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...
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

Sustainable living alongside natural risks

By Shamshad Akhtar The past few weeks have been a grim reminder that naturaldisasters know no borders. They canstrike countries at opposite ends of the...

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,...

My vision for a pollution-free planet

By Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment For too long, the relationship between prosperity and environment has been seen as a trade-off. Tackling pollution was considered...

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...

“Economic Diplomacy”

By Sarath Wijesinghe The term diplomacy refers to dealings with other states on Trade, War, Economy, Culture, Environment, Human Rights, Strategic advantages and many other...