Racism threatens to raise its head again

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...

So what if 19-A has to go…

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithripala Sirisena may go down the history of world democracy as a leader who had no hesitation to acknowledge his...

Impact of the New Global Development Agenda

By Shamshad Akhtar The resounding endorsement by global leaders last week in New York of the groundbreaking and transformational 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, more...

A push to decriminalize homosexuality

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...

We have tremendous issues to resolve – PM

The Sri Lankan political situation has taken an interesting turn with the fairly narrow victory of the United National Party in the general election,...

Building bridges in the air

Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Sripala de Silva’s Parliament announcement that the Government was not handing over the Palay Airport in the Tamil-majority Northern Province...

Mahinda cuts his losses, but…

By N Sathiya Moorthy The irony is true and striking. In the normal course, political leaders enter office in public, celebrating it all, and quit,...

Development begins with reconciliation

By Prasad Kariyawasam - Foreign Secretary (Speech made at the UN Peacebuilding Commission) I am not sure how many of you have visited my country. Of course...

The political garbage that is

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...

Remembering Sri Lanka’s Black July

Thirty years ago, Tamil separatists stepping up militant attacks in northern Sri Lanka killed 13 soldiers who reported for duty only a day earlier....

Cooperation to mitigate weather extremes

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...

Asia-Pacific moves towards global development goals

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...

Who lost the most, Sajith or the TNA?

By N Sathiya Moorthy While it is celebrations time for Team Gota and retrospection time for Camp Sajith, it may well be introspection time for...

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,...

To hike, or not to hike

By N Sathiya Moorthy Where did it all begin, this talk of increasing the salaries for parliamentarians and ministers, equating them with those for corresponding...

Abuse Of Power Under PTA ?

The recent arrest of former Colombo Deputy Mayor Azath Salley under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) sent shockwaves in the political arena reminding...

Effective governance key to economic growth

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....

‘H.E. Mr. Cardinal President, Sir’?

By N Sathiya Moorthy As with other occasions in contemporary Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, busy-bodies are already naming names for the nation’s presidency. The latest...

The disconnect between principle and practice in Sri Lankan governance

By Emil van der Poorten The fooforaw about the 13th Amendment to the constitution has effectively camouflaged the fact that all the indulgence in debating...

A brutal conflict ended, but questions remain

By Tejshree Thapa The images are vivid. Soldiers standing over the body of the brutal leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatist...