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Port City poses serious environmental questions

Port City poses serious environmental questions

Right of reply By Carmel L Corea In his Right of Reply article under the headline ‘Port City Project: Megapolis Ministry Clarifies’, Nihal Fernando, Project Director (Colombo Port City) and Deputy Director General/Urban Development Authority, states, ” He is compelled to respond with the Ministry’s point of view, and adds Carmel L Corea who authored [...]

Port City is bad for the country as developer neglected socio-economic and opportunity costs of the project

Dr. Sellakapu S Upasiri de Silva “Why the Port City Is Bad for the Country” written by Carmel L. Corea, published in The Sunday Times of June 12 2016 is a good eye opener for the President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Megapolis & Western Development to re-design this project to meet the [...]


My readers will, I trust, forgive me if today’s headline reads like the brass plate of a highly qualified medical specialist. In the old days before Sri Lanka established its own Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, all medical specialists in this country had to obtain specialist qualifications from Britain. Physicians obtained the qualification MRCP (Member [...]

Panic diplomacy?

Panic diplomacy?

By Dr. Sarala Fernando Following the Brexit referendum, various opinions are being expressed reflecting a certain confusion in Colombo’s approach to economic diplomacy. One key policy maker has suggested that Sri Lanka should enter into a free trade agreement with the UK, this then qualified by another arguing that such a project would take years [...]

16th Dudley Senanayake Memorial Lecture

16th Dudley Senanayake Memorial Lecture

Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philipines, Senator Chito Gascon delivered the 16th Dudley Senanayake Memorial Lecture at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies on July 7. A distinguished gathering was present at the occasion including Deputy Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene and Chairman of the Dudley Senanayake Foundation D.M. Swaminathan, MP. [...]

Aid show for children with heart disease

In aid of children with heart disease in Sri Lanka, Visharad Dr. Udumbara Sevwandi presents ‘Narthana Sevwandi, Sangeetha Sandaawa’ on July 16 at 6 p.m. at the Tower Hall, Maradana. Singers Sangeeth Visharad Jagath Wickramasinghe, Sangeeth Nipun Sadhana Ranathunga, Dayan Witharana and Uresha Ravihari will be performing at the event. The solo dance items will [...]

Musical show with superstars of the ’70s

‘Ninnada Yatra’, a musical show featuring superstars of the ’70s will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 6.30 p.m. at Nelum Pokuna Theatre. The show is organized by the Lady Ridgeway Hospital (LRH) for Children and the ‘Friends of the LRH’ to raise funds to buy equipment to be used in the treatment of children [...]

Karunapala tribute concert

The P.A Karunapala Memorial Arts Foundation has organised a felicitation programme for the 45thbirthday of Manoj Arachchige in order to celebrate Amarasiri Kalansooriya’s 50 year long contribution to the arts on July 13 at the Public Library Auditorium. The event will see a portrait of Amarasiri being gifted to him. The keynote address will be [...]

Law must be alive to changing needs of our country

Law must be alive to changing needs of our country

The following is the text of the speech by Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, PC at the ceremonial sitting of the Supreme Court on June 28 to welcome him as a judge of the apex court I am humbled by the approving manner in which the Bar has welcomed my appointment to this august Court and I [...]

Afghan teen rapper sings and advocates to end child marriage

By Bassam Sebti At first she looks like any bride: wearing a white wedding dress with her face covered with the wedding veil and carrying a bridal bouquet. Except that she is no ordinary bride. She is being sold. As she removes her veil from her face, her forehead appears marked with a barcode. Her [...]

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