Opinion and Issues

Ayurveda vs. Allopathy

Views - 35 Saturday, 24 February 2018 00:00

We all know that the first is quite often long winded while the second acts faster. We also know that Ayurveda seeks to eliminate the cause of the illness, while more often than not Allopathy seeks to suppress the symptoms and control the illness. Wh

Regressive policies reverse revenue potential

Views - 57 Friday, 23 February 2018 00:00

Last week the Ceylon Tobacco Company made public its results for 2017, which showed Government earnings from the company rise

SriLankan Airlines CEO Suren Ratwatte speaks out

Views - 1617 Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

Exactly three years ago, in the month of February 2015, SriLankan Airlines had just received a new Board of Directors. The airline’s ambitious expansion plans were in jeopardy. The rapidity with which the Gulf carriers could add capacity to Colombo

Plagiarism et al

Views - 288 Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

By T. E., Kotte This writer last wrote prior to the last presidential and general elections, and rested on laurels idiotically assuming the mission was accomplished. The writer woke up to three good opinions appearing simultaneously on the same page

A plea for sanity in a time of uncertainty

Views - 323 Monday, 19 February 2018 00:00

www.groundviews.org: The on-going political crisis following the local government elections of February 10 raises an issue

What do Sri Lanka’s local elections mean for the future of democracy?

Views - 221 Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:45

asiancorrespondent.com: SRI LANKA’S recent local elections saw both the incumbent National Unity Government and main opposition party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), suffer serious setbacks.

Back to the chessboard ?

Views - 74 Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:00

The Hindu: Sri Lanka’s local government election held on February 10 has become more than a mid-term poll that usually helps the opposition. Rather, it has led to an immediate political crisis of sorts, threatening the stability of the present Gove

Sri Lanka: The New Regime and the Revolution

Views - 221 Saturday, 17 February 2018 00:00

At a meeting in Davos in 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a speech supporting the agenda on globalisation. Meanwhile, back in the US, President Trump was highlighting the importance of the US confining its national boundaries.

Response to the abortion debate in Sri Lanka

Views - 135 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

It is estimated that over 600 illegal abortions take place in Sri Lanka every day (Suranga et al., 2017) while 90% of them involve married women

Auditor General and public debt expose

Views - 433 Wednesday, 14 February 2018 00:00

I refer to the press conference given by the Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe on 7 February, before the Local Government elections,

Had Mahinda Rajapaksa run for president on 10 Feb, he would have lost

Views - 4359 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:10

Few would have predicted the results of Sri Lanka’s local government elections in 2018. With the benefit of hindsight, we must now try to understand what happened and why. There are three lessons to be learnt from the results – one lesson for vot

Keep cool UNP, just don’t overreact!

Views - 1213 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

By Outsider This was after all only a local government election, primarily to pick who will look after and nurture each ward, under the watchful eye of the local PS, UC, or MC, although pre/post-elections generated much political heat. Newspapers hav

New law sees more women standing

Views - 50 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

(AJ): Voters in Sri Lanka are choosing representatives in more than 300 local polls, with more female candidates than ever standing for election. A change in the law requires women to fill a quarter of all seats elected in Saturday’s vote - more th

Door opens for women to run for Office, but will they be allowed in?

Views - 133 Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

NYT, Kotte, Sri Lanka: Madhu Hettiarachchi has no time right now for the brain surgery her doctors have recommended. She’s busy trying to take advantage of an unprecedented chance to get women elected in Sri Lanka. After more than a generation of s

Pakistan reiterates its firm support to Kashmir

Views - 37 Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:28

The current political struggle in Kashmir for freedom flows over past 70 years with military occupation. Pakistan reiterates its firm and continued moral, diplomatic, and political support for the righteous demand of the people of Kashmir for their f

Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea - White House

Views - 62 Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from My

Modi heads to Palestinian territories to balance warming ties with Israel

Views - 33 Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): After a public embrace of Israel as a strategic partner, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heading to the Palestinian territories and the Gulf countries on Friday to bolster long-standing political and economic ties.

Women’s quota in local authority elections: Outcomes will fail the promise

Views - 731 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

In August 2017, an amendment to the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance announced a 25% quota for women in local authorities. However

Sri Lankan politicians need to be reconciliatory: Dr. R. Theyvendran

Views - 259 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka can move forward in reconciliation if peace-loving Sinhalese and Tamil politicians work together, argue

Right to Information Law is a work-in-progress

Views - 105 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

The 3rd of February marked the first year of the implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) law in Sri Lanka. The law enables citizens of Sri Lanka

One year on, Right to Information Act an encouraging success

Views - 43 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

By The Right to Information Commission, Sri Lanka In the past one year, following the operationalising of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, No. 12 of 2016, Sri Lanka’s first Right to Information Commission records a noteworthy increase in the num

You can’t have a social revolution and leave out over 50% of the population: Sekaram

Views - 1159 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena Women in politics have sparked many controversies and are often greatly undermined. Likewise, Sri Lanka traditionally has very low female participation when it comes to the local elections because women aren’t given the oppor

‘Lead like a girl’: Empowering Sri Lanka’s female leadership

Views - 155 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:07

Sri Lanka is widely acclaimed for its success in achieving many crucial human development indicators. However, surprisingly the country

UNP is the best among the rotten lot: Priyadarshanie Ariyaratne

Views - 695 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:01

By punishing corrupt politicians and supporters in the party, the United National Party will become more popular, the UNP candidate for Baddagana

Economic Policy: Are we down the wrong lane?

Views - 779 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

The esteemed economists and IMF seem to be in agreement with this approach. I disagree with both and am of the view that the strategies built on the above will lead us deeper into the economic wilderness.

WNPS promotes small wild cat conservation

Views - 187 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

The Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will promote small wild cat conservation at its monthly lecture on 15 February at 6.00 p.m. at the Lotus Room of the BMICH, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

Chapa Bandara: Not a factor but a part of the historical dialogue

Views - 128 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

Firstly, I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Wijewardena for sharing his thoughts about the YouTube videos I posted revealing the open-dialogue

Change Independence Day to Sri Lanka Day – the day the free education scheme was passed in the Stat

Views - 91 Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:00

“The spurt in education which propelled Sri Lanka to achieve a high level of social development began even before the country gained independence

Spotlight on the Indo-Pacific with Professor Rory Medcalf of Australian National University

Views - 99 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

The Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI) recently interviewed Professor Rory Medcalf, Head of the National Security College (NSC) at the Australian National University (ANU), as part of the LKI Spotlight series.

India concerned over China’s plans in Sri Lanka

Views - 27 Monday, 5 February 2018 00:00

India’s Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has expressed concerns over China’s plans in Sri Lanka, after the Sri Lanka handed over the operational control of its strategic southern port in Hambantota to a Chinese state-owned company in January.

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Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted

Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr

In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked

Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people

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