Sri Lanka’s dark horse candidate in papal race

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith heads the Catholic church in a predominantly Buddhist nation, but a stint in the Vatican has made him a...

No other country could better understand the preciousness of Free Trade than Sri Lanka

By Cheng Xueyuan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka   The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and also...

Widening the STI Net for sustainable development

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...

Indian Consulate General buys into Jaffna University’s communalism

15 August, 2018, is India’s day of Independence. The Consulate General in Jaffna organized a function at India House. The programme was simple and...

The first white van

By Emil van der Poorten Whatever is said about life around these parts, “dull” and “mundane” would not be adjectives that one would apply to...

Asia Pacific: Response to Climate Change

Global leaders are gathered in Paris for the COP21 climate summit.Given Asia-Pacific’s size and its contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, its voice and...

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....

Which ‘vote’ are you talking about?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Now that President Maithripala Sirisena has called a session of Parliament that he had prorogued, the question arises if the House...

Stronger collaboration for greater energy access

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...

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...

The reconciliation gap

A swashbuckling opening for the country’s second airport ahead of a vote on a US backed resolution against Sri Lanka could not quite take...

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...

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...

Mending broken hearts

By Easwaran Rutnam As the Government begins the process of mending broken hearts from the bitter 30 year war, questions are being asked at what...

Another pro-Sri Lanka resolution likely in March

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...

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...

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...

Task Force report to add pressure at UNHRC

The Government is to face pressure at the UN Human Rights Council in March to fully implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force...

Europe – After Brexit

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...

The struggle for liberty: 65 years on

“The rise of the Nazis was made possible because the elite of German society worked with them, but also, above all else, because most...