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...

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...

Diplomats call Ministers over cracks in UNP-SLFP

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...

STI critical for the implementation of SDGs

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...

Closing the broadband divide to connect people

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....

Shifting from a reactive to preventive approach

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...

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...

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...

When I heard LTTE forces order Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination

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...