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SRI LANKA’S ECONOMIC QUAGMIRE AND HOW MARGRET THATCHER SMASHED THE KEYNESIAN CONSENSUS

2021-07-27 07:31:00

For quite some time, experts in economics and finance not associated with any political party have been raising the red flag about the severe economic challenges that our country was facing. Unfortunately, the politicians have consistently ignored these challenges...


SRI LANKA: Why the British colonial ‘rule of law’ project failed

2021-07-23 00:59:00

SRI LANKA: Why the British colonial ‘rule of law’ project failed..


How nationalism is making life harder for gay people in China

2021-07-21 23:22:00

They are increasingly viewed as agents of foreign influence..


4 friends bought a crumbling, 100-year-old mansion in the Sri Lankan jungle for $430,000 and spent years restoring it. Take a look inside.

2021-07-21 23:09:00

It was in 2010 when the interior designer Dean Sharpe first glimpsed the crumbling mansion on the Sri Lankan hillside near the town of Weligama. In its glory days, Halala Kanda — known as Firefly Hill to locals — played host to guests such as Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and the legendary Australian cricketer Keith Miller...


Is the SL Police involved in an anti-government conspiracy?

2021-07-09 10:04:00

Yesterday (08) dawned with banners, posters, flags, and cutouts for the ’’Punurudayaka Arambuma - Beginning of a Renaissance’’ across the island...


Forex crisis, plea for calmness in national interest, and need for getting IMF-driven bailout

2021-07-05 13:27:00

“These speculative comments have naturally created some unnecessary short-term imbalance in the foreign exchange market between inflows and outflows. However, it must be noted that the Government and the Central Bank have ensured that trade is not unduly disrupted, and intermediate and capital goods imports are given priority in the process of imports...


A surging crisis in Sri Lanka

2021-07-01 03:59:00

India’s COVID-19 woes have rightly attracted the attention of the world, but the rest of South Asia is hardly sitting pretty, Jeevethan Selvachandran writes...


General Ranatunga..

2021-06-29 15:52:00

Wilfred Owen, among English poets in the early part of the 20th Century, wrote about war’s futility. More importantly he had in his sights the point of view of the soldier — it is theirs not to reason why but merely to do and die. The declaration of war is the business of politicians. Soldiers have to fight. They die...


Happy 100th birthday, CCP. But tomorrow?

2021-06-29 09:52:00

China might prevail in its epic battle with the United States but if so would struggle to build its own world order..


Why a train route is Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attraction

2021-06-24 23:09:00

Sri Lanka’s top tourist highlight is the famous train route from Kandy to Ella. Get your Sri Lanka visa organised to experience this magical ride...


BANNING CHEMICAL FERTILISER - RIGHT THING, WRONG LINE

2021-06-21 12:12:00

Fishmeal, bonemeal and bloodmeal are also considered as organic sources to provide nitrogen and phosphorous in an organic setting, if they are produced using organic inputs..


Bolsonaro’s rule is ’worse threat than coronavirus,’ say Brazilians as nation passes 500,000 deaths

2021-06-20 15:41:00

(CNN)There is barely a person in Brazil today who hasn’t lost a loved one to Covid-19, say local scientists, as the country reached the grim milestone of half a million deaths...


A silent decimation: South America’s losing battle against Covid

2021-06-19 16:29:00

Strained and underfunded health systems, economics and misinformation have all led to a surge in deaths..


In hunt for Covid’s origin, new studies point away from lab leak theory

2021-06-19 14:31:00

The coronavirus pandemic has raised so many questions as it has continued its inexorable spread across the planet, but perhaps the first of them remains the most contentious: where did Sars-CoV-2 come from?..


Kandaketiya Judgement and Continuing Deaths in State Custody

2021-06-19 13:07:00

On the May 7, 2014 Sandun Malinga, a 17 year old boy and four others with him were beaten by police officers, arrested and detained at the Kandaketiya police in the Badulla district. The next day, around 2.30 am, Sandun complained of chest pains when his mother visited him at the police station but police officers refused the mother’s request to admit him to hospital...


“This is intimidation, it’s threatening behaviour,” Dr. Harini Amasuriya on Sri Lanka’s ongoing efforts to criminalise fake news

2021-06-13 13:31:00

Sri Lanka’s ongoing efforts to criminalise “fake news” or alleged falsehoods on the internet is an attempt by the government to intimidate the public into self-censorship, opposition National People’s Power (NPP) parliamentarian Dr Harini Amarasuriya said...


Importing organic fertiliser dangerous, against the law: Attorney-at-Law Jagath Gunawardena

2021-06-06 17:37:00

Importing disinfected organic fertiliser to Sri Lanka would be an illegal and dangerous decision, said Environmentalist and Attorney at Law Jagath Gunawardena...


Ranil’s Fears of Karu

2021-06-06 13:00:00

Ranil’s passivity following his accession to the leadership of the UNP was not initially upsetting to the party. But after he lost the Presidency to Chandrika Kumaratunga in the early Election she called in 1999, and then the Parliamentary Election the following year, rumblings began...


Comparing Zionism and Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism

2021-05-31 09:38:00

Ben Hillier looks at some of the similarities and differences between Zionist oppression in Palestine and Sinhala-Buddhist supremacy in Sri Lanka...


IS SAJITH PREMADASA A POLITICIAN OR A STATESMAN?

2021-05-30 16:30:00

Sajith Premadasa, is the current Leader of the Opposition of Sri Lanka and leader of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya...


Field Marshal breaks a long silence on Tamil vote at 2010 prez poll

2021-05-30 10:48:00

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka last Wednesday (19) explained why the Tamil electorate voted for him at the January 26, 2010, presidential election. The explanation coincided with the low-key 12th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s triumph over the LTTE...


Rajapaksa arc of political history begins to descend

2021-05-29 14:41:00

The 2020s are to the Rajapaksas what the 1970s were to the Bandaranaikes: the transitional time of exaltation and exit. The Rajapaksa arc of contemporary political history has begun to bend. Hardship, injustice and chaos will be the hallmarks and abiding public memories of this Government. The electorate will want neither repetition nor return. Recovery may take over a decade..


Serious concerns linger about new Colombo Port City Law

2021-05-26 20:52:00

On the 20th of May 2021, the Parliament of Sri Lanka passed the Colombo Port City Economic Bill into law. Two days prior to the vote on the Bill, the Speaker of Parliament revealed to the members of Parliament and the general public the determination given by the Supreme Court of the Country with regard to the constitutionality of the Bill...


‘Colombo Port City will change country’s economic history’: Ajith Nivard Cabraal

2021-05-23 13:35:00

Parliament last Thursday (20) passed the Colombo Port City (CPC) Economic Commission Bill, which made headlines over the past few weeks. Following the Supreme Court’s determination on the Bill, the Government accepted its amendments and passed the Bill...


14 police complaints within 2 days against LOLC Micro Financing

2021-05-23 10:58:00

14 police complaints have been lodged by microfinance victims against LOLC Finance Limited and its subsidiaries within 2 days...


Gotabaya – How about leasing North and East?

2021-05-23 09:22:00

Nadine Sadaka Boulos, lecturer in the American University of Beirut (AUB) said - “Opportunists are manipulators who take the advantage of an opportunity and use it to reach their goals with no regard to ethics and morals.”..


Port City is important but should not be a threat to national security

2021-05-19 12:20:00

The original Colombo Port City project is acknowledged as the germination of an inspiration grown in the heart of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during the early period of his second term of office. Basically the project is to reclaim a part of the sea surrounding the southern part of the Colombo Harbour facing the Galle Face Green area...


The antibody treatment cocktail that can help Sri Lanka combat COVID-19 in high-risk patients

2021-05-19 09:54:00

REGN-COV2, an antibody drug cocktail for the treatment of coronavirus patients by pharmaceutical giant Roche, has received Emergency Use Authorization and approval in the US, Europe, Switzerland, India and Japan...


SOUTH KOREA: HOW HONOUR the heroes of the Gwangju uprising in 1980?

2021-05-18 23:59:00

On May 18th, the Gwangju uprising is being celebrated in the Republic of Korea as well as elsewhere. It has been the position of the Asian Human Rights Commission that May 18th should be recognized as a universal day of commemoration and also reaffirm the commitment to democracy, human rights, and human dignity...


Display Magnanimity To Stop The Vicious Cycle

2021-05-17 22:59:00

The 12th year of the end of the war will fall on May 18 and 19. May 18 is the day that the Tamil people in the North and East have selected to remember those who died in the course of the war, particularly in its last phase...