Sunday, August 20, 2017

Op-Ed

Op-Ed

National governments are a rarity. The concept originated in the UK around the time of the Second World War as there was a great...

Much anticipated resignation of foreign minister Ravi Karunanayake took place on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation. Irrespective of whether it was forced or voluntary,...

The idea reportedly mooted by the government recently to make it compulsory by law to have all provincial council elections on the same day,...

Emmanuel Macron has announced he still hopes to convince an isolated Donald Trump to change his mind on the Paris Climate Agreement. The US President...

People who have been sick of student protests and GMOA strikes over SAITM issue were forced to witness another series of trade union excesses...

Ward system based on the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting will certainly do some good towards cleansing Sri Lankan politics as it is now the time...

Along with constitutional and social reforms promised by the national unity government are all important economic reforms. They are necessary for the country to...

A group of 396 women whose family members have disappeared have requested the government to criminalise enforced disappearances. In a letter on Friday (14), the...

Adoption of a new Constitution acceptable to all communities which will also resolve the northern issue, one of the main electoral promises of the...

G20 attempted to address a growing list of critical problems, namely a faltering global economy, terrorist threats in a majority of G20 member states,...

The SAITM issue has come to the forefront of the political debate again, pushing many other issues to a side. While the student groups...

Collapse of Meethotamulla garbage mount two months ago was not only a disaster by itself, but also a harbinger of many more misfortunes to...

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran who has caught the attention of the Sinhalese society by way of his various debatable statements, recently took...

The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR), in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, will...

Two years on, a constitutional solution to the minority issue, one of the electoral promises of the yahapalana government is far from being a...

Tamil Nadu has more than 100,000 Sri Lankans who have been living in camps maintained by the State Government. Many of these refugees have been...

Liberal civilization is the end of human civilization, says Francis Fukuyama, who is a political student of American theoretician Samuel Huntinton but Professor Huntinton...

With hundreds dead and thousands stranded and an unprecedented disaster due to floods enveloping the nation, the question as to how prepared we are...

The week began with the long awaited and much speculated Cabinet reshuffle becoming a political reality. Though there were changes in practically nine Ministries,...

President Maithripala Sirisena on May 23 issued a directive to Minister of Law and Order, Sagala Ratnayake to probe into recent incidents related to...

The meeting between General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organization, Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera and the Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue...

IT is amazing how flippant some people are with money when they know it isn’t coming from their wallet. Our nation’s parliamentarians have never...

The visit of Indian Premier, Narendra Modi to the Central Province of Sri Lanka gained widespread publicity owing to presence of Tamils of Indian...

Sri Lanka is riding the crest of an unprecedented crime wave that is threatening to sweep the nation precipitously into the rocky reefs of...

The Sri Lankan government has made arrangements to hold the United Nation’s 14th International Vesak celebrations on May 12th, 13th and 14th. Indian Prime...

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) was once a respectable and esteemed organisation whose reasonable demands met with the backing and sympathy of both...

The week began with an unannounced sudden strike by petroleum workers resulting in long queues and traffic congestion around fuel stations. The rush was...

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! It is the word used around the world to make a distress call via radio communications. Mayday signals a life-threatening emergency,...

President Maithripala Sirisena during a recent interaction with the editors and heads of media institutions said that a special programme would be implemented to...

Doctors’ strikes of late have become a part of normal existence in Sri Lanka. Indeed industrial action by the powerful Government Medical Officers Association,...

With the onset of the new government, Megapolis has been a much used term, almost like a panacea for all economic ills of our...

Muslims form a crucial part of the Sri Lankan minority segment, and often, their demands or aspirations are buried in the demands of the...

Over the years, Sri Lanka has been continuing to pursue its retrogressive course towards becoming a political giant at the expense of being sidelined...

In the last few decades, as Sri Lanka was reeling under the dark clouds of a civil war, there was one unifying factor that...

Many Sri Lankans attribute the vagaries of the climate to the caprices of the weather gods.  It seems that the time has come again...

Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, in similarity to his recent predecessors, is having a heck of time controlling the increasingly crude, juvenile, disrespectful and overly...

Peaceful protests are an accepted way of bringing wrong doings or injustices to public notice with the idea of getting the authorities to remedy...

The nation celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday with special events that paid deserving tribute to its mothers and daughters. Yet, for a country...

While much speculation was in the air over a possible cabinet reshuffle involving several key ministries President Maithripala Sirisena was out in Indonesia on...

Outrage over inhumane offences in Sri Lanka’s universities swept the nation as details of recent appalling atrocities brought more pressure on the authorities to...

A survey by JETRO, the Japanese Trade Promotion Organization, has revealed that Sri Lanka is a ‘bargain’ when it comes to labour considering the...

Some people say stupid things. Others with a measure of public prominence   believe their position gives them the right to say incredibly stupid things...

Factionalism within the multi-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been at the root of the on-going agitations in Kepapilavu and  Puthukudiyiruppu in Mullaitivu district...

Once upon a time in Sri Lanka youngsters aspired to become doctors because they wanted to help people. But today all this appears to...

The Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera  wants us to be the arbiters of  fashion when considering a change of his force’s uniforms. The...

The Sirisena-Wickremesinge government will give priority to drafting a new constitution for the country over setting up war crimes accountability mechanisms like the Judicial...

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