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MPs’ shocking dereliction of duty

August 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Both govt., Opp. at fault


– Deputy Opp whip

August 29, 2014, 9:37 pm

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Deputy Opposition Whip Ajith P. Perera (Kalutara District MP)  yesterday said that the parliamentary system of governance was at stake because  parliamentarians were skipping sittings even when important Bills were taken up.

Ceylon’s Vintage Cars II – Austin 8

August 28, 2014 at 11:07 pm

The Austin 8 was a small car made by the Austin Motor Company. Launched 24 February 1939[1] and produced into the war until 1943, about 9,000 – 9,500 of the wartime Austin models were two-seater military 8AP tourers produced for the armed services and government, and the rest were four light saloons, six light saloons, two and four seater tourers and vans.

The Flavours and Recipes from Chettinad joins the niche group of food books brought out by luxury hotels-Avantika Bhuyan BS

August 28, 2014 at 10:41 pm


“What did you use in the wet paste for chicken Chettinad?” asks Sumeet Nair. As I list the ingredients, I smile sheepishly when it comes to chillies. For lack of availability, I had replaced the mild goondu milagai in the recipe with Kashmiri chilli powder. “Next time, visit Sree Rama Store in Munirka for goondu milagai,” advises Nair. It is a similar guiding touch, a gentle nudge in the right direction that one finds in the The Bangala Table: Flavours and Recipes from Chettinad, a book that Nair has co-authored with Meenakshi Meyyappan and Jill Donenfeld.

Editorial- island.lk

August 28, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Wariyapola slapping

August 28, 2014, 8:40 pm

We have witnessed high octane performance on the part of the  police once again. On Wednesday, with the aid of a video clip posted on the  Internet they arrested a woman who had repeatedly slapped a man in public in  Wariyapola recently allegedly because the latter had made an indecent proposal.

‘Promising police’ – a response

August 28, 2014 at 10:24 pm


August 28, 2014, 8:32 pm


Apropos your editorial of August 19, 2014 on the above stated  subject, may I please be permitted to make the following comments for the  general information of the readers of your highly esteemed paper.

Everyone will get electricity

August 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

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One statement which drew my attention, in Niel Perera’s recent  letter was: ‘The Minister also says that by the end of the year, everyone will  get electricity’. Prior to providing funds from the national budget for rural  electrification, the CEB provided a small sum from its own budget for that  purpose. Then local government authorities extended supply in their areas, both  for financial and political reasons. After withdrawing the licences from local  authorities as they failed to pay bills, the supply of electricity. to the  entire country became the responsibility of the CEB.

Increasing postage: There are other options

August 28, 2014 at 10:16 pm


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Apropos the above titled letter in The Island of August  16 by a retired Deputy PMG residing in Canada, it has to be pointed out that  there is a reply to his suggestion of increasing revenue through other options  in The Island of August 22 (p4) where the Minister of Postal Services was  quoted as saying, “The Department was able to increase its income from Rs. 2.5  billion last year to Rs. 3.5 billion this year due to increased revenue from  foreign mail and other value-added services”. It has also pointed out that  postal rates have not been revised for the past six years.

Sinhala colonisation a great worry for Tamils: Sambanthan

August 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm


August 28, 2014, 9:57 pm

The most urgent step necessary in Sri Lanka is to halt the Sinhala  colonisation programme being implemented by the government which seeks to change  the very identity of the traditional Tamil areas, Tamil National Alliance leader  R. Sambanthan said on Wednesday (August 28).

Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters in Chennai, Sambanthan  said the aim of the colonisation was to drastically change the demography of the  Tamil-dominated areas and render the demand for devolution of powers redundant,  according to online edition of The Hindu.

Polls Chief discusses changes to election law with political parties

August 28, 2014 at 10:07 pm


August 28, 2014, 10:31 pm

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya has proposed to the mainstream  political parties that they reduce their propaganda expenses at elections. He  made the proposal during a meeting with a delegation from the Democratic Party  (DP) on Wednesday at the Elections Secretariat at Sarana Road, Rajagiriya.

MPs’ shocking dereliction of duty: 200 out of 225 missing

August 28, 2014 at 10:04 pm


* Vote on Ocean University of Sri Lanka Bill  

DEW says House workers have to go in search of MPs


August 28, 2014, 10:25 pm

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Parliamentarians’ attendance has dropped sharply and Opposition members skip  parliament even when important Bills were taken up.

About 200 members representing both the government and the Opposition were  absent when the vote on the Ocean University of Sri Lanka Bill was taken up on  August 20.

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