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.
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.
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.
Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency
If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor .