21 May 2018
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Atrocities in the frame

mr 3234 qwThe film “No Fire Zone” gives voice to the victims of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Here, amateur video footage powerfully documents those caught in the killing fields. Read more...

Non-political cartoons - Anura Hegoda

cartoon 123Political Cartoons, which are dreaded by every politician in the world are also responsible for some changes in the history. Once a New York corrupt politician in the late 18th century said, “I don’t care a straw for your newspaper articles. My constituents can’t read. But they can’t help seeing them damn pictures.” He and his corrupt group of politicians were brought down mainly by newspaper cartoons. Read more...

A rare encounter with the Gentle giants of Kalpitiya (Watch video)

dolphinCertain magnificent creatures have sought a safe haven in the seas off the North West of Sri Lanka, and made those waters, their home.In a bid to discover the wonders of these gentle giants the News1st team entered their territory only to witness something amazing.

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Making haste on reconciliation, slowly - Kishali pinto jayawardena

parl insideQuietly navigating a course in between the perilous shoals of political opportunism in the South and the North, President Maithripala Sirisena appears to be slowly but surely correcting some of the most grievous wrongs in our society today. Read more...

Is The Future Of Sri Lanka in Jeopardy? - M. Zulkifli Nazim

flag slOur President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena having an audience with Mahinda Rajapaksa has caused shock-waves of consternation.  Simple-minded people were worried about the discussion plans; but people with wisdom were totally well aware of the conditions for discussions that would be put forward, and without doubt, they all proved to be in favour of the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction, which was as expected.

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The central Bank bond scan : Where does the buck stop?

central bankOn 15th March Mr. Mahendran said that he would go on leave and appointed as Senior Deputy Governor the Chairman of the Tender Board which had handled the bond issue at Mr. Mahendran’s behest. This officer is the most junior among the Deputy Governors of the Central Bank, and his appointment as Senior Deputy Governor at the time of Mr. Mahendran’s temporary departure gave him the right to exercise all the powers and authority of the Governor during Mr. Mahendran’s absence.

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19th Amendment for the South and ‘Zero’ for the North and East ! - S. V. Kirubaharan

parl inside“If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labelled a radical 60 years ago, a liberal 30 years ago and a racist today”. --- Thomas Sowell, American author, political philosopher and economist. Read more...

The Times, Bloomberg News, and the Richest Man in China

hyt65Last Wednesday, the Times published a front-page story about the movie and real-estate mogul Wang Jianlin, who is the richest man in Asia, worth an estimated thirty-five billion dollars. The former People’s Liberation Army foot soldier has become so powerful that, in 2013, he was able to commandeer Hollywood celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicole Kidman to China for the announcement of a new “movie metropolis,” with film studios, hotels, and a theme park. Wang’s success has also allowed close relatives of Communist Party officials to become tremendously wealthy: most notably, a longtime business associate of President Xi Jinping’s sister and brother-in-law holds shares in Wang’s Wanda empire that are now worth about two hundred and forty million dollars. The article was fascinating, and so, too, was its backstory: Read more...

Move over Rajapaksa, it's Sirisena now

mahinda rajapaksaMove over Rajapaksa, it’s Sirisena who calls the shots now. That is the message President Maithripala Sirisena has sent to Sri Lanka people and political constituency  by ensuring the 19th Amendment (19A) to the Constitution was passed  in Parliament as promised in the run up to the election. Read more...

A Free Life in Iraq

IraqTonight, PEN American Center, the writers’ organization, will honor the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the jailed Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova. I’ll be there to celebrate them both, but I’ll also be remembering my Iraqi friend
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SL Deterioration of the legal intellect (6): Pattini Razeek's body buried within a half built private house - Basil Fernando

lawThe discovery of the body of Pattini Razeek buried under a half-built private house, in a remote village on Uddamaveli, in Valaichchenai, would have flared up the imagination of any detective. However, despite of the discovery on 28th July 2010, the case itself, remained buried till to date. Read more...

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