Opinion and Issues

Centre for Policy Alternatives issues initial comment on Proposed Counter Terrorism Bill

Views - 7 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:46

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in a statement said it notes the improved version of the Counter Terrorism Bill to repeal and replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) which has reportedly obtained Cabinet approval last week. While the

Transitional justice efforts in Sri Lanka fall short

Views - 14 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:46

By Meenakshi Ganguly Just before and during the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Sri Lankan authorities made several announcements to signify their commitment to pledges made in an October 2015 resolution on justice and acc

Sri Lanka’s chairing of BIMSTEC: Momentous or mundane?

Views - 8 Thursday, 20 September 2018 00:45

By George I. H. Cooke Sri Lanka’s assumption of the chair of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) raises opportunities as the grouping provides yet another forum through which Sri Lanka could a

Do we need a war memorial in Colombo?

Views - 126 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

By Naveen Anandakumar Up to 100,000 innocent civilians were killed during the 30-year civil war, but they have no memorial in Sri Lanka. These were majority Tamils, but included a large number of Sinhalese, in the Northern Province and in Colombo, du

Public statement on the arrest of Mohamed Kamer

Views - 198 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

We the undersigned activists, human rights organisations and concerned citizens from Sri Lanka, are deeply disturbed to learn of the arrest and detention of 25-year-old Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen. Kamer was arrested on 30 August by Australian aut

Time for SLFP to take firm action: Duminda

Views - 49 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party has a few hard decisions to make in the coming weeks, says party stalwart and Coalition Government Minister Duminda Dissanayake speaking to Daily FT about the current state of affairs in his party. A staunch SLFP member, h

Asian leaders call for rules-based geopolitics, reject unilateral, protectionist moves

Views - 6 Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:00

Ha Noi, Viet Nam: With a rapidly oscillating geopolitical dynamic, one underscored by escalating trade tensions between major powers, Asian leaders called for adherence to a “rules-based” order, and rejected unilateral and protectionist moves, on

President Sirisena, playing with fire, must take note that smoke will get into his eyes

Views - 325 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

Penchant for playing with fire President Gamaralalage Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-turn and went round country blasting the party and its lea

Public institutions: Independence against or performance within the elected governments?

Views - 17 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

By P. Samarasiri The article is intended to provide a set of views on the subject of independence of central banks in the context of some of views expressed by W.A. Wijewardena in his article published in the Daily Financial Times. Opening words The

Loud call to ‘spare the rod’ 

Views - 29 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

East Container Terminal blunder: Learn from Chinese

Views - 556 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe informed the press in August that Cabinet has approved the development of East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port by the Ports Authority. According to approval: nPorts Authority would develop

Peculiar strategy of the Central Bank

Views - 97 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

The Rupee had been weakening sharply in recent months. This may not be seemingly surprising considering the performance of the Indian Rupee or the Indonesian Rupiah which have performed even poorly. However when one considers the recent movement of

The meaning of money supply

Views - 47 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

There are different meanings to money supply. It could refer to the legal tender which is the official money printed and issued by the monetary authority which everybody in the particular state is required to accept when proffered in settlement of a

Wide inequalities in people’s well-being cast a shadow on sustained human development progress

Views - 76 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

New York: Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Ireland and Germany lead the ranking of 189 countries and territories in the latest Human Development Index (HDI), while Niger, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Chad and Burundi have the lowest scor

Prof. Ananda Jayawardena calls for university-industry collaboration

Views - 87 Monday, 17 September 2018 00:00

Falling in line with the global trend of entrepreneurship coupled with value addition, universities have to be entrepreneurial universities focusing on value addition, moving away from silos of knowledge to embrace a result-oriented interdisciplinary

Democratic societies and economic growth

Views - 50 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:10

There seems to be a direct relationship between free and open democratic societies where there is freedom of speech and association on the one hand and faster economic growth on the other. Communist countries which did away with free markets found th

Northern Provincial Council’s demands out of sync with geo-political realities

Views - 154 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:00

The Provincial Council of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution which put forth three very radical demands to the UN Human Rights Council (UHRC). But these hyperbolic demands seem to be unrealistic

Memories of late leader Ashraff

Views - 52 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:00

By Ashraff A. Samad It is almost 18 years since he left us never to return. Leaders are born everywhere in the world and the services rendered by them for the good of their community are many. Although such services are remembered by the people now a

Criminalising the expression of the right to love is profoundly cruel and inhumane

Views - 229 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

In a landmark judgement delivered on 6 September 2018, the Indian Supreme Court in the case of Navtej Singh Johar and Others v. the Union of India has ruled that Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises homosexuality, is unconst

The peril of low “economic complexity’: Endangering Sri Lanka’s future prosperity

Views - 314 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Improving hygiene factors are a necessity, but sustainable export growth can be achieved only by building new productive capacities. Sri Lanka was the 61st largest economy in 2017 according the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) GDP (PPP) estimate

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera speaks at Cambridge University

Views - 191 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) Director General Asanga Abeyagoonasekera was invited to speak at the 36th International Economic Crime Symposium held at Jesus College Cambridge University from 2-9 September. Abeyagoonaseker

Real ‘janabalaya’ is yet to come

Views - 306 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

By Himal Kotelawala The thing about people’s protest marches in Sri Lanka, at least in recent years, is that they are rarely, if not ever, organic. An overwhelming majority of the participating masses, often numbering tens of thousands, are invaria

Talking over tea: The true dilemma of climate reality

Views - 102 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

By Aisha Rupasingha “When it comes to the environment, academics talk and nobody listens.” Latent frustration filled Dr. Timotheues Gaasbeek’s voice. He surveyed the room of graduate students before him, then raised a cautionary finger. “But

Forgiveness is nothing but reconciliation

Views - 93 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

By Harsha Gunasena Rahul Gandhi, President of the Congress Party, India said at the Bucerius Summer School in Hamburg, Germany on 22 August 2018 that he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after the terror group LTTE’s chief Prabhak

Appreciation of Deshamanya Al Haj Bakeer Markar

Views - 70 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

By Austin Fernando Deshamanya Marhoom Al Haj Mohammed Abdul Bakeer Markar’s ancestry is traced to Sheik Jamaluddeen-Al-Maghdoomi, an Arab settler who settled down in Beruwala. His father Hakeem Alia Marikkar Mohomed Marikkar belonged to a family of

No time for different fuels; we are No. 4 in Climate Risk Index listing

Views - 326 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

There is absolutely no time for different fuels as suggested by Prof. Ajith de Alwis in his article titled ‘It’s time for different fuels; equations are only equations’. We are at No. 4 slot in German Watch’s Climate Risk Index listing, havin

Has the private sector outperformed Government?

Views - 118 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

The views of several business tycoons in Sri Lanka at a recent gathering were seen in social media recently. While the Government was criticised on one hand, plenty of advice was offered to the Government on the other. In that light, it would be inte

Identities can be used to divide, they can also be used to unite; the choice is ours

Views - 188 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

Dear Member, your Council has completed more than half its term in elected office as we begin the month of August 2018. I think this is an opportune juncture to reflect upon what the SLMA set out to do at the beginning of the year and look towards th

Does Sri Lanka really need new hate speech legislation?

Views - 205 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:00

The question of hate speech legislation has been revived in Sri Lanka following recent communal tensions in the country. This represents an understandable reaction by the public to vitriolic rhetoric and violence from extremist segments of society.

RIU Report: Cigarette smuggling still booming, fuelling criminality

Views - 67 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:08

Cigarettes are one of the most smuggled ‘legal’ products in the world, and cigarette smuggling is a form of transnational organised crime (US Department of State, 2015). Evidence shows many high-profile terrorist organisations such as Al-Qaida, e

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STEAMing STEM – Moving from horoscopes to telescopes!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Walking into an inventors’ exhibition should give one an experience similar to an immersion into the future. The world change with inventions and inventors lead the change. The creativity displayed is an indicator of the creativity of the society f

There is smoke in the eyes of those who do not want to see!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Shyamon Jayasinghe, a former citizen of Sri Lanka, now living in Victoria, Australia, writing to Daily FT in a Guest Column article has given an old college try at the President of Sri Lanka by announcing about a cloaked portentous writing on the wal

Modi celebrates birthday whilst making India strong – Lesson for SL

Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Indian Prime Minister celebrated his birthday earlier this week in the backdrop of India growing at a blistering performance of 7.1%. The January-March quarter saw the highest GDP growth in the last seven quarters with India becoming the sixth la

Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Due to increased emphasis on consumer health, majority of developed countries such as EU, Japan and the US insist on MRL testing of food items which has to be done by the exporter. The Codex Alimentarius Commission which is an inter-governmental bod

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