Volume 1 - Issue 7



Whistleblowing- The Thin Wedge in the Door

Prof. Susirith Mendis
I wrote in two previous columns about two sides of the coin. First, the bribe-takers in “Decline of integrity in public service: Can we stem the trend?” and about the bribe-givers in “Corporate Corruption: The Other Side of the Coin”. What we need to realise and understand is that bribe-takers would not exist if bribe-givers did not exist. It is bribe-givers that create bribe-takers. And the bribe-givers that we need to worry about are not the man in the street who bribes a peon in ...Continued

The 20th Amendment

Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu
The decision of the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to present a Private Members Bill on the abolition of the executive presidency holds out some hope that constitutional reform will not be completely forgotten in the remaining 18 months of this government’s term.  As to whether it will succeed or not – there ought to be every reason why it should – will be determined by the post NCM political climate, in particular the evaluations as to which political actor retention or abolition will benefit most. ...Continued

Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based violence at Universities

Kshama Ranawana
In February this year, the University of Kelaniya hosted a gender festival; the third in a series to promote gender equity and equality. The first two were held at the Eastern University and the University of Peradeniya, in May and November last year respectively.  Sponsored by the Centre for Equity and Equality of the Ministry of Higher Education, the festival at the Kelaniya University was organized by its Centre for Gender Studies. Involving all the universities, the festivals host programs that help raise awareness on ...Continued