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Sri Lanka: The meat in the sandwich? Nero fiddles while a major conspiracy is unfolding

Views - 569 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

The undisputed current super power and the undisputed emerging super power appear to be adopting diametrically opposite strategies for the former to remain the super power and the latter to emerge as the next super power.

Should Central Bank cut policy rates?

Views - 84 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

The regular monetary policy reviews of the respective central banks are something that is watched closely by financial market participants in every country. This is no different in Sri Lanka as well. Especially the Treasury bond market participants t

Demonisation and criminalisation of religions

Views - 196 Tuesday, 4 June 2019 00:00

Like the air pervading the whole planet, nationalism is both omnipresent and impalpable. It interpenetrates the psyche and the minds of every individual. This behaviour can be seen as both conservative and as a revolutionary force, threating the stat

Institutionalise macro policy to make it sustainable: Dr. Coomaraswamy

Views - 4069 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:20

Delivering the first memorial oration of the late A.S. Jayawardena in Colombo last week, the incumbent Central Bank Governor Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy emphasised the need for institutionalising the macroeconomic policy being presently pursued by the

Asia Power Index 2019: What does it say about Sri Lanka’s regional position?

Views - 429 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:18

The latest edition of the Lowy Institute’s ‘Asia Power Index’ provides an insightful picture of the power dynamics shaping the Asia-Pacific region, with many interesting takeaways for Sri Lankan political leaders, bureaucrats and businesses. O

Sri Lanka is secure, President tells India

Views - 51 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

President: Journalist friends, particularly, I am very happy when I come to New Delhi and when I get an opportunity to meet you. And, you know that, I came to India for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The President of India

A clear message to the nation

Views - 89 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The timely intervention of the religious dignitaries of our country in the extremely burning issue regarding the proposed agreements with the US brings in some consolation amidst the prevailing desperation. It is heartening to note that important re

A combined dose of ginger and chilies

Views - 263 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is in a strategic location of the Indian Ocean. Throughout the history of Sri Lanka there were foreign interventions. Sri Lanka was invaded constantly by the foreign forces from south India initially and later by European forces. In certain

In search of sensible Sri Lankans: Seeking tranquillity amid turbulences

Views - 382 Monday, 3 June 2019 00:00

The aftermath of the Easter Sunday tragedy witnessed many a calamity, confusion and chaos. The need to rebuild trust among communities amidst the mistrust among politicians, has become crucial. In the absence of one voice from the ruling front, soli

Dr. Upul Wijewardena’s diatribe

Views - 300 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

Dr. Upul Wijewardena has been in the habit of making interventions with wrong speech on politics. While his occasional deliberations on Buddhist philosophy may be regarded as sincere articulations, irrespective of concerns of worth, his political com

The role of India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ Foreign Policy in reshaping Indo-Lanka ties

Views - 157 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:05

Shri Narendra Modi who led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies to become India’s Prime Minister in 2014 was re-elected as the head of state in a landslide victory in May 2019 with the BJP-led Nati

Open letter to Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr. Deepika Udugama on the new Government uniform

Views - 1160 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:02

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Ministry of Public Administration and Disaster Management Secretary J.J. Ratnasiri has issued the pictured Circular dated 29 May. These are times when madmen filled with hate set off explosives, blowing themselves up and ta

Sri Lanka’s tough tobacco policy up in smoke?

Views - 96 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:01

Sri Lanka’s usual stringent policy on tobacco took a twist no less yesterday, World No Tobacco Day, when Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera announced the Government is considering importation of foreign cigarettes. The Minister made these commen

11 times ‘Game of Thrones’ got it right about Sri Lanka’s state of politics

Views - 498 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:20

All good things must come to an end. Good Governance, ‘Avengers,’ ‘Game of Thrones’. While the first was not very good and the second went mostly well but was bad in bits with a sad endgame, the last of these got ugly in the season and series

Avoiding essential reforms

Views - 290 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:10

Although the fire has been extinguished on the surface, the fire beneath the ashes is not doused yet. Though there are signs of extinguishing the surface fire, there appears to be no serious effort to douse the fire beneath the ashes. What does the

Controversies behind unknown international agreements

Views - 133 Friday, 31 May 2019 00:00

By T. Rusiripala The country is barely able to overcome the shock of the 21 April unexpected inhumane attack on innocent citizens perpetrated by a group with foreign terrorist attachments. Our security forces are actively engaged in search operations

Why more extreme, more violent?

Views - 518 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

By Amani Naeemullah While the Muslims claim that the terrorists are nothing but an abomination to Islam, and the priests and the monks guide with speech of honour to not cause harm to any community out of shrewdness, one part of the country is trying

Niqab: When religion becomes a matter of dress

Views - 341 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

There has perhaps been no garment that has aroused so much controversy as the niqab or face-veil worn by a small minority of Muslim women. Although worn by only a very small percentage of women, it is as conspicuous as can be and grabs attention wher

SL youth not a part of reconciliation process: Next Generation research

Views - 460 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

While previous governments and the present Government have poured a colossal amount of money into programs on reconciliation since ending the 26-year-long war 10 years ago, recent research has found that the majority of Sri Lankan youth are unaware a

Sri Lanka-SCO partnership: The relevance a decade after the conflict

Views - 350 Thursday, 30 May 2019 00:00

In 2009 Sri Lanka defeated terrorism on its soil, ending the terrorist conflict that claimed thousands of lives, destroyed the Sri Lankan economy and set the country back by several decades. In the same year the country entered into partnership with

Combating invisible financing for terrorism

Views - 764 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:48

CCTV footage played the key role in identifying the suicide bombers of the Easter Sunday attack.However, the ways and means of breeding such terrorism on Sri Lanka’s soil is still under investigation.In the aftermath of the Easter attack, there is

Why a political settlement with the LTTE to peacefully end the war was not possible

Views - 192 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

On 18 May 2009, the 25-year civil war in Sri Lanka ended in massive bloodshed—the UN estimated that 40,000 civilians were killed in the final stages of the war alone. According to the UN Panel of Experts report1, during the final stages of the war,

Controlling madrasas: Band aid solution

Views - 137 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

With President MS, Prime Minister RW and leaders of the Joint Opposition engaging in “revenge politics” (Stephen Long, Asian Tribune, May 2019), and as the term of the present Government and that of the President is drawing to a close, there is n

Delimitation of electoral boundaries in SL: Multi-member electorates – perceptions and realities

Views - 74 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

This article is the fourth in a series of articles on delimitation of geographical boundaries in Sri Lanka. Following on the third article, ‘Smaller electoral units needed to serve the people better’ (Sunday Island of 10 February and Daily FT of

New constitution as a panacea for all ills and people’s mandate

Views - 126 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

Victor Ivan, one of the proponents of 19A, in his latest edition published in Daily FT on 24 May under the caption ‘Sri Lanka needs urgent surgery,’ has once again advocated a strong argument to bring a new constitution as a solution to the curre

Vote revolution in India

Views - 181 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

Across India, the BJP has scored a spectacular mandate for a second straight term in power. Earlier on 11 April, the country – the world’s largest democracy – embarked on a six-week long vote for a new parliament. Voting results of nearly 900 m

“A single flower does not make Spring!”

Views - 62 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

In this lovely early Summer in Beijing, more than 2,000 distinguished guests from 47 countries including Sri Lanka participated the splendid Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations (CDAC). The Conference was initiated by President Xi Jinping f

A paradigm shift in our media culture is imperative

Views - 59 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

At the outset we raise our hats to the mainstream media for defusing tensions among the people by vouching to disseminate only proven information in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday massacre. But unfortunately the unravelling political drama contin

An unpardonable pardon

Views - 657 Wednesday, 29 May 2019 00:00

We are back in primitive tribal times. The power of pardon is a feature of human society with ancient roots. It originates from the tribal custom exercised by the tribal chief to soften the harsh rigour of embedded tribal customs. Under civilised con

National laws, policies aim at prevention of sale of children, child prostitution and pornography

Views - 13 Tuesday, 28 May 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka delegation, presenting the country’s first report under the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, briefed the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the panoply of laws and executive

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Whither Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

On Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, suicide bombers from an extremist group caused carnage in six separate locations in Sri Lanka. Over 250 lives were lost and as many injured. The magnitude and co-ordination of their operation indicate several months o

Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La

Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years

Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view

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