Thursday 24th April 2014

Cost of terrorism on a country

Published : 12:00 am  March 25, 2014  |  Category: COLUMNS, Rohantha Athukorala  |  3 Comments  |  524 views  |  
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Sri Lanka has lost Rs. 3,000 b due to terrorism directly 24-year of terrorism has cost the country over $ 200 b The catch-22 situation that Sri Lanka is up against in Geneva is very sad for me personally given that I was part of the larger team that fought the ruthless terrorist organisation in Eelam war IV that brought peace into this country. I still remember the many times I had to travel on military aircraft with the soldiers going to war at the height of the ground operation while I was in the Government Peace Secretariat between 2007-2010. As a team, we supported the soldiers on the ground by staging industrial exhibitions and sports tournaments in Jaffna. We also ensured that the private... 

Pathana squeeze past Royal

Published : 12:00 am  March 25, 2014  |  Category: Arthur Fernandez, COLUMNS  |  Leave a Comment  |  246 views  |  
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By Arthur Fernandez As anticipated the Royal/Pathana game was full of swashbuckling rugby, hard bruising tackles, some poor decisions by the players and last but not least a fair dose of controversy on a Sunday afternoon. For those who made it opting to miss out on Akmal’s and Maxwell’s T20 heroics it was time and effort well spent. For a start the organisers must ensure the seating is adequate for the amount charged from the rugby public. What was provided on Sunday was a rip-off. Pathana appears to be a well knit unit brimming in confidence and looking very positive. They play a brand of rugby that is refreshing, challenging and at times outrageous. In the last two seasons they appear to... 

Reality behind potential output: Critical reading by Practical Economist is commendable

Published : 12:32 am  March 24, 2014  |  Category: COLUMNS, W. A. Wijewardena  |  2 Comments  |  2,311 views  |  
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A critical reader objecting to potential output A critical reader writing under the penname ‘Practical Economist’ has raised several objections to this writer’s ‘My View’ in the previous week under the title ‘Potential Output in Sri Lanka: It is dangerous to speed the car beyond the installed engine capacity’. The My View under reference could be accessed at – – , while his objections titled ‘Potential output: The reality behind the fiction’ at –                                   It... 

Seven scents of serenity

Published : 12:28 am  March 24, 2014  |  Category: Ajantha Dharmasiri, COLUMNS  |  Leave a Comment  |  265 views  |  
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Many of us have to face the hustle and bustle of life amidst rush and push. When the outside world is turbulent, how can we maintain inner stillness? This might be the answer sought by millions of managers worldwide. What benefits it would offer? What answers would it contain? Today’s column will show us the seven scents of serenity. Overview Serenity is simply the state of being calm. It involves stillness. Stillness is your essential nature, says Eckhart Tolle, the Canadian author of spirituality fame. As he goes further: You are that awareness, disguised as a person. When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself... 

Children with Down syndrome can be made useful citizens

Published : 3:06 am  March 21, 2014  |  Category: COLUMNS  |  Leave a Comment  |  266 views  |  
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The United Nations General Assembly has declared 21 March as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).This declaration signifies inviting attention of countries, to ensure the welfare and development of intellectual and physical abilities of individuals with Down syndrome in the world. The intention of the day is to raise public awareness and to promote programs that help people with Down syndrome (DS) to enjoy their lives participating in social activities productively and become independent citizens in the civil society. Countries around the world are planning to mark the ninth anniversary of the day on 21 March, 2014. Prior to getting into details of commemorating the day, it would be useful to define... 

Gandhi in Asterix land, a story for these times!

Published : 12:00 am  March 21, 2014  |  Category: COLUMNS  |  7 Comments  |  1,808 views  |  
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“When Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, there was a professor, whose last name was Peters, who felt animosity for Gandhi, and because Gandhi never lowered his head towards him, their “arguments” were very common. One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor, in his arrogance, said, “Mr. Gandhi: You do not understand… a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat,” to which Gandhi replies, “You do not worry professor, I’ll fly away,” and he went and sat at another table. Mr. Peters, green of rage, decides to take revenge on the next test,... 

“Politics needs professionals”: Nawas Musthaffa

Published : 12:00 am  March 21, 2014  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, COLUMNS  |  1 Comment  |  465 views  |  
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Nawas Musthaffa, Western Provincial Council candidate of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, says people are willing to elect fresh candidates with a strong professional background and a proven track record regardless of established party loyalties. “Professionals like me can play a role if elected. My professional exposure and could be put to best use if I am elected to represent the Western Provincial administration,” he said, in an interview with the Daily FT. Following are excerpts: Q: You are a freshman in politics. Who are you and what is your background? A: This may be the first time I am contesting, but I am not a freshman in politics. I hail from a political family. My father is a former... 

The power of teamwork

Published : 12:00 am  March 21, 2014  |  Category: COLUMNS  |  Leave a Comment  |  370 views  |  
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I was watching the 4×100 men’s relay of 2004 Olympics, live on the television. A few days earlier the 100 metres event was held. Justine Gatlin of USA came first and the legendary Morris Green of USA came third. Shawn Crawford of USA, who was the gold medallist of the 200m, came fourth. In the relay team of USA in addition to these men, there was another person called Coby Miller. The British team was comprised of four average persons. Everyone thought that the USA team would win. I was shocked to see that the British team won the game. I was even more shocked to watch the lousy baton change of the US team. At the end of the event a journalist interviewed the US team. They were giving... 

The inglorious self-goal

Published : 12:26 am  March 20, 2014  |  Category: COLUMNS, Dharisha Bastians  |  3 Comments  |  1,019 views  |  
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So perfectly orchestrated and precisely timed, the detention of human rights campaigners in Sri Lanka over the past week almost looks like internal sabotage to ruin the country’s faltering chances at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva   Here’s a mid-week riddle: What do the Tamil widow Balendran Jeyakumari, activists Ruki Fernando, Father Praveen Mahesan and Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister have in common? They all chose to engage with international human rights mechanisms, including UN rights Chief Navi Pillay. And now they are paying for it. Since her explosive press conference at the UN compound in Colombo, a recurring theme of Navi Pillay’s remarks on the situation in Sri Lanka... 

Sri Lanka in Geneva: Frozen in fixed positions

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2014  |  Category: COLUMNS  |  Leave a Comment  |  401 views  |  
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  With almost exactly a week to go before a crucial vote in Geneva, Sri Lanka seems very much on the back foot. While William Hague, the Foreign Secretary of the UK, makes a direct appeal to the readers of ‘The Hindu,’ presenting four points in support of his country’s call for an ‘international mechanism,’ his counterpart Prof. G.L. Peiris busies himself addressing a series of meetings, not in the member states of the UNHRC but in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Prof. Peiris should rebut each one of the four points and go on to ask his counterpart, in print, in the world’s quality press, whether the failure to conclude inquiries for 28 years into Bloody Sunday indicated... 

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