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Bringing the roof down

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

In Sri Lanka a disaster is the only way to get political attention. The collapse of a building in Wellawatte that killed one person and injured ove...


Reconciliation after reshuffle

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

The Cabinet reshuffle came and went and the Yahapalana Government now has three years left to deal with the consequences – presuming, of cour...


Holding citizens hostage

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

A citizen’s right to protest is a sacred part of any democratic society, especially with regard to engaging and directing policy. However, wh...


OMP déjà vu

/ Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

There is a an old saying that goes, ‘Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me’, but regrettably there isn’t one that ...


Cabinet reshuffle enough to save this Govt.?

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:00

The long-rumoured Cabinet reshuffle is to take place today, finally bringing to an end weeks of speculation and uncertainty. Who ends up with what ...


Dealing with dengue

/ Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:00

Over 47,000 suspected cases of dengue have been reported in just the last five months, with the death toll rising to 115 from the 97 lives it claim...


Tourism’s ticking clock

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Yesterday saw the inauguration of the annual conference of the Pacific Area Tourism Association (PATA). The conference, set to take place in Negomb...


Protests - the necessary evil?

/ Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

Some 17 students representing the Inter University Students’ Federation (IUSF) were hospitalised last evening following clashes with the poli...


Political musical chairs

/ Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00

The proposed Cabinet reshuffle has been delayed despite several unofficial deadlines in the past few weeks. Having first got postponed due to the S...


Policing permits

/ Tuesday, 16 May 2017 00:00

The newly-minted Right to Information (RTI) Act is seemingly being put to good use after it was revealed to the Supreme Court this past week that 1...


On the path to reconciliation 

/ Monday, 15 May 2017 00:23

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who has been tasked with spearheading the reconciliation efforts of the Yahapalana Government,...


Ending harassment

/ Saturday, 13 May 2017 00:00

Last week, the Police warned male drivers and riders that strict action would be taken against them if they were found guilty of harassing female d...


Vesak enlightenment

/ Friday, 12 May 2017 00:00

Vesak is upon us once more bringing with it all of its faith, fun and freedom. However, this year, like last, is tinged with a sense of sadness tha...


Uniting to solve waste problems

/ Wednesday, 10 May 2017 00:00

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) is set to initiate a stringent waste management program within the Colombo city limits in order to resolve the ...


Fixing provincial councils

/ Tuesday, 9 May 2017 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena this past weekend spoke of the importance of enhanced cooperation between the Government and provincial councils in ...


Pampering ministers

/ Monday, 8 May 2017 00:01

Last week, a supplementary allocation of up to Rs. 330 million was tabled in Parliament for the purchase of vehicles for three Cabinet Ministers, t...


Defeating the drought

/ Saturday, 6 May 2017 00:00

Sri Lankans are struggling to cope with one of the worst droughts it’s seen, as reports indicate that the affected number has exceeded a mill...


Training motorists

/ Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

The police yesterday began a “special traffic program” to apprehend drivers violating traffic and lane regulations within the Colombo c...


Hijacking May Day

/ Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:50

May Day is for the workers, the labourers, the trade unionists, the working class heroes; or so they say. International Workers’ Day may not ...


Don’t snub the messenger

/ Thursday, 4 May 2017 00:00

Yet another World Press Freedom Day came and went yesterday, and nearly eight years after the end of the war, whether or not the Sri Lankan media e...


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Tiny commitments from a thousand homes – mind separating matter!

25 May 2017

     Some may be wondering after Meethotamulla where all the Colombo waste is going. However, I do have a feeling that most had no idea whatsoever where things were disappearing into until the pictures of Meethotamul...


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part V: Incentives to exploit

24 May 2017

Introduction Farming is better when it is done collectively. Collaboration might happen between farmers, traders and agricultural extension officers. The collaborations can be at different strength levels, for example in some farmer commun...


Implications for democracy?

24 May 2017

A review of ‘Disposable Leaders’ by Rodney Tiffen By Laksiri Fernando ‘Your opponents sit opposite you, while your enemies sit behind.’ They stab. This is the background story related by Rodney Tiffen, in his ever...


Yahapalanaya unleashes rabid dogs

23 May 2017

BBS leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero   Post-war Sri Lanka saw Buddhist extremism targeting the Muslim community with the euphoria of the victory over the Liberation Tigers of ThamilEelam (LTTE). The MahindaRajap...


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