Nobel for Gene Manipulators

Alfred Nobel would be turning in his grave after he learnt that the Nobel price for Medicine has gone to 3 gene manipulators.

Research and meddling with genes could be far more dangerous and could far more damage than dynamite could ever have done to this world or to life on it.  We do not know, no one will be able to predict what kind of monsters will come into being, or what kind of new diseases will be caused by these manipulations, and further natural changes in genes which are altered or manipulated.

Oct. 9, 2007, 2:36 a.m.

bitter sugar

in sri lanka they are trying to revive a long dead cadavar, and in the attempt they will be destroying thousands of hectares of an evergreen jungle, cause the death and destruction of our dwindling elephant herds and other wild life.

all this in the name of progress, development or other obscene terms that are used to hide man's greed.it is a long established fact that sugar industry in lanka is a total faliure. that the cost of production, even if we do not consider the environmental cost, is probably the highest int he world and that it is always cheaper to import sugar.

it is an accepted fact int he sugar industry that only very large scale production is viable to be cost effective, to be able to crush more than 10,000 tons cane per day. we cannot even dream of such big plants in our country because of the non-availability of such vast tracts of land.

all that would happen is destruction of our forest cover. those who promote the project would reap the benefits of the valuable timber that woudl be cut down. but the poor farmers who would be lured into this land woudl invariably suffer the same fate as the allotee farmers settled down in siyamabalanduwa more than 20 years ago.

the greater enemy of our country are not the terrorists, but those who promote such devastating projects like the new sugar plant, coal power or upper kotmale power.

Oct. 8, 2007, 6:52 p.m.

bridging the ethnic devide

the State Literary Awards 2007 in Sri Lanka displayed another instance of ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka, whatever the politicians, terrorists and the media continue to say about the so called 'ethnic conflict' in the country.

among the awards for the best translations was one book that stood out above all others. this was a collection of short stories, by Sudaraj, a Tamil writer, translated in to Sinhala by Mohamed Rasuk, a Muslim writer.

in a country where thousands of lives are lost every year and millions are suffering, the only difference between the Sinhala Buddhist and the Tamil Hindu is the language, when we now see even that gap been narrowed, we can once again try to believe that there is a future for our children.

Sept. 24, 2007, 7:25 p.m.

greed

the day we overcome

greed

would be the beginning

of the end

of the human race

June 16, 2007, 12:36 a.m.