Stories about Sri Lanka from March, 2010
Sri Lanka: On April 2010 Parliamentary Elections
Devanesan Nesiah at Groundviews opines that the April 2010 Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka will be an opportunity for the voters in the North and East to engage themselves in the democratic process.
Sri Lanka: Unbounded Crowd-sourcing Of Human Rights Violations
Sanjana Hattotuwa at ICT For Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) discusses about the unbounded nature of a new crowd-sourcing initiative in Sri Lanka called Citizens Net. This mapping project records human rights violence on issues regarding “gender-based violence, the rights of children, the elderly and the disabled”.
Sri Lanka: The Akon Controversy
A recent video of R&B singer-songwriter Akon featuring a group of scantly clad women dancing at a pool party in front of a Buddha statue caused much uproar in Sri Lanka. This became a hot topic in the Sri Lankan blogosphere.
Sri Lanka: The Economics Of Being A Rice Farmer
Rajaratarala at Perceptions blog discusses the challenging economics of the production cost of a rice farmer in Sri Lanka and the price they get for their produces.
Sri Lanka: Fonseka And UNP
Indrajit Samarajiva at Indi.ca reacts to the recent news that the Sri Lankan opposition alliance is abandoning their candidate Mr. Sarath Fonseka, because he is in jail now.
Sri Lanka: Theaters In Colombo
Indi.ca writes about the adult film theaters in Colombo and how women are portrayed in the film posters.
Sri Lanka: Finding A Middle Path
Dayan Jayatilleka at Groundviews proposes a home grown solution to find some common grounds among the two opposite camps in Sri Lanka on the issue of war crimes and human rights.
Sri Lanka: The Next Prime Minister
Lanka Rising weighs in why appointing the next prime minister for Sri Lanka can be a crucial affair for the country.
Sri Lanka: The Crisis In Secondary Education
“The school teachers expect students to attend their own tuition classes to complete the syllabuses that the school for some reason does not cover,” informs Serendipity while discussing about the crisis in secondary education in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka: Salutations To Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
Lankawomen.net, a blog dedicated to improve the representation of women in Sri Lankan politics, honors Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and President of Indian National Congress, for her role in the recently enacted Women's Reservation bill.
Sri Lanka: Missing In Action
Dr. P. Saravanamuttu at Groundviews remembers the recent disappearance of the Lanka E-News journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda. He notes: “Ekneligoda’s disappearance is yet another statistic of shame in the long list of disappearances, abductions and extra-judicial killings that have targeted the media in particular over the last four years”.
Sri Lanka: Exploitation Of Paddy Farmers
Ratmale at Serendipity discusses about the exploitation of paddy farmers “because two of the Agricultural Ministers in Sri Lanka are directly or indirectly owners of the largest rice mills”. The market price of rice is 86% higher than what the farmers are getting for their paddy.
Sri Lanka: Shunning Public Transport
Sujeewa de Silva at Random Reflections of a Kind blog discusses about the “terrible state” of the Sri Lankan public transport system and why people shun away from them.
Sri Lanka: Rebuilding The Country
Devanesan Nesiah at Groundviews asks: “can we in Sri Lanka not find ways to bridge our much more modest but yet widening ethnic divides?”
Sri Lanka: Opinion And Analysis In Sinhala Language
ICT for Peacebuilding (ICT4Peace) informs that Vikalpa, a citizen journalism platform, relaunched its social media oriented website to provide “compelling and original opinion and analysis in Sinhala language from Sri Lanka”.