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Fri, 21 Jun 2019
June 20 is World Refugee Day, coinciding with a time Sri Lankafaces it’s most serious refuge crisis since 2014. Although not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, Sri Lankais bound by international customary law and human
As the presidential election period approaches day by day, the mainstream political parties are fully occupied with their internal discussions, manipulations and manoeuvrings on the selection of their candidates to be fielded.
Ranjan Ramanayake is an outspoken UNP parliamentarian. He is so outspoken that sometimes he gets into hot water. Occasionally, though, he is spot on. Just the other day, he was at his blunt best when he took on Mahamood Hizbullah and other Muslim pol
The drubbing, which the Sri Lankan cricketers received at the hands of the Australia, would have left millions of cricket fans in Sri Lanka dejected and despondent. But sadly though, this is a reflection of the mess and muddle that governance in Sri
Dennis’s demise was a shock to family and friends, but as he never recovered from the death of his beloved wife, Chrissy, a few years ago, I’m glad for both of them that they are reunited again in Heaven. They were an example of an ideal marriage
HONESTY is lost - in thought, word and in deed!
HONESTY is such a LONELY word and hardly ever heard today!!! The great Nelson Mandela was quoted “As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on societ
The state of our State is fast approaching a collapse of dangerous proportions. It is not an overstatement, nor is my attempt to sensationalize a lackluster performance of a government and make it look like a potentially shattering event. Yet realiza
Sri Lanka is at a crossroads whether to support the USA in a trade war against China or whether to stand firm and support the rising tide created by two Asian superpowers.
What could Sri Lanka’s independent leaders have thought as key challenges that awaited them, when the country received independence some seven decades ago?
I first paid notice to a deepfake about three years back when an adult video with the superimposed image of an Indian journalist began to circulate.
Boris Pasternak, the Russian novelist won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1958 for his famous work Doctor Zhivago. While the book was banned....
Despite there being laws pertaining to various elections in the country, Sri Lankan politicians have always attempted to by-pass those laws to push the former Elections Department or the current Elections Commission to hold the elections they prefer
All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power...
Last week, there were two very important international gatherings in the Central Asian region with the involvement of a large number of Asian and Eurasian countries including Russia, China, India and Sri Lanka.
Around the 1980s Tamil people believed they were given step-motherly treatment by all Governments: there was a simmering discontent in the North-East over policies; they thought the ‘Sinhala Gove
The British major had ridden for days from Allahabad while on his way to Nagpur and had arrived in the small village of Bharhut just before sunset. That evening while resting in a villager’s house he noticed some carved stones paving....
Household indebtedness is now a critical factor in disrupting social life. Furthermore, rising and unsustainable household indebtedness has also contributed to national economic crises, including the global economic crisis of 2008.
It does not take a political scientist to feel that the mass resignation of Muslim Ministers is in bad faith. More so when they took place barely six weeks after Islamic terrorists unleashed a serial carnage, killing over 250....
In Sri Lanka, anything unlawful we are caught doing, can be “shaped up.” It is the “Asian Way” we say proudly, indirectly alluding to upholding the law as the “Western Way.” In that self-congratulation we forget....
Sincerity is the greatest quality in human beings and it is children who have it in abundance. Children are devastatingly honest. That is why religious leaders have warned us and the punishment that await those who abuse children.
America’s trade war with China seems to be entering a new phase with the Huawei ban in full force and Trump administration mulling further tariffs on Chinese imports. It is causing China....
The orchestrated political campaign by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led opposition in association with sections of the Buddhist clergy and mainstream media against three prominent Muslim politicians has ostensibly succeeded. The said aim of the campaign was
The week-long Poson ceremonies come to a climax tomorrow with tens of thousands of devotees congregating in Anuradhapura for religious observances mainly in Mihintale and Thanthirimale. It was to Mihintale that the Buddha-Dhamma was brought by Arahat
H C P Bell, former Director of Archaeology, says, “Mihintale”, is the perfect sanctuary for the sons of Buddha that they could find throughout the length & breadth of Ceylon”
Last Tuesday, the Cabinet of Ministers did not meet for their weekly sessions. Reason being the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) constituted to investigate Easter Sunday attacks.
Given the questions posed by almost all non-Muslims, except for a few on the mass resignation by the Muslim Ministers, State Ministers and a Deputy Minister on June 3 in the wake of Parliamentarian Athureliye Rathana Thera’s....
The much revered St.Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade was reopened to the public on June 12 (Wednesday) underscoring the fact that the Catholic community in the country was able to reap the benefits of patience, a trait which its members chose to nur
Introducing a new legislation to control terrorism has become a subject matter of debate in the wake of the radical Islamist wave that hit Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday killing over 254 people and wounding many.
The crisis waiting to happen during the past few days in May fizzled out into what turned out to be an anti-climax with the Ven. Athurelue Tathana Thera calling off his much-hyped ‘fast unto death’ after Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, the two provin
We don’t have to listen to the not-so-veiled threats of ex-Governor of the Eastern Province, Mahabood Hizbullah to understand that there is a real and abiding danger of a kind of terrorism this country did not know before Easter Sunday. And yet, th
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