The HOPE Consortium and leading experts pledge to close the global immunization gap

● Government ministers from the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UK, Nigeria, and Kenya, came together to discuss how the world can bridge the geographical gap in vaccine distribution. ● The Chair of the Executive Board at WHO, Group Medical Director of International SOS, Director-General of the Red Cross, Regional Director of IATA in Africa & […]

Behind and Beyond Burqa Ban

Speaking in Parliament on the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) into the Easter serial blasts of 2019, Public Safety Minister, Rear-Adm Sarath Weerasekara (retd) has indicated the government’s decision to ban madarasas and burqua, both identified with the Islamic community the world over. He has claimed that this would help de-radicalise Islam […]

Global tourism trends for the success of tourist destinations in the future.

       Tourism is a highly significant economic sector globally & locally, & provides real prospects for enduring & inclusive economic growth. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) rates that internationally there were just 25 million tourist arrivals in 1950. This number has increased 68 years later to 1.4 billion international arrivals per […]

Sustainable Development Goals can guide Asia-Pacific to build back better

By Ms. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations-Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) The COVID-19 crisis poses an unprecedented threat to development in the Asia-Pacific region that could reverse much of the hard-earned progress made in recent years. The good news is we know how […]

Sri Lankan Ambassador at Myanmar to step down?

We have reported that Sri Lankan Ambassador Professor Nalin De Silva to Myanmar is about to step down from his mission. Nalin De Silva has made a Facebook statement on his Facebook account about his plan to step down and the reasons behind.  ✍ Anuradha Bernard According to him, he has disappointed with his unsuccessful […]

China hopes Sri Lanka will maintain political stability

China hopes Sri Lanka will maintain political stability national solidarity and unity. Responding to a question raised at a media conference, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that as a friendly neighbor, China sincerely hopes that Sri Lanka will maintain political stability, national solidarity and unity, and that it will make greater achievements in […]

Commission report: Back to square one

When the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) was appointed in 2010 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement “Sri Lanka has a long history of establishing ad hoc commissions to deflect international criticism over its poor human rights record and widespread impunity. Since independence in […]

UNHRC sessions: What Lanka should have done

The United Nations Human Rights Council is in session and Sri Lanka is among the countries that have come before its scanner. It is a slur on Sri Lanka’s reputation when it is being lumped together with big time human rights violators such as Israel, Syria and North Korea, with member-state after member-state taking the […]

Geneva: A destination where the cruel fear to go

For many right thinking people the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva offer hopes. These hopes are to have a government that’s responsible and accountable. The many voices that support the Rajapaksa regime affirm that allegations are made against the country’s security forces and past officials of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regimes-that […]