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Biosphere will one day be replaced by technosphere

Views - 74 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

I am now nearly 90 and in my lifetime I have seen and heard the world changing so fast that homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”), the species to which all modern human beings belong, are changing into a technology-dependent sub species, . Homo sapien


Slow Food comments on UN report on progress towards Zero Hunger

Views - 23 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

The UN’s report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI), the result of collaboration between FAO, IFAD, WHO, UNICEF and WFP, was presented this week in New York. This study provides an updated estimate of the number of people


‘One Country – One Law’

Views - 56 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

The hot subject under discussion today: The Muslim Marriages and Divorces Act. We were monitoring the discussions, press releases and conspicuous loud comments from certain Muslims, who have no knowledge of the subject. We have also seen a few polit


Tea with NM

Views - 204 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

One of my most treasured memories is that of NM, better known as Dr. N.M. Perera. It was when I was a student in the UK that I first met him. NM was already a formidable left leader in Sri Lanka, an accomplished parliamentarian, a larger-than-life fi


The need for a non-partisan presidency

Views - 9 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:01

Cognisant of the political deadlock within the country, and as a means of ending it, President Maithripala Sirisena has referred to the need to abolish the 19th Amendment to the constitution. This as the landmark legislation that reduced the powers o


Commonwealth releases final report on Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections

Views - 11 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:00

The Commonwealth observer group deployed to observe Maldives’ 2019 parliamentary elections has released its final report this week. These were the first elections that a Commonwealth group observed since Maldives withdrew its membership in 2016. Th


CMC parking fee or plundering general public

Views - 10 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:00

A fine without due and convenient arrangements, to be charged as parking fee by the parking company employed by Colombo Municipal Council, is a plundering of the vehicle users of CMC parking slots. It was sad and shocking to learn how inconvenient it


Planters’ Association’s unscrupulous response

Views - 184 Friday, 19 July 2019 00:00

By A Special Correspondent The Planters’ Association displaying its perfidious intent to conceal its plunder remains completely oblivious to the lootingof the plantations’ surplus by conglomerates, which the writer exposed in two previous account


Piecemeal reform will perpetuate discrimination and hardship under the MMDA

Views - 135 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:49

By Muslim Personal Law Reforms Action Group Following MP Faiszer Musthapha’s statement on 12 July, we note the increased attention that the subject of MMDA reform has received. We also note the unprecedented momentum in political will which was lo


Difference between a woman and a man (yin and yang) and finding solutions to violence in society

Views - 128 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:45

This is not at all a philosophical discourse on gender differences, or the complementary roles of yin and yang (women and men) in social or biological formation. This is also not to speak about who is superior among the two. This is just an observati


I wish Sajith Premadasa had taken up a challenging ministry to showcase his prowess

Views - 226 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:42

Expectations, father and son Sajith Premadasa has put his hands up for leadership in the party and for nomination by the United National Party in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wish Sajith had tested himself, and had given the public a cha


Foreign Affairs and Defence to be one portfolio?

Views - 282 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:34

Unless we are all suffering from dementia, the last experience with a foreign military on our soil should be very clear in our heads. The Indian Peace Keeping Force landed in Sri Lanka to supposedly bring peace to the war-torn country when the LTTE t


Sri Lankan politicians as archetypes of destruction

Views - 15 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:24

By The Asian Human Rights Commission In the Sri Lankan mind, politicians are thought to be engaged in the destruction of the lives of the people and the foundations of the nation. In the subconscious or unconscious, this has gone so deep that to spe


What would a Gotabaya Rajapaksa presidency look like?

Views - 244 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:21

Economist Intelligence Unit: In late April, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence secretary and the brother of a past president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, announced that he would contest the presidential election that is due to be held in late 2019. The Econ


South African business and their role in creating sustainable peace and a stable economy

Views - 15 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:18

What would be the role of businesses in creating a sustainable economic resurgence? Speaking from experience, South African High Commissioner Robina Marks stated that the primary role of businesses is to play an active part in uniting a country, for


Federer lessons for Sri Lanka tourism

Views - 288 Thursday, 18 July 2019 00:10

The Wimbledon Men’s Final in 2008 was termed as the best match the world has seen between the two arch rivals Federer and Nadal. But, what we saw last Sunday between the two of them after 11 years sure shocked the world. Many just asked the questio


Ahimsa dispels assumptions on filing case against Gota

Views - 10827 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:02

In April this year, Ahimsa Wickrematunge filed a lawsuit against former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the District Court of Central California, alleging his involvement in her father Lasantha Wickrematunge’s 2009 assassination. In respons


Revamping the Country-Wide Data Collection System of Central Bank

Views - 56 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

The economic reforms implemented under the open economic policy introduced in 1977 became a turning point in the evolution of the Sri Lankan economic structure, where the newly-implemented reforms resulted in numerous changes in the socio-economic en


Nip it in the bud or the writing is on the wall for another 70 years

Views - 77 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Last week a shocking email was circulating via social media where its content has shocked many peace-loving people and the business circles of Colombo. This was received by local and international chambers and has gone viral. The content is by a sic


Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy on counterterrorism and the rule of law

Views - 114 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

Whenever the topic of counterterrorism is raised, my mind goes back to the 2012 film ‘The Gatekeepers,’ directed by Israeli filmmaker Dror Moheh. The documentary was shortlisted for an academic award. The film interviews six former heads of Shin


Hong Kong a part of China; shall allow no external interference

Views - 48 Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:00

By Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan What happened recently in Hong Kong Autonomous Region (SAR) of China has shocked the world. On 1 July, the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to mainland China, some riots with the dressed lie of democracy, acted li


Tale of Two Worlds

Views - 42 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

By Oscar E.V. Fernando Sri Lanka is a country caught up between its own two worlds – in constant turmoil but so beautiful to the beholder! This writer attempts to opine some views on the events that caused a wall separating the two worlds: an opini


Death of a sentence?

Views - 217 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

Many a voice has been raised against the carrying out of the death sentence in Sri Lanka. It is inhumane, offends human rights, the State should not kill, the possibility of an error in the judicial process leading to the death of an innocent person


Budget is not the reason for debt burden

Views - 60 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka issued yet another sovereign bond in June. It was not long ago that many were complaining about Sri Lanka’s debt burden. Irrespective of that, borrowings continue. Concrete, material changes have not taken place to reduce the debt burden.


All Sri Lankans must join to resolve ethnic issue: TNA leader

Views - 60 Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:00

By P.D.De Silva Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan has called for all Sri Lankans to come together and resolve the problems of the Tamil people, insisting the community continues to aspire for an equal and just rule in an undivided an


SL’s future depends not on outdated feudalistic system but on becoming partner of a digital economy

Views - 5523 Monday, 15 July 2019 01:10

Calling Sri Lanka an agriculture-based country is a misnomer A widely-held view by many Sri Lankans is that Sri Lanka was an agriculture-based economy in the past and it should be so even in the future. The first part of this argument is only half-t


Competing with competencies: Developing future-proof Sri Lankans

Views - 406 Monday, 15 July 2019 00:52

Competencies are required to compete in an increasingly competitive global environment. Sri Lanka has slipped from 71st place to 85th on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) last year. This shows a dismal picture as Sri Lanka i


Religious introspection through critical thought and discussions on real teachings of their founders

Views - 112 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:02

“No one must use the name of God to commit violence. To kill in the name of God is a grave sacrilege. To discriminate in the name of God is inhuman” – Pope Francis ‘Religion’ is a complex and problematic modern Western concept. Though there


Media freedom and journalists under threat

Views - 69 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

Your excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the United Kingdom and our co-host, the Government of Canada, I’m delighted to welcome you to this conference. And thank you Chrystia for your great support and enthusiasm


Business class and the useless class

Views - 383 Thursday, 11 July 2019 00:00

By Jayasri Priyalal The great economists such as Adam Smith and David Ricardo embraced capitalism as a system that would bring in greater prosperity to communities. Capitalism emerged as an efficient economic system for human emancip ation, defeating


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Tea with NM

Saturday, 20 July 2019

One of my most treasured memories is that of NM, better known as Dr. N.M. Perera. It was when I was a student in the UK that I first met him. NM was already a formidable left leader in Sri Lanka, an accomplished parliamentarian, a larger-than-life fi


Biosphere will one day be replaced by technosphere

Saturday, 20 July 2019

I am now nearly 90 and in my lifetime I have seen and heard the world changing so fast that homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”), the species to which all modern human beings belong, are changing into a technology-dependent sub species, . Homo sapien


Expand employer-backed childcare to close the gender gap in Sri Lanka

Friday, 19 July 2019

In Sri Lanka, women’s formal workforce participation is at only 36%, compared with 75% for men. Sri Lanka could raise its gross domestic product by as much as 20% in the long-run by closing the gender gap in the workforce, according to one estimate


Who should be our next president?

Friday, 19 July 2019

After the recent terrorist attacks and the subsequent violence unleashed against innocent Muslims by racists, Sri Lankans are searching for a leader who can save the country. Many have lost faith in the leaders, due to the breakdown in the security a


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