FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s government and environmentalists are working to protect tens of thousands of acres of mangrove forests. Mangroves are the seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, absorb carbon from the environment and reduce the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis.

 

It appears that protests have become a part of our lives. Not a day passes without a protest being held in Colombo or elsewhere. Indeed it is a good sign of a vibrant democracy, so long as the state is not turned into a protestocracy or government by protesters for protesters. Sadly, this appears to be the case in Sri Lanka. 

 

Mangroves are seawater-tolerant trees that help protect and build landmasses, absorb carbon from the environment and reduce the impact of natural disasters like tsunamis.

 

In a major step to consolidate national unity by taking the waters of the Mahaweli to the Northern and Eastern provinces also, President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday presided at a national ceremony, telecast live, to enshrine treasures and relics on the main dam of the ‘Kalu Ganga Reservoir’ of the ‘Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Multi-purpose Development Project’. 

 

My argument is that the Auditor-General should have the powers to issue surcharge notice against officers if they had acted contrary to the written law. As was stated by the President 19th Amendment was indeed a progressive step. It had specified the need for enacting the necessary enabling laws, i.e., “National Audit Bill”.  Article No. 153 (A) provides for the establishment of an Audit Service Commission, the Auditor-General as the Chairman. Article 153 B (2) provides that Parliament should provide by law for meetings of the Commission, the establishment of the Sri Lanka State Audit Service. Shouldn’t every citizen support, unite and demand to “re-make Sri Lanka” once again? National audit is a necessity.

My argument is that the Auditor-General should have the powers to issue surcharge notice against officers if they had acted contrary to the written law. As was stated by the President 19th Amendment was indeed a progressive step. It had specified the need for enacting the necessary enabling laws, i.e., “National Audit Bill”.  Article No. 153 (A) provides for the establishment of an Audit Service Commission, the Auditor-General as the Chairman. Article 153 B (2) provides that Parliament should provide by law for meetings of the Commission, the establishment of the Sri Lanka State Audit Service. Shouldn’t every citizen support, unite and demand to “re-make Sri Lanka” once again? National audit is a necessity.
 

The ethnic riots of 1983 were not the first in Sri Lanka. Nor were they the last. But Black July was indisputably a seismic event in this country’s history. Its echoes are everywhere, but some of my most meaningful encounters with it have been through the island’s literature. From the warmth and innocence of Funny Boy to the passionate and inescapably political poetry of Jean Arasanayagam, the riots are embedded in Sri Lanka’s literary consciousness.

 
Sri Lanka has invited the diaspora groups, including Tamils, to make submissions for advancing the task of reconciliation following the country's three-decade-long civil war that ended in 2009.  
 

The visit to Sri Lanka last week by US Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski has given the message that come March next year the US is likely to give a strong backing for an accountability process in Sri Lanka without the involvement of foreign judges.

 

Two points cited by the students union of the Jaffna University on the clash between two factions of students of the university on Saturday were so important that they invite attention.

 

We urge the Government, all parties and the students to come to the awareness that to go back to an ethnic conflict and a war would be a disaster for Sri Lanka and generations to come. We all need to pledge and act on the principle, Never Again Yesterday.    

 


< Previous ... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 52 ... Next > 

(total 520 results)

Review
 
 
 
 
Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw arrived in New Delhi August 27 on a four-day visit on the heels of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's daylong visit to that country less than a week ago as  Yangon seeks to find some kind of a balance in its ties between its two large neighbours, India ...

 
read-more
It was my privilege to have known and become friends with P V Narasimha Rao from the 1970s after he ended his tenure as Andhra’s Chief Minister (1971-1973) until his death in 2004 at age 83. Ours was a “quiet” friendship, writes Harold A. Gould.

 
read-more
Europe is on edge. The most piquant symbol is the move by French beach resorts to ban the burkini, a full body covering swimsuit with a cap for Muslim women in contrast to the revealing bikini. But the disquiet is deep i...

 
read-more
Even as the 10-member grouping continues to chip away at breaking barriers and bridging borders, the fanfare to which the ASEAN economic community (AEC) was implemented at the end of 2015 may have fizzled. At this eight-month juncture, it is important that they keep momentum to generate greater benefit...

 
read-more
Every catastrophe in Turkey in recent months has been greeted with the superlative, “deadliest”. Only the intensity varies with every bout of mortal fundamentalism.

 
read-more
Given the nature of what’s been brought into the public domain, and if the leaked material does indeed give away sensitive classified data, it is a moot point whether INS Kalvari is worth having now even if China and Pakistan haven’t yet got hold of the data that is being passed from ha...

 
read-more
Column-image

"Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the politics of chaos" is an insider's account and interpretation of the West's  "desire for geopolitical domination" which ha...

 
Column-image

Ambassador Abdali argues that Pakistan’s nurture of intolerant and violent religious fundamentalists not only effectuates the destruction of Afghanistan but inevitably blows back at Pakistan itself, equally harming, killing and swallowing...

 
Column-image

The book is an in depth study to resurrect maritime diplomacy and redefine its activity using naval apparatus for present era. The book chugs into deep to explain the vital reasons why maritime diplomacy would...

 
Column-image

Rohit Prasad set out to probe how the government and ordinary people in India's remote areas used IT and communication technology to transform society. But when he saw how the other half lived in abysmal c...

 
Column-image

What kind of a person can coolly go around a bustling metropolis with the hidden objective of reconnoitering a series of high profile and bustling targets for a relentless, unconscionable carnage and strike up...

 
Subscribe to our newsletter