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Ramsar accreditation of Colombo Wetlands: Rebranding Colombo as a Wetland City

Views - 306 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

Colombo, once known to be “kolonthota,” has always been identified as a wetland complex at the heart of the Kelani river delta. Today this city is increasingly drying up, with around 20 sq km left as wetlands which continue to be threatened every


Reaching global quality standards through Deming Award

Views - 154 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

The importance of quality in the contemporary competitive business environment cannot be over-emphasised. Total Quality Management (TQM)is a company-wide, all pervasive management philosophy, which organisations globally, in many business sectors hav


Coup Sri Lanka: some winners, mostly losers

Views - 1542 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 00:00

As a president proves shockingly stubborn, a nation waits with baited breath as to what His Excellency the loose cannon on a rocky slope will do next. Two Prime Ministers and the fates of their respective parliamentary groups hang in the balance lik


Make toilets and safe sanitation services accessible to all

Views - 75 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

All people everywhere should have access to safe sanitation services, including hygienic toilets that are connected to quality sewage systems. For many people across the WHO South-East Asia Region, as across the world, access to these services never


10 theses on Sri Lanka’s existential crisis: Roots, dynamics, dimensions

Views - 633 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

1.The crisis has deep national, social and psychological roots. Our island contains two consciousnesses or two types of consciousness, two competing states of mind. Contrary to myth, the periphery of our island has the longest uninterrupted colonial


Political evil paralysing Parliament

Views - 404 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

Our politics has arrived at a point when we must insist on recognising the niceties of human nastiness. Organised horror in Parliament is either trivialised or ignored by most of mainstream media print and electronic.


Greening China and BRI: Chinese legal framework for sustainable environment protection

Views - 247 Tuesday, 20 November 2018 00:00

The concept and scope of greening the belt and road The Greening BRI is to add the ‘greening’ notion along with the ‘BRI’. Building a ‘Greening BRI’ means adhering to the concept of green development, balanced development, harmony betwee


Hang the House! It’s OUR country, future, etc.

Views - 607 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:10

I have rarely if ever empathised with the Sri Lanka Police Department. But when I saw those hapless cops ducking chilli bombs in Parliament, my heart went out to those whom I had previously seen as simply being PC Plods or Mr Goons. Sorry to say that


Taking sides – on the side of the law

Views - 1434 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:10

I am under criticism for “taking sides” in the ongoing dispute between the UNF and UPFA. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has accused me thus: “Yesterday a commissioner from the Elections Commission went to the Supreme Court saying that the P


Unleashing the power to lead: Global presence with local pulse

Views - 217 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

We are indeed delighted to present 441 extraordinary managers at the PIM’s latest convocation. They have been developed as leaders with global presence and local pulse. That’s why we picked the apt theme this year as ‘unleashing the power to le


Man-made constitutional crisis: Personal vendettas should not be allowed to destroy the country

Views - 6547 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

President is simply one presiding over an entity of people It all came to surface as the culmination of a personal vendetta between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The country at large knew of it when the Pre


The only way out

Views - 324 Monday, 19 November 2018 00:00

Leaving aside the legalities, politicalities, constitutionalities and the complexities of the current imbroglio in which the nation is grounded (temporarily), the underlying issues in the constitutional crisis can be reduced to one single question: a


The JR-MR effect

Views - 300 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


Country paying for Sirisena’s childlike behaviour

Views - 782 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Many were surprised on 26 October to see former President Rajapaksa being appointed Prime Minister by the very man who defeated him a couple years ago, at a considerable risk to himself and to those who helped him win the election. Then events beca


The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Views - 951 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Views - 694 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Views - 579 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Views - 493 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:10

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


Constitutionality of the dissolution of Parliament: An interpretation?

Views - 75 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

“The only true guide and the only course which can produce stability in constitutional law is to read the language of the constitution itself, no doubt generously and not pedantically, but as a whole and find its meaning by legal reasoning” – G


Paradise burning and ignited minds

Views - 141 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

I may not exactly be sure why this title caught your eye at this time if you have decided to read this, but this is about an actual inferno in a Paradise along with bursts of creativity in ignited minds across the globe. Yet I want to ask the questio


Way forward for the Govt.

Views - 1639 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

The President, and all political leaders represented in the Legislature, collectively pledge to form a bi-partisan representative National Council of not more than 25 Cabinet Ministers (no Deputy nor State Ministers) sele


A stable democracy is a prerequisite for the wellbeing of Sri Lankans

Views - 167 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

In Sri Lanka, despite the complexity of overlapping policies, the slow pace in implementing economic policies has been of central concern in the past few years. The current political state in Sri Lanka poses a series of e


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Views - 135 Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:00

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be


Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Views - 716 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th


‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Views - 1082 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i


Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Views - 1003 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t


The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Views - 820 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 00:00

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in


Untruth is the crisis

Views - 507 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:54

Political language, said George Orwell, is designed to make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Dr. Sarath Amunugama is the subject of this essay. In addition to his current incarnation of a p


Rise, Sri Lankans – our country needs you now!

Views - 827 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:50

I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and listening to lamentatio


Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Views - 1471 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President Kumaratunga: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in Government. The Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He ha


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Unless addressed, wages issue will keep troubling Bangladesh’s garment industry

Saturday, 19 January 2019

The recent week-long mass protests by garment workers in Bangladesh came to an end after an upward revision of wages for six classes of workers. But even after the upward revision, the Bangladeshi garment worker gets less than what workers in compara


Is GDP the ideal metric of the future?

Friday, 18 January 2019

In an age of stark contradictions, we live in a world where the exclusive 1% enjoy access to an abundance of wealth and resources but also a world where a billion people scarcely have enough to eat and have limited access to health and education. Whi


Evaluation of economic performance: 4 years into Yahapalana Government

Friday, 18 January 2019

The Yahapalana Government completed four years on 8 January this year. The four-year journey was a rough ride with a clear rift between the President and the UNP; the ruling party. The Government continues to face severe criticism from both inside an


Elimination of bribery and corruption

Friday, 18 January 2019

Bribery and corruption can be regarded as a malicious cancer that has penetrated into almost every strata of Sri Lankan state. It can be considered a major factor affecting Sri Lanka’s poverty, backwardness and indebtedness. Abuse of power by thos


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