Saving the world, one whale shark at a time

Saving the world, one whale shark at a time

🕔08:36, 7.Jun 2017

By Francoise Jacob A couple of months ago, while underwater just a few miles off the coast of Colombo, I had a chance encounter with an extraordinary being. As we meandered in and out of a coral-covered wreck, this gigantic

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Building on seventy years of success

Building on seventy years of success

🕔08:21, 22.May 2017

By Shamshad Akhtar The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) marks its 70th anniversary this year. This is a rare opportunity for the oldest and largest of the United Nations regional commissions to take

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Modi’s views on caste hierarchy a malignant cancer

Modi’s views on caste hierarchy a malignant cancer

🕔09:23, 10.May 2017

The abominable 30 year barbaric war ended up by massacring thousands of innocent human beings, devastating billions from government coffers and extorting hard earned dollars and starlings from Tamils living abroad was not a result generating strife. Tamils in foreign

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Effective governance key to economic growth

Effective governance key to economic growth

🕔14:58, 1.May 2017

By Shamshad Akhtar The Asia-Pacific region’s high and steady economic growth has been an anchor of stability for the struggling world economy in recent years. Developing economies of the region now account for almost a third of global GDP, slightly

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The political garbage that is

The political garbage that is

🕔07:39, 23.Apr 2017

By Hilmy Ahamed The Meethotamulla tragedy has brought back the politics of garbage to every screen, newspaper and radio. Street protests are happening around every garbage dump. Modern day popular communication technologies have taken over and they broadcast/stream live coverage

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Asia-Pacific moves towards global development goals

Asia-Pacific moves towards global development goals

🕔16:21, 31.Mar 2017

By Shamshad Akhtar   With just over a year since the adoption of a historic blueprint to end poverty and protect the planet, positive signs have already started to emerge among countries in the Asia-Pacific region as they push ahead

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Sri Lanka vs India vs China

Sri Lanka vs India vs China

🕔20:47, 27.Mar 2017

Dealing with China on security and economic issues is crucial for India but even if “we are no pushover, we cannot get provocative,” asserted G Parthasarathy, Visiting Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. China is surrounding India

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ESCAP, ASEAN: Working together for the region

ESCAP, ASEAN: Working together for the region

🕔08:23, 20.Feb 2017

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has shown to be an exemplary role model for regional cooperation guiding the 10-country bloc on the path toward shared prosperity and sustainable development.  Since its launch in 1967,

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Impact of caste in contemporary Sri Lanka

Impact of caste in contemporary Sri Lanka

🕔12:48, 15.Feb 2017

By Basil Fernando It is a basic tenet of social sciences that a person’s environment has a profound impact on every aspect of their social behaviour, as well as the overall social psyche. When discussing the maladies that affect Sri

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Parliament polarised on Constitutional reforms

Parliament polarised on Constitutional reforms

🕔08:12, 8.Feb 2017

Sri Lanka was ushered to Independence under the Soulbury Constitution in 1948, followed by the Constitution of 1972, making the current Constitution, the second Republican Constitution of Independent Sri Lanka. The Soulbury Constitution, the 1972 Constitution, the 1978 Constitution and

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Cooperation to mitigate weather extremes

Cooperation to mitigate weather extremes

🕔17:53, 29.Jan 2017

by Dr.Shamshad Akhtar This month’s floods in Thailand are a worrisome reminder of the increasing uncertainty of extreme weather events. Thailand’s flood season usually ends in November, but this year,influenced by a low depression and a strong northeast monsoon, widespread

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Push to make enforced disappearances a crime

Push to make enforced disappearances a crime

🕔07:46, 29.Jan 2017

Last week saw the fight for justice for those missing continuing with the families of those missing gathering in Colombo and making a push to make enforced disappearances a crime. The family members of those missing gathered at the Foundation

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CTF and Wijedasa’s “lack of confidence”

CTF and Wijedasa’s “lack of confidence”

🕔21:41, 22.Jan 2017

By Ayesha Zuhair   Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Minister in charge of Justice, Wijedasa Rajapakshe has declared that he has “no confidence” in the government appointed Consultation Task Force (CTF) on Reconciliation Mechanisms appointed by thevery government in which he is

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Regional solutions key for Asia-Pacific

Regional solutions key for Asia-Pacific

🕔11:45, 18.Jan 2017

By Dr.Shamshad Akhtar   The Asia-Pacific region is at a turning point in its energy trajectory. The energy solutions that have fuelled growth in the region over the past few decades are no longer compatible with the sustainable development aspirations

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China’s ‘white paper” and Sri Lanka

China’s ‘white paper” and Sri Lanka

🕔23:11, 15.Jan 2017

A white paper issued last week by China virtually puts Sri Lanka on notice on why Sri Lanka needs China both today and tomorrow. The white paper on policies related to Asia-Pacific security cooperation also clarified the nation’s stance on

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Task Force report to add pressure at UNHRC

Task Force report to add pressure at UNHRC

🕔08:46, 9.Jan 2017

The Government is to face pressure at the UN Human Rights Council in March to fully implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force report on Reconciliation Mechanisms. Human rights groups and diaspora organizations are to push the Council to

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Another pro-Sri Lanka resolution likely in March

Another pro-Sri Lanka resolution likely in March

🕔08:58, 26.Dec 2016

The government is expected to gather support for another pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in March. The resolution is to back giving the government more time to implement the systems needed to be in place to

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Decision to include Mendis backfires

Decision to include Mendis backfires

🕔09:42, 11.Dec 2016

The decision taken by the government to include intelligence chief Sisira Mendis in Sri Lanka’s delegation to the recent session of the UN Committee against Torture in Geneva, has turned out to be a bad move. Mendis was part of

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End of the road for Karuna Amman

End of the road for Karuna Amman

🕔10:34, 4.Dec 2016

Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman started off as a top leader of the LTTE. He then made headlines when he split from the LTTE and led the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP). Karuna later joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party

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Racism threatens to raise its head again

Racism threatens to raise its head again

🕔17:31, 20.Nov 2016

Fears of racism raising its head once again has spread fear in the country and raised concerns among civil society and human rights groups. The concerns stemmed from the behavior of two Buddhist monks in the North and East over

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