Regional solutions key for Asia-Pacific’stransition to sustainable energy

Regional solutions key for Asia-Pacific’stransition to sustainable energy

🕔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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Europe – After Brexit

Europe – After Brexit

🕔07:58, 16.Sep 2016

By Anis H. Bajrektarevic A freshly released IMF’s World Economic Outlook brings no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU. The Brexit after-shock is still to reverberate around. In one other EXIT, Sartre’s Garcin

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A push to decriminalize homosexuality

A push to decriminalize homosexuality

🕔07:43, 5.Sep 2016

A strong push is being made to decriminalize homosexuality in Sri Lanka and to provide greater protection for all sexual minorities. Efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in Sri Lanka are being led by local Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists

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When I heard LTTE forces order Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

When I heard LTTE forces order Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

🕔08:45, 28.Aug 2016

by  R. Hariharan  Saturday, August 20th was the late Rajiv Gandhi‘s birthday. Rajiv Gandhi’s political career was barely seven years; it started with the assassination of his mother Mrs. Indira Gandhi in 1984 and ended with his own assassination. But within

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New policy to protect rights of IDPs

New policy to protect rights of IDPs

🕔18:15, 21.Aug 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam A new National policy on war displaced, which was approved by the cabinet last week, will ensure the rights of internally displaced persons is protected and all their issues are addressed. The full cabinet paper submitted by

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Land acquisition in the North creates a stir

Land acquisition in the North creates a stir

🕔08:36, 7.Aug 2016

An attempt to acquire private land in the North has created a stir with Tamils in the area raising strong objections and accusing the government of misleading the international community. The government however denied claims there was a move to

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Ex President’s statement against OMP a blatant attack on rule of law

Ex President’s statement against OMP a blatant attack on rule of law

🕔11:30, 23.Jul 2016

By Basil Fernando The statement made by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa the former head of state in Sri Lanka, that ‘establishing the Office of the Missing Persons (OMP) is a betrayal of the armed forces’ is a statement unbecoming of a

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