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February 8, 2015 at 12:35 am


February 7, 2015, 4:38 pm

The Citizens’ Movement for Good Governance (CIMOGG) does not  support or favour any political party or parties to the exclusion of any of the  others. However, there is one related matter that has been raised repeatedly  with us regarding the JVP on which we have been sorely tempted, from time to  time, to offer an opinion. The query is: “Why is it that the JVP (People’s  Liberation Front), which strives so hard, is unable to secure more than a small  fraction of the votes cast at national elections?” Although Oscar Wilde quipped  that the best way to deal with temptation is to give in to it, we have been  reluctant to express our views because unsolicited advice is usually not  welcome. But the situation has now changed.

Thirty thoughts on the First 30 days

February 8, 2015 at 12:30 am


February 7, 2015, 4:37 pm

1. The President: Excellent; no two words about this.  Maithripala Sirisena is not loud in his manner nor speech but is strong and  gives the impression he brooks no nonsense. So we really are in good hands.  Objectively comparing him with former presidents, to me he tops the list. He  delegates; he listens to advice; he prioritizes the welfare of the nation and  its people. Remember he said he was the servant of the people. He is completely  free of vaulting ambition and power will not go to his head, even if he holds  the position of executive president for the full five years.

The new Port City

February 8, 2015 at 12:27 am


February 7, 2015, 3:49 pm

I wish your newspaper had run an opinion column about this  project. I believe it is such a serious matter that it should probably have been  put to a referendum in the first place, after the plan was properly presented to  the country.

I am utterly dismayed that the new government after appearing to  take a strong stand against the project while campaigning for our votes, has now  decided, quite quickly, to go ahead with it. Surely they would have been aware  of the Chinese “unhappiness” and the costs involved about our withdrawing from  the project, while they were campaigning.

About Old Royalists”February 7, 2015, 3:49 pm

February 8, 2015 at 12:21 am


The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce organized a discussion titled  “Interim (Mini) Budget 2015” and to give the business community the first  opportunity to interact with the new Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of  Economic Policy, Secretary to the Treasury and Governor of the Central Bank.  Event was held on 30 January at the JAIC Hilton. The Price Tag was Rs 4,000 per  person. Seated at the Head Table with the Chairman of Chamber of Commerce were  Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning & Economic Affairs,  Secretary to Ministry of Finance, Governor of Central Bank and well known  Economist Dr Indrajith Coomaraswamy.

Ananda Amarasiri – researcher who contracted fatal illness in the lab

February 8, 2015 at 12:09 am


A Tribute

February 7, 2015, 3:36 pm

It is with great sadness that I reminiscence about my late  cousin, Ananada Amarasiri, who passed away in November 2014 at the relatively  young age of 49 years. At the time of his passing Ananada was a lecturer at the  Institute of Technology, University of Moratuwa. Born into a prominent political  family in the Southern Province, Ananda deviated from the path selected by his  late father, M S Amarasiri, former Minister of Trade and Shipping and former  Chief Minister of the Southern Province and jointed the academic field after a  short stint with the Sri Lanka Army. Ananda studied at Kalutara Vidyalaya and  later at Ananada College, Colombo from where he entered the University of Ruhuna  and graduated with a B.Sc degree.

Of Corruption Charges etc.

February 7, 2015 at 11:55 pm


February 7, 2015, 3:48 pm

By Gamini Gunawardane

On reading through the interview of C.A. Chandraprema with  Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that appeared in ‘The Island’ of 20th Jan., my thoughts went  down the memory lane to the early 1960s, to the plight of Mr. T.B. Ilangaratne  the Minister of Trade and Co-operatives, in the then defeated SLFP government.

Professor Anselm Stanley Dissanaike – A Eulogy

February 7, 2015 at 11:49 pm


February 7, 2015, 12:00 pm

Excerpts from this eulogy were presented by the author at the  funeral service of Professor A S Dissanaike.

President Sirisena’s 67-year question and the 100-Day Plan

February 7, 2015 at 11:43 pm


February 7, 2015, 12:00 pm


by Rajan Philips

“We have failed in the essential task of nation building,” said  President Chandrika Kumaratunga in her speech to celebrate the fiftieth  anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence. That was in 1998. Seventeen years  later, on Independence Day last week, President Maithripala Sirisena soul  searchingly spoke of our “great responsibility and duty … today to ask where we  have gone wrong, and how we could correct those errors, (and)… as we look at the  path we have trod in the 67 years of freedom, and especially since 2009, can we  be satisfied with what has been achieved after the restoration of peace?”

Yahapalanaya failing the test

February 7, 2015 at 11:09 pm


February 7, 2015, 6:50 pm

Ajith Nivard Cabraal’s Rs. 500 million house

Each passing week sees a mockery made of the term yahapalanaya.  The most surprising episode we have seen yet after the ouster of the Chief  Justice Mohan Peiris, is the acceptance of the Chairmanship of the Board of  Investment by Upul Jayasuriya the President of the Bar Association. Under Upul  Jayasuriya the Bar Association was more politicized than ever before.

104 Not Out: The Queen of Murusumottai Still Reigns!

February 7, 2015 at 10:57 pm


February 7, 2015, 6:54 pm

Amma is 104 not out today! Splendid performance, bat on till the  Captain Himself calls you to retire! It is a great privilege for me to pen these  words as a brief testimony of my understanding of your living faith. My prayer  is that someone who reads will be encouraged to face life with fortitude as you  have endured for so long. You have inspired us and countless numbers of people  by your amazing life saga of service and sacrifice.

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