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Democracy vs. Autocracy

Views - 1254 Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:03

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned. There were many arguments and debates over the issue. There were lot of opinions that the present Government failed miserably. They came into power pledging that the persons of the previous regime who w


Whose baby is the new constitution?

Views - 3088 Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

  This Government has taken several important steps towards the new constitution. As the first step of the process the Government established the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reform headed by Lal Wijenay


Ranil Wickremesinghe, the selfless leader of Sri Lanka

Views - 4635 Saturday, 6 May 2017 00:00

    A review of Dinesh Weerakkody’s book on the Prime Minister Dinesh Weerakkody recently launched a biography of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe among a distinguished gathering. The keynote speech was deliver


Corporate ethics and Hayleys legacy

Views - 5359 Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

In the USA the term corporate ethics came into use in the 1970s. The Enron Corporation scandal in 2001, which was considered as the biggest audit failure as well, has given much emphasis to corporate ethics in addition to various other measures.&n


Right to information: A tool to empower people

Views - 5276 Friday, 17 March 2017 00:00

Recently I had an opportunity to discuss the Right to Information Act with Will Ferroggiaro, a Washington DC-based consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working on freedom of expression, Government accountability and human rights.&n


The President and his backbone

Views - 6136 Tuesday, 7 March 2017 00:00

    The President told the SLFP Executive Committee meeting that he has shown his ‘backbone’ to the international community by rejecting the UNHRC Chief Zeid bin Ra-ad Al Hussein’s recommendation for a h


GSP+, sovereignty and checks and balances

Views - 6090 Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

There is a debate whether the sovereignty of Sri Lanka is violated through GSP+ concessions to be given by the European Union (EU). GSP+ is a concession given by developed countries to developing countries on import duties. Therefore the imported


CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

Views - 6663 Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January.  The Consultation T


Super minister, Development Bill and the second economic revolution

Views - 6542 Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

Those who oppose this Bill, provincial councils and the parties which govern those provincial councils, should keep in mind that they do not have any moral authority to oppose further devolution of power to the provinces under the new constitution


Why Sri Lanka is poor

Views - 8500 Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00

A poor child eating his food on the side of a street in Colombo – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara     Dinesh Weerakkody has written an interesting article in the Daily FT titled ‘What makes some cou


President’s speech and a new dimension to transitional justice

Views - 8296 Friday, 28 October 2016 00:01

President Sirisena seems to be governing by public speaking. He dropped a bombshell by criticising the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) and also the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and Crimina


Reconciliation and war mentality

Views - 8658 Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:03

Major General Kamal Gunaratne at the launch of his memoir ‘Road to Nandikadal’    – Pic by Sameera Wijesinghe     Major General Kamal Gunaratne who commanded the 53rd Division of Sri La


Brexit: A comparison with Sri Lankan issues

Views - 8918 Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:00

  Soon after the release of the results of the British General Election 2015 and in the light of the possible Scottish separatism threats, British Prime Minister David Cameron promised to lead a Government for “one nation”


Stability of the Government

Views - 9709 Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

    The UNP and its allies secured 106 seats at general election 2015 and the SLFP and its allies secured 95 seats. In the history of Parliamentary elections under the new Constitution only in two instances was a clear ma


Neutral umpires vs. home umpires

Views - 8998 Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:20

Should foreign judges participate in the probe initiated by UNHRC? Soon after the end of war in May 2009, the Secretary General of the United Nations visited Sri Lanka and at the end of the visit there was a joint declaration by the P


What should the strategic direction of the Bhikkhu society be today?

Views - 9357 Monday, 14 March 2016 00:00

Walpola Rahula Thero wrote a book called ‘Brikshuvage Urumaya’ in Sinhala in 1946, justifying so-called Bhikkhu politics or as he emphasised public service of bhikkhus. He translated this book into English later.  The reason for


Would Wigneswaran be a spoiler?

Views - 9867 Wednesday, 6 January 2016 00:00

  I have been a columnist for the Sinhala monthly publication Samabima. In early 2013, I along with the fellow columnists, were criticised by a Buddhist monk that we were writing against the Sinhala extremism but not against


Constitutional reforms are on the way

Views - 10798 Thursday, 3 December 2015 00:10

  Democracy which is practiced in Sri Lanka and for that matter in other countries in the Asian region is quite different to the democracy practiced in the countries it was originated and evolved over a period   M


The direction of the Government

Views - 33027 Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:06

The direction of the Government is being criticised by many. It was stated that the Government is not efficient and it is slow. It gives confusing signals and being dragged to different directions. It catches the sprats and not the sharks. It acco


Geneva resolution and a few points to contemplate

Views - 10792 Saturday, 3 October 2015 00:00

We as citizens need justice from the Judiciary, not anything else, and also it should appear to be that the Judiciary is capable of delivering justice   The resolution about Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council


From ‘A Gentle Creature’ to ‘With You, Without You’

Views - 11975 Saturday, 19 September 2015 00:08

  By Harsha Gunasena This is not a critique of a film but I would like to pen down my feelings after viewing ‘With You, Without You’, the one hour and 30 minute film directed by Prasanna Vithanage. Lead roles


Rising of democracy and fading away of autocracy

Views - 9519 Tuesday, 25 August 2015 01:11

The unconventional move of former President Rajapaksa to contest and win the general election failed. The Central Committee of the UPFA has already taken the line of the President and agreed to a National Government. At the same time, although he


Rajapaksa’s swansong

Views - 10955 Wednesday, 1 July 2015 00:00

    A comparison between Slobodan Milosevic and Mahinda Rajapaksa   Slobodan Milosevic was the President of Serbia from 1989 to 1997 and President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1997


Value of practical training in education

Views - 8654 Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

There is a constant complaint by private sector organisations that the graduates produced by the educational institutions do not have the necessary attributes they expect. In addition to the appropriate educational background and attitudes, gradua


Lessons to be learnt from the British parliamentary elections

Views - 2655 Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

 The general elections of the United Kingdom are over. There are two main features of the election results. One is that after a long time the incumbent Government increased its parliamentary majority and the other is that the Scottish Nationa


Ranil Wickremesinghe: The good, the bad or the ugly?

Views - 8779 Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:09

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is considered a political strategist by many. LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran once feared his actions. He takes certain bold decisions in the situations where other leaders are reluctant to act. On the other han


Should SC be empowered more in constitutional amendments process?

Views - 2791 Friday, 17 April 2015 03:52

The United States of America introduced the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution on 24 March 1947. It went on to say: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or a


Political consensus drifts away

Views - 2896 Friday, 10 April 2015 00:05

  We face an unprecedented situation in the political history of this country and in the political history of any other democratic country in the world. The common opposition and the civil society got together to defeat the most autocrat


What is this Lichchavi system the PM talks about?

Views - 3511 Monday, 9 February 2015 00:00

The current Sri Lankan Parliament is in a unique position and it would be quite interesting to watch its proceedings. The President is the Head of the Government and the Cabinet of Ministers and on the other hand he is the Leader of the main Oppositi


The end of the kingship

Views - 2876 Friday, 16 January 2015 00:05

An epilogue to Rajapaksa regime The presidential election ended and power was transferred from Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was referred as the ‘King of Sri Lanka,’ to a commoner. Rajapaksa, when he was the Minister of Labour


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It is an uphill task for the Govt. to attain the envisaged targets

Monday, 25 September 2017

In Part 1 of the article series on the Government’s Vision 2025 published last week, it was pointed out that the present vision document was just the fourth of such visions pronounced by the Government during the last two year period.


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