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Agriculture has become agribusiness - Editorial

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As an online controversy or Facebook sarcasm provides palatable food for thought in Malaysia over Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak saying people should eat more of the low-cost and popular water spinach kangkung, Sri Lanka also needs to put jokes apart and reflect deeply on its food and nutrition policy or the lack of a policy.

A boost to diplomatic ties and ‘nude blushes’ to Basil’s cheeks

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Recent years witnessed Sri Lanka attaching greater significance to its diplomatic relations with the countries in Africa and Latin America. Also focused were the countries in other regions little known to Sri Lanka hitherto.

‘Hirunika too knows which side her bread is buttered’

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Many eyebrows were raised this week when Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of slain Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organiser for Kolonnawa and former parliamentarian Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra accepted a post as the party’s organiser for the Colombo Central electorate.

Do people have a choice? - Editorial

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With the dissolution of the Western and Southern Provincial Councils on Sunday night, the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance and opposition parties will again give priority to the election campaign with the polls likely to be held in mid-March.

Press has obligation to foster respect for human rights

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Following are excerpts of the keynote address made by Emeritus Professor of Law, Savitri Goonesekere on Monday at the inaugural session of the conference organized by the Sri Lanka Press Complaints Commission (SLPCC) on Self-Regulation and Ethical Reporting, to mark their 10th anniversary:

Bud­dha’s first vis­it to Lan­ka

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Dur­u­thu Full Moon Poya Day is the first Full Moon Poya Day of the cal­en­dar year. It was on a day like this that the Bud­dha set foot on this land for the first time. This is the most im­por­tant in­ci­dent in the his­to­ry of Sri Lan­ka..........

The Mora Sut­ta

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Ta­tha­ga­ta Gau­ta­ma the en­light­ened one em­pha­sized the sig­nif­i­cance, pow­er and vir­tues of cul­ti­vat­ing and prac­tic­ing no­ble qual­i­ties in the Met­ta­ni­san­sa Sut­ta. The Bud­dha ex­plained that a per­son who does not be­tray his friends could es­cape un­harmed even if he­ falls from a high moun­tain.

Aluth Sahal Man­ga­lya

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The four fes­ti­vals of the Sri Da­la­da Ma­li­ga­wa, in­cludes the  "Aluth Sahal Man­ga­lya" held on Dur­u­thu Poya Day. Dur­u­thu Poya it­self has a spe­cial significance to the Bud­dhist So­ci­ety in  Sri Lan­ka, where it is re­cor­ded that Bud­dha vis­ited Sri Lan­ka to bring peace among war­ring fac­tions liv­ing in the coun­try - that of  Yak­kas and Na­gaas.

If united, no power could touch Lanka

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In spite of pressure, both local and international, the government is firm in its resoluteness to fulfill the chauvinist agenda of a certain section. It has shown no desire to pull the brakes on the Sinhala agitations and give the minorities their rights.

An unholy trip! - Editorial

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At a time when the United National Party (UNP) is attempting to get out of the crisis it has long been bogged down with through a novel experiment called the “Leadership Council,” one of its leaders has created a fresh controversy by joining an official Presidential delegation to the Middle East.

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