Mercantilism : Has it lost its relevance?

Mercantilism which is the earliest theory pertaining to International Trade, was the dominant economic doctrine in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, which is often discussed with reference to colonialism as Mercantilism is considered to be a result of Colonization. In the past, this was based on the premise that national wealth and power were …


The Department of International Relations, it’s time for you to revive!

  As we (all of us who follow IR as a major or a minor) know, most of the IR lectures these days are done by assistant lecturers due to (I suppose) the lack of senior lecturers at the department.I do not want to specifically point out the lecturers or the course units done by …

Disaster and Media Disaster

During the past few days we saw all forms of media actively engaging in reporting about the floods which cost the country hundreds of lives and caused massive infrastructure and property damage. As usual the Sri Lankan media, especially TV channels and radio stations went a further step into collecting necessary dry rations and engaging …

Memories of Sirimavo Bandaranaike on the Centenary of her Birth



Mrs. Bandaranaike photographed in Baghdad in 1975 with the writer (center) and Ambassador Faisal Junaid.

by Leelananda De Silva

I was in the main hall of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) last week to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Mrs. Bandaranaike and memories of 40 years ago came flooding back. In March 1974, the Annual Sessions of the Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ECAFE), now called ESCAP, was held at the BMICH, and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs was responsible for its organization. It was then the largest international conference to be held in Sri Lanka, and the first conference of any kind to be held at the BMICH. Mrs. Bandaranaike saw this conference as a trial run for the Non Aligned Summit. She was our Minister, and not only the Prime Minister.

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Multilingualism : for global citizenship and cultural understanding

In today’s world it is almost impossible to find a person who is not competent in at least two languages inclusive or exclusive of his/her mother-tongue. In fact, fluency in more than one language is no longer an option in this globalized world. On the one hand, learning a new language has become a prerequisite …