This is my nation
It is rarely that the Sri Lankan Parliament endorses new legislation with unanimity. In a country strongly divided on party lines such bipartisanship usually signifies a special need. It happened a few years ago when the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution was introduced. It also happened a few weeks ago.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram is a versatile woman. She has been an award winning actress and has been elected as Chief Minister thrice in her state. She has also been convicted of corruption. Through all this, she has been in consistent in her anti-Sri Lanka stance.
The month of March is upon us once again and with it, what has now become an annual ritual: A resolution against Sri Lanka at the sessions of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva sponsored principally by the United States.
The first candidate of the next presidential election appears to have declared himself this week. Maduluwave Sobhitha Thera, popular Buddhist preacher, Chief Incumbent of the Naga Viharaya and head of the National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) has offered to be a ‘single issue’ candidate.
The leadership of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) was passed on to parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake at the party’s annual convention last Sunday. Dissanayake succeeds Somawansa Amerasinghe who led the party for twenty years after emerging from proscription.The transition itself was spectacular for its lack of any kind of infighting or factionalism. The decision was unanimous.
Last week, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga had an unenviable task: he was briefing countries represented in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) regarding developments in Sri Lanka in the context of the upcoming UNHRC sessions in Geneva in March.
Election fever appears to have engulfed political parties as they prepare for the forthcoming provincial council polls for the Western and Southern provinces with many aspirants seeking nomination from the major parties.
An emerging phenomenon is starlets and singers who have had their share of fame in the entertainment sector as
Now it is official: the Western and Southern provincial councils have been dissolved and elections to these two councils will be held in the coming weeks signaling what many believe will be a busy year for the Department of Elections.
This has been a tried and tested strategy for the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Controversy has dogged Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne for several weeks now over the issue of a letter by one of his secretaries to the Customs Department regarding a container which was later found to contain heroin. As calls for the Premier’s resignation have escalated, there is little doubt that there is a game of political shadow boxing being played
The government may be grappling with matters such as human rights inquiries and provincial council elections but it could be a different issue that will test its popularity: the grade five scholarship examination.
This has raised a storm of controversy since Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena announced recently that the examination will be scrapped with effect from 2016