The reverberations that followed The Sunday Times exposures were more shattering than the burst of fiery engines of a MiG-27 fighter jet.
Parliament on Tuesday decided to appoint a Select Committee to probe the latest procurement from Ukraine, badly tainted with allegations of corruption, misdeeds and even misinformation.
"Thaaththa," Bindu Udagedera asked, "who is a terrorist?"
"A terrorist is someone who uses tactics of terror usually against unsuspecting members of the public" Bindu's father Percy explained, "but why do you want to know that?"
Foreign borrowing has become an intense topic of discussion these days in and out of Parliament. The advisability of foreign loans has come to the forefront of discussions with the government's intention of borrowing US$ 500 million from the international money market. As is often the case political issues cloud the economic commonsense.
Earlier this month a retired senior Sri Lankan diplomat wrote to the media chastising the foreign ministry-and by implication the government- for its amateurish approach to foreign relations and diplomacy.
Last week's (uncontradicted) leader news item in this newspaper that heads of state corporations and statutory boards have been called upon by presidential advisor Basil Rajapakse and Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle to dispose of idle assets and contribute the gains towards building the new headquarters of the Sri Lankan Freedom Party in Battaramulla is astounding.
NEW YORK - The intemperate and raw language used by some of our politicians to lambaste UN officials, including a snide reference to the Secretary-General, has been widely described in the Sri Lankan media as the dialect of "street thugs". But that would be unfair to most street thugs.
Developments in the APRC during the past fortnight show it up for what it is - a clever device used by the government to cover its goal of militarily crushing the LTTE and terrorising the Tamil people of the North and East.
The stripping of the APRC's pretences was precipitated by the UNP placing an August 15 deadline for the APRC's draft report.
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