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The government formed by President Maithripala Sirisena with a United National Party (UNP) dominated cabinet led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe passed the fifty-day mark yesterday, the half-way point in its self-proclaimed ‘100-day’ plan to usher in a different era for the country.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Dunedin is New Zealand’s largest city by area and arguably the most spectacular in terms of contrasting landscapes. One of the striking features when you enter Dunedin is the Otago University with its various buildings built in a vast area covering 100,000 acres of land. Part of this vast expanse is the University Oval, a sports ground located at Logan Park...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The secret - A flower is beautiful and attractive because it looks and smiles, but speaks not a word. Beautiful girls retain their beauty while they keep their mouths shut. Not a regime change, but regime reversal - We did not change a regime. We have merely turned it upside down.  We have affected a regime reversal. Earlier we had MR regime. Now we have RM regime. I mean Ranil Maithri regime.

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) is suffering from an identity crisis.  The signs are all over the place.  The SLFP has more Members of Parliament than any other party, and yet finds itself in the Opposition.  The man who secured the support of a majority of voters is the leader of the SLFP, and yet neither he nor the...

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena was in India this week mending diplomatic fences there but all eyes were focused on Nugegoda on Wednesday where a campaign to compel the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to nominate Mahinda Rajapaksa as its prime ministerial candidate was launched.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Memories
Jorge Luis Borges once wrote about someone he once encountered thus: ‘His memory was wonderful. He could reconstruct all his dreams, all his half dreams. He told me, “I alone have more memories than all mankind has probably had since the world has been the world.”  And again “My dreams are like you people’s waking hours”.

Full Article Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Just six months ago, the United National Party (UNP) was in disarray, locked in a leadership battle between Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa that was driving the party on a downward spiral. Now, they are in government and the rival Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) faces that fate. This was after the defeat of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

A group of essentially one-man parties have organized a rally.  They’ve invited the 5.8 million who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa in a losing cause on January 8, 2015 to attend.   They have asked for a show of force.  Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila are all fiery speakers no doubt, but in terms of political endowments such as membership,...

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

International cricket would not have heard of the picturesque Hagley Oval (situated in the heart of Christchurch) that hosted the opening match of the 2015 Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and New Zealand had it not been for the two earthquakes that devastated the town and caused extensive damage to Lancaster Park, the former venue for international matches played at Canterbury.

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

For the next seven weeks starting from Saturday February 14 all eyes will be focused on the 11th edition of the ICC’s Cricket World Cup that will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. This World Cup according to reports is going to be the most-watched sporting event in the world with broadcast reaching out to approximately 2.5 billion viewers across 200 countries.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

The debacle surrounding the sacking of Mohan Peiris as Chief Justice has brought in its wake howls of protest but the Government moved decisively last week to oust him, ending three weeks of speculation regarding the highest office in the judiciary in the country.Restoring the ‘privileges’ of the 43rd Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka were...

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

Everyone will agree that Lasith Malinga is not an ordinary fast bowler. He has extraordinary talent and his unique action and approach to the game is what the Sri Lankan bowling lacked in the recently concluded One-Day International series against New Zealand. The variety that he has in his bowling armoury especially the slow ball and the yorker are vital...

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has departed the political arena at least temporarily and his exit has left a vacuum in the two political outfits he headed, the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) from which he contested and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in which he politically matured.

Full Article Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:00

It takes two to tango. In cricketing parlance they say that fast bowlers hunt in pairs and opening batsmen work in pairs. Sri Lanka’s ailing sports environment could not have asked for a better pair than the appointments of Navin Dissanayake as Tourism and Sports Minister and Wasantha Senanayake as his deputy in the newly formed...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) enjoys a Parliamentary majority.  The party has all but elected the new President as its leader, the very same individual who ran against the candidate fielded by the SLFP.  The United National Party (UNP) has the second largest number of MPs (second by a large margin, note).

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

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