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Sri Lanka in a middle income trap: An economic vision for the new generation

Views - 116 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is in a near crisis situation and signs are that the situation will take a turn for the worse. Ill-conceived governance and political reforms, mismanagement of oil and commodity prices, unaffordable and front loaded


Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy to speak on Rohingya crisis in Myanmar at LKI

Views - 32 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy will deliver a lecture on ‘Myanmar: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Roots of the Conflict and Possibilities for the Future’ at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI) on Thurs


South Asian nations sign declaration for better sanitation

Views - 11 Thursday, 26 April 2018 00:00

At the conclusion of the 7th South Asian Conference on Sanitation, held in Islamabad, Pakistan, the member nations committed to improve sanitation in the region. Following is the full text of the declaration adopted at the Conference: We, the Heads


Modi to visit China this week as rapprochement gathers pace

Views - 20 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in ties between the two giant neighbours. The Chinese gover


What should India do?

Views - 74 Tuesday, 24 April 2018 00:00

By Sanjay Kapoor www.hardnewsmedia.com: In the past few months there have been ample indications that New Delhi is keen to restore its broken ties with China. It has realised to its mortification that post the Doklam face-off, India has not really b


Facebook must meet its own standards

Views - 46 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:53

asia.nikkei.com: The Facebook post during the height of recent anti-Muslim violence in Kandy, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka, was stark and disturbing. “Kill them all, these Muslims,” it said in Sinhalese. “Don’t even spare an


What is China doing to Pakistan? The same thing it did to Sri Lanka

Views - 152 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:41

www.forbes.com: One day, China will turn Pakistan into its own “semi-colony,” as it did recently with Sri Lanka. China has been nice to Pakistan, on the surface tha


Sri Lanka mulls criminalising hate speech, fake news

Views - 27 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

www.ucanews.com: Sri Lanka is considering criminalising hate speech and fake news on social media after communal violence erupted last month in Kandy. The Government imposed a week-long ban on social media platforms incl


Victims of violent attacks in Sri Lanka share their stories

Views - 50 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

www.trtworld.com: Violence against Muslims in Sri Lanka have grown over the past year. Hardline Sinhalese Buddhist groups, most crowded community in the country, are widely believed to be responsible for the violence. Hardline groups are communicati


“Business should not be limited to making boatloads of money”

Views - 149 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:01

Prof. Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Ulrich has published over 25


EU General Data Protection Regulations: The gathering storm heading to Sri Lanka

Views - 47 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:01

There’s a large clock ticking away in Brussels, Belgium and it’s due to stop on 25 May.


Will Sri Lanka have Ciceros?

Views - 74 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

History reminds us that even though the human circumstances change with the advances of science and technology


Letter to Zuckerberg from Sri Lanka: No to religious hatred and misogyny on Facebook

Views - 66 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

AsiaNews: Twelve Sri Lankan civil society organisations sent an open letter on 10 April to Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg


Implications of proposed ban on sale of loose cigarettes in Sri Lanka: A response

Views - 88 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

I write to you following reading your article in the Daily FT on 18 April. First let me congratulate you on being published


Impact of increasingly polarising geopolitics on inward Sri Lankan investment

Views - 93 Friday, 20 April 2018 00:00

We have noticed from increasing competition between the US and China, projects in Sri Lanka, given Sri Lanka’s strategic


Govt. must implement stringent laws to prevent racial discord: Supramaniam

Views - 513 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 01:01

A top Singaporean legal expert said that the Sri Lankan Government should ensure ethnic and religious harmony by introducing stringent laws to prevent racial discord. Dato Paul Supramaniam, Founder and Chairman of Law Asia, an international law firm


Mayday mayhem in the offing?

Views - 186 Wednesday, 18 April 2018 00:00

It is reported that a group of trade unions, offended by the decision to declare 7 May as ‘Workers’ Day,’ have decided to protest against it on 18 April in Narahenpita. This decision to reschedule had apparently been taken by President Maithri


Implications of the imposed ban on the sale of loose cigarettes in Sri Lanka

Views - 163 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:13

Sri Lanka has been one of the first countries to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) treaty in 2003, which sets out recommendations to governments around the world to eliminate tobacco consumption as set out by the World Health


Tenure of Prime Minister’s office pre-19th Amendment

Views - 400 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:05

The Constitution as enacted in 1978, (which I shall hereafter refer to as ‘the Principal Enactment’), in Article 47, provided for the tenure of the office of the Prime Minister. It stated that he “shall continue to hold office throughout the pe


Facebook responds to open letter from Sri Lankan civil society

Views - 154 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

www.cpalanka.org: A day after our open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook representatives from Delhi, India, on his behalf, responded.


Commonwealth organisations unveil ‘Principles on media and good governance’

Views - 21 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

As leaders from the 53 Commonwealth countries prepare to fly to London for a Summit meeting next week, six Commonwealth organisations unveiled proposals for a 12-point Commonwealth code of conduct aimed at reducing the heavy toll of journalists’ ki


Buried forever? One year after the Meethotamulla tragedy

Views - 179 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Saturday, 14 April, marked a year since the collapse of the garbage dump at Meethotamulla. Thirty-two lives were lost and nearly 60 houses were destroyed on that fateful New Year’s Day.


Supermarkets – The paan kaaraya strikes back

Views - 237 Tuesday, 17 April 2018 00:00

Those who went to school in the ‘50s remember the paan kaaraya with a large round basket on his head bringing home the tastiest buns and bread. There were others too who came with him – the fish monger with his pingo, the milkman and the vegetabl


Act on President’s concern about LG machinery

Views - 60 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

The President expressing his concern has said that the present increase in the number of ward members should be brought down by half to 4,000 members.


Transparency, public accountability at core of good corporate governance

Views - 163 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

The following is based on the speech delivered by World Bank Sri Lanka Country Director Dr. Idah Pswarayi-Riddihough yesterday


Time for a chamber of shipping, maritime and logistics

Views - 167 Wednesday, 11 April 2018 00:00

Given the developments of the country and the region, it is high time that a national chamber of shipping, maritime and logistics be established


PM defeats President!

Views - 415 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:12

www.thestatesman.com: The Bible says, “A house divided against itself will not stand.” With President Maithripala Sirisena of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, President of Sri Lanka, voting for the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wi


Opportune moment for ground-zero restructure of Cabinet: MTI

Views - 313 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:04

If local media outlets are anything to go by, the suggestion of radically restructuring the Cabinet is a welcome move and the nation hopes that this will not be just another outburst in a euphoric moment! Structuring any organisation, irrespective o


Chandra J writes to Prez and PM on core collective Cabinet commitments

Views - 56 Tuesday, 10 April 2018 00:00

Dear Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister, A core value commitment in upholding good governance; to be agreed at the first Cabinet meeting of the reshuffled new Cabinet of Ministers Media quotes that you both have agreed to have in place, during the


Jointly building the Belt and Road

Views - 1034 Monday, 9 April 2018 00:00

In January 2018 I arrived in Colombo and assumed office as the 21st Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka.


Today's Columnists

Deep design to the rescue: Solving wicked problems of the future

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Let me begin by stating a controversial opinion: our contemporary lives are defined by 200 years of dehumanisation. From the time of the industrial revolution, the nature of work and labour has changed dramatically. The relationship between man and


Exporting bras with imported fibre!

Thursday, 26 April 2018

In a recent World Bank publication, ‘South Asia’s Turn,’ two Sri Lankan organisations – MAS from apparel and Dilmah from agribusiness – receive recognition as global champions. While Dilmah is in control of its value chain and that was its


The Opposition’s 20th Amendment dilemmas

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

It’s the arithmetic, stupid! A no-confidence motion against the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan, is logical and legitimate


Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

May Day was declared a holiday in Sri Lanka in 1956 for the Government sector, bank and mercantile sectors.


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