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.
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Ceylon Today in its editorials of Tuesday and Thursday, highlighted the immediate need of the Government to arrest the rising cost of living (CoL).
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.
The-six-day-long train strike finally ended yesterday; bringing a sigh of relief from Sri Lankans.
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.
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.
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.
Donald Trump's troubled presidency had vowed to bring a settlement to the Middle East.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.)
A tax consultant once told newspapers during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, that what Sri Lanka has is 'strong' individuals and not strong institutions.
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.
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.
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 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.
Media in any functioning democracy is regarded as its Fourth Estate after the outmoded estates of the Clergy, the Nobility and the Commoner.
'Prohibition' was the USA's failed attempt to ban liquor.
- Beetle in Lankan tea shipment to Russia Exporter to be spared says Pethiyagoda
- Canadian Police probe ‘suspicious’ deaths of billionaire couple
- Stock Market Investor losses extend to Rs 94B
- Use of polythene in political rallies CEA to take on offenders
- Draft Legislation HRCSL advice not sought – UN Experts
- Drugs and drug users on the increase
- No NICs for 500,000 Lankans 300,000 are registered voters Bulk without birth certificates
- Growth decelerates to 3.3%
- UN damns Lanka 14,000 minors in childcare centres Calls for urgent reforms
- Russia restricts Lanka tea over beetle scare Top-level delegation off to Moscow
- Call to criminalize marital rape Justice Ministry seeks Cabinet approval
- Jumbo killings Armed protection unit to be set up Fines, jail terms to be increased
- Crossovers loom prior to polls
- SC issues notice on Elections Chief
- Jilted SLFP shuns JO forever
- CEB TU threatens strike Gives 18th as ultimatum
- Gnanasara Thera’s request for foreign travel denied
- Chinese envoy says OBOR will take Sino-Lanka ties to new level
- Police Chief in pre-poll warning Errant officers will be dealt with strictly
- Court extends Stay Order on Gota case
- Sriyani as State Minister of PCs and LG JO crossover pledged support for MS
- Rains to prevail Landslide warning to Galle, Kalutara to be reviewed
- BJP lauds ‘Ram Setu’ findings Hits out at critics
- Two held for impersonation at exam centre
- Female Genital Mutilation Advice sought from medical experts
- Visakhapatnam will favour the home team Batsmen to dominate decider
- Jadeja hits six sixes in an over
- Ntini’s son Thando in SA U-19 World Cup squad
- Neves stunner guides Wolves
- Westbrook nets triple double for Thunder
- Don’t see me making a WI comeback - Dwayne Bravo
- FIFA threatens to boot Spain out of World Cup
- SL lose two matches in T10s
- Army can dominate Air Force
- Smith and Marsh put attack to sword
- Govt backtracks on anti-coal policy Two 600MW coal plants coming up
- Lankan company in pioneering global innovation
- Increasing worker remittances: Not a sign of prosperity
- Russian ban on Sri Lankan tea imports Navin to rush to Russia Ban comes into effect tomorrow, despite preventive efforts
- Dialog, RPC in CSE’s S&P SL20
- ADB loans Government US$ 270 million
- Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea
- Purchasing Managers’ Index accelerates
- THASL educates Deputy Principals on Hospitality Management
- Financial Intelligence Unit signs MoU with Sri Lanka Police
- Protect Wilpattu Movement set in motion 5K strong turnout march in peaceful protest to UN office & handover petition
- Concretes & Abstracts Faith, Wayside Shrines & Urban Sprawl
- TGTE using Lawyers to challenge SL’s 6th amendment
- Christmas cheer is in the air!
- So, this is Christmas!
- A Time of Gifts Winding up
- New Land Draft BiLL Political wrangling hinders ironing out complex land issues
- We (don’t) need a Messiah Champika has failed to maintain what Mangala designed and Gota delivered
- M12M on the campaign trail Spotlight on polls and criminal elements
- Lord Naseby vs the Sri Lanka Campaign War is over, but body count debate continues
- Women’s quota in LG elections Historic opportunity Elect qualified, capable women– not wives & relatives of thugs
- Canada’s pivot to China hits a snag
- Maithri should not sit in a Cabinet sans SLFPers
- Wigneswaran sowing seeds of communalism
- SLFP supports devolution of power – Lasantha Alagiyawanna
- If Bond scammers are not prosecuted…President will lose his credibility –Bandula Gunawardena
- All information security issues are not cyber crimes
- Sirisena Presidency - A Parallax View As foretold by Sobhitha Hamuduruwo
- Blessed are the peacemakers
- Disinformation campaigns and public mistrust
- Millennials and Marriages
- Abu Dhabi to acquire ‘Salvator Mundi’
- MacOs High Sierra security fix
- Are Lemurs Going Extinct?
- An Echo of Womanhood
- Kemadruma Yoga An evil yoga cancelling all other favourable yogas
- Sun into Sagittarius ‘Kona Month’ has just begun
- Inviting wrath of goddess Lakshmi
- Five Yoga Poses to Calm Your Mind
- Rahu in 7th House and marriage
- The Disaster Artist: The (un)making of a movie
- Our children and our cinema
- INTERPRETING ASIAN CINEMA: CHALLENGES AHEAD
- How Sanskrit journalism is slowly hogging headlines
- ice manufacturing in South Asia
- CMSC’s season finale concert
- Kite Surfing Lanka Kalpitiya An experience of a lifetime
- Ella and mini Adam’s Peak
- A cave of history -Ravana Cave
- I don’t get asked out
- Homemade apple & Chocolate Bodywash
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- New York Blast Terror charges filed against NY bomber
- Saga of Kohukumbure Rate Rala
- Attygalle murder and John Kotelawala Senior’s suicide