The Indian government claims poverty has come down to 22 per cent in 2011-12 from 37 per cent in 2004-05. According to the Planning Commission’s latest report on poverty estimation, a person who earns Rs. 27.50 in a rural area within a day is considered to be above the poverty line.
This is indeed not a storyline for a movie. Nor are they notes for a piece of fiction we intend to publish in the future. It is rather a horror story, a story of terror, a story of fear, a story about the extent and depth to.....
One of the senior-most Parliamentarians in the country and Chief Opposition whip, UNP front liner John Amaratunga in a candid interview with Daily Mirror, spoke about his party’s policies on the upcoming provincial polls and explained why they did not believe former UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara’s defection last week would make any impact on the party or its campaigns.
In most countries there is much planning and trials performed electronically by use of GPS and satellite to follow traffic movements prior to implementation of one-way systems and installation of colour light traffic control systems on the timing of stop/go during peak and non-peak hours. Studies are done continuously for 24 hours for a minimum of seven days prior to decisions being taken on timing. In this country colour light systems have to be manned by uniformed law enforcement officers during rush hours.
Apart from the causes for the pole vault by UNP Parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekara that we had discussed on Friday there is a serious ethical aspect involved in changing sides not only by the Kurunegala District singer-cum-politician but by almost all those who had crossed over from one party to another.
“Headlines in the NEW YORK TIMES in July 1962 captured the national sentiments…. silent spring is now noisy summer… In the few months between the New Yorkers serialization of “silent spring” in June and its publication in book form that September Rachel Carson’s alarm touched off a national debate....
What we witness today in this country is a steady erosion of the moral fabric of society. The pursuit of wealth, power and personal influence at any cost by self – seeking individuals has undermined the normative order; traditions, conventions, rule of law, moral values and ethical principles.
The consequences of seriously damaging if not destroying the independence of judicial service and the breakdown of the rule of law are now seen in various parts of the country.
Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran was named by the Tamil National Alliance(TNA) on the Ides of July as its chief ministerial candidate for the forthcoming Northern Provincial Council election.
Democracy they say is the best form of government. This then goes uncontested. Yet the rise in human fallibility of greed, selfishness, self, centeredness and what not, have undermined its workability making political authority even prefer the state of autocratic rule.
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