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Five years after the end of the Eelam War, the major constituent party of the country’s principal Tamil political grouping, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) last week passed a resolution at its annual convention in Vavuniya again calling for the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.The move represents a significant shift in the stance of the ITAK, the

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Next Saturday, the otherwise almost forgotten Uva province, home to the Badulla and Moneragala districts, will go to the polls to elect its provincial councilors. It is an election that is supposed to be a barometer of public opinion before the presidential and general elections that are expected next year.

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Last week, the main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) resurrected a practice that had been the norm before the current Indian government came into office: rushing to New Delhi to meet the Indian Prime Minister and air their grievances against the administration in Colombo.

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

There is a buzz in political circles about the fortunes of the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) in view of speculation that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa will end their long-running dispute and that the latter will be appointed as the deputy leader of the party.What is known is that the two leaders, who

Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

The announcement by the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ (BBS) that it could field a presidential candidate at the next elections has sent speculation sky high that the controversial organization is finally revealing its agenda and stating its political ambitions.
The statement that the BBS would field a candidate ‘if necessary’ was made by Galagoda-aththe Gnanasaara Thera, the controversial monk

Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

The sudden death of a doctor while undergoing cosmetic surgery has raised serious concerns regarding the licensing of medical specialists in the country and is an issue which requires urgent remedial measures.
The death occurred during preparation for cosmetic surgery at a private clinic by a doctor who claimed to be a “specialist”. These credentials are now being questioned:

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

The date for the Uva Provincial Council elections have been announced but it is clear that the poll is merely a dress rehearsal for the major national elections - presidential and general - which are both due in 2016 but are very likely to be held next year, with the presidential election taking precedence.That has thrown up the scenario of the ‘common

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

The battle lines are being drawn for the last in a series of provincial council elections. The polls in the Uva province in September will serve as a crucial barometer to both the government and the opposition who are keen to test the political waters before the general and presidential elections.The two national elections are due only in 2016. However, there

Full Article Sunday, 03 August 2014 00:00

In a move that caught many by surprise the government last week announced it was appointing three ‘international experts’ to advise the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons. It is a step that calls into question the government’s long-term stance on the issue.The announcement itself was a low-key affair. It was attributed to an unnamed

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The public spat between United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Harin Fernando and ex-UNPer and now Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera during a television talk show last week highlights the changing trends in the local political landscape.Such incidents are not entirely new. There is the anecdote of how M. S. Themis, returned to Parliament after the 1956...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

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