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Energy future

Views - 20 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena was invited this week by his counterparts in India and France to attend the International Solar Conference after the country joined the alliance earlier this month. It is a chance for Sri Lanka to join the ene

Corruption perception

Views - 26 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Corruption was one critically evaluated element at the recently concluded local government elections when voters sent back a strong message of deep dissatisfaction to their government leaders.

Budget focus

Views - 28 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

Even though the political fallout of the Local Government elections has begun to ebb, the reasons for it should not be allowed to be forgotten by lawmakers. As the President and the Prime Minister seek to fast-track implementation of reforms and meet

Drought worries

Views - 42 Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00

As the merciless sun beats down, all appearances indicate that Sri Lanka may be in for another tough year on the weather front

Quota conundrums

Views - 115 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

One of the key expectations of the Local Government (LG) elections was the premise that 25% of women would be elected to represent the 341 councils and municipalities around the country. However, legal and logistical issues that have cropped up since

Swift resolutions 

Views - 23 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

The week opens under the shadow of more political wrangling as parliament opens for the first time since the 10 February

A second chance

Views - 34 Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:00

As a week of political turmoil came to a close on Friday there was evidence that the worst may be over with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announcing he would stay on in his position and the two main parties considering a Cabinet reshuffle as a

Delivering public service

Views - 40 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

The verdict the people gave at the Local Government election last weekend continues to reverberate across Sri Lanka’s

Stalemate suspense

Views - 46 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:14

As the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and United National Party (UNP) continue to work on forming a government, the rest of the country remains in suspense as to what political outcome will eventually become reality. Given that only four days have l

Time to get to work

Views - 49 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

The national level political fallout from the Local Government elections continues to dominate public discourse but that should

Protecting children 

Views - 63 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its findings on children’s rights in Sri Lanka, which it reviewed along with seven other countries during its meeting in Geneva this year.  In its concluding observations, the C

Listen to the people

Views - 82 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Elections are litmus tests for governments, which is why they are periodically held in the middle of ruling terms. This can pose a massive challenge for the incumbent government because they have to remain popular even when attempting to implement pa

Vote today

Views - 57 Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:31

For over 15 million people, today has special significance because they can make a direct impact on the future of Sri Lanka. For over two months, the public have had the chance to see and hear the policies and issues of the various political parties,

Getting to grips with the gender gap

Views - 52 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

One of the common criticisms aimed at the now global #MeToo movement is that it trivialises quote-unquote real problems faced by women.

Internet access and youth

Views - 63 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Technology is an essential part of modern life and young people especially live lives infused with it. However, technology is also a tool that should be defined by equal access and safety to become a constructive element in the world. Sri Lanka is se

Trouble in paradise

Views - 82 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

The Maldives is in the news again but this time for growing political turmoil rather than celebrities vacationing on its sun-dappled islands

Time up for corruption?

Views - 46 Tuesday, 6 February 2018 00:00

In developing countries, fighting corruption is usually limited to a rampant election cry, but strengthening institutions and improving transparency to actually implement stronger governance policies rarely gets concentrated attention. However, this

The meaning of freedom

Views - 43 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

Seven decades of independence is a special moment to evaluate the path Sri Lanka has taken since 1948 and consider its future prospects.

Solar alliance

Views - 64 Saturday, 3 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka this week became a signatory to the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). Once the agreement is ratified, Sri Lanka will become a founding member of the International Solar Alliance spearheaded by India. Nonetheless

Transparency and the Budget

Views - 50 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Transparency is a daily battle in Sri Lanka, but it is often hijacked or replaced by political rhetoric. What are often obscured

Freedom from fear

Views - 43 Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s National Child Protection Authority says it will take tough action against schools subjecting students to corporal punishment after it received a complaint of nine students being punished in an international school. The move reopens the

Bureaucracy battles

Views - 31 Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:00

A country’s public service is integral to its development aspirations. Sri Lanka’s public service has been so mismanaged

FDI wins

Views - 54 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Sri Lanka doubled to $ 1.63 billion in 2017 from 2016, raising hopes that the country is finally turning the corner on its poor FDI performance. Despite the end of the war, Sri Lanka failed to attract significant

Trump and free trade

Views - 36 Monday, 29 January 2018 00:00

When President Donald Trump arrived in the snow-sodden Swiss resort of Davos, many were prepared for him to direct further assaults on globalisation but the opposite happened with the global elite invited to invest in the US and Trump

Weather and food security

Views - 24 Saturday, 27 January 2018 00:38

The year has barely begun but concerns over inadequate rain triggering another drought in some areas of the country have been voiced. The Treasury is considering disbursing Rs.5 billion in drought relief leading policy makers to naturally be concerne

Scientific policymaking

Views - 35 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

When a Government is appointed to power, consistent policymaking is at the core of public expectations. Yet formulating policies can be a tricky business,

Upgrading healthcare

Views - 38 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka has been chosen to host World Health Day 2018 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) ostensibly because of its impressive universal healthcare system. While many would readily admit Sri Lanka has punched above its weight in providing basic

The energy battle

Views - 50 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:00

The Norochcholai power plant is in the news again after the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) is expected to start ambient air testing amidst continued protests and litigation over environmental pollution caused by fly ash and coal dust.

Recurring shame

Views - 62 Tuesday, 23 January 2018 00:00

If naming people is enough to shame them, then Uva Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayaka and his cohorts would have no place to hide in Sri Lanka. Dassanayaka is accused of forcing the principal of Tamil Girls’ Maha Vidyalaya in Badulla to kne

Drought and growth 

Views - 47 Monday, 22 January 2018 00:02

Barely a month into 2018, the Government is preparing to allocate Rs. 5.5 billion for drought relief after the Northeast Monsoon failed to bring sufficient rain. Though it is still too early to predict this year’s weather fortunes, prudence dictate

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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted

Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr

In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked

Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people

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