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The custodian of the law has failed  


On more than a few occasions we have drawn attention to the fact that the Opposition's Raison d'Etre is, as Donald Trump says of the Democrats, to resist: It is obstruction."

A haphazard attempt to solve a longstanding problem  


As Sri Lankans, we consider ourselves to be a proud race among the many of those that make up the humankind on this planet.

Happy, safe and enjoyable Eid-ul-Fitr greetings  


Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr today, after a month-long fast observed to purify the mind and body.



The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government, according to information leaking out to the media from supposedly reliable top level insiders in the Government, is set to continue in harness for another two years, up to the end of 2019 presumably.



Dengue has reached an alarming level and the so-called dengue prevention programmes have not reduced the incidence, as the number of dengue patients reported from the country by the end of the second week of June reached 69,000. Thus far, more than 200 people have died due to dengue and the number is increasing day by day.



Yesterday, thousands of patients who came to receive treatment at government hospitals were waiting helplessly, bearing the pain, as doctors were engaged in a strike action condemning the attack carried out by the Police and the Special Task Force (STF) against university students who invaded the Health Ministry demanding the government to take over the private medical college, South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). The decision of the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) to go on strike was a sudden move which was announced only around 10 p.m. the day before yesterday, after 95 student- protesters were hospitalized due to police attacks.

CSE’s Rs 3T Journey  


Coinciding with an article published in Ceylon FT in its 5 June issue under the heading ''Elusive' Rs Three Trillion Market Cap', Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE), the following day, i.e. on 6 June, issued a press release under the heading 'CSE to include non-voting shares in Index Market Cap calculation' which said, 'The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announces the inclusion of non-voting shares which are listed and traded on the exchange in its Index Market Capitalization (IMC) calculation.

Wiggy eyes ‘18 Polls  


The 'war' between TNA rebels and its Chief Minister Northern Province (NP) C.V. Wigneswaran (78) and the TNA hierarchy led by its Leader R. Sampanthan (84) for now appears to be over.

Army for garbage collection: A definite No!  


Sri Lanka's waste disposal and gathering mechanism has become a hot topic of late due to the direct connection it has with the weather related consequences in the country. In the fallout of the Meethotamulla incident last April and the floods of last month, the public and the country's administration have begun paying more attention to the waste disposal mechanism that is currently active in the country. That, and the added problem of the increasing dengue deaths has now resulted in the administration adhering to more drastic and stricter solutions that seek to respond to the dire matter at hand.

Let reconciliation begin from NPC   


The turmoil in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) has raised a pertinent question as to how far the Tamil political scene is reconciled to fulfil the political aspirations of the Northerners in the backdrop of reconciliation at national level, which is much spoken of.



The world is in turmoil, even at the brink of a major, unprecedentedly catastrophic nuclear war that US Defence Secretary James Mattis made clear yesterday "would be a serious, a catastrophic war, especially for innocent people in some of our allied countries in the Asia/Pacific, to include Japan most likely". His message came just after two hugely important developments on the global political stage that will have immense negative as well as positive repercussions on a global scale.



The cause of the continuing standoff between the Sports Minister and Asia's only woman silver medalist, in an Olympics track and field short distance event: This shows the typical Sri Lankan mentality of those who accept what their eyes see. At a time when ministers are fighting over the size of their rooms, tables or whatever it might be, it shows that it has become the norm today for them to strut around like super stars. And people get carried away with their conduct on the streets, as when people are shooed off by their uniformed men in their escort cars. In the eyes of a larger section of society this casts them in the gangster type of 'tough guy' or macho mould.

CEB Generation Plan, Polls  


A harangue over renewable energy versus coal erupted at the public hearing of CEB's Long Term Low Cost Energy Generation Plan (LTLCEGP) that took place at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies located at the BMICH yesterday.

Wigneswaran cleaning his own house  


The Northern Provincial Council has made itself prominent once again with the Chief Minister, C. V. Wigneswaran, taking a strict stance against corruption within the institution itself. With opposition from his own party – the Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) – Wigneswaran's decision to take corruption at its root and accuse several members of the Council itself of corruption with the Minister's special committee appointed to inquire into the alleged corruption in the Provincial Council's activities is noteworthy. And now, a heated debate is expected to surface at the Northern Provincial Council session, when the report of the special committee, which had found two council ministers guilty of malpractices and mismanagement, is tabled. The move itself has come at a crucial time when other Provincial Councils would also feel the same heat and excitement felt right now in the Northern Provincial Council.

‘Missing,’ In Terror Wars  


Yesterday this newspaper reported that a group of parents representing the families of missing persons from the North and the East (NE) had submitted a petition to President Maithripala Sirisena at Jaffna, requesting information about their missing children.

We as Our Own Executioners  


It has been several months, now, since the Sri Lanka Police decided to activate the law against monk Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera of the Bodu Bala Sena, a hard-line Buddhist fundamentalist group that, ironically, seeks to eradicate other fundamentalist groups in Sri Lanka, through the mobilization of the masses. It has been several months since the Police attempted to arrest the monk for the alleged involvement in several incidents of racial violence instigated throughout the country. However, that attempt did not succeed as the monk and his gang of supposed erudite advocates of his 'teachings' did not submit to the Police orders claiming that Court had failed to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Slavery in foreign job market   


The revelation that Lankan maids are being secretly auctioned into modern slavery has tarnished the Island nation's image as well as the reputation of Lankan women at large.

Tories-DUP Govt., Good For Lanka  


The ruling Conservative Party headed by Premier Theresa May has fallen short by eight seats to have an absolute majority in the 650 seat House of Commons by winning only 318 seats at Thursday's election in the UK.

Heroes will stay with proper management  


The recent tragedy that took place while the Nuwara Eliya Road Races were being held was not the first such catastrophe that had hit this event. There had been two deaths reported and other accidents ended up riders, spectators and those from the Police that had been there on duty, being maimed. Although, there had been two lives already lost due to such accidents nothing had been done to avoid these calamities.

Growth, Agriculture  


A government is elected to power on the promise and on the premise of giving a good and a better life to its peoples, whilst at the same time ensuring their freedom and the perpetuation of democracy.
Those translate to prosperity and security.



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