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 2019 Words get things done! http://www.dailymirror.lk/161421/Words-get-things-done- http://www.dailymirror.lk/161421/Words-get-things-done- Of course! Words do get things done! Change the words, alter the discourse – presto – world around you start to change.Yes, discourse is strategy, and communication specialists call it STRATEGIC DISCOURSE.

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 01:33:57 +0000
The muddle that is Sri Lankan Education http://www.dailymirror.lk/161420/The-muddle-that-is-Sri-Lankan-Education http://www.dailymirror.lk/161420/The-muddle-that-is-Sri-Lankan-Education The recent fracas over a Lyceum International School student gaining first place at a local exam makes me realize how confused the public is by the International School system.

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 01:25:31 +0000
Bribery, an immortal felony: Condoned or Sponsored by State? http://www.dailymirror.lk/161418/-Bribery-an-immortal-felony-Condoned-or-Sponsored-by-State- http://www.dailymirror.lk/161418/-Bribery-an-immortal-felony-Condoned-or-Sponsored-by-State- The service station of the car company was flooded with brand new luxury Jeeps and SUVs of a particular model and brand. A year ago, speaking to an official of the company, I learnt that they have sold over 150.....

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 01:15:07 +0000
PROCRASTINATION http://www.dailymirror.lk/161417/PROCRASTINATION http://www.dailymirror.lk/161417/PROCRASTINATION PROCRASTINATION is the name of the game, a game that is well played in our island country home!!! Whether it be Politics, Elections, Bringing Criminals to Justice, Building Bridges, or Planning...

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 01:10:09 +0000
A call to ban killer robots http://www.dailymirror.lk/161415/A-call-to-ban-killer-robots http://www.dailymirror.lk/161415/A-call-to-ban-killer-robots The latest challenge to man’s existence comes in the form of Lethal Autonomous Weapons (LAWS) also referred to as killer robots,  which attack the target without human assistance.

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:56:29 +0000
PC polls under old system? - EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/161414/PC-polls-under-old-system-EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/161414/PC-polls-under-old-system-EDITORIAL The terms of office of three councils in the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces have lapsed in September and October 2017, and those of another three councils in the Central, Northern and North western Provinces expired in September last year.

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:54:37 +0000
POE report on Constitutional Amendments: Here comes the Bogey Parade! http://www.dailymirror.lk/161413/POE-report-on-Constitutional-Amendments-Here-comes-the-Bogey-Parade- http://www.dailymirror.lk/161413/POE-report-on-Constitutional-Amendments-Here-comes-the-Bogey-Parade- Federalism and devolution of power are bogeys that spook the Sinhala South; yet objectively, they need not. They are effective tools of countering, frustrating and defeating secessionist tendencies and....

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:50:41 +0000
UN, Palestinian refugees and an arms testing ground http://www.dailymirror.lk/161369/UN-Palestinian-refugees-and-an-arms-testing-ground http://www.dailymirror.lk/161369/UN-Palestinian-refugees-and-an-arms-testing-ground The name ‘United Nations’ (UN) was coined by US President Roosevelt and grew amid the ruins of World War II at a time the people all over the world wanted peace. The UN, as we know it today, is an inter-governmental organisation tasked primarily with maintaining international peace and security and aiming to develop friendly relations among nations.  
Rather unfortunately in on

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Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:20:17 +0000
Ingratitude, hypocrisy brought the worst traits of our national character http://www.dailymirror.lk/161370/Ingratitude-hypocrisy-brought-the-worst-traits-of-our-national-character http://www.dailymirror.lk/161370/Ingratitude-hypocrisy-brought-the-worst-traits-of-our-national-character These words, ‘where every prospect pleases and only man is vile’ written long ago about our country by Bishop Reginald Heber, were resented by me when I first read them, as a schoolgirl, as I felt they were unfair. But when one looks at happenings today, I feel he was a visionary far ahead of his time in his thinking and writing. Our country is among the most beautiful in the world, we have been called Emerald isle, Pearl of the Indian Ocean and other most descriptive adjectives. ]]> Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:18:01 +0000 Why identity is vital in addressing national question http://www.dailymirror.lk/161371/Why-identity-is-vital-in-addressing-national-question http://www.dailymirror.lk/161371/Why-identity-is-vital-in-addressing-national-question Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s press release for Thai Pongal drew the attention of Jaffna District Parliamentarian Abraham Sumanthiran. 
The release states that Raja

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Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:17:10 +0000
Prez Sirisena probably doesn’t know that Philippines’ drug traffickers run past Duterte http://www.dailymirror.lk/161373/-Prez-Sirisena-probably-doesn-t-know-that-Philippines-drug-traffickers-run-past-Duterte http://www.dailymirror.lk/161373/-Prez-Sirisena-probably-doesn-t-know-that-Philippines-drug-traffickers-run-past-Duterte It is disconcerting to read that Sri Lanka has sought the help of the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte to control the drug menace in the island when it is well-known that Duterte’s lawless and murderous approach has been condemned by human rights groups and psychologists both within and outside the Philippines.
Furthermore, Duterte’s methods have failed to deliver the goods. The street price of a popular drug like Shabu (methamphetamine or meth) had come down eve]]>
Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:15:12 +0000
Brexit lessons for Sri Lanka http://www.dailymirror.lk/161328/Brexit-lessons-for-Sri-Lanka http://www.dailymirror.lk/161328/Brexit-lessons-for-Sri-Lanka The two centres of Western powers are experiencing crises of policy decisions that were adopted in 2016. The simplistic narrative would be the desire for Trump administration to keep people out across the US Mexico.....

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Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:10:15 +0000
Chasing that elusive full democracy http://www.dailymirror.lk/161327/Chasing-that-elusive-full-democracy http://www.dailymirror.lk/161327/Chasing-that-elusive-full-democracy The Economist’s Intelligence Unit Democracy Index which provides a snapshot of the state of democracy globally has ranked Norway on the top of the list as a Full Democracy. 

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Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:05:42 +0000
US and SL Govt shutdowns, distinction without difference - EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/161323/US-and-SL-Govt-shutdowns-distinction-without-difference-EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/161323/US-and-SL-Govt-shutdowns-distinction-without-difference-EDITORIAL On 11 January hundreds of US Federal Government employees who were sent on compulsory leave, and out-of-work, the US Government contractors both of whom were victims of the US Government partial shutdown, protested outside the White House.  

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Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:02:50 +0000
Black: Signs of Sri Lankan colour revolution? http://www.dailymirror.lk/161322/Black-Signs-of-Sri-Lankan-colour-revolution- http://www.dailymirror.lk/161322/Black-Signs-of-Sri-Lankan-colour-revolution- The protests staged outside certain media institutions last week by a group of civil society activists with the sinister warning ‘We are watching you!’ is a subject for some speculation.

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Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:01:59 +0000
Children, think of the human rights of your elderly parents! http://www.dailymirror.lk/161310/Children-think-of-the-human-rights-of-your-elderly-parents- http://www.dailymirror.lk/161310/Children-think-of-the-human-rights-of-your-elderly-parents- Our major religions tell us that the most important dimension of our greatness is not so much the power we have, but our care for others. This virtue is more important when it relates to how much we care for our mothers and fathers especially when they are elderly or ailing. In the West, a regular trend is to find a home for elderly parents and in Sri Lanka also it is happening to some extent. Some children may have practical reasons for this, yet they need to remember how much their mothers ]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:00:52 +0000 A forgotten great humanitarian http://www.dailymirror.lk/161309/A-forgotten-great-humanitarian http://www.dailymirror.lk/161309/A-forgotten-great-humanitarian Many know about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat in Budapest, who led his embassy in a successful attempt to issue “protective passports” to at least 6,000 Hungarian Jews so they could escape the Nazi occupiers and travel to Sweden. He also helped forestall a planned massacre. He became the second person to be given honorary US citizenship.  
 

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Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:00:21 +0000
Ooh these presidential hopefuls! - EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/161219/Ooh-these-presidential-hopefuls-EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/161219/Ooh-these-presidential-hopefuls-EDITORIAL Government ministers, members of parliament and a high-profile individual possessing both US citizenship and a military background, during the past few days, aired views on who should be the next president of Sri Lanka.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:04:15 +0000
US withdrawal from Syria: Fighting may end soon, but causes not addressed http://www.dailymirror.lk/161218/US-withdrawal-from-Syria-Fighting-may-end-soon-but-causes-not-addressed http://www.dailymirror.lk/161218/US-withdrawal-from-Syria-Fighting-may-end-soon-but-causes-not-addressed Less than a month after United States President Donald Trump declared that the US troops in Syria would be called back, four Americans, including two soldiers, were killed on Wednesday.....

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:03:13 +0000
Sri Lanka’s ride to nowhere http://www.dailymirror.lk/161217/Sri-Lanka-s-ride-to-nowhere http://www.dailymirror.lk/161217/Sri-Lanka-s-ride-to-nowhere One brother says, I’m ready if people are ready. The elder brother then tells media, I am also ready. They are both talking of the next Presidential Election. The fact remains, there are two other brothers, who matter more.  

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:02:01 +0000