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Parity for women, take practical steps

International Women’s Day has come and gone marked locally by the Prime Minister announcing that there should 25 percent women’s representation in local government bodies. Not to be outdone, a former President, the first woman Head of State of Sri Lanka, said it should be 50 percent. Fortunately, the incumbent President didn’t enter the bidding [...]

Fertilizer subsidy; IMF and new agri-culture

The price of fertilizer may not interest most except that it will affect rice, fruit and vegetable production and therefore hit their stomachs at some stage. Vegetable farmers in Bandarawela, Welimada, Keppetipola in the central highlands and Hambantota in the south, worst hit by a shortage and paddy cultivators in the North Central and North Western [...]

Capitulating to India on fishing issue

Last week, our INSIGHT team went to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) that separates Sri Lanka from India to follow up on an earlier investigation into the continuing rape of the country’s sea resources — the fish and the environment — by illegal Indian fishing expeditions. This was hardly three weeks after the Indian [...]

Important role for oversight committees

The Parliamentary Oversight Committees began their work this week, but alas, it was not a very auspicious start. Many Members of Parliament did not attend the inaugural meeting. Long advocated by the Prime Minister as what he calls turning the whole Parliament into a Government, the scheme is an extension to the National Government now [...]

He came, he saw, he conjured

Foreign experts, they used to say, were persons who came to the country to find out, and left before they were found out. Foreign correspondents were known as “Running Johns” or “Running Janes” as the case may be, for the ‘in-out’ reporting they would do from the world’s hot-spots. One recalls these jibes of the [...]

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