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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Come March, US likely to back probe without foreign judges

Come March, US likely to back probe without foreign judges

🕔10:40, 17.Jul 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam The visit to Sri Lanka last week by US Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski has given the message that come March next year the US is likely to give a strong backing for

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Uproar over Paranagama’s ‘panditha katha’ on cluster bombs

Uproar over Paranagama’s ‘panditha katha’ on cluster bombs

🕔09:38, 10.Jul 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam The controversy over the alleged use of cluster bombs during the war took a different turn last week as a result of a comment made by the Chairman of the Missing Persons Commission, Maxwell Paranagama. His comment

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A rightful fight for education

A rightful fight for education

🕔07:53, 7.Jul 2016

By Harsha Subhashana As an administrative professional working for SAITM and even before joining SAITM, I have been observing the SAITM saga going on for the last five to six years. I was trying my best to find some logic

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Gnanasara reignites anti-muslim sentiments

Gnanasara reignites anti-muslim sentiments

🕔07:15, 3.Jul 2016

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero has reignited anti-Muslim sentiments after he warned that another “Aluthgama” was in the offing. The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka wrote a letter to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujitha

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Why UNHRC must stay engaged in Sri Lanka

Why UNHRC must stay engaged in Sri Lanka

🕔17:33, 17.Jun 2016

By Alan Keenan | @akeenan23   As the United Nations Human Rights Council meets in Geneva this month, it’s time to assess how far Sri Lanka has come since last year’s passage of a landmark resolution to promote reconciliation, accountability

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Widening the STI Net for sustainable development

Widening the STI Net for sustainable development

🕔14:49, 18.May 2016

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Investment in science, technology and innovation (STI) needs to be the backbone of productivity-led economic recovery and sustainable development. Despite significant increases in productivity over the past few decades, economic growth in developing economies of Asia

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Seven years on: Fresh challenges ahead

Seven years on: Fresh challenges ahead

🕔09:44, 15.May 2016

By Easwaran Rutnam As the country, this week, celebrates seven years since the end of the war the government has fresh challenges ahead. One key challenge is convincing the UN Human Rights Council that the accountability process is moving forward.

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Questions raised in search for the missing

Questions raised in search for the missing

🕔08:27, 9.May 2016

Questions have been raised on the efforts taken to address the issue of missing persons, particularly on the transparency of the process and the timeframe during which results will be seen. While the Presidential commission on missing persons continues to

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