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...

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....

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...

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...

Sri Lanka vs India vs China

Dealing with China on security and economic issues is crucial for India but even if “we are no pushover, we cannot get provocative,” asserted...

ESCAP, ASEAN: Working together for the region

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has shown to be an exemplary role model for regional cooperation guiding the 10-country...

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...

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...

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...

Push to make enforced disappearances a crime

Last week saw the fight for justice for those missing continuing with the families of those missing gathering in Colombo and making a push...

CTF and Wijedasa’s “lack of confidence”

By Ayesha Zuhair   Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Minister in charge of Justice, Wijedasa Rajapakshe has declared that he has “no confidence” in the government appointed Consultation...

Regional solutions key for Asia-Pacific

By Dr.Shamshad Akhtar   The Asia-Pacific region is at a turning point in its energy trajectory. The energy solutions that have fuelled growth in the region...

China’s ‘white paper” and Sri Lanka

A white paper issued last week by China virtually puts Sri Lanka on notice on why Sri Lanka needs China both today and tomorrow. The...

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...

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...

Decision to include Mendis backfires

The decision taken by the government to include intelligence chief Sisira Mendis in Sri Lanka's delegation to the recent session of the UN Committee...

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...

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...

Transforming commitment into action

By Dr. Shamshad Akhtar Nothing erases development gains as suddenly and severely as natural disasters. Earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones wreak destruction, not only across...

Diplomatic faux pas

The Government has taken offence to comments made by Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang and is likely to seek an explanation from...