dailymirror.lk http://dailymirror.lk/RSS_Feeds/opinion The only Sri Lankan newspaper with round the clock news updates - Dailymirror Online Edition en-us rangazone.r@gmail.com Copyright 2018 Mandela and the Trump Degeneration Syndrome http://www.dailymirror.lk/153022/Mandela-and-the-Trump-Degeneration-Syndrome http://www.dailymirror.lk/153022/Mandela-and-the-Trump-Degeneration-Syndrome With the United States (US) President Donald Trump turning the world order downside up and behaving in a dangerously unpredictable manner that one US Intelligence Chief describes as treason, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated the 100th birthday of the legendary South African Statesman Nelson Mandela.

Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:49 +0000
Did Trump in Moscow give away the store ? http://www.dailymirror.lk/153021/Did-Trump-in-Moscow-give-away-the-store- http://www.dailymirror.lk/153021/Did-Trump-in-Moscow-give-away-the-store- Russian President Vladimir Putin has been in a benign mood after a perfectly organized World Cup which gave Russians and foreigners the rare freedom to mass in the street.

Sat, 21 Jul 2018 00:00:25 +0000
Are teachers a committed lot? http://www.dailymirror.lk/152947/Are-teachers-a-committed-lot- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152947/Are-teachers-a-committed-lot- Sri Lanka’s teacher trade unions through their strike actions have time and again negatively impacted the studies of children. Yesterday (Thursday) they were set to launch strike action against the questionable appointments of many teachers to the education sector.   

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:39:46 +0000
The tragedy of the ‘Yahapalanist’ young http://www.dailymirror.lk/152953/The-tragedy-of-the-Yahapalanist-young http://www.dailymirror.lk/152953/The-tragedy-of-the-Yahapalanist-young Sri Lanka needed a revolution, we were told. This was way back in 2014, when the Uva Provincial Council Elections confirmed that the UNP, far from being the eternally defeated, could wield enough support among the grassroots for it to come back to power.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:37:10 +0000
Govt. should invest more in ‘Early Childhood Education and Development’ http://www.dailymirror.lk/152952/Govt-should-invest-more-in-Early-Childhood-Education-and-Development- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152952/Govt-should-invest-more-in-Early-Childhood-Education-and-Development- Investing in health, nutrition, education and protection from birth through to age five, also known as Early Childhood Development (ECD) enables children to reach their full brain capacity. 

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 01:31:13 +0000
Row over death Capital Punishment http://www.dailymirror.lk/152949/Row-over-death-Capital-Punishment http://www.dailymirror.lk/152949/Row-over-death-Capital-Punishment When Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra brought an adjournment motion in Parliament for the implementation of Capital Punishment  in October 2015, the then Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe had to give an assurance to the International Community that Sri Lanka would not implement the death sentence.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:53:57 +0000
Groggy Govt. & its fallout http://www.dailymirror.lk/152948/Groggy-Govt-its-fallout http://www.dailymirror.lk/152948/Groggy-Govt-its-fallout Some smart guy who first stuck the label “Good Governance” on this unpalatable coalition perhaps guessed it could be the joke of this generation.

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:47:03 +0000
Coercing consensus on MMDA reforms http://www.dailymirror.lk/152946/Coercing-consensus-on-MMDA-reforms http://www.dailymirror.lk/152946/Coercing-consensus-on-MMDA-reforms Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group (MPLRAG) is deeply disturbed and concerned over comments made by Minister of Justice & Prison Reforms Thalatha Atukorale regarding reforms of the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA) published on July 6th on the Jaffna Muslim website. Atukorale has commented that the Ministry is not able to take the reforms process forward because there is divided opinions among members of the 2009 Committee appointed to propose amendments to the MMDA.  ]]> Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:35:13 +0000 Mandela and Obama http://www.dailymirror.lk/152892/Mandela-and-Obama http://www.dailymirror.lk/152892/Mandela-and-Obama

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead– Nelson Mandela

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:01:13 +0000
Tribes and tribalism, pots and kettles... http://www.dailymirror.lk/152893/Tribes-and-tribalism-pots-and-kettles- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152893/Tribes-and-tribalism-pots-and-kettles-

Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera has stated that he is against the death penalty. In his opinion, the death penalty, even if implemented, will not stop drug barons. He has said, however, that despite his personal opinion on the matter he stands by the collective decision of the cabinet to implement the death penalty. Noble of him, and honourable too when it comes to the notion of collective responsibility.   Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:54 +0000 Damsel in distress…Lanka in agony http://www.dailymirror.lk/152901/Damsel-in-distress-Lanka-in-agony http://www.dailymirror.lk/152901/Damsel-in-distress-Lanka-in-agony

Her clothes were ripped off; body battered; mind confused and heart burnt; she was raped and dishonoured and violated beyond recognition. All the traditions and values that were associated with a young woman in a rural hamlet were stolen from her, so to speak. For one offender to another successive criminal, her body and soul became a playground;

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:23 +0000
Rise of the dollar and fight against the fall of a Nation http://www.dailymirror.lk/152900/Rise-of-the-dollar-and-fight-against-the-fall-of-a-Nation http://www.dailymirror.lk/152900/Rise-of-the-dollar-and-fight-against-the-fall-of-a-Nation

The dollar has reached its highest in the history of Sri Lanka against the rupee. It is alarming and assume to reach even higher within the next couple of months. Inflation is the rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services are rising and, consequently, the purchasing power of currency is falling.   

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:19 +0000
Will Capital punishment go down the drain? http://www.dailymirror.lk/152838/Will-Capital-punishment-go-down-the-drain- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152838/Will-Capital-punishment-go-down-the-drain-

The government’s decision to implement Death Penalty on drug related offenders has opened a can of worms, with human rights campaigners here and abroad demanding the withdrawal of the decision. The European Union (EU) had on Monday officially communicated its opposition to the move. The main reason for the opposition is the inability of reversing the punishment if it is found later that it had been implemented on a wrong person.   Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:01:43 +0000 IT JUST NEVER ENDS!!! http://www.dailymirror.lk/152841/IT-JUST-NEVER-ENDS- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152841/IT-JUST-NEVER-ENDS-

The reason the crime rate never decreases in this country is that there are no punishments fitting the crimes. Every man or woman who commits a crime in this country can be assured of ‘REMAND’!!! FREE BOARD AND LODGING AT THE EXPENSE OF ‘YAHALPALANA’!!! When the Government has to spend so much money feeding all these criminals, is it any wonder they don’t have money left for the more progressive things that need to be d]]> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:56 +0000 Cases of Guiltless Executed! http://www.dailymirror.lk/152842/Cases-of-Guiltless-Executed- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152842/Cases-of-Guiltless-Executed-

“. ... any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in Mankinde, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee..” —John Donne, Meditation: XVII. The list of 18 inmates for execution including pending appeal cases have been submitted to the President. Wele Suda and Susei, accused of continuing

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:52 +0000

The recent ‘Friday Forum’ statement signed by distinguished scholars and retired civil servants, condemns “…a personal attack by retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara on Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL)…Weerasekara denounced Dr. Udagama as an LTTE supporter and a traitor to this country, with the battle cry ‘death to traitors’.

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:39 +0000
Ten-year-old girl suffering from a rare and incurable disease http://www.dailymirror.lk/152834/Ten-year-old-girl-suffering-from-a-rare-and-incurable-disease- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152834/Ten-year-old-girl-suffering-from-a-rare-and-incurable-disease-

A pathetic story is reported from the distant village of Paragaswewa in Dehiattakandiya where a ten-year-old girl lives, by consuming only beef as her staple diet for five and a half years, due to a rare disease.  

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:09 +0000
Forests are vital for you and me http://www.dailymirror.lk/152788/Forests-are-vital-for-you-and-me http://www.dailymirror.lk/152788/Forests-are-vital-for-you-and-me Forestry being a vital part in the battle against climate change or global warming, President Maithripala Sirisena in Rome yesterday made the keynote speech at the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the 6th World Forest We

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:25:32 +0000
Rajapaksa probably loves what he sees http://www.dailymirror.lk/152789/Rajapaksa-probably-loves-what-he-sees http://www.dailymirror.lk/152789/Rajapaksa-probably-loves-what-he-sees Nine years after the demise of rebel leader Velupillai Prabakaran he is still in the news. This time the slain tiger leader’s name was brought under the spotlight by former State Minister for Children’s Affairs Vijeyakala Maheswaran. One thing that the people of this country must fathom is that though it was possible to wipe out the LTTE erasing the name of Prabakaran is something impo

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:10:04 +0000
Executions!? Again ? http://www.dailymirror.lk/152791/Executions-Again- http://www.dailymirror.lk/152791/Executions-Again- There have been mixed reactions to the news that Sri Lanka would again carry out executions of those sentenced to death, in particular situations/circumstances.
Are we serious when we say this

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:09:48 +0000