Maldives: ‘Water Crisis’ Shows India’s Heart Is As Close As The Two Nations Are

For a third time in four decades or less, Fate ordained that India display the kind of closeness of heart with Maldives as geography too has made them to be. Responding to the Maldivian SOS without much ado or formality, as on the previous occasions, India continues to dispatch drinking water, and also operate ship-based [...]

Focused On Education

A girl reads a book during a class at a government school in northwest Pakistan’s Peshawar, Dec. 11, 2014. (Xinhua/Ahmad Sidique)       ————————————————–   Malaysia Summons Us Ambassador KUALA LUMPUR, (Xinhua) – Malaysia summoned US ambassador to Malaysia on Wednesday to explain the United States’ position on Malaysia’s decision to retain the Sedition [...]

Plight Of Onion Farmers

By Nirmala Kannangara in Dambulla - Pictures by Asoka Fernando Onion farmers in Dambulla accused the government of importing low quality big onions from India during the local harvesting season. For them there is no other option but to commit suicide as they are forced to sell their crop at a loss because of Indian big [...]

Christmas Tree With Waste Wood

A over-ten-metre tall Christmas tree built with waste wood is placed by local students at the city centre of Rakvere, Western Virumaa county of Estonia, Dec. 3, 2014. Local young students of Rakvere Professional School built the special wood tree with waste wood from the local mills. (Xinhua/Sergei Stepanov)   ————————————-     Nigeria Sign [...]

Lanka’s Gift To China

Cheif doctor Wu Huping (L) checks the eye condition of patient Qiu Baozhu after the cornea transplant operation at the Xiamen Eye Center of Xiamen University in Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian Province, Nov. 27, 2014. A total of 10 corneas, presented by Sri Lanka as a gift to Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife [...]

Sri Lanka: Under Appreciation And More

By Rajeewa Jayaweera I read with interest the two part article titled ‘Sri Lanka: Under Appreciation And More’ in The Sunday Leader of 26 October 26 and November 2. The article justifies India’s past actions describing them as nothing but virtuous and portraying Sri Lanka as the villain. The article also goes to great lengths [...]

Superman Modi Meets His Challenge On Wednesday At Kathmandu

China’s president Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been shadow-boxing recently on the sidelines of international conferences for political influence, economic gains and attempting to leave behind the stamp of the two emergent Asian powers. Last week they were in Canberra for the APEC Summit hosted by Australia. Xi Jinping towered over [...]

Marking Children’s Day

 People participate in an event marking Universal Children’s Day in Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov. 20, 2014. Universal Children’s Day, which falls on Nov. 20 every year, marks the anniversary of the day when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the [...]

Tragedy At Leadership Training?

By Camelia Nathaniel The leadership training programme has come under fire due to the unfortunate incident where undergraduate V. K. D. R. Kaushalya Vijithalal (19) had a fall on Saturday (8 November) when undergoing leadership training at the Kalattawa Military Camp, Anuradhapura, and sustained spinal injuries. The military has also come under criticism by several [...]

Do We Enjoy Universal Adult Franchise?

By Dr Devanesan Nesiah We did enjoy full adult voting rights in our island for 18 years after the far reaching Donoughmore reforms of 1931 (reaching further than many of our leaders, Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim asked for or even wanted). But two Acts of 1949, among the earliest post-independence legislation, took away citizenship and [...]

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