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Good governance alone is not sufficient. That governance should be people oriented. All measures have to advance their cause.“

Good governance alone is not sufficient. That governance should be people oriented. All measures have to advance their cause.“

    By CV Wigneswarwn.  Speech made  on October 11, 2013   on the occasion of Oaths taking by Members of the Northern Provincial Council . Chairman, fellow members of the Northern Provincial Council, …

From Mogadishu to Mumbai, managing urban conflict

From Mogadishu to Mumbai, managing urban conflict

    At first glance it is an unlikely comparison – the 2008 attack on Mumbai by Pakistan-based gunmen and the disastrous 1993 operation by U.S. troops against a Somali warlord in Mogadishu. But David Kilcullen, a former adviser on counterinsurgency in the U.S.-led wars …

Sirima Bandaranaike: The Grand Old Lady of Sri Lankan Politics

Sirima Bandaranaike: The Grand Old Lady of Sri Lankan Politics

   D.B.S. Jeyaraj October 10th was the thirteenth death anniversary of the world’s first woman prime minister Mrs.Sirima Bandaranaike. I am therefore reproducing on my blog an article written about her by me thirteen years ago. It was published in the Indian news-magazine “Frontline” of …

Sri Lanka: Centre vs. NPC

Sri Lanka: Centre vs. NPC

     Dr Kumar David.       The time for euphoria is past, celebrations must wind down. A carousing Tamil gentleman of my vintage and neighbourhood has drunk his whisky cellar dry. The serious stuff is getting started, so time to buckle down. The …

Sri Lanka’s classic dilemma

Sri Lanka’s classic dilemma

    In what has become an all too familiar refrain, India has once again renewed calls for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution. Of course, the call was coated in a lot of diplomatic saccharin, with its External …

Can you train your brain to make better decisions?

Can you train your brain to make better decisions?

 By Dr Tamara Russell. Dr Tamara Russell is a neuroscientist and a visiting lecturer at King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry. She works with individuals and organizations advising on how to use mindfulness techniques to optimize performance and improve mental and physical well-being. Follow her …

We will not miss you one bit at CHOGM

We will not miss you one bit at CHOGM

  ▶sinhala– සිංහල ▶english–       Mr. Stephen Harper is sadly mistaken if he thinks by raising hue and cry singling out Sri Lanka while ignoring the criminal past of Canada and the crimes of its revered ‘civilized’ Western countries especially Britain, we in Sri …

A Closer Look At Voting Trends In Jaffna

A Closer Look At Voting Trends In Jaffna

     By Gibson Bateman and Rathika Innasimuttu  A recent article[1] has questioned our analysis[2] of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) election results. While thoughtful, the piece – published on Colombo Telegraph – is misguided and reflects a lack of understanding of both the current political …

Was Rajiv Gandhi Deceived By Jayewardene?

Was Rajiv Gandhi Deceived By Jayewardene?

  M. A. Sumanthiran The timing of the Supreme Court’s judgement last week on devolution of land powers—just two days after a historic election for the Northern Provincial Council—gained significant attention within and outside Sri Lanka. Inevitably, the focus has shifted to the Tamil National Alliance …

How many conflicts has the UN solved

How many conflicts has the UN solved

     Shenali D Waduge Let’s see – where do we start. A group of busy body nations working in cahoots with an outdated and incompetent global body known by all as the UN enjoys coming to the picture during crisis situations but not before …