Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

In Search Of A Dishonest Face »

The story of Diogenes, the founder of Cynic philosophy, walking around Athens around 2600 years ago in daylight with a lighted lamp in search of an honest face, is well…

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The leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe being sworn in as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat

President And The Constitution »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Almost since the day he assumed office as President, incumbent Maithripala Sirisena has been asserting his ‘right’ of sorts to invite a Prime Minister of his…

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Entitlement And Impunity – A Deadly Combination »

Watching the cloud of corruption that seemed to have lifted with the defeat of the Rajapaksa Regime descending again on their successors, fills one with not only a sense of…

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Do Small States Need Nuclear Deterrents? »

Pakistan’s motivation for nuclear weapons arose from a need to prevent nuclear blackmail by India. Had Iraq and Libya been nuclear powers they wouldn’t have been destroyed the way we…

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The existing number of 225 MPs is an unproductive assemblage for Sri Lanka

Holistic Approach Necessary »

To Improve our Political Administration system by Bernard Fernando I read with interest Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe’s ‘Suggestions for improving the quality of our legislators’ presented at an OPA seminar. He…

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… And Sadly, A Bronze Medal Was Lost »

THERE was a time when the business of conducting inter-schools rugby was under the purview of the Sri Lanka RFU, the parent body. That was in the spacious days when…

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Royal College Principal B. A. Abeyratna receiving the sponsorship agreement from Global Housing & Real Estate (Pvt) Ltd. Directress, Priyanthi Abeydeera

Cricketers, Bring Back Lost Image And Stature »

Not intriguing, but mind boggling why cricketers, particularly in Asian, African countries, are gradually transforming their elegant, graceful appearance of being a cricketer, and usually were called ‘gentlemen to the…

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Wijeyadasa To Resign Tomorrow »

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 by Indika Sri Aravinda Minister of Justice and Buddhasasana Affairs Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe is expected to announce his resignation tomorrow. Sources…

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Deals Discussed As SLFP Members Look To Switch »

 by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in the government and the joint opposition are discussing deals as…

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Over 700 Army Deserters Arrested In Special Operation »

 Over 700 army deserters have been arrested in a special operation launched by the military, the Army media unit said.…

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Committee To Meet PM On Constitution »

A 21-member committee will hold talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the new Constitution, Minister Mano Ganeshan said. He…

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India, Singapore Show Interest In Mannar Basin »

 India and Singapore have shown interest in exploring for oil and gas in the Mannar Basin. Saliya Wickramasuriya, former Director…

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Solheim Suspects Prabhakaran’s Son Was Executed »

 Former Norwegian peace mediator Erik Solheim suspects that the 12-year-old son of Vellupillai Prabhakaran was captured by the Sri Lankan…

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Sri Lanka Says Relations With Pakistan Cordial And Friendly »

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Sri Lanka says Pakistan and Sri Lanka have a long history of very cordial and friendly relations and both countries…

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Protection Sought For Sri Lankan Migrant Workers In Qatar »

 The government has been urged to take steps to protect Sri Lankan migrant workers in Qatar. Local civil society groups…

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PCCSL Expresses Concern Over Reporting Of Rape Cases »

 The attention of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka Secretariat (PCCSL) has been drawn to the publication of photographs…

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Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Gambit »

Signing of Hambantota Port agreement

by Abhijit Singh Late last month, Colombo inked a revised version of a $1.1 billion deal for leasing the Hambantota port to a Chinese state-run company. The port has been controversial ever since the China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) signed a framework agreement in December…

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NPC Hands Tied, Cannot Act On IGP »

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by  Indika Sri Aravinda The National Police Commission (NPC) will not act against IGP Pujith Jayasundara over a recent incident, as it is legally unable to. NPC Secretary Ariyadasa Cooray said that the NPC can investigate and take action only on the Police service but…

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Audit Report Alerts Parliament On CPC »

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by Ranjith Gunawardena The recent protest jointly organised by the Petroleum unions collective ended with the Government declaring fuel distribution as an essential service. Even the head of the National Trade Union Centre, which is affiliated to JVP member K. D. Lalkantha was also seen…

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Prison Overcrowding Spills Over, Inmate Assaulted »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Prison overcrowding has been a long standing issue which is yet to be resolved and has now led to an inmate being assaulted. The 22 year old inmate was assaulted after he raised the overcrowding issue with the authorities, The Sunday Leader…

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Hambantota Port PPP, Important Step Towards Maritime Hub – CCC »

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Ceylon Chamber of Commerce says it appreciates the steps taken to develop the Hambantota Port as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as it marks an important step towards the goal of positioning Sri Lanka as a full-service maritime hub nation. The Chamber said in a…

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No Drugs At Parliament Pharmacy »

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne  and Vijitha Herath

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Expensive drugs prescribed for Parliamentarians are not available at the Parliament pharmacy,” said Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne. It is reported that there is no medicines at the Parliament pharmacy that caters to the medical needs of Parliamentarians. According to most of…

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Light At End Of The Tunnel For Victims Of Political Vengeance »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The government has taken measures to pay compensation to those subjected to political vengeance. Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan said as a first step 1,565 persons subjected to political vengeance will be compensated by December…

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Editorial

Wanted: Positive Results Not Political Antics »

We reiterate once again that it is time the Yahapalanaya government gives serious consideration to settle down and bring about tangible results for the benefit…

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LG Polls Postponed Unnecessarily – Elections Commissioner »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya  asked the people and the political parties to actively get involved in protecting the country’s democracy and rule…

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Shiranthi Squanders Rs. 25 Million In Five Days »

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From tax payers’ hard-earned money… by Nirmala Kannangara Although the extravagant expenses made by the Rajapaksa family during their time was not a secret, it…

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I Regret We Could Not Spend More Time With Prabhakaran Says Erick Solheim »

Erick Solheim, Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prabhakaran and Former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar

Erik Solheim, the Norwegian peace mediator in the 30-year-long Sri Lanka civil war, breaks his silence on his controversial role in a conversation with WION’s…

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TNA’s Relationship With Government On The Rocks »

TNA leader R. Sampanthan and President Maithripala

by our Jaffna correspondent The relationship between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the government is on the rocks with Tamils in the North losing…

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CID Sees Links To Jeep And Thajudeen Murder »

Shiranthi Rajapaksa recieving the jeep, Wasim Thajudeen with a child

by Nirmala Kannangara Despite concrete evidence the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is now in possession about the Defender Jeep Sri Lanka Red Cross Society handed…

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  • Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe poses for a selfie during the opening of the ‘Heta Dakina Ranil’ photographic exhibition at BMICH last week
Picture by Lalith Perera

  • China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang hands over a cheque to  the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education Madawa Devasurendra at the Chinese Embassy during an event last week to grant Chinese Government Scholarships to Sri Lankan students

  • The Navy assisting devotees who toiled themselves in the traditional foot pilgrimage (Pada Yathra) from the Northern Province to the Kataragama Devalaya

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake hosted both Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Vivian Balakrishan for a breakfast meeting at the Colombo Hilton during their visit to Sri Lanka last week

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  • Students Action Committee of the South Asian Institute of Technology & Medicine (SAITM) conducted a Bodhi Pooja at the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya to invoke blessings

  • Family members of the university students, who protested against the SAITM private medical campus, stage a protest in Fort in violation of a court order
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Eateries Threaten Closure As Polythene Ban Nears

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  The government has banned polythene lunch sheets from September 1 and certain demands have been made by the restaurateurs. But in the event these demands are not met, all eateries around the country…

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Focus TNA leader R. Sampanthan and President Maithripala

TNA’s Relationship With Government On The Rocks

by our Jaffna correspondent The relationship between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the government is on the rocks with Tamils in the North losing faith in the administration. The TNA has said enough is enough…

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Expose A section of the Presidential Suite

Shiranthi Squanders Rs. 25 Million In Five Days

From tax payers’ hard-earned money… by Nirmala Kannangara Although the extravagant expenses made by the Rajapaksa family during their time was not a secret, it had now come to light how former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa…

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LG Polls Postponed Unnecessarily – Elections Commissioner

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya  asked the people and the political parties to actively get involved in protecting the country’s democracy and rule of law. The worst thing to do is to remain silent.…

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Sri Lanka Proposes Preferential Trade Agreement With Turkey

Sri Lanka has proposed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Turkey to strengthen economic relations between the two countries. On the invitation by the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Sri Lanka a Ministerial Delegation…

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Lankans Hope New Skipper Tharanga Will Spark ChangeOf Fortunes

Five-match ODI Series begins today in Dambulla Sri Lanka are looking to new captain UpulTharanga for a change in fortunes in the one-day international series starting today against India after enduring a humiliating Test whitewash on…

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A Life Snatched Away By Dengue

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya We well understand the uncertainty of life. But, there are many who live as if they are here to stay forever, perhaps knowingly or un-knowingly. Yet, among them there is a handful who…

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