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March 21, 2015 at 10:59 pm

March 21, 2015, 6:59 pm

by Frank de Silva

The ‘calling’ date of a case in court, any case, even a bribery  case, is one hundred days, hence. That too is only for the first day of calling.  The rest can take its roll even beyond the life time of any government. The  courts do not see the “hundred days” manifesto. The public want action within  the 100 days as promised by the politicians. But politics and the courts operate  on different schedules, on separate agenda. Their timetables cannot match each  other. They run on different frequencies and adopted wavelengths. There are some  reasons for this current public impatience and agitation.

What ails our National Carrier –continued

March 21, 2015 at 10:57 pm


March 21, 2015, 6:58 pm


by Rajeewa Jayaweera

The writer wrote some weeks ago urging the government and  national carrier to consider withdrawing from its European routes. The main  purpose of my essay was to highlight the contradiction in government policy of  pouring millions of dollars into a national carrier on the one hand and  following an ‘open skies’ aviation policy since 2001 resulting in the massive  injection of capacity by Middle Eastern carriers on the other hand thus  undermining the government’s own investment. From some of the comments received,  I felt that further expansion on the subject would help better understand the  current situation.

Sri Lanka state worship, socialism, a British legacy

March 21, 2015 at 10:55 pm


March 21, 2015, 8:15 pm

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) –

Sri Lanka’s lagging economic performance and state worship was a  result of socialist ideas that were prevalent in Britain at the time of  independence, which were absorbed by university teachers who studied there,  economists and analysts said.

“Many Sri Lanka academics in the post-independence period were  influenced by Harold Laski, a Marxist economist who taught at the London School  of Economics,” economist R M B Senanayake said.

Sri Lanka urged to tap China’s new economic policies

March 21, 2015 at 10:51 pm


Outward bound investments rising – Ou Xiali

March 21, 2015, 8:03 pm

by Zacki Jabbar in Beijing

With China’s per capita income rising to US$ 5,000 it has urged  Sri Lanka to take advantage of its new policy of investing more in foreign  countries.

Resetting Indo-Lanka Relations

March 21, 2015 at 10:05 pm


Undoing the wonton damage of the Rajapaksa period

March 21, 2015, 7:02 pm

NASA photo of Adam’s Bridge (An umbilical cord?) Passable by foot at low tide till historical times

by Kumar David

Indo-Lanka relations were in the doldrums all through the MR  years; they have never been worse, not even during the JR period.

Netanyahu and Rajapaksa: A tale of two leaders, two elections and two polities

March 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:01 pm

by Rajan Philips

I was ready to rock and write to celebrate the defeat of  Benjamin Netanyahu in last Tuesday’s elections in Israel. I was joking with my  friends that Netanyahu’s defeat in Israel would make me even happier than I was  after the opposition victory in Sri Lanka more than two months ago. All of this  was not to be. Bibi, as he is known in Israel, managed to pull victory from the  jaws of defeat, different from Mahinda Rajapaksa who pulled defeat from the jaws  of victory.

Weaving and Embroidery in the Udarata Kingdom

March 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:08 pm

by Kamalika Pieris

Udarata had a vibrant textile tradition. Cotton was grown in  home gardens and cloth was woven in homes throughout the kingdom. Ethel  Coomaraswamy (1906) described the cloth as ‘fine handmade cotton cambric’.  Ananda Coomaraswamy said ‘Sri Lanka’s cotton was not muslin, but the best stuffs  were thick, soft and heavy like the finest linens. By 1907, only Talagune in Uda  Dumbara and some villages near Balangoda were making this cloth.

Recharging groundwater for enhanced water quantity and quality

March 21, 2015 at 9:55 pm


Today is World Water Day

March 21, 2015, 12:00 pm

by Randima Attygalle

The wisdom of King Parakaramabahu the Great was such that  centuries before phrases such as ‘climate change’ or ‘recharging ground water’  came into vogue, the farsighted monarch knew that ‘not a single drop of water  should be allowed to flow to the sea without using it for human benefit.’ 

D.S. Senanayake – an unparalleled colossus

March 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm


63rd death anniversary today

March 21, 2015, 7:19 pm

by Charnika Imbulana

Mr. D.S. Senanayake, a name most revered and more valued with  time now, more than ever acknowledged as an unparalleled colossus, is remembered  today (Mar. 22), the day on which 63 years ago he died after falling off a horse  on Galle Face green stunning this entire island nation and plunging its people  in grief. A memorial event to honour the great man will be held today at  Independence Square.

General RWD (Daya) Ratnayake WWV RWP RSP USP

March 21, 2015 at 9:32 pm


March 21, 2015, 7:06 pm

by Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Lalin Fernando

Gen Daya Ratnayake WWV, RWP,RSP, USP Commander of the Army of  Sri Lanka, retired in February 2015 after 36 years of distinguished service. He  was promoted to four star rank on retirement. Unfortunately, as it happened  shortly after the new government took power, his retirement may have been seen  as a political act even though his promotion negates that idea.

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