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Sunday, 21 April 2019 09:18

Andy’s Story: Why it matters to you

Have you ever wondered just how lucky you are to be reading this newspaper, whether in print or on a device? You’re lucky because that already puts you in the better-off 10 percent of the Sri Lankan population. This story is about my friend Andy Kularatne who died last month; through it, I want to show you, and the other 90 percent of our countrymen who cannot afford a newspaper, just how lucky we actually are.

Sunday, 31 March 2019 11:30

Do Reparations matter?

O 1 ORSince the end of the war, the political-landscape of Sri Lanka has consistently prioritized the agenda of progressive and unhindered socio-economic development above all else. Inclusion and non-discrimination largely matter for this policy because a country cannot truly develop if only one group, community, or social class is benefitting from it. To put it simply, there is no development without progress for all.

Over the past decade, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) has been exclusively probing graft cases involving ‘small people’, while cases of corruption of over Rs.10 million are left largely uninvestigated, a Right to Information application has revealed.

Sunday, 10 March 2019 10:25

Mixed views on Budget 2019

The Sunday Observer interviewed a cross section of Government and non Government politicians to get their views on Budget 2019.

Sunday, 03 March 2019 09:32

The modern rice bowl

Agriculture is the main livelihood of around 1.8 million people in Sri Lanka. Rice is the staple food of Sri Lankans, and around 2.8 million tonnes of rice are produced annually in the country. Sri Lanka’s legendary harvests once brought fame for the country which earned the name, the ‘Granary of the East’.

Sunday, 24 February 2019 08:21

Sinharaja incident an attempt at bio-piracy?

In the wake of the recent bio theft attempt (the largest ever collection of animals and plants) from Sinharaja, questions remain as to the purpose of the theft. While the authorities have concluded investigations, experts express concern that the incident could be a possible instance of bio-piracy.

Sunday, 17 February 2019 09:08

Marking ‘Missing Lovers Day’

I lost our house,

Several people across, the country, have reported being victims of ATM fraud within the last few weeks.

Sunday, 03 February 2019 08:44

The need to rediscover independence @ 71

“There is no easy walk to freedom, anywhere. For, to be free, is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.

Sunday, 27 January 2019 08:24

Sena invasion

Anuradhapura: It may be a little brown caterpillar but, it had already held countries to ransom. The latest in the long list of countries which had to suffer under the might of this ‘little brown caterpillar’ is Sri Lanka. The first caterpillar was recorded on Sri Lankan soil in early October last year. In less than four months it had become a national and political problem.

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