Opinion and Issues

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 - 429 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 - 227 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 - 147 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 - 131 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 - 243 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 - 394 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 - 215 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 - 191 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 - 258 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 - 196 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 - 107 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 - 927 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 - 170 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


Doing better business to fight poverty

Views - 49 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:50

By Duvindi Illankoon http://blogs.worldbank.org: End Poverty Day fell on 17October. Two weeks later, the new Doing Business rankings come out for this year. If you’re wondering what the link is, here’s a quick summary: business-friendly regulatio


Political implications of 19A and emerging politico-legal crisis in SL

Views - 152 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:44

By Piyumani Ranasinghe and Dhanushka Silva Sri Lanka is currently enduring a constitutional and political crisis, due to the events of the famous Friday evening, the ongoing regime change with the appointment of a new Prime Minister on 226 October.


Democracy in crisis: Current composition leading Sri Lanka to bankruptcy

Views - 364 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:42

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing – Edmund Burke (1729-1797) The term of ‘democracy’ is derived from two Greek words – demos (people) and kratos (rule). In simple term, then, democracy is the rule of t


Division and discourse: How to reach each other in times of political crisis

Views - 151 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:39

By Chayu Damsinghe The last week has been momentous for Sri Lanka’s politics. Who would’ve thought that a double rainbow would be followed by double claims of Prime Minister? At times like these, the biggest thing we need to remember is that desp


Greed and fear that sparked this crisis

Views - 273 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:37

Two dynamics: Fear and greed In the first place, the current crisis in Sri Lanka is not a constitutional crisis. It is misleading to call it so since the constitutional guidelines set out in the 19th Amendment for the removal of a prime minister and


Thank you, Mr. President

Views - 114 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:35

By An Activist of the 2015 social media group Already the feeling of uncertainty, lethargy and frustration is clearly seen among the ordinary Sri Lankans as the President of the country overnight plunged the country into a state of paralysis by his u


Friday Forum on constitutional governance in a Parliamentary democracy

Views - 58 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:32

President Maithripala Sirisena has purported to govern this country in the last week by presidential decree, without explaining to the nation how he placed a government in office on 26 October without summoning Parliament. The Constitution does not p


In the time of the butterflies

Views - 157 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:31

‘In the time of the butterflies’ is a novel by Latin American novelist Julia Alvarez. In it she fictionalises the lives of the ‘Mirabel sisters ‘who were tortured and slaughtered for their opposition to the voracious dictator Rafael Trujillo


Of hype, hypocrisy, hysteria, homophobia – and, hope?

Views - 215 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:26

It is ironic that the rally to ‘guard a glory of the land’ gathered in plain sight of the empty grandeur of Parliament. For days before that, and since the presidential coup which undemocratically replaced one prime minister with another, irate p


Automating loan recoveries: A top priority for banks

Views - 144 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

Many argue that performance of banks is more market driven. Better performance is no more a choice and it has become mandatory to sustain competiveness by satisfying diverse interests of stakeholders. Lending is a key function of banks and non-bank f


Adjournment of Parliament is a serious democratic violation: Rauff Hakeem

Views - 1200 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:43

Following is an extract of the interview Rauff Hakeem had with BBC Tamil and Sinhala Services at the Parliament.


Cards on the table, crisis in the House?

Views - 330 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

I am a democratic-republican, I believe. I believe in the will of the people as exercised through a majority mandate being invested in elected representatives. The checks and balances that the three arms of government bring, commonly known as divisio


Snap election or economic recession

Views - 148 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

Sri Lankans are funny. At least some of them are. The economy was in the decline for years, but hardly any concern is shown openly (although every other young person is trying their level best to migrate and a


Right of reply to Sarath De Alwis : Think straight, think it through – it ain’t rocket science

Views - 140 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

Can you think of two personalities more contrasting than former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and President Maithripala Sirisena? Few who are in favour of the former endorse the latter and few would see anything in common between them,


What Sri Lanka’s political crisis means for India and China

Views - 610 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

CNN: Observers in Beijing and Delhi are watching events in Sri Lanka closely to see what the country’s constitutional crisis means for a bigger contest: the race for influence in the Indian Ocean region. Political turmoil in the island nation was t


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The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


Sri Lanka’s Judiciary in its finest hour

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be


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