Economic

Sri Lanka: The history behind anti-Indian hysteria and rhetoric

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

By Prof V Suryanarayan The hatred towards India, following New Delhi’s support to the US sponsored resolution in the Human Rights Council, is expressing itself in several ways. In Batticaloa, in the Eastern Province, miscreants decapitated the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Robert Baden Powell (the founder of international scouts movement). Elsewhere in the town,

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An Important Friday Forum Press Release- Re: Authoritarianism or Democratic Governance?

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

The Friday Forum                                                                        2, Greenlands Avenue, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka E-Mail; chandraj111@gmail.com                                                    Telephone; 0773634444   Fax; 2504181   PRESS RELEASE 27th January 2014. Authoritarianism or Democratic Governance? There has been, in recent times, public discussion in regard to whether our country is moving towards an authoritarianism that undermines democratic governance. The President, Ministers and government spokespersons have consistently denied this

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Economic Nationalism and its Impact on Business

Feb 9th, 2014 | By

By Chandra Jayaratne Nationalism and Economic Nationalism  Nationalism is defined as “patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts-an early consciousness of nationalism and pride”. This is further elaborated as, “devotion to the interests or culture of one’s nation”, “the belief that nations will benefit from acting independently rather than collectively, emphasizing national rather than international goals” and

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Drift of the island: From inside Sri Lanka

Feb 6th, 2014 | By

One of the very first things passengers getting off planes at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport see is a huge portrait of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. The view remains pretty much the same as one travels across the island. You cannot miss the billboards and posters in every nook and corner with the president staring

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Summary of the SAMABIMA Newspaper – 2014 January issue

Feb 1st, 2014 | By

Translated by Ramidu Introduction January 2014 issue of the ‘Samabima’ newspaper is out now. This issue is titled ‘Black January’ and pay tributes to the slain journalist Lasantha Wickremathunge who was killed in a High Security Zone in Colombo in broad day light. After 5 years, his killers were not brought to justice. ‘Samabima’ is

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Sovereignty – Is it a Defence to cover up

Jan 24th, 2014 | By

By J.C. Weliamuna Introduction The term sovereignty is frequently confronted with hostile claims. Human Right and Anti Corruption Movements are often challenged by various groups with different notions and ideologies on sovereignty.  The purpose of this brief article is to examine some of  the legal issues with reference to the concept of sovereignty in a

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Luxury Condominiums for MPs While 177,959 Households do not have Toilets

Jan 22nd, 2014 | By

By. S. Skanda Government has decided to construct a luxury high-rise condominium at Thalapitiya with all amenities to provide housing for parliamentarians at Thalapitiya. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 6 billion. That parliamentary complex too is to be refurbished at a cost of Rs. 500 million according to the same report. The new

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To bridge trade deficit, Sri Lanka’s approach should be offensive

Jan 10th, 2014 | By

Br Harsha Gunasena After the presentation of the Government Budget for the year 2014 by the President, the Secretary to the Treasury in a public speech, responding to the criticisms of the Budget, stated that the economic policies of the Government were not defensive. The reason for this country’s economic policies back to the 1970s

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Accountability Issues Must Not Displace Devolution

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

By Jehan Perera Prior to the Commonwealth Summit there were several positive signals from both the government and TNA.  It was the government that led the way by boldly deciding to conduct the Northern Provincial Council election, campaigning at the polls with enthusiasm and accepting its verdict with an appearance of good grace.   However, after CHOGM there has been

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The centre wants to hold

Nov 8th, 2013 | By

President Rajapaksa and the country under him are in a rush TUGGING on a red curtain, the president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, opened a gleaming new toll road late last month. The $290m motorway links Colombo’s airport to the capital, 26 kilometres (16 miles) away, and like so much in Sri Lanka these days, it is funded

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