‘Increasing fish production to meet nat. food requirements’
I am pleased to learn that INFOFISH has a very
active presence in the fisheries scenario in the Asia-Pacific, and
has grown from strength to strength over the years, from its
inception almost three decades ago, as a project of Food and
Agriculture Organization. I understand that INFOFISH has 14 member
countries at present.
Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama – living simply atop an academic
A few days ago I walked into a splendid old
mansion to interview the Vice Chancellor of the Colombo University,
Professor Kshanika Hirimburegama at present, this magnificient
building is called the ‘College House,’ but originally it was known
as ‘Regina Walauwa,’ a family house that belonged to Arthur de Soysa,
the grandson of the philanthropist Sir Charles Henry de Soysa.
The effect of alcohol on the constitution
When I was a child, every time I attended a
party hosted by my relatives I wondered whether my country had been
conceived under the influence of alcohol. I was not far off the
mark, according to a Norwegian study conducted in 2002-2003 on
poverty in Sri Lanka. It stated: The qualitative study yielded the
impression that nearly every male wanted to have alcohol at weddings
and celebrations and they would all protest openly about not being
able to enjoy the event if there was no alcohol. But in the
anonymous quantitative study just 32 percent said that the act of
drinking was a pleasant experience while only 14 percent said that
the experience of being drunk was pleasant.
Political prisoners or prisoners in politics..?
Ranil Wickremesinghe has revived his call for
the UNP rank and file to commit itself to action towards the release
of Sarath Fonseka who, according to Ranil, ‘symbolizes political
prisoners in contemporary Sri Lanka’.