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Mandate Fumigation  


Not only is Sri Lanka's multibillion US dollar agro and plantation export industry being threatened by the Khapra beetle, but its domestic food industry as well.

Turn Words To Deeds  


Ceylon Today in its editorials of Tuesday and Thursday, highlighted the immediate need of the Government to arrest the rising cost of living (CoL).

Reforming the Railways vital  


The Cabinet of Ministers this week decided to declare the Railways, Health andsectors closed services in order to solve issues plaguing them and also thwart strike action by employees.

Protecting Masses’ Rights  


The-six-day-long train strike finally ended yesterday; bringing a sigh of relief from Sri Lankans.

Stop fielding criminals as candidates forthwith   


It is a commonly held belief that after Proportional Representation was introduced in the late 1970s to Local Government elections; the quality of services rendered to the citizen in the cities, towns and regions has deteriorated.

Solve CoL Now  


A cross section of essential food items, numbering 19 out of a total of 21, in the last four years have seen their prices increase by a minimum of 14 per cent to a maximum of 167 per cent, despite the imposition of price controls on some of them.

Sad state of Human Rights situation  


The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has made a startling revelation that the human rights situation in the country has hardly improved from previous two years.

Let’s roundly condemn US move  


Donald Trump's troubled presidency had vowed to bring a settlement to the Middle East.

Trump and Jerusalem  


Jerusalem. The Holy Land. The Ir ha-Kodesh and the Bayt al-Maqdis.The birthplace of monotheism; the three main religions that believe in the existence and benevolence of the One True God; Allah, Yahweh, and God. Jerusalem is, also coincidentally a powder keg, a primordial time bomb waiting to happen, covered in layers and layers of protective layers in the form of peace processes and various diplomatic negotiations. Yet, the minutest wrong move there could set off a religious war.

Cost Of Living  


No doubt many Sri Lankans will want to know what Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will have to say about the rising cost of living when he makes a special statement in Parliament on this subject today. Among them will be members of the low income group as well as the ever-shrinking Middle Class which is dependent on fixed incomes or dividends from their savings.This is because essential items are getting dearer by the day. Officially inflation, which measures the price changes of essential goods and services, accelerated to 7.6 per cent year on year last month compared to a nominal four per cent rise in the same period last year and a 4.4 per cent increase two years ago.

Journalism a Stewardship  


"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" -Voltaire Freedom of expression is one of the pillars of democracy and media freedom is vital to defend this right.

Govt. should have gathered low hanging fruits  


Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayake revealed on Monday that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the Attorney General's Department are debating whether the journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda disappearance case should proceed as a murder or abduction.

Arogya Parama Labha  


The line from the Dhammapada Arogya Parama Labha which translated means "Health is the ultimate profit" is commonly displayed in all Government run hospitals. Better health is central to human happiness and well-being. It also makes an important contribution to economic progress, as healthy populations live longer, are more productive, and save more.

A true messenger of God   


Pope Francis on his first visit to Asia last week had opted to travel to one of the poorest countries in the world, Bangladesh and Myanmar, where the Rohingya Muslims were persecuted brutally and made to seek refuge in Bangladesh in the last few months.
As the year 2017 has witnessed an enormous refugee crisis in its early part in Europe with the influx of refugees on a mega scale moving out from the Middle East as well as from Africa crossing the Mediterranean and in recent months Rohingya Muslims fleeing into Bangladesh from Myanmar on a mega scale faced with untold misery, the departing year 2017 could be very well described as the year of an enormous refugee crisis.



Sri Lankans will vote-in their Local Government representatives next month, after a long and challenging two and half year wait.

Protecting The Poor  


Climate change is here to stay.



It's a cruel world where none are treated equally while a selected handful remains with superior privileges of the elite. Reminding us of the Orwellian scripture that all animals are equal but some more than the others, the current status of the world and its view of equality has become inundated under populist and liberal beliefs, without the chances of any plausible solutions in a real world encounter. Thus is the story of the differently-abled and countless others who are marginalized in the broader vision of the world.



Corruption is easy to take place particularly in an under-developed country like ours where law enforcement is lax: Similarly, the eradication of such corruption is more complex. Eradication of something that comes naturally to us, of course, would be a crusade against nature. And every politician who pledges to drive out crime, fraud, transgressions and corruption is faced with this intrinsic problem, thus taking inordinate time to see plausible and potential solutions. And this is witnessed throughout the entire world, not just in Sri Lanka.

MR’s Poll Cry  


"Delimitation" in the Sri Lankan context is about carving new wards or electorates or seats or wards, either at Parliamentary or Provincial Council (PC) or Local Government (LG), election level.

Food for thought Mr. President  


Crime has now run rampant that it has not only sought to endanger the survivability of a singular nation State but the entire globe. Thus, crime itself has evolved into a new monstrosity; an abomination that does not recognize boundaries, borders or the geographical vastness of the landmasses it revolves around. For transnational crimes take place not within a singular nation State but on an international scale and its implications are felt globally, thus making it more and more of a significant threat that should be addressed immediately. Yet the very nature itself has rendered the powers of a single, independent nation, utterly useless. One nation might be able to control and manage its own problems but only to a certain extent. No matter how many drug raids the local authorities carry out every day, there will be even more of them on the very next day.

Countrywide Police Crackdown  


A countrywide crackdown carried out by Special Police teams on the directive of Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara has led to the arrest of 3,700 persons in connection with various nefarious activities in the past three days.

Empowerment, Enforcement  


No person shall propagate war or advocate national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. (Sub-section (1) of Section 3 of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) Act, No. 56 of 2007.)

Implement Plans   


A tax consultant once told newspapers during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, that what Sri Lanka has is 'strong' individuals and not strong institutions.

Hub Status  


President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, after the end of Sri Lanka's 26-year-old Tamil terrorist war on 18 May2009, used to talk of positioning Sri Lanka as a five hub nation for global trade and commerce.

MR’s Shadow  


HSBC CEO Sri Lanka and Maldives Mark G. Prothero at a seminar organized by The Council for Business with Britain at Colombo Tuesday where Board of Investments (BoI) Head Dumindra Ratnayake was present, said that though the Government targeted US$ five billion in foreign direct investments (FDI) by 2020, however, Vietnam enjoyed $ 12 billion worth of FDI and Cambodia and troubled Myanmar $2½-3 billion each, last year.



Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) probing the Central Bank Treasury Bonds auctions on Monday.

Liberalizing Shipping  


Before President J. R. Jayewardene opened up the economy 40 years ago in 1977, the country had soaring double digit unemployment, corruption, cronyism, shortages, rationing and queues.

The Galle unrest   


The communal unrest in Gintota in the Galle area has created a panick situation particularly among Muslims throughout the country. The timely action taken by the Government by imposing curfew and deploying the Security Forces personnel has brought the situation under control to a great extent.

We strive to journey towards fairness  


Media in any functioning democracy is regarded as its Fourth Estate after the outmoded estates of the Clergy, the Nobility and the Commoner.

Plugging Leakages  


'Prohibition' was the USA's failed attempt to ban liquor.



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