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Untruth is the crisis

Views - 336 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:54

Political language, said George Orwell, is designed to make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Dr. Sarath Amunugama is the subject of this essay. In addition to his current incarnation of a p


Rise, Sri Lankans – our country needs you now!

Views - 706 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:50

I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and listening to lamentatio


Speaker calls on citizens to defend Constitution

Views - 226 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:48

The leaders of several political parties represented in Parliament have informed me that they will be challenging the purported dissolution of Parliament in the Supreme Court. Since the President has prevented Parliament from ruling on the legitimacy


Statement by lawyers and academics on the interpretation of the Constitution

Views - 70 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:42

We the undersigned, note with concern, the methods by which the Constitution of Sri Lanka is being interpreted to justify the appointment of a purported Prime Minister on 26 October, a Cabinet of Ministers and the dissolution of Parliament thereafter


CPA has its say on Presidential proclamation dissolving Parliament and calling for polls

Views - 19 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:41

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is alarmed by the continuous and gratuitous undermining of the Constitution of Sri Lanka by President Maithripala Sirisena which has resulted in an unprecedented Constitutional crisis since 26 October. The mo


Sri Lanka’s ousted Premier ready for polls as legal action planned

Views - 299 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:37

Bloomberg: Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is ready for polls after President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the island nation’s Parliament and called for a snap general election. “We are prepared to go for an election, b


The economy’s call for middle class as kingmakers

Views - 155 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:29

The current political situation has brought to centre-stage what we already knew – the calibre of our lawmakers in the Parliament. The crossovers and reverse crossovers for personal benefit is the hallmark of all political parties barring none. Th


President’s undemocratic and unconstitutional moves

Views - 99 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:15

By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan Eurasiareview.com: Believing that he could win a third term as President, Mahinda Rajapaksa scheduled the Presidential election for January 2015. After some time, it became clear that Ranil Wickremesinghe will not be conte


Dictator gone mad

Views - 186 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

Much concern has been expressed by so many about the manifestly obvious signs of mental derangement in the actions of the Executive President Maithripala Sirisena since of late, leaving everyone dumbfounded. In one instance he has been described as a


Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Views - 881 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 00:00

TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President Kumaratunga: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in Government. The Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He ha


MTI’s effectiveness advisory for both sides of political divide

Views - 144 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:07

MTI Consulting, Sri Lanka’s leading strategy consultancy and part of the MTI international network, has shared their learnings and research on effectiveness, specifically relating it to the political impasse that the island nation has encountered.


#NoConstitution = #NoDemocracy: A statement by 900 Sri Lankan students on #CoupLK

Views - 4 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

The first unconstitutional transfer of power in Sri Lanka’s post-independence history occurred two weeks ago. On 9 November, the Constitution was breached yet again in an attempt to consolidate that coup. President Sirisena signed an illegal procla


The flash election: A political way out or an instance of one mistake leading to another?

Views - 5005 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Adverse economic consequences of executive action In a flash move, Parliament was dissolved last Friday by President Maithripala Sirisena, claiming he had powers to do so under the Constitution. It was not a sudden executive action, but the culminat


Call to expand social protection to excluded 4 billion

Views - 32 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Geneva: The Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, have called for world leaders to support social security and assistance programs wor


Largest but voiceless minority plead at ‘Court of last resort’

Views - 491 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

By a Special Correspondent Fervent accessibility rights activist Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera, Hony. Chief Executive of IDIRIYA, has moved the Court to re-activate invocation of a Fundamental Rights Public Interest Litigation of utmost importance to Sri La


Kamer Nizamdeen slams AFP investigation

Views - 115 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

https://www.abc.net.au: A NSW university student who spent four weeks in solitary confinement after being falsely accused of terror offences has described the Police investigation into his case as “embarrassing and biased”. Mohamed Kamer Nizamdee


Saudi Arabia and China stand by Pakistan in its hour of need

Views - 411 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

With the US and the IMF acting tough, Pakistan’s time-tested friends, Saudi Arabia and China, have come to its rescue at a time when its economy is in dire straits. The woes of Pakistan’s economy are many. The Pakistani Rupee has been devalued f


Testing time for cricketer Prime Minister

Views - 214 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:02

A High Court’s acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian lady, previously sentenced to death and forced to live in a secret location since 2009 for allegedly blaspheming Islam and its prophet, has brought a blood thirsty fana


The delights of a rural existence: Terrorism in the ‘Colony’

Views - 145 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:01

The disintegration of a large plantation adjacent to us, resulted, first, in the plunder of timber trees, rubber, cocoa and other less-valuable large vegetation, followed by a mass “squatter intrusion,” for lack of a better term, on what was from


A citizen’s remedies for the constitutional imbroglio

Views - 112 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:01

At the outset, we as citizens are aware that a Constitution is a well-intentioned instrument to ensure and sustain good governance, integrity, sanity, law and order in a country. We know that despite the meticulous attention given for its drafting by


Saudi regime: An embarrassment to Muslim umma

Views - 51 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

The gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, details of which are slowly emerging in the public media outside Saudi Arabia, and the scandalous cover ups of the ‘heinous crime’ has brought shame not only to the rulers and subjects of that


An open letter to President Maithripala Sirisena

Views - 215 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

groundviews.org: The following is the text of an open letter sent in by Dr. Devanesan Nesiah, a retired civil servant who has who has served the country since 1959. In 2017, he was awarded with the National Honours by President Sirisena.


LfD on the Constitutional crisis and whether the Speaker can convene Parliament

Views - 378 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Following is a short brief by Lawyers for Democracy (LfD) on the present Constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka and whether the Speaker can convene Parliament:


Strategising Sri Lanka’s foreign policy: The scope of air diplomacy

Views - 204 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

By George I. H. Cooke Sri Lanka has remained one of the most globally connected countries. Whilst expeditions were dispatched to the Roman Empire in some of the first international interactions, special envoys continued to traverse the world over the


Behind Sri Lanka’s turmoil, a China-India struggle for investments and influence

Views - 184 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Gleaming cranes stretch out on the waterfront in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo as Chinese companies construct a $1.5 billion new commercial district, including hotels, marinas and a motor racing track. They have already built a giant contai


Sri Lanka’s new Foreign Minister: it was who reached for the gun first

Views - 257 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The National: The Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka’s new government, whose legitimacy is shrouded in doubt, says the ousting of the country’s Prime Minister was constitutional, will be finalised with a parliamentary vote in the new government’s fa


The quagmire concerning our Parliament

Views - 195 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The recent decision by the President to appoint a Prime Minister following a changing of the composition of the Cabinet of Ministers and the simultaneous prorogation of the Parliament has caused a mayhem leading to a tense political situation. Sever


Weathering the storm: Improving disaster resilience of rural workers in Sri Lanka

Views - 101 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

By Nisha Arunatilake Droughts, floods, landslides, and cyclones have frequented the Sri Lankan newspapers in 2018. From February to March this year, nearly one million people in six provinces in the country were affected by a severe drought, accordin


Sri Lanka to be centre of excellence for Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

Views - 879 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The world’s leading provider of front-office offshore support to the financial services industry, Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, has seen its Sri Lankan operations expand during the last few years. The Knowledge Services arm is part of Moo


Concept note: Linking ‘Grama Shakthi’ program with export-oriented agricultural value chains

Views - 169 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:53

Sri Lanka’s economy is built on agriculture. Sri Lanka is rich with biodiversity, climatic variations, water sources and soils that can accommodate large number of agricultural crops. Regardless of whether these crops are native or introduced our f


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Untruth is the crisis

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Political language, said George Orwell, is designed to make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Dr. Sarath Amunugama is the subject of this essay. In addition to his current incarnation of a p


Rise, Sri Lankans – our country needs you now!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and listening to lamentatio


Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President Kumaratunga: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in Government. The Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He ha


The Bench must ensure that the judges will continue to be trusted

Monday, 12 November 2018

In the backdrop of the recent developments and the strong arguments that have been presented against the dissolution of Parliament saying the President has no constitutional power to do so, before four and a half years into a Parliamentary term, as s


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