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Sri Lanka has two conventional forms of inquiring into high stake criminal allegations: one is to conduct a mainstream Police investigation, which more or less would result in a lackadaisical inspection that might or might not result in justice being served. The second form is the Inquisitorial Commission which encompasses all aspects of law and order in the country, into a nice and cute goodie bag but would ultimately have only one purpose: reporting to the Head of State and give recommendations as to what should be done with regard to the matter. Unbeknownst the fact that these Presidential (previously Royal) Commissions of Inquiry were introduced in 1948 and is old as our Independence, it's widely accepted that these Commissions are more efficient in completing their designated tasks. The end results of these Inquisitorial Commissions however, hold no weight at all.

Where is witness protection?  


The Attorney General's Department revealed yesterday that Anika V. Wijesuriya, Director of East West Properties PLC, who disclosed that former Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has received gratification from Perpetual Treasuries Limited, at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on bonds, has fled the country due to threats on her life.

Multi-billion Rupee Question  


With the term of the Presidential Commission on the alleged Treasury (T) Bonds scam covering the first 14 full months of the Yahapalana Government, from January 2015 to March 2016, ending by the month end, only a fortnight away, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has indicated that he's willing to give evidence before the Commission (See this newspaper's yesterday's edition).

President’s daredevil approach   


President Maithripala Sirisena's visit to Jaffna was significant in several ways as he made a daredevil approach when he came across people there agitating over the issues of involuntary disappearances and Tamil prisoners held under the PTA.

Hartal a message to the Govt  


After many years the capital of the Northern Province witnessed a hartal against the Government.

Review retirement age  


UN Fund For Population Activities (UNFPA) now renamed UN Population Fund, said the elderly or those who are above 60 years of age who may even be referred to as the aged, will outnumber the country's working population in another 20 years' time.(See also Ceylon Today Saturday, 7 October)

A toothless Nat Audit Bill Draft  


The Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday finally approved the much delayed Draft National Audit Bill.

Desert Victory but changes a must  


We Sri Lankans accept their fate, with some resignation, when the government service does not function properly or our politicians exhibit all aspects of incompetence and corruption.

Gabrielson says Chinese deals not always transparent   


US Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific and Task Force 73, who is now in Sri Lanka for the Galle Dialogue, speaking to Ceylon Today on Monday, said that Sri Lanka should be thoughtful when making deals with China because it tends not to be always transparent in its intentions.

Focusing on Maritime Security  


Sri Lanka Navy's proud brainchild, the Galle Dialogue - the seventh International Maritime Conference since 2010, commenced with grand proceedings, yesterday. With the sole purpose of providing a common platform to all stake holders of national and international repute to discuss and deliberate maritime related issues, the Galle Dialogue seeks to enhance cooperation of maritime security and sharing of knowledge and information amongst the stakeholder countries.

Dealing with North Korea  


Sri Lanka considering the threat posed by the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK) to peace and security internationally has adopted the UN's Security Council resolution prohibiting Sri Lankans engaging in any form of activities with the DPRK.



One-time guerrilla, ground-breaking journalist and iconoclast extraordinaire Victor Ivan is today a sad man.

Turning cricket around real businesslike  


We have in a number of editorials been keeping the Sri Lankan sports loving public informed about the numerous problems that have been regularly affecting sports in the country. It is of utmost importance that sports administration be placed in the hands of persons, who love the given discipline and have gained experience through participation at least at school level.

Investigate Ravi K  


It was revealed at Wednesday's Presidential Commission inquiring into the alleged Treasury (T) Bond scandals that took place during the tenure of the current Government, that on the eve of two T Bond auctions held on 29 March and 31 March, 2016, the heads of three State banks, namely the Bank of Ceylon, People's Bank and National Savings Bank, had been instructed by the then Finance Minister, the controversial Ravi Karunanayake, now demoted to the ranks of an ordinary MP because of these alleged scandals, to make 'low' bids.

Transshipment To Maritime Hub  


Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral donor agency, in a report released recently, said that the Colombo Port was the natural transshipment hub port for the South Asian region.

Raiding safe house unworthy of Buddhist monks  


Ven. Akmeemana Dayarathana Thera was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) on Monday over last week's incident where a group led by monks protested opposite, and later raided, a safe house for Rohingya refugees under UNHCR protection.

We can only be hospitable to Rohingya refugees  


Like every other major scale refugee crisis Myanmar's Rohingya issue has spilled over borders into neighbouring States and even exposed the refugees to the harsh violence of the Indian Ocean. While there are no bounds to human compassion and charity, there is always the opposite side that is rarely addressed; the darker side of human nature that abhors differences. This capacity for violence and hatred knows not the geographical boundaries or hypothetical lines drawn on maps that define nations - it is innate.

Timely warning  


Sri Lanka is now in crisis with nature and our own experts have cautioned about the rapidly dwindling green cover in the country due to excessive deforestation.

IMF & Debt  


International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suspended the release of its fourth tranche of SDR 119.894 million (US$ 163.49 million) of its three year SDR 1.1 billion ($ 1.5 billion) extended fund facility (EFF) with the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) signed up in June of last year.

Adopt Prema’s ‘3Cs’  


History was created on 21 November 2014, when the then SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Government, crossed over to contest as the common opposition candidate to take on the might of Rajapaksa at the 8 January 2015 Presidential Election.

In Vithya’s name let there be justice to all child victims  


Yesterday on the remote island of Pungudutivu, the residents celebrated, they lit crackers and cooked milk rice.

Extend hospitality to Rohingya refugees  


Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans are refugees who have been accepted by welcoming, sympathetic communities across the world.

Drive Investments  


Government is thinking of passing an Ease of Doing Business Act (EDBA), similar to that of Thailand's.

ICC investigation most welcome  


The news that the International Cricket Council has begun an investigation into allegations of corruption in Sri Lankan Cricket is shocking.

Rohingya crisis: We as a nation cannot support either side  


A humanitarian catastrophe has been unfolding along the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar since 2015. More than 370,000 Rohingya have fled a violent military clampdown in Myanmar, and are crowded in desperate conditions in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

No one is above the law  


Defence Secretary, Kapila Waidyaratne, categorically denying any possibility of the LTTE raising its head again, has clearly stated that Security Forces personnel accused of crimes will have to face the law of the land.

LG: Nursery to breed future national leaders   


Local government in the South Asian region has a long history.

Worth reviving SLPL again  


Sports lovers always crave to see their favourites, whether they be individuals or teams, perform well. A sport can only draw a large spectator turnout if the fans feel they will be provided with their money's worth.

Dissecting Trump’s Threats  


"In foreign affairs, we [USA] are renewing this founding principle of sovereignty. Our government's first duty is to its people; to our citizens, to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights and to defend their values. As President of the United States, I will always put America first. Just like you, as the leaders of your countries, will always and should always put your countries first."

It is very vital more time be granted to fulfil Resolution 30/1 pledges  


Addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday, President Maithripala Sirisena requested the members of the organization to give Sri Lanka the necessary time to achieve lasting peace, democracy and reconciliation. Pointing out that Sri Lanka has indeed made serious progress in the last two years regarding reconciliation, restoration of democratic freedoms, human rights and rule of law, the President said that the country was making steady progress.



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