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The resolution of this apparent mystery is to be found right there in what he has written! If the four “disciplinary” entities referred to by him, with the vast powers that they possess under the law and their own rules of engagement do not take any action, we have to concede the obvious, namely that there is something fundamentally wrong with the Sri Lankan State and many of its principal institutions. It stands to reason that the proper functioning of these entities would have to be achieved first, if instances of corruption and other ills are to be pursued effectively by the public.    

 

We urge President Maithripala Sirisena, who as Minister of Health from 2010 to 2015 worked hard to implement the Bibile policy to look into what appears to be another attempt to kill Prof. Bibile in terms of his policy. For the reductions, the prices considered were the present market prices which were decided by importers without a scientific basis. The prices are highly inflated. Unlike other importers, drug importers are getting huge profits due to this. If the price determination was based on the rational prices of available brands, the method would have been more scientific.

 

Parliaments in the past few decades have been weak, ineffective and neglected. Modernization and reforms in Parliament therefore are long overdue. In order to achieve a tangible progress, may I say, good governance should be built by developing quality institutions.

 

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Thursday launched the first phase of the construction of 'Techno City' in the outskirts of the national capital, which will be the “technological hub” of the ambitious multi-billion dollar Western Province Megapolis project.

 

Given the devastation and a generation lost to the war,another insurrection in the north is highly improbable. However, the failure to address local grievances coupled with the manipulation of centralised state structures, may lead to violence and riots in pockets, and aggravate the continuing ethnic polarisation.

 

Some decades ago, transnational food corporations apparently sponsored studies by some world food scientists who claim that our good old coconut oil which has kept us healthy for centuries could cause excessive fat, high cholesterol and resultant heart ailments. The anti-coconut oil campaign was so intense and highly professional that millions of Sri Lankans started using other imported oil and the export market was also badly hit. Now this anti-coconut-oil racket involving an international mafia is being exposed. 

 

Victos Fernando had been missing for four days when his body washed up, bruised and salt-soaked, off Sri Lanka’s northern coast. He’d disembarked with three other fishermen on April 2, 2011, from the crowded harbor of Rameswaram, a small island off India’s southeastern coast, to sail for the fertile breeding shoals on the Sri Lankan side of the Palk Strait, the narrow body of water that separates the two nations.

 

The Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Nikaya, the Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera was spot on about proposals to change the constitution. The Venerable Thera is reported to have observed the following: ‘Causing unnecessary fear among the people on the Constitutional proposals and then saying tall tales is unacceptable and unhealthy.” Correct.   

 

A largely selfish self-centred and greedy world system threw them into this enforced poverty, which in classical Sinhala is described as daridrathavaya. Justice demands that we need to make a preferential option for them. In other words, justice calls us to support them in their struggle for liberation, for equality and the freedom to make their own informed choices.

 

Sri Lanka almost succeeded in eliminating malaria 50 years ago, but its huge effort fell apart. The country became the example most frequently cited by malariologists to show how defeat could be pried from the jaws of victory.

 


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