Saturday, December 3, 2016

editorial

editorial

Reforms are vital to any country or society. It’s because everything has to change with times. As a country grows and population multiplies priorities...

As the debate over a new constitution for the country progresses through the Constitutional Council and its Steering Committee, the idea of having a...

As exclusively reported by the Nation last week, a proposal has been made by the health ministry to start paid channelling of doctors in...

The private bus owners have warned the government that if arrangements are not made to ease traffic congestion in Colombo and suburbs they would...

The Joint Opposition (JO) has taken up the cudgels against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe calling for his resignation on the grounds he appointed Arjun...

The recent statements made by northern province chief minister Vigneswaran, Pongu Thamil rally, the sword attack on two state intelligence officers for which the...

The two major political parties of the country getting together to grapple with issues that no single party could resolve in the past is...

Constitutional expert and parliamentarian Dr. Jayampathy Wickremeratne has requested all the political parties to be flexible and support the government’s efforts to draft a...

There is a general belief that when people are educated they tend to rise above race and religion. They link up in many ways...

Much has been said in the electronic media in particular over the past few days concerning the slandering, criticizing and threatening of judges in...

Every parent has the desire to give his or her child the best possible education. The platform to give such primary and secondary education...

The residents of Ja-Ela and Ekala have launched a massive protest campaign against the government’s move to relocate the Meethotamulla garbage dump to Ja-Ela...

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe recently told Parliament that unless there was a partnership between the private and public sectors, SriLankan Airlines, the Mattala Airport...

Hardly a day goes by without some major protest somewhere over something or the other. Wednesday was exceptional – there were two protests both...

Around 85 treasury officials are supposed to have decided to leave the boards of state enterprises to which they have been nominated, to represent...

In one of the deadliest accidents involving elephants in the recent times, a grown up elephant and three calves were instantly killed when they...

Northern Province Chief Minister C V Vigneswaran has renewed the call for amalgamation of the northern and Eastern Provinces, a move that has been vehemently...

It has been decided that the current consensus government will run for its full term of five years until it fulfills its pledges given...

President Maithripala Sirisena recently vowed to have the next local government elections only on ward system based on the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting. His bold...

Following several failed discussions, dissention and disagreement government and the bus operators have finally agreed to revise the bus fares with a 6 percent...

Apart from its wrongfulness Thevapperuma drama brings to light another important aspect of our society’s ills – the issue of school admissions that needs...

Thinking of antics of Lankan politicians one would wonder whether Palitha Thevarapperuma has started from where Mervyn Silva stopped.  Mervyn was famous for his...

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has proposed in parliament to include in the constitution, a clause which will empower the legislature to control campaign expenditure...

It is perfectly normal for ordinary people to defend their friends irrespective of whether they are right or wrong. But can the leaders of...

Supplementary estimates presented in parliament to buy expensive duty free vehicles for ministers and state ministers amidst hardships caused to people by floods and...

The government last Tuesday has taken a vital decision towards resolving the long standing issue of human-elephant conflict. The cabinet has decided to leave...

The issue of haphazard dumping of garbage has been bothering us for quite some time. The ugliest side is that garbage removed by the...

Natural disasters come and go but the scars remain for the entire human memory. The Tsunami of December 2004 which killed over thirty thousand...

Maverick UNP MP and Deputy Minister Palitha Thevarapperuma was much in the news in the past few weeks.  Firstly, it was for taking part...

Recent brawl in the parliament between the members belonging to the joint opposition and those in the government benches was one of the worst...

Several security related issues have surfaced in the north in the past few months including discovery of some arms and ammunition in several locations...

The word ‘federalism’ has re-emerged in the political spectrum with the TNA and the Northern Provincial Council openly calling for a federal solution to...

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to China took place at a crucial point in our history. It is very important as it is his...

Mysteriously destroyed Wattala walking track is being rebuilt in the same mysterious manner. Despite much pressure from the affected parties, civil society organisations and...

Recent discovery of two hauls of explosives – one in a cesspit in Mannar and another in a house in Chavakachcheri in Jaffna has...

Right to Information Act is at last going to be a reality. The bill has already been presented in Parliament and with whatever amendments...

The country has just witnessed one of the worst blackouts in its recent history. Too many islandwide power failures at unusual intervals have even...

The recent spate of killings in the city has prompted the President to order the Police to eliminate the underworld with the support of...

A large number of farmers in several provinces staged protest marches against the government’s decision to pay cash in lieu of the fertilizer they...

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision to accept all amendments put forward by the SLFP to the resolution on the Constitutional Assembly seems to have...

The recent drama at Thotalanga where people living in unauthorized dwelling houses protested against their eviction was, in a way,  a manifestation of an...

Speaker Karu     Jayasuriya’s shocking revelation to the Parliament that he received a death threat demanding that he give recognition to the Joint Opposition as...

It is ironic that sixty-seven years after independence we have still not been able to get our fundamentals right. Classic example is the controversy...

The constitutional debate is on. The political circles, the media and the intelligentsia have been debating the issue since the advent of the new...

It has been reported that the government was contemplating whether to give Vice Chancellors more autonomy to administer universities through the proposed new constitution....

Debate on constitution is in public domain again. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has presented a resolution in parliament to set up a Constitutional Assembly...

As one year lapses since President Maithripala Sirisena assuming  office, there is much media focus on new government’s achievements as well as what it...

A few days ago we heard the story of an elderly woman who was pillion riding on a motor bike with her husband getting...

A major cause for some of our failures as a nation has been lack of consensus at least between the two main political parties...

The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with India or CEPA as it is popularly known has been a sticking point in Indo-Lanka relations for quite...

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