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Sun, 29 Mar 2020
Dark days have returned to the local university system as Pasindu Hirushan lies beside a life-support system, struggling to win life over death. Although the student union vehemently denied it was a ragging episode, passing a tyre down a staircase an
Although men would look for ‘lady driven’ cars when purchasing second-hand vehicles, it seems that they do not have the patience required to ensure said quality of vehicles when driving. Last Sunday we celebrated International Women’s Day....
An official attached to the Maskeliya Pradeshiya Sabha who is in charge of environmental issues had said on Sunday that the employees of the Pradeshiya Sabha and the armed forces had collected 1.5 million plastic....
Things cannot get any more ludicrous than this. As the Sri Lankan voters go to vote for a new Parliament on April 25, in little more than six weeks from now, the United National Party is feuding over who will own the party’s symbol.
On April 6, 2014, we won the World T20 beating India in Dhaka. So what we are experiencing today is a very recent development.In the first quarter of 19th century, while Planting Whites introduced Rugby in the highlands, their military counterparts p
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided not to accommodate any member of the Buddhist clergy in the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) nomination lists for the upcoming General Elections, according to Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.
When a peace deal is struck between warring factions, it is widely understood that amity has been achieved. However, when key sections of society—in most cases all women—are kept from the negotiating table,
The spread of Coronavirus worldwide has now topped 100,000. In February 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) designated the disease COVID-19 According to latest statistics over 100,000 persons
The tragedy with the UNP isn’t that it is divided; the tragedy is that it seems to be in denial of the fact that it is divided. With the same breath with which he sends dispatches and holds press conferences consoling the minds of UNP voters and re
Government moves to liberalise higher education through setting up ‘free education zones’ and ‘charter universities’ have sparked concern among academics who fear State universities could succumb to market demands and harm free education over
On 26th February 2020, the Government formally announced that it was withdrawing from the co-sponsorship of UNHRC resolution 30/1 of October 2015. As someone who advocated for withdrawal from the time the resolution was first adopted, I applaud the G
With the mission of the Me Too movement and other gender equality crusades gathering momentum, Sri Lanka joins the United Nations in celebrating International Women’s Day tomorrow with the aim of achieving gender equality within ten years.
Largely due to a lack of awareness on sexual harassment at workplace, many are ignorant of whether they have already been victims of this crime.
It’s intriguing to know that high ranked Buddhist priests themselves have called for the stoppage of saffron robed monks from getting involved in politics.
Last Saturday, a significant world event took place in the Qatari capital of Doha. Shaking hands and exchanging documents were the United States’ special envoy and a senior Taliban leader.
Addressing the ceremonial welcome in both Sinhala and English languages, newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Yasantha Kodagoda PC said there was a compelling need to increase the number of judges in all courts along with the allocation....
Two issues prevented media discourse on the proceedings of the 43rd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) where Sri Lanka, on February 26, withdrew its co-sponsorship for last year’s resolution on the country.
Sri Lankans are used to the tropical heat, but definitely not when thermometres hit 40℃! Lately, islanders have been experiencing unusual weather patterns and the usual blame is on deforestation and similar human activities....
Sri Lankans are looking forward to two things next month; the Sinhala-Tamil New Year and the General Elections. Hence we can say that the wait till then amounts to hope; hope that something positive can be witnessed when these
The impasse over the symbol has compounded internal squabbling of the United National Party(UNP) beyond redemption. The party led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe refuses to budge an inch from its stance
The establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) on February 28, 2018, with a broad mandate to investigate the fate of the missing and disappeared and protect the rights of their relatives, represented an explicit
Prof. Shahab Enam Khan, a renowned academic of Bangladesh on security and political institutions, shares his thoughts on countering violent extremism and his country’s experience. He teaches international relations at
Being a tropical country Sri Lanka’s climatic conditions are decided by two Monsoon seasons. However this year has brought about some unusually high temperatures, just before the inter-monsoon season
There are rooms, there are discussions and there are elephants in certain rooms whose existence is denied. Sometimes people do say ‘hey, there’s an elephant here, we can’t ignore it.’ Once that’s said, you can’t ignore it or
After years of huffing and puffing by the then joint opposition -- against the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution 30/1 since its adoption on October 1, 2015 -- now in government in its current format as the Sri Lanka
As cyber violence is considered as the fastest growing form of violence that affects women and children on a daily basis, it has become a need of the hour to train law enforcement authorities to deal with crimes of this nature.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has dissolved the Parliament at midnight on Monday, at the first moment he was constitutionally authorised to do so. He has fixed April 25 for the next Parliament election and the week between March 12 and 19 for tenderin
We are the last generation that did not wear a helmet when we rode our bikes or went roller skating. We played in the street without fear. We drank water from the water fountains and taps without any worry and never from plastic bottles. It was no
Sri Lanka withdrew from the 2015 UN Resolution it co sponsored with US and eleven other countries. The Foreign Minister in his speech informing the international community of the withdrawal referred to the fact that some of the commitments made throu
The political scene in Sri Lanka is filled with stories of dynastic politics and we are witnessing the trend continuing, but with a small twist.
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