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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 [...]

‘After-Me-The-Deluge’ Moment?

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Aside the commendable fact that the Maithiri-Ranil dual leadership has actually caused the presentation of the Steering Committee’s Draft Report to the Constitutional Assembly, a la Parliament, it has as much a long way to go before the nation could see much light, if at all, on this score. The fact [...]

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 [...]

Sri Lanka To Receive New International Support For Tobacco Control

Sri Lanka has been selected to receive dedicated international support through the United Nations to take action to reduce tobacco use. Tobacco use is extremely harmful for health and is one of the world’s leading causes of premature death. Tobacco use is a cause of many life-threatening diseases including cancer, heart and lung diseases. Tobacco can [...]

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 [...]

President And The Constitution

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Almost since the day he assumed office as President, incumbent Maithripala Sirisena has been asserting his ‘right’ of sorts to invite a Prime Minister of his choice to form a Government. He has also reiterated that General Elections will not be held any time before due, in 2020. The President’s first [...]

Entitlement And Impunity – A Deadly Combination

Watching the cloud of corruption that seemed to have lifted with the defeat of the Rajapaksa Regime descending again on their successors, fills one with not only a sense of disgust but one of dejection. Resorting to the old fall-back of resignation is hardly a response deserving of acceptance given the plight of our nation [...]

Holistic Approach Necessary

To Improve our Political Administration system by Bernard Fernando I read with interest Prof. Rajiva Wijesinghe’s ‘Suggestions for improving the quality of our legislators’ presented at an OPA seminar. He has very appropriately placed ‘Change of Electoral system’ on the top of his suggestions list. However, he has chosen to confine his discourse to improving [...]

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Gambit

Late last month, Colombo inked a revised version of a $1.1 billion deal for leasing the Hambantota port to a Chinese state-run company. The port has been controversial ever since the China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPort) signed a framework agreement in December 2016 with Sri Lanka, taking an 80% stake in the project. Following the [...]

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