Sri Lanka, China And Hambantota

by N. Sathiya Moorthy  In signing off around 70 per cent of the Hambantota Port holdings to a front company of the Chinese Government, as against the originally proposed 80 per cent, the Maithiri-Ranil leadership has done more than what predecessor President Mahinda Rajapaksa had done in his time. Whatever little might have been left [...]

For Peaceful Fishing In Palk Bay

by N. Sathiya Moorthy If anyone thought that the new parliamentary legislation banning bottom-trawling by Sri Lankan fishers will end the continuing consternation of, and conflict with Indian counterparts in the Palk Bay especially, it is not to be. With or without the new law, what the Governments in India, at the Centre and in [...]

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 [...]

Is Power And Energy Sector In A mess?

by G. A. D. Sirimal There appears to be a situation where the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) does not seem to agree with the generation proposal put forward by the Public Utilities Commission Sri Lanka (PUCSL). Readers will recall when the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union (CEBEU) met the President Maithripala Sirisena about a month [...]

Winners Who, Losers Who?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Looks as if President Maithiripala Sirisena may have succeeded in purchasing time till end-December for the coalition Government running in his name, with his SLFP’s traditional UNP rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister. The success of his enterprise will depend entirely depend on the willingness of various stake-holders in this Government [...]

The Need For Practicality Coupled With Principle

The fact that the dengue pandemic has reached the proportions it has, leading, among other responses, to the German government issuing a travel advisory for Sri Lanka does not appear to have ‘fizzed; on the current bunch of self-seeking politicians posing as those providing us with governance of some description. Many years ago, after the [...]

Human Rights Back In The Spotlight

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Human Rights issue is back in the spotlight following the recent visit to Sri Lanka by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while countering terrorism, Ben Emmerson. Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said the government is taking measures to address issues [...]

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 [...]

Is The Public Service Commission A White Elephant?

by  Ranjith Gunawardena During the era Sri Lanka was a British colony, the Public Service Commission was established under the Ceylon (Constitution) Order in Council dated 15th May 1946 in order to carry out the task of appointing officers for Public Service. Accordingly, the executive powers in respect of the appointments, promotions, transfers, disciplinary control [...]

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