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Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Views - 1637 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


How was the Rajapaksa administration able to give uninterrupted power from 2006 to 2014?

Views - 147 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:10

The power crisis in Sri Lanka had been looming for a considerable period by the end of 2005, with frequent power cuts and considerable consumer anxiety. This was mainly due to the non-implementation of several criti


Mangala briefs UN Peacebuilding Commission on peacebuilding, transitional justice in Sri Lanka

Views - 29 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:01

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who is in New York to participate in the Financing for Development Forum of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, was invited by the Peacebuilding Support Office to update the Peacebuilding Commi


Out of power, out of money: Sri Lanka’s growing energy challenge is likely to add to debt

Views - 40 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka generates electricity from three primary sources: thermal power (fossil fuels), hydropower and other renewable sources. In 2015, 52% of Sri Lanka’s electricity was generated from imported fossil fuels, wit


S. Korea steps up shift to cleaner energy, sets long-term renewable power targets

Views - 9 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Seoul (Reuters): South Korea plans to boost the share of its energy output generated from renewable sources to as much as 35% by 2040, a draft revision to government policy showed on Friday, over four times the current amount. Asia’s fourth-larges


Green Energy Champion: On improving Sri Lanka’s renewable development

Views - 27 Monday, 22 April 2019 00:00

Spearheading in the context of innovative sustainable developments in Sri Lanka, the Green Energy Champion competition, in its third successive year is seeking to promote the use of renewable energy concepts for the purpose of improving lives of a wi


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Views - 648 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:10

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


A Good Friday reflection for 2019

Views - 742 Friday, 19 April 2019 00:00

By Rev. Dr. Jayasiri T. Peiris Jesus is given various names/titles in the scripture. This reflection is on two names or titles; the first is the Prince of Peace, a title given to him, recoded in Isaiah 9. The second is the Son of man, which Jesus use


Has today’s workplace lost its humanity?

Views - 407 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

When I first joined a banking institute a couple of decades ago, life was very much less complicated. Despite the load of responsibilities, we enjoyed the freedom as my workplace had a human face with connections at its heart. Nowadays our lives have


Implementing key principles in the delimitation of electoral boundaries in Sri Lanka

Views - 55 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

This article is a follow up to a first article, ‘Serving citizens through effective delimitation of geographical boundaries in Sri Lanka’ (published in the Sunday Island and Sunday Times of 28 October 2018 and Daily Financial Times of 11 April 20


Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Views - 148 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country


Is it the plane or the pilot?

Views - 272 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief


The Great Debterioration

Views - 126 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

We are now in the era of acceleration termed as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). In the new era, the impact and relevance of good old theories of yesteryear have severe limitations to offer solutions to the complex problems unfolding in the 21


Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Views - 305 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

Let us see the background of the unholy trinity or impossible trinity or trilemma. Every country is challenged with international monetary policy which will in return decide the fate of the economic growth. Three strategies available are;


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Views - 210 Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


Newly-forged Guyana-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations a mutual win-win

Views - 124 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

High Commissioner Dr. David Pollard of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana presented his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena in early February this year. It is considered a significant and vital step to develop strong economic ties to South


Sri Lanka’s geographic conundrum: Lessons for the future

Views - 128 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

By Natasha Fernando Sri Lanka is an island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the tip of the South Asian Subcontinent. Often praised as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, it’s strategically located among important sea lanes of communication that pas


Transfer of Australian technologies in infrastructure asset management to Sri Lankan local councils

Views - 106 Wednesday, 17 April 2019 00:00

An exciting new project entitled ‘Asset Management Software Development, Implementation and Training,’ funded by the Asian Development Bank under the Local Government Enhancement Sector project, is building capacity in Sri Lankan Local Government


Avurudu: When we eat the same thing at the same time

Views - 619 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Avurudu falls on 14 April Sunday this year. On this day at 2:09 p.m., the sun crosses an imaginary line that separates the constellation Pisces from Aries, marking the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. The period from 7:45 a.m. to 2:09 p.m. is


Abaya’s victory at the wrong court

Views - 457 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Four Muslim teachers from a Hindu majority Government School in Trincomalee suddenly realised one day that their Islamic religiosity appeared devalued because of the saree they were wearing and therefore decided to revalue their piety by switching to


The reality of Nagananda’s Constitution

Views - 926 Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Nagananda Kodituwakku, who can be considered an aggressive public interest litigation activist, in addition to his struggle with the Judiciary has now blasted a ‘constitutional bomb’ which appears to have confused the academics and educated peopl


Serving citizens through effective delimitation of geographical boundaries in Sri Lanka

Views - 193 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

This article attempts to explain delimitation and how it can benefit all citizens. It is written in response to recent exposure to people’s perceptions across Sri Lanka about delimitation and related issues. Those experiences suggested that general


Global commerce and sea lines of communication in the Indian Ocean: A Sri Lankan perspective

Views - 125 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:26

What is global scale commerce? A student form University of Kerala on the internet described it simply as “commerce on a global scale. You do have stores nearby your home, and they supply to the needs of customers who are local or within the vicini


Not holding PC Elections: Implications for human rights and national reconciliation

Views - 71 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:22

Application of human rights principles, when taken with necessary responsibilities, could play a major role in national reconciliation, but not limited to that. Human rights have a broader meaning and value when applied in a progressive and a realist


Belt and Road – China’s forward-thinking for socio-economic prosperity of regional economies

Views - 247 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 01:02

“Over 2,000 years ago, diligent and courageous people of Eurasia explored several routes of trade and cultural exchanges that linked the major civilisations of Asia, Europe and Africa. We see that there existed three silk routes in the history, say


Policies pave the way for Sri Lanka’s economic transformation through technology

Views - 23 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

IPS’ New Thinkers’ Symposium saw discussions at the Policy Hub focus on some of the recent Government initiatives aimed at creating an enabling environment for economic transformation in Sri Lanka through technology and innovation under the Sympo


Sri Lanka at crossroads?

Views - 449 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan economy is worth around $ 93 billion with the per capital income at $ 4,310 and the country achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals. However, the country is going through some tough times with questions on governance stemmin


A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘Playing with history’

Views - 97 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

By Avocado Collective Victor Ivan (‘Playing with history,’ 22 March) finds himself “disappointed” that we used our collective “Avocado” persona, rather than listing out all the several people who contributed to the reply. He claims “art


Ven. Rahula’s ‘Sathyodaya’ (Truth Awakening): May the Buddha Sasana glow

Views - 177 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

“May the Buddha Sasana glow!” (Budhu Sasuna babalewa!) – I remember seeing this message written on the back of a lorry when I was a boy. That was more than 50 years ago, back in Colombo. Those words fascinated me then. I recall watching the Ves


There’s plenty of beedi in our seas

Views - 21 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

By Ajith Perera It appears that fishermen in northern and north western Sri Lanka have made a slight change to their trade and are not only casting nets for fish, but also a bountiful harvest of beedi leaves or tendu coming from India. The Gulf of M


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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