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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Have your say: Essential drugs being withdrawn from the market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 ...


Repatriation of human remains of Lankans housed in Swedish Museums

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August 10, 2018 03:42 pm

Social Anthropologist, Daniel Cidrelius writes the following piece referring to the human remains of four Sri Lankan persons dating back to the 1800s that are housed a...


Our addiction to plastic

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August 09, 2018 02:12 pm

Can we think of what it’s like to live a non-disposable lifestyle? There it becomes easy to appreciate just how much unnecessary waste we create on a daily basis and how s...


Sri Lanka's 'new Dubai': will Chinese-built city suck the life out of Colombo?

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August 03, 2018 01:37 pm

Iron cannons installed by the Dutch to ward off colonial rivals still line Galle Face Green, a grassy, mile-long promenade along the Colombo seafront. Further out to sea, within...


Sirisena does a Rajapaksa, changes stand on Chinese investments

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July 30, 2018 01:22 pm

Over the last few years, Sri Lanka has become a case study of how Chinese money and clout have the capability to buy favors and concessions. The government under Mahinda Rajapak...


Should China be included as a dialogue partner within SAARC? – Analysis

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July 23, 2018 12:44 pm

In response to the perception that Pakistan would be a major hindrance in pushing through Indian sponsored connectivity plans for the South Asian region within the SAARC forum a...


Sri Lanka’s Chinese connection: beyond bribes and debts

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July 16, 2018 11:45 am

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ambition was to build a port in his own district of Hambantota. Although feasibility studies showed the port to be commerci...


Disappearing culture of truth-telling in Public Service

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July 10, 2018 02:35 pm

The common perception is that the Public Service is slow, inefficient and costly. One can righty argue that the public service is a broken organization. In fact, though far from...


Letter : Life of an audit trainee

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June 29, 2018 02:44 pm

A lot of noises coming from all around; sisters screaming, loud music and I just had to wake up. Sleeping from yesterday afternoon and knowing tomorrow is a working day just ...


Methodist Day falls today

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June 29, 2018 12:05 pm

What is Methodist Day ? This is the day- 29th June, (1814)- on which five of the original band of seven Methodist missionaries set foot on Sri Lankan soil.  The leader...


How China got Sri Lanka to give up a port

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June 27, 2018 03:28 pm

  HAMBANTOTA, SRI LANKA—Every time Sri Lanka’s president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, turned to his Chinese allies for loans and assistance with an ambitious por...


Why we need Laura Ingalls Wilder and The ‘Little House’ books

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June 26, 2018 02:56 pm

Luara Ingalls Wilder’s name has been stripped, by the Association for Library Service to Children, from the “Laura Ingalls Wilder Award” for children’s l...




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