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The things they say!

December 14, 2014 at 2:44 am


December 13, 2014, 4:15 pm

I must start by asserting that what I write for my column this  Sunday is by no means political. Rather is it the view of a person (me) who is  humane and respects dignity and fair play, particularly from those who wield  power. It also echoes the thoughts of many, particularly women. The article will  not be one of holding a torch or brief for one of the presidential candidates  and thus against the other. We are all mired in the soon-to-be-held presidential  elections and thus my thoughts being focused fully on this event that many say  will be a water shed election for our Island.

Political Watch was wrong

December 14, 2014 at 12:21 am


December 13, 2014, 4:13 pm

This refers to the Article titled ‘Political Watch’ which  was published in your Sunday Island on December 7, 2014 and specifically to the  contents under the sub-heading ‘Supreme Court Vacancy’.

It is earnestly brought to your kind notice that the reference  to the Court of Appeal Judges and their judgment in this article is patently  misconceived, legally incorrect and misleading.

The a-b-c of Leninism for the benefit of the JVP etc

December 14, 2014 at 12:16 am

The challenges after regime change


December 13, 2014, 4:11 pm

Don’t insulate yourself from a rising mass movement, Comrade!

by Kumar David

The “etc” refers to a few small Left groups such as the  Frontline Socialists and the USP’s Siritunga Jayasooriya who, like the larger  JVP, are disoriented by the Common Candidate (CC) phenomenon, the un-socialist  MoU, and the UNP-Chandrika-My3-Fonseka-JHU chop-suey (formal name: National  Democratic Front, NDF). Some readers may find the leftist lingo in the first  part of this piece a little awkward, but it is imperative to address the JVP,  FSP and like minded groups, and it has to be done by a fellow Marxist using a  shared argot.

The critical days ahead

December 13, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Friday forum on electing a president


December 13, 2014, 4:06 pm

The Presidential Election of 8 January 2015 is significant not  only because it is the first time an incumbent President is seeking office for a  third term, but also because it is the first Presidential Election conducted  after the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Keeping in mind that franchise is not only a fundamental right  but part of the very sovereignty of the people, the Friday Forum calls upon the  following to protect that right.

How can a parliament of cross-overs deliver on the promises of the Opposition?

December 13, 2014 at 10:36 pm


December 13, 2014, 6:11 pm

by Rajan Philips

Depending on who is saying it, there have been half a dozen or  more characterizations of the forthcoming presidential election. I for one  called it a presidential referendum and drew an uneasy parallel to the 1982  referendum. Two former Peradeniya academics with deep roots in the left movement  have offered different takes on the election. According to one of them the  coming election could be the most historic since the island’s first ever  election under universal franchise way back in 1931. The other is not at all  optimistic, and calling a pox on all of the country’s political houses, he sees  nothing worthwhile happening after the election. Given a reactionary and  chauvinistic choice between majoritarian Tweedledum and Tweedledee, he longs not  for a monstrous black crow to scare them away, but for a rekindling of the fiery  idealism that inspired the founding of the LSSP, no less, way back in 1935.

Does coconut oil live up to its superfood hype?

December 13, 2014 at 10:34 pm


You can cook with it, moisturise with it and now studies show  that it may even ward off Alzheimer’s…

December 13, 2014, 3:24 pm

Halfway through applying coconut oil to the annual winter cold  sore attractively positioned under my nose, I began to have doubts. Was this  really going to work where other, more medicinal products failed? Could it  honestly be as simple as dab oil on suppurating sore, see it miraculously  disappear?

The Launch of Three SLH Branded Amaya Resorts and Spa Properties

December 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm


December 13, 2014, 3:23 pm

At the press conference held at the Kingsbury pix by Saman  Abysiriwardena

Three Amaya Resorts and Spa properties have been selected to  join the exclusive Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) brand. The selection  is the culmination of significant developments that were made to each of the  properties, both in terms of service standards and facilities. The three  properties, comprising Signature by Amaya, Hunas Falls by Amaya and Langdale by  Amaya, will incorporate the SLH branding along with a comprehensive set of  luxury services and amenities to cater to the properties’ niche clientele.

Opposition gains in Nuwara Eliya District

December 13, 2014 at 10:23 pm


December 13, 2014, 6:53 pm

The biggest boost that the joint opposition got last week was  the defection of P.Digambaram and (to a much lesser extent) V. Radhakrishnan  from the government. There may not be an actual shift of votes in the Nuwara  Eliya district because of these defections as Digambaram was elected on the UNP  list in any case. As for Radhakrishnan, he was elected to parliament as a member  of the CWC at the parliamentary election in 2010 and within a few months he fell  out with Thondaman because he was not given a deputy minister’s post. Later he  joined the Up-Country People’s Front. So even though Radhakrishnan is now a  leading figure of the Up-Country People’s Front, his moving out may not  necessarily mean that the CWC will lose a chunk of its votes since what he had  was only one preference in the CWC block vote. As for the Up-Country People’s  Front which Radhakrishnan subsequently joined, they do not have an elected  representative in this parliament, but they did have a fairly strong base in the  Nuwara Eliya district until recently.  

Opposition plans will result in total breakdown of government — GL

December 13, 2014 at 10:12 pm


December 13, 2014, 7:17 pm

Minister. G. L.Peiris, addressed a series of meetings in  Beliatte, Tangalle and Tissamaharama electorates last week to enhance the  chances of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming Presidential elections. At these  meetings, the first instalments of the payment due to members of Divi Neguma as  per the latest budget proposals were paid. Picture shows Prof. Peiris handing  over a cheque to a member of the Divi Neguma scheme at the meeting held at  Siambalagoda, Beliatte. Nirupama Rajapaksa, Minister of Water Resources and  Drainage is also in the picture.

Government in danger of losing two-thirds majority

December 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm


December 13, 2014, 7:16 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

The government is in danger of losing its two-thirds majority in  parliament with another  ten of its MPs expected to defect to the Joint  Opposition Front (JOF).

Nationalist UNP MP R. Yogarajan  said yesterday that the  Rajapaksa regime had  lost its  two-thirds majority temporarily last week when   12 of its MPs joined either  the JOF or the UNP resulting in its numbers in  parliament dropping to 149.

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