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The ‘Truth’ Seekers »

The fact that each and every day Sri Lanka is alleged to have been sold to somebody or the other is proof that it has not been sold There are…

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Jayalalitha’s Ghost Haunts Bizarre Indian Political Blockbuster »

V. K. Shashikala was a video cassette seller who was rescued from obscurity by Jayalalitha about two decades ago Shashikala on the death of JJ, though officially not holding any…

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Trump’s Sri Lanka? »

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  Rather than fighting American wars elsewhere, if only to secure the ‘homeland’ from military/militant attacks, and/or its economy, he seems keen to protect and strengthen that…

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Boxing’s Troubles Deepen »

BOXING fans don’t have to guess that all hasn’t been well with the sport’s administration lately. They smell it, they know it. The three-year denial of their solitary refreshment of…

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Indian Woman Seeks Ban On Porn Websites »

NEW DELHI, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — An Indian woman has approached the country’s Supreme Court and sought an immediate ban on all pornographic websites, claiming that her husband has become…

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News

Keith’s Abduction: Army Major, Two Soldiers Arrested »

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by Easwaran Rutnam The soldiers were arrested following investigations conducted based on a statement given by Noyahr, who is overseas.…

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JHU To Contest With UNFGG »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has decided to contest the next election under the United National Front…

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Army Hits Out At Allegations Made By CBK »

By Easwaran Rutnam  The Army has rejected claims made by former President Chandrika Kumaratunga that Tamil women face widespread sexual exploitation by…

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Decision On GSP On May 15 »

By Easwaran Rutnam  The European Union (EU) is to decide on Sri Lanka’s application for Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus…

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Deal On Diesel Power Questioned »

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya  A deal signed by the Ministry of Power and Energy to purchase electricity from diesel based independent…

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Lee Hopes FTA Can Wrap Up In 2017 »

The Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) will hopefully be completed this year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in…

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Jaishankar To Discuss Lanka’s Stand At UNHRC »

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is likely to discuss how far the Sri Lankan government has gone in the matter…

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Editor's Pick

More Questions Than Answers On SAITM »

South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), GMOA’s proposals presented to President Maithripala Sirisena in order to ensure patients’ rights  and The joint statement by the Deans of the Medical Faculties that says graduates from all private medial faculties should be required to pass a licensing examination

Questions have also been raised as to the examination criteria for SATIM degree holders, government medical students and foreign university students The Health Minister should validate technical decisions of the SLMC and act according to Medical Ordinance The Minister of Higher Education should request the…

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Colombo University’s Chair Of Surgery Becomes A Game Of Musical Chairs »

Competent Authority of the Colombo Univerity’s letter to both Prof. Samarasekera and Prof. Wijeyaratne confirming the error in the selection

There were only two applicants both merit Professors at the time, Nandadeva Samarasekera and Mandika Wijeyaratne The selection panel did not have a single surgeon to select the Chair of Surgery Regretfully, for Professor Wijeyaratne, the Supreme Court held that his petition was time barred…

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Cash Strapped SLC On Spending Spree »

Millions were spent unnecessarily for the launching ceremony of domestic cricket

We have our own marketing and public relations divisions with a talented staff what made to ignore them and outsource the marketing and public relation work Although the board officials know how to save money depriving our players of necessary facilities, they know how to…

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Justice Denied To Survivors Of The Kumarapuram Massacre Of ‘96 »

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by Marisa de Silva Villagers recount heart-breaking tales of horror, pain and loss 20 year old case remains unresolved Families of the oppressed seek justice  Shoot me but, please don’t kill my children,” pleaded Kanthappoody Kamaladevi with her arms outstretched over her head, just before…

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Ongoing Battle Between Trustees And WAKF Board »

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Muslim Affairs Minister intervenes Minister appoints special teams to look into the current issues The WAKF board can appoint trustees and the Director of MRCA cannot refuse to release appointment orders by Ifham Nizam Despite number of allegations level against the Sri Lanka WAKF Tribunal…

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Estate Workers Demand Change »

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by Ranjith Gunawardena Plantation workers request the government to initiate procedures for direct mail service Despite prohibitions, child labour still continues Estate workers seek solutions for discrimintaion, racism and many other issues In the 19th century, the plantation sector in Sri Lanka was set up…

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The Profound Impact Of Caste In Contemporary Sri Lanka »

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by Basil Fernando  The social organisation in pre-colonial Sri Lanka was based on the caste system Every person was made to stay within their prescribed status At the time, it was not an obligation of the Sri Lanka state to create opportunities for people to…

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The Role Of The Opposition »

Disturbing reports on signs of emergence of violence in the North and East have been reported in the media. Such reports may be false alarms,…

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Good Opposition Must For Good Government – S. B. Dissanayake »

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In unification the leadership must lie with the current chairman of the party can still work as a patron of the party During my period…

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Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims »

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by Meenakshi Ganguly The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains in force, and there have been several arrests under this law in the past…

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Anoma Accused Of Violating Good Governance Policies »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating the very policy the government promised to protect Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating…

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Government Likely To Get Two More Years »

Wigneswaran at a meeting with EU and UN envoys

UNHRC to be told to monitor progress by Easwaran Rutnam The government is likely to get another two more years to show progress on the…

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Thonda’s Bulls Travel In Luxury While His People Suffer »

Jallikattu bull fighting and Senthil Thondaman clinching the top award

Uva Province Minister for Highways, Senthil Thondaman is taking his bulls around in air-conditioned comfort Bulls are taken special care in every village because they…

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Delay To Establish OMP Raises Hard Questions »

A group demanding a credible investigation on missing persons

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya On 23rd August 2016, Parliament adopted the Act to establish an Office on Missing Person (OMP)  Although the OMP Act was rushed…

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Spotlight Anoma Fonseka

Anoma Accused Of Violating Good Governance Policies

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating the very policy the government promised to protect Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating a circular issued by the Finance Ministry Mrs. Fonseka is also…

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Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims

by Meenakshi Ganguly The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains in force, and there have been several arrests under this law in the past year Civil society groups are once again able to speak out…

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Government Likely To Get Two More Years

UNHRC to be told to monitor progress by Easwaran Rutnam The government is likely to get another two more years to show progress on the accountability issue The TNA is split on the UNHRC giving the…

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Good Opposition Must For Good Government – S. B. Dissanayake

In unification the leadership must lie with the current chairman of the party can still work as a patron of the party During my period in office I was also able to issue Gazette notification legalizing…

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Bold Reforms

Sri Lanka Needs Bold, Long-Term Policy Reforms – Top Economist by Amila Ekanayake Sri Lanka needs bold policy reforms in order to reach a sustained and consistent growth projectory instead of relying on ad-hoc policy initiatives,…

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Sports Malinga’s return has boosted team morale and given Lankans the X factor again

Confident Lankans Eye Quick Series Triumph

Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 – Geelong A confident Lankan side will be eyeing a quick series triumph when they take on hosts Australia in the second game today of the three-match series after winning…

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We Are Soul Mates – Mrs. Samaraweera

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya She is a wife, mother, grandmother and social activist. Sitha Samaraweera, wife of State Minister for Labour, Ravindra Samaraweera, maintains her separate roles to perfection. Minister Samaraweera has been engaged in active politics.…

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