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Columns News - EDITORIAL
After what seems like ages, Sri Lanka is finally witnessing the arrival of the Right to Information (RTI) Act into action.
The civil war in the country has led to enormous humanitarian issues in the North and the East. The support extended by the people from the North and the East at the last Presidential Election was significant along with the overwhelming support extended to President Sirisena at the Presidential Poll by the people in the upcountry.
BLUSTER AND BLUNDER?
Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, sent negative vibrations coursing over the entire world, but especially across Europe where NATO heads, Asia, and Pacific region leaders would have grimaced at his inauguration statement on foreign (military/security) policy with his criticism of Obama "subsidizing the armies of foreign countries while allowing the depletion of our own military".
It is beginning to make those familiar rumblings once again with this present situation affecting the Sri Lankan cricket team that has come about from the South African Test debacle. It is not the first time such is taking place. Whenever the team performs poorly the rumbling begins. All teams around the world are facing similar runs with their performances in the game. Sri Lanka looked an unprepared team losing the Test series to home team South Africa 3-0, mostly due to their bad fielding.
NEW look at Tea
Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake speaking at a function in Colombo yesterday said that the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) will launch a US$ 50 million global tea promotion campaign, this year.
One of China's State controlled dailies, 'Global Times' has taken a swipe on both India and Japan, vis-à-vis Sri Lanka.
Western Province Chief Minister Isuru Devapriya had castigated the JVP alleging it was responsible for the aborted violence at the launching ceremony of the Chinese Development Zone Project in Hambantota. The UPFA's General Secretary went one better, claiming that the objective of the violent protest demonstration was to trigger "a Killing" as quoted in a daily last Friday.
Remember that line, "It's good to be king" which portrayed the gloriousness of being the ruling party of a country/kingdom/monarchy? Yeah, the same cannot be said about the present days of a democratic society (HA!) with a President who is being watched, monitored, criticized from all possible directions – except during the tenure of the previous administration (you know what we are talking about – no need to spell it out).
The present drought conditions throughout the country have threatened agriculture, the drinking water supply as well as the generation of hydropower.
The Joint Opposition could be forgiven for not knowing whether, along with Humpty-Dumpty, they are on the wall, clinging to it for dear life – or trying to clamber up its surface back to the top. The slither on both sides of the wall is caused by the US and India et al kicking up waves on the one side, with China, Russia etc following suit on the east side of the wall. Survival for the government and the Joint Opposition comes as a 'Hobson's Choice' because both are equally committed to the forces which sustain them, local and foreign.
Sri Lanka is abundant with cricketers from what you see when travelling around the country, especially during school holidays.
Winning the West
The European Commission (EC) has proposed the restitution of the lost GSP + facility to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka needs to grow at a healthy rate if it's to rid or lessen the impact of poverty among its people.
Within three weeks we've had growing indications of politically stoked aggression by unruly mobs, egged on by members of the Joint Opposition, threateningly boarding two foreign ships in the Hambantota Harbour, and last weekend intentionally clashing with the Police in a bid to thwart the government's initiatives to achieve economic growth while simultaneously making a desperate attempt to lift the country out of the massive public debt burden bequeathed to it by the former Rajapaksa regime.
One could say that the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his devout followers in the Joint Opposition started the New Year with a bang by resolving to topple the current Sirisena- Wickremesinghe administration in order to secure a Sri Lanka Freedom Party-led Government in the country.
It is saddening to see that the concrete jungle is gradually taking shape in Wilpattu which was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1905 during the British period.
The delay in entering into the agreement with the firm China Merchant on the amended Hambantota Port 99-year lease has run into snags which the Chinese investor wants ironed out immediately. Reports say it wants the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to also be a signatory to the agreement as an attesting witness to the project about which the ports authorities have not been too happy.
Being in a hurry about any and everything would appear to be a defining Sri Lankan trait, not the least predominantly evident when our national cricketers take the field against tough oppositions on away tours.
With Constitution making now on the cards and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena being on the same wave length on this score (other than going for a twenty first Amendment (21A) to remedy any shortcomings in the present Constitution if any),a new Constitution may not only have to once more address the question of power-sharing, where all the noises made are seemingly in regard to such, but it may also have to address the question of cost rationalization in relation to power-sharing
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- Vasu challenges Rajitha 3693
- Sensational dig in Wilpattu 3696
- Indian HC presents credentials 3690
- Don’t attend Nugegoda rally 3694
- Coach assaults 14-year-old 3690
- Govt seeks Rs 26.9 M for ECT 3692
- JVP urges Parliament probe 3689
- 50% Lankan docs employed abroad 3691
- Pillaiyan ordered killing – AG 3692
- Won’t rest until ‘Govt sent home’ – Wimal 3692
- UFO sightings unlikely – expert 3693
- Brexit requires Parliament Nod – UK Supreme Court 3689
- Govt to Seize Perpetual Treasuries’ Funds 3700
- Soldiers turn tables on CR 3693
- Why The Black Sea? 3693
- Student turns out trishaw ambulance 3693
- Budu Medura opened at SEUSL 3691
- Lankans amongst top Swiss asylum requests in 2016 3693
- CLARIFICATION 3687
- Thalatha Chair of ADD for next two years 3686
- Charged with rape of a schoolgirl 3686
- USS Hopper visit signals growing bilateral cooperation 3686
- Reconciliation in the School Curriculum 3685
- Hambantota drought 3747
- Canine and feline companions 3018
- Nixon’s Heir 3017
- Radical paradigm shift in Trump foreign policy 3025
- Shielding reconciliation from the nationalist 3079
- THIRTY YEARS AFTER DECLARATION OF IYSH 3061
- DOES SIRISENA HAVE A TRUMP CARD? 3158
- Sumo National Championship today 2814
- Sri Lanka U-19’s 303/6 2816
- De Villiers back as captain 2816
- Helitha Vithanage scores second ton 2815
- Lasith Fernando scores century 2814
- UPUL THARANGA TO CAPTAIN ODI team 2817
- Spirit Answers Door Bell 3491
- Did Govt get it wrong? 3476
- MI played a major role 2786
- The vision a nightmare; the revenue a myth! 3133
- A Rishad canard! 3092
- Flying high in ‘Velvet city’ 3091
- Bogus claims of foreign investments! 3432
- Docs threaten TU action if... 3440
- Coal industry mafia sacked me 3666
- I have a responsibility to correct this Govt 3673
- A NEW CONSTITUTION A MUST 3424
- WIDER PARTICIPATION MANDATORY FOR PEOPLE-FRIENDLY CONSTITUTION 3965
- Political furnace heating up once more 3262
- No need for a new Constitution 3941
- People are sick of the same old faces 3003
- Sarath Silva Slams Tinkering in Law/Constitution 4311
- BT European chief to resign over Italian scandal 3038
- Boosting FDI a must for wealth creation 3036
- Education Sector has created a surplus of engineers 3038
- Aus and NZ moot ‘TPP 12 minus one’ 3038
- Money printing 6 times greater than liquidity 3038
- Acclaimed scientist urges SL to retire coal plants 3038
- Way for True Conciliation! 3918
- Mathews is confident of bouncing back 2698
- Djokovic still the biggest rival, says Murray 3289
- Odissi dance recital Taal Taranga 4592
- Candid and Undeterred remarks on Luke Wright 4660
- Enchanting scrutiny into historical novels 4612
- Davena Vihagun (aka Burning Birds) for The Ingamar Bergman Film Award 4627
- Rev. Fr. Harold Panditharatne – Teacher Par Excellance 4608
- Postnational cinema? 4756
- Authentic poetry rewarded 2581
- Kala Pola 2017 2567
- A mighty platform for the creative writer 2568
- The start of a new year 2571
- Special Chinese New Year food festival 2571
- Escape to Sigiriya 2575