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Other results of my exploratory analysis suggest what types of tuition are most helpful. Mass classes appear to be more helpful than group classes, and classes given in private tutories appear to be more helpful than those given in schools. Finally, for both subjects, the impact estimates by the number of weekly hours of tuition follow the same pattern: the lowest impact comes from attending more than six hours of tuition per week, a middling impact comes from attending less than three hours per week, and the highest impact comes from attending three to six hours per week.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/03/03/how-free-is-free-education-the-impact-of-tuition-on-exam-marks/
Photo courtesy Rose Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's Free Education Scheme aims to provide each child an equal opportunity at educational success, but there is debate over to what extent it succeeds in this endeavor. Notably, some critics are concerned that private spending on education (for private and ...
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Ms. JeyaGanesh Pakeerathy was a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Sea Tigers unit for around four years (exact years unknown). She was heavily injured and was discontinued in 2000. After receiving intensive treatment at home, she recovered. However, even today she is unable to do heavy work.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/03/03/tid-arrests-a-tamil-woman-and-8-year-old-french-daughter/
Background Ms. JeyaGanesh Pakeerathy was a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Sea Tigers unit for around four years (exact years unknown). She was heavily injured and was discontinued in 2000. After receiving intensive treatment at home, she recovered.
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While domestic and international observers have been praising the peaceful transfer of power in early January, Sri Lanka’s civil conflict continues and Tamil rights remain in question.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/03/01/whose-democracy-is-it-anyway/
While domestic and international observers have been praising the peaceful transfer of power in early January, Sri Lanka's civil conflict continues and Tamil rights remain in question. TSA has obtained a series of highly credible reports about people who disappeared during the final days of ...
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I also have serious doubt about the claim made by Prof. Rohan Gunaratna that Sri Lankan armed forces do not suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Several counselling centres operated by the armed forces throughout the country could dispute the claim by Prof. Gunaratna.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/02/22/army-in-the-north-contesting-the-views-of-prof-rohan-gunaratna/
Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images, via A Sri Lankan Quest. This is in response to the views expressed by “International Terrorism Expert” Prof. Rohan Gunaratna to Zahrah Imtiaz in the article titled “Don't Withdraw Army from North: Prof. Rohan Gunaratna” published in the Ceylon Today of Sunday 15 ...
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Yesterday’s rally in Nugegoda organised by the hard-core Sinhala nationalists, i.e. Weerawansa, Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasudeva with the blessings of former President Mahinda Rajapakse and their pseudo intellectual appendage Dayan Jayatilleke reminds us that the politicians who made a life out of Sinhala communalism/nationalism at the expense of a pluralist, liberal democratic Sri Lanka are well and alive.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/02/19/beating-the-communal-drum-by-hardcore-sinhala-nationalists/
Photo courtesy Daily FT. Yesterday's rally in Nugegoda organised by the hard-core Sinhala nationalists, i.e. Weerawansa, Dinesh, Gammanpila and Vasudeva with the blessings of former President Mahinda Rajapakse and their pseudo intellectual appendage Dayan Jayatilleke reminds us that the ...
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I am writing this open letter to you all as I have doubts that you might receive it through the layers of bureaucracy and entrenched interests that support the proposed ‘Port City’ project. A recent news report quotes a senior government spokesman stating that a “comprehensive review would look into every aspect of the project, including its environmental impact.” Obviously a ‘comprehensive review’ will take a few weeks at least for a project this size and any decision taken in a few days would mean that no ‘comprehensive review’ has been undertaken and we are once again lulled into a state of false complacency while our nations future is dismantled.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/02/18/open-letter-to-the-government-of-sri-lanka-on-the-port-city-review/
Image courtesy Yamu. Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Minister Hon. Rajitha Senaratne Minister Hon Lakshman Kiriella. Dear Sirs,. On the Port City Review. I am writing this open letter to you all as I have doubts that you might receive it through the layers of bureaucracy and entrenched ...
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Images and optics are important in a democracy. They influence how a society sees power and authority. They normalize conduct and create precedent. The reinstatement seems to be accepted by most. However, if it normalizes arbitrary action and undermines the notion that rulers must be accountable, act according to law, and use power responsibly then it must be viewed critically. If it enfeebles democratic sensibilities, makes the judiciary appear beholden to the Executive, creates a negative precedent and communicates to the government that its wrongful acts will escape censure – then our society will be weaker for it.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/03/03/a-tale-of-two-chief-justices-from-process-to-principles-part-ii/
AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA, via The Malaysian Insider. By Luwie Ganeshathasan and Sanjayan Rajasingham. Read Part I here. A Broader Analysis. The legality of Mr. Sirisena's decision to reinstate Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake through executive order was questionable, though not strictly illegal.
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It’s now 50 days since Sri Lanka’s new President took oaths on 9th January 2015. This is an attempt to reflect on the first 50 days of the new Presidency. It’s not meant to be comprehensive assessment of the 50 days, but a reflection based on my personal experiences, what I’ve seen and heard in my travels around the country interacting with various people and also what I’ve read.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/03/02/human-rights-and-50-days-of-sri-lankas-new-presidency/
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The point to remember however is that irrespective of the party or parties in power, the underlying economic agenda will be a capitalist one aligned with key global centres of power, multinational corporations and their agencies. Unless a party like the JVP comes up with a truly indigenous development model with sustainability as it’s key basis, Sri Lankans can expect more of the same with a different label in the coming years.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/02/26/unity-of-the-ruling-political-class-and-the-national-government/
Photo by Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images via The Baltimore Sun. The talks of establishing a national government, among other things, highlight the underlying unity of the ruling class in Sri Lanka. Irrespective of party differences and occasional incidents of politico arrests and then release ...
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The declaration that Mohan Peiris’s appointment as Chief Justice was void ab initio (invalid from the beginning), and the subsequent reinstatement of Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, raises many questions. What was the legal basis for these acts? Was the proper procedure followed in deciding that a legal basis existed? Or was this a case of the new government mirroring the old, using force to remove an inconvenient judicial officer? Now that the tumult surrounding these events has died down, we can engage in a thoughtful and sober analysis of these questions. This piece attempts to do so, beginning with the legal basis of the reinstatement.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/02/20/a-tale-of-two-chief-justices-from-process-to-principles-part-i/
Photo courtesy The Malaysian Insider / AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA. By Luwie Ganeshathasan and Sanjayan Rajasingham. Introduction. The declaration that Mohan Peiris's appointment as Chief Justice was void ab initio (invalid from the beginning), and the subsequent reinstatement of Dr. Shirani ...
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In total contrast to the former President’s rhetoric, which generally included noble sentiments in Tamil, President Sirisena’s speech was low-key, refined , and precise in its delivery. The messages were unambiguous and focused on urgent issues before the government. He graciously acknowledged the role that his predecessor played in ushering in peace and , for the first time since 2010, included General Sarath Fonseka in a well deserved accolade. The event , in its entirety, was dignified, sober and very definitely would have cost the state, and the people, a mere fraction of the extravaganzas of previous years.

Via http://groundviews.org/2015/02/18/deconstructing-independence-day-discourse-2015-a-response-to-dr-dayan-jayatilleka/
AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, via South China Morning Post. The 2015 Independence Day celebration was invested with the dignity of understatement – a complete departure from the showmanship and bravura performances which characterized the previous events under the patronage of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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Review of Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka by Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne , Rouledge, London, 2014, ISBN 978-0-415-46266-2,250pp

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Photo courtesy Ingulfed. Review of Nation, Constitutionalism and Buddhism in Sri Lanka by Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne , Rouledge, London, 2014, ISBN 978-0-415-46266-2250pp. ###. This treatise encompasses a vast span of time and straddles both the pre-modern and modern periods of Sri Lanka's ...
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