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Sat, 18 Jan 2020
We are glad that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hit the nail on the head about the meaning of education. Not a promising opening sentence? I do not wish to get into a harangue on education but just want to say there is an alternative to the education m
By definition, a Muslim is a believer in Islam. Is it correct then, to say that while the majority of Arabs were Muslims, that all Muslims in the present day, are not Arab? Non-Arabs need not wear traditional Arab dresses.
We now have a strict disciplinarian as our President. It is unlikely that the presidential form of governance would be abolished. Setting up an ‘Upper House’ to prevent or delay hasty legislation and having a restricted number of ministers would
The widely respected British naturalist Sir David Attenborough said yesterday it was “palpable nonsense” to suggest that Australia’s bushfire crisis had nothing to do with climate change as he warned “the moment of crisis” has arrived. In a
Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is screaming for a shot in the arm and the present regime has heard this call loud and clear. We all know how the tourist industry was badly affected following the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings.
Mercifully, the tensions between Iran and the United States did not escalate into an all-out war. If they had gone to war, the consequences would have been disastrous not only to the region, but also to the whole world, including the US.
I find it useful to distinguish between two kinds of radicalism; that which tries to eradicate the structural causes of social injustice and that which glosses over such causes and simplifies them, presenting a stark.....
After opening the new session of parliament, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa made an announcement about his policy statement. He has stated that one of his policies will be to develop facilities at all schools to improve English language skills.
Many government politicians and supporters rightly claim that the alleged conversations between United National Party (UNP)MP Ranjan Ramanayake and certain police officers and judges would erode public.....
Forty-year-old Kavitha (pseudonym) was gripped by panic when she learnt she was pregnant for the sixth time. What made her most fearful was that she was ill-equipped to support and sustain yet another child...
The audio clips recovered from actor-turned politician, United National Party (UNP) MP Ranjan Ramanayake`s home at Madiwela have opened as it were the proverbial ‘can of worms’ if not having stirred a hornet’s nest, implicating various governme
Should public figures have private lives? This is probably a question that has been asked and answered countless times across time and space.
A related question would be ‘can public figures have private lives?’ Again an old question but one to
The United National Party must learn to read the pulses of the masses. Its Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe learned the hard way that his way of leaving religion out of politics made him an unpopular politician. It’s time that the green party learns qui
January 14 will go down in Sri Lanka’s history of foreign relations since the country witnessed top level diplomatic engagements with three world powers- the United States (U.S.), Russia and China- which have competing interests in the region.
The Government’s call to protesting undergraduates to chose the peaceful path of negotiating might not go well with university students. Though the path to negotiating is the preferred way in a civilised society, university students have got used t
Kindness is very important in life – no matter who or what you are, demonstrating kindness in all walks of life is important!!! In order to show kindness to others, we need to have a level of vulnerability ourselves!!! We need to be capable of op
The new year, for that matter, the new decade has started off with social media dominating every nook and corner of Sri Lanka political dialogue.
Sri Lanka is being touted as the best tourist destination by quite a few travel magazines. Certainly it is an achievement that makes any Sri Lankan proud. Unique locations, low cost, friendly and helpful locals, cleanliness, clean air and hassle free
Higher Education Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardane has said that the government would monitor and regularise the private institutions that send Sri Lankan students to foreign universities. He had said this on Sunday after visiting the home of one of t
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who claims that he is waging a lone crusade against corruption and for social justice recorded incriminating phone calls he made to top cops, judges and the former director-general of
The United States’ 40-year sanctions-based economic war against the radical Islamic regime in Iran may end in the not too distant future, if the regime gives in to the growing domestic demand for an end to a dictatorship masquerading as a democracy
“I was overjoyed when I got selected to the university. It was a dream I had since my childhood. My parents were really happy and proud of me as well. The only problem I had about starting university was my fear of ragging. I had heard so many stor
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his policy statement affirmed he would ensure that his government will remove all inefficiencies and make the public sector responsive to the people’s and country’s needs.
MPs of both sides have informed police and the Defence Ministry, Arresting an MP should be done in a manner which would not impair the honour and dignity of a ‘worthy-of-respect’ parliamentarian.
Just before the dawn of the New Year, two constitutional amendment Bills were presented as private member bills by parliamentarian Wijedasa Rajapakshe. These Bills; if enacted, would impact some of the progressive and....
In the early hours of Friday morning, the US, using drone-fired missiles killed Iranian General Soleimani just outside Baghdad’s international airport. Soleimani was the second most powerful man in Iran.
This is my third and final column in the trilogy of articles about the singing of Sri Lanka’s national anthem in Sinhala and Tamil languages. I would have very much liked to write about hot topics like Ranjan Ramanayake’s voice recordings or Pres
This year 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the ending of the Second World War, and the ending of the Holocaust. The year also marks the setting up of the United Nations, formed in response to atrocity crimes of the Holo
The crippling national debt problem which all recent governments of the post-independence era have been forced to face, has been a veritable eye-sore in the face of our dear motherland. Each successive government is guilty of having added to debt due
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s policy statement made in Parliament last Friday has been outshone by alleged telephone conversations -- between United National Party (UNP) MP Ranjan Ramanayake....
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