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For Abarna Suthanthiraj, founder of Palmera, an organization that has been working closely with rural communities across Sri Lanka to create livelihood opportunities, food seemed like the most poignant way to tell these difficult stories, and have them resonate with a wider audience. "I always wanted to tell [these] stories in a different way, but I didn't know how we could make it work," she says. "I thought food would be a language that would be a bit more universal."

 

Of course, Colombo can form new associations with Pakistan and China, the two countries that came to its aid in its hour of need. But would such a grouping find other takers within South Asia? Or western nations willing to bypass India to trade with a group that includes a country which has proven itself as the epicenter of terrorism? And in any case, to what extent would any group without India be a 'South Asian' one?

 

Since time immemorial, whether rural or urban, the basic amenities and services to the residents have been provided by the Local Authorities (LAs). A standard all over the world.     

 

When the local authority results are available, it would demonstrate a wide space left open with time still to unfold, a known entity with a national perspective may enter to give a disciplined leadership mindful of the rumblings that mindless C.V.Wigneswaran makes in the North. There is a ‘Room at the Top’ unoccupied for the national elections.   

 

Started by a group of Jaffna youth as an intellectual hub for Tamils, the library initially functioned out of small reading rooms, before its Indo-Saracenic-styled building was inaugurated in 1959 by the then Jaffna Mayor, Alfred Duraiappah.

 

The recipe for renaissance is just the same today. To become a hub again, Sri Lanka needs the freest, fastest and furthest-reaching possible movement of goods, services, capital, people and ideas. This freedom, especially in a closed and highly-regulated region, will rapidly make Sri Lanka an entrepôt that can compete with Singapore and Dubai. But as it looks out to the seas, Sri Lanka must first reconnect with its hinterland. Then the Indian Ocean will be its oyster.

 

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.

 


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