Category: Press

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…

‘Gramashakthi’ to battle real poverty

  by Sugeeswara Senadhira   The recent revelation of alarmingly high malnutrition rate among children of Sri Lanka is indeed an eye-opener for economic policy planners, some of whom were complacent with the achievement of impressive progress in extreme poverty reduction and the success of reducing the proportion of the population in poverty bracket to…

CONTINUATION OF POLICY OF FRIENDSHIP WITH ALL

by Sugeeswara Senadhira President Maithripala Sirisena paid a brief, but highly result oriented visit to Iran last week. He held talks on bilateral issues and regional and international affairs with President Hassan Rouhani. They agreed to enhance bilateral ties and boost trade and economic cooperation in many fields between the two countries. The main thrust…

Towards 2020 and beyond

Sugeeswara Senadhira “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep” – Robert Frost President Maithripala Sirisena, addressing the new sessions of Parliament last week said, the last three years has demonstrated that the country is still lacking in political and social maturity that…

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