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Unjust personal laws foster gender discrimination in Sri Lanka

The discriminating status of women under the personal laws existing in the Sri Lankan legal system has awakened special concern of the CEDAW Committee, which has asked the government to repeal all discriminatory provisions in the personal laws, writes PunsaraAmarasinghe for South Asia Monitor.

Three islands, one goal

Sri Lanka received two very important visitors this week – the leaders of Singapore and Indonesia. The leaders of the two countries, who happen to be close neighbours, came to Sri Lanka within a span of just four days. This is perhaps the first time in recent memory that two world leaders arrived in Sri Lanka almost back-to-back on normal State visits.

MR’s selective amnesi

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, these days, is so engrossed in the pohottuwa election campaign that he is given to laspses of memory. Addressing an election meeting in Mahaiyawa, Kandy, Rajapaksa accused IGP Pujith Jayasundera of supporting the Yahapalanaya election campaign.

Make the CM pay

The despicable act of Uva Province Chief Minister Chamara Sampath Dassanayake in forcing a female school principal to kneel before him, as punishment for the latter's refusal to admit a child to a school, on the recommendation of the CM, has rightfully raised a public outcry, compelling the President to order the IGP to conduct a full investigation into the matter.

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,


IMF cuts India's growth projection, but it still retains world's top spot

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut India's growth projections for this fiscal year to 7.3 per cent and for the next to 7.5 per cent on Monday, although the country will still retain i...