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 Why Sri Lanka loves India’s Modi http://www.dailymirror.lk/155803/Why-Sri-Lanka-loves-India-s-Modi http://www.dailymirror.lk/155803/Why-Sri-Lanka-loves-India-s-Modi Sri Lanka has suddenly shown a keen interest to strengthen ties with India with both Government representatives and members of the opposition meeting up with Premier Narendra Modi, in New Delhi recently.   

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:00:13 +0000
Oslo, 25 years on: Peace in tatters! http://www.dailymirror.lk/155802/Oslo-years-on-Peace-in-tatters- http://www.dailymirror.lk/155802/Oslo-years-on-Peace-in-tatters- Shalom, Salaam, peace: Twenty-five years ago, these words reverberated in the White House lawn and were flashed across the front pages of newspapers worldwide, as the adversaries became partners of peace to sign what was then hailed as the peace deal of the century.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:56:31 +0000
MR and India: A business deal http://www.dailymirror.lk/155800/MR-and-India-A-business-deal http://www.dailymirror.lk/155800/MR-and-India-A-business-deal If there had been issues between the Indian Government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and if Modi’s Government was willing to refresh the relationship with Rajapaksa now, the best broker for the purpose would be none other than Controversial Indian politician Dr Subramanian Swamy.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:45:55 +0000
Aimless search for puppet Presidents http://www.dailymirror.lk/155799/Aimless-search-for-puppet-Presidents http://www.dailymirror.lk/155799/Aimless-search-for-puppet-Presidents Media is agog with conspiracy theories over alleged assassination attempts on President Sirisena and Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:37:02 +0000
Let us become channels of peace http://www.dailymirror.lk/155755/Let-us-become-channels-of-peace http://www.dailymirror.lk/155755/Let-us-become-channels-of-peace

Tomorrow is the United Nations World Day of Peace and we all need to be channels of peace though the big powers like the United States, while talking of peace, provide bombs to the Saudi Arabia led coalition which recently dropped one such bomb, killing scores of schoolchildren in Yemen.   

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:01:07 +0000
Modi, MR break new ground regarding relations http://www.dailymirror.lk/155758/Modi-MR-break-new-ground-regarding-relations http://www.dailymirror.lk/155758/Modi-MR-break-new-ground-regarding-relations

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s one-on-one meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sparked fresh political debate both in Sri Lanka and India. It is more so because the 40-minute closed door discussion took place at Panchavati or the Prime Minister’s official residence in New Delhi amidst perception in Sri 

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:53 +0000
Notes for a Manifesto: Reconciliation http://www.dailymirror.lk/155756/Notes-for-a-Manifesto-Reconciliation http://www.dailymirror.lk/155756/Notes-for-a-Manifesto-Reconciliation

There are words and terms that get bastardized due to improper usage, over-use and association with error, political noxiousness and flippancy. Reconciliation is one which has some currency in this regard and perhaps is second only to ‘yahapalanaya’ (good governance). In a different time we had ‘peace’. Even seemingly benign 

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:30 +0000
A President Under Threat http://www.dailymirror.lk/155759/A-President-Under-Threat http://www.dailymirror.lk/155759/A-President-Under-Threat

The alleged revealing of an assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and former military official now turned politician Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given the Government authorities and the defence establishment plenty to think about the security of VIPs and the country’s citizens.   

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:08 +0000
Subtle methods of privatising Education and Health - EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/155689/Subtle-methods-of-privatising-Education-and-Health-EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/155689/Subtle-methods-of-privatising-Education-and-Health-EDITORIAL

It is said that Sri Lanka has a ‘free education’ system and a ‘free health service’. To some extent, it is true as the Government schools and hospitals do not levy fees legally from students and patients. However, in a sense, one cannot call the country’s education and the health services ‘free’ because authorities have developed various methods to levy money from the students and the patients or push them t]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:01:41 +0000 OF COURSE RAGGING CAN BE STOPPED! http://www.dailymirror.lk/155695/OF-COURSE-RAGGING-CAN-BE-STOPPED- http://www.dailymirror.lk/155695/OF-COURSE-RAGGING-CAN-BE-STOPPED-

Ever since I remember (and that dates back longer than I care to mention) ragging has been the hot topic vis-a-vis the Universities of Sri Lanka. Under Sir Ivor Jennings – or at least while he was Vice Chancellor, the Colombo University rivalled the British ones. The standards were so high it was felt that going to England for one’s education was not strictly necessary. The same education could be had right here in Colombo. <]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:49 +0000 Will India’s winds of change reach Sri Lanka? http://www.dailymirror.lk/155694/Will-India-s-winds-of-change-reach-Sri-Lanka- http://www.dailymirror.lk/155694/Will-India-s-winds-of-change-reach-Sri-Lanka-

Indian Supreme Court’s recent landmark judgment means that millions of LGBT people are no longer ‘criminals’ as a result of their identities. What a great moment to be South Asian. In fact, what a time to be alive!   

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:23 +0000

One of the leading newspapers carries a front-page headline saying “PRESIDENT CALLS FOR ELECTING AN HONEST MAN AS PM;” what exactly is our President trying to infer here??? As opposed to that, we read in yet another newspaper that the Prime Minister has been given the Award for “MOST ADMIRED NATIONAL 

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:20 +0000
Mending Walls Instead Mending Fences: The political context of ‘Reconciliation’ http://www.dailymirror.lk/155696/Mending-Walls-Instead-Mending-Fences-The-political-context-of-Reconciliation- http://www.dailymirror.lk/155696/Mending-Walls-Instead-Mending-Fences-The-political-context-of-Reconciliation-

‘Kanepahara’ (lit. ‘A’ Box on the ears’) is the title of a series of radio dramas scheduled to be broadcast over the government owned Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) for the promotion of so-called post-war reconciliation among communities. The serial dramas have been produced under the auspices of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), itself a government body headed by Chandrika Kumaratunga,]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:16 +0000 Jana Balaya Power of which People? http://www.dailymirror.lk/155690/Jana-Balaya-Power-of-which-People- http://www.dailymirror.lk/155690/Jana-Balaya-Power-of-which-People-

If you happen to stumble upon Article 12 of the Constitution, which states all people are equal before the law, please, do not get too excited about it.  As experience shows, it means virtually nothing to any serious minded person. Even a Fifth Grader knows that. Besides, there is no impediment to find amusement anywhere anytime, the document called the Constitution itself not being an exception.  

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:07 +0000
Global warming: Keep cool and carry on the battle http://www.dailymirror.lk/155637/Global-warming-Keep-cool-and-carry-on-the-battle http://www.dailymirror.lk/155637/Global-warming-Keep-cool-and-carry-on-the-battle Although a hurricane and floods rising to several metres are devastating Carolina, the United States President Donald Trump—reported by the Washington Post fact checker to have made more than 5000 false or misleading statements during his one year and nine months in office, still continues to describe global warming as largely a Chinese

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:20:43 +0000
Female Circumcision: An Islamic practice brings untold benefits to women http://www.dailymirror.lk/155646/Female-Circumcision-An-Islamic-practice-brings-untold-benefits-to-women http://www.dailymirror.lk/155646/Female-Circumcision-An-Islamic-practice-brings-untold-benefits-to-women Much has been written about female circumcision of late, with many writers confusing this Islamic practice with FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). However this is far from the truth. Female circumcision as prescribed in Islam involves removing only the prepuce (foreskin) covering the clitoris. This is a relatively minor and harmless procedure very much lik

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:10:43 +0000
Overzealous investigations into military affairs counter productive to transitional justice http://www.dailymirror.lk/155638/Overzealous-investigations-into-military-affairs-counter-productive-to-transitional-justice http://www.dailymirror.lk/155638/Overzealous-investigations-into-military-affairs-counter-productive-to-transitional-justice Last Thursday, barely 48 hours after the regular Cabinet meeting, President Maithripala Sirisena convened an emergency Cabinet meeting. The reason for this hush-hush meeting (The

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:10:31 +0000
Ensuring free and fair polls: A challenging task in Bangladesh http://www.dailymirror.lk/155647/Ensuring-free-and-fair-polls-A-challenging-task-in-Bangladesh http://www.dailymirror.lk/155647/Ensuring-free-and-fair-polls-A-challenging-task-in-Bangladesh Bangladesh is to have its 11th parliamentary elections in November-December this year. As in the past, the elections are expected to take place in the midst of several controversies, some new and some enduring. Again, as in the past, ensuring free and fair elections in Bangladesh’s highly divisive, politicized and violence-ridden environment is going to be a major challenge for the State.   

Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:09:29 +0000
Quo Vadis... or Which Way Sri Lanka - EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/155582/Quo-Vadis-or-Which-Way-Sri-Lanka-EDITORIAL http://www.dailymirror.lk/155582/Quo-Vadis-or-Which-Way-Sri-Lanka-EDITORIAL Four major political events more than any other, helped shape Sri Lanka’s modern destiny. The winning of independence on February 4, 1948 under D.S. Senanayake as the first Prime Minister of then independent Ceylon...

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:08:35 +0000
Identities can be used to divide and to unite; choice is ours http://www.dailymirror.lk/155581/Identities-can-be-used-to-divide-and-to-unite-choice-is-ours http://www.dailymirror.lk/155581/Identities-can-be-used-to-divide-and-to-unite-choice-is-ours I think this is an opportune juncture to reflect upon what the SLMA set out to do at the beginning of the year and look towards the future from the perspective of the SLMA and Sri Lankan medical professions and medical professionals at large.

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:07:57 +0000