Tamil Nadu Makes Fresh Push For Katchatheevu

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 get back Katchatheevu. Palaniswami sought the intervention of Indian Prime [...]

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 against members of the Muslim community are insidious and low profile. They are individual attacks on commercial establishments and mosques that are sometimes reported in the media and sometimes not. [...]

Sri Lanka’s Energy Generation Plan Raises Eyebrows

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 Thilak Siyabalapitiya, stressed. He compared the 2018-2037 LCLTGEP with the [...]

Living Beyond Means

by N. Sathiya Moorthy At a recent economic seminar in Colombo, Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, is reported to have said that the nation has been living beyond its means. He attributed the profligacy of the past to concessional loans with long-term repayment periods from international financial institutions like the World Bank and ADB, [...]

Gnanasara Thero’s Drama

by Hilmy Ahamed The Colombo Fort Magistrate last week issued an arrest warrant on the BBS chief Venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero for failing to be present in Court when two cases against him were being heard. The warrant was issued because of a blunder by the lawyers representing Gnanasara Thero. One of them claimed [...]

Probe To Be Expedited On Welikada Prison Riot

by  Ashanthi Warunasuriya Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued orders to expedite the investigations pertaining to the 2012 Welikada Prison riot and called on the appointed committees to forward their reports and those found guilty are to be brought to book. In this regard the Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation Minister D.M. Swaminathan has been entrusted with [...]

Rs. 250 Million Collected, Ten Months Gone Still No PET Scanner

by Priyantha Hettige “Hello good morning, is this the Maharagama Apeksha hospital?” “Yes this is the Apeksha hospital, what can we do for you?” “I called to find out if the PET scanner has been installed yet.” “Who are you sir?” “I am someone who contributed towards it and waiting eagerly to see when it [...]

CEB Electricity Generation Plan Not In Line With Government Policy

by Ifham Nizam The latest Sri Lanka’s Electricity Generation Expansion Plan, Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGP) 2018-2037 proposed by the state utility Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB),  is not in line with the policy of the government, the Strategic Enterprise Management Authority (SEMA) said. The proposed energy mix for the next 20 years [...]

While There’s Life, There’s Hope

Having been castigated for being a prophet of doom and gloom insofar as the future of the Resplendent Isle is concerned, being subjected to recurring abuse accompanying the allegation that I am simply a “disgruntled victim of the great Hector Kobbekaduwa’s  Land reform” etc. etc., it gives me a bit of satisfaction to document a [...]

Banning Of Asbestos Nowhere In Sight

All forms of asbestos are carcinogenic to humans—WHO by Ifham Nizam  Wnvironmentalists and civic minded organizations stressed that despite repeated assurance by successive governments there won’t be a ban on asbestos. They stressed that most of the parliamentarians are against while some who are in favour of the move are tied by the asbestos lobby. [...]

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