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Dr. Rohan Pallewatta Opposes Politics that Ignore the Ethics of...

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Kshama Ranwana
Apart from mainstream political parties preparing to contest the Presidential election scheduled for November 16 this year, this contest has also brought to the fore several groups whose common endeavour is to introduce an alternative political culture.  Sri Lanka has been governed these past 71 years either by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party or the United National Party, or coalitions where one these two parties’ played a leading role. While alternative political parties have sprung up from time to time, this time around, there has ...Continued

Unlike the Current Politicians, We are for You and Your...

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Kshama Ranawana
Former Army Commander, General Mahesh Senanayake, fresh into his retirement has decided to throw his lot in with the alternative groups vying to enter politics with the aim of changing the current political culture and introducing an ethical system of governance. General Senanayake was named the presidential candidate of the National People’s Movement, on September 29, 2019. General Senanayake and the former Auditor General Gamini Wijesignhe spoke to a small group of media persons on October 2, in Colombo.  The National People’s Movement aims to ...Continued

Pakistan’s Grand Show As Cricket Returns To The Country

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Spectator
Pakistan’s contribution to cricket has been immense but the sport in that country received several blows following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team a decade ago. Pakistan Cricket Board was forced to host its international games at overseas venues like United Arab Emirates costing them an arm and a leg. But more importantly some of their finest players had no knowledge what it meant to play in front of their own fans. Babar Azam, perhaps, the finest talent produced by Pakistan since Inzamam-ul-Haq ...Continued

Communist China in a US-dominated World Order

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While there is no denying that the Chinese are a people of considerable genius and inventiveness, the secret of their collective survival as a communist state has to be sought in their great ability to learn from history, besides other factors. They were, for example, quick to learn from the soviet collapse of the early nineties and recognized the reality in time that communism in its most austere forms cannot survive in a market-driven world. That was where the Soviet Union went wrong. The soviets ...Continued

Preparing Students for the Technology Driven World

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HGS Prematunge
Western educators have realised that it is high time the education system redefined ‘teaching’ to ready students for the growing technology-driven world, providing them with real-world applications while promoting hands-on learning. Gone are the days when students were expected to listen attentively as teachers lectured over them for 45-minute school periods. The learning methods discussed in this article, in addition to those discussed in the previous Counterpoint issue, is in the process of reinventing ‘learning’ in the Western education system. Growth Mindset According to Stanford ...Continued

Upcycling Minimises Waste

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Kshama Ranawana
Upcycling, recycling, the new buzz words in recent years, though, in generations past, repurposing used and old products and clothes was a given. We grew up in times, when pages from text books were re-used by the corner stores to sell grocery items,  milk, oil, vinegar came in glass utensils,  old towels and unused extra fabric  were cut up for use in kitchens, to clean floors and furniture etc. and cooked food was wrapped in banana leaves and old newspapers.  As kids, we enjoyed reading ...Continued

Kardar Must Be Spinning In His Grave

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Spectator
Sri Lanka’s premier players have pulled the plug on Pakistan’s efforts to bring international cricket back into that country after a decade of sporting isolation. Sri Lanka Cricket put on a strong front saying they were willing to send a second string team but used dillydallying tactics after the government warned of a possible terrorist attack during the tour. The government has not disclosed its intelligence source for authorities to figure out how credible the threat is. One understands the government’s concerns after fingers were ...Continued

Hong Kong Protesters’ Pro-West Slip Showing Amply

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Dissector
While it is quite understandable that people anywhere should find enslaving chains of any kind intolerable, what progressive opinion would least expect are attempted tie-ups between such sections seeking emancipation and the former Western colonial powers. Unfortunately, this is happening right now in Hong Kong, a former British colony. The latest we hear is that Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are currently taking their cause to the British consulate in Hong Kong, even singing ‘God Save the Queen’ and ‘Rule Britannia’. This is no subconscious bias ...Continued

Global Educational Trends

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HGS Prematunge
Today’s student population being technology savvy interact digitally with one another and with information, at an increasing ratel. This is what makes digital citizenship so imperative. Digital Citizenship is a prime example of the impact technology has made on human behaviour and interactions. The basic definition for a digital citizen is ‘someone who utilizes information technology in order to engage in society, politics, and government’. Educator Terry Heick defines digital citizenship as, ‘The quality of habits, actions, and consumption patterns that impact the ecology of ...Continued

Why Not Incorporate Mindfulness Into Sri Lankan Education?

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HGS Prematunge
One of the most intriguing success stories behind the benefits of mindfulness is probably that of George Mumford. Mumford had been a star high school basketball player who’d subsequently developed a heroin addiction. But by the early 1980s, he’d embraced meditation and gotten clean. Mumford later taught meditation to prison inmates and other sporting giants like him, such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, who in turn became an outspoken adherent of meditation. But Mumford is by no means alone, famous practitioners include Oprah, Jerry ...Continued

The Rise And Fall Of Ajantha Mendis

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Spectator
The Indians feared him like the plague. The South Africans had nightmares facing him. Lord’s even credited a new delivery to him that has now become the part of cricket’s lexicon. The carom ball proved to be the undoing of many famous batting line ups. The inventor of this deadly delivery announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last week. The likes of Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah, Muralitharan provided much joy to local cricket fans for well over a decade. Ajantha Mendis ...Continued

The JVP At A Crossroads: Bopage’s Critical View Of His...

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Hawk’s Eye
Dr. Lional Bopage was in town, recently, to attend the launch of the Sinhala translation of his biography, Rebellion, Repression and the Struggle for Justice in Sri Lanka – The Lionel Bopage Story written by Michael Colin Cooke. Bopage is currently based in Australia and campaigns for social justice mainly through his writing. He turns 74 this year. Counterpoint met him in Colombo. Bopage got involved politics in his student days while attending Rahula College, Matara. He was among the students who experienced the change ...Continued
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