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Sextortion: A new name, an age-old crime

Views - 794 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:32

Madhavi, 23-year-old, first started working at the Ministry straight out of University. Her Manager was a kindly mentor who found Madhavi to be a confident and enthusiastic young worker. One month after she joined, she was called into his office.

Health sector response to prevention and management of gender-based violence

Views - 27 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:29

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. The costs of violence are extremely high and include direct costs to the country as well as the untold cost inflicted on survivors and their communiti

EU and TAF partner to raise awareness on access to justice for survivors of violence against women

Views - 29 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:27

The European Union (EU) together with The Asia Foundation (TAF) hosted a panel discussion titled ‘Gender-based violence and women’s access to justice’ to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW). The Unite

CSR Lanka hosts ‘Strengthening Community Resilience Through Women-Led Networks’

Views - 23 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:26

CSR Lanka organised a workshop and panel discussion on ‘Strengthening Community Resilience Through Women-Led Networks’ recently at the Lighthouse Auditorium and Lawn. The workshop facilitator was Prof. Kamala Liyanage, who is a Professor Emeritu

Women’s Forum 2020: ‘When women advance, so does society: Return on investment for Sri Lanka’

Views - 23 Monday, 23 December 2019 00:25

The impact of women’s advancements in society through empowerment strategies represents both immediate and long-term investments with transformative impacts for economic and social sustainability and beyond.  While many workplace organisat

When tea and sympathy are not enough: A living wage for Sri Lanka’s plantation workers

Views - 135 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:10

Tea is one of Sri Lanka’s major export commodities; it sustains the livelihoods of the majority of the estate population in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, it contributes 10% to the agricultural gross domestic product and 12% to the value of total exports

MCC a spider’s web or an act of unconditional generosity?

Views - 291 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:02

I and many others have expressed concerns about the MCC agreement and it has now become a hot bed of political activity as well as political duplicity in Sri Lanka The signing of the MCC...

Ending the divide: Three-state solution for the UK

Views - 190 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:01

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received a thumping majority to accomplish the Brexit deal following the United Kingdom’s recent General Election, which concluded on 12 December.

‘Best warm-weather isle’; or barmy in wonderland?

Views - 374 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:30

It’s that time of the year again. God’s in his heaven; Gota’s star is high in the sky, and still on the ascendant. Sri Lanka is the prettiest girl on the beach once more. Tourists note and visit. Its ports are safe in state hands rather than th

Darkness and light

Views - 964 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:25

Venerable Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, the Chief Incumbent of Abayaramaya, Narahenpita made a unique statement to the public. He said that the Government is in a dire situation in which it finds difficult to meet its daily expenses and made an appeal

To Minister of Education Dullas Alahapperuma on sizes of school bags

Views - 486 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

Now we are witnessing some changes in socio-economic context in Sri Lanka. There is a need for better integration of all sectors with proper alignment focusing on advancement of our nation. In this context the education sector is really important an

GR’s political exclusion and economic inclusion

Views - 502 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

“There should be a huge program to make them (bhikkus) aware of what a modern state is. This has to be a secular state and politicians – not monks – should make the decisions. We have not fully developed the idea or understanding of the modern

The Federal Party after 70 years: C.V.K. Sivagnanam’s review

Views - 87 Friday, 20 December 2019 00:00

By N. Lohathayalan, reporting from Jaffna Rife with leadership qualities of every kind, with a heritage of many leaders who sacrificed their all, the Federal Party (a.k.a. FP, Ilangai Thamil Arasuk Katchi, ITAK) continues to work with firm faith uph

US-China deal and opportunity for Sri Lanka

Views - 250 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:28

US President Donald Trump’s election campaign was a lot about being tough on China and to bring back industries and jobs to USA. The people liked it and voted him in. From the very first year in office, he initiated a confrontational approach with

Are the American drafters of the Blue Dot Network (BDN) clueless?

Views - 298 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:25

Ever since President Xi Jinping announced China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) strategy, now called the Belt Road Initiative (BRI, in 2013, the United States has sought to thwart, obstruct or counter the Beijing initiative. The latest of these

The frightening future

Views - 143 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:22

It is increasingly evident that we live in a world of transition. The international arrangements, the power structures and the generally accepted norms of conduct between communities and nations is eroding, perhaps even collapsing. This enervation

Additional 100,000 university places for GCE A/L qualified students

Views - 583 Thursday, 19 December 2019 00:08

1.0 163,000 GCE A/L students eligible to enter universities We are quite happy that new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his election manifesto has given an undertaking that an additional 100,000 university places will be found for students qualifying

Calling for EOIs for State-Owned Enterprises boards: A critique

Views - 413 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 02:08

The Presidential Secretariat on 26 November invited experienced professionals to submit EOIs (expressions of interest) to be considered for appointment as chairpersons and board members of State-owned enterprises, regulatory bodies and other statutor

Foreign policy: Too many cooks will spoil the broth!

Views - 107 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 02:07

Sri Lanka is currently in a transitional phase with a new President swearing in on 18 November, after a hard-fought Presidential Election and a Parliamentary Election looming on the horizon. This is time for new political alignments, jockeying for p

The need for a strong democratic Opposition

Views - 99 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 02:03

By Devaka Gunawardena The next few months leading up to Parliamentary Elections are likely to be crucial for democracy in Sri Lanka. Although the current Government led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa scored a victory against a fractured Opposition, only a uni

Diplomacy, international relations and foreign affairs

Views - 144 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 02:01

Diplomacy was known to the world as a sport of the kings. Historically it developed as an idealised role played by representatives from one country in another as a necessity arising out of the need of the warring states for establishing relationships

The British colonial response to the 1915 anti-Muslim pogrom

Views - 209 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 01:57

On 29 May 1915, a violent dispute over a Buddhist procession erupted at the Castle Hill Street mosque in Kandy. Scores of Muslim Moors were attacked during the pogrom that ensued. Rather than remaining an isolated incident, this initial attack was f

Kazakhstan celebrates 28 years of independence

Views - 40 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 01:55

In Kazakhstan, like in many other nations around the globe, Independence Day is commemorated by conferring awards, national orders and medals on those that have made exemplary contributions to statehood. On 16 December 1991 the Constitutional Indepen

Re-build brand Sri Lanka: Exports at +1%

Views - 307 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 01:46

With the appointment of the new Government we see the re-building of brand Sri Lanka has commenced – starting from the launch of the Port City, rejuvenation of the stock exchange and tax cuts to jump start the economy, all commended by the private

The gender dimension of remittances to Sri Lanka: Who remits more?

Views - 72 Wednesday, 18 December 2019 01:40

Remittances are often considered a stable and a reliable source of development financing. In 2018, remittances to Sri Lanka totaled to $ 7.015 billion. At the macro level, the contribution of remittances to the Sri Lankan economy is immense. In 2018

Condemning a tusker to death by political decree

Views - 197 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

Nandimitra is a beautiful young tusker that lives in the Yala National Park. He habituates the vicinity of the Sithulpahuwa Temple as, over the years and despite caution, the residents of the temple and the pilgrims who visit it have been feeding him

Posters are gone; now, noise pollution

Views - 104 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

Strangely, the last Poya day was very quiet in our area with no crisscrossing sounds through loudspeakers and hopefully this is an implied understanding among those responsible for Poya activities. The purpose of this article is not about the sounds

Life without internet and SMS

Views - 169 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka became famous/notorious for shutting down Facebook in 2018 and then on a larger scale in 2019. But our neighbour India is the world’s champion in shutting down the internet, and sometimes and in some places entire mobile networks. Nepal i

Are we too late for a student-friendly English classroom in Sri Lanka?

Views - 283 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

“OK, children now it’s time to copy down what’s on the board…!” Most of you might have been the victims of these clichés for years in a stagnant classroom with too much speaking done by the teacher. Creating a student-friendly classroom t

President and Prime Minister must reduce electricity cost via cheaper LNG

Views - 318 Tuesday, 17 December 2019 00:00

If the new Government headed by the President and Prime Minister is to achieve rapid economic growth, reduction in the commercial and industrial electricity tariff rate is essential. The present commercial tariff rate of Rs. 23.65/ KWh is too high wh

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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear

Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli

Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind

The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and

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