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Is China A Threat To Our Island & The Indian Ocean Region? 

Is China A Threat To Our Island & The Indian Ocean Region? 

By Sanja De Silva Jayatilleka – While two high level delegations from Beijing were visiting Colombo it was strange indeed to see a full page article in the Daily News of 22 Feb 2017 (“Tripartite Agreement with India, Japan Mooted”, p 4), suggesting that China might well be a threat to Sri Lanka, and Sri […]

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13 A, The Indian Model & The Problem Of Interpellation

By Izeth Hussain – Many Sinhalese, possibly even a majority, seem favorable to the idea of solving the Tamil ethnic problem through devolution on the basis of 13th Amendment, though in a truncated form without land and police powers. Many Tamils, possibly even a majority, could be favorable to 13 A with some modifications of […]

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Plight Of The Poorest Of The Poor; Is It Getting Better Or Worse?

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” – Confucius In a desolate landscape, orphaned by any promise of rain or wind, in a still gloomy surrounding of trees and shrub, a lone farmer is tilling his land until […]

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SAITM Issue: A Rational Approach Needed

By R.P. Gunawardane – There have been wide ranging views expressed extensively in all media regarding the degree awarding status of the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) in respect of their medical degree program. I consider this as an extremely important national issue with regard to the expansion of higher education sector […]

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Ineffectual Leadership, Corrupt Politics & Persisting Problems In Muslim Sri Lanka

By Ameer Ali – There is one irrefutable fact about the Sri Lankan Muslim community and that is, this minority which has been living in this island peacefully for over a millennium since its origins in the 8th century and prospered exceptionally well in comparison to similar Muslim minorities in the rest of Asia, has, […]

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In Formulating A New Constitution: A Quick Response To S. Krishnanathan

By Laksiri Fernando – The purpose of my article, “An Appeal To Tamil Political Leaders On ‘The New Constitution” is partly achieved as Mr S. Krishnanathan has constructively responded expressing what he thinks about the main contours of a new constitution that includes some of the questions that I have raised. This is conducive to […]

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Enough Is Enough: We Have A Long List Of Unresolved Cases

By Mangala Samaraweera – This is a historic opportunity, as pointed out not only by the Hon. Leader of Opposition, but by His Excellency the President himself who tabled this Resolution at a Special Sitting of this House on the 8th of January last year. No other Constitution-making process in 1972 or in 1978 has […]

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An Appeal To All Sri Lankans On Formulating A New Constitution

By S. Krishnananthan – This is in response to the article of Dr. Laksiri Fernando on “An Appeal To Tamil Political Leaders On ‘The New Constitution”. Instead of appealing to Tamil Political Leaders, Dr. Laksiri Fernando should have appealed to the Sinhala political leaders because the Sinhala political leaders have a long history of being […]

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The Whole Country Must Know The Truth

By R. Sampanthan – I would submit with respect that this is a Matter of urgent public importance, and that is the reason for raising this matter today in the House at Adjournment, to enable the whole country to be kept informed of the truth in regard to the processes and everything relating thereto. Hon. […]

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Sri Lanka’s Inapt Constitution & Several National Problems

By S. Narapalasingam – ‘Democratic Socialist’ Sri Lanka’s Inapt Constitution Denies National Unity, Lasting Peace, Rule of Law, Good Governance, Real Democracy and Sustained National Development Recent revelations, particularly after the formation of the ‘national unity’ government in 2015 committed to ‘good governance’ indicate that the long-drawn-out ethnic problem is not the only national problem […]

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