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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Transforming commitment into action

Transforming commitment into action

🕔16:24, 9.Nov 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Nothing erases development gains as suddenly and severely as natural disasters. Earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones wreak destruction, not only across borders but across generations, reversing the hard-won progress of many years in poverty reduction, delivery

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Diplomatic faux pas

Diplomatic faux pas

🕔09:46, 6.Nov 2016

The Government has taken offence to comments made by Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang and is likely to seek an explanation from him. Yi Xianliang made the comments at a meeting with a group of local and Chinese

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Stronger collaboration for greater energy access

Stronger collaboration for greater energy access

🕔00:50, 25.Oct 2016

By Dr.Shamshad Akhtar The emergence of new ideas, technological advancements and innovative market-driven financing solutions has lent confidence to the idea that universal access to energy services is attainable. This is particularly good news in the Asia and the Pacific

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Diplomats call Ministers over cracks in UNP-SLFP

Diplomats call Ministers over cracks in UNP-SLFP

🕔16:17, 16.Oct 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam @easwaranrutnam Diplomatic circles were abuzz on Thursday as speculation spread that the police had been placed on standby following what seemed to be a rift in the cohabitation government. News spread that the police had been deployed

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STI critical for the implementation of SDGs

STI critical for the implementation of SDGs

🕔07:55, 6.Oct 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar The pursuit of science, technology and innovation (STI),consistent with the guiding framework of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and COP21, is critical for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Asia and the Pacific has

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Closing the broadband divide to connect people

Closing the broadband divide to connect people

🕔08:37, 28.Sep 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Advances in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have been instrumental in shaping and leading socioeconomic transformations across Asia and the Pacific. One key to this transformation is the technology bundled around the “Internet of Things” (IoT),

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Shifting from a reactive to preventive approach

Shifting from a reactive to preventive approach

🕔23:24, 20.Sep 2016

OP-ED on behalf of the Governments of Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden and the United Kingdom The tragic death of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who drowned off the Turkish coast a year

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