Opinion and Issues

WTO chief sees no sign of U.S. walking away from WTO

Views - 27 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): There is no sign that the United States is distancing itself from the World Trade Organization, and negotiations are underway to avert a global trade war, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said in a BBC interview broadcast on Wed


The FTA with Singapore and what it means for Sri Lanka

Views - 304 Thursday, 29 March 2018 00:00

By Arusha Cooray Sri Lanka and Singapore signed the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) on 23 January. This is a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement which covers goods, services, e-commerce, telecommunications, foreign direct investme


How to enrich our tobacco control policy

Views - 61 Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka has made great strides in controlling tobacco consumption in the country and it stands out as a leading example


GDP growth hits a 4-year low

Views - 318 Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:00

By Eshini Ekanayake GDP growth in 2017 came in at 3.1% down from 4.5% in the previous year GDP growth in 4Q-2017 came in at 3.2% YoY, marginally recovering from the low of 2.9% in the previous quarter. This brings annual real GDP growth for 2017 to a


To default on implementing the 25% quota for women is to default on gender equality

Views - 112 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

From media reportage following the 10 February Local Government elections, it is understood that certain political parties


Godahewa speaks at 37th UNHRC session on seminar topic ‘The UN’s relentless pursuit of Sri Lanka’

Views - 728 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

Not long ago Sri Lanka was a victim of terrorism. The people of Sri Lanka were terrorised for almost 30 years by one


Ultranationalist Buddhist rhetoric in Sri Lanka: An analysis

Views - 285 Friday, 23 March 2018 00:00

http://www.eurasiareview.com: A recent road accident involving a Sinhalese truck driver and four Muslim men in Kandy district


Prince Mired commends SL commitment to mine clearance, highlights its potential for leadership

Views - 34 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Speaks at LKI on Treaty to Ban Anti-Personnel Landmines in Asia The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI), recently hosted a lecture by the Special E


Strengthening Sri Lanka-Iran ties

Views - 61 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Pathfinder Foundation, in association with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and in collaboration with the Strategic Council for Foreign Relations, held a round-table conference on the theme ‘Iran and the Indian Ocean in the 21st Century


Yahapalanaya at work or political witch-hunt?

Views - 1038 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

By Citizen Silva On 17 March at 6am in Thalawatugoda, a brand new BMW i8 running on garage license plates was involved in an accident with two other vehicles before plunging into a nearby canal. No injuries were reported and the two other aggrieved


Women’s bodies, masculinities and economic insecurities

Views - 532 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Cat’s Eye was deeply saddened to witness another wave of anti-Muslim violence, yet again, under a Government which promised to protect them from such violence. It was reported that the first round of violence in Ampara was sparked by a claim that


Marapana makes case for Sri Lanka at UN Human Rights Council

Views - 88 Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Tilak Marapana, PC., MP, yesterday addressed the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) following the presentation of the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human R


The Royal brotherhood – Unity in diversity

Views - 326 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:58

The Royal College Class of 1958 comprised 140 10- and 11-year-olds from all over the island, from all strata of society and all religions, spoke Sinhala or Tamil at home and also had a smattering of English. Some came to school by bus, others by car,


Office on Missing Persons commences operations

Views - 46 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 08:00

As a transitional justice arrangement, the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) has been established by an Act of Parliament with perpetual succession to investigate missing persons not only in the North and East, but also in other parts of the country.


Govt. needs to “walk the talk”: German Ambassador Rohde

Views - 316 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:00

Commenting on the recent clashes in Digana, Kandy, German Ambassador in Sri Lanka Jorn Rohde said it was very important that the Government acted decisively to stop racial hatred sustainably to guarantee that these unfortunate incidents would not hap


Need for promoting entrepreneurship aimed at national integration

Views - 138 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka is just recovering from what could have been another 1983. The fear of Sinhala Buddhism and Sinhala Buddhist population being threatened by other Sri Lankans who happen to be non-Buddhists is the bane of this country.


UNHRC adopts Sri Lanka’s UPR report

Views - 110 Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:00

The final report of Sri Lanka’s review under the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review process was adopted during the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, held in Geneva yesterday (19 March). The following is the text of the Statemen


Human rights, issues, religion and faith

Views - 210 Tuesday, 20 March 2018 00:00

By Ruki Fernando Groundviews.org: This story is based on visits to both sites and testimonies of at least 10 survivors and about five eyewitnesses present As Sinhalese – Buddhist mobs were escalating violence against Muslims around Digana on 5 Marc


Emerging emergency: Anti-Muslim riots in Sri Lanka signal a new social fissure

Views - 288 Friday, 16 March 2018 00:00

The Economist: The trigger was supposedly a road-rage incident, said to have involved members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority,


It was not a Sinhala-Muslim clash, it was a mob attack on Muslims: Hakeem

Views - 95 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

The Hindu: Rauff Hakeem is the Minister of City Planning and Water Supply in Sri Lanka’s National Unity Government and the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, a prominent Muslim political party. A lawyer and a senior Parliamentarian, he repres


From Independence to Accountability – The Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct

Views - 95 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

Following is the edited text of a presentation titled ‘From Independence to Accountability – The Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct’ by Judicial Integrity Group Coordinator Dr. Nihal Jayawickrama made at the Conference of Chief Justices a


Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

Views - 180 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

Hong Kong (AFP): Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hard-line monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion’s tolerant image.


Winds of change in SL? Rajapaksa’s charisma and foreign factors in Lankan politics

Views - 746 Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

Whilst the external support received by the Government in Sri Lanka from India and the West may play a pivotal role in the coming months in terms of securing the grip of power in the Parliament, the outcome of the local elections in Sri Lanka has cre


Chief Negotiator of FTAs shares key insights to exporters

Views - 124 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

FTAs Chief K.J. Weerasinghe, Advisor to the Ministry of Strategy Development and International Trade, and Chief Negotiator of the Government


Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted

Views - 177 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

Proactive, or control a calamitous situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened, is not a quality our laidback


Reframing the riots

Views - 323 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

The recent riots targeting Muslims in Kandy have provoked accusations on many sides. While mainstream conversations


The shame of Buddhists II

Views - 307 Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

When I penned my comments in September 2017 to Daily FT on the unpardonable behaviour of a few Buddhist monks and the


Is Sri Lanka at the cusp of a second ethnic conflict?

Views - 608 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

By Sharmil Ghouse The ongoing sectarian violence is a result of frustrations that have been building over time boiling over. A few trigger points were required to bring the economically-disenfranchised youth onto the roads. The extremely unfortunate


Navin serves indictment on RPCs with last chance to reform

Views - 218 Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:00

Addressing the first seminar on ‘Sustainability of Plantation Management’ organised by the National Institute of Plantation Management (NIPM) at its auditorium held on 10 March, the Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake made a semin


Britain circulates draft procurement deal for Brexit at WTO

Views - 5 Monday, 12 March 2018 00:00

Geneva (Reuters): Britain has circulated a draft agreement on procurement at the World Trade Organization, trade diplomats told Reuters, one of three WTO documents it needs to finalise as it leaves the European Union.


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