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Poson ponderings on positional power: ‘Authority vested’ vs. ‘authority wasted’

Views - 393 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:01

We witnessed a serene Poson Poya, in a far more improved security setting in Sri Lanka. Whilst the Sri Lankan life slowly returning to normal, political fronts do not appear to show the same. Has the political power become the people ‘pava’ (sin)


Happy Birthday Airbus!

Views - 60 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Airbus celebrated its 50th birthdayon 29 May this year. Launchedin 1969 at the Paris Airshow by the French and West German governments, the new conglomeratewas meant to be a foil to domination of the western civilian airline market by the Americans.(


Inculcate moral values in children: A change we need

Views - 91 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

We commemorated World Women’s Day on 8 March and the theme for this year was ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’. One of the initiatives taken by the Government to commemorate World Women’s Day was the introduction of separate com


The confusion of the collision is becoming indescribable!

Views - 153 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

Strange are the things we are witnessing in the political scene. The fast-evaporating trust and confidence in politicians and the Government are seriously destroying the harmony of the nation. The Prime Minister of the country has admitted that the


Emperors without clothes: Is Mother Lanka naked too?

Views - 245 Monday, 17 June 2019 00:00

The expression ‘The Emperor without clothes’ derives from the Hans Anderson tale that is based on Sufi wisdom. The Emperor in Anderson’s story was without doubt, the finest dressed man in the land and he loved wearing fine clothes and spent al


Is Sri Lanka under the dominance of a powerful cabal?

Views - 303 Saturday, 15 June 2019 04:35

There is a saying that “A fish rots from the head”. That is the expression used when a country’s leadership is seen as responsible for violence and unethical behaviour of its supporters and the citizens in general - agitating the majority commu


Behind the scenes

Views - 219 Saturday, 15 June 2019 02:48

We see and hear many things happening on the stage. Some we only hear about and do not see. More things are happening without being seen clearly. An observation with extensive view and survey will be the only means of bringing to light the true natur


Plunder of public property by rulers

Views - 483 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

While the failure to build the modern nation has been the prime factor that had caused the wretchedness of Sri Lanka, plundering of public property by rulers when they are under their custody can be considered the next vital factor that had exacerbat


My way or the Huawei: global battle for 5G dominance and its impact on Sri Lanka

Views - 373 Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

The ongoing battle between the US and the Chinese tech giant Huawei is escalating due to both parties’ eagerness to dominate 5G technology, the next major global technological revolution. It will define the future of the World Wide Web, creating a


Sri Lanka Tourism gets third chance: will we blow it?

Views - 899 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Whilst many are looking at the downturn in Sri Lanka tourism, in my view, we have got a third chance to make Sri Lanka Tourism a world-beater in the future. We can use the next year to re-position the brand, just like Bhutan and Rwanda Tourism, did t


Silver lining in cloudy storms

Views - 482 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lankans, last week, saw a different side to Parliament - of what it is capable of doing, and meant to do, apart from providing the public with endless entertainment with chili powder and butter knives. Rather than getting at each other’s throat


Believing and belonging: A Muslim dilemma

Views - 487 Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

At a time when an entire community is unjustly called upon to account for the barbarism of a few lunatics, and, because of that, when an organised mob, backed by sections of the media, saffron-clad firebrands, racist law enforcers and power-hungry po


Don’t let national security suffer through PSC proceedings

Views - 52 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

Dear Mr. Speaker, I write this with reference to the media statement issued by your office, on your behalf, dated 8 June 2019, regarding the current controversies over the proceedings of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the Terrorist Atta


‘For your eyes only’ or ‘eyes only?’

Views - 242 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

If one phrase sticks out from the babel of voices that followed the chaos of 21 April, it surely is ‘eyes only’. ‘Men only’, ‘tourists only’, ‘invitees only’, we are familiar with the diktat explicit in the words, but ‘eyes only’?


Creating ethnic and religious harmony in Sri Lanka

Views - 320 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

The purpose of this article is to discuss ways and means of creating harmony among the various ethnic and religious communities in Sri Lanka (SL) in order to lay a stable foundation for speedy economic recovery mainly to alleviate poverty. The Easter


Bhikkhus who go against Buddhism and the Muslim ministers who follow it

Views - 283 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

All Muslim ministers resigned in protest of the anti- Muslim campaign of Buddhist Bhikkhus Athuraliye Rathana, a politician, and Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, a political activist. Prior to that, Governors Azath Salley and M.L.A.M. Hizbullah had resigne


Strong Sri Lanka-Russia ties poised to grow further

Views - 156 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

On 12 June, Russia celebrates its major National Holiday – Russia Day. It is a great pleasure to congratulate all the compatriots who are fortunate to be in Sri Lanka as well as our Sri Lankan friends on this solemn occasion. This day the Russian p


Agony and uncertainty loom over the hotel sector after 4/21

Views - 97 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

By Amaranath Cumaraswamy It is almost two months after the Easter Sunday massacre, Sri Lanka and its people have been jolted out of the peaceful environment they have been enjoying, by the brutal act of misguided individuals on a journey of mythical


To be a child is to be a dreamer

Views - 204 Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

One in a hundred! That is how many children in Sri Lanka are in child labour, skipping out on regular schooling. These young ones and teenagers are foregoing basic education or tertiary level vocational skill-set attainment; unwittingly pushed and pu


Keep it clean: A reflection

Views - 1230 Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:00

A Colombo taxi driver informed a customer that he was a Muslim. It sounded like an apology. His two previous hires had been cancelled after his cultural identity had been guessed. In the hill-country, a group of persons got into a heated argument wi


Nationalism helps democracy to survive, but only up to a limit

Views - 6211 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:20

Claim that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country Sri Lanka is hailed by many, mainly by those who are ethnically Sinhalese and religion-wise Buddhists, as a Sinhala-Buddhist country. This is not an arrangement which it has got under its Constitutio


Gubernatorial and Ministerial resignations, monks and law

Views - 249 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:18

The resignation en masse of two Muslim governors and all Muslim ministers and deputies is an unprecedented political act in the history of Sri Lankan democracy and Muslim politics. If they had not relinquished their privileges yet, as some reports s


The presidential hopefuls – Have they not read Article 43?

Views - 1284 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:16

The national poll for the election of the next president is required to be held between 8 November and 8 December this year. Since the incumbent President has now indicated that he might not be seeking re-election, Sri Lanka’s next president will a


Are we a country without ethics, a moral code and shame?

Views - 408 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:14

The saying ‘dogs may bark but the caravan moves on’ is found in many languages from the Middle East to India. In Turkish and Azerbaijani, it rhymes [it ürür, kervan yürür (in Turkish), and it hürər, karvan keçər (in Azerbaijani)], sugg


‘For your eyes only’ or ‘eyes only’?

Views - 132 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:10

If one phrase sticks out from the babel of voices that followed the chaos of 21 April, it surely is ‘eyes only’. ‘Men only,’ ‘tourists only,’ ‘invitees only,’ we are familiar with the diktat explicit in the words, but ‘eyes only’?


A message to the Sri Lankan Cricket team at the World Cup

Views - 1324 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

At the time of writing Sri Lanka has played two matches and have won a piece and drawn one due to rain, however going forward the team from the Emerald isle needs to pull up their socks or will have to leave in a hurry, if they do not get their act t


Are plantations really in control of their organisational culture?

Views - 317 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan plantation industry has undergone some drastic management transformations over the last 60 years, which has impacted its performance at present. This is not to downplay the significant changes to external factors and internal socioeco


Who killed the Airbus A380?

Views - 1175 Monday, 10 June 2019 00:00

As American author Mark Twain remarked in 1897, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” The Airbus A380, flagship of the world’s largest airliner manufacturer and culmination of an estimated $ 16 billion development program, is alive and


Learn lessons from Sri Lanka attack to prevent future attacks

Views - 230 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:10

‘Israel never hesitated to share intelligence with the relevant authority’ – Schweitzer


Putrefaction and end

Views - 773 Friday, 7 June 2019 00:15

As the President has abandoned his earlier decision to consult the Supreme Court opinion on the commencement of his official term, it is now clear that the Presidential Election will be held on 7 December. While nearing a Presidential Election, the


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Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

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