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One step back, two steps forward

It is now official; the President has no intention of abolishing the Executive Presidency till 2021, if he can help it. In our last editorial for 2017, we said: “Already, we hear there is a debate on not just whether there will be another Presidential election – should the Executive Presidency continue, but if there is one, whether the President’s term of office is for six years (2021) or five (2020) depending on the way the 19th Amendment to the Constitution is interpreted”.

Ending the narcotics scourge

We have often seen newspaper headlines such as “200 Kgs of heroin detected”, but eventually there is often no trace of the said amount. In other words, there is a real possibility that these drugs re-enter circulation in Colombo and elsewhere. This is an inexcusable state of affairs, in the light of the fact that narcotics can destroy our younger generation.

Seeing the wood for the trees

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his band of pohottuwites are urging the public to consider the upcoming LG election as a referendum against, among other things, the Yahapalanaya government's move to divide the country.

Three years in the hot seat

Today marks the third anniversary of the election of President Maithripala Sirisena as Head of State. President Sirisena spearheaded a campaign to establish good governance in the country following virtual family rule that was not accountable to the public, and to dislodge a government mired in unprecedented corruption, gross violation of human rights and general maladministration.

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...