Columns by Gamini Weerakoon

It’s How You Played The Game, Mr. Minister »

A common feature of parliamentary democracies around the world is that cabinet ministers and those of lesser ranks need not be qualified or even knowledgeable about the subjects that are…

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Will TNA Field Wigneswaran As Chief Minister In NPC Polls-2018? »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  All is well that ends well – or, so goes the old adage. For the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, it…

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A Hell Of A Ward! »

I have, from time to time, when writing about other issues, dropped in “vignettes” from my time in a Provincial facility designated as a “Teaching Hospital.” Those remarks made in…

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Will America Enter Land War In Syria? »

American President’s Donald Trump’s earlier pronouncements of improving relations with Russia and Syria and non-intervention in conflicts of foreign nations have now been reduced to shambles within six months of…

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Decisive Decision To Be Taken On SriLankan Board »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena is to take a decisive decision on the SriLankan Airlines board of management, sources…

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Police Commission Orders Report From IGP »

By Indika Sri Aravinda The National Police Commission has ordered a report from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara…

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President Tells Ministers To Keep Mobiles Off »

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed his Ministers to keep their mobile phones off during cabinet meetings. Sources said that the…

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Wijeyadasa’s Hard Hitting Statement Stuns Diplomats »

By Easwaran Rutnam A statement made in Parliament last week by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stunned western diplomats based in…

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MR Says No Talks With MS On SLFP »

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will not have any talks with President Maithripala Sirisena on the Sri Lanka Freedom…

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GMOA Suspends Strike After Talks »

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) yesterday suspended a strike launched on Thursday following talks with President Maithripala Sirisena. Earlier, Health Ministry sources…

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Minor extremist group has challenged democracy – FM »

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Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that a people’s government cannot keep mum at a time when a minor extremist group…

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‘Culprits’ In Weliamuna Report Still Hold Positions »

Ajith Dias and Kabir Hashim

Some SLA Board Members get allowances up to Rs. 4 million by Nirmala Kannangara Chairman and Board of Directors of Sri Lankan Airline’s failure to  take decisions with the concurrence of its subject Minister and working on their own accord has led to the sad…

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Departments Under Law And Order Ministry Ignore Request Under RTI »

Jagath Wijeweera and IGP Pujith Jayasundara

by Nirmala Kannangara It is now proved how incompetent the country’s Law and Order Ministry and the institutions that comes under it are, following the offices of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB)…

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Victims Want Perpetrators Punished, Not Compensation »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Renowned journalist Poddala Jayantha has expressed suspicion that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government was behind his abduction and assault. Having left the country after the incident he has requested the CID to take on the investigations regarding his case. Accordingly, the CID has…

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Political Hand Seen Behind Anti-SAITM Protests »

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by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya Protests continued last week against the SAITM private medical campus in Malabe resulting in public property being damaged. A strike by doctors on the SAITM issue led to hundreds of patients being affected. President Maithripala Sirisena had stated that there is a political…

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Govt. Takes Further Strides On Human Rights Issue »

Ranil Wickremesinghe

by our Political Correspondent The government took further strides last week to address the human rights issue by deciding to appoint a committee headed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to look at implementing the recommendations on Sri Lanka by the UN Human Rights Council in…

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Tamil Nadu Makes Fresh Push For Katchatheevu »

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Tamil Nadu is making a fresh push to retrieve Katchatheevu from Sri Lanka as the Indo-Lanka fishermen dispute continues. More Indian fishermen were arrested last week while poaching in Sri Lankan waters, forcing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami to demand the Indian government to…

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Sri Lanka’s Energy Generation Plan Raises Eyebrows »

Preeni Witanage, Thilak Siyabalapitiya and Jayantha Wijesinghe

Planning and implementation are key issues of generation plans by Ifham Nizam Sri Lanka’s electricity sector faces a crisis situation due to the lack of proper planning and implementation of the Long term generation expansion plan (LTGP), the electricity generation plan, renowned energy expert Dr…

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Challenges Before The National Government »

Talks commenced last week between the UNP and SLFP in the Joint National Council of the two parties to renew for another period their memorandum…

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MR Could Not Achieve A Honorable Solution For Tamils – Douglas Devananda »

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Former Minister Douglas Devananda says the political situation in the country has become more democratic, tolerant and conducive for the Tamil people to express their frustrations…

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Media And Christian Organisations Raise Concerns »

Attorney-at-Law Lakshan Dias and Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe

Justice Minister’s Statement Threatening Lakshan by Ifham Nizam Hundreds of prominent individuals covering various spectrums and more than 30 organisations had come hard on a…

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Urgent Measures Being Taken To Address Food Crisis »

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The government is on an overdrive in an attempt to address a food security crisis which is expected to arise in the country during the…

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No Lands For Those Who Deserve It »

Sandun Thudugala and Bandiwewa Diyasena Thera of Kalpitiya Samudrasanna Viharaya

by Dileesha Abesundara - Pictures Prasad Purnamal The National Land Commission is proposed to be activated and all the country’s land issues will be brought under…

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A Conspiracy Theory: Tread With Extreme Caution, Sri Lanka! »

Is political victory at an election purely the result of Peoples majority will?

by Chrishmal Warnasuriya The first lessons taught to any student of the science of politics almost invariably includes a reference to the 16th century Florentine…

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70,000 Suspected Dengue Cases »

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by Ifham Nizam Nearly 70,000 suspected Dengue cases were reported island – wide during the first six months of this year, the Epidemiology Unit of…

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All Must Stand Together Against Religious Extremism »

A multiplicity of racist attacks are erupting in different parts of the country and affecting different ethnic and religious communities. The widespread and systematic attacks…

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  • A patient sleeps on a bench at the Colombo national hospital during a strike by government doctors last week over the SAITM issue
Picture by Lalith Perera

  • President Maithripala Sirisena joined thousands of yoga enthusiasts at Independence Square in Colombo yesterday to celebrate the International Day of Yoga 2017. The event, organised by the Indian High Commission in Colombo, was attended by a number of Ministers and officials, apart from public at large

  • Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Sri Lanka Navy Commander Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne joined U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap to visit the captain and crew aboard the USS Lake Erie to express their appreciation for the flood relief work provided by U.S. Navy sailors visiting Sri Lanka.

  • Journalist Dileesha Abeysundara of our sister newspaper ‘Irudina’ won an international award for 
her contribution to online media. She received the award at an event in Germany

  • A group of monks spend some time with an elephant at a Temple in Aluthgama last week. This week marks three years since the riots in Aluthgama sparked by a group led by some monks
Picture by Lalith Perera

  • A Chinese medic attends to a girl affected by the floods in Bulathsinhala in Kalutara.
Picture by Lalith Perera

  • The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Laï Margue and Higher Education Minister Lakshman Kiriella toast EU-Sri Lanka relations at an EU Day reception held in Colombo last week

Picture by M. Zarani

  • Religious leaders stand next to Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran at a memorial event held in Mullivaikkal last Thursday to remember the victims of the final stages of the war

  • Armed Indian officers were part of the security contingent giving protection to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Norwood on Friday
Picture by Lalith Perera

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Spotlight Ajith Dias and Kabir Hashim

‘Culprits’ In Weliamuna Report Still Hold Positions

Some SLA Board Members get allowances up to Rs. 4 million by Nirmala Kannangara Chairman and Board of Directors of Sri Lankan Airline’s failure to  take decisions with the concurrence of its subject Minister and working…

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Will TNA Field Wigneswaran As Chief Minister In NPC Polls-2018?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  All is well that ends well – or, so goes the old adage. For the ruling Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, it could well be just that and…

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Departments Under Law And Order Ministry Ignore Request Under RTI

by Nirmala Kannangara It is now proved how incompetent the country’s Law and Order Ministry and the institutions that comes under it are, following the offices of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Criminal Investigation Department…

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MR Could Not Achieve A Honorable Solution For Tamils – Douglas Devananda

Former Minister Douglas Devananda says the political situation in the country has become more democratic, tolerant and conducive for the Tamil people to express their frustrations and grievances openly without fear and intimidation. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party…

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Govt. Hopes To Conclude FTA Talks By December

The government hopes to conclude talks with China on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by December. Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama briefed the cabinet last week on the progress of the talks…

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Even contest expected In Women’s World Cup

ICC Women’s World Cup – Preview With history set to be made and the joy of the ICC Champions Trophy still fresh in mind, excitement could barely be higher for the start of the 11th edition…

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Wounded Victims Of Sri Lanka’s Child Marriage Law

In Sri Lanka the legal marriage age is 18, but under a decades-old community law, much younger Muslim girls can get married. As calls grow for this law to be amended, BBC Sinhala’s Saroj Pathirana meets…

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