Opinion and Issues

Pay as you throw! A solution to Sri Lanka’s mounting garbage issue?

/ Tuesday, 25 April 2017 00:00

     By Bilesha Weeraratne In the wake of the tragic event in Meethotamulla, there have been multifaceted proposal...


Sri Lankans united in lack of faith in justice

/ Tuesday, 25 April 2017 00:00

By Tejshree Thapa The refrain I heard over and over again, travelling through Sri Lanka’s southern Sinhala belt, was this: “Politicia...


Studies urge sanitary land filling for Colombo and composting for smaller towns

/ Tuesday, 25 April 2017 00:00

By P.K. Balachandran A look at two recent reports on garbage disposal in Sri Lanka indicates that sanitary land filling is the best option for di...


Is Sri Lanka ready for Free Trade Agreements? Part I

/ Tuesday, 25 April 2017 00:00

Developing global antipathy towards free trade is motivated by the outsourcing of jobs from the rich industrialised world to other countries, and f...


‘Chemical attack’ in Syria and America’s continued military campaign

/ Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

By Laksiri Fernando  The images emerged from Khan Sheikhoun in Syria and some unconfirmed reports indicate to possible chemical weapon use o...


Under the radar: Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next ‘Great Game’ for China, India and Japan?

/ Saturday, 22 April 2017 00:00

    By Jeremy Luedi     globalriskinsights.com: Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean com...


A bond built through learning – Australian alumni in Sri Lanka

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

By Bryce Hutchesson As High Commissioner, it’s my job to shine the spotlight on the great examples of cooperation that exist between Austra...


Sri Lanka may become South Asia’s strategic maritime communication centre

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

By P.K. Balachandran  Given the way Sri Lanka is being wooed by countries deeply concerned about maritime security in the Indian Ocean Regio...


India’s experience is a cautionary tale in incorporating socioeconomic rights in the constitution

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

  As the debate over the inclusion of socioeconomic rights in Sri Lanka’s constitution brews, India offers an interesting ca...


Sri Lankan Solid Waste Management theory and ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

By Piyumani Ranasinghe The tragedy of the garbage collapse in Meethotamulla has unravelled several protests around the country which undoubtedly ...


Aryasinha on Colombo Process: Part II

/ Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

    Following is part II of the address by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of ...


Govt. selling the country, charges ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa

/ Thursday, 20 April 2017 00:00

Mahinda Rajapaksa was President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015. He is a human rights lawyer by profession, but has been the butt of widespread outr...


China’s access to the Indian Ocean through Myanmar

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

By Jayasri Priyalal The long-delayed oil and gas supply line from South Eastern China reaching Myanmar’s    Kyaukpyu sea port has...


Paying for the economic sins of short-sighted policy

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

By Patrick De Silva Last week, President Maithripala Sirisena addressed a forum in Kandy where he extolled the dip in Government revenue from tob...


Rising sun for Japan- Sri Lanka maritime relations

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

By Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage The Indian Ocean     The Indian Ocean is the third largest water-body on planet ea...


Aryasinha on Colombo Process: Part I

/ Wednesday, 19 April 2017 00:00

  Following is the address by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, on the&nb...


IFC looks to ramp up private sector support while boosting women’s labour force participation

/ Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:19

International Finance Corporation (IFC) Advisory Solutions Director Mary Porter Peschka recently visited Sri Lanka to meet with IFC clients, partne...


The Meethotamulla tragedy: The face, not failure, of development

/ Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:02

By Iromi Perera and Vijay Nagaraj On the afternoon of 14 April tonnes of garbage at Meethotamulla, one of the biggest dumping sites just outside ...


Leaving the best laid plans to go waste

/ Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:01

by Nalaka Godahewa The breaking news at the dawn of New Year was about another disaster. This time it was about the collapse of the Meethotamulla...


GSP+ ultimatum to PM by European Parliament’s Trade Committee

/ Monday, 17 April 2017 00:00

A group of Members of the European Parliament’s Trade Committee has written a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Sri Lanka&rsqu...


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Ice Men – 2

25 April 2017

In 1969, Colombo Cold Stores, the popular supplier of dairy and other food items, marked its diamond jubilee by bringing out a short souvenir book titled ‘Ceylon in our Times 1894-1969’. While reporting various social/political/persona...


PR disasters: United Airlines to Meethotamulla 

25 April 2017

  In a world that is going through economic and political turmoil fuelled by inconsistent decisions coming from US President Donald Trump, we in the business world have no option but to hone our skill in mastering the art of ...


Diving into the concerns of high cost of living

25 April 2017

    Advertisements were seen in super markets during the New Year festivals, offering discounts for rice though there were concerns about the escalation of rice prices a few months ago, that led the government to impose a...


Can Meethotamulla garbage mountain direct Sri Lanka towards a green country?

25 April 2017

The collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage mountain killed unsuspecting poor and also shocked the politicians who refused to take action for decades – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara   For many families living near the ...


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