Author Archive for EDWARD THEOPHILUS

CAN THE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT JUSTIFY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY?

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Narcotic has become a serious problem in the modern world as they are badly affected to human body as adherent substance in the one hand and the consumers and dealers of illicit drug do massive harmful to young generation and to the society in other hand. Many countries have passed legal provisions […]

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CANDIDATURE OF MR GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS CONFIRMED BY PEOPLE

Monday, April 15th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Candidature for the next presidential election has become a complex problem to all political parties in Sri Lanka as the party politics in the country has become corrupt, undercutting and involved in many disguise cunning practices.  It is a nature not only in Sri Lanka, but also in other democratic countries in […]

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CAN UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION GO AGAINST UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS?

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS UN Human Rights Commission has established with specific purposes and the commission has no right to go against the human rights of people based on the recommendation of its bureaucrats, who are not above the human rights declaration of the United Nations. I read an article in the Sunday Observer on 07.04.2019 […]

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MONEY LAUNDERING, TERRORISM AND DESPERATE FOR INVESTMENT IN SRI LANKA

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The yahapalana regime initiated with the 2015 presidential election had undisclosed motives and a deformed face in its operation to the country and the pattern of its operation showed that it was associated with highly dishonest elements. At the outset, Mr. Maithrepala Sirisena didn’t know about the president of the party (Swan […]

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CANDIDATES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS According to political analysts and journalists, several candidates have named as potential aspirants for the next presidential election in Sri Lanka, which will be scheduled to hold ending 2019. The major shortcoming of such ad-hoc naming is that not a single journalist names a woman candidate and it seems that although political […]

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INVESTMENTS AND ANFRACTUOUS STRATEGY OF SO-CALLED POTENTIAL INVESTORS

Sunday, March 24th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS In terms of economics, investment considers as an essential requirement of an economy for its expansion and an effective variable for solving many macroeconomic problems in a country. Classical economic theory indirectly ruled that investment should be equal to savings but the dynamism and macroeconomic problems in countries have forced many governments […]

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LEADERSHIP AND MOTIVATION FOR POLICY CORRECTIONS IN SRI LANKA

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS To achieve a rapid economic development and sustainable economic growth, the most essential desideratum in Sri Lanka is policy correction in relation to political, economic, social and cultural areas. It is a gigantic task with a strong political and social motivation.  Since the political independence in 1948, Sri Lanka continuously involved in […]

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MANNAR GRAVE YARD AND FABRICATED PROPAGANDA

Monday, March 11th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS A scientific test on the uncovered human skeletons from an ancient grave yard in Mannar proved that they were older more than 500 years and a TNA MP in Mulaitiu District, Mr. Nirmala Nathan Siva Mohan further fussed against the true information reported by Florida Lab.  According to historical information recorded in […]

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BUDGET 2019, GAMPERALYA AND POLITICS

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The budget Speech with the proposals for 2019 presented to the parliament clearly reflected that the government has failed to develop or open right policies to take the country to a right path for rapid development and a sustainable growth. Since 1957 Sri Lanka has been sticked to wrong budget policies and […]

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MANNAR GRAVE YARD AND HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATION OF THE DUTCH AND TAMILS

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS There is no doubt that the grave yard uncovered by Sri Lanka’s government in Mannar, was a sacrifice of Catholic faith during the Dutch era.  When we attended to Catholic festivals in the Madu Church in the past, the incident was publicly memorised by the Catholic Church and special prayers were conducted […]

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SHOULD EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY BE ABOLISHED IN SRI LANKA

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Executive presidency in Sri Lanka has been integrated to the country’s constitutional administration and public has gradually understood the significance of the executive presidency to Sri Lanka’s society despite rhetoric of some political parties to abolish this great institution. It is the symbol of Sri Lanka like the king in history. Mr […]

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APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW DIRECTORS TO COLOMBO STOCK EXCHANGE BOARD

Sunday, February 17th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Last Sunday Island (17.02.2019) reported that two new directors appointed to Colombo Stock Exchange Board.  The new directors were Mr. Dimuthu Sanjaya Abeysekera, who is CEO of Asha Philips Securities, which is affiliated to Philip Capital Singapore and a director of Asha Financial Services Ltd. This director is directly associated with the […]

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THE PUZZLE OF NINETEENTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF SRI LANKA

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS I read many articles and listen to speeches and discussions of academics and politicians in Sri Lanka regarding the constitutional reforms.  Many articles, speeches, and discussions attempted to point the figure to the 19th amendment, which was enacted on 28.04.2015, the current constitution after this amendment has created a puzzle in which […]

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MEDIA FREEDOM IN SRI LANKA

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Media freedom considers as a significant attribute in a democratic society which respects the human rights including the right to express independent views on various matters and protecting people who expresses independent perspectives, from litigating and punishing at the court.  Before political independence, although there were news papers in Sri Lanka, no […]

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WHAT WENT WRONG?

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS News in Sri Lanka during the past several weeks seem to be gloomy and many Sri Lankan living in overseas and in the country question whether Sri Lanka is a corrupt state despite its label that it is a people-oriented democratic country. Several commissions appointed and investigated several cases, but results have […]

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WHAT SHOULD BE PRIORITIES IN SRI LANKA

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS When I was talking to many Sri Lankan people who are living in overseas and in Sri Lanka, they clearly expressed that the country is in a dogmatic situation, that unable to identify the priorities. Politic in Sri Lanka has given priorities for talking rubbish points of Machiavellian practices of political parties […]

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POLITICS AND PROPOSED IDEAS FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION IN SRI LANKA

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS As I have pointed out many occasions political activities and strategies in Sri Lanka have become politic (Machiavellianism) of parties, which is attracted by public and media.  It can be popularly seen in democratic countries, however, in Sri Lanka, these politic games are used by the ruling party and the opposition parties […]

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DOES THE METHOD OF DETERMINING TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF PARLIAMENT IN SRI LANKA REFLECT THE SOVEREIGNTY OF PEOPLE?

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Many judgments of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, which were believed to be the accurate interpretation of the constitution and bills presented to the parliament.  The Supreme Court is the authority to interpret the constitution, ruled in many instances that the legitimation of various bills requires the two-thirds majority of the […]

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ELIMINATION OF RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS DIFFERENCES IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PARTIES INVOLVED

Monday, January 7th, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS It is obvious from the current debate on the elimination of racial and religious differences in Sri Lanka that many minor parties to involved in the debate attempt to blame a single party, Sinhala Buddhist, for the failure of the thrust.  In fact, it is not the right way of conflict resolution […]

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BUILDING THE NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN SRI LANKA (Part 1)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Building the national integration in Sri Lanka has been a significant issue since independence in 1948 as the Donoughmore reforms initiated in 1928 and the State Council was established by the reforms disguisedly attempted to make communal divisions by British rulers. A similar strategy used in India encouraging communalism between Hindus and […]

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BUILDING THE NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN SRI LANKA (Part 2)

Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The Solebury Constitution, which developed the reforms for granting the independence also did not promote the national integration and tried to spread the communalism through the election system. The emergency of 1958 was the first communal struggle obviously echoed in the Sri Lankan society after the independence and the leader of the […]

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GIVING PRIORITY FOR REDUNDANT ISSUES IN SRI LANKA

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS LTTE terrorist war was a serious problem to Sri Lanka from 1983 to 2009 and the war was ended by Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Generally, the end of civil war massively benefited to Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim and others such as foreign and domestic tourists. If Prabhakaran and his movement survived on the advices […]

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BUILDING THE NATIONAL INTEGRATION IN SRI LANKA UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The most significant political and social issue in Sri Lanka is building the national integration for the prosperity of Sri Lanka.  What is national integration? Shona Khurana (2010) has defined as National integration is the awareness of a common identity amongst the citizens of a country.  It means that though we belong […]

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DOES SRI LANKA NEED TO ABOLISH EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Mr Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Prime Minister and the leader of UNP has expressed at the victory rally held in Galle Face ground that he will form a new political front, which predominantly focus on abolishing the executive presidency with a view to transforming the political system to a parliamentary democracy with a […]

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MINORITY POLITICS WITH MAJORITY CITIZENS IN SRI LANKA

Monday, December 17th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Current political crisis in Sri Lanka clearly indicates that although Sinhala community is the majority citizens in Sri Lanka, minority groups are playing politics with them in the parliament. Although the Sinhala community is the majority of Population (Nearly 80%), they cannot discriminate the minority, who have equal human rights. The operation […]

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THE SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON THE DISSOLUTION OF THE PARLIAMENT AND THE POLITICAL TRENDS IN SRI LANKA

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The dissolution of parliament by a gazette notification of the president was not in terms of the constitution, was determined by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka When carefully reading two judgements it is quite clear that judges decided purely based on the literal meaning the clauses of the constitution and they […]

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HAVE THE DEBATE AND ACTIONS FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AND POLITICAL CRISIS GONE BEYOND THE LIMITS?

Monday, December 10th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Information published in print and electronic media regarding the debate and actions for the constitutional and political crisis in Sri Lanka show that they have gone beyond the limits.  How many people of Sri Lanka are interested in these matters is difficult to estimate? Few people as a percentage of population in […]

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CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SRI LANKA

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS Sunday newspapers in Sri Lanka in Sinhala, English and Tamil published many articles in relation to constitutional crisis of the country and the points mentioned in many articles were beyond the level of understanding of ordinary Sri Lankans as they referred to various legislations and academic style of points and arguments mentioned […]

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SRI LANKA NEEDS NEW CONSTITUTION AFTER NEXT GENERAL ELECTION

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS The current constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka clearly indicates that the existing constitution has created an instability to the country.  The nature of this instability is that country cannot govern as the way people expect and cannot implement economic and social policies to gain prosperity to people.  In fact, current constitution is […]

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IS THE BEHAVIOUR OF THE SPEAKER A REHERSAL TO PASS THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTION?

Monday, November 19th, 2018

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS People of Sri Lanka have a serious doubt about the behaviour of the speaker as a rehearsal to pass the proposed new constitution using illegal and contradict techniques of modes operandi. Since the election of the Yahapalana government in 2015, the behaviour of the parliament speaker has been confused and reflected the […]

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