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After weeks of speculation, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) left the government this week announcing that they would function as an independent group in Parliament. Cabinet minister Champika Ranawaka and Provincial minister Udaya Gammanpila also resigned their portfolios. The decision was meant to put an end to much political intrigue where many felt that the JHU would, in fact,...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

How embarrassing it must be for the ICC to have its no. 1 and 2 ranked bowlers in one-day international cricket reported for chucking and banned.Off-spinners Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and Sunil Narine of West Indies are one-two in the ICC ODI bowling rankings who have been banned from bowling in cricket until their actions have been cleared by the ICC’s Performance Centre.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Issues related to President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term of office was settled this week when the Supreme Court decided he could do so, even as former Chief Justice Sarath Silva lamented that, with the decision of the country’s highest court now known, ‘nothing more could be done’.  The opposition is still engaged in its search for the...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Tilvin Silva of the JVP made an interesting point at the commemoration of comrades slain in 1988-89: ‘Mahinda has already run half the race.’  The constitution favors incumbent.  Authorities turn a blind eye on the abuse of state resources and indeed the institutional arrangement is so poor in terms of checks and balances that this is a ‘given’.  Citizens have, sadly,...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

To score a double century in one-day internationals was at one time thought to be every cricketer’s dream, but no longer. The advent of Twenty20 cricket has made scoring 300 plus runs in a day in a Test match, 400 runs in a fifty-over ODI and double centuries in an ODI not a possibility but a formality.

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Twenty-five years ago a man was killed. He was one of some 60,000 who had been killed in those gruesome days of the late eighties. It is reported that he had been tortured and shot. It is reported that he was still alive when he was tossed into the incinerator at the General Cemetery, Borella. This was at the tail end...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

The rumblings of dissent within the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), instigated mostly by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) pale into insignificance in comparison to those that are being now felt in the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) which is in the throes of another crisis.Hopes of the UNP faithful and indeed, for...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

To be appointed captain of the ICC Test team of the year for 2014 ahead of such current proven leaders as Michael Clarke, Misbah-ul-Haq, Alastair Cook and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is indeed an honour bestowed on the young shoulders of Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka Test and ODI captain.

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

If it is about who will be the principal presidential candidate of the Opposition, then it boils down to who wins Ranil Wickremesinghe’s endorsement, in the event that he chooses not to contest of course. This is because the United National Party is the main Opposition party and the one that can secure support from important sections of the rest of the Opposition.

Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00

With presidential elections looming, the election machinery of the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has swung into top gear, despite the hiccups it is having with its partners. The same, however, cannot be said about the opposition United National Party (UNP).The UNP this week held a meeting for its activists in Colombo. There, the message was that its presidential...

Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) under the current administration of Jayantha Dharmadasa is heading towards disaster if what is being reported in the media is true. Some of the most startling news to emerge among others from the corridors of SLC headquarters at Maitland Place is the sex scandal where one of the selectors and team officials stand accused...

Full Article Sunday, 02 November 2014 00:00

It is a sad state of affairs of what is happening in the Caribbean. A West Indies team abandoning a cricket tour of an ICC full member country is something that you never hear of. But sadly it has happened with Dwayne Bravo’s West Indians returning home after fulfilling only half the fixtures they were due to play on their...

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

A European court lifting the proscription on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) this week has generated a political storm but the implications of the verdict should not be taken lightly because it allows the terrorist group to regroup and reorganize and potentially threaten Sri Lanka again.The decision runs counter to the ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards terrorism in whatever

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

The telltale signs are there: President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the North, a reduction in electricity tariffs, the United National Party (UNP) announcing a ‘Group of 20’ to run election campaigns and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) proposing constitutional amendments.These events only point towards one outcome and that is the announcement of a presidential election, expected on November 20,

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Dayan Jayatilleka in an article published in the Colombo Telegraph (How a weak opposition could still play it smart) offers that the Opposition is actually helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa secure a third term. He claims that the Opposition has picked the wrong slogan, that of ‘constitutional change’ when ‘it has little prospect of acting as a rallying cry among millions

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

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