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Heart disease is the number one killer worldwide among Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), with more than 17 million deaths annually.

 

The decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to implement urgent measures to bring down the prices of essential items, no doubt, will be received with great relief by the general public, who, it has to be conceded, are being weighed down by the escalating cost of living.

 

The Rohingya refugee issue, which was thrown Bangladesh into a crisis, is certainly having its spillover effect in Sri Lanka too.

 

The government is to bring in a new Tourism Promotions Law to boost tourism related sectors, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe declared on Sunday at the AGM of the Hotel School Graduates Association in Tangalle. “There will be a new Tourism Promotions Law. The Tourism Authority will not run the industry alone,” he said.

 

There is a raging debate on the merits and demerits of a new Constitution. This is a healthy feature of a vibrant democracy where debate and consensus go hand in hand.

 

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has taken late President J.R. Jayewardene to task for introducing the open economy to the country.

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Tuesday, in parliament, hinted at the fate that awaits the Joint Opposition parliamentarians, come January, were they to support any other party, other than the SLFP at the Local Government

 

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a lengthy statement, issued to the media, had gone to great pains to defend his one-time Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, recently sentenced to jail, for misuse of public funds to offer election bribes, as deemed by courts.

 

Roads connect people and places. They are the lifeblood of any modern economy. We just cannot imagine life without them. Sri Lanka, ranked 121st in the world in terms of size (just 65,610 Sq Km), has the 43rd biggest road network inclusive of unpaved roads. Many bigger, more developed countries rank below Sri Lanka in terms of total road length.

 

UPFA General Secretary Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, apparently, has had enough. He has virtually read the riot act on the dissidents within the SLFP in the Unity Government. Many SLFP ministers, deputies and state ministers have, in recent times, threatened to quit the government. Minister Amaraweera has now broken his silence vis-a-vis the dissidents and has chosen to call their bluff.

 


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