Category: Press

Water to Wayamba

High-tech 93 km canal/tunnel to revive ancient Ellanga, cascading tank irrigation system A simple, but solemn inauguration ceremony of renovating 2,400 rural tanks connected with “ellanga gammana” or Cascaded Tank-Village system in the Dry Zone and the commencement of the Second Stage of the Wayamba Ela, was held near the Kubukulawa Tank in Polpithigama in…

A steady ride over troubled waters!

Three years is not a long period in the history of a nation with a proud record of a 25 centuries old civilization. However, it is a fairly significant segment of Sri Lanka’s post independent era of seven decades. The last three year period of our country is best known for good governance, which is…

Long awaited national policy

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Most of the developed countries, as well as rapidly developing middle-income countries have stable national policies to guide development in various sectors. These national policies ensure continuity of the development process, despite the change of government due to electoral politics. Our neighbour India, despite a multitude of problems and abject poverty, succeeded…

PPPS FOR GRAMA SHAKTHI PEOPLES’ MOVEMENT

* Evaluation reveals extent of support from private sector   * Funds provided for Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya districts The enthusiasm displayed by the private sector to support the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement and the potential of this new PPP (Public-Private Partnership) is expected to provide the much-needed fillip to this people oriented village empowerment…

Government Free of Corruption: Achievable of Far-Fetched?

by Sugeeswara Senadhira Before the dust settled on the allegation that 118 honourable Members of Parliament had taken money from Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) or its subsidiaries, another shocking revelation was made in the Fort Magistrate Court that a comprehensive inquiry was underway to identify those who had received approximately 10,000 cheques issued by PTL…

Is it wrong to win Tamil hearts?

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Amidst positive and negative signals emanating from different sources in the North for the efforts for reconciliation, President Maithripala Sirisena is in the North today (Monday 18). This visit to Kilinochchi is to provide assistance to Kilinochchi schools and children’s homes under the programme themed ‘Let us protect our children’. While these…

MAHAWELI LAND OWNERSHIP: DREAM COME TRUE

by Sugeeswara Senadhira Rambanda stated this minutes after receiving the land deed for the 5-acre land extent given to him 30 years ago. He, together with his sons and daughters and their spouses were present at the ‘Randiyawara’ ceremony to hand over land deeds to the Mahaweli settlers, held at the Maguldamana School grounds at…

Reconciliation pitfalls

By Sugeeswara Senadhira The task of balancing the sensitivities in the South and North is indeed a tightrope walk. This unenviable mission of President Maithripala Sirisena was aptly described by Venerable Kollupitiye Sangharakkitha Thera of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara at the ‘Aaloka Pooja’ to invoke blessings on the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for…

Foreign policy of a sovereign nation

By Sugeeswara Senadhira Last week’s Iran visit of President Maithripala Sirisena underlined the fact that Sri Lankan foreign policy is not decided in Washington, London, New Delhi or Beijing, but in Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, the official capital of the country. Sri Lankan foreign policy has been drafted on twin pillars of the Asia-centric middle path…

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