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THOUGHT for the Day

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
                                      - Maxim Gorky

 

Nanda Ellawala’s 20th death anniversary falls today:

Precious politician of people

If he lived today he would have been a senior minister of the UPFA Government. He was one among the charismatic political trio of the Ratanpura District. The three - Sarath Muttetuwegama, Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Nanda Ellawala. These three served the common people of Sabaragamuwa and followed three political theories but their objective was to serve the poor people who elected them to Parliament. They also stood up to fight injustice and corruption and saw eye to eye on almost all matters in public life.

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The Morning Inspection - Malinda

On living with and without the state

The role of the state in the amorphous and varied activity, process and objective called ‘development’ has been the subject of many a doctoral dissertation. The literature on the subject would fill quite a large library, in fact. States are sometimes ‘interventionist’; they have an overbearing presence in the affairs of a country, especially the economy. Some argue that states should play the role of facilitator and regulator (read ‘keep out of our hair’; ‘our’ referring to capital interests).

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Safeguard the rights of vulnerable workers

Keynote Address by Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe at a discussion on ‘Towards a society free of gender-based violence’ organized by the Zonta Club II of Colombo held on December 7, 2009. Part II was published yesterday

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