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Our political history since Independence had been studded with numerous events such as communal riots, two insurgencies, a prolonged ethnic war, emergency rule, and allegations of violations of human rights, massive scale frauds and corruption.


“In wars, people, the media and politicians refer to ‘war heroes’.   The thirty-year war against LTTE terrorism was also a war during which time the country heard the term ‘war heroes’ used over and over again. It continues to echo in our ears even today. 


Next week’s National New Year – when people of all races and religions come together for a multitude of cultural events centred on the festival of the Sun – is an ideal time for a just, fair and lasting reconciliation.


The People’s Liberation Front, the party commonly known as the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) commemorated its “Bak Maha Viru Samaruwa” or the April Heroes’ Day for the 45th time on Tuesday (April 5) at four places in the country, unlike in the previous years when the main function was held in one place with the participation of all the leaders of the party.


After the inaugural session of the Constitutional Assembly, the steering committee met for a brief time under the chair of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and decided  to meet again on April 28 to appoint various sub committees the number of which would depend on the recommendations by the Committee on Constitutional Reforms   that has deliberated with the general public in all 25 administrative districts.


Sri Lanka appears to be facing a major kidney problem -- not only physically but also morally and legally.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit Beijing this week; his first to China  since becoming the Prime Minister.


Around 60 countries around the world are contaminated by AP landmines. The International Mine Action Community has set a target to make the world free of AP landmines by the year 2025 and much work needs to be done in this regard.

Production and application of knowledge, development of techniques of all forms and the adoption of more efficient organizational forms have helped modern societies to drastically reduce difficult, dangerous and monotonous labour while at the same time dramatically improving productivity in all spheres of human activity. 

Exactly 14 months after January 20, last year, the date on which the Right to Information Bill was to be presented in Parliament under the 100 Day Programme put forward by President Maithripala Sirisena during the last Presidential election campaign, the Government managed to present it in the House on March 23 this year.


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