Wijith DeChickera,Opinion and Issues

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Views - 494 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 - 731 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 - 388 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 - 51 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 - 139 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 - 269 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 - 120 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 - 295 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 - 201 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 - 123 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 - 121 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 - 104 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 - 618 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 - 451 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 - 917 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 - 124 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 - 241 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 - 447 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


Journey into the past

Views - 16 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

Last week I travelled to Jaffna by train instead of taking a bus. I made the decision as the reported road accidents have been frequent and tragic with many victims of deaths and injury. My last train journey to Jaffna was nearly 50 years ago when I


Ways for Sri Lanka to fix its healthcare

Views - 38 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

World Bank: Today, on World Health Day, we can say with confidence that Sri Lanka’s healthcare system has delivered on many of its promises. This year’s focus on universal health care is a timely reminder that Sri Lanka is still reaping the benef


Aiyo Sri Lanka!

Views - 721 Wednesday, 10 April 2019 00:00

Avurudu season is approaching and April as always is hotter than hot. Heat warnings are released from the Met Department and what else? Power and water cuts are the daily norm – for most of us. In these times the entire – or let’s say most of t


UNAIDS and sexual harassment: More than a storm in a tea cup

Views - 276 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

It is with great concern that I read the article in The Lancet of December 2018 on UNAIDS and Michel Sidibe. I am not privy to the sexual harassment complaint, investigation and the report of the independent committee. The allegation by a female staf


The global syndemic – What is it? and why you should know about it?

Views - 74 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

For the first time in recorded history, bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents do not cause the majority of deaths or disability in any region of the world. Deaths from malaria, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases have fallen more than 25% eac


A national strategy for artificial intelligence?

Views - 333 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Colombo is talking about artificial intelligence. Millennium IT Founder and other companies Tony Weeresinghe delivered an oration on AI to the alumni of the University of Colombo. Vallibel One Group Founder Chairman and power behind many others Dhamm


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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


Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


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

Thursday, 18 April 2019

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


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