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Act Fast To Save Local Medical Education!

By Somapala Gunadheera – The medical students’ boycott of lectures has continued for the last three months. Neither the President nor the Prime Minister appears to have succeeded in putting an effective end to this tragedy, despite many announcements in the papers that continuous efforts were being made by the authorities to settle the matter. […]

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Selection Criteria For Prospective MPs

By Somapala Gunadheera – I wish to draw the attention of all public-spirited citizens to the following extract in the Island Editorial of March 13, under the topic, “Speaker’s plight”, “The most effective way of addressing the problem of the deterioration of political institutions is to end the deplorable practice of nominating unsavoury elements to […]

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Stop Deadlock In Medical Education

By Somapala Gunadheera – The SAITM crisis has brought normal medical education in this country to a standstill. Students studying medicine in the medical faculties have absented themselves from lectures from the beginning of this year, as a protest against the decision to award medical degrees to SAITM products that they claim to be unqualified […]

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Reform By Consensus

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Reform By Consensus

By Somapala Gunadheera – Our Cabinet has been built up from the wrong end. Its carder has not been fixed on the workload available but on the number required for the government to remain in power. That has resulted in producing what is called in indigenous rustic parlance ‘a pissige palaamalla’ – a grab bag […]

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Dayan Jayatilleka’s Oracle

By Somapala Gunadheera – Dayan Jayatilleka (DJ), the rolling stone that appears to gather no (dogmatic) moss as it rolls, has made a prophesy at the Nugegoda Rally, as claimed by him in the Daily Mirror last week. DJ prophesizes a political “Titanic” and admonishes, President Sirisena that he should eject Prime Minister Wickremesinghe before it […]

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Judicial Process Used For Tax Collection

By Somapala Gunadheera – Listening to the budget speech, I was surprised to hear a proposal to increase traffic fines included it. The Government claims to be compelled to impose more and more taxes to meet the extravagant and wasteful expenses incurred by the previous regime. The opposite claim is that the increases are caused […]

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Obstacles To Ranil’s Destiny

By Somapala Gunadheera – I was tempted to write this piece by the outspoken remarks of an Island editorial under the title “O tempora! O mores!” After highlighting a list of failures by a young minister holding an important portfolio, the editorial raised the question, “If it (the Government) had been really serious about developing […]

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An Authority To Deliver The Baby Of A Commission

By Somapala Gunadheera – Whenever a smoke-addict is under tension, he lights a cigarette and whenever the Government becomes clueless, it appoints a Commission or Authority. This analogy came to my mind, as I read the news item, “New body to monitor Public Service” appearing in the Daily Mirror of 31st October”. The news reports that […]

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Independent Commissions Have A Role In Reconciliation

By Somapala Gunadheera – To my mind the most shocking news we have had of late is the death of the two Jaffna undergraduates who died on their way home from a get-together. Two young lives heading towards prosperity and renown, in a rough terrain had been nipped in the bud. I remember how I […]

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Law Enforcement Vs. Human Rights & The Wijeyadasa Amendment

By Somapala Gunadheera – A news item in the Island of the 3rd instant highlights a controversy that has arisen with the publication of a Bill proposing to introduce a new section to the Criminal Procedure Code to deprive suspects’ access to lawyers until their statements were recorded, thus withdrawing the rights already guaranteed by […]

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