The Mervin de Silva Journalist of the year award, and the BA Siriwardena columnist of the year – English was won by Dharisha Bastians of the Daily FT.http://www.ft.lk/2014/08/06/daily-fts-dharisha-wins-coveted-journalist-of-the-year-award/She is a deserving winner of both awards for her no nonsense reporting and fearless analysis of her interpretation of events, whether readers agree with her point of view or not. She is ...

Not only is a Corrupt Cabal of Cynical, Croni Capitalists at the helm of this Country, but they have ensured that even as our representatives overseas, their tentacles are firmly dug in deep around the world, to throttle a nation with a vice like grip, from which a whole Country will take a generation to recover from. http://www.asianmirror.lk/news/item/2549-anura-kumara-dissanayake-says-an-invisible-hand-is-directing-foreign-affairs http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=local/jvp-approved-dpl-postshttp://www.sundayti

I was having a general chat yesterday with an undergraduate at the Kaleniya Campus, who is studying for an accountancy degree, and at the same time working in an Accountancy firm as an Audit Clerk about what he expects for a future here in the profession and beyond.I shall note the issues in point form so that any commentators can ...

The Politicians have basically fooled this Country over 66 plus years of rule by our own kind! It is we who have allowed this wholesale victimization of the Citizen. So where MUST we start.For starters DO NOT INVITE ANY POLITICIAN TO ANY EVENT. IF THERE ARE ANY POLITICIANS LEAVE! Only then will they at least attempt to gain the people’s ...

With 2 million Sri Lankans overseas, we must lay down what the obligations are of the state that is Sri Lanka towards them under different circumstances and where they seek help, how we deal with them.Firstly it is the people who remit money back to Sri Lanka who have single handedly kept this economy afloat for the past 10 years. ...

As if the Touchwood scam was not enough to make people understand that all get rich quick schemes are founded on the greed of human beings and the ease at which supposedly well educated people can be conned on theoretically plausible and practically impossible proposals to siphon money from hardworking people to con artists.It was under this that I was ...

It appears that life expectancy is highest in Hambantota, and then the next best is the Moneragala district for the citizen’s longevity. http://www.ft.lk/2014/07/23/want-long-life-head-to-monaragala-or-hambantota/No automatic answer comes to mind, except to say that people who live in those areas, though they have the lowest GNP with the Moneragala District being the poorest District in the land, somehow have stress free, pollution ...

When one is involved in illegal activity and any Organization or Individual who threatens that right is now attacked by the GOSL (Sri Lankan Govt.) as being some international conspiracy to destabilize the unity of the country and fair game for threats, sanctions and arrest! Do they (GOSL) realize that if they had nothing to be ashamed of, then there ...

I have embarked on a series of blog entries that are provocative in order to obtain some clarity both for myself and the readers in how we could see a way out of the mess, as the crisis has been a festering sore for as long as anyone can remember.The reason I have also introduced some thoughts, is to see ...

Is there anyone here who is denying that the Israelis have engaged in the use of disproportionate force? to subjugate what is essentially a small show of resistance, by an exhausted and friendless bunch of people, extremists if you must, who are willing to sacrifice everything they have, which is just a motley collection of pathetic arms, that any self ...

Hamas dominate Gaza. They hold power and openly operate out of the goodwill of the local people there. The Israelis have their spy network which is now so sophisticated they have live feed of ALL of Gaza where they wish to monitor in real time. They can hear and see everything in the area.They have been looking for every opportunity ...

How can we justify a conflict that does not want to end? There is NO end game, as Israel wants all rights to live in the areas they currently occupy and want more whilst at the same time the Palestinians cannot accept Israel’s right to exist.For that reason the GAZA a tiny strip of humanity in the Israeli sea creates ...

Sri Lanka tipped as Asia’s new Island of growth is today’s top story in the Daily FT. (11th July 2014) Was there NO news to write like the CSE rise!http://www.ft.lk/2014/07/11/sri-lanka-tipped-as-asias-new-island-of-growth/Whilst we must be proud of anyone who opines on this, we must look to the substance of the article and its source.http://seekingalpha.com/article/2305515-sell-singapore-buy-sri-lankaThe link above is the reference to the complete ...

The 28 KM of the proposed single track railway extension from Matara to Beliatta is expected to cost US$278M, which works out at US$10M a KM!!! I guess the readers say so what it wrong?http://www.ft.lk/2014/07/10/jvp-alleges-corruption-in-278-m-matara-beliatta-railway-track/Simply put, you ask an experienced Railway hand who knows what it takes to build a railway line, and knowing the terrain there, and land costs ...

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