Category: Press

Priority for relative, others are friends

“The first visit abroad by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to India has its own symbolic significance, translating into a diplomatic gesture his statement to the External Affairs Minister, Subramanium Jaishankar that while China is a trade partner, India is a relative.” This was stated by Kanwal Sibal, doyen of Indian diplomats, putting the significance of the…

Rajapaksa, Modi: a meeting of spirits?

India reciprocated enthusiastically to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s promise that he would strive to elevate Indo – Sri Lanka relations to the highest level possible during his tenure of office. President Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held discussions at the majestic Hyderabad House, former Palace of Nizam of Hyderabad, now the Prime Minister’s State Guest…

Past, present & future of a visionary leader

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams Pallewatte Gamaralalage Maithripala Yapa Sirisena is the son from a farming family. His father was awarded five acres of paddy fields for his service during the World War II. His mother was…

The real display of democracy

Three new foreign ambassadors, who presented their credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday (November 4), took the opportunity to ask the Sri Lankan leader about his neutrality in the forthcoming Presidential election. Their eagerness towards this month’s election clearly showed the great interest in foreign governments about this democratic exercise in Sri Lanka. The…

Healthy democratic precedent

President to stay neutral in poll The week witnessed several twists and turns in political developments and polarization of forces around the two main presidential hopefuls. While President Maithripala Sirisena opted to remain neutral in the presidential election campaign the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) decided to support Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya…

Swedish investment in manioc-based starch industry : Organic cassava refining to be introduced in Sri Lanka

The farmer community in Sri Lanka is in for a bonanza soon when the Starch Industries (Pvt) Ltd, a Sri Lankan agri-pharma company based in Colombo with Scandinavian and Sri Lankan management launches its cassava (manioc) refining industry in Welikanda in the Polonnaruwa district next week. The market for organic manioc starch is growing at…

For children and elders

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children – Nelson Mandela Children’s Day is an event celebrated on various days in many places around the world. International Children’s Day is celebrated on 1 June and Universal Children’s Day on 20 November. Sri Lanka celebrates Children’s…

Expedite acquisition of NFTH

Minister of Health, Nutrition & Indigenous Medicine, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne appeared before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) investigating corruption in the current administration on September 24. He gave evidence on the acquisition of the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) to the government. Dr. Senaratne told the PCoI that he had presented the Cabinet with…

The imperative need to reverse brain-drain

The educated youth are the most important resource of a country. Furthermore, educated professionals are essential for a country to attain development goals. Sri Lanka, even before independence, realised the imperative need of education and became the first country in Asia to introduce universal free education from kindergarten to university education. When educated youths leave…

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