Saving the world, one whale shark at a time

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...

End of the road for Karuna Amman

Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman started off as a top leader of the LTTE. He then made headlines when he split from the LTTE...

No hidden agenda in China-Lanka cooperation

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka   Profound and complex changes are taking place in the current world regarding geopolitical and economic circumstances, with...

Sri Lanka moving forward on gender equality

Sri Lanka has made important strides in the journey towards gender equality, the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women said...

Anti-terror laws and British hypocrisy

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The recent incident involving the throat-slit gesture made by Defense Attaché Brigadier Priyankara Fernando in response to the Eelamist protesters in London...
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Breaking down the Interim Report

October 30 marked the beginning of a Parliamentary debate around the recently released draft interim report on constitutional reform by the Steering Committee in the Constitutional...

Renewable Energy – Let’s Do It Right

By Bradnee Chambers The development and deployment of new technologies to deliver the world’s energy needs from renewable sources are essential if we are to...

50 years on: LGB&T equality brings success

By James Dauris - British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka On 27th July the United Kingdom will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation...

Older persons key players in development agenda

By Shamshad Akhtar As the proportion of the older persons across the Asia-Pacific region increases exponentially, we must seek out new and innovative approaches to...

Youth building Peace: Sri Lanka’s best hope

By Una McCauley – UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative   In September of last year, I had the privilege of attending an event in...

Where does a diplomat draw the line?

By Easwaran Rutnam The actions of Brigadier Priyanka Fernando, the Defence Attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London last week came in for...

Parliament polarised on Constitutional reforms

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

Caste, the Sangha and theocracy

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   We are supposedly living in a secular country, notwithstanding Buddhism being the foremost religion sponsored by the state. And yet, when...

Modi’s views on caste hierarchy a malignant cancer

The abominable 30 year barbaric war ended up by massacring thousands of innocent human beings, devastating billions from government coffers and extorting hard earned...

Are we a democracy? Maybe?

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   Counting Votes is just one aspect of democracy On the face of it, we exercise our franchise, vote and often turn...

China-Sri Lanka Lanka Friendship unstoppable

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka I am going to complete my assignment and return to my motherland today. On February 24, 2015,...

Viber, not India, helped in unseating MR says CBK

Former President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumaratunga says India had no role to play in the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the elections. Kumaratunga, who...

‘Political stability’, the emerging polls cause?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Half-way through the five-year term of the incumbent Government that commenced its journey in January 2015, it is becoming increasing clear...

Impact of caste in contemporary Sri Lanka

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...

Sinhale campaign raises fresh fears

It started with vehicles having stickers saying ‘Sinhale’ but that soon spread to walls of Muslim-owned houses in Nugegoda being spray painted with the...