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Poverty decrease in Sri Lanka, 2002 to 2012/13


By Umesh Moramudali andRathindra Kuruwita Poverty has been one of the major issues faced by many developing nations and Sri Lanka is no exception. Recently, World Bank released a poverty assessment report on Sri Lanka, which attempted to identify causes for poverty and solutions to the issue. The report states that overall, Sri Lanka's record of poverty reduction has been encouraging, mainly due to increased labour earnings as demand for labour rising across a broad range of sectors exc...

By Dilanka GunathilakeRohan Welivita, the Channel Chief of CSN and media spokesman of former President says Mahinda Rajapaksa always encouraged them and did not let them suffer from low morale.Excerpts: ?Who areyou now?A: I am the Channel Chief and Director of CSN and also the media secretary of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. ?What ishappening now?A: Our culture, values, religion, rights and the economy are collapsing. ?Is it because a group including you was remanded?A: No. B...

BY Lankesh Gooneratne Former Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake, could not give leadership to the Sports Ministry and now Dayasiri Jayasekara has been appointed as Minister and he is not doing a good job either, claimed the former Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, speaking to Ceylon today.Excerpts of an interview: ?: Is the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) ready for the coming Local Government Election?A: The Local Government Election has been postponed for one year; however,...

BY Buddhi Prabodha Karunaratne Satyagraha movement, launched jointly by the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) and several other university unions, against the privatization of education, marked its 50th day this week. IUSF convener Lahiru Weerasekara speaking to Ceylon Today said the government policy to privatize education cannot be changed overnight by a protest or a silent walk. And that a massive uprising was needed from among the public, to keep the right to free education...

Even as calls for an independent public service ring from every part of the country, political appointments to public service are once again on the rise, Tissa Devendra, a retired civil servant and famed novelist speaking to Ceylon Today said, "There is no such thing as an independent government servant". Devendra's career started in 1953 as District Land Officer and took him to the positions of District Secretary in Matara, Trincomalee and Jaffna. He also held positions as Chairman of P...

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Ceylon Workers Red Flag Union General Secretary Menaha Kandasamy said that a national identity for the Plantation Tamils as an ethnic group in Sri Lanka is a must and the identity as 'Indian Origin Tamils' must be omitted. "We don't need to keep this term 'Indian Origin'. When politically categorizing, using own agendas in giving an identity to a certain ethnic group must be avoided," she said. Following are excerpts of the interview:? What are the elements that ar...

By Kosala Gamage ? The selection committee headed by you was replaced by another all of a sudden. What led to this?A: It is not clear to me. W...

By Ananth Palakidnar ?: A few days ago TNA met in Colombo and discussed on holding talks with the Government on political issues. Could you brief us on the discussion?A: It was a discussion based mainly on the Constitutional Assembly (CA) to be formed. The TNA has also formed a steering committee to go with the representations from the constituent parties. The Tamil political prisoners' issue and the TNA's role in the Constitutional Assembly were also discussed. The TNA has not deviated ...

BY Buddhi Prabodha Karunaratne Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Rajitha Senaratne explained to Ceylon Today the delay in implementing the National Drugs Policy and the National Medical Regulatory Authority (NMRA) was due to a crisis in administration and not due to any foul play as previously thought. Excerpts follow: ?: The new government introduced the National Drugs Policy. But, none of the policies have been implemented so far. What is happening with the polic...

BY Buddhi Prabodha Karunaratne Former State Minister of Culture and Arts, and Matale District Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Parliamentarian Nandimithra Ekanayake rubbished the allegations made by the Joint Opposition, which indicated that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or the President was interfering with the probes conducted by the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID). In an interview with Ceylon Today, he asserted that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is a leader w...

BY Mirudhula Thambiah Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Parliamentarian and former Minister of the National Unity Government Basheer Segu Dawood said that merging the Northern and Eastern Provinces as one province will create injustice to the Muslims in finding a political solution due to a reduced representation. "If the North and East are merged the percentage of Muslims will reduce to 17 per cent although they are a majority in the Eastern Province. Merging the North and East will c...

By Umesh Moramudali Recently, the Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a protest organized by unemployed graduates. They were demanding jobs from the government. They claimed that it is the responsibility of the government to give them jobs.Ceylon Today Interviewed the media spokesman for Centre for Graduates, Anuruddha Wickremearachchi. He stressed that in 2012, graduates were recruited to the public service as development officers and since then no graduate was recruited ...

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