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The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the party with the majority in Parliament and headed by President Maithripala Sirisena, is in crisis. Thrust into the opposition ranks following President Sirisena’s victory at the presidential election, it is now at a critical juncture.There are many reasons for this. Firstly, after enjoying almost 20 years of uninterrupted power, the SLFP resents...

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

It’s an inauspicious number.  That’s ‘13’.  The Maithripala-Ranil Regime (or Ranil-Maithripala Regime if you will) is in its 13th week.  It’s the worst so far for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the United National Party (UNP). First, a proposal for obtaining 400 billion rupees through Treasury Bills was defeated in Parliament. According to some constitutional experts the defeat of this kind...

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

As the Maithripala Sirisena government’s self-imposed deadline of April 23 nears, both the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are flexing their political muscles as they vie for power at the general elections that could be called as in two weeks’ time. The SLFP is insisting that it would support the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that....

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club, a club steeped in tradition and with a history of 116 years has been in the news in recent times, the latest occasion being the stunning bowling performance of Chanaka Welegedera, the Sri Lanka left-arm quick who returned the amazing figures of 4-2-2-4, to equal the world record for the most economical four-over T20 spell in domestic cricket.

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

Dr. Amarasekara is turning politics into a novel or short story. For MR politics is a teledrama. For Champika politics is a fairy tale. For Wimal politics is a folk tale. For RW politics is an absurd drama. For  Nimal Siripala politics is a court case. For Prof Nalin politics is an equation where unlike in mathematics he can obtain...

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

The three-month-old Maithripala Sirisena–Ranil Wickremesinghe administration is struggling to achieve stability in governing the country and its latest move is introducing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which has become the focus of attention in legal and political circles.Unlike the preceding 17th and 18th Amendments which only altered some aspects of the Constitution, the 19th Amendment seeks to completely...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

The United States of America has a huge HR problem. Actually it has two HR problems to deal with. The first refers to its problematic fascination with ‘human rights’ issues all over the world even as the very eyes that scour the world and note rights abuses do not see Washington’s own violations and complicity in other violations.

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Cemetery and the office - Do  not fear death. After all, the cemetery is a better place than the office. U and V - Uyangoda is much better than Viyangoda. Viyan - Viyangoda knows nothing and that is why he can talk endlessly. Wimal’s speech - A friend of mine asked, ‘What do you think about Wimal’s speeches?’ I said, ‘Beautiful, as attractive as...

Full Article Saturday, 04 April 2015 00:00

Ranil Wickremesinghe, when he addressed and briefly responded to questions from heads of media institutions and editors, was clear, precise and quite articulate.  He articulated the Government’s strategy, progress made and what’s in the pipeline on three broad subjects: reconciliation, corruption and the ‘100 Days’ Program’. When asked if corruption allegations predating the Mahinda era would also be taken up, he...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision last week to expand the Cabinet of Ministers to enable the inclusion of parliamentarians from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) adds another dimension to the country’s already volatile political equation.The ‘official’ reason for this change – which effectively means that the President will be flouting one of his key election promises of limiting the Cabinet to...

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Our children and Port City - Our children, from kindergarten upwards, are learning to love a pencil case more than their motherland. This, however, is not the tragedy. This is exactly how we want them to grow up. When they grow up, they can become politician. In the very least they can find jobs in the Port City.

Full Article Saturday, 28 March 2015 00:00

Every Sri Lankan government since independence has had to deal with its counterpart in India. Sometimes, these relations reached dizzy heights and at other times, they deteriorated to the point where the two countries were engaged in a diplomatic war of words. Indo-Lanka relations were at their zenith when Sirima Bandaranaike and Indira Gandhi were at the helm of their...

Full Article Saturday, 21 March 2015 00:00

The Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe government of cohabitation came into office just over two months on a slogan of good governance or ‘yahapaalanaya’. They promised a political culture free of corruption and abuse of power. Now, that pledge is facing its first real test.Embroiled in the controversy is Central Bank Governor, Arjuna Mahendran. It is claimed that a firm linked to...

Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00

Hawks and dogs
A hawk thinks, “If I am a dog I will not have to fly in this empty  sky. I’ll run through the jungles and over the meadows, hide in the bushes and swim in the rivers.” A dog thinks, “ If I am a hawk I’ll be as free as a bird and fly over the hills...

Full Article Saturday, 14 March 2015 00:00

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand where Sri Lanka thrashed England by nine wickets last Sunday to ensure their place in the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-finals is not only famous for its rugby and cricket, but it gained worldwide fame and popularity when it was used as the hub for the movie trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’ during...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

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