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President Maithripala Sirisena has once again broached the subject of foreign trips, made by politicians, bureaucrats and public officials.

 

Sri Lanka’s post-independence political landscape has certainly moved into the surreal. Since the inception, it has being the ruling party which called the shots, while the Opposition lay in submission. The government was placed in the role of the hunter, while the Opposition was the hunted.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena’s exhortation to public officials not to be bound by public circulars or regulations which may get in the way of efficient execution of their duties is a timely one.

 

The police appear to have got its act together at last. It came in for heavy flak from the authorities for its lukewarm response towards the mob which attacked the Rohingya refugees at a safe house in Mt.Lavinia, where the UN office in Colombo had afforded them temporary shelter.

 

Food security is a priority for any nation, given the current concerns over climate change, land use and the decline in the agricultural labour force

 

The bedrock on which our world has been built is communication. From the carrier pigeons of yesteryear to videoconferencing, we have devised various ways to keep in touch with each other.

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe delivered a telling indictment on the direction that country had taken after 70 years of parliamentary democracy, on Tuesday.

 

Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa is certainly not going to be a favourite of messrs. Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila or Ven. Elle Gunawansa. Not by a long way.

 

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s declaration that the country’s education system will be modernized, in keeping with the 21st Century, will be welcomed by those who has the country’s future development at heart. This, coupled with his decision to make 13 years of schooling compulsory for every child, no doubt, augurs well for the collective well-being of the younger generation.

 

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

 


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