"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...

Sri Lanka: A land like no other

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October 22, 2018 11:13 am

“Actually, I’m Sri Lankan - It’s a small island right below India. That’s where cinnamon and M.I.A. are from. It’s a really nice place. You sh...

Zheng He has been portrayed as a roving historical ambassador of Chinese goodwill but just how peaceful was he ?

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October 19, 2018 02:16 pm

Chinese leaders are quick to emphasize that the Belt and Road is about cooperation and not an expansion of Chinese strategic interests. To make this point, they’...

Lankan Cancer researcher defends immigrant scientists

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October 16, 2018 02:55 pm

Born in Sri Lanka, Ashani Weeraratna was raised in Lesotho in southern Africa and moved to the United States in 1988 to pursue an undergraduate science degree. Now a skin-cancer...

Full effects of global financial crisis may have yet to be felt

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October 12, 2018 01:04 pm

Ten years ago, the century-old investment bank Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail, thereby triggering the most acute phase of the global financial crisis. But instead of experi...

Remembering World Post Day

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October 08, 2018 11:26 am

The "WORLD POST DAY" was declared at the 16th conference of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) held in 1969 in Tokyo, Japan. The delegates voted to declare October 9 eac...

As Chinese influence grows, Japanese warship visits Sri Lanka

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October 01, 2018 05:03 pm

Japan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbour this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomat...

How can Sri Lanka better protect its people from sudden disasters

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September 26, 2018 10:52 am

Sri Lanka has a long history of coping with weather impacts.   About two thousand years ago, the country built one of the world’s first irrigation system to c...

SAARC needs to find means to resolve internal rifts

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September 17, 2018 06:15 pm

It is not the Soviet Union, or indeed any other big power, who need the UN for their protection; it is all the others. In this sense, the organisation is first of all their orga...

A change in our education system

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September 07, 2018 01:56 pm

Unemployment is a problem experienced in many countries, especially in developing countries. Sri Lanka is also experiencing a similar problem. According to the available stat...

How unbundling bus provision from operation can support bus modernization programmes

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August 29, 2018 07:25 am

The World Bank is supporting the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to create a roadmap for the modernization of urban bus services in the capital, Colombo. We have discuss...

Unchecked threats in Lanka

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August 22, 2018 11:21 am

Before long, it may be that the limited progress on freedom of expression that Sri Lanka has made over the past three and half years, particularly in the South of the country, n...

The ills of relocating wild elephants

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August 14, 2018 02:00 pm

  ​The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders ...

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