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Hang down your head and cry Yahapalana

The claim of the Yahapalana government was that it had come to power through a rainbow revolution. Now at the end of the rainbow it wants to hang on to power by hanging people albeit 19 selected criminals in prison but without trial!

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Letter From America: Recent Disturbing Events inside Bangladesh Demand Change

In the last few weeks Bangladesh has seen a series of student protests in much of the country in which the high school going students became vocal about reckless driving of bus drivers that continues to kill so many every day.

Letter From America: Recent Disturbing Events inside Bangladesh Demand Change
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Why good news is no news?

During my short vacation in Colombo I made a visit to Bank of Ceylon, NRFC Department, in its new location. I was not surprised in any way the way they attended to me.

Why good news is no news?
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Worsening Iran’s Economic Troubles: Middle East on the brink of getting its next flash point

Iranian economic situation is already dire and unless a miracle takes place, it may go out of the frying pan into the fire next week, when President Trump will impose a wave of sanctions.

Worsening Iran’s Economic Troubles: Middle East on the brink of getting its next flash point
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Vijaya kala opa karana

Government party MP and state minister Vijaykala is the wife of Maheswaran also an UNP MP who was killed in 2008 by the LTTE at a Hindu kovil in Colombo. He gave her a luxurious life with the sacks of money he made shipping essential supplies to Jaffna. What is not as well known is that he was also kept captive by the LTTE for 2 weeks for reneging on protection money. Had the LTTE given him a final notice? Surely Vijayakala must have pined for him after he was killed?

  Vijaya kala opa karana
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The voice that continues to entertain millions remembered!

It is going to be 38 years since Mohammed Rafi passed away on July 31, 1980, several years too early for a man who was only 55 years. His impact on Hindi cinema and his contribution to the Hindi film song cannot be outlined in a few hundred or thousand words.

The voice that continues to entertain millions remembered!
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Lalins Column: Army is for fighting not policing

Let’s get one thing clear even if the government is determined to make another a monumental blunder. The SL Army like other armies is for fighting not policing. Anyone who thinks otherwise is in need of serious observation.

 Lalins Column:   Army is for fighting not policing
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Elections 2018: Objectives of Terrorism in Pakistan

Once again, Pakistan came under terrorists’ attacks in the month of July 2018 in which over 160 embraced Shahadat (martyred) and more than 300 people injured. Militancy planners and executors had chosen the time when in Pakistan political hype supposed to be on its peak and gathering of thousands of innocent people available as soft targets due to last month of elections campaign – 2018.

Terrorism in Pakistan
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Bangladesh’s Quota System Needs to Go

During the British rule of India, a famous politician in the undivided Bengal province once said, ‘The politics of Bengal is in reality the economics of Bengal.’ Looking at Bangladesh’s history since 1947 when she was named East Pakistan, and esp. since 1971 when she became an independent state after a bloody liberation war of nine months, that reality has not changed an iota: economy continues to drive politics. This perhaps explains today’s student unrest in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Quota System Needs to Go
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Lalins Column: HRCSL –Disgraced and Disgraceful

One thing is clear. The government doesn’t give a fig or a jot for the Human Rights Commission Of Sri Lanka (HRCSL). It is clear that it decided to implement the death penalty after 42 years without consulting the HRCSL. The extremely late objection by the HCRSL on the absolutely indefensible decision of the government to resume executions shows that the HRCSL has been taken totally unawares. It is obvious that it was totally ignored by the government on probably the most crucial HR issue of the time.

Lalins Column:  HRCSL –Disgraced and Disgraceful
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