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UNP MP says: ‘Although casinos are govt’s priority, future is with industries’

May 13, 2014 at 12:15 am

May 12, 2014, 7:09 pm

By Lal Gunasekera

Colombo District UNP MP Sujeeva Senasinghe said that the main  aim of the UPFA government is to make casinos an economic priority, ‘but what it  must realise is that the future lies with industries and take steps to  manufacture well known brands like cars and motorcycles, like what’s happening  in India.’

Regaining national unity five years on

May 13, 2014 at 12:10 am


May 12, 2014, 7:32 pm

By Jehan Perera

The government has made plans to celebrate the fifth anniversary  of the end of the war with a “Victory Day” celebration in Matara in the Southern  Province.  But at the opposite side of the country  there will be no such  celebration.  The government has prohibited any public commemoration of the  war’s end in the Northern Province.   Speaking on behalf of the government,  the military spokesperson has said that “Individuals may have religious services  to commemorate their loved ones killed in the fighting, but there cannot be any  public events.”  The government has been concerned that public events could  be used to praise the LTTE in the guise of remembering the war dead. 

A Tribute to Rev. Bro. James Lucian FSC.

May 13, 2014 at 12:08 am


May 12, 2014, 7:23 pm

by Titus Vithanage

A faithful follower of St. De La Salle : the patron saint of the  educators

There are saints who seem larger than life, who led dramatic  lives of heroic virtue and brightened their part of the world in such a way that  they became almost household names – St. Anthony, St. Sebastian, St. Jude among  others then there are other saints who are less well known, who led lives of  quiet inspiration elevating their given corner of the world to a higher level.  They discovered and showed us opportunities for holiness that we had not known  about before St. John Baptist De Lasalle is such a saint.

‘Triple Gem only three stones’

May 13, 2014 at 12:03 am


May 12, 2014, 7:22 pm

As Students of Royal College, we never knew or questioned the  ethnicity or the religious background of our fellow classmates. One of my  closest friends was one Zaheer Mohamed, who hailed from Hambantota. As I came  from Tangalle, Zaheer’s father, too, was well known to my father and they  rekindled their friendship. Zaheer and I became very close friends and he became  one of the important members in our group. Every one of us loved Zaheer very  much. We never discussed religion and I know that he was the closest confidante  of Mr. Ajith de Zoysa, the Trustee of the Kalutara Bodhi.

MR can head next government democratically

May 12, 2014 at 11:56 pm


May 12, 2014, 7:22 pm

The Tamil National Alliance’s proposal to make Northern  Provincial Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran the common candidate at the next  Presidential Election was a pleasant surprise to me. It was pleasant because it  echoed my belief that with the expanding vistas and liberalism of our younger  generation, a Northerner would become our Head of State by the middle of the  century. But it is clearly evident that we have not attained that level of  maturity as a Nation, so far.

Politico who forced teacher to kneel given 2 years RI

May 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm


May 12, 2014, 9:18 pm

By Nalin Hendurugoda and Terrence Wanigasinghe Puttalam and  Anamaduwa correspondents

Puttalam High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando yesterday sentenced  former North Western Provincial Council member Ananda Sarath Kumara guilty of  ordering Sushila Herath, a member of the tutorial staff of Isuru School,  Navagattegama to kneel down at the school grounds a few months ago, to two years  rigorous imprisonment suspended for seven years.

Now, UNP wants to inspect all big projects

May 12, 2014 at 11:49 pm


May 12, 2014, 9:18 pm

By Lal Gunesekera

Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva yesterday announced the UNP MPs  would inspect all big projects including Norachcholai Coal-fired Power Plant,  proposed power plant at Sampur, the Trincomalee Port Project and the filling of  the sea at Hambantoa port.

Maoists: Southern Incursions

May 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm

  Mrinal Kanta Das               Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

Moving a step further               towards consolidation of Left Wing Extremist (LWE) groups in India,               the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) and the Communist               Party of India-Marxist Leninist – Naxalbari (CPI-ML-Naxalbari) jointly               announced their merger on May 1, 2014. The new party retained the               name Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).               The joint               statement announcing the merger was made by               Mupalla Laxman Rao alias Ganapathy, general secretary CPI-Maoist               and Ajith, secretary, CPI-ML-Naxalbari, and was issued to the media               by Abhay and Krantipriya, the spokespersons of the respective outfits.            

Editorial- Island.lk

May 12, 2014 at 12:27 am

A troublesome trial balloon

May 11, 2014, 9:18 pm

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has aggravated the  Opposition’s woes by asking it to consider the suitability of Northern Province  Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran as the next common presidential candidate. It  has echoed a view expressed in a recent newspaper article, but the fact remains  that it is an adroit move on the part of the main Tamil political party.

‘Dental Dissa’: A dear friend and the most interesting of all men-Appreciation

May 12, 2014 at 12:24 am


May 11, 2014, 9:24 pm

I have been intending to write an appreciation of Dr. S. B.  Dissanayake (‘Dental Dissa’) for quite a while since his demise at the ripe age  of ninety-four some months ago. I did take the first tentative steps by  communicating with Ellen, his third wife, who, in turn connected me to a couple  of people who had been closely associated with him. However, as is typical of  ventures that should really take precedence, other matters of less importance  kept cropping up and needing to be taken care of. In my own defence I’d say, in  all truthfulness, that I always felt that Dissa was deserving of more than a  simple “puff piece” and my task is made more awkward by the fact that I count  all three of his ex-wives as friends and that tends to complicate any attempt at  an appreciation of a man like him.

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