INDIA HAS TO BE TACTFUL IN DEALING WITH ITS ISLAND NEIGHBOUR FRIENDLY WITH CHINA
Published 07-08-2020 11:45 GMT-0000
When Gotabaya Rajapaksa won the presidential election in Sri Lanka exactly a year ago, those watching Sri Lankan politics were sure that his Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) would win the parliamentary elections also in August 2020. They have been proved correct. The elections were held last Wednesday (August 5). The SLPP swept the polls winning 145 out of 225 seats. Getting the support of five more MPs does not pose any problem. Judging by Gotabaya’s declared intentions, Sri Lanka is in for an authoritarian rule in which the President will wield far more power than he does now. There is both jubilation and trepidation among the people, depending on their attitude to democracy and individual freedom.
BIG POWERS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO SHOW RESTRAINT
Published 06-08-2020 14:12 GMT-0000
Seventy-five years ago, when the US dropped a bomb named Little Boy on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the world entered a new and terrifying era.
TRANSFER OF FUNDS IN THE HANDS OF PEOPLE IS HELPFUL TO ECONOMIC REVIVAL
Published 05-08-2020 13:31 GMT-0000
Published 04-08-2020 06:47 GMT-0000
The economic shutdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing job losses have rekindled enthusiasm for the introduction of a universal basic income (UBI), a concept that manages to divide opinion not only between left and right, but within left and right circles too. Some of the reasons given for opposing UBI can actually be deployed in its favour, such is the range of positions adopted by its supporters and detractors.
Gains made by women in their march to equality with men (gender justice) for over two centuries have been imperiled by the Covid-19 induced pandemic. Current pandemic has exposed vulnerability of women more than their male counterparts within their homes, labour market and as frontline healthcare workers. It has increased their unpaid work as caregivers, magnified pay disparities and widened the existing gender divide with its inequalities. More than men, roughly 740 million jobs in education, healthcare, food, retail services, social assistance and hospitality, known as preserve of women globally, have been lost during the lockdown. Despite lockdown having been eased considerably, many of women’s pink collared jobs largely worked by women are yet to resume normal operations, whereas the blue collared jobs that are generally men’s areas of work in manufacturing and construction have resumed full swing.
SIGNING THE TREATY IS THE BEST GUARANTEE TO ENSURE PEACE
Published 03-08-2020 10:48 GMT-0000
While visiting the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, one wonders how with the knowledge of destructive power of weapons could man build and then use the nuclear arms on human population. To watch the pictures of the destruction while going around the memorial and to read the account of the loss that took place as a result of atomic bombing is a nightmarish experience. The tiny atomic bombs (as per the standards of the present day nuclear weapons) killed around 140,000 people in Hiroshima and nearly 70,000 in Nagasaki and roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.
EMBATTLED PRESIDENT CREATES FURORE OVER POLL DELAY REMARK
Published 03-08-2020 10:42 GMT-0000
America today illustrates what economic distress can do to humble a proud nation. The land of democracy is facing the worst threat to the country’s basic political feature with the blow coming from none other than its highest guardian.
RIGHTWING LOBBY WANTS PRESIDENT TO STICK TO POWER EVEN AFTER DEFEAT
Published 31-07-2020 15:14 GMT-0000
Donald Trump’s proposal to postpone the 2020 election is nothing less than the opening act of a coup. The aim is not to actually delay the vote, as only Congress has that authority. Rather, this move is aimed at undermining confidence in the legitimacy of the results should Trump lose on November 3rd and, further, to sabotage efforts to expand vote-by-mail. This is a full-frontal assault on American democracy which must be blocked by a landslide vote against the Republican Party on Election Day.
LOW PAID WORKERS ARE MOST VULNERABLE TO COVID INFECTION NOW
Published 31-07-2020 14:13 GMT-0000
The results of a nationwide economic survey in Pakistan, undertaken by IPSOS, Europe’s leading market research outfit indicate that the net job loss in the country due to pandemic, is feared to surpass substantially the estimate by the ministry of planning, worked out in April this year, between 12.3 million and 18.5 million people. The loss to economy is put anywhere between Rs2 trillion and Rs2.5 trillion in just three months, assuming “moderate to severe shocks from the coronavirus outbreak”. In monetary terms, the three-month wage loses will translate in to Rs.66 billion.
FORMER ECUADOR PRESIDENT CORREA HOPEFUL OF FUTURE OF LEFT
Published 30-07-2020 11:05 GMT-0000
Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa insists that democracy will prevail in the Latin American country despite the government waging “lawfare” in a bid to block his candidacy in the 2021 election.
AFTER BOLIVIA COUP, U.S. MNC'S BECOMING MORE AGGRESSIVE
Published 29-07-2020 11:05 GMT-0000
Billionaire Tesla owner Elon Musk has come under fire after welcoming last year’s overthrow of Bolivian president Evo Morales in what was seen as a bid to obtain the country’s lithium reserves.