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Hatara Denama Surayo [Wimal, Gammanpila, Dinesh, Vasu] - Who likes whom?  Vasu has become a child like Gammanpila, someone told me. I told him that Gammanpila has matured like Dinesh. Then he told me that Dinesh is trying to be reborn as a Champika. Then I understood that ours was a debate which had no end.
Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00
In the early weeks of November 2014, it seemed somewhat clear that Mahinda Rajapaksa was set to rule the country for at least another six years. But on 8th January 2015, when he finally went to cast his vote, even Mahinda appeared to have realized what the final verdict was going to be.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
Nationalism is an ideology born of love of nation. It recognizes and respects a collective identity. It often results in political projects sourced in the interests of that nation. Neither patriotism nor nationalism need be recognized as the highest values. Patriotism and nationalism are far from coterminous with chauvinism and/or racism. Chauvinism is a hierarchic narcissism.
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
Sikkim was an independent Buddhist Kingdom before the glorious days of the British Empire. It is located between Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Paschim Bangla. Sikkim was a monarchy since the 1600s. It is landlocked and borders Nepal and Tibet. No need to go into its long history but the British made it a protectorate when they ruled India. Sikkim allied…
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
In the week following the atrocities, a wave of moral hysteria swept France. ‘Je suis Charlie’ became almost obligatory. The Hollande/Valls message was simple: Either you were for the magazine or for the terrorists. Quite a few, now as in 2001, were for neither. These included Henri Roussel, the 80-year-old founder of Hara-Kiri, the title under which Charlie...
Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00
(This article was carried in the Asian Tribune on March 27, 2014. It is reproduced here in view of the renewed initiatives being taken by the new Sri Lankan President and the government to either conduct its own independent enquiry and/cooperate with the ongoing UNHRC enquiry) Sri Lanka is facing defeat at the UNHRC as the resolution calling for an…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The Chief Justice of a particular country was strolling down a street in deep conversation with his friend who was the Attorney General of the same country.  They suddenly see a man stabbing to death another man.  The two friends move quickly, capture the murderer, borrow a rope from a nearby house and hang him.  All is good.  Justice is…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The Institute of Indigenous Medicine together with the University of Colombo and the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka hosted ICAUST 2014 and Ayu Expo. The event was held in December under the theme ‘Ayurveda the Medicine of Today’ recently.The keynote addresses at the conference were delivered by Prof. R.R Dwivedi of the Gujarat Ayurvedic University, India, Dr. Wasia Naveed…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The new govenlment which is meant for a remarkable difference has announced that an extensive-awareness program will be conducted at school level to make national reconciliation and unity a reality, through the National Flag. The program which is to be launched immediately is a sensible move and should be appreciated, and supported by everybody who sincerely expect an...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
St Benedict’s College - Benedictine Walk and Carnival at the College ground, launching of special Sesquicenttennial Song will be held on February 7.
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
CJ 43 Shirani Bandaranayake’s reinstatement has a legal basis due to a serious loophole in the legal process adopted by the previous government when impeaching Dr. Bandaranayake, senior lawyer Saliya Pieris explained.“Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was removed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa without a request from Parliament. The motion passed in Parliament in January 2013 did not contain...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
“It was raw state power that brought Mohan Peiris in as de facto CJ. It’s the same state power that has brought back Shirani B as CJ” - Guruparan Kumaravadivel couldn’t have said it better. Can all the ‘good governance’ advocates, advocate the following, or provide answers to them
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
I have not retired, resigned or vacated my office of Chief Justice, but, due to exertions by external forces reinforced by an extra judicial chain of events, find myself displaced from office by an unconstitutional process having functioned continuously in my appointment for over two years. There are times when might overtakes right and the helpless have to succumb to...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro sent a message to the Federation of University Students on the occasion of an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of his admission to the University of Havana.Dear compañeros, In 2006, as a result of health issues which were incompatible with the time and effort required to fulfill my duties – which…
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
On Jan. 25, more than 500,000 Twitter followers of Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chairman of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) in Turkey, were dumbfounded by seeing him tweet in the Greek Cyrillic alphabet, which is fully incomprehensible to Turks. But, for careful eyes, the same tweet was reproduced in Turkish below the one in Greek. It said:...
Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00
On January 8, 2015 Sri Lankan voters voted for a President to lead the nation. The election that was to vote a President ended up with a Prime Minister being sworn in followed by close to 50 MPs majority belonging to the UNP while the rest composed of MPs that crossed over from the previous government and those that were…
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
Recent regime change in Colombo, Sri Lanka did not take place in vacuum. There was international support and networks to depose the former regime led by Mr. Rajapaksa who provided political leadership to defeat the Tamil Tigers and local political actors contributed to the scheme planned by powerful actors.
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
Along with the arrest of notorious drug kingpin Gampola Vidanalage Samantha Kumara alias Wele Suda on January 12, the hawala remittance system also commonly called the undiyal system has once again caught the attention of authorities. An informal money transfer system (IMTS), it was through this that supporters of the terrorist group LTTE were able to pump funds...
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) enjoys a Parliamentary majority.  The party has all but elected the new President as its leader, the very same individual who ran against the candidate fielded by the SLFP.  The United National Party (UNP) has the second largest number of MPs (second by a large margin, note).

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00
If there is any overall lesson from the Rajapaksa collapse, that is ‘not to abuse power or position.’ Although this lesson is loud and clear for anyone in politics, it is difficult to believe that they would readily follow it, unless strict rules are in place. That is unfortunately the present nature of politics and power. What is reassuring is...
Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

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