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Sri Lankans, Know Your Rights

‘Human rights’, once a theoretical concept debated among philosophers, has today become a phenomenal force which has even been given priority over sovereignty of…

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What’s Left Of The Left?

To say that the Sri Lankan leftist movement is on its last legs would be… generous, at best. Having all but abandoned all pretence…

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Understanding Depression: The Nuts And Bolts

It is not uncommon to have bad days now and then, when all you want to do is curl up in a corner and…

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Human Trafficking In Sri Lanka Is A Bigger Problem Than We May Realise

Three years ago, Sri Lanka sent a record 293,105 men and women abroad as migrant labour, and the number is bound to have increased…

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Special Needs Children And The Question of Inclusive Education

Most of us would find it hard to picture a childhood without school. For as long as we can remember, going to school has…

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The Internet Is A Postmodern Dystopia Our Parents Are Unwittingly Trapped In

You’ve all heard of child-lock and were probably subject to technology training wheels at some point in your life, especially if you still had…

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Of Ministers’ Salaries And Parliamentary Perks

Recently, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe noted that his wife gets paid a higher salary in comparison to his monthly wage as the Premier of…

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Sri Lanka: Trump Nation. ඔබට සතුටුයිද දැන්?

Speaking at the Indian Economic Summit early October in New Delhi, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the following: “We are planning to negotiate with…

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Dreams Buried Deep: A Story Of Gem Mining

It is a gloomy Sunday morning. From the Gorakala bus stop, a turn off the Ratnapura – Horana main road leads down a narrow…

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Tourism Down South: Surviving The Off Season

Intrigued by how tourism is changing Sri Lanka, one of our contributors spent a year in the deep south studying how the industry impacted…

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The Plight Of Sri Lanka’s Special Needs Children

Put yourself in the shoes of a little girl being denied a bus ride because the driver claims she looks ‘evil’, or a little…

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A Day In The Life Of A Vegetable Vendor

When I met Sisira last year, I immediately knew we would become good friends. I stumbled across the small shanty settlement in Colombo 13…

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The Problems With Sri Lanka’s Muslim Marriage Law

Sri Lanka’s Muslim Personal Law is making headlines, and not for the first time. Just last week, the Government announced the appointment of a…

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Inside Sri Lanka’s National Mental Health Institute: A Photostory

The day is humid, but overcast. We arrive an hour earlier than intended and stand outside the tall, white, colonial-style building. It looks every…