Opinion and Issues

Religious violence in Sri Lanka: A new perspective on an old problem

/ Friday, 26 May 2017 00:00

By Janeen Fernando and  Shamara Wettimuny Religious violence in Sri Lanka is widely considered a post-war phenomenon that emerged during t...


Much-awaited reshuffle should have brought Harsha and Eran into Cabinet

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

    By The Analyst The Sirisena-Wickremesinghe-CBK Government has, from the time the Government was formed in August 20...


Setback in Sri Lanka for China’s Silk Road

/ Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

China-Sri Lanka ties seemed to reach a low point when in January 2017 violent protests erupted in which people expressed opposition to an ...


City in peril

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Are we waiting for more disasters to find out who could be punished under the Penal Code? Attorneys-at-Law Kirthimala Gunasekera and Ajithaa Edirim...


Implications for democracy?

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

A review of ‘Disposable Leaders’ by Rodney Tiffen By Laksiri Fernando ‘Your opponents sit opposite you, while your enem...


Sri Lanka-China trade relations: Time to focus on unexplored Chinese markets

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

In recent years, trade between China and Sri Lanka has grown rapidly. N.R. Ravindra Deyshappriya outlines the significant trade imbalance that has ...


How to stimulate entrepreneurship within the school education system in Sri Lanka

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

By Navindu Deeptha Kalansuriya It is a well-known fact that Sri Lanka’s foreign income account has remained in the deficit status for a lon...


Disagreements surface over China-backed Asia trade deal

/ Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: Asian countries disagreed over a China-backed free trade deal at talks on Monday, raising questions over a target for concluding negotiati...


Muslim leaders unite to face upsurge of Buddhist extremism

/ Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:00

BBS leader Ganasara Thero subjecting a Muslim cleric to his harangue on Halal branding     bdnews24.com:...


India’s ‘new Silk Road’ snub highlights gulf with China

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:57

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he arrives for the United Nations Vesak Day celebrations in Katunayake, Sri Lanka 1...


UN disaster forum to push for risk-cutting plans, finance

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:03

TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Hard on the heels of a drought-linked hunger crisis in Somalia, floods in Peru and Colombia, and Cyclon...


Lichens, the coolest thing you never heard of!

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:02

National Geographic Team convenes for Dilmah Conservation’s lecture on Lichens The lecture titled ‘Lichens: the coo...


Sri Lanka hosts forestry leaders from Asia Pacific in charting ways for ending poverty through forestry

/ Monday, 22 May 2017 00:01

By Yurdi Yasmi  Ending poverty by 2030 on our planet is a global agenda. Not many people would readily think forests can contribute to this ...


Socialist Equality Party calls for workers’ inquiry into Meethotamulla disaster

/ Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:00

The Socialist Equality Party of Sri Lanka (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) call for an independent worker...


The long journey of a forgotten people

/ Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:00

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi joins hands with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on stage during ...


Trade pact dumped by Trump could be revived at Asia-Pacific meeting

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Reuters: Japan and other remaining members of the Trans Pacific Partnership will this weekend decide how to revive the trade agreement ditched by U...


Not so fast: EU court ensures 32 vetoes on Brexit trade

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

  Singapore ruling impacts future post-Brexit trade deal Pact would face veto in 27 parliaments, 5 Belgian regi...


The final hours of war

/ Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

    By Shanika Sriyananda Eight years have passed since the end of the war against terrorism in Sri Lanka, which took t...


Sri Lanka’s transition to nowhere

/ Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

    Sri Lanka’s failure to address its wartime past nearly a decade after its bloody conflict jeopardises any hope ...


GSP Plus: An elixir or just palliation for Sri Lanka’s export woes?

/ Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

    By Kithmina Hewage and  Semini Satarasinghe Sri Lankan exports, which have been flagging in recent times, ga...


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Tiny commitments from a thousand homes – mind separating matter!

25 May 2017

     Some may be wondering after Meethotamulla where all the Colombo waste is going. However, I do have a feeling that most had no idea whatsoever where things were disappearing into until the pictures of Meethotamul...


Why do agricultural value chains fail? Part V: Incentives to exploit

24 May 2017

Introduction Farming is better when it is done collectively. Collaboration might happen between farmers, traders and agricultural extension officers. The collaborations can be at different strength levels, for example in some farmer commun...


Implications for democracy?

24 May 2017

A review of ‘Disposable Leaders’ by Rodney Tiffen By Laksiri Fernando ‘Your opponents sit opposite you, while your enemies sit behind.’ They stab. This is the background story related by Rodney Tiffen, in his ever...


Yahapalanaya unleashes rabid dogs

23 May 2017

BBS leader Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero   Post-war Sri Lanka saw Buddhist extremism targeting the Muslim community with the euphoria of the victory over the Liberation Tigers of ThamilEelam (LTTE). The MahindaRajap...


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