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Tuesday June 22nd, 2021
Op-ed/Special Reports

Sri Lanka's sovereignty and Port City Commission Bill - an analysis

Debate on the bill is scheduled for this week

4 minutes

Sri Lanka fertilizer ban haphazard, modern tech, risk management the answer: researcher

Outright chemical fertilizer ban may have negative consequences

12 min read

Sri Lanka's Drug menace needs a new approach

Crime surrounding the increased use of hard drugs in Sri Lanka is a major societal and law and order concern, but are we taking the right approach to ...

9 min read

Sri Lanka import controls and their impact

Sri Lanka's import controls have created shortages and inflated prices giving profits to some domestic producers from farmers to others who have alway...

3 min read

The often futile quest for Justice in Sri Lanka affects all

Justice is central to the Christian faith and I hope that at least now, Sinhalese and Tamil Catholics can support each other's quests for justice. Nex...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council
Truth, In The Face Of Cremation

Muslims and even Christians wait with bated breath to see if Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit would result in them being able to bury their...

Opinion: Building a common Sri Lankan identity a challenge

Are Sri Lankans of all ethnicities equal citizens and can this country build a nation that treats all groups equally?

Kshama Ranawana

8 min read


Discrimination against minorities what is the endgame?

Obstinacy on the Muslim burial issue and the destruction of a memorial for the Jaffna war dead shows the government want...

Arjuna Ranawana

8 min read


Sri Lanka Modern Monetary Theory experiment could be an untamed demon: economist

vSri Lanka's unprecedented monetary printing bout in the name of Modern Monetary Theory, a collection of ideas that advo...

14 min read


Opinion: Moving Towards Necessary Balance

With multiple challenges ahead such as resolving the issue of burial of Muslims who die of Covid 19 and the contentious ...

Dr. Jehan Perera

7 min read

Opinion: Government needs to look at issues rationally

Sri Lanka needs to look at issues in a rational manner if it is to build a multi-ethnic and multi-religious nation and e...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

7 min read

Ahab’s Nemesis: Sri Lanka may be the best place in the world to see sperm whales

Is Sri Lanka the world capital for sperm whales in terms of super-pod frequency, density and viewability?

Mark Hager

7 min read

Showing no compassion towards Muslim sentiments is shameful and dangerous

Sri Lanka’s continuing anti-Muslim policies are shameful as we as heirs to a civilization that goes back millennia are...

Arjuna Ranawana

8 min read


Opinion: Unlocking the Potential of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Essential to Sri Lanka’s P...

Any hope of inclusive economic growth for Sri Lanka’s post covid recovery can only then be achieved if we utilize Mic...


6 min read

Media-persons must be critical thinkers – Media panel

In an era when almost everyone attempts to disseminate information through a plethora of platforms available, the role o...

Kshama Ranawana

8 min read

The Importance of being Mahinda

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's charisma and political capital needs to be used wisely by the government to deal with...

Arjuna Ranawana

6 min read

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Opinion: Government Alone Cannot Win War Against Covid-19

A fatal trend of non-transparent decision making was set early on in the Covid crisis. At the root of the problem was th...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

6 min read

Opinion: It is time to rethink how we are dealing with Covid

As the second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic continues to engulf the country, and the public is increasingly showing its ...

Arjuna Ranawana

8 min read

Opinion: Failed Government - A Year in Review

A year into President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's presidency, we are in the midst of a raging pandemic, with an ailing economy ...

By Rasika Jayakody – Samagi Jana Balavegaya

4 min read


Sri Lanka women workers challenged by family attitude, transport, harassment

Though increasing numbers of women wanted and were working in super markets and nursing homes they faced many challenges...

6 min read


Sri Lanka's Kegalle district bodies appeal for Coronavirus curfew: report

Local authorities in the Kegalle district which are seeing spikes in Coronavirus cases are appealing for curfew, border ...

1 min read

Sri Lanka should build pandemic prevention in to urban plans: IPS

Sri Lanka should build pandemic prevention and recovery initiatives in future urban planning, a Colombo-based think tank...

4 min read

Opinion: Political pressure to revise 20th amendment remains alive

With some government Parliamentarians finding the courage to oppose the 20th Amendment to the Constitution alongside opp...

Dr. Jehan Perera - Executive Director National Peace Council

6 min read

The 20A: A Very Wrong Approach to Constitution-Making - Uyangoda

Eminent Emeritus Professor of Political Science Jayadeva Uyangoda writes that the proposed 20th Amendment has several ma...

Prof Jayadeva Uyangoda

6 min read

Opinion: Reform the proposed 20th Amendment to strengthen, not weaken, transparency

Following parliamentary elections, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa wasted no time in obtaining cabinet approval and therea...

Shreen Saroor - Human Rights Activist

5 min read

Opinion: Strong Government must be disciplined and deliver development

The extreme nature of the proposed 20th Amendment, tabled in Parliament today, which has been the cause of much disquiet...

Jehan Perera

6 min read

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