It was an erstwhile parliamentary colleague from the Government benches who asked his close friend and now National Congress co-leader, Mangala Samaraweera the question - isn't the United National Party (UNP) in disarray over the vote of no-confidence against Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda?
Once again the issue of plantation wages has come to the forefront. Usually it is a trade union dispute on wages that is settled after a prolonged strike and negotiations. Like any other trade union action much more than is expected is asked for and much less is offered.
There is an old Sinhala saying “Kateng bathala hitawanawa waage”. In translation it loses its pithiness and sarcasm. A direct translation into English would read “like planting sweet potatoes with the mouth.”
If Mitt Romney, a former Governor of Massachusetts, ends up as President of the United States, he has vowed to find an "alternative" to the United Nations primarily because he views the world body as an irritating hindrance to American power play.
The visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour was preceded by two important events in Sri Lanka.
On 24 September, the LTTE issued a statement that coincided with the sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.
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