Opinion and Issues

Legal battle fought by a private company to save our forests

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

By St. John Navaratnam Xavier One of Sri Lanka’s most important “natural environmental assets” is our forests. The res...


Chandra J writes open letter on effective intermediation by Ombudsman

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

Good governance activist Chandra Jayaratne has written an Open Letter to The President, Prime Minister, Speaker of Parliament and Members of the St...


IMF staff concludes visit to Sri Lanka to discuss progress of economic program

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) led by Jaewoo Lee visited Colombo from 13-23 September to hold discussions on the first review of...


Imposition of dress codes for parents must be assessed objectively

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

According to news reports appearing in various print and social media on 24 September 2016, the Hon. Minister of Education has banned schools from ...


HRCSL opposes proposed amendment to Criminal Procedure Code

/ Monday, 26 September 2016 00:01

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) says that the proposed amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code will adversely impact the constitu...


Uduvil school crisis raised at Northern Provincial Council

/ Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:00

By Dharisha Bastians The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) on Thursday denied an opposition motion requesting Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to ...


Getting migration governance right

/ Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:00

By Sheikh Hasina DHAKA – At last year’s United Nations General Assembly summit, world leaders promised to cooperate on ensuring safe,...


Oceans of (dis)trust

/ Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:00

By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivered a lecture at the Kadirgamar Institute, Colombo, on ‘Sustainable Peace...


Need of the hour: Sustaining peace agenda

/ Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:00

    The tragic death of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned off the Turkish coast a year ago, triggered ...


Worker rights violations rampant in Jaffna

/ Saturday, 24 September 2016 00:00

 Peace has yet to bring the hoped-for economic gains to workers in Jaffna – Pic courtesy Solidarity Center    ...


Muslim Personal Law Reforms Committee must release report or update public on status of the report urgently

/ Friday, 23 September 2016 00:01

In 2014, a 14-year old Muslim girl in the Eastern Province was given in marriage and her schooling was stopped as a result. After a few months of m...


Why should we care about the vulnerable?

/ Friday, 23 September 2016 00:01

By Janani Balasubramaniam  There is something sobering about your awareness of privilege. It slaps you in the face, and watches you recoil, ...


Managing public finances, establishing good governance and creating a better public service

/ Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

The nation needs to develop and execute guiding principles in areas such as financial discipline, industrial growth, resource management, transport...


Finance Minister Ravi K’s novel idea of bottom-up approach for budget making

/ Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

  By M. Ali Hassen Efficient budget management in any economy depends upon information flowing strongly both top-down, impo...


Saving our ship: A global response to refugees and migrants

/ Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

By Ban Ki-moon Perhaps no issue on the global agenda is more susceptible to manipulation by grandstanding demagogues than refugees and migrants.&...


Commitment to peace

/ Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:01

Every year on the International Day of Peace, the United Nations calls on warring parties to lay down their arms and observe a 24-hour glo...


Sumanthiran hits out at critics as calls continue for headmistress’ reinstatement

/ Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:01

By Dharisha Bastians  As parents associations continued to push for the reinstatement of retired principal Shiranee Mills at Uduvil Girls&rs...


The missing private developer?

/ Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:02

With our leap into a lower middle income country status globally, the middle class is bursting at the seams. Its most striking manifestations are a...


Let’s embrace the concept of one nation for all citizens of Sri Lanka with equal opportunities

/ Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:01

By Outsider What have the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore got in common? Well they are all established and thriving economies, aren...


Sexism is on the rise

/ Monday, 19 September 2016 00:01

By Lilani Jayatilaka Chaucer’s notorious Wife of Bath claimed that ‘there is no libel on women that the clergy will not paint, except...


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Techno City is the first step in the right direction but there is much more to be done to attain the final goal

26 September 2016

Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe signs on the digital drawing of the Techno City during its launch yesterday while Megapolis and Western Development Minister Champika Ranawaka and Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha ...


Collapse of Hanjin, cross border insolvency and maritime claims

26 September 2016

  The entire shipping industry witnessed the long-awaited turn in business environment with last week’s news that Hanjin Shipping, a South Korean shipping giant which is considered as the seventh largest container carrier in th...


Ten Commandments for talent developers

26 September 2016

  Talent is in high demand both locally and globally. We saw a wave of writings such as ‘Winning the War for Talent’ spreading the word. We have witnessed the dire consequences of not having the right talent in the right p...


People’s representatives as a workforce in power

23 September 2016

Awake, O sleepers, the time to do some real work has come! Admit it. The headline floored you. There you were on a Friday morning muttering “TGIF!” loudly and fervently if you’re the boss… or furtively und...


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