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 Cabinet and meritocracy Meritocracy Must for good governance http://www.dailymirror.lk/147427/Cabinet-and-meritocracy-Meritocracy-Must-for-good-governance http://www.dailymirror.lk/147427/Cabinet-and-meritocracy-Meritocracy-Must-for-good-governance A leading newspaper, which is 100 years old, quotes in its March 13 edition on page 5 that a minister had said that “Scientific Cabinet reshuffle after President returns.”

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:23:26 +0000
That elusive FDI http://www.dailymirror.lk/147426/That-elusive-FDI http://www.dailymirror.lk/147426/That-elusive-FDI Attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) as much as possible seems to be one of the key strategies adopted by the Yahapalanaya Government for overall economic development.  

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:16:44 +0000
Let’s learn to be content with what we have http://www.dailymirror.lk/147420/Let-s-learn-to-be-content-with-what-we-have http://www.dailymirror.lk/147420/Let-s-learn-to-be-content-with-what-we-have Finland is the world’s happiest country according to the latest annual survey conducted by the United Nations and most people may be surprised to know the reasons why Finland is the happiest in a world that is getting more selfish and self-centred compounded with other vices.   

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:00:39 +0000
Russian Presidential Election on March 18 http://www.dailymirror.lk/147421/Russian-Presidential-Election-on-March- http://www.dailymirror.lk/147421/Russian-Presidential-Election-on-March- The seemingly eternal President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has an iron grip on his nation and a foreign policy to match. A large majority of Russians give him their support. He will win re-election.  

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:00:13 +0000
What a shame! Human slavery continues http://www.dailymirror.lk/147350/What-a-shame-Human-slavery-continues http://www.dailymirror.lk/147350/What-a-shame-Human-slavery-continues In today’s world -- widely considered a global village with instant mass communication, the marvels of modern technology and unpredictable or unbelievable possibilities in the oncoming era of artificial intelligence -- it is shocking to know that there are about 50 million human slaves, with at least 10 million of them being children.   

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:51:40 +0000
Rise of Xi and the Asian dream http://www.dailymirror.lk/147349/Rise-of-Xi-and-the-Asian-dream http://www.dailymirror.lk/147349/Rise-of-Xi-and-the-Asian-dream China’s President Xi Jinping is now a virtual leader for life after the Communist Party on Sunday removed the presidential term limits from the constitution.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:44:46 +0000
No Political will, No Answer to Unrests http://www.dailymirror.lk/147347/No-Political-will-No-Answer-to-Unrests- http://www.dailymirror.lk/147347/No-Political-will-No-Answer-to-Unrests- The very blame-game among the politicians, especially between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) on the recent attacks against Muslims is an indication that Sri Lankan politicians are not serious about any kind of ethnic strife, leave alone finding solutions to them.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:54 +0000
Cornered to Unite http://www.dailymirror.lk/147346/Cornered-to-Unite- http://www.dailymirror.lk/147346/Cornered-to-Unite- Post-war Sri Lanka has by now gone through five violent anti-Muslim orgies, orchestrated by extremist Sinhala Buddhist groups-from Aluthgama-Beruwala riots in June 2014, through Mahiyangana, Gintota, Ampara and the still smouldering Digana-Theldeniya savagery in the Kandy District.

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:13 +0000
MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN http://www.dailymirror.lk/147207/MAN-S-INHUMANITY-TO-MAN http://www.dailymirror.lk/147207/MAN-S-INHUMANITY-TO-MAN

There is no other country in the world where ‘MAN’S INHUMANITY TO MAN’ is more explicit, more brazenly displayed, than in this BUDDHIST COUNTRY of ours!!!  

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 03:54:00 +0000
Time-tested bond of Sinhala-Muslim Friendship http://www.dailymirror.lk/147295/Time-tested-bond-of-Sinhala-Muslim-Friendship http://www.dailymirror.lk/147295/Time-tested-bond-of-Sinhala-Muslim-Friendship

The Muslims of Sri Lanka, since ancient times have been in peaceful coexistence with the other communities of the Island and has proved to be an integral and inseparable component of the Sri Lankan society.

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:12:53 +0000
For Harmony Plus - A Solid Foundation http://www.dailymirror.lk/147294/For-Harmony-Plus-A-Solid-Foundation http://www.dailymirror.lk/147294/For-Harmony-Plus-A-Solid-Foundation Today we see the necessity for social harmony, as never before. Unless some meaningful and out of the box action is taken soon, our beautiful country is faced with doom. In this regard, I humbly present a recipe, which is likely to help achieve the cherished goal of a harmonious society, and in addition boost our economy as well. In this regard, our National (commemorative) holidays could be re-fashioned and uti]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:04:31 +0000 When the dots are connected you get a dead cat http://www.dailymirror.lk/147293/When-the-dots-are-connected-you-get-a-dead-cat http://www.dailymirror.lk/147293/When-the-dots-are-connected-you-get-a-dead-cat

The term is attributed to Lynton Crosby, a political strategist who has managed campaigns of right-of-centre parties in several countries. Boris Johnson, who employed Crosby during London mayoral elections explains the term thus:  

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:50:59 +0000
Consumer Rights: Only rites, how much we are going wrong http://www.dailymirror.lk/147292/Consumer-Rights-Only-rites-how-much-we-are-going-wrong http://www.dailymirror.lk/147292/Consumer-Rights-Only-rites-how-much-we-are-going-wrong

All people are consumers in different degrees and therefore World Consumer Rights Day today is important for us to become more aware of our rights and responsibilities in bringing about a just and fair society.   

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:47:09 +0000
Threat to food security in Sri Lanka http://www.dailymirror.lk/147209/Threat-to-food-security-in-Sri-Lanka- http://www.dailymirror.lk/147209/Threat-to-food-security-in-Sri-Lanka- When the father of our nation D.S. Senanayake went ahead with his ambitious plans for farmers as Minister of Agriculture in the State Council of Ceylon, he was met with resistance by cynics.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:47 +0000
Sarath Fonseka Dreaded by Rajapaksas And feared by everyone http://www.dailymirror.lk/147208/Sarath-Fonseka-Dreaded-by-Rajapaksas-And-feared-by-everyone- http://www.dailymirror.lk/147208/Sarath-Fonseka-Dreaded-by-Rajapaksas-And-feared-by-everyone-

There was so much of hope, at least amongst the ordinary folks, that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka would be appointed Minister of Law and Order.

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:17 +0000

There is a potential threat of domestic terrorism of a new type. The excellent choice for Minister of Law and Order, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, and the Defence authorities under President Sirisena and Ruwan Wijewardene must coordinate to face this new, existential threat.   

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:11 +0000
Will enough be done to erase the scars of the Kandy turmoil? http://www.dailymirror.lk/147177/Will-enough-be-done-to-erase-the-scars-of-the-Kandy-turmoil- http://www.dailymirror.lk/147177/Will-enough-be-done-to-erase-the-scars-of-the-Kandy-turmoil- The ethnic violence mainly in Kandy District and sparsely in several other districts has subsided, if not ceased. But the scars will certainly remain for a long time. Now the authorities including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have given details of damages to the lives and the properties incurred by the violence while announcing the details of their preparations for the reparations including paying compensations to the victims who were mainly Muslims.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 01:00:06 +0000
Have we learnt a lesson from Digana ? http://www.dailymirror.lk/147178/Have-we-learnt-a-lesson-from-Digana- http://www.dailymirror.lk/147178/Have-we-learnt-a-lesson-from-Digana- Last week, when I wrote about the looming danger of fringe Sinhala Buddhist extremism, it was all quiet in Kandy, at least on the surface. But, those who were privy to local intelligence should have known about simmering tension in the area after the death of a Sinhalese lorry driver who succumbed to injuries after being assaulted by a group of drunken Muslim youth. The government as usual did nothing to sooth the unrest. Only after Digana was burning, and local thugs were on rampage,  Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:47 +0000 The patience of Rajapaksas; Response to Nalin de Silva http://www.dailymirror.lk/147173/The-patience-of-Rajapaksas-Response-to-Nalin-de-Silva http://www.dailymirror.lk/147173/The-patience-of-Rajapaksas-Response-to-Nalin-de-Silva This is in reply to Dr. Nalin de Silva’s interview to Kelum Bandara of Daily Mirror, dated March 6, 2018. Dr. de Silva raises various issues here, but I wish to respond to him only on two counts: Basil Rajapaksa caused Maithripala Sirisena’s defection to the opposition in the run up to the presidential elections in 2015 and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) should have been formed before the general elections in August 2015. These two seem to have a sizeable following in the un-<]]> Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:35 +0000 Media’s role in shaping int’l relations http://www.dailymirror.lk/147172/Media-s-role-in-shaping-int-l-relations http://www.dailymirror.lk/147172/Media-s-role-in-shaping-int-l-relations The Governments across the world take decisions on international relations on the basis of a wide variety of inputs and considerations. Among the ingredients is domestic political pressure.Typically, political pressure is built up by the mass media. At times, such pressure is even initiated by the media.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:24 +0000