Opinion and Issues

Mangala condemns Mahinda for “misleading public with misinformation”

Views - 101 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:10

Following is the response by Minister Mangala Samaraweera to MP Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement on 17 March instructing the Government on what its position should be when the UN Human Rights Council discusses Sri Lanka’s progress on national r


Historic betrayal of SLMC and ACMC

Views - 107 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

It appears, according to a news report that the leaders of SLMC, ACMC and DPF during a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss constitutional reforms have “reneged on their promise to back the ongoing efforts to abolish the executive presidency


An innocent utopian dream

Views - 137 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

In an article published in the Daily FT on 19 February 2015, I predicted the trajectory of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government. In that piece of conjecture captioned ‘Maithri’s Mandate and Ranil’s Royalist Regency’ I said that Sri Lanka was witne


Sathyodaya for salvation

Views - 183 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Professor Ven. Walpola Rahula (1907-1997), a Buddhist rationalist and free-thinker of international repute, was a unique intellectual, teacher and writer who never minced his words when speaking truth to power, a rare quality fast disappearing in a w


Playing with history

Views - 379 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


Global water experts to meet in Sri Lanka in December to tackle SDG 6

Views - 16 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

International water experts will meet at the IWA Water and Development Congress and Exhibition in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 1 to 5 December, to progress solutions and the uptake of innovation needed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Developmen


Water for all!

Views - 238 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Muthun Murugaiya provides water for 15 families. The 60-year-old has the only working well in the neighbourhood in his front garden. Just feet away, the community well lies dry – groundwater is low in the village of Veemankamam in Sri Lanka’s Jaf


Empowering communities through corporate-led collaborations

Views - 162 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

In 2010, the UN recognised ‘the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights’. This, without any kind of discrimination, entitles everyone to safe, ac


Marapana outlines Sri Lanka’s progress at UNHRC, emphasises on commitment to reconciliation

Views - 41 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Following is the statement by Tilak Marapana, PC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Leader of the Sri Lanka Delegation to the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council on Agenda Item 2 – Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner for Human Right


UN Rights Chief slams Sri Lanka’s lack of progress, says country yet to address “worst crimes”

Views - 45 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Following is the statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the 40th session of the Human Rights Council on the presentation of the High Commissioner’s report on ‘Promoting reconciliation,


All that glitters is not gold, but it still glitters

Views - 59 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

By Ajith Perera A conversation that took place a fortnight ago between a shopkeeper and a resident of Nawalapitiya inspired some thought. The shopper, distinctly a labourer from the area, visited the wayside outlet to purchase two sticks of a favoure


‘Voice of Silence’ to remember over 3,000 fallen VIR soldiers

Views - 259 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:23

Text and Pix by Shanika Sriyananda Her vision is blurry and the body is feeble but she still doesn’t want to abandon her ‘mission’ – searching for her son, ‘Sudu Putha’. Her memory of him is still vivid and fresh. Wearing a white Kandyan


OMP mandated to listen to all missing persons: OMP Chairman

Views - 62 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:22

OMP Chairman President’s Counsel Saliya Pieris said that MIAs of the military were very much a part of the OMP’s programs and investigations into the forced disappearances and missing during the conflict. The OMP, which is established under the O


Here’s how climate change will impact you

Views - 43 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

By Anuradha Withanachchi With youth taking the centre stage in activism for climate change on 15 March, mobilising a record number of students across the world (1.5 million students, from 2,000 places in 125 countries), it seems opportune to highlig


Alleviating poverty in Sri Lanka: Take a broader look at poverty measures!

Views - 61 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

By Wimal Nanayakkara Sri Lanka has managed to bring down its poverty from 26.1% in 1990/91 to just 4.1% by 2016. However, it is not enough to consider only income poverty when monitoring poverty, as many are faced with multiple dimensions of poverty.


Sanitation to the fore: Ensure fait accompli!

Views - 152 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

The Budget speech of 5 March positioned sanitary facilities or rather the absence across the country to a new height, bringing attention to a subject much less talked about. To repeat what the Minister of Finance stated: “Mr. Speaker, in spite of


Lip service to AML requirements: Are Sri Lankan designated institutions skating on thin ice?

Views - 231 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

The recent announcement by the European Union (EU) blacklisting 20 odd jurisdictions for their failure to adhere to anti money laundering requirements (AML) comes as no surprise as all these jurisdictions have been forewarned by the EU, Financial Act


Foresight and innovation for public sector excellence

Views - 31 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

Recognising the vital role of a strong public sector in the achievement of Sri Lanka’s ambitious development goals, Citra, Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab, through a partnership with the Ministry of Public Administration and Disaster Mana


Ceylon Tea or Sri Lanka Tourism the stronger category brand?

Views - 407 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:00

The Central Bank officially reported last week that Sri Lanka exports have grown to $ 11.9 billion, recording a growth of 4.7%, which means that the country has not performed up to expectation in 2018. The export volume index has grown by 0.5% in 201


Christchurch carnage and the white supremacist rampage

Views - 122 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Multiple shootings and multiple fatalities – this is how many of the initial breaking news captions emerged. An unprecedented shooting spree at two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand. “One of New Zealand’s darkest days” said N


Is the President xenophobic?

Views - 61 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

Is the President xenophobic when it comes to insurance? According to a leading English weekend paper, the President has ordered that the ‘Suraksha’ insurance scheme to provide benefits to both Government and private school students be given to


Global awakening to hazards of madman’s vehicle design

Views - 327 Wednesday, 20 March 2019 00:00

When my eldest son, Arjuna, brought me a copy of Brian Dumain’s ‘Plot to Save the Planet,’ it sparked off a keen interest in me to see what we, in Sri Lanka, could do to support the plot. His chapter 5 titled ‘The car you are driving was desi


Company Law reforms require leadership attention and prioritisation

Views - 72 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:39

Good governance activist Chandra Jayaratne has called for leadership attention to prioritise Company Law reforms, especially in terms of expanding the provisions of Part XXI which deals with offences. Jayaratne has written in this connection to Indu


Stimulating the Sri Lankan economy, the need of the hour

Views - 318 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:38

The sluggish economic growth in the country needs to be stimulated through a clinical strategy before Sri Lanka once again falls behind her regional neighbours. The continuous decrease in GDP from 5% in 2014 to 3.1% in 2017 and a marginal increase to


The Christchurch tragedy and the clash within Islam

Views - 167 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:05

There are no words to describe the Christchurch tragedy. The loss of life in such a brutally executed massacre is unimaginable and unpardonable. It begs belief that a human being was capable of such brutality on a fellow human being. It will be impo


What it takes for Sri Lanka to crack tech industry

Views - 126 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:04

The taxes on motor vehicles were increased yet again. While some may show disbelief, this shouldn’t be a surprise. In fact, at the current rate, the taxes on vehicles could only go up and not come down. The reason is the severe external current acc


Budget of Hopes amidst achievement deficits

Views - 60 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:03

Every budget introduced in the Parliament ushers in plenty of hopes and promises but the record of achievements have always fallen short of initial promises. This has been the sad history of Sri Lankan Government budgets, at least until the demise of


Dissecting the 52-day saga: A forensic analysis by a forensic expert

Views - 6254 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

It was 7:30 in the evening on 26 October 2018. The day being a typical Friday, Sri Lankans had been settled for yet another uneventful weekend. Many had sat in front of TV sets watching their favourite teledramas. Suddenly, viewers got alerted by a n


Chandra J issues note of caution to President Sirisena

Views - 193 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Good governance activist Chandra Jayaratne has written to President Maithripala Sirisena issuing a note of caution of historical outcomes prior to the launch of the National Action Plan for Combating Bribery and Corruption today at a ceremony titled


Budget has room for stringent controls to enhance revenue and growth

Views - 41 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Budget 2019 presented a mixed bag to Sri Lankans, but largely good. The drawback, once again, is the lack of courage to introduce and implement bold, ground-breaking and decisive economic legislature targeting long-term growth. But in face of farcica


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No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

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Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

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What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


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