The Sunday Leader

Fixing a ‘value’ on values

By N Sathiya Moorthy   By taking bold to declare that ‘open economy has destroyed social norms and values of the nation’, Colombo’s Archbishop, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, may have touched a raw nerve in many inside the country and outside — and the conscience of most Sri Lankans, cutting across religions and denominations. How his [...]

What do ‘Human Rights’ mean for politicians in the South?

By S. V. Kirupahran in France   ‘Human rights’ may be a new phenomenon for many Sinhala Buddhists – SB and for some Tamils including a few members of the diaspora. I have seen many participants in UN human rights forums in Geneva without any basic knowledge of human rights. But to the outside world, [...]

Safe spaces for youth

By Fadhil Bakeer Markar   When you hear that there are thousands of young people who don’t qualify after their O/L examinations and there are hundreds of thousands more not in employment, education, or in formal training at any given time, it is a stark reminder of how vulnerable young people are. We say that our [...]

Return of Exiles: To the President and Prime Minister, “Cleaning up is not Quarrelsomeness”

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole   In responding to a question in Parliament by Charles Nirmalanathan on Wednesday 8 August, 2018, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assured the country that all facilities and help are being and would be afforded to returning exiles, including airfare. He stated that from 2010 to date 9,509 persons had returned [...]

To hike, or not to hike

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Where did it all begin, this talk of increasing the salaries for parliamentarians and ministers, equating them with those for corresponding positions in higher judiciary? President Maithiripala Sirisena is personally on record that he would not approve of it, those speaking for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe later on too have [...]

Should Tamils hear out the Rajapaksas?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Reports that war-time Defence Secretary and a prospective presidential aspirant/hopeful from the SLPP-JO met with Tamil journalists in Colombo recently should be a welcome opening for a two-way conversation. Leave aside their later-day or last-minute decisions on whom to vote, the rest of the Tamil community too should be open to [...]

Improved infrastructure plays major role in real estate values

With the recent announcement that the much-anticipated Colombo Light Rail Transit (LRT) project is all set to proceed with Phase 1 following the green light from government ministries, there has been widespread speculation on its effect on the price of property within close proximity to the line. Taking into consideration various factors and an accumulation [...]

Risking the roulette with Russians, too?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Media reports that the Russian Embassy in Colombo has sought clarification/explanation from the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry on Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s utterance that Moscow had funded a special propaganda unit for Namal Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda R, should be viewed with concern, in more ways than one. Coming [...]

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 the 17th anniversary of China’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2001, China acceded to the WTO, which marked a new historic stage of reform and opening-up [...]

If things not going the right way Sri Lanka can advise Maldives – Dunya Maumoon

By Easwaran Rutnam   Former Maldives Foreign Minister and eldest daughter of the former President of the Maldives, Dunya Maumoon, speaks exclusively to the Colombo Gazette on the current state of affairs in the Maldives, the relationship between the Maldives and Sri Lanka and China’s role in the Maldives and calls for unity to address [...]

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