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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.

 

Erudition acquired through scholarship and practical self-introspection ennobled the entire monastic life span of the Most Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Anunayake Maha Thera, whose demise has saddened Buddhists across the country. 

 
Sri Lanka was certified malaria-free on Monday, making it the second country to reach this status in the World Health Organization's (WHO) region of South-east Asia.  
 

After more than five years of apparently politically- influenced delays and other mysterious happenings at the investigation and prosecution levels, this headline hitting case was finally taken up on October 12 last year by a bench comprising Shiran Gunaratne (President), Pathmini N. Ranawaka and M.C.B.S. Morais. 

 
 

After Maldives, Sri Lanka has become the second country in the South-East Asia region to be certified as malaria-free. India must take cue from neighbouring countries and get its act together not on only malaria, but a host of vector borne diseases.

 


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