Posts Tagged ‘ Harsha Gunasena ’

Right to information: A tool to empower people

Mar 18th, 2017 | By

Recently I had an opportunity to discuss the Right to Information Act with Will Ferroggiaro, a Washington DC-based consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working on freedom of expression, Government accountability and human rights. He has worked on the right to information in countries around the world, including India, Japan and South Africa as

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The President and his backbone

Mar 7th, 2017 | By

The President told the SLFP Executive Committee meeting that he has shown his ‘backbone’ to the international community by rejecting the UNHRC Chief Zeid bin Ra-ad Al Hussein’s recommendation for a hybrid court to probe war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka. “Two weeks ago the UN Human Rights High Commissioner in his report on Sri

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CTF report and the Raviraj case judgement

Feb 3rd, 2017 | By

    The Report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms was handed over to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga by Task Force Chairperson Manouri Muttetuwegama on 3 January. The Consultation Task Force (CTF) had Zonal Task Forces operating in all the districts, gathered views from the people and prepared a detailed report elaborating on

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Super minister, Development Bill and the second economic revolution

Jan 26th, 2017 | By

Those who oppose this Bill, provincial councils and the parties which govern those provincial councils, should keep in mind that they do not have any moral authority to oppose further devolution of power to the provinces under the new constitution The proposed new constitution will come into the limelight in near future. The main components

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Are we Heading Down the Same Disastrous way of the LTTE?

Mar 16th, 2014 | By

By Harsha Gunasena There are many similarities of the behaviour of the Liberation Tigers and the present Sri Lankan Government. Autocracy The Liberation Tigers adopted a violent approach right from the beginning. They did not tolerate different views and opinions. They have gone to the extent of killing the members of rival militant groups with

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Mariyakade Diplomacy and non-aligned Diplomacy

Mar 7th, 2014 | By

By Harsha Gunasena Senior Minister D.E.W. Gunasekara, MP for Kalawana electorate at that time, came home late in the night after a visit to his electorate. He was resting when then President J.R. Jayewardene called him and told him to come immediately to discuss an important matter which could not be discussed over the phone.

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Cultural barriers to innovation in Sri Lanka

Feb 15th, 2014 | By

By Harsha Gunasena Cumaranathunga Munidasa, one of the great sons of the soil, once said the nation which does not create new things continuously does not rise in the world; when it is impossible to beg further it bogs down after singing the swan song. It is doubtful whether his vision was really appreciated in

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Betrayal of Buddhism by Buddhist monks

Jan 18th, 2014 | By

Sometime back the country has experienced Buddhist monks coming into direct politics. In recent times the country has experienced Buddhist monks grouped under various names rampaging in the streets, engaging in violence against other religions. The topic, whether it is appropriate for Buddhist monks to engage in politics, was debated for a long time. In

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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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Alternative to Secular education – Alles’ way

Dec 3rd, 2013 | By

By Harsha Gunasena  A noble act performed by the late R.I.T Alles, a prominent educationalist produced by this country was to give an equal recognition to the main four religions of the country, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam at D.S. Senanayake College founded by him. For this purpose there are four equal size shrine rooms for four religions.

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