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Goodbye and Good Luck, Sri Lanka

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka I am going to complete my assignment and return to my motherland today. On February 24, 2015, I arrived in Colombo and started my assignment as the 20th Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka. During the past two years and nine months, I traveled to all 9 provinces and [...]

A new Gandhi era in Indian politics

By Vidyadharan MP On Saturday,one Gandhi era ended and another began in the Indian politics, the largest democracy in the world. Sonia Gandhi officially handed over the mantle of the Congress president to her 47-year-old son, Rahul Gandhi, who had been virtually running the India’s oldest party for nearly four years now as the vice [...]

Additional sea bed from March 2018 is a boon to Sri Lanka

By Trevor Jayetileke The announcement by UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) has finally  agree to let Sri Lanka enjoy additional Sea Bed which will increase the Sea Area that will equate to almost 26 times the Land space. In simple jargon  the Sri Lanka territorial waters now termed the Lanka [...]

Sri Lanka should tackle sexuality, gender identity bias

By Neela Ghoshal  In November 2015, I sat in a small circle of plastic chairs outside a rustic hotel in Sri Lanka’s coastal town of Ambalangoda. Against a backdrop of fruit trees and waves lapping the shore I listened to horrific stories from six gay, bisexual, and transgender people whom a Sri Lankan gay activist had [...]

A litmus test for coalition politics

By Meera Srinivasan A recent speech made by President Maithripala Sirisena has made many who backed his presidential bid in 2015 nervous. In his address at a public meeting near Kurunegala in the North Western Province, Mr. Sirisena, for the first time, launched a frontal attack on the United National Party (UNP), with which the Sri [...]

Development begins with reconciliation

By Prasad Kariyawasam – Foreign Secretary (Speech made at the UN Peacebuilding Commission) I am not sure how many of you have visited my country. Of course you know where we are located. Most know us, perhaps, as the place where Ceylon Tea originates from, or as the land which was torn by conflict for several [...]

Dozens Of Men Describe Rape, Torture In Sri Lanka

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five men, driven to a prison, and taken to a “torture [...]

Embrace a bright future with inclusive 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 opportunities and challenges driving ahead. During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping called on the people of all countries to [...]

The War Beyond April 2004 Has Brought Destruction

By V. Anandasangaree – TULF  Secretary General How is it the war that should have come to an end in April 2004, got extended for a further period of five years, and ended in May 2009 with the total eradication of the LTTE. It is not a secret that the war resulted in the death of [...]

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 an unwelcome cost on industry and a handicap to economic growth. But global trends are demonstrating that this is no longer the case. It’s now clear that sustainable development is [...]

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