Sri Lanka: Best moment to abolish the Presidency? – OpEd

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April 10, 2019 05:46 pm

Sri Lankans have been trying to abolish the executive presidential system for a long time. Ever since the system was introduced in 1977, a segment of the populace and many polit...

Tea label giants vow probe after Sri Lanka labor abuse expose

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March 27, 2019 05:28 pm

NUWARA ELIYA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Plantations in Sri Lanka that supply tea stamped slavery-free to top global companies are under investigation by ethical l...

UNHCR And Sri Lankan Diplomacy: Deny, Deceive And Delay – Analysis

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March 20, 2019 10:59 am

Already four years including a two-year extension granted to the Sri Lankan Government by the Human Rights Council in 2017, there is little progress in addressing the key goals ...

Hazards of noise pollution

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March 19, 2019 11:49 am

Our environment is such that it has become difficult to escape noise. The Noise is everywhere, all the time; whether you drive, walk along the road, at work, at home relaxing, e...

Sri Lanka's debt problem wasn't made in China

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March 15, 2019 07:59 am

Sri Lanka faces a record foreign debt repayment of nearly US$6 billion in 2019, say economists Dushni Weerakoon and Sisira Jayasuriya. Global media and numerous "...

Sri Lanka’s women want to work—and thrive in the workplace

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March 09, 2019 09:38 am

Being a woman, mother, sister, aunt – name it, it’s something women wake up to daily and they love it.  None of them question about being enumerated for these r...

Dreams of 'Khema's boy'; Full speech by Minister Samaraweera

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March 01, 2019 07:00 pm

The following is the full text of the speech given by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the occassion to mark 30yrs of his political career. Thirty years ago thi...

Former US Permanent Rep to UN Samantha Power's address at BMICH

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March 01, 2019 12:16 pm

The following is  the full text of the speech delivered by former Former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Samantha Power at an event held at the BMICH...

A people betrayed

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February 28, 2019 12:49 pm

Seventy-one years after Sri Lanka gained independence, Neville de Silva explores why the country has failed to fulfil its considerable democratic potential   Ju...

Thoughts on the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka

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February 21, 2019 12:35 pm

The  Constitution in which ever  part of the world, I don’t think would be in a crisis. After all it’s a piece of paper. It is those who seek to interpret ...

Software pirates use Apple tech to put hacked apps on iPhones

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February 14, 2019 11:20 am

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other ...

Impact of legal delays

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February 08, 2019 11:32 am

The Law Delay is harmful to everyone; its implications are wide and far reaching. It impacts all parties involved in the justice delivery process, as well as people seeking just...

"We may well need Sri Lanka’s friendship again soon over Brexit" : Lord Naseby

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February 05, 2019 05:44 pm

About 6 months ago I was conscious that the UN Motions on Sri Lanka would be reviewed in March 2019 by the UNHCR in Geneva.I decided I should try to initiate a debate as near to...

Parliamentary control of Public Finances

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January 29, 2019 04:08 pm

Parliament has appointed opposition (JVP) MP Sunil Handunnetti as the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE). He was appointed the Chairman of the ...

Could a Sri Lankan port help integrate the Indian Ocean economy ?

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January 25, 2019 05:24 pm

Sri Lanka, at present, is rebounding from an unprecedented political crisis. The episode, in part, brought into focus the country’s debt crisis. While Colombo has never de...

70 Years Of Australia And Sri Lanka Diplomacy – Analysis

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January 22, 2019 09:13 am

In reinforcing Seventy years of bonds, Sri Lanka enjoys closer foreign relations with Australia than ever before. This bilateralism is an emerging strategic choice, their ties f...

Clueless imprudence of our politicians

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December 27, 2018 03:30 pm

Our politicians act in such a way, that many examples are found of their clueless imprudent action, that is peculiar to our political leaders where otherwise well meaning people...

Making Sense Of Sri Lanka’s 2018 Political Crisis – OpEd

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December 27, 2018 02:06 pm

President Maithripala Sirisena’s sacking of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26, 2018, ended the national unity government, which was formed in 2015. The Pre...

Why is the US pulling out of Syria?

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December 21, 2018 01:59 pm

US President Donald Trump's sudden decision to withdraw US forces from Syria is a reminder that this is not an ordinary time in Washington. The political establishme...

The Year in Rights

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December 10, 2018 10:09 am

Just six weeks ago, Sri Lanka was a different place. The political crisis had not struck, and a critique of the country’s human rights situation would focus primarily on d...

Judicial review of executive and legislative actions

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December 06, 2018 09:49 am

In the context of the present political situation many ideas and opinions are circulating in the media (including the social media) comparing the prevailing situation here to si...

Comments on the Comparison of the Present Constitutional Question with the Dismissal of the Whitlam Government in Australia

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December 03, 2018 01:42 pm

There seems to be a serious misunderstanding about Sri Lanka’s Constitution with respect to the President’s power to dissolve the Parliament. It is claimed that u...

China Cannot Turn The Philippines Into Another Sri Lanka

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November 27, 2018 11:55 am

China cannot do to the Philippines what it did to Sri Lanka -- use the “debt trap” to acquire key sea outposts -- because the Philippines economy doesn&rsq...

Scheming and sacking leaves Sri Lanka’s prime ministership in limbo

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November 17, 2018 10:04 am

The controversial suspension of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his replacement by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was a strategic move that has been many ...

The promise of democracy :The people shall rule

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November 14, 2018 04:06 pm

The promise of democracy is that the people shall rule. Not the executive, not the legislature, not the judiciary. But democracy is an ideal, not a practical reality, and it dep...

100 Years On : Remembering The End Of World War I

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November 08, 2018 11:50 am

  The First World War ended One Hundred years ago in 1918, starting in Europe and lasting from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.  In remembrance of the end of ...

Sri Lanka: It Is Neo-Cold War, And At India’s Gates – Analysis

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November 02, 2018 02:36 pm

Independent of the domestic outcomes of the current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, it may have already opened up the floodgates for a neo-Cold War centred on South Asia, an...

India vs China amid upheaval in Sri Lankan politics

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November 01, 2018 03:04 pm

The recent political turmoil in Sri Lanka brings to the surface the debate on domestic issues vis-à-vis South Asian geopolitics. The turmoil has roots in a suspected plot...

Land of two PMs and MPs on auction, what next ?

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October 29, 2018 05:37 pm

For those who have read history and how Adolf Hitler sent his SS storm-troopers to strong arm their way into Germany’s state apparatus, here was history repeating itself i...

Have your say: Essential drugs being withdrawn from the market

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October 23, 2018 11:58 am

With big pharmaceutical companies terrified to talk to the media fearing repercussions over the withdrawal of essential and life-saving drugs, serious concern is being expressed...



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In Pictures: Vesak celebrations

Though security considerations in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks led to the cancellation o...

Gamini Dissanayake Foundation opens new Head Office in Kollupitiya

The Gamini Dissanayake Foundation opened its new Head Office at the first floor of the Blue Ocean Apartment building ...

Sri Lankan High Commission in UK hosts reception for national cricket team

The Sri Lankan High Commission in London, recently hosted a reception for the Sri Lankan cricket team in the UK that ...

Elections Commission extends deadline to accept entries for PAURA short film festival

The deadline for accepting short film entries for the 'PAURA' Short Film Festival organised by the Elect...