Opinion and Issues

Yes or no to Paris Accord; let us reassess climate change

/ Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

By K.C. Somaratna Introduction I attended an international conference titled ‘Climate Change: Facing the challenge beyond COP...


Faster, clearer data on disasters might help shield women and children

/ Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

By Amantha Perera Thomson Reuters Foundation: When floods swept through the small town of Valassmulla in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province, 12-...


Bridging the skill gap: A challenge in Sri Lanka’s quest for economic growth

/ Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

By Priyanka Jayawardena According to the Government’s Economic Policy Statement issued in October 2016, Sri Lanka envisions achieving susta...


Professional way of dealing with damaging public protests to speed up economic development

/ Friday, 23 June 2017 00:00

By Lloyd F. Yapa  This article is about the positive and professional means of conflict resolution as there have been various types of publi...


Parents of SAITM students call for justice

/ Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

Parents of medical students of the Faculty of Medicine of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), Malabe in a letter to Prime...


Natural disasters are a force of nature but knowledge must be the counterforce of man

/ Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

It is the greatest failure of responsibility for any public institution that has access to information and knowledge on an issue that threatens the...


Need for interreligious dialogue for peace and reconciliation

/ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

By Laksiri Fernando  The task of national reconciliation in Sri Lanka involves not only building bridges between ethnic communities but also...


Eminent Economist delivers reality check at CILT Logistics Leaders Evening

/ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) Sri Lanka’s Logistics Leaders Evening was held on 24 May and featured a lectur...


Visit to the Osu Sala

/ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, On 19 June I visited an Osu Sala outlet with a prescription for two drugs. At the Osu Sala there were several counters &nd...


Ranil’s private visit

/ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00

The destruction caused by the recent floods exposed the fundamental vulgarity and meaninglessness of our politicians. When disaster happened, we ...


One Belt One Road: Bangladesh is willing but wary

/ Tuesday, 20 June 2017 00:00

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (right) gives flowers to Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) before their meeting at the Prime-Minister&rsq...


Sri Lanka committed to green goals

/ Monday, 19 June 2017 00:09

Following is the address by Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations and Sabaragamu Development W.D.J. Seneviratne at the 106th Session&nb...


Women’s Action Network stands with sexual assaulted survivors and calls for due process and justice over politics

/ Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

    On 28 May, three school girls from the same family, ages seven and eight, were sexually abused by an unknown...


UNICEF releases short film on good parenting

/ Saturday, 17 June 2017 00:00

UNICEF has released a two-minute film to highlight the critical role of parents in children’s early development to mark its ‘Father&rsq...


Ranel Wijesinha’s take on ‘One Belt, One Road’

/ Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00

  “We need to restructure, reskill, capacity build and reposition our public sector institutions”   ...


Erasing emotional scars after disasters

/ Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

    By Shanika Sriyananda Harshi was crying alone and looked frightened. She only spoke few words and wanted to be isol...


Three years since Aluthgama: Hopes for peaceful coexistence remain more elusive than ever

/ Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

The BBS led public rally in the heart of the tension-ridden area in June 2014 resulted in the four deaths and the widespread destruction of Muslim ...


How to implement a No Politician Democracy

/ Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

  By Tilak Dissanayake and Hilmy Sally Once 151 decent, patriotic MPs decide that a NPD is beneficial for themselv...


Managing disasters: It’s time to shift gears

/ Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

Everyone, from politicians to corporates and the people, must help uplift the lives of flood victims – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara  ...


NITF  Chairman responds

/ Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

I wish to clarify a couple of statements made in the article titled ‘Recent Disasters expose Government’s true capabilities’ auth...


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Saman Kelegama: Even the blood running through his veins is oriented to economics

27 June 2017

The bearded economist who saw shortcomings of Sri Lanka’s liberalisation move My association with Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies or IPS, dates back to the early 1990s when I had the opportunity to...


ICC cricketing lessons for Sri Lankan economy

27 June 2017

     It has been proven over time how sports strategies can be used by many other disciplines. An eagerly anticipated event on the cricketing calendar was the ICC Champions Trophy. An underdog in terms of its rank we...


A conspiracy theory: Tread with extreme caution, Sri Lanka

24 June 2017

  Politics as the science of attaining “power” The first lessons taught to any student of the science of politics almost invariably includes a reference to the 16th century Florentine philosopher Machiavell...


Most Venerable Mahanayake, I don’t know why…

24 June 2017

“I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding” – Tennessee Williams, Sweet Bird of Youth     A few days ago we had the Ven. Warakagoda Shri Gnanarathana, Mah...


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