Sujata Gamage

Quotas with ‘zipping’ for women in local government

/ Friday, 28 July 2017 00:08

The other day I met a woman who is a card-carrying member of a major political party. She is the president of the midwives association in her area....


Plastics ban is good in parts; room for corrections?

/ Friday, 14 July 2017 00:00

On Tuesday Cabinet approved a proposal by the President as Minister for Environment on short-term, mid-term and long-term measures to curtail the u...


Electoral reforms: Lessons from Indonesia and South Africa

/ Friday, 30 June 2017 00:10

  The Constitutional Assembly in the Parliament of Sri Lanka hosted Dikgang Moseneke, the former Deputy Chief Justice of Sout...


Disaster response needs an active National Council, not a dedicated Ministry

/ Friday, 2 June 2017 00:08

Ministers may get photo ops but local action is what gets the jobs done – Pic by Shehan Gunasekara   Floodscaus...


Time for civil society to act on the solid waste disposal problem

/ Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Sometimes there are events which compel you to take action. The tragedy of Meethotamulla is one such. In spite of all the available knowledge on so...


Towards responsible environmentalism in solid waste management

/ Friday, 5 May 2017 00:05

In an article published as early as 1992, Jim L. Bowyer, professor of forestry at the University of Wisconsin pleaded for responsible environmental...


Meethotamulla: Assigning the blame correctly

/ Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

At a recent panel discussion on ITN television themed ‘Mountains of garbage’ where the writer was a panellist, S.M. Marikkar, MP for Co...


Representation for women need not be at the expense of a bloated local government

/ Friday, 7 April 2017 00:00

The two major parties in Government have apparently agreed on constitutional reforms that do not require a referendum. With presidential powers alr...


Cavaliers, roundheads and the big match season

/ Friday, 24 March 2017 09:48

Big match season lays bare the tribalism and sexism in our society     Big match season brings out the b...


Legislation is needed to restructure the gatekeepers of higher education

/ Friday, 3 March 2017 00:00

Two prominent gatekeepers of higher education in Sri Lanka are the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC). The...


Time is right to break the iron triangle of a medical monopoly

/ Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

A protest by State university students, calling on the Government to intervene and close SAITM. While there is a dire need for more doctors, we hav...


RTI is good, but open data is better

/ Thursday, 2 February 2017 00:08

The Sri Lanka Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016 is to become effective in a few days. The act was gazetted on 4 August 2016, but embargoed fo...


Offline digital content critical for Government’s tabs initiative

/ Tuesday, 27 December 2016 00:02

Sri Lanka’s Budget 2017 included an expenditure of Rs. 5 billion to “provide free tabs for almost 175,000 students who enter the Advanc...


Local elections: New mixed-member method or old PR method?

/ Friday, 9 December 2016 00:10

  I was looking forward to voting in local elections under a new mixed member system. Wearing my ratepayer hat, I was attracted to the...


Can tabs do what PCs or bricks could not do for education?

/ Wednesday, 16 November 2016 00:08

The education component of Budget 2017 has many positive features. Unspecified infrastructure expenditures from the previous budget have b...


Working with the second or third best option – in education and everything

/ Wednesday, 2 November 2016 00:01

January 9th of 2015 dawned with much hope but with much baggage too, it turns out. As events since then show, moving forward will be a tough balanc...


Selective schools vs. nonselective schools debate in UK and lessons for Sri Lanka

/ Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:02

  Children on their way to school. Selective and non-selective schools cannot coexist, unless we find some way of linking these school...


Assuring representation for dispersed minorities in a new electoral system

/ Wednesday, 5 October 2016 00:02

  In an ideal world, voters would vote for the best individual irrespective of ethnicity, but, with the country slowly emerging from the ...


Megapolis plan requires a concerted school location plan

/ Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:03

The doctors have opened a can of worms with their demands for super popular schools. On close examination, the popular school concept as practiced ...


Manage the foreign consultants, don’t complain about them

/ Wednesday, 7 September 2016 00:01

  The Sri Lanka Government is a trillion rupee company for which we perpetuate the myth that it is owned by the people Sri Lan...


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Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe very boldly stated at the Sri Lanka Economic Summit on Wednesday that the Board of Investment should be shut down. The BOI is the PM’s brainchild and an offshoot of the GCEC.  Wijeyadasa went...


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The delicious ironies of idiotic democracy

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Life, as a musically-inclined poet of a previous age once essayed, is what happens when you are planning to do something else. Well, the same may be said for the intentions of Good Governance: that the best-laid plans of mice and men gang aft agle...


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