a wide-ranging program by university students to get their message across to…
Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 02:22

The United States of America has a huge HR problem. Actually it has two HR problems to deal with. The first refers to its problematic fascination with ‘human rights’ issues all over the world even as the very eyes that scour the world and note rights abuses do not see Washington’s own violations and complicity in other violations.

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Christians have recalled and celebrated the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus every Sunday from the earliest times, often secretly in hiding in the catacombs. With the passing of a couple of centuries and the cessation of persecutions in Rome, the Church had more freedom and got organized. The “Mystery of Christ” – the unfathomable truths of the prophecies of…
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New Year shoppers have the assurance of being protected from the gimmicks of traders this festive season because the authorities have taken several measures to tighten the screws on cheats.  According to the Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), Rumy Marzook, 7,500 errant traders were apprehended by the CAA last month. When queried regarding the plans of the CAA…
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Imagine having to pay for every bottle of drinking water. Water, a product that’s currently a free resource, might soon come with price tags. For some companies, it already has. Nestlé, a leading nutrition, health and wellness company is well on its way to bottle and sell fresh drinking water, depriving communities surrounding its factory of the very same.
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