Refugees And Religion

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Coming as does in the midst of the controversy over ensuring the existing exclusive prominence and predominance of Buddhism in the affairs of Sri Lankan State under the new constitutional scheme, the Rohingya refugee issue may have acquired a religious angle that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, whatever be the motive [...]

Jaffna Hate Crime Leadership By CM Wigneswaran

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole Two news items from India this weekhave parallels to Sri Lanka. First, the persecution watchdog Open Doors reported that Indian Christians experienced almost as many attacks in the first half of 2017 as in all of 2016. Second, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a self-styled guru was sentenced to 20 years [...]

Role Of Electronic Media During Natural Disasters

by Deepanjalie Abeywardana The media have a significant role to play in times of natural disasters in terms of responsible and ethical coverage. However, electronic media coverage of the floods and landslides in some parts of Sri Lanka in late May 2017 came under heavy criticism on social media. Criticism was mainly directed at a [...]

A Tamil For President, Now Or Never?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy It may sound far-fetched just now, as it has been ever since Independence, but a Tamil as the elected President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka may be one commitment that the nation, nationals and nationalists could give themselves, maybe even without fixing the day and generation. Moving towards [...]

Why And How Of ‘National Unity’

by N. Sathiya Moorthy The continuance of chaotic coalition Government may have raised more questions than provide any great answers to the ongoing issues of every kind facing the Sri Lankan Nation and State. The twin leadership of SLFP President Maithripala Sirisena and UNP Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has now come to tit-for-tat (!) sacking [...]

Improving Public Transport As A Solution For Traffic Congestion: Attitudes First

by  G.S Samarakoon, W.M.J.P Weerasinghe, K.M.D.L Kosgoda and H.K.M Vimarshani Traffic congestion has become the main transport problem in major cities of Sri Lanka. The Government statistics shows that the total vehicle population has increased from 3.39 million in 2008 to 6.33 million in 2015. A study done by W.J. Weerawardana about Colombo states that 65% of the [...]

The Story Behind The Coup

by Tunca Özçuhadar On the night of July 15, 2016, Turkey witnessed the most violent anti-state activity in her recent history. Turkey’s democracy was at stake. People in Turkey were on tenterhooks trying to grasp what is taking place in their country. Those who lived in Ankara were taken aback by the strange noise of [...]

Constitution, Equality And Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

by  By Devanesan Nesiah I’m responding to one aspect of the article by Dr Rohan Wickramasinghe published in The Island of 17th July, 2017. He poses the question as to what the aristocratic farmers of the Indian and Sri Lankan Constitutions would have to say about the wish expressed in “Lyrics to Ludwig van Beethoven’s [...]

Sooka Continues Her War On Sri Lanka

A former member of a UN panel appointed to make inquiries on Sri Lanka, is continuing her campaign to push for justice for the victims of the brutal war. In a new report made public last week Yasmin Sooka ‘s International Truth and Justice Project says President Maithripala  Sirisena should start prosecuting alleged war criminals [...]

Human Rights Still An Issue

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The country is once again preparing to celebrate the liberation of the country by defeating the LTTE terrorists after a war that devastated the country for nearly 30 years. However, it is still questionable as to how much freedom we still enjoy despite the war  coming to an end. This is a [...]

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