Mandela’s legacy: Peace, but poverty for many blacks

Published : 12:00 am  December 7, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  352 views  |  

Reuters: In the 10 years after he withdrew from public life, Nelson Mandela divided his time between a mansion in one of Johannesburg’s wealthiest suburbs and his ancestral home in Qunu, a village in South Africa’s impoverished eastern Cape. The contrast could not have been starker. In one, his neighbours were cast in the image of the white “Rand Lords”, the mining magnates and bankers who built the sprawling city – and Africa’s biggest economy – from the vast gold reserves in the rock beneath their feet. In the other, they were black peasant farmers living in thatched “rondavel” huts and eking out a living on windswept hillsides in scenes that have hardly changed in centuries,... 


A divine time in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  December 7, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  1 Comment  |  243 views  |  

By Martin Stewart The West Australian: It is a performance that would impress a professional mime artist. The platform guide for Sri Lanka Railways at the maniacally busy Colombo Fort station cuts through all language barriers with a skill he has held all his life. He is deaf and mute. His technique is simple. As soon as he sees a puzzled look on the face of a tourist wandering through the entrance, he plants himself in front of them. His facial impression conveys sympathy, then he will gesture for your ticket. Ding! A smile will be followed by traffic signals and a rapid escort to the part of the platform required, then instructions on how many trains will arrive before yours. Then he will find... 


Sri Lanka’s population now 20,271,464

Published : 12:00 am  December 4, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  1 Comment  |  1,463 views  |  

The Department of Census and Statistics has been conducting decennial Censuses of Population and Housing since 1871. The Census of Population and Housing 2012 was the 14th Census conducted in Sri Lanka. This census was very important as it was the complete enumeration conducted in Sri Lanka after 30 years. The Census 2012 results on population based on 5% sample covers the following areas: Population by districts, age, sex, marital status, physical and mental difficulties, economic activities, migration, fertility, education and literacy. According to the 5% sample, the population of Sri Lanka is recorded as 20,271,464. Of this 18.3% lives in the urban sector, 77.3% lives in the rural sector... 


Chandra J’s submissions on missing persons

Published : 12:00 am  November 30, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  593 views  |  

In terms of the invitation published by the Commission to Investigate into Complaints Regarding Missing Persons in the media calling for written submissions, good governance activist Chandra Jayaratne has made the following submissions. The Commission should interpret the scope of its Terms of Reference as set out in the Warrant issued by the President, taking cognizance of the reasons and historical background leading to the appointment of the Commission, the expressed recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and the expectations of the family members of missing persons. As the main intention of the investigation is to systematically address all complaints of missing... 


“Sri Lanka understands PM Singh’s compulsion for skipping CHOGM”

Published : 12:00 am  November 30, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  506 views  |  

Many in Sri Lanka were disappointed that the Indian Prime Minister could not make it to CHOGM 2013, but political leaders understand political compulsions in their fellow democracies, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in India Prasad Kariyawasam said. “We work with each country based on national requirements like our own economic compulsions, political independence and security. We have no intention to harm the interests of any of our friends, including India. We are very keen on regional stability in the Indian Ocean region. But we are pained to learn about recent Resolutions in the Tamil Nadu Assembly,” the High Commissioner said in an interview with Economic Times, India. The High Commissioner... 


Adolescents falling through gaps in HIV services

Published : 12:00 am  November 30, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  389 views  |  

GENEVA: More than two million adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years are living with HIV, and many do not receive the care and support that they need to stay in good health and prevent transmission. In addition, millions more adolescents are at risk of infection. The failure to support effective and acceptable HIV services for adolescents has resulted in a 50% increase in reported AIDS-related deaths in this group compared with the 30% decline seen in the general population from 2005 to 2012.     Addressing the specific needs of adolescents The WHO recommendations “HIV and adolescents: Guidance for HIV testing and counselling and care for adolescents living with HIV” are... 


The very future of Third World agriculture is at stake

Published : 12:00 am  November 30, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  528 views  |  

By Devinder Sharma IPS (NEW DELHI): The battle lines are clearly drawn. At a time when food security in the developing countries is snowballing into a major trade conflict between the developed and developing countries, what in reality is at stake is the livelihood security of an estimated 1.5 billion small farmers in the majority world. Food security is simply a smokescreen to provide a cover-up for the global efforts being made to dismantle the very foundations of Third World agriculture. Numerous US farm groups have written to US Trade Representative Michael Froman as well as US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack objecting to linking food aid with price support programs.       Price... 


UNOPS in Sri Lanka: Supporting Government initiatives to grow

Published : 12:00 am  November 28, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  5,500 views  |  

The 68th UN day was celebrated on 25 October 2013. The event showcased how the UN is working to support the Government in achieving the country’s development agenda. In this interview with the Daily FT, Director and Representative of the South Asia Operational Hub for the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) Francoise Jacob outlines how UNOPS supports the Government’s initiatives:     By Shabiya Ali Ahlam: Q: What was the theme for the 68th UN day and why was it selected? A: The theme for this year was ‘Uniting Youth’. Sri Lanka’s youth population is needed to sustain development for the next years and especially with the revolution in technology, the engagement... 


UK fails to turn CHOGM 2013 into rights tribunal

Published : 12:00 am  November 28, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  620 views  |  

        By Kalinga Seneviratne IDN – InDepth News Analysis (Singapore): In his opening address to the Commonwealth leaders’ summit (CHOGM) in Colombo mid-November, Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa concluded his speech by quoting from the Buddha. “Let not one take notice of faults of other’s or what they have done or not done. Let one be concerned only about what one has done and left undone,” he told assembled leaders from 53 member countries in an obvious swipe at the British PM’s pre-summit tirades on human rights violations by Sri Lanka. Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, under intense pressure from supporters of the vanquished Liberation... 


Diplomatic efforts in Australia and New Zealand reap dividends

Published : 12:00 am  November 27, 2013  |  Category: Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  494 views  |  

As a Sri Lankan expatriate currently residing in Australia and having also lived in New Zealand, the outcome from the recently-concluded Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is an opportune time to reflect on the sterling efforts of our diplomatic representatives in these two trans-Tasman countries. Sri Lanka’s high commissioner in Australia Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, ably supported by the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in New Zealand Aruna Abeygoonesekara, has worked tirelessly over the last few years to ensure that key leaders in these Commonwealth neighbours, as well as the public, are presented with an accurate representation of the situation in Sri Lanka. We should be grateful... 


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