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I don't often listen to the radio but a friend of mine rang me yesterday and told me to listen to 97.8 FM - he said it was a new Chinese station.I tuned in briefly today and it does seem to be manned by Chinese (judging by the accents) and it seemed to carry some news about Chine. According to ...

The Government’s decision to arbitrarily deport Pakistani refugee-asylum seekers is unacceptable and wrong. Local stress Asylum seekers usually leave their home countries due to fear or deprivation, or both. The Pakistanis on our soil are mostly from religious minorities (Christians and Islamic sects) who face immense hardship and discrimination under the harsh “Blasphemy Law”; questioned by a cross section ...

There is a discussion to be held next week on the need for an alternate government. It is worth posing the question: What do people expect from a government? Why do we need one in the first place?The nation state is something that evolved over time. At its most basic, the role of the state is to provide common services ...

There are many things that drive men: anger, greed, power, lust but surely power must rank at the forefront. Nothing illustrates this better than the assault on Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to the UK.The High Commissioner was apparently shouted at, slapped and then kicked by a senior politician at a party. A great public humiliation that no one under normal ...

You will not find me volunteering for charity driven “causes” and the like. I am not for vainglorious philanthropy. I do not make donations to third parties. I do not believe in middle men. I need to see where my money is going. More importantly, I need to see where my help is going. I need to make eye contact. ...

You will not find me volunteering for charity driven “causes” and the like. I am not for vainglorious philanthropy. I do not make donations to third parties. I do not believe in middle men. I need to see where my money is going. More importantly, I need to see where my help is going. I need to make eye contact. ...

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK may or may not have been beaten up by a government catcher at an official function in New York. He may or may not have resigned. I don’t know because the mainstream media reports nothing to really clarify. There’s basically a media blackout. And it’s not just this. When the police execute prisoners, ...

A Monaragala problem for the Rajapakse Regime Speculation mounts not just in political circles but also in civil society of an impending presidential election, early in the New Year. The Uva Provincial Council elections, which besides being constitutionally required, were also a testing of the political waters by the Rajapakse Administration and the results could not have been more disturbing to those in the corridors of ...

On Restoring Forests It is rumored that the Government will set about the task of having 35% of Sri Lanka covered with forest.  If so, that is a laudable goal. But one hopes that this activity will be framed by the knowledge that allowed Sri Lanka to make the following statement at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP III, in Buenos ...

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ජයලලිතා, කුප්ප දේශපාළණය හා අධිකරණය - Jayalalitha, Dirty Politics & Justice ජෙයලලිතා අවුරුදු හතරකට කූරූ ගනින්නට, කූඩුවට ගියේය. අඬනවාද, හිනාවෙනවාද, බෝතලයක් ගසා ප්‍රීතී වනවාදයි සිතා ගැනීමට නොහැකිය. ඕනෑ නම් චෞර රැජිණ පන්නයේ පෝස්ට් කටුවක් දමා, ආතල් එකක් ගත හැකිය. අපේ දේශප්‍රේමී ආන්ඩුව නම්, මේක එකසිය ගානට සැලබ්‍රේට් කරනා බව, නයි ටී ඇන් එක බැලුවාම පේනවාය. ඉන්දියාව එක එකාගේ වොයිස් කට් දැම්මත්, තවම අපේ මහ සජ්ජුරුවන්ගේ රීලා පැටියාවත් කටක් හෙල්ලුවේ නැත්තේ, ආරක්ෂක ...

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