How Does Sri Lanka Compare With Lower Middle-Income Economies? Sri Lanka’s growing economy has helped it go from being a low-income economy to a lower middle-income economy (LMIE), as observed by The World Bank. But where does Sri Lanka stand when compared to other countries in its new peer group? We sifted through the data, and here’s what we learned. (We used World Bank data from 2014, since those ...

Cameron fell on his own sword – That’s how CNN described it soon after the resignation announcement of David Cameron . It’s a kind of harsh saying  on  a man who gave a chance for the public opinion and decided to leave once his ideology defeated. It may seems like a perfect democratic political scenario, but when considering the ...

Featured image via South China Morning Post I have been accused by many in comments to my articles that I continue to write about the pogrom in Aluthgama and Muslims while the Tamils have had to undergo state terrorism during the 30 year ethnic conflict.  For them, the two deaths and billions of rupees worth of damage is minor compared to ...

Featured image courtesy Tamil Guardian There have been numerous debates along the lines of Sri Lanka’s ability to deliver Transitional Justice (TJ), how the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) should approach the TJ process and the people’s right to know, yet little is known about Sri Lankans’ attitude towards restorative justice. The way Sri Lankans evaluate TJ measures is clearly ...

Featured image courtesy TamilGuardian The Sampur power plant project has come under further scrutiny, following a project synopsis released by the Public Information Officer of NTPC Ltd, India’s largest energy conglomerate. Among other things, it was revealed that environmental clearance for the project was still awaited as late as February 2015. Clearance has been given to the project to proceed despite ...

Featured image courtesy New York Times If only political leaders knew the horrors of war first hand, they might find other ways to solve differences, to meet threats – perhaps go to the root causes of the conflicts that  stem from crucial conversations about identity, rights and privileges – listen, seek to understand and compromise in the common interest – ...

What Is GSP+ And Why Is It So Important? Now that the EU has lifted all sanctions on Sri Lankan exports of seafood, the island’s business community is gearing up for another big one ‒ the reinstatement of full GSP+ benefits. Getting back GSP+ privileges is undoubtedly going to be a major win for the Government. The country’s exports could also perhaps pick up a little, which is going ...

Information and Power: The Evolution of RTI Inside India’s Central Information Commission, Professor M Sridhar Acharyulu is hearing a case on illegal occupation. The applicant wants to know if the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, (RCS) which deals with housing, has complied with an order to evict an employee from one of its flats. Despite repeated reminders, leading to an order for the employee to vacate, the ...

Photograph courtesy Business Today ‘The sleep of reason produces monsters.’ Goya (The title of the 43rd etching of Los Caprichos) Post-Rajapaksa Sri Lanka is being haunted by the ghost of the Rajapaksa past and the spectre of a Rajapaksa future. The 19th Amendment was a major democratic achievement. It restored presidential term limits, reduced presidential powers and reinstated independent commissions. ...

Why Sri Lanka Should Embrace Free Trade Man is a funny animal. He has a tendency to be swept up by half-baked ideas, following which he kicks his common sense to the curb. He then proceeds to pursue these ideas with vigour for a considerable amount of time. After such time however, the shaky foundations upon which these ideas were constructed come crumbling down, and he finally ...

Adding OSSEC client to OSSEC Server For this you will need two machine, one for OSSEC server and other one for OSSEC client. Post contains mainly two components OSSEC server OSSEC agent (client) 1. Install the server and steps are explain in previous article. and same way install OSSEC agent in other machine. 2. In server add new agent by # /var/ossec/bin/manage_agents (Enter you client IP ...

CSE Monthly Analysis: May 2016 Earlier this year, the January edition of this very report highlighted how the Colombo Stock Exchange had lost 840 points. When we published that article, the ASPI was hovering around the 6,200 mark. Fast forward to today and the very same ASPI is trading at around 6,500. In other words, the ASPI has managed to regain almost half of what it ...

[Featured image courtesy The New Yorker. Editor’s note: This is a direct translation of chapter 5 of Thamilini Jayakumarans’ book ‘Under the shadow of a sword’. This book is a reflection of real life experience of a female combatant in a brutal war. The launch of the book was wracked with controversy, with local politicians, including the TNA, electing not ...

The 8 Big Taxes You Need To Watch Out For Ah… taxes. Nothing has the power to topple governments, and divide political coalitions like a tax. Just ask PM Modi over in New Delhi, who has been struggling to push a Goods and Services Tax through the Rajya Sabha, or former US President George W. Bush, who was known for his infamous tax cuts. Taxes are the most important source of ...

Featured image courtesy The Nation Sri Lankans sometimes like to claim perverse records for their country. You will likely have heard the proud assertion that ‘Sri Lanka has the highest suicide rate in the world’. Fortunately, that is not true. But here is a genuine perverse record, of which few people are aware: Sri Lanka holds the world record for ...

Sri Lanka’s Underutilised Resource: Female Labour A country’s labour force is perhaps its most valuable resource. A large, productive workforce, when combined with other inputs, can increase an economy’s production capacity, thereby making it possible to produce more goods and services. These outputs, in turn, enable a country to participate in trade, bring in money, and ultimately drive an increase in living standards. Women working ...

Creating Correlation Rules and Alarms in AlienVault The goal of a correlation analysis is to see whether two measurement variables co vary, and to quantify the strength of the relationship between the variables. Correlation is important to make sense out of all that information in the system. Correlation to the rescue and increase evidence of the event and the business impact and the event a false positiveness. ...

US:Killing of 2 pregnant women: Tactical Mistake Sometimes you wonder about the chutzpah of US.In February 2010 a night raid by special operations forces in Afghanistan killed seven civilians including two pregnant women and two children.Defense Department investigators concluded that “the amount of force utilized was necessary, proportional and applied at appropriate time.” The investigation did acknowledge that “tactical mistakes” were made.U.S. soldiers dug the bullets out ...

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