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Many Parliamentarians from both the government and the opposition spoke to journalists immediately after President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered his Budget Speech on Friday (October 24). While many government MPs were unanimous in their praise for Budget 2015, calling it the best they had ever seen, opposition MPs were equally unanimous in dismissing it as a budget solely targeting the next…
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
Ambassador of Japan Nobuhito Hobo formally awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation to Vice Patron of the Japan Sri Lanka Technical Cultural Association (JASTECA), Lal De Alwis on behalf of the Foreign Minister of Japan at a special ceremony held on October 13, 2014 at the Ambassador’s residence in Colombo in the presence of a distinguished gathering.
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
Sententious Martial Art display, which was organized by the 62nd Division of the Sri Lanka Army was held recently at the Division premises in Vavuniya to celebrate the Division’s fourth anniversary. The Division reached its fourth milestone on September 10, and the event has been organized as a part of the anniversary celebrations.
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
It is four years since the 18th Amendment to the Constitution came into effect. It was dismissed at the time and occasionally since then as a subversion of the democratic spirit and further entrenchment of dictatorial provisions in the J R Jayewardene Constitution of 1978.Now, four years later, the 18th Amendment is in the news ago. There’s little or no
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
The Oppositional civil society effort to prevent Mahinda Rajapaksa from running a third time is stupidly counterproductive. Who does it think will be the candidate if Mahinda were to be disqualified? Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, that’s who—and he will secure the support of the Buddhist clergy, the JHU, BBS, NFF, the armed forces and their families and the Sinhala Buddhist business communit
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
Both the English and the Sinhala written and electronic media are inundated with speculations and narratives of the possible presidential election. The debates of a common candidate, ‘uncommon candidate’, thoughts of jumping the ship, breaking the governing coalition, unconstitutionality of a third term for the incumbent president, rivalries within the parties,
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
The fight against hunger forges ahead around the world, with 805 million people who still do not have enough to eat, a lot more still needs to be done. Throughout the world, family farmers play a crucial socio-economic, environmental and cultural role which, amid serious challenges, needs to be cherished and strengthened through innovation.Recognizing this, the United Nations designated 2014…
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
We welcome accomplished individuals, based in Asia, with at least five years of professional journalism experience in any medium.  The AJF is a residential program requiring full participation throughout the three-month period. Fellows receive a return air fare, accommodation and a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Your complete application must be received by the stated deadline.
Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00
Ms Harshani Wijesooriya (25) of Keselgoda, Yakkala on Wednesday (15) tied nuptial knots with her dream prince whom everybody thought was dead and gone after six years of uncertainty. Her wedding ceremony with Lance Corporal D.G Mahinda Premalal of 10 Gajaba Regiment, now a disable war hero, resident at Ragama Ranaviru Sevana, took place at Gampaha Senethma Reception Hall on…
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Dayan Jayatilleka in an article published in the Colombo Telegraph (How a weak opposition could still play it smart) offers that the Opposition is actually helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa secure a third term. He claims that the Opposition has picked the wrong slogan, that of ‘constitutional change’ when ‘it has little prospect of acting as a rallying cry among millions

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been loved more than any other leader because he makes sure to be close to the common people. He has a special ability to realize the aspirations of people and look for ways to assist them. Here, you see two photographs captured by our photo journalist Chamila
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited the Northern Province last week and attended many programs. He visited Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Delft and several other locations inspecting the development programs which were implemented by the government, just after the defeat of the LTTE in 2009.President Rajapaksa, who was in Anuradhapura on Sunday morning (Oct 12), arrived in Kilinochchi to distribute
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
Here’s the ‘word on the street’ or rather ‘word on the walls’ on Saturday October 18, 2014: ‘hqfrdamd ix.uh LTTE ;yku bj;a lrhs rks,a hqfrdamfhka jev wrUhs.’ (The EU lifts LTTE ban – Ranil embarks (on campaign) from Europe).’ It is a neat juxtaposition. The first part is true in part. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) annulled the EU…
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00
“A clear contradiction in terms”, as any sane person would say.Since 1978 the Constitution which is the Supreme Law of Sri Lanka stipulated in Article 31(2) that: “No person who has been twice elected to the office of President by the People shall be qualified thereafter to be elected to such office by the People.”
Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The revelations by the website Colombo Telegraph pointing to fraud and deceit by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in an article titled ‘Exposé: Center for Policy Alternatives defrauded and hoodwinked donors,’ (see page 5) are serious and damaging to say the least.   Obtaining funds from multiple donors for a single project, submitting invoices for workshops never held, double-billing and entering non-p

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
In a damning indictment of the controversial NGO, the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), and its all-powerful Executive Director Dr Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, the website “Colombo Telegraph” (www.colombotelegraph.com) has exposed the organization’s scant regard for transparency and accountability as well as multiple instances of fraud and subsequent cover-up. 
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
From the central highlands of Sri Lanka comes the disturbing news of an illegal gem mine that has ploughed through roughly 75 acres of Horton Plains. The mine lies less than 10 kilometers from the Bogawantalawa Estate. Nestled between the estate and Kirigalpoththa, the chain of mines appears like a grassland on aerial photos.
Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00
Whereas a complaint made by Dr. W.D Rodrigo P.C that the Respondent the Nation News Paper (sic) published a News Paper statement (sic) dated 10/11/2013 under “ Law College Rocked By Scandal” carried untrue and improper statement (sic) and committed a breach of the Code of Journalists Ethics and Whereas the Council held an inquiry into the said complaint and…
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00
(This is the second and final part of an essay on the dealings and thinking of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The first part of this essay was published in ‘The Nation’ on September 28, 2014 under the title ‘TNA’s truncated diplomacy?’.)The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has demonstrated an obsession with calls for interventions via foreign observers, international probes, advice…
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00
Most ordinary people believe that there is no morality where there is no religion. Irreligious people are immoral, they think. This feeling is strong particularly among those who belong to god-based religions. Rational thinkers, who are profoundly concerned with ethics, hold that this is a wrong view. But we have evidence to believe that
Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

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